James Silver is a journalist and screenwriter. As a journalist, he specialises in technology, the media, advertising, business and news/magazine features. He has written more than 400 articles for national newspapers, magazines and Websites including The Observer, WIRED magazine and The Guardian and he covers the London tech business scene for Informilo, a magazine which publishes at major global technology conferences. 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.
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, Richard & Judy, Richard Bacon, Max Clifford and Jade Goody.
Away from journalism, James is a screenwriter. He has written five screenplays including: Monkey Man, a comic drama originally developed by BBC TV Drama, currently in production as one of a series of ten YouTube films written by James, with Channel Flip/Dragonfly, The Ridge, a thriller now in development with ITV, 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 and Hania Elkington at United Agents.
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 to beat the fraudsters By James Silver The Observer, Sunday 12 May 2013 Cybercrime costs Britain £27 billion a year: don’t make it easy for the fraudsters. We’re high up in the Gherkin in the City of London and Garry Sidaway, director of security...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, New York. Pasty-faced inventors and weekend drone-builders peer out from stalls. Billboards advertise “Ultimate Fighting Wearable Body Combat Puppetry”. A giant spider called Scarpia, tack-welded from galvanised sheet metal and baling wire, glints...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 results in March, they appeared not only to defy the doom-laden headlines, which have plagued the British high street since 2008, but economic gravity too. Group gross sales? Up by 9.3 per cent to £9.54 billion. Group revenues? Up by 9.1 per cent to £8.47 billion....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
By James Silver Bolt, a Boston-based accelerator programme for hardware companies, will aim to hothouse promising startups in the space and take them from idea to store shelves. The site went live last May, but the Y Combinator-inspired...Read More
Digital Or Die: An Interview With WPP’s Mark Read Submitted by James Silver on March 1, 2013 Global digital advertising spend broke through the $100 billion barrier last year, according to eMarketer, meaning that desktop,...Read More
Tech City: two years in, how is east London’s technology hub faring? David Cameron launched his vision for a cluster of high-growth startups in the capital two years ago. Rohan Silva, the man responsible for implementing...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 Contributing Writer With their beanbags, primary-color decor and the obligatory table-football areas, tech start-up workplaces have long become something of a self-parody. Nevertheless Wayra’s London incubator...Read More
By James Silver Contributing Writer. Last September, Rohan Silva, the British PM’s senior policy advisor, was sitting at a picnic table in the Google Campus garden, reeling off London Tech City’s achievements, two years...Read More