THE TOP 100 WRITERS ON THE VERGE
A back-to-back 2016 Launch Pad finalist, including a Top Comedy win for her pilot DERBY CITY, Alexis got her start working for CNN and The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. after getting her B.A. in History from The George Washington University. She made the shift into screenwriting through Columbia University's graduate film program, where she received a distinction for her original pilot, as well as The Jesse Thompkins III Screenwriting Award.
After graduating from UCLA, Alyssa got her start in the industry as an actor's assistant, and now strives to write star-worthy roles. Her 2016 Black List script THE HOUSEWIFE was optioned by Echo Lake Entertainment, and she is currently adapting THE HINGE OF THE WORLD for Gulfstream Pictures.
Currently Amanda works on the new ABC comedy series THE MAYOR. Prior to that she worked on the staffs of THE GOLDBERGS and IMAGINARY MARY. She is a first-generation Nigerian American who grew up in the Bronx as one of seven kids raised by a single mother. She got her start as a writer's assistant on BONES and then was accepted into the Disney ABC Writing Program.
Amos & Nunzio are founding partners of the acclaimed sketch group Boat Comedy, which has headlined several major comedy festivals and was just named as a Comedy Central Comic to Watch. They are also network partners of Lorne Michaels's digital network Above Average. Amos has been an in-house Staff Writer for Funny or Die, while Nunzio most recently starred in a Tim Robbins-produced pilot for Comedy Central.
For the past year, Andrea has been staffed on Hulu's THE PATH. She has also written for BBC America's COPPER, Netflix's BORGIA, and was staffed on NBC's AMERICAN ODYSSEY. She graduated from NYU's Tisch School of Dramatic Writing and went on to Juilliard's Playwriting Fellowship, and her plays include THE WINSTONS, a one-act which received a development production at LAByrinth Theater Company with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz serving as artistic directors.
Andrew & Jeff met at NYU before moving out to LA to write and direct. Their feature script, PLUS ONE, was picked up by Red Hour Films and Studio 71 and goes into production in October with the team directing. In the TV space, they're currently writing MARGARITAS AND NACHOS for UCP.
An award-winning writer and journalist, Anthony's writing has been recognized by writers like Mara Brock Akil and Gina Prince-Bythewood. He recently finished his Screenwriting MFA at UCLA, where he received multiple accolades for his work. He's now developing a drama for Neil Meron and Craig Zadan at Storyline, and his pilot FRAUD was developed through the UCLA/Sony Crackle initiative, won first place, and is currently under consideration for development at Crackle.
Becca wrote and directed the short film MOLLY, which won the LACMA's Young Director Night competition and premiered at SXSW. She then wrote and directed season two of THE COMMUTE for Awesomeness TV. She is also developing her short film WE as a pilot with SundanceNow, and she is currently in production on her first feature film entitled SUMMER '03 with Big Cat Productions and Tadmor.
Most recently, Brendan wrote BEAUTY for David Permut and Sobini Films. His script COOKING WITH FERNET BRANCA has Bruce Beresford attached to direct and John Malkovich and Penelope Cruz attached to star, with Ithaka Films producing. He also wrote and produced the award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary THE BALLAD OF ESEQUIEL HERNANDEZ, which is narrated by Tommy Lee Jones.
After spending his first five years in LA as an assistant at Paramount Pictures learning the ins-and-outs of the industry and what makes a project great, Brent sold his first original pilot BLACK TIDE BEACH out of the gate in a competitive situation to ITV America. He left his assistant life behind and hasn't looked back since.
After receiving his B.A. from UCLA in Theatre, Film and Television by the age of 18, Brian then went to earn a post graduate degree in Classical Acting and Text at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. A writer-director well-known in the indie circle, his features have premiered at SXSW and shown at festivals the world over. His latest, PERMISSION, sold at Tribeca this past year and stars Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall.
Bryan is currently staffed on the DC TV show TITANS, and was previously a writer on the hit Starz series ASH VS. EVIL DEAD. He got his start in the comic book space, writing such titles as POSTAL, ROMULUS, NETHERWORLD, and 7 DAYS IN HELL for Image Comics/Top Cow Comics. POSTAL was acquired by Hulu and is in development with producer Matt Tolmach and Legendary TV.
Calvin made a name for himself with genre shorts like PILEDRIVER and LITTLE FARM, and his controversial feature films THE RAMBLER and THE OREGONIAN excited Sundance Midnight audiences just as his shorts had. His most recent short THE PROCEDURE took home The Sundance Short Film Jury Award for U.S. Fiction. A 2016 Sundance Episodic Story Lab fellow, his pilot THE WOLFMAN OF PACOIMA was Sundance's best reviewed piece and has Comedy Bang! Bang! Productions attached.
The winner of several screenwriting awards, Catherine has made quite a name for herself in the past few years. She's worked on several highly-acclaimed Australian series, such as GLITCH, NOWHERE BOYS, and WENTWORTH, and was included on the 2016 Inside Film List as one of the Australian screen industry's "Rising Talents." She also has two features in the works: THE OTHER LAMB at Rumble Films, and DRIVEN with Sunjive Studios.
Winner of the Wattys Trailblazer Award for his novel EVE, which is currently in director discussions for a film adaptation, Cesar is a current Nicholl Fellowship finalist for THE GREAT NOTHING. He hails from Brazil, and was a Communication Studies major with a background in Advertising before receiving a UCLA Certificate in Screen and Television Writing. He's also made a name for himself as a writer of short stories and ongoing novels on Reddit.
Cheryl's spec PALMER was featured on the 2016 Black List, and was quickly scooped up by Route One Entertainment with Fischer Stevens directing. She also cowrote the original screenplay for HUNTING SEASON, which has aired on numerous cable channels across the globe, and her documentary MY BEST KEPT SECRET was featured on OPRAH and was one of the season's highest rated segments. Adapted from her own screenplay, GIRL ON POINT is her debut novel.
Originally hailing from Canada, Chris & Tyler are best known for whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek horror with award-winning hit feature PATCHWORK and the upcoming TRAGEDY GIRLS, starring Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand. Their spec NIGHTLIGHT was bought earlier this year by Sony's Columbia Pictures, with Tyler set to direct as he has in their other team-ups.
Most recently staffed on the CBS drama BULL, Chris & Indira are a dynamic writing duo with similar, fascinating paths to Hollywood. Both from Ohio and raised by their grandparents, they are a uniquely matched team. Chris's strengths include structure and story development while Indira excels with muscular dialogue and acerbic, character-driven storytelling. They are graduates of CBS's extremely competitive Diversity Writers Mentoring Program.
Raised outside an Army base in Seoul, Christina moved to the US at 18. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from LSU, she moved to LA and worked for Marvel coloring comics for 10 years. Shortly after creating the Shuster Award-winning webcomic THE FOX SISTER, she was accepted into AFI's screenwriting program. She then won The China Story Fellowship and saw several shorts produced. She now works as a Story Editor on SyFy's THE MAGICIANS.
Christopher is a writer and illustrator from Littleton, Colorado. After working on several film and television projects over the years, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting full time. His script THE SAVAGE placed in the Top 10 of the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition, was named the Grand Prize winner in the inaugural Scriptshadow Screenplay Tournament, and is a current Nicholl Fellowship finalist.
A Chinese American writer, wife, and mother, Cindy recently joined the staff of ABC's FRESH OFF THE BOAT, and penned a pilot for Fox called UNHAPPY MEDIUM. Previously, she staffed on CBS's RUSH HOUR, as well as Disney's GIRL MEETS WORLD and ANT FARM.
Claire & Katie are currently developing BOOBS TO THE WALL for Warner Bros. Digital. Before that, they wrote and starred in THE HUB, a digital series they sold to IFC in 2014, which they then helped to develop as a half-hour comedy show with veteran showrunner Les Firestein.
All at once a New York playwright and a Los Angeles television and feature writer, Claire is currently staffed on season 2 of Netflix's THE OA, and this past summer her sci-fi play PILGRIMS had its world premiere at the Gift Theatre in Chicago. She received her MFA at the New School for Drama, and her B.A. at Amherst College.
Clay's first job was as a Staff Writer on Netflix's animated series HOME, which he followed by getting hired to write an animated feature for Playmobil. He then sold his spec pilot MOON BASE ALPHA to UCP and transitioned from half-hour comedy to hour drama by staffing on CBS's new series adaptation of TRAINING DAY.
Graduates of Emerson College and creators of Netflix's satirical hit AMERICAN VANDAL, Dan & Tony formed Woodhead Entertainment in 2011 alongside actor Sean Carrigan. Known for viral videos like ESPN spoof 30 FOR 30: THE SPACE JAM GAME, their work has been featured on Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Reddit, Screen Rant, and Huffington Post.
Daniel & Noah recently wrote on Spike's adaptation of Stephen King's THE MIST. They also created the series A DARK MATTER which is in development with David Goyer's Phantom Four, and are currently writing BORDER CROSSING, an original screenplay that Atomic Monster is producing. Their spec FRAGMENT, based off their short film of the same name, was picked up by Columbia Pictures earlier this year, and their feature RISE ATLANTIS placed on the 2016 Hit List.
Now staffed on SyFy's KRYPTON, David was previously a Story Editor on another DC show, CW's THE FLASH. He also wrote two episodes, including the penultimate episode, on season 1 of Crackle's THE ART OF MORE. Prior to that, he was a staff writer on Starz's SPARTACUS.
Dean is currently working on a rewrite for CBS Films' MAN UP as well as writing on the Netflix series CHELSEA. He also wrote the features TOW TRUCK, in development with Broken Lizard Industries and Our Stories Films, and DEPORTED, recently wrapped and produced by Rebel Way Entertainment.
The graphic novel MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS was not only written and illustrated by Emil, it was her debut into comics and a number one best-seller to boot. The film rights were picked up by Sony shortly after its publication, with Amasia Entertainment to produce. She has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she grew up and still resides, and she was made a Toby Devan Lewis Fellow in the Visual Arts in 2010.
A writer-director on the rise, Emily is set to direct her 2016 Hit List feature EON, with Colin Trevorrow, Adam Spielberg, and Krista Parris producing. She cowrote PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING for Legendary, and she wrote and will direct both POWERHOUSE for Amblin Entertainment, and LUMBERJANES for Fox based on the Boom! Studios comic. She's also working on the Disney remake of THE BLACK HOLE.
Emma's first feature MARY SHELLEY premiered as a Gala Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival, starring Elle Fanning. A screenwriter and former development executive, she is currently developing both film and television projects, such as her rom-com SEX ON THE FIRST DATE with Gold Circle Entertainment, and her adaptation of the memoir LIVING WITH MISS G for Arcadia Films.
A Los Angeles-based playwright and TV writer, Ethan spent much of his 20s working on Wall Street in the hedge fund business before making a drastic career change. Since then, his plays and pilots have won numerous awards and accolades, with FAT being picked up for TV adaptation by Lionsgate. He was most recently staffed on TNT's MURDER IN THE FIRST where showrunner Steven Bochco enthusiastically took Ethan under his wing.
Currently based in LA, Evan hails from Canada and has a background in acting. He recently wrote on SEENIt for New Form, and his horror short THE ARMOIRE, which he also directed, is hot on the festival circuit. He's written for Verizon go90's digital series THREADS, and is set to direct his feature THE WILL O' WISP with Chrissy Metz starring.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and a Political Science PhD dropout at Harvard, Flint's spec LINDA AND MONICA appeared on the 2016 Hit List and Black List and is now set up at Amazon with Escape Artists producing. He's currently doing rewrites on THE LEGO MOVIE spinoff THE BILLION BRICK RACE, and he's sold pilots to CBS, ABC, and Freeform. Shooting recently wrapped on Comedy Central's POWER COUPLE pilot, which he co-created with Noel Wells.
A Danish writer based in Los Angeles, Freddie is a graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where he wrote and directed his short film MIDNIGHT DINNER. He also cowrote the short KING, with fellow Danish director Frederik Louis Hviid, which was nominated for the Young Directors Award at Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
Two-time Black List alums, with VERNOA in 2015 and BATTLE OF ALCATRAZ in 2016, Gavin & Neil have also made a name for themselves by being tapped to write big blockbuster sequels, like the upcoming NOW YOU SEE ME 3 and SAN ANDREAS 2. They're currently writing LIBERTY ROAD for Fox 2000, an adaptation of historian George Koskimaki's book THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASTOGNE.
J is currently on staff for Freeform's new Marvel series CLOAK & DAGGER, and was previously a Staff Writer on Fox's PITCH. A 2016 Humanitas New Voices Fellow, he's also an accomplished African American playwright with several produced plays and commissions to his credit, including the EST/Sloan commission for his original play BINARY.
Jacob is a writer, director, and editor who has written for The Jim Henson Company, Cirque du Soleil, Bazelevs, Amazon Studios, and more. His feature directorial debut THE FOUR-FACED LIAR premiered at Slamdance and received the HBO Audience Award for Best First Feature at Outfest. In 2016, he won the Crash the Super Bowl commercial competition, which earned him a mentorship with Zack Snyder. His original TV pilot HARMONY is set up with Mandeville.
After graduating from Penn State University in Film Production and English and getting his MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University, Jason moved to Los Angeles in 2012. He interned for MAD MEN and Scott Free Productions before securing a job assisting producer Michael Costigan. In 2013, his screenplay SHOVEL BUDDIES placed on the Black List and Hist List, and was purchased and produced by AwesomenessTV, making its debut at SXSW in 2016.
Jen & Max first made a splash in 2015 when their spec BEST FUNERAL EVER was named a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship finalist, and they are finalists again this year with THE QUEEN OF SLEAZE. Jen is an actor and producer, and Max has written several books, including an Amazon Best Seller. He's also written and produced a Student Emmy Award nominated web series and has written for College Humor and Cracked.
Jeremy is currently writing on SyFy's THE PURGE television adaptation, alongside creator James DeMonaco for USA and Blumhouse Productions. He also wrote HUNCHBACK: THE LEGEND OF NOTRE DAME for The Mark Gordon Company, a retelling of Victor Hugo's classic novel.
Currently staffed on TANGLED: THE SERIES at Disney Channel, Jeremy was previously staffed on DINOTRUX for Netflix, FAMILY TOOLS for ABC, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES for Nickelodeon. On the feature side, his script CRIMSON TRAIL, which Oriah Entertainment is financing and Madhouse Entertainment is producing, was featured on the 2015 Black List, and he wrote MELTDOWN for Madhouse, which Jay Roach is circling to direct.
DOCK, Joey's first script sale, was scooped up by CubeVision, The Firm, and Permut Presentations with Ice Cube producing and O'Shea Jackson Jr. starring. Joey is a Florida native whose writing spans from the dramatic nature of DOCK to the absurdist comedy found in his spec OPERATION PHOENIX.
Joey spent most of his 20s touring with his band The Henry Clay People, whose music appeared in SONS OF ANARCHY, CSI: NEW YORK, and GOSSIP GIRL. He has a Master's from Harvard, a Screenwriting MFA from UCLA, and has worked on shows for PBS, the Science Channel, and CNN. Named to Harvardwood's Most Staffable Writer List in 2016, he won the UCLA Screenwriter's Showcase in 2017 with YORBA LINDA HARDCORE, now set up with Josephson Entertainment.
A graduate of the Wesleyan program, Josh was previously a Development Assistant at Annapurna before becoming the assistant to Brian Levy at Pulse Films. Before departing Pulse, he left his untitled sci-fi feature on Levy's desk, and it is now his first ever spec sale, set up with Warner Bros., Voltage Films, and Pulse.
Josh graduated from NYU's Tisch School of Performing Arts with a Master's in Cinema Studies, and he's since spent a season as a Staff Writer for Starz's BLACK SAILS. His pilot THE BIG BAD DIRTY is set up at Cinemax with Pearl Street Pictures producing and Gavin O'Connor directing, while his second series, THE SNAKEHEAD, has Anonymous Content and Flashlight Films producing.
A recent MFA graduate of USC's Film & Television Production program, Juel received his bachelor's degree at the University of Florida. He received several merit-based scholarships at USC and directed a sequence of ACTORS ANONYMOUS, an adaptation of James Franco's novel helmed by and starring Franco himself. Juel is currently in the Emerging Writers Fellowship at Universal Pictures, and his feature YOUNG, WILD, AND FREE is set up with No Label Productions.
Having had her projects place highly in multiple competitions, including a spot in the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with USE YOUR WORDS, Julia is currently in UCLA's MFA program. In a past life, she worked as a PA for David Wain's award-winning web series WAINY DAYS, as an Associate Producer for MTV Networks, in the editorial department at Penguin Random House, and even for international scouting firm Maria B. Campbell Associates.
Karen started her entertainment career as half of the UK pop duo Daphne and Celeste. She has since written on ABC Family's RUBY AND THE ROCKITS and Nickelodeon's THE TROOP, and has developed two pilots: AN OPEN APOLOGY TO ALL MY EX-GIRLFRIENDS for Skydance and RECOVERY ROAD for Freeform, serving as showrunner when the latter was picked up. Her latest pilot IN REAL LIFE has Jennifer Lynch attached to direct for Olive Bridge Entertainment.
One of the top 75 best-selling playwrights, Katherine's debut NANA'S NAUGHTY KNICKERS was widely produced across the US and abroad, and translated into multiple languages. She grew up in the theater her parents owned outside of Philadelphia, spending her formative years learning swear words from actors and hiding under sets. This provided her with a keen understanding of the theatrical market for audiences west of the Hudson, which is reflected in her shows' widespread popularity.
Kevin & Matt's 2016 Hit List spec THE EGGPLANT EMOJI made waves last year and was bought by Netflix in early 2017. Their show GENTLEMAN LOBSTERS was previously ordered to series by Seeso and ran for two seasons. Kevin, a Harvard grad, has been a Production Supervisor at DreamWorks' animation department and also wrote the book FUCK YEAH MENSWEAR. Matt, who studied Screenwriting at UT-Austin, has performed in Second City and in the critically acclaimed movie FOREV.
An Emmy-nominated writer for NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Kristen's writing has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Vulture, and many more. Her pilot GILFs placed in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, while pilot SPLUNCH was a 2017 New York Television Festival Official Selection. Kristen performs with her award-winning sketch team Bridge & Tunnel in New York, and you can see her in NETFLIX PRESENTS: THE CHARACTERS and Hulu's DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
A recent graduate of Emerson College, Kyle cut his teeth directing music videos for LA-based rappers and musicians before turning his attention fully to the page. He has made the successful transition from agency assistant to screenwriter through seeing his pilot PLEASE KEEP READING set up with Smoke House Pictures.
Laura earned her MFA in Writing for Screen & Television from USC, where she created and acted as co-showrunner for a pilot which was nominated for an award by The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Most recently, she was accepted into the National Hispanic Media Coalition's TV Writers Program, and placed in several competitions, including a Top Drama win in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition. Her series WIDOWS is in development with Fabrik Entertainment and Gidden Media.
A writer and actor who served as a Staff Writer on Amazon's RED OAKS, Laura is finishing post-production on FAM-I-LY, her feature directorial debut, with Taylor Schilling, Matt Walsh, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kate McKinnon starring. She is currently developing BUCKLE BUNNIES for television for HBO with Gloria Sanchez and Julie Darmody producing. She previously created and co-executive produced the pilot H.R. at Fox starring Judy Greer and Patton Oswalt.
Lijah was the Executive Story Editor on Freeform's flagship drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and wrote multiple episodes per season for three years. She's currently working on an as-of-yet untitled drama with Freeform, Selena Gomez's July Moon Productions, and Kapital Entertainment which will focus around a young Latina protagonist. A feminist and activist, Lijah is passionate about news, politics, and social justice.
Mumbai-born and currently living in Los Angeles, Lina was recently staffed on The CW's FREQUENCY and was previously on THE 100. She received a National Arts Endowment grant for her play THE HALF BREED SPY, while THE RAGGED CLAWS was nominated for Cherry Lane Theatre's 2014 Mentor Project by David Henry Hwang. Her work has been presented and developed at the Sewanee Writer's Conference, and several other prestigious theaters and festivals.
Originally from New York, Liz came to Los Angeles to get her Producing MFA from AFI, and spent the next few years working in development. Since leaving to write full time, her feature THE POST placed highly on the 2016 Black List and Hit List. It's currently in post-production at Fox and set to be released in late 2017. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars a host of A-list talent.
Born in Guatemala and raised in LA, Liz grew up strict Seventh-Day Adventist. Recently staffed on YouTube Red's ME AND MY GRANDMA, she is currently writing a children's book to accompany Pixar's upcoming COCO. In 2015, she was invited to participate in the National Hispanic Media Coalition's Television Writers Program, and she joined Univision and Televisa's first TV writing initiative in 2016. She is fluent in English and Spanish, but no longer speaks Seventh-Day Adventist.
Lloyd & Spencer are an Australian sister-brother, writer-director duo. Their shorts have been official selections and won awards at festivals around the globe, and they were recently featured on PBS with Austin Film Festival's ON STORY program. They were also 2016 Nicholl Fellowship winners for their script PHOTO BOOTH, which has been optioned by Gidden Media with the writers attached to direct. They also have WE'RE REALLY HAPPY, a semi-autobiographical series, in development with Chernin Entertainment.
Identical twins Logan & Noah have worked as models, roofers, parking valets, and minor-league baseball players. They've made the switch to full time writers and directors, and their spec WHITE BOY RICK was picked up by Sony and is set to be released in early 2018. The twins also have GWAMBO AND THE FAIRTOWN 6 set up at Studio 8, based on a children's book they wrote, as well as THE PEOPLE with Mad Chance Productions.
Most recently, Miller and his cousin/occasional writing partner TJ Miller sold their original feature pitch EX-CRIMINALS to DreamWorks in a competitive sale. Miller also contributed to the development and is currently the Head Writer on THE GORBURGER SHOW for Comedy Central, Party Over Here, and Funny or Die. He was the Head Writer for the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards, and has been hired by Alpha Animation to write DREAMS & NIGHTMARES.
Mac is an award-winning New York playwright whose plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, Backstage, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Out New York. His HONEYCOMB TRILOGY has been optioned by Circle of Confusion and Tangerine Entertainment, while his podcasts have been produced by Gideon Media, Panoply Network, and Tor Labs, including STEAL THE STARS, which airs this fall, and LIFEAFTER, which was on the Top 100 chart for 60 weeks.
A true multi-hyphenate, Macon is a creative partner to Jeremy Saulnier, who is directing his adaptation of the novel HOLD THE DARK for A24 and Netflix. His film I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE won a 2017 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was subsequently released by Netflix. Also for Netflix, he wrote SMALL CRIMES which premiered at SXSW. He is currently developing his pilot FURNISS with AMC and Paramount TV.
A 20-something multiracial San Fernando Valley native, Mae graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design. She currently works with Warner Bros.' Blue Ribbon Content on their digital slate, and has previously worked for Marvel Studios, Gore Verbinski, and Will Gluck. She is cursed with an insatiable thirst for genre-mashing, and she's also a comic book collector and horror aficionado. EVERGREEN is her first feature sale, set up with GenPop and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Marc first broke onto the scene with a preemptive spec sale to CBS Films titled INSIDE THE MACHINE, which also landed on the 2011 Hit List. Since then, he has gone on to set up high level projects in both film and TV, the most recent being his 2016 Hit List feature #FREERAYSHAWN, which sold to CubeVision. He is also adapting Dennis TaFoya's novel THE WOLVES OF FAIRMOUNT PARK for Schorr Pictures.
A Santa Barbara native and USC graduate, Margaux was a Warner Bros. Fellowship participant and staffed on The CW's PRIVILEGED and BEAUTIFUL LIFE before taking a two year sabbatical as an executive at MTV in New York. Her first book ESCAPE THEORY was published as part of a two book deal with Soho Teen/Random House, alongside its sequel HERO COMPLEX.
After winning an award for her script THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, she helped to co-produce the 2014 film starring Georgie Henley and Kal Penn. She is also the recipient of Columbia University's William Goldman Screenwriting Fellowship, and her original play BREATHER was performed in Los Angeles as part of this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival. Her feature HONORED just wrapped production for Lionsgate.
Mark's first credit was the adaptation of Anthony Bordain's novel BONE IN THE THROAT, released in 2015, and he's followed up that success with two high-profile specs. CONTINGENCY PROTOCOL appeared on the 2016 Hit List and Black List and is set up at Broad Green Pictures. Warner Bros. won the bidding war for his most recent, AUGMENTED, with Margot Robbie's LuckyChap Entertainment and Di Novi Pictures producing.
Earlier this year, Marsha & Stacy set up their spec SHOT, GUN, WEDDING with Lionsgate and Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Marsha previously served as a writer and producer for a number of shows including MURPHY BROWN, WORKING, and BECKER, while Stacy wrote for LIZZIE MCGUIRE and LESS THAN PERFECT, and penned the TV movie LABOR PAINS for Freeform and Millennium Films.
Born in Northern California, Mary left the Golden State to earn her Film degree at Montana State University - Bozeman. Since moving to Los Angeles she has worked for television producers on both SHAMELESS and GET SHORTY, and last year her pilot BUS LEAGUE KNOCKS was selected for the Top 25 in the Launch Pad Pilot Competition. This year she has gone on to set up feature and television projects with Epicenter and Romark Entertainment.
A Boston area native, Matt burst on the scene with specs THE GUNSMITH and THE BRAVE back-to-back. The first is being packaged by Nickel City, while Broken Road Entertainment is producing his 2016 Hit List script THE BRAVE. He is also adapting the graphic novel 39 MINUTES for Circle of Confusion and was hired to rewrite CRASH UNIT for Broken Road Productions with Sylvester Stallone attached to star.
Michael is currently a writer and producer on ABC's DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, and he previously wrote on Starz's BLACK SAILS and HBO's THE NEWSROOM. Just last year alone, he sold his 2015 Hit List and Black List script THE VIRGINIAN to New Line Cinema with Jason Dean Hall attached to direct, while Participant Media and Robert De Niro's Tribeca Films acquired his spec THE PRICE OF LIBERTY.
After attending USC, Michael worked in China and Vietnam before returning to the U.S. In 2013, his short DUCK AND COVER won first place in the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, and he developed an animated children's show at Oriental DreamWorks. His latest spec 10G was a winner of Screencraft's Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship. He also wrote SAIGON BODYGUARDS, which topped the Vietnam box office, beating out ROGUE ONE and MOANA.
Raised in Minnesota, Migizi recently received his Screenwriting MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He's been selected for the ABC/Disney Writers Fellowship, the Sundance Institute Producers Fellowship, and is the recipient of awards and grants from The Institute of American Indian Arts, among others. He has several published pieces on the interaction of American Indians and popular culture, and he is a co-founder and writer for the comedy group The 1491s.
One a military brat from Germany, the other a theater major from Georgia, Mikki & Tobias began working together in 2011. In 2013, they earned a spot on the Hit List and Black List for ELSEWHERE. They then wrote the remake of 2011 Spanish film SLEEP TIGHT, and in 2015 sold their original pitch THE CHILDREN to New Line Cinema. Recently, they set up BREATHE ME at CBS Films with Justin Baldoni attached to direct.
Molly is a writer/performer of prestigious improv and comedy pedigree that you might recognize from her appearances on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. She previously wrote DIRTY 30 which was released by Lionsgate last year, and FML for Olive Bridge Entertainment with Olivia Wilde and Jenny Slate starring. She also wrote JIHOTTIES with Gotham Group attached to produce, and is currently writing GOLDEN for Sony Animation.
Nick is an Australian writer-director whose first feature BOYS IN THE TREES recently premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and TIFF, and won Best Narrative at the Austin Film Festival. He was discovered off his short THE LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD, and his feature STARCROSSED is currently set up with The Film Community.
Currently a Staff Writer on DYNASTY and originally from Brazil, Paula began her professional career immediately after college on the writing staff of PLANTO DO TAS, Cartoon Network's first live-action series in Latin America. After moving to Los Angeles and receiving an MFA in Screenwriting from USC, Paula worked on ABC's NASHVILLE, The CW's THE MESSENGERS, Freeform's GUILT, and was the writer's assistant on CW's THE 100.
Actor-turned-writer Rhett just wrapped the first season of Veena Sud's SEVEN SECONDS for Netflix. His plays IN GOD'S HAT and FROM RED TO BLACK have been produced to critical acclaim, and the latter was runner-up for the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. He has been commissioned by Bisno Productions, San Francisco Playhouse, and The Flea Theatre. He also developed his pilot about minor league hockey for HBO, and previously wrote on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.
Rose was awarded one of five prestigious Emerging Writers Fellowships at NBC/Universal in 2016, where she spent a year writing, pitching, taking notes, and learning anything and everything she could about the business. She is currently a Staff Writer on the second season of BET's THE QUAD.
Originally from Indiana, Ross got his start in the New York theater scene. He currently has several projects in development, like GADABOUT for Columbia Pictures, NERF for Hasbro, and an adaptation of the children's book PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD for Walden Media. He also wrote THE MASTER: A LEGO NINJAGO SHORT for Warner Bros. which screened before their 2016 feature STORKS.
Ryan is a Los Angeles based writer who got his start doing uncredited rewrites for independent producers and work-for-hire projects. He recently set up his original TV pilot ENCYCLOPEDIA DAD at WBTV, which is based on his popular Medium blog THE WAY I REMEMBER IT.
Based in Los Angeles, Sarah currently works as the Manager of Development at Madica Productions, the sister production company to PR behemoth Sunshine Sachs. Prior to that, she spent most of her time working in unscripted television for companies including Fremantle Media, Untitled Entertainment, and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment.
Now a Staff Writer on Netflix's DAREDEVIL, Sarah received her Screenwriting MFA from USC in 2012. While there, she received the Jay Roach Endowed Scholarship for Best Comedic Feature, and her work has also been recognized by the Austin Film Festival. She's written shorts for IFC and helped to develop and write Amy York Rubin's LITTLE HORRIBLES, a critically acclaimed web series. She also contributes humor pieces to publications like The Kind and Elite Daily.
Savion was born and raised in Israel, where she served in the Israeli military. Her first screenplay THE LONGEST BIRTHDAY was optioned by Victoria Films after earning a spot at The Black List Feature Lab and winning the BlueCat Joplin Award. The project went on to win the Venice Film Forum Pitch Fest, B'EST EAVE Producers' Lab, and the Bavarian Film Development Fund. Her follow-up SUPERFECUNDATION is set up at Screen Gems.
The co-creator of Verizon go90's EMBEDS, Scott's latest pilot TRUMP: IT HAPPENED HERE is set up at Tomorrow Studios. Before moving to LA, he spent 11 years as a political journalist and covered the last three presidential campaigns for CBS News, The Huffington Post, and Vice News. The author of nonfiction books VOTE FIRST OR DIE and SARAH FROM ALASKA, he also created the Huffington Post documentary series NEW HAMPSHIRE and '16 AND PRESIDENT.
With a range that lets him create children's shows for Disney or write MTV's horror trilogy MY SUPER PSYCHO SWEET 16, Scott has written TV movies and teleplays for networks like MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, and Freeform, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for R.L. STINE'S THE HAUNTING HOUR. He was a double 2016 Launch Pad alum with his feature VIOLET and his manuscript KILL CREEK, which is set to be released this Halloween.
A recent undergraduate in Screenwriting from LMU and writer's assistant at Team Downey, Shay's first feature script MAXIMUM KING! was featured on the 2016 Black List, Blood List, and Hit List. He then went on to write BALLERINA which sold to Lionsgate with Thunder Road producing, who plan for the project to be a spinoff in the JOHN WICK universe.
Shion is currently staffed on Netflix's DISENCHANTMENT, which is executive produced by Matt Groening. She has previously worked on Disney's GRAVITY FALLS, Cartoon Network's THE REGULAR SHOW, and Amazon's LOST IN OZ, and she's been nominated for both an Annie and a Primetime Emmy for her writing. She began her career in the Pixar Story Department where she worked on MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and INSIDE OUT.
With his series PAPER set up at Red Hour with Ben Stiller directing and THE ONE AND ONLY MARIA GARCIA at Amazon Kids, Stuart seems to have learned a lot while producing John August and Craig Mazin's SCRIPTNOTES podcast. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Peter Stark Program at USC, a 2008 graduate of Pomona College, and was a finalist for both the 2015 Sundance Episodic Storytelling Lab and the 2015/2016 Disney Storyteller's Program.
With a long history of writing for Canadian TV, actress Sugar Lyn Beard is claiming her stake in the American market with three projects picked up by Point Grey Pictures, including a pilot deal with NBC that she'll cowrite and star in. You may also recognize her from THE DISASTER ARTIST, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, and THE FLASH, or remember her voice from SAUSAGE PARTY and CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS.
Raised in an Illinois county that still has only one stoplight, T.A. escaped to Chicago for college where he started writing, editing, and directing. In 2014 he moved to LA, and he was a semifinalist in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowship with THE VOLUNTEER. He now works as a Segment Producer for CBS's BIG BROTHER, and was the Overall Winner of the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition with DEAD MEN, which was optioned by Endgame Entertainment.
No stranger to either film or TV, Tamara wrote EVERYTHING'S COOL for Anonymous Content and Iconoclast, and worked on both REVENGE WEDDING and OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE LETTERS for CBS Films. On the television side, she is an Executive Producer on Crackle's THE ART OF MORE, and recently sold THE KILL to USA with Michael Polish.
Previously a writer and co-producer on ABC'S HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and HBO'S LOOKING, Tanya's original pilot VIDA was recently picked up by Starz with her set as showrunner. She's been staffed on HBO's GIRLS and Lifetime's DEVIOUS MAIDS, and is also an accomplished playwright, having received numerous awards, grants, and accolades for her theatrical work - such as being named the Best New Playwright of 2010 by Chicago Magazine.
Most recently, Thomas developed TRANSIENCE at The CW through Warner Bros. TV and Rare Birds Productions. He previously premiered his one-act play POCKET UNIVERSE, which garnered rave reviews from critics. Born and raised in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, he earned an MFA in Directing from Regent University, and has since written and directed several award-winning short films, including a made-for-cable movie produced by Peter Engel.
Todd's latest feature ALL MY LIFE sold to Universal with Broken Road Productions producing. Sean Robins at Broken Road found the true story and secured the rights along with Todd's take on the material, and Todd is currently working with the subject's widow on a book based on her experiences. His previous feature SOULMATES was developed at Amazon Films.
A New York playwright, Tracey's original pilot LUCY LIVES UPTOWN is currently in development with Executive Producer Taraji P. Henson and Executive Producer/Director Peter Horton at Pico Creek Productions. She was also recently granted an Elizabeth George Commission from the South Coast Repertory and had another one of her plays, WE ARE HERE, produced as a part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival after its World Premiere at New York Stage and Film in 2011.
After working in the Fox Writers Studio in 2011, Tripper wrote scripts for Columbia Pictures, Paramount Animation, Hasbro, Fox, and even studios abroad. In 2016, his adaptation FOUR AGAINST THE BANK was released theatrically, and Fox acquired his spec STUBER for mid-six figures, which he conceived with Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who will produce under their GoldDay banner. He is also writing THE ART OF FIELDING for IMG Worldwide and Mandalay Sports Media.
Zoe started attracting attention when her spec CUT AND RUN landed on the 2015 Black List. Her next feature HART YOU, which is being packaged by Michael De Luca Productions, made the 2016 Black List and Hit List. She recently sold BITCHES ON A BOAT to Good Deed Entertainment, and she is currently adapting Garth Ennis's graphic novel THE PRO for Paramount with Erwin Stoff producing.