James Silver is a journalist, author and screenwriter. As a reporter, he specialises in tech, media and business, with an additional interest in politics, society and crime. He has written 400+ articles for UK national newspapers, magazines and websites including, most recently, WIRED, The Observer, The Guardian and TechCrunch. He has also written for The Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Spectator, Total Politics, The Independent, The Evening Standard, Informilo, Press Gazette, Media Week, BBC News Online and SkyNews.Com. Additionally, he has ghostwritten articles which have appeared in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal (Europe), Quartz and Fortune, among many others. His first book, Upscale: What it takes to scale a startup, by the people who’ve done it is published by Tech Nation in November 2018.
He has presented more than 100 documentaries and features for BBC 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, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Christiane Amanpour, Carl Bernstein, Clive James, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Reed Hastings, 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 feature originally developed by BBC TV Drama; World of Weird, a series of 10 micro comedy/dramas for Channel Flip’s The Multiverse, which have been viewed a total of 180K times; The Ridge, a thriller, formerly in development with ITV Studios; Skivvy, a feature film based on a true crime story, now in development with Fablemaze. He is represented by Sean Gascoine at United Agents.