James Silver is a journalist and screenwriter. As a journalist, he specialises in technology, business, the media and advertising. He has written more than 500 articles for national newspapers, magazines and websites including The Observer, WIRED, The Guardian and Informilo. He has also written for The Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Spectator, Total Politics, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Press Gazette, Media Week, BBC News Online and Sky News Online. In addition, he has ghost-written opinion-editorial articles, which have appeared in The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, City AM, TechCrunch and TheNextWeb.
He has presented more than 100 documentaries and features for Radio 4, 5 Live, the World Service and American Radio Works. From 1995-2002, he worked for the BBC as a current affairs radio producer. In 2000, he was part of the Radio 5 Live team which won the Sony Gold Award for News. Interviewees in broadcast and print include: Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Norman Mailer, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Michael Gove, Alistair Darling, Lord Tebbit, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christiane Amanpour, Carl Bernstein, Sir Max Hastings, Alan Dershowitz, Clive James, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Nick Denton, Mark Thompson, Robert Peston, Piers Morgan, Kelvin MacKenzie, Jeremy Kyle and Richard & Judy.
Away from journalism, James is a screenwriter. He has written seven screenplays including: Monkey Slam, a comic drama originally developed by BBC TV Drama; a series of short comedy/dramas currently in production with Channel Flip/Dragonfly for the 'scripted geek entertainment' YouTube channel The Multiverse; The Ridge, a thriller, formerly in development with ITV Studios; Skivvy, a feature film based on a true crime story; and The Gawk Parade, a children's fantasy feature. He is represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents.
Fearing Market Disruption, Banks Are Partnering With Their Nimbler Rivals, reports James Silver. 16th September, 2013. Square, the first start-up to enable self-employed professionals and small merchants to accept card payments via smartphones and tablets,processed payments of over $10 billion in 2012. Its phenomenal success did not escape the attention of Banco Santander, the leading bank in the Eurozone by market cap and the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America. But...Read More
From accommodation to cars, the internet is turning us from consumers into providers and challenging established business models. We talk to Martin Varsavsky, founder of Fon – the largest Wi-Fi company in the world – and profile two more pioneers, from TaskRabbit.com and BlaBlaCar.com – By James Silver, The Observer, Sunday 4 August 2013 TaskRabbit is a peer-to-peer marketplace for neighbourhood errands, such as shopping for groceries. In 2006, serial entrepreneur and...Read More
By James Silver, July 8, 2013 Competition from online commerce will force highstreet stores to cut back dramatically on physical space as the retail industry struggles to reboot itself for a new era, predicts David Roth, CEO (EMEA and Asia) of The Store, WPP’s retail practice. The future of retail will be an intersection of the digital and physical, a world in which digital avatars know what we want, drones help keep track of inventory and holostores will likely be used in-store...Read More
Do you use the same password for all websites? Do you overshare on Facebook? If so, you’re a target for cybercriminals – whose computer scams are costing Britain £27bn a year. We asked experts for their top tips...Read More
OVERVIEW The UK is well positioned as a front runner in the online revolution in retail sales, writes James Silver We know the UK’s economic backdrop only too well. An economy stuck in neutral, with flat-lining growth...Read More
Interview with Dmitry Grishin, By James Silver There’s something of the Victorian freak show about the World Maker Faire — a three-day annual makers’ jamboree held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens,...Read More
INTERVIEW The man in charge of the John Lewis Partnership tells James Silver how his company is bucking the economic trend to be Britain’s retail success story When the John Lewis Partnership announced its most recent...Read More
Beppe Grillo has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens’ protest network – the Five Star Movement. He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician....Read More
Designer Tom Ford has become a brand in his own right. Running his own label, producing and directing the film ‘A Single Man’ and dressing the stars are just some of his successes. Now as he prepares his first...Read More
By James Silver, July 8, 2013 Competition from online commerce will force highstreet stores to cut back dramatically on physical space as the retail industry struggles to reboot itself for a new era, predicts David Roth,...Read More
A New Twist On The Sharing Economy: Peace And Quiet On Demand Submitted by James Silver on June 6, 2013 Zigzagging the stage at Le Web London 2013 as he pitched his new startup Breather, Julien Smith said that for all their...Read More