I'm a writer, development researcher and producer with a focus on crafting impactful, character-driven narratives.

As a Development Researcher, I collaborate with writers and producers to unearth stories, identify compelling scenes and and ensure script accuracy. I recently played a pivotal role in the development of 'The Spy Who' for Wondery, contributing to its rapid ascent in the top 5 of Apple's rankings within its inaugural week.

As a freelance writer, my work has been published in outlets like the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the British Journal of Photography. I collaborated with Culture Trip as a field producer on a the documentary series ‘Hungerlust’, on RAI Tv’s documentary ‘Portugal: a makeshift arrangement that works’ and on the New York Times’ opinion piece ‘How to Win a War on Drugs.’ At Art de Vivre, I curated compelling arts coverage and managed a group of contributors and editors. 

Driven by a passion for storytelling, I am eager to contribute to projects by creating pitch decks that effectively sell ideas, playing a proactive role in script development, and striving for the success of every project I undertake.

With a background in Journalism with Psychology from City, University of London, and a diploma in Documentary Film Directing from the International School of Film and Television, I bring a multifaceted approach to projects. I'm fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and actively immerse myself in literature, music and cinema, drawing inspiration from a myriad of sources to continually refine my craft.

Outside of work, I love practicing ballet, swimming, attending concerts, indulging in classic novels, and enjoying dinner parties with my friends.

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Here are some of the companies I’ve worked with over the past years: New York Times, Financial Times, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Business Club Royal, Swiss Films, BBC World, Locarno Film Festival, Culture Trip, etc. 

What they say...

Nick Kristof, New York Times

I worked with Marina Watson Pelaez to cover the drug issue in Portugal, and she was excellent. She was a wonderful interpreter, set things up very well and followed up afterward to make sure that i had everything I needed. I would definitely try to work with her again, and I recommend her strongly.

Adu Lalouschek, filmmaker

Marina and I have worked together on several occasions. She's reliable, detail-orientated, and a pleasure to collaborate with.

Martino Senega, Rai TV

Marina is a very helpful and intelligent journalist and producer. She excels in her job and is a very nice person to work with.

Get in touch

If you are in need of a portfolio showcasing examples of writing, research, and treatments, or if you have any questions or require my expertise for your project, please reach out at marina.wp@icloud.com or through the contact form. I'll respond to your inquiry promptly. 

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