Bite-Back Productions was formed by writer/producer Diane Whitley and writer Dave Simpson to create accessible, popular and challenging productions across a range of media. Bite-Back Radio has produced many successful productions for BBC Radio 4 including one-off dramas, two serials, and the Sony-nominated Esther’s Story. Bite-Back Film has produced Boom Boom Clap, financed by MIDA, British Screen and the BBC, which was shown at the Cannes and Edinburgh Film Festivals and shortlisted for the Kodak Best Short Film award. Also, Protect Me From What I Want, with finance from UKFC and Screen Yorkshire, which has been sold to MTV, Shorts TV and released on DVD, and Thinking Straight, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize. Bite-Back Film was recently awarded development finance from Creative England to develop a feature film, Girl Missing, based on the award winning book of the same name by Sophie McKenzie. This will be written and produced by Diane Whitley. Blind Date will be the first production by Bite-Back Theatre.
Dave started his writing career with the BBC and has had in excess of 30 radio productions broadcast. He was Resident Writer for the Manchester Library Theatre for two years and has written several plays for them including The Beauty Game, The Cheekie Chappie (adapted for Radio 4), Soapbox, A Marginal Affair, and several Christmas shows, including The Prince and the Pauper, Huckleberry Finn, The Secret Garden (national tour), and The Little Princess (adapted for BBC radio). His adaptation of The Railways Children was toured nationally by Birmingham Rep and is constantly performed by repertory theatres and amateur companies. Other stage productions include Single Sex (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Perfect Strangers (Bristol Old Vic), Girl’s Night Out (West End; also toured nationally), and The Naked Truth (several national tours). Television credits include Coronation Street, The Bill, and five years on Emmerdale. Dave’s stage play, Raving Beauties, was recently optioned by film producer, Mark Forstater. He has another film optioned by Jeffrey Taylor of StageScreen Productions, Whatever Love Is. Most recently he has been working with Bill Kenwright on a new musical comedy, The Golden Oldies, for a tour to start in Autumn 2014. Another stage play, Girl’s Night In, has been optioned by Top Notch Productions to also tour in 2014.
Diane is an experienced freelance scriptwriter, showrunner, script editor and producer. Most recently, she has worked as development producer and head writer/showrunner on Series 1 and 2 of the RTS and BAFTA nominated hit gothic teen drama, House of Anubis, produced by Lime Pictures and Studio 100 for Nickelodeon US & UK. She also wrote a feature length special of the show as well as kicking off Series 3. She has been writing too on the brand new CBeebies show Topsy and Tim for independent company, Darrall Macqueen. Her previous work includes writing and producing for Granada Kids on shows such as Girls In Love, The Worst Witch, 24 Seven and Big Meg Little Meg. Theatre includes several JB Shorts and Vegetable, which Diane wrote and produced for the 24-7 festival in Manchester and which was nominated for a MEN Theatre Award. Diane is the Managing Director of Biteback Productions and oversees the company’s development and production output.