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Writers

Welcome to ULSC’s member database! Each writer is hand-selected, vetted, and referred by our team and industry professionals. This list is alphabetized by last name with keywords to help you navigate our roster of talented writers and multi-hyphenates! 

SARAH WALLER

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EMILY ADAMS

Bio:

emily adams is a screenwriter, actor and croissant enthusiast born and raised in suburban southern california. she graduated from Brown University with a degree in literary arts. her comedy feature, Margot, made the 2020 Blacklist and is currently in development with Canary House Productions. adams has worked as production assistant for Apatow Productions and as a writers' PA for ABC's A Million Little Things. she currently resides in los angeles with her english bulldog, Winifred.     

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Tracy Kopulsky, Grandview Entertainment

Preferred Contact:
Manager, Self

tracy@grandviewla.com

emjaneadams@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, goofy, heartfelt, character-driven, spunky, witty

SARAH WALLER

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MICHELLE ALEXANDER

Bio:

Michelle Alexander is currently screening her award-winning short film, 'Blow Out', which she wrote and stars in, at film festivals across the world (with 5 awards and 6 nominations to date) and just wrapped an MOW for Reel One. 
She grew up in a Canadian seaside town with one traffic light, moved on to study at the University of Windsor’s Acting Conservatory, and later became the youngest Associate Artistic Director of Canada’s National Women’s Theatre. 
As an actor, Michelle was a series regular on Vincenzo Natali’s 'Darknet' (Netflix US/UK/CAN), and recurring on both 'The Expanse' (Amazon) and 'Designated Survivor' (ABC). 
Her first web series, 'Overachieving Underdogs', which she wrote and stars in, landed a development deal with Shaftesbury Entertainment and thus began her writing career. 
Since then she has had projects in development on both sides of the border, was a staff writer for the second season of 'Haunted Case Files', and has won pitch competitions at the Banff World Media Festival as well as the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. 
She's the youngest in her family by 8 years and spent most of her childhood hiding in closets, and having deep conversations with her dog figurine collection.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:
Self

michellealexander2@gmail.com

Keywords:
comedy, surreal, horror, sci-fi, female-driven

SARAH WALLER

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JAMIE ANDERSON

Bio:

Jamie Anderson was recognized as “The New Female Director to Watch Out For in 2020” by Viva Glam Magazine, and “Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018” by The International Screenwriters’ Association. She has written, directed, and produced three short films that have all won awards, including Best Director for Punching Bag, Best Dark Comedy for I’m F%$#ing Fine, and Best Dark Comedy for Me Too Nice, which was selected for eighteen festivals in 2020. She directed English romantic comedy, I Won’t Say I Love You, in the UK, winning Best Romantic Short, Best Romance, and Best Actress. Most recently, Jamie wrote, directed, and produced her comedy pilot, Pumas, in Los Angeles, safely during the pandemic.

Having grown up in Mississippi, and then Florida, Jamie's work is inspired by the Redneck Riviera, as well as her dating life in Hollywood, both of which are a wealth of material that guarantees she’ll never run out of something to write about. At times with crass humor, she has a knack for turning the painful into the absurd, always with depth and heart. After an acting career in film and television, Jamie realized her greatest love was writing and directing, and helping others shine on screen.

Next, she will direct romantic feature film, Summer in Rome, which she co-wrote, in Italy. Subsequently, she is slated to direct her comedy feature film, Pregnant in Las Vegas, in 2021.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

 

Preferred Contact:

Self

jamiepenanderson@gmail.com

Keywords:
Comedy, Dramedy, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Romance, Satire

SARAH WALLER

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LORI BALABAN

Bio:

Lori Balaban is an award-winning screenwriter Her Family Guy spec script won Scriptapoolza, and Arrested Development spec was a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival. Balaban advanced in the Fox’s TV Writer’s Lab and WIF/Black List episodic lab. She’s a member of the WGA and PGA. Balaban has recently crafted five original television pilots—three dramas and two comedies—ready for submission. She also has two finished screenplays to shop.

Balaban has written, directed and produced tv and films including the short film Dog Stalker, which featured The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, and aired on the CBS Comedy Night School. Learning Curve and Nie zu Spat debuted at the AFI Ripfest Collaborative Film Project. She has written and produced series for National Geographic, TLC and directed award-winning large scale branded content for NBC, Harley Davidson, A+E and Sundance. She directed Ron Howard for AMC’s Toronto Film Festival content, and worked on projects with such Hollywood talent as Kathy Lee and Hoda Jared Leto and Jeremy Renner.

Balaban is also an accomplished novelist. She has completed two literary thrillers. Left of Bang, which won the prestigious City College of New York’s Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize, and the screenplay won the graduate award in memory of David Dortort—who produced the NBC TV show, Bonanza. Even though there’s plenty of sarcastic Jewish girls already in LA, Balaban dabbles in Improvisation and sketch writing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Second City while teaching screenwriting at NYFA LA and directing at UCLA. However, she still cannot parallel park a car, even a small one.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager

Kim Veasey, Merak Management

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

Dark comedy, edgy, topical

SARAH WALLER

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EMILIA BARROSSE

Bio:

Hello, my name is Emilia and I like to think of myself as a human being. I've always loved story telling, whether it was at age 5 when I wanted to be an archaeologist to tell the story of dinosaurs, or or age 16 when I wanted to be a journalist to tell the story of humanity, or at age 21 (JUST after I earned my degree in journalism) when I realized what I really wanted to do was tell the stories I made up on my own :) 

Writes:

TV 

Representation:

Manager

Casey Neumeier & Maggie Haskins, Artists First

Preferred Contact:

Self

ebarrosse2@gmail.com

Keywords:

FUNNY! honest, sharp, progressive, witty

SARAH WALLER

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SCARLETT BERMINGHAM

Bio:

Oh man. I could copy paste my bio from the before times but that feels disingenuous to the person currently sitting in front of her laptop pondering if it’s time to move over to the standing desk in 2021.
I’m Scarlett. Re-writing my own bio. I’m deeply excited for when the time comes that other people do this task for me so I can focus on important things like painting my nails at my desk and which treat I’ll procure next from the kitchen.

I started out as an actor and only an actor and that kinda sucked a lot of days so now I write as well and it’s going...well.

I’m currently writing a ghost movie. I can’t say more than that. But it’s a comedy about grief. I’m doing it for the company Particular Crowd, a subsidiary of Warners. And I’m excited about it.

I have pitched three TV shows to everyone in LA, your uncle in Tampa, your fourth grade teacher and your sister’s ex. They went well. They did not sell. It’s okay.
I’ve turned one of them into a novel so in six years it can be reverse engineered and some studio exec can snap it up and slap “based on the book” on the poster. It’s a pretty airtight plan.
The other one I'm turning into a movie with Canary House and Big Cat Productions and I’m eternally grateful for their consistent confidence in me.

The third one I lit on fire and threw into the Atlantic Ocean.

I’ve developed with Lucky Chap, Milojo, James Frey’s 3BLKDOT. I spent a few years pre-pandemic as a writer deep in branching narrative /choose your own adventure shows with Eko. Epic Night, which I’m super proud of and the yet to be released Damage Control which stars Ben Schwartz, Busy Phillips and wait for it…Billy Zane. My seventh grade Titanic loving brain is still splattered all over the floor.
My favorite thing I’ve ever written is a play. It’s a Lady Macbeth origin story in rhyming verse. I want more than anything to get it produced. Once we can theatre again.
In closing: ask me about my plants.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Cavalry Media, Jared Ceizler

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

scarlett.bermingham@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy. Dark Comedy. Hijinks heavy. Female...forward?

SARAH WALLER

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JEANIE BERGEN

Bio:

Jeanie Bergen was raised in the sticks of Wisconsin by her grandmother and aunt, after the death of her mother (fuck breast cancer) and subsequent abandonment of her father (his loss). Jeanie received her first Emmy award at age 23 for her work as a broadcast journalist in Tucson, AZ. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy writing and trained at The Groundlings Theatre & School for three years. After receiving her MFA from USC, she joined the Amazon comedy development team, overseeing half-hour series such as FLEABAG and ONE MISSISSIPPI. She left Amazon to work on Season 2 of ONE MISSISSIPPI as the Writers’ Assistant. She was a Story Editor on the second season of ZAC & MIA for Hulu. Jeanie’s autobiographical pilot about her experience taking care of her disabled sister, E IS FOR EDIE, earned her one of five spots in Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass and sold to Spectrum Originals. Her most recent credits include MR. CORMAN for Apple TV.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Chelsea Connors, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

jeaniebergen@gmail.com

Keywords:

dark comedy, grounded, disability, disabled, caregiving, grief, dating, relationships, taboo

SARAH WALLER

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RITZA BLOOM

Bio:

Ritza Bloom was born to loving, yet loud, Haitian immigrants, and just barely survived the many oddities from her Floridian childhood. She attended Duke University, where she studied Sociology & Theatre when she wasn't starting a secret society or throwing inappropriately-themed parties. Since moving to L.A. in 2013, she’s worked in the digital sphere, creating a web-series (Lalaland the Webseries), and writing/producing/directing content for Issa Rae Production's Facebook platform, The Peak (including BSU the Webseries, and Thanksgiving with Black Families that cleared over 1-million views in it’s first week). She was a semi-finalist in the HBO All-Access Writing Fellowship and was selected as a participant in the 2018 Disney/ ABC Writing Program, which led her to get staffed on Grown-ish Season 2 (Freeform), where she got her first script. She was recently staffed on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and currently writes for a family show on a “streamer” synonymous with your phone (unless you’re a green-bubble texter). Outside of work, you can find her hanging out with her husband and baby boy, passionately cheering on the Blue Devils, or floating (face-up) in the calming waters of the Pacific near her home in Playa Vista.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent

APA

Kyle Loftus, Mike Goldberg, Danny Alexander, Halle Mariner

Zero Gravity

Eric Williams

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

ritza.bloom@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, Provocative, Female-Driven, Black/Immigrant Identity Pieces, YA/Coming of Age

SARAH WALLER

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NYASHA BRYANT

Bio:

Nyasha Bryant is an LA based writer and the founder of Miss Read Books, an independent bookshop that celebrates & elevates stories driven by BIPOC women & non-binary femmes. A military brat with roots in Zimbabwe, Nyasha is well-traveled and channels her international viewpoint into the stories she tells about characters finding their unique place in the world. As both a creative and a business owner, Nyasha’s passion lies in highlighting exciting, relatable stories through unique and diverse perspectives.

Nyasha is currently an associate producer at one of the leading marketing & advertising companies in the country, Herzog & Co. There, she’s worked on projects including Amazon’s UNCLE FRANK, Apple’s GREYHOUND, and Focus Features’ ANTEBELLUM. 

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

NYASHA@MISSREADBOOKS.ORG

Keywords:

novels, short stories, fantasy, genre, action-adventure, drama, comedy, supernatural, diverse, female-led, offbeat, edgy, dark humor, Black culture

 
 

SARAH WALLER

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CHRISTINA BROSMAN

Bio:

Christina Brosman was recently awarded the 2019 Humanitas New Voices fellowship for her pilot, Sacrificial, which she developed with ULSC's own Morgan Pichinson during her time at Mosaic. She also won the 2016 New York Television Festival Scripts Competition with her comedy pilot, Medium Well. That script was named One to Watch on WeForShe's 2017 WriteHer List as well. She is currently the Writers Assistant on an as-yet-untitled project by Maria Semple. In 2019, she served as the Script Coordinator on Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q and the final season of The Affair, and on Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner's HBO comedy series Camping in the year prior. She’s written for the forthcoming podcasts Wellness and Other Crimes, produced by The Paragon Collective, and Fishpriest, produced by Treefort. She'll talk to you about Star Wars and Top Chef with equal and possibly alarming passion. She has killed every succulent she's ever owned.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agents:

Melissa Darman & Sara Nestor, Verve

Manager:

Merideth Bajaña, Grandview

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self 

Christina137@gmail.com

Keywords:

Grounded-ish genre comedy (like, people acting like actual humans would in outlandish situations, that vibe)

 

 
 

SARAH WALLER

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RACHEL BURGER

Bio:

Hi, I’m Rachel Burger (like a hamburger). I took a very boring 5-day road trip from Chicago to LA in 2012. I’ve spent the last 7 years working Dan Fogelman’s TV production company, Rhode Island Ave. Productions. I know. It was the longest commitment I’ve ever had. But, it allowed me to really craft my writing voice, while also learning what it takes to be a successful producer and showrunner. His credits speak for themselves while mine are just getting started. I’m currently working in the writer’s room for the upcoming 20th/Hulu show, Only Murders in the Building, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. It probably will air next year. What else do you need to know? I like hockey, dogs, and have acquired zero extra skills during this quarantine.  

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Managers:

Tracey Murray & Josh Levy, Industry 

Preferred Contact:
Manager, Self

rchl.brgr@gmail.com

Keywords:
dark comedy, grounded, heightened reality, adventure 

SARAH WALLER

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RACHAEL BURKE

Bio:

Rachael is a comedian, producer, writer, impressionist, and actor. Currently, she is a Writer/Producer at The Drew Barrymore Show. Her career started when she won Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s Dance Challenge with an original dance move and was interviewed on the show and danced with Jimmy to a song by The Roots. Rachael went on to become a Contributing Writer at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the longest tenured member of the show’s digital team that won 2 Emmy awards while Rachael worked there. While at The Tonight Show, Rachael recieved NBC's Going the Extra Mile Award for "exceptional work and leadership that extends above and beyond what is asked.” Rachael appeared on several episodes of NBC’s Bring the Funny with the sketch team she created, Kids These Days, performing their own original sketches. When they're not on TV, Rachael and Kids These Days has a monthly sketch show at the People's Improv Theater in NYC, has toured the country to SF SketchFest, NY Comedy Festival, and more. Rachael also worked in the research department at The Late Show with David Letterman. Rachael wrote and performed her celebrity impressions, voice acting for a new America’s Funniest Home Videos show. 

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:
Self

rachaelburkecomedy@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female-forward, comedy, socially conscious, grounded comedy, satire, mockumentary, workplace comedies, road trip movies, sketch comedy, musical, musical comedy, Christmas
 

SARAH WALLER

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ANNA CHRISTOPHER

Bio:

Anna Christopher is a television and film writer and director who grew up in Illinois, writing stories and riding horses. Most recently, she was staffed on Amblin’s GREMLINS: SECRETS OF THE MOGWAI for HBO Max. Previously, she wrote on the Emmy-nominated HELPSTERS (Apple), MY LITTLE PONIES: EQUESTRIA GIRLS (Discovery Family), SCREAM: THE TV SERIES (MTV), and the beloved teen comedy AWKWARD (MTV). Currently, she’s developing an IP-based, hybrid live-action/animated pilot with Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Television. In film, Anna has developed a high school comedy series with Awesomeness TV which she is now adapting into a feature. Her other feature writing work includes a romantic comedy for Maker Studios, adapted from the book WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOME TIME by Josh Sundquist.

As a director, Anna’s short films have screened at film festivals worldwide and won numerous audience awards, a student Emmy and Best Family Pilot at The New York Television Festival. Anna has also directed branded digital and broadcast content for Dannon, Olay, Trojan, Lactaid, and the acclaimed Proctor & Gamble “Raising an Olympian” series. Her recent narrative work includes the comedy short NEVER SEEN YOU SHINE SO BRIGHT starring Lance Barber (Young Sheldon). 

Anna’s other talents include key lime pie, losing power struggles with her toddler, and Instacart.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:
Manager:

Aaron Kogan, Aaron Kogan Management

Preferred Contact:
Manager

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, YA, rom-com, female-driven, action comedy adventures, big genre fun with heartfelt feels

SARAH WALLER

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RACHEL CALLMAN

Bio:

Rachel is a TV/Film writer with a focus on grounded comedy. She just wrote a biopic feature about the founder of OPI Nail Lacquer, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann and is pivoting back to half-hour comedy. Previously, she was a Contributing Writer/Digital Associate Producer on Tosh.0 for over four years. She currently serves as the Director of Operations for ULSC.

 

Rachel made the final round for the Creator's Program at Comedy Central, has been a finalist for the WB Writer's Workshop and in the Top Ten for Final Draft's Big Break competition. She has experience in writing films, TV, shorts, sketches, standup, and late night. Additionally, her work has been featured on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, NickMom, XOJane, and in two college textbooks on comedy that her mom keeps on her coffee table. 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:
Agents:

Maude Reilly & Halle Mariner, APA

Preferred Contact:
Agents, Self

Rachel.callman@gmail.com

Keywords:
Grounded, Comedy, Jokes, Late Night, Narrative, Very Good, Hirable, Peanuts?

SARAH WALLER

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LAUREN CANNON

Bio:

Lauren Cannon attended Bryn Mawr College, where she converted from literal choir girl to full-blown feminist. She completed the Screenwriting MFA program at USC and has written and produced several award-winning short films including DeComposition (Winner, LA Comedy Film Festival, Finalist Scripted “Narrated Tale” Contest, LA Comedy Shorts Fest) and I’m Dating the Antichrist, (Winner, LA Comedy Film Festival “Best of the Fest.”) Her pilot The Young Lady’s Guide to Surviving Death won the Page International Screenwriting Awards - Gold Prize. Throughout 2020, her short film Basic Witch is making the socially-distant festival rounds. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, son and a cat named Marco. BothNoSelf

Female-forward, socially conscious, grounded comedy, satire, magical realism

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:
Self

laurenkscannon@gmail.com

Keywords:
Female-forward, socially conscious, grounded comedy, satire, magical realism

SARAH WALLER

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LAUREN CIARAVALLI

Bio:

 

Lauren Ciaravalli is an LA-based writer and director with a passion for female-driven stories. She is currently developing a comedic one-hour series with Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions. Last year, AwesomenessTV hired Lauren to write and direct an episode of the romance anthology series LOVE, DAILY (Hulu), for which she was nominated for a WGA Award. Lauren’s unique ability to connect with GenZ and Millennial audiences extends to digital, branded, and commercial spaces where Lauren has created and directed content for BratTV, SnapChat, Spotify, Barnes & Noble, Lime Crime, MGA Entertainment and more. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts and the Nickelodeon Writing Program. Her work can be found at www.LaurenCiaravalli.com

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:
Manager:

Lindsay Cohen, Rise Management

Preferred Contact:
Manager, Self

Ciaravallilcfilmtv@gmail.com

Keywords:
comedy, drama, romance, YA

SARAH WALLER

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CHELSEA CLARK-JAMES

Bio:

 

Writing is where the magic is, and magic changes everything. I write drama with social justice undertones and characters who struggle to believe. 

Practicing Buddhist, cis, hetero wf raised in interracial lgbtq+ family. Social codes are real but don’t have to be. With a BA in Modern Languages and Cultural Anthropology, I began work in non-profit (housing, mental illness, substance abuse) but pivoted later to film/TV production. Over a decade on set as a grip taught me a script is a blueprint; if it’s done well, other talents can build something beautiful. The art of writing, for me, is a never ending pursuit. I genuinely love the curiosity and persistence good storytelling requires. 

Current WIPs include editing a guide for women wanting to work below-the-line film/TV jobs, a character drama feature, and an original fantasy pilot about a Buddhist trash disposal service.

ISO OWAs, rewrites, and international co-productions. Contact for writing sample.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

suite206stories@gmail.com

Keywords:
drama, sci-fi, fantasy, romantic, dramedy

SARAH WALLER

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EMILY SARANE COHN

Bio:

 

My name is Emily Cohn (she/her) and I'm a writer/director/editor who’s finally overcome a fear of elevators. Here's a list of my other accomplishments:

- "CRSHD," my first feature film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently available on Hulu and other online movie places
- The NYTimes included me as one of 9 filmmakers who should be on your radar
- I've worked professionally for MoMA, American Empirical Pictures, MTV News and a number of other film and TV productions
- Graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Creative Writing from Oberlin College
- Studied screenwriting and directing at the Prague Film School where my diploma film "Czechlist" won the audience award at our graduation screenings
- I was a 2012 Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca Film Fellow where my short film "Pierced" received the top level of funding and went on to win Best Drama at the All American High School Film Festival
- My high school web series, “The Do Not Enter Diaries,” was featured in the NYTimes
- 5s on AP calc and AP French –– since I know no one will ask, but it makes me feel unique
- Fifth generation New Yorker who somehow has a driver's license
- Proud member of Free the Work and Film Fatales

I'm currently revising my second feature script, writing a New York-set comedy pilot and directing the upcoming Riot Grrrl-inspired feature "Guts," written by Isabelle Barbier –– among other passion projects and freelance work.

Some of my all-time favorite films are "Little Miss Sunshine," "Superbad" and "When Harry Met Sally."

Well. That's me! I'd like to move out of my childhood bedroom before I'm 30, so, please hit me up with any and all collabs!

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Anna Weinstein, Hannah Davis, Amanda Hacohen, WME

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

ecohnemail@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dramedy, Coming-of-Age, Surreal/Inventive, Comedy

SARAH WALLER

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SASHA COMPERE

Writes:

Hour TV

Representation:

Manager:

Anne Hong, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

Comperes@gmail.com

Keywords:

Grounded and POC/Immigrant based

SARAH WALLER

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MELODY COOPER

Bio:

 

I'm a genre writer focused on social issues, BIPOC characters, and female protagonists. I was raised by parents who were activists and teachers in a Blerd (Black nerd) family that loved science and literature, and proved that Black people DO go camping. And yes, my brother is Chris Cooper, the Central Park Birder, and I'm the one who posted his video on Twitter and wrote that NY Times Op-Ed piece. After writing a Defund the Police article and doing a WGA panel on the need for more Black writers in cop show rooms, I was tapped to become story editor on the 22nd season of NBCUniversal’s Law & Order: SVU. I was selected for the 2020/21 Sundance Episodic Lab’s new Idea Lab to develop a grounded sci-fi pilot. I started out in TV in 2019 as staff writer on the second season of the CW series Two Sentence Horror Stories for which I wrote two wild episodes. In 2020 I also co-wrote a comedy sci-fi episode starring Wayne Brady for The Insiders, a new series headed by Greg Grunberg. A 2019 HBO Access Writing Fellow, I was winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Film Festival with my dramatic feature script NORTHERN CROSS about a Black woman and Latine immigrant on the run. My horror TV pilot, SUNDOWN, has been a Finalist for several labs. Winner of Stowe Story Labs Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship, I was also selected for AMC Shudder Lab with a supernatural feature script THE SOUND OF DARKNESS. My activist heart beats strong and a short documentary, DETAINED, which I wrote, produced and directed, received a 2018 IndieFest Award of Recognition. Writing residencies I've done include Yaddo (2019) and La Napoule Art Foundation in France in 2018 (in a beautiful, haunted castle on the Mediterranean for a month). Also an award-winning playwright, I received a Ford Foundation grant to travel to Rwanda to develop my play SWEET MERCY, which was later developed by NY Stage and Film, starring Danai Gurira. DAY OF RECKONING about Lucy Parsons and the early Labor Movement in the U.S., was produced in NY and won the Jane Chambers Award. I currently write the comic book OMNI about a Black woman doctor with super intelligence (Issues #5 - 10) published by Mark Waid at Humanoids. I started a group of women horror writers and filmmakers called NYX Horror Collective, and I'm developing an original feature with Fear Works to direct in Canada in 2021. Website: www.melodyMcooper.com

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Brandon Lawrence, Pete Stein, Jim Nicolay, Carlos Segarra & Anna Jinks, CAA

Manager:

Corey Trent Ackerman

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:
Dramatic thrillers, horror and grounded sci fi 

SARAH WALLER

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MORGAN DAMERON

Bio:

Morgan Dameron is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has a passion for female-empowerment stories, and an affinity for working with actors. Her feature film, Different Flowers, starring Emmy-Award-Winner Shelley Long, won Best Feature Film at KC Film Fest. After its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and theatrical release in 2017, Different Flowers is now airing on Showtime. As a participant of Ryan Murphy’s HALF initiative, Dameron shadowed Gwyneth Horder-Payton on American Horror Story Season 7. She was also selected for the Paul Feig FUSE mentorship program, and a competitive Producers’ Caucus fellowship. Her digital series and branded content have garnered tens of millions of views online for brands such as MTV, Halo Top Creamery, Canadamark Diamonds, and Nickelodeon.


Dameron got her start working for J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot, on films Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Dameron was honored with Kansas City Women in Film and Television’s “Spirit of Kansas City” award, Duke’s Talent Identification Program’s “Early Achievement Award,” and USC’s “Renaissance Prize,” awarded to only ten students per graduating class. Dameron is currently in development on her second feature, produced by Paul Feig’s Powderkeg and 3BlackDot. 

 

  

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Kendrick Tan, Lit Entertainment Group

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:
Comedy, sci-fi, heartwarming 

SARAH WALLER

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TERESA DECHER

Bio:

 

Teresa Decher is a writer, actor, and more recently, director and author. Whether on the page, behind the camera or in front, Teresa is dedicated to creating space for women to be their beautifully imperfect and messy selves, while often commenting, either directly or indirectly, on mental health. Her background is in comedy and her writing team Yes Please! has reached over one million views on YouTube, collaborated with Comedy Central and Funny or Die, developed a pilot with DiGA Studios (the production company behind "Scream" and "Teen Wolf"), and been featured at Los Angeles Film Festival, NYTVF, Raindance, and more. She has also expanded into sci-fi and horror with her directorial debut “Subject 3”, which premiered at FrightFest 2020, and is currently working on her debut novel in the YA space. Her writing has been featured on Thought Catalog and she was a top finalist for NaNoWriMo’s Los Angeles Anthology competition.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

mail@teresadecher.com

Keywords:
female-driven, mental health, messy characters, anti-heroes, misfits, comedy, sci-fi, horror, and young adult

SARAH WALLER

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EMMA DUDLEY

Bio:

 

Born in Philadelphia and raised in the Bay Area, Emma Dudley is a comedy and drama writer transplanted to Los Angeles. She has developed series for DreamWorks and Nickelodeon, staffed on DreamWorks series for both Netflix and Hulu, and has written for Netflix, Warner Bros., and Miramax in the feature space. FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE was on the 2020 Black List, and Emma's work has also gone through the Sundance Screenwriting Intensive Lab and been featured on the WeForShe WriteHer List. Additionally, she's an ongoing contributor for Reductress.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Amanda Jo Smith, UTA

Manager:

Lauren Dineley, Writ Large

Preferred Contact:

Self

emma.a.dudley@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, character-driven

SARAH WALLER

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SIENA EAST

Bio:

 

Siena East is a Choctaw writer, comedian, and actress based in Los Angeles. Siena studied Film and Television Production at New York University. Her short film "Lycanphobic" (the lovely story of a girl who wants to find out if her werewolf boyfriend is also having sex with dogs) was included in both the LA Skins Film Festival, where it was nominated in the Emerging Filmmaker category, and the NYU First Run Festival, where it won an award for Best Supporting Actress. After graduating from NYU, Siena returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television writing. She was a part of the 3rd Annual LA Skins Television Writers’ lab. Her original pilot “Mixed Up” was selected for a live reading at the 12th Annual LA Skins Film Festival and at the February 2020 Broken Barriers The New Normal Reading Series. In 2018, she continued to pursue writing for half-hour comedy when she started working as a Writer’s Assistant for Chadd Gindin. As a Writer’s Assistant, she helped develop ideas, work on pilot pitches, break stories, and pitch jokes. In 2019, she performed in You're Welcome: A Pre-Thanksgiving All Native American Improv Show, the first all Native improv show at UCB. As a comedian, Siena was first featured in the Kibitz Room’s clean showcase, where she won the audience choice award "The Best of the Bunch". Since then she has performed at the Comedy Union, Teatro de Luna, and has regularly performed at ACME NoHo. Currently, Siena is being mentored in the LA Skins Native American Showrunner’s lab by Owen Dennis.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager

Thuan Dang, Gotham Group

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:
Outrageous Comedy

SARAH WALLER

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LISA EBERSOLE

Bio:

 

I write comedy that will make you cry and make your mother blush.

Born and bred in Washington DC, Lisa Ebersole is the Creator and star of 37 PROBLEMS (Amazon Prime Video, Gravitas, Elizabeth Banks WHOHAHA.) She is currently writing an autobiographical half hour, TERRIBLE THINGS about a single, 43 year-old orphan trying to figure out what went wrong; writing/directing a feature Christmas movie for Mar Vista; pitching an adult animation show, MALIBU BEAR.

Lisa received her MFA Screenwriting from UCLA in 2014. Prior to that, she was a NY Playwright known for the Off Broadway plays BROTHER (Samuel French); MOTHER (starring Holland Taylor & Buck Henry.) While spending her money making plays and films, Lisa worked as Editor-In-Chief of the kids’ animated movie site, BrainPOP.com and was a Producer for Disney Interactive’s apps: Toy Story, Cars, Beauty And The Beast etc. 

Lisa is a two-time finalist for Juilliard’s Playwriting Fellowship and winner of UCLA’s George Burns Comedy Fellowship and Showcase Competition. During quarantine, she has hosted a monthly Happy Hour for Hollywood Womxn which has lead to jobs, connections, and collaborations when most of our industry has been shut down. Lisa also runs a coaching business for Screenwriters, which teaches writers the process of writing through their Authentic Lens (writing a script that only they can) which is what got her noticed and paid after many years of “i love your wriitng” but no job offers - lisaebersole.net

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

lisaebersole@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, raw, human, authentic

SARAH WALLER

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REEM EDAN

Bio:

 

Reem Edan is an Iraqi-American comedian, writer, content creator and ex-film marketer known for her unique brand of “Muslim-ennial” humor. She’s performed at venues and colleges across the globe and opened for comics including Iliza Schlesinger and Arsenio Hall. Reem is an alumni of the MGM Writing Program, a two-time scholarship recipient at the Groundlings, one of six participants chosen for the 2020 NBC Late Night Writing Workshop, winner of the 2019 Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards, and was recently named one of Bustle’s “5 Muslim Women Comedians to Get you Through Social Distancing.” She also works with brands like WhoHaha (Elizabeth Banks) and SWAAY Media to elevate female and diverse stories.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Danny Alexander, APA

Manager:

Matt Sadeghian & Isaac Horne, Avalon

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

Reemhsni@gmail.com

Keywords:
Comedy-heavy, cultural, satirical, unique 

SARAH WALLER

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RACHEL FARRELL FISCHER

Bio:

 

Cowgirl. Soldier. Traveller. Pilot. Only sometimes procrastinator. Writer.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Val McElroy, Epigram

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

rachelfischer01@live.com

Keywords:
Military. Grounded Sci-fi. Adventure. Mystery.

SARAH WALLER

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JANEY FEINGOLD

Bio:

 

Janey Feingold is a writer, director and lyricist. In 2017, Janey wrote and created the viral teen musical series CHICKEN GIRLS for the Brat Youtube Network. The series received over 100 million views in the first season alone and is currently in its 7th season. CHICKEN GIRLS was nominated for 2018 and 2019 Streamy Awards. Janey has written and directed short films, music videos, branded content and musical theater work. Most recently, Janey produced and directed “Creativity Isn’t Canceled” a digital song cycle live stream event featuring original musical theater work written entirely in quarantine. Janey is a co-founder and Writer-in-Residence of CLUB BYOSS, an organization that works with writers and actors to create community through networking, advocacy, education and creative events. Janey is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a BA in Film Production, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Musical Theater Writing at the NYU Tisch School of the arts.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Drew Shenfield, Mosiac Media Group 

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

Teen, musical, comedy, digital, film, tv, stage 

SARAH WALLER

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JORI LYNN FELKER

Bio:

 

Hailing from the harsh winds of Chicago, Jori once graduated with a Neuroscience degree just to spite an ex-boyfriend. But upon realizing Grey’s Anatomy poorly resembled her vision of working in the medical field, she pivoted into entertainment. Clawing her way across various lit desks, she debuted her cerebral yet heartfelt voice in the frozen-time coming-of-age drama BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS, which currently has Charlie Bean (LADY & THE TRAMP) attached to direct. A true nerd at heart, she produces video game-inspired content centered on tackling gaming from a female perspective. She currently supports the season 2 staff of GABBY DURAN & THE UNSITTABLES on Disney Channel and can touch her tongue to her nose.

Writes:

Film

Representation:

Agent:

David Boxerbaum, Verve‭

Manager:

Trip Bennewitz

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

richmanj@mac.com

Keywords:
Weird, surreal, YA, coming of age, dark comedy, psychological, fantastical, witty

SARAH WALLER

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MIKA FRANK

Bio:

A native of Cleveland, Mika began her storytelling career as a songwriter. However, the struggles of being a kid parent hindered her from pursuing an unconventional career. Mika then went on to become a pharmacist. After Mika discovered the world of film and television writing, she refocused her talents and moved to Los Angeles. Mika has since placed in the 2018 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, the 2019 WeScreenplay Contest, and the 2020 WB TV Writer’s Workshop. Mika has written and directed the webseries, My Girlfriend is Black, and a number of short films. Mika is best at penning flawed female-driven stories that explore the intricacies of being a strong woman often with an evolutionary arc that leads to liberation. Mika currently works as a showrunner’s assistant on MacGyver.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Conrad Sun, Meridian Artists

Preferred Contact:

Self

DrMikaFrank@gmail.com

Keywords:

I am best at writing flawed strong female leads and not the trope-y type of strong, but authentic three-dimensional women. Often times, the character will often undergo an evolutionary arc that leads her to some liberating or freeing place in life. 

SARAH WALLER

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MIKA FRANK

Bio:

I'm a farm girl from outside of Nashville who grew up listening to the ole farmer's tall tales. Now I write tall tales in Hollywood. I got my start at Second City, where I realized that writing & directing made me way less nauseous than performing in front of people. I've written features for Netflix, Hulu, Freeform... My latest feature, Afterlife of the Party, will stream on Netflix in 2021. In my side hustle days, I taught cooking classes (sushi was my favorite). I have a 14-year old dog that rules my world. I love to travel but keep failing miserably at learning languages.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Jeff Portnoy & Kate Sharp, Bellevue Productions

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

carriefreedle@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy. Strong female lead & characters. Action Comedy. Rom Com. Music-centric. Witty banter. Physical comedy.

SARAH WALLER

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KAITLIN FONTANA

Bio:

Kaitlin Fontana is an Emmy-nominated TV and film writer, director, and producer, and a National Magazine award-winning essayist. In a not-so-distant past life, she was a music journalist. She's the current host of the WGAE's craft and process podcast, OnWriting.

Kaitlin's feature film script, GIRLFRIEND ON MARS, is on the 2019 Black List. She is a 2018 NYTVF Development Deal recipient (Audible) as well as a finalist in the 2018 HBOAccess Directing Fellowship. Her directorial debut, FRANCHESCA, was an official 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection. She was a Field Producer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Kaitlin was a 2018 WriteHer List Honoree, an inaugural 2017 WGA/Made in New York Writers Room Fellow, 2017 Showtime Tony Cox Award winner, 2017 Nantucket Comedy Colonist, and 2017 Bitch List Honoree.

Kaitlin sits on the Writers Guild of America, East council and believes in the power of collective action. She lives in Los Angeles, CA and was born in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada, a distinction she shares with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Christina Campagnola, GRLBND

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

kaitlin.fontana@gmail.com

Keywords:

Elevated dark comedies with genre twists, weird dramas, magical realist sci-fi

SARAH WALLER

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MEAGAN FULPS

Bio:

Born in a small Denver suburb where playing sports and going to outdoor concerts were the only things to do besides drugs, young Meagan Fulps desperately prayed that she’d become a professional athlete and marry Nick Jonas. Thankfully God knows best and only one of the two came to be. Despite being height challenged and reminded her whole career that boys sports were somehow more important, she excelled as an elite baller and makes sure to remind every single person she meets for a general multiple times. In addition to championing female athletes on the page, she has an affinity for asshole characters and quirky, contemporary worlds. When she’s not pounding the keys, she’s being told to “f*ck off” (lovingly) by her training clients or attending couples therapy with her fiancé in the form of paintball.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

mfulps@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, grounded, female led, workplace

SARAH WALLER

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ROBIN FUSCO

Bio:

Robin is a television drama writer who creates character-driven stories centered on women who shatter stereotypes as they forge new identities. She recently joined the WGA Independent Writers Caucus and was selected as a 2019 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellow in Screenwriting. Now based in Los Angeles, Robin has placed in notable competitions including WeScreenplay, Cinequest, Big Break, ScreenCraft, and Vancouver International Women in Film. In addition to her television work, she's a commissioned playwright and has had several plays performed internationally. When she's not writing, Robin nerds out over advancements in science and medicine, a love that first blossomed in high school when she completed a qualitative study of the effectiveness of drama therapy in autistic populations as part of the prestigious Intel science research program. She subsequently worked in medical schools and taught physical exam maneuvers, basic life support, first aid, disaster management, triage techniques, and most importantly, empathy to students and physicians from around the world. Robin holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Point Park University and a BA in Theatre from Muhlenberg College. If she had to do it all over again, she'd still choose to become a writer over becoming a doctor because writers can instantly visit whatever world they choose by simply creating it. More information is available on her website: www.robinfusco.com.

 

Writes:

Hour TV

Representation:

Manager:

Adrian Garcia, Recon Literary

Preferred Contact:

Self

robin@robinfusco.com

Keywords:

character-driven, grounded, medical, crime, female-driven, drama

SARAH WALLER

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YAEL GALENA

Bio:

Raised in a macrobiotic modern-orthodox Jewish home, Yael Galena, an agnostic carnivore, is familiar with avoiding the beaten path. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University with a degree in Electronic Media, but cites her two years of traveling the world solo as her master class in character, storytelling and the human condition. Yael spent ten years producing docu-reality television in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to follow her true passion, writing. Yael is drawn to strong female-driven dramedies gleaning from her overly-involved Jewish family, her absurdist backpacking adventures and growing up with parents who thought tropical flavored Tums were an adequate school snack.

 

She has two original pilots in development, one at Warner Bros. and one at Sony. Her feature script made it to the 2020 Semifinalists of the Nicholl Fellowship. She was featured on 2019’s WriteHer List, 2018’s Young & Hungry List and was one of six Hedgebrook writing fellows. She worked as a Writers’ Assistant on TNT’s hit Claws.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Maude Reilly, APA

Manager:

Corrine Aquino, Artists First

Preferred Contact:

Self

ygalena@gmail.com

Keywords:
grounded, female driven dramedy and comedy

SARAH WALLER

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KIANA GARNER

Bio:

Kiana is a Los Angeles native from the diverse region of the South Bay, specifically Torrance and Inglewood. At a young age she was inappropriately allowed to watch “In Living Color” and SNL and dreamed ever since of becoming the black Tina Fey. Kiana enjoys writing stories about people with diverse backgrounds & intersectionalities and the quirkiness of everyday life, whether it's in the form of a stoner comedy or a dramedy about being haunted by the ghost of your terrible ex. Kiana has written for web series’, TV review sites, and was a punch up writer for Comedy Central’s "The Legend of Chamberlain Heights." Her current project is writing and developing "For Evan's Sake," a half hour dramedy streaming on Tubi. In her free time she enjoys cooking vegetarian recipes from Pintrest, discovering new music on KCRW and experimenting with natural hairstyles.

Writes:

TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

garner.kiana@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedic, topical, quick witted

SARAH WALLER

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ELANA GOLDBERG

Bio:

Elana Goldberg is a New Orleans Saints fan despite growing up in Philadelphia, and has somehow ended up in Los Angeles. She is a screenwriter and fiction writer, but her sister is a doctor which people usually find more interesting. Most recently, she did script revisions on THE WEDDING YEAR, a romantic-comedy that was released in theaters in the fall of 2019, and is currently building her portfolio. She studied at Carnegie Mellon University's undergraduate creative writing program where she graduated in 2015 with multiple honors. She is currently out to publishers with her first novel.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Anastasiya Kukhtareva, Epicenter

Preferred Contact:

Self

egoldberg2801@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dramedy, grounded comedy, rom-com, coming-of-age

SARAH WALLER

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STEPHANIE GROFF

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Asha Kumar, Door38

Preferred Contact:

Self, Manager

stephanie.groff@mac.com

SARAH WALLER

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KARI GRANLUND

Bio:

Kari is an accomplished comedy writer who earned early acclaim when her original action comedy, THE SET UP, landed on the 2015 Black List with Red Hour attached to produce. Since then, Kari has worked on a variety of projects, including THE BABY SHOWER, MR. TOAD'S WILD RIDE, and LADY & THE TRAMP, which she received screen credit for. She also pitched and wrote an original feature for Disney, GODMOTHERED, which was released in December 2020 starring Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher. She's currently developing a television series with Annapurna based on a graphic novel by Tom Gauld, and is also writing a new ROBIN HOOD adaptation for Disney with Carlos Lopez Estrada attached to direct. She hails from Portland, Oregon and the only thing she loves more than writing is the Trail Blazers.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Melissa Fried, Chris Noriega, & Bill Weinstein, VERVE

Manager:

Sarah Dodge, Industry Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager

Keywords:

comedy, character-driven, female-driven, left of center, action, tentpole, animation

SARAH WALLER

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MARY GULINO

Bio:

Mary is an LA-based writer/director from New Jersey whose work can be seen online and on TV (unless you count streaming platforms as online, in which case, it's all online). She worked in the writers’ rooms for UPLOAD (Amazon Prime), DECOYS (CBC Gem), and SMILF (Showtime), and her satirical writing has been published in Reductress, Ladyspike Media, and Points in Case. Her short films have played at festivals across the country, and one of them helped her land a spot as a Semi-Finalist for HBO’s 2018 Directing Fellowship. Mary got glasses when she was two, and would love to talk optometry sometime. Find out more at maryegulino.com or on Twitter @maryegulino. (Or don’t—you probably have a lot of things going on.)

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agents:

Sam Sekoff and Jeff Greenberg, Gersh

Manager:

Lisa Mierke, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Self

marygulino4@gmail.com

Keywords:

character-driven, cynical optimism, dry, blue-collar, comedy, dramedy, horror comedy, sci-fi comedy

SARAH WALLER

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ALI GUSBERG

Bio:

Ali Gusberg is a comedy writer with two feature films in development with production companies, and she wrote and developed two movies for Hallmark. She wrote on the Amazon show FOREVER starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. She also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in her short comedy film COUPLE FRIENDS. Her Hollywood break came when she won a $500-screenwriting contest with her 30 ROCK spec script that shuttled her into a showrunner’s assistant job for former 30 ROCK writer Matt Hubbard under his NBCUniversal deal. Ali helped Hubbard take three pilots through production and a fourth through script, developing with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Mike Schur.

 

Prior to screenwriting, Ali was a copywriter at Ammirati, a New York City advertising agency, where her clients included Vitaminwater, Smartwater, Pirate’s Booty, Woodchuck Cider, among others. Before that, Ali was a copywriter at Coca-Cola’s wholly-owned subsidiary Glaceau. Previous to Glaceau, Ali worked on the management team of Savored, a restaurant reservations technology start-up.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Ken Freimann, Josh Adler, Circle of Confusion

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

aligusberg@gmail.com

Keywords:
grounded comedy

SARAH WALLER

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NIKITA T. HAMILTON

Bio:

Born and raised in Miami, Nikita is a first-generation Jamaican-American. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and later moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she earned her Masters and Doctorate in Communication. Her research focused on representations of Black women in television, culture, and gender, and it was towards the end of her studies at USC that Nikita realized she wanted to write for television and not just write about it. With that decision made, Nikita landed a position as the Writers’ Assistant for the second season of FX’s acclaimed series, ATLANTA, which not only gave her a crash course in comedy writing, but also solidified that creating engaging shows was what she wanted to do with her life. Nikita has contributed a book chapter about HBO’s GIRLS, entitled, "So They Say You Have a Race Problem? You're in Your Twenties, You Have Way More Problems Than That" to the book, HBO's Girls: Questions of Gender, Politics, and Millennial Angst and wrote, co-produced, and starred in the short film CALL OUT BLACK, which received the Dolores Huerta Award at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival. This year, Nikita co-created and wrote for the comedy web series “(Best) Friends.” She is currently a Staff Writer on ABC’s A MILLION LITTLE THINGS.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Korin Williams and Monique Nash, Kronicle Media

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, grounded, women-centric

SARAH WALLER

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BRIANA HANSEN

Bio:

Briana Hansen is a comedic writer and actress based in LA. Her hyperactive imagination, sharp and often-wicked sense of humor, and general Midwestern do-gooder sensibilities seep their way into almost all her stories. Her writing typically features unique female protagonists who are often relatable weirdos and fish out of water searching for some sense of belonging. A big fan of shaking up traditional narratives, she recently wrote, produced, and starred in an interactive Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style sketch comedy show for AmazeVR available on Oculus. She studied and performed writing, improvisation, and sketch comedy at The Second City Chicago, iO, The Groundlings, UCB, and a bunch of other places you've likely never heard of. She has a stand-up comedy special on Amazon called "Articulate Neanderthal" and continues to work regularly as a SAG AFTRA actress, VO artist, and freelance writer. She's obsessed with her dogs, always available to listen to a good ghost or alien abduction story, is a big fan of crystals, conspiracy theories, and pretty much all of life's mysteries. She does not, however, want to discuss vampires. She's also a new mom and generally running on fumes.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Daniel Clark, Anthem Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Self

hansen.briana@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dark, irreverent, goofy, absurd, playful, supernatural, philosophical, heart-felt, character-driven

SARAH WALLER

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TATE ELIZABETH HANYOK

Bio:

Tate Hanyok is a writer-actor focused on female-driven comedy and young adult stories. She was named one of the AFF & Moviemaker Top 25 Writers to Watch and named one of the Top 100 Emerging Writers on Tracking Board's 2019 Young and Hungry List. Her perspective is steeped in backyard humor, themes of awkward displacement, found family, and the endlessly unpredictable (and hilarious) reality of the underdog. Her stories are chock full of characters with fresh and unique perspectives. 

Most recently, she's been hired by Picturestart to adapt the Watt Pad novel Along for the Ride into a motion picture, has also written Pet Nup and Family Week for Mucho Mas.  Her TV Series April F*#ing May is in development with Blue Ant Media.  She’s produced the independent feature Love and Baseball, and is currently producing her feature script Sex APPeal alongside American High for Hulu . 

Guest starring in comedies such as The Office, Superstore, Community, Shameless, Transparent, Burt Wonderstone, and many more, Tate has a rich actor's perspective to bring to her characters. She’s the private performance/comedy coach to many teens on numerous network TV series/studio films, and is also a seasoned improviser and alum of UCB.

  

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Ayala Cohen, Melissa Orton Cortez, James Robins Early, ICM

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

tatehanyok@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female forward, feminist, character driven, diverse, progressive, socially conscious, environmentalist, comedy, dark comedy, dramady, romance, adaptation, stage comedy, sketch comedy, YA, Teen, coming of age, edgy, sexual awakening, family, mockumentary,  workplace, Christmas, anti-heroes, misfits, heart-felt, character-driven

SARAH WALLER

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ASHLEI HARDENBURG-CARTAGENA

Bio:

Ashlei Hardenburg-Cartagena is a queer German-Puerto Rican writer originally from Jersey City, NJ. She writes gritty crime dramas peppered with casual violence and grim realism. Ashlei began her career working in production on documentaries as well as on New York based shows including ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and JESSICA JONES. Since turning to writing, Ashlei's screenplays have been honored at various festivals and competitions including as a quarterfinalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab and as a selection for the RoadMap Writers Diversity Initiative. Ashlei has a B.F.A. in Film from Vassar College and finds guilty pleasure in karaoke and historical dramas.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Jason Lubin, First Story Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

ashardenburg@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dramatic, Violent, Authentic, Blunt

SARAH WALLER

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JESSICA HAYMOND

Bio:

Jessica Haymond is a writer and actor who regularly performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has been featured on Drunk History as well as in various national commercials. Jessica created and directed the MTV series “Fast Food Heights” starring Nicole Byer. Jessica has written for Adult Swim, MTV, The New York Television Festival, and several shows at UCBLA. She studied Public Policy at USC and is a licensed attorney in California. She once wrote a joke that Beyoncé retweeted.

Writes:

TV

Representation:

Manager:

Tracy Kopulsky, MXN Entertainment 

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

jessica.haymond@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, absurd, satire, female, fringe

SARAH WALLER

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TAYLOR HOLT

Bio:

A former Division 1 athlete, Taylor Holt is a Californian who hates the beach. She specializes in writing bitchy women both for TV and film but don’t call it autobiographical; she’ll get angry. Her pilot script MEAN COACH was a finalist at multiple festivals. She currently assists TV veteran Marc Firek. 

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

taylorrachelholt@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, bitchy women

SARAH WALLER

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MICHELLE HSU

Bio:

Michelle Hsu is an exciting diverse voice in the sci-fi/horror genre. Her most recent feature, THE FIGURE, topped the 2020 Bloodlist, and was reported on by Hollywood Reporter as one of the best unproduced horror scripts of the year. 
Originally from a sleepy suburb in Illinois, Michelle is a second generation Asian American, and is passionate about diversity in entertainment and media. In her writing, she often spotlights women, people of color, and LGBTQ.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent: 

Mark Ross & Olivia Faletti, Paradigm Agency

Manager:

Matt Dy, Lit Entertainment 

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

hsu.michelle18@gmail.com

Keywords:

sci-fi, horror, LGBTQIA+, drama, thriller, coming of age, commercial

SARAH WALLER

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JOSELYN HUGHES

Bio:

Joselyn Hughes is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She was named one of "30 Under 35: Female Comedians to Watch" by JaneDough.com, "25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know" by Flavorwire.com, “18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter” by the Huffington Post, and “30 Under 30: Comedians You Should Watch” by Splashlife and Funny or Die.

 

Joselyn has appeared on Chelsea Lately, Tosh.0, The Fab Life, MTV, VH1, Spike and has written for Comedy Central, Vanity Fair, MTV, VH1, OWN, TBS and the Huffington Post.

 

Her web series DIY, Dammit! can be seen on her YouTube channel and her first book, "DIY, Dammit! A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting" is available now everywhere books are sold.

 

You can catch her live in Los Angeles performing stand up. Follow and like all her things on the internet so she can feel cool!

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Laura McDonald, Gersh

Preferred Contact:

Agent

Keywords:

comedy 

SARAH WALLER

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SABRINA JAGLOM

Bio:

Sabrina Jaglom is a LA-based writer & director. She studied film at RADA in London, FAMU in Prague, and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television. At NYU, she wrote, directed, and produced several shorts, many of which screened and won awards at major film festivals. Upon graduation, she worked in production on various projects including Showtime’s The Affair and assisted Nancy Meyers on The Intern. Sabrina then had enough of winter and moved back to LA to work in Film/TV development at Whalerock Industries, which had an overhead deal with MGM. She then went on to serve as associate producer on the feature Home Again, which was released nationwide in the fall of 2017. Most recently, Sabrina directed a music video for the Nashville artist Charlie Rodgers, produced a commercial for Walmart/The Oscars, directed an AirBnB commercial, and directed the West Coast premiere of a play titled Empathitrax. Currently, she is writing a podcast for Automatik's QCode Media and is preparing to direct her first feature JANE, which she co-wrote with Rishi Rajani, and will be produced by Debbie Liebling and American High.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Anna Flickenger & Charlie Ferraro, UTA

Manager: 

Merideth Bajana & Gabrielle Lewis, Grandview

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

sabrina.jaglom@gmail.com

Keywords:

grounded genre, thriller, drama

SARAH WALLER

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HYUNJIN JO

Bio:

I was born in South Korea. By the time I was eight years old, I had lived in various places such as Hawaii and Kansas. Primarily, I grew up as a latchkey kid in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, watching a LOT of unsupervised police/detective/ sci-fi television. When I was nine, I adapted a novel into a 110-page screenplay and directed my classmates in the film. I spent many years taking fine art and documentary photographs around the world, spending some time living in Italy. With cinematographer John Alonzo’s mentorship, my film career began as an union A.C. on various productions where I was oftentimes the only female, and only ethnic minority. Several years ago, I was preparing to direct a feature when a woman in a SUV hit me while I was walking my dog. It took a year to hold a pen correctly—longer to deal with the aphasia issues. Because of the constant pain level, I no longer need anesthesia at the dentist. I have quite a bit of knowledge of issues with diseases, physical and mental health, non-combat post-traumatic stress, and the lengths one has to go to pay for health “care” in America (game show winnings has paid for medical care). Additionally, I am developing an essay collection (in the vein of David Sedaris/Sloane Crosley) on my various solo childhood adventures—ranging from being beat up on the walk to kindergarten, to being left in a country where I did not know the language in eighth grade.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

hyunjin@jojoroadproductions.com

Keywords:

Adaptations and rewrites specialist, thrillers, sci-fi, action, horror, women, strong voice POV

SARAH WALLER

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ALEXANDRA JOSPIN

Bio:

Alexandra "Alex" Jospin writes dramedies with a strong female perspective. She's inspired by her disparate interests in pop culture, New Age wellness, politics, traditional rom-coms, and the local comedy scene.

 

Alex writes about complicated, unique women and the friendships, work, and relationships that motivate them. She also performs stand-up and is a regular contributor to the podcast NOT MY THERAPIST.

 

She has worked as a writers' assistant and showrunner's assistant, most recently on the Showtime series ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. Before that, Alex was a Page at NBC and an assistant at UTA.

 

She completed a joint masters program in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC; her dissertation focused on Kim Kardashian.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager: 

Peter Heller, Heller Highwater

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

alexandra.jospin@gmail.com

Keywords:

teen, YA, comedy, dramedy, South, Ancient Egyptia, magical realism

SARAH WALLER

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HANNAH KASULKA

Bio:

I am an actor/writer/director originally from Macon, Georgia. I left my small town to make it in Hollywood. I began studying intensively at UCB and various dramatic acting studios around town. I got my first big break as an actor playing the possessed lead in FOX's "The Exorcist" (Much to my pastor Nana and Christian family's dismay) opposite Geena Davis and Alan Ruck. After the show ended I was dismayed at the material that was available for young women to play. I had so much fun playing the devil I didn't want to go back to playing dumb blondes. So, I started writing my own scripts. I co-wrote a comedy feature called Down-N-Derby that stars Andre 3000 and is set to shoot summer 2021 which I am PUMPED about. I also have a subversive feminist thriller, Hysteria, that I will also star in being produced by Debbie Liebling(PEN15, so much cool shit) and Sara Seligman will direct. I am developing a series based on IP for a UK based production company and continuing to write and develop features. I don't just write for me to act in. I like telling stories that are heartfelt and either mostly make you laugh or cry but ideally both.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

hannah.kasulka@gmail.com

Keywords:

grounded, comedy, heartfelt, character driven, female leads

SARAH WALLER

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RACHEL KEMPF

Bio:

Rachel Kempf is a Los-Angeles based screenwriter who specializes in low-budget horror scripts with strong female leads. She also has a background in comedy and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). Rachel received an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she co-wrote and produced the webseries Texting with Gosling. Since then, her scripts have gained accolades from Slamdance, Cinestory, Austin Film Festival, Script Pipeline, Hollyshorts, Final Draft Big Break, and the PAGE Awards. In 2020, she was named one of the International Screenwriters’ Association’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch and attended Stowe Story Lab’s Sidewalk Narrative Lab with her horror feature Scary New Year.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Melisa Baglou, Paradigm

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

rachelkempfis@gmail.com

Keywords:

horror, comedy, low-budget, female-centric

SARAH WALLER

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JEN KIM

Bio:

Hi! My name is Jen and I'm a writer based in LA. I write comedy, but very seriously so it's a serious comedy sort of overlap where I'm very serious as I write things that are comedic. Anyways, this is my bio. Thanks for having me!

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Representation:

Agents:

Abby Glusker & Matt Baldovsky, UTA

Managers:

Lindsay Perraud & Ben Neumann, Kaplan Perrone

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

jenniferkim113@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, absurd, strange, fun, silly

SARAH WALLER

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JULIA KENNELLY

Bio:

Julia Kennelly is a filmmaker and producer working in New York City and Los Angeles. She recently wrote and directed an award-winning short film, MARCY LEARNS SOMETHING NEW, which stars Rachel Dratch as a widow who takes a dominatrix class. MARCY won a Special Jury Mention in Comedy at Aspen Shortsfest in 2020, and premiered online on Short of the Week, garnering a Best of the Month recognition and Vimeo Staff Pick’s Best of the Year Award. Julia loves writing about outsider perspectives, especially using comedy to explore uncomfortable topics in a human way. 

Recent producing credits include the HBO documentary series THE VOW (Line Producer) and Marshall Curry's THE NEIGHBORS' WINDOW (Producer) which won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Dream City

Manager: 

Jon Huddle & Sydney Blanke, Fourth Wall Management

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager

Keywords:

grounded, character-driven, comedy, dramedy

SARAH WALLER

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AUDREY KNOX

Bio:

Audrey Knox worked in reality TV before becoming a manager at Cartel, where she launched the careers of three different writers before ultimately pivoting to focus on her own. Her half-hour comedy pilot SHAM OF A MARRIAGE was a finalist for the 2020 Scriptapalooza Fellowship and made the Top 25 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots in 2019. She interned in the CSI writers’ room and for THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER. Audrey has studied under Jen Grisanti and has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University. She’s a California native and activist who spends her free time organizing with mutual aid groups in South Central Los Angeles.

Writes:

TV

Representation:

Manager: 

Evan Corday & Stan Spry

Cartel Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Self

audreyknox.us@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, family, edgy, character-driven, grounded, LGBTQ, socially-conscious

SARAH WALLER

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CAROLYN KRAS

Bio:

Carolyn Kras is a writer named to ISA's List of "Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020." She was one of four writers (including Shia LaBeouf) chosen for Variety’s Screenwriters Lab at Sun Valley Film Festival. She is developing a medical procedural pitch for 20th TV & Escape Artists. Carolyn grew up in a Mafia-controlled neighborhood of Chicagoland, which is why she enjoys stories about crime, law, and politics. She is a former paralegal, and her legal procedural pilot script IN CHAMBERS was honored as a New York Television Festival Official Selection. As one of two Americans selected to pitch at C21’s Content London, she presented her drama THE SECOND CITY, which takes place after the Great Chicago Fire destroys the city. Carolyn also earned a Fulbright to the U.K., where she served as Playwright in Residence at Sell a Door Theatre. Her play THE SUBJECT, featuring Alfred Enoch, served as a fundraiser for United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Carolyn’s historical drama MAGNETIC received a First Place Alfred P. Sloan Award and was chosen for the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab, where Melissa Leo headlined its public reading. MAGNETIC was also included in Plume & Pellicule, a screenwriting workshop featuring Christopher Hampton and Stephen Frears. Carolyn is an alum of Carnegie Mellon’s M.F.A. Dramatic Writing Program, NBC Page Program, and Women in Film Mentorship Program.

Writes:

TV and Film 

Representation:

Agent:

Jordan Bayer

Elevate Talent Agency

Manager: 

Rick Berg

Code Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

carolyn@carolynkras.com

Keywords:

drama, procedural, legal, medical, historical drama, horror, grounded

SARAH WALLER

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ERICA LAND

Bio:

Erica Land is a drama writer with a background in journalism, music and sketch comedy. Erica specializes in horror and sci-fi stories featuring underdogs facing intense adversity, a brand born from survival skills honed working in broadcast news and growing up as one of eight in a family where everyone’s the boss, or at least thinks so. Currently based in Los Angeles, she has won Roadmap Writer’s Diversity Initiative, written for two NBC’s Sketch Showcase productions, and has been a Finalist for NBC’s WOTV, Final Draft’s Big Break Competition, and a Semi-Finalist for ABC’s and WB’s writing programs. Erica is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where she studied cello and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has also studied with Jen Grisanti, Script Anatomy, Roadmap Writers and Second City Hollywood.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Adrian Garcia, Recon Literary

Preferred Contact:

Self

ericareneeland@gmail.com

Keywords:

Supernatural, Horror, Sci-Fi, Edgy

SARAH WALLER

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ALANA LIU MOSKOWITZ

Bio:

Alana Liu Moskowitz is currently a coordinator at Michel Gondry’s Partizan. An Upstate New York native, Alana moved to LA to attend USC. When she’s not organizing her WOC writer’s group, A Scribe Called Quest, or getting scolded by her Chinese mother for not pursuing biology like she said she would, she’s writing pilots, plays, and really, really bad raps.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

thisisalanam@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, drama, millennial, queer, LGBTQ, rom-com, grounded, dark comedy, music

SARAH WALLER

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CHELSEA LUTZ

Bio:
Chelsea Lutz is an exciting, young, female filmmaker with a penchant for dark, profound, and idiosyncratic character-driven stories, and stylized cinematography. She's a bona fide weirdo and goofy cinema nerd as well. You can find her watching reruns of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, at the Egyptian watching an obscure foreign film, contemplating taking a walk and never returning like in Paris, Texas, or already planning her Halloween costume. The Love Witch? Female MaCready? The mom with the bandaged face from Goodnight Mommy (though I need two twin boys)?

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

 

Representation:

Manager:

Thuan Dang, Gotham Group

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

chellutz@gmail.com

Keywords:

Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Comedy, Drama, Character, Prestige

SARAH WALLER

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NITZAN MAGER

Bio:

Nitzan is a feminist filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Although she tries to avoid that cliche, she was recently commissioned to direct a short doc on Gloria Steinem that featured an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So, not sure how well that’s going. 


She’s currently at work on a new feature script, STRANGE LOVE, about a multilingual translator from New Jersey who must save the world from by taking down the earth’s power grid using her vagina. The script was a finalist for the 2020 Sundance, Middlebury, and Outfest Screenwriting Labs, and was nominated by Marta Kauffman for the 2020 Write Her List. 


Past films have won awards from the National Board of Review, NY Women in Film and Television, and the Tallgrass Film festival and have screened at IFP Filmweek’s NextGenNYC program and established film festivals across the country. 


Nitzan is a member of the NYC chapter of the Film Fatales and the Filmmakehers. Along with Lela Meadow-Conner (exec. director of the Film Festival Alliance) she is one of the founders of Mothership, a screenwriting lab.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

nitzan.mager@gmail.com

Keywords:

socially-conscious comedy, high-concept, character and dialogue driven

SARAH WALLER

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ANNA MAGUIRE

Bio:

Anna is British/Canadian writer, director and actress. Her directorial work has screened at festivals including TIFF, Palm Springs, PÖFF Black Nights and the BFI London Film Festival where she was nominated for Best Short Film with Your Mother and I in 2016. She has won awards at Rhode Island International Film Festival, The London Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Underwire Film Festival among others, was long listed for a BAFTA, and nominated for Best Short Film at the London Critics’ Circle Awards in 2018. Her penultimate short Constellations has screened internationally and It’s Nothing, her latest short film premiered at TIFF in 2019. She is currently writing her first feature An Empty Space supported by BFI NETWORK. 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Ruth Young (Acting)

United Agents
 

Manager: 

Raj Raghavan & Christina Campagnola

Echo Lake Entertainment & GRLBND Media

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

annamaguire@hotmail.co.uk

Keywords:

internal, dark humour, meaningful

SARAH WALLER

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CHACONNE MARTIN-BERKOWICZ

Bio:

Chaconne is from Portland, OR, the only child of a single mom. At Johns Hopkins, she studied Writing & Film and joined a female secret society. She was most recently Staff Writer on Amazon's 'I Know What You Did Last Summer.' She was previously Showrunner's Assistant on Apple’s 'Foundation', Writers’ Assistant on FX's 'The Old Man'. Chaconne writes about dysfunctional women; flawed and lovable.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

chaconne@gmail.com

Keywords:

dark, grounded, female-driven drama

SARAH WALLER

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KAITLIN MAMIE

Bio:

Kaitlin Mamie is an award winning writer, director, producer, comedian, actress, and professional female Wrestler (true story). Originally from a small town in Canada, she now resides in Los Angeles where she is very grateful that it's not snowing right now. She recently worked on an original project that she co-created with Bruce McCulloch from Kids in the Hall about her time living in a tent for a year in Northern Canada. She is a co-creator and writer for three seasons of a sketch comedy series for The Trailer Park Boys' online channel Swearnet.  

She's written, produced, and starred in several short films including her most recent, First & Last, that was selected by Bendfilm Festival, New York World Film Festival, and won "Best Comedy" at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Kaitlin writes and produces online sketch comedy videos that have been featured on Funny or Die, Youtube, and Tiktok's #FYP page. She's trained with UCB, Second City, iO West, Lesly Kahn, and Groundlings. Last but not least, Mamie has been producing and performing in live sketch comedy shows for over a decade and is looking forward to a time when humans can all be gathered in a dark basement again to watch live comedy!

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

kaitlinmamie@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, sophomoric comedy, dark comedy

SARAH WALLER

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SANDRENE MATHEWS

Bio:

 

A prolific character-driven dramedy and genre writer. I use humor to address social and gender issues and create emotionally nuanced characters to focus on emotionally charged themes of personal growth, being your best self, and rising to do extraordinary things.

Writes:

TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

sandrene@me.com

Keywords:

dramedy, dark comedy, supernatural, sci-fi, fantasy, grounded, emotional, character-driven, encouraging, psychological

SARAH WALLER

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NATALIE MCKEARIN

Bio:

 

Natalie McKearin is a Lebanese comedy writer from the suburbs of Illinois who is proficient in deep dish pizza, Broadway soundtracks, and laser hair removal. Before finding her way as a writer, Natalie was one of 22 applicants admitted to the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious Musical Theater program. She auditioned and was called back for the out of town tryouts of Broadway’s Aladdin. After three days of rigorous auditioning, she was… not cast. Being passed over for one of the very few roles for Middle Eastern women unleashed in her a newfound purpose (accompanied by an understandable amount of stress baking). She decided to write into existence more well-rounded, compelling Middle Eastern characters in hopes of carving out a bigger place for them in mainstream media. Because…what’s not to love about arm hair and falafel?! But more importantly, because she believes in the power of art as a catalyst for change. Her original script, ARABIAN PLIGHTS, was optioned for development by 20th Century FOX. Natalie has served as a Staff Writer on the Emmy Award winning limited series, GENIUS: Aretha as well as an upcoming YA show for a streamer that regularly issues NDA's, so she's too scared to say more than that.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Michael Kolody, Kaplan-Stahler

Manager:

Kate Sharp, Bellevue Productions

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

nbounassar@gmail.com

Keywords:

Family friendly dramadies

SARAH WALLER

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CLAIRE MCFADDEN

Bio:

 

Claire McFadden is a staff writer at Jackbox Games and an actor with the Second City National Touring Company. At Jackbox, Claire has written for games like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party, as well as pitching and designing the funky new word game Blather ‘Round. With Second City, she has travelled all around the country performing sketch and improv, which honed her comedic timing, her crowd work, and her tolerance of the little microphones they tape to your forehead like you’re Britney Spears or something.

Inspired by her former day job as a picture framer, Claire created and starred in the web series “Framed,” which was an Official Selection of the New York Television Festival in 2018. She also wrote and directed a warm-hearted short film called “Kim’s Big Date,” which screened at 13 festivals nationwide and won Best Chicago Comedy at Windy City International Film Festival.

Claire grew up straddling Greece and America, spending every summer working at her family’s restaurant and campground on the north coast of Crete. After college, Claire moved to her grandfather’s remote Cretan village to improve her Greek and learn to slaughter a goat (check and check). Now, Claire is a vegetarian and lives in Chicago.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Management:

Trent Hubbard & Kegan Schell, Echo Lake Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Self, Manager

czmcfadden@gmail.com

Keywords:

funny, sharp, unhinged, satirical, romantic comedies

SARAH WALLER

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KATE MICKERE

Bio:

Kate is a playwright and screenwriter with a day job in Legal Affairs at Nickelodeon. 

 

Her plays include NURSE CADDEN (commissioned by The Vagrancy, O’Neill Semi-finalist), A BANSHEE KILLED MY BOYFRIEND (Last Frontier Theatre Conference) and MOD PARTY (KCATCF Region II Ten Minute Play Award, World Premiere: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville).  

Her screenplay, CAPTURING THE STARS, won a $20,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2012 and received an Honorable Mention for the Sloan/Tribeca Grand Jury Prize in 2013.  

As an essayist, Kate has been published by The Los Angeles Times, XO Jane and The Awl. She’s also written monologues for the collection “Teen Girl’s Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny,” published by Applause Books.

Kate holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was the recipient of the Steven Bochco Fellowship. She’s an alumna of The British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program and has studied improv and sketch comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

kmickere@gmail.com

Keywords:

supernatural comedy, historical drama, strong female characters, playwright

SARAH WALLER

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LENA MURISIER

Bio:

Lena Murisier is an award-winning screenwriter currently in pre-production with Disrupting Influence and Rough Diamond Productions for her crime show Bonnie & Bonnie -- yes, she's really proud of that title! In addition to developing Bonnie & Bonnie, she signed an option agreement for Take Us to Church, her first documentary on LGBTQ-affirming churches across the United States, with Picture Lock Entertainment.

Since January 2020, her pilot, Bonnie & Bonnie, has remained one of the best-scored pilots on the Red List. In addition to her continued success on the Red List, Lena was hired by BBC as a Story Contributor and tasked to help with new ideas and punch up jokes for the BAFTA-Winning, Emmy-Nominated series “Secret Life of Boys” season 5 -- Having experienced a writers room with mostly British Stand Up Comedians, Lena can now survive in all environments (note for later: add survival skills to Resumé). 

Lena speaks and writes in English, French, and German (she would say Italian too, but then you'll start a sentence in Italian and watch her freeze and blink endlessly). She is originally from Switzerland where she's made a career in marketing and advertising. Lena moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to pursue a career in screenwriting and graduated from the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles.

Writes:

TV and FIlm

Representation:

Agent:

Michael Lewis, Michael Lewis & Associates

Manager:

Jason Newman & Alex Varon, Untitled Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

Keywords:

crisp, punchy, comedic characters, relatable, grounded

SARAH WALLER

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KATHERINE OOSTMAN

Bio:

Katherine Oostman was homeschooled, studied at Oxford and worked the Sochi Olympics.

Her short film, The Stranger, has screened at the TCL Chinese Theater, San Diego Comic-Con, the Atlanta Film Festival, and the Florida Film Festival. It won a bronze Telly for directing and received the Grand Jury Prize for Best College Short at Gasparilla Film Festival. Her experimental film July 6 Marquette MI was selected for the 2018 Visible Poetry Project Anthology, and The Sense of Feeling, her short doc, screened at a 2015 TEDx event. Her feature script, The Stranger, was a 2018 American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinalist.

Her experience working in story development for companies like Kennedy Marshall, Protozoa, Partizan, and 1stAveMachine have only fueled her writing. She has also worked as a story consultant for PlayStation's Emerging Filmmakers program and Asbury University's feature film "Damaged Goods."

She is predominantly writes psychological thriller / horror / near future feature scripts that combine strong female characters and Twilight Zone-esq settings.

Writes:

Film

Representation:

Manager: 

David Baggleaar, Good Fear

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

katherineoostman@gmail.com

Keywords:

thriller, psychological, horror, near sci-fi, grounded (usually with a supernatural, fantastical, or sci-fi element)

SARAH WALLER

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LIZZY PACE

Bio:

Lizzy Pace is a comedy television writer, whose credits include NBC's "Bad Judge" and most recently, the Emmy-nominated half-hour NBC series, "The Good Place," starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. Before her four seasons on "The Good Place," she worked on "Lopez" for TV Land and "History of the World... For Now" for Nat Geo. Pace also wrote and produced "The Good Place: The Podcast" for NBC, hosted by Marc Evan Jackson. She currently produces and hosts one of the biggest Bachelor podcasts, "Game of Roses," with Chad Kultgen. They sold a book based on the format called, "How To Win The Bachelor," to Simon & Schuster which will come out in January 2022.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager: 

Chelsea Connors, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

ejp987@gmail.com

Keywords:

dirtbag, millenial, comedy, relatable, feminist, shenanigans, pop culture, grounded

SARAH WALLER

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ALEXI PAPPAS

Bio:

Alexi Pappas is an Olympic runner and an award-winning actor and writer. ​Alexi's upcoming memoir-in-essays, "Bravey," with a foreword by Maya Rudolph, will be released on January 12, 2021. Alexi co-created and starred in the feature film "Olympic Dreams" alongside Nick Kroll, premiering at SXSW 2019. In 2016 Alexi co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film TRACKTOWN with a cast including Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live") and Andy Buckley ("The Office").

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Agent:

Adam Perry & Kyle Loftus, APA

Manager: 

Christina Campagnola, GRLBND Media

Preferred Contact:

Self

lexi.pappas@gmail.com

Keywords:

drama, comedy, sports

SARAH WALLER

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DOROTHY PECORARO BERTRAM

Bio:

Dorothy studied film and business at NYU and UCLA and got her degree in fashion design from IED in Milan, Italy. She is a first-generation Sicilian-American, and she started her professional career as a costume designer for Disney. Her path to her real passion for screenwriting was a circuitous one, including working for the founder of Studio 54 and a brief stint at a gentlemen's club, as well as an HR Manager at a mental health facility. Her range and the worlds she has created illustrate her unique perspective and wide-ranging ability to tap into diverse cultures.

 

Her pilot ALICE'S was featured by the Blacklist, her feature SABIYA, about two Yazidi sisters that escaped enslavement from ISIS, was optioned by Route One Entertainment. She placed/won various competitions, and she is currently developing her pilots THE 9TH WARD and SPECIAL TREATMENT.    

 

She wrote, directed, and co-produced her short A DIFFERENT GUY, ​which was filmed in Copperhill, TN, a small town on the Georgia/Tennessee border, ​where she and her husband spend much of their time in a cabin on the Ocoee River.

 

In a world where literary specialization seems de rigueur, Dorothy is an anomaly. Her writing skills run the genre gamut, from comedy to drama, fiction, thrillers, and a touch of noir. But they all have in common is authentic style and relatable themes.

 

Dorothy writes about people finding their sense of self, identity, and value in the world. Her characters reconcile who they are with who they want to be—finding psychological congruence —turning their previous sense of victimization into empowerment.

 

Dorothy is well-traveled. On her own for business or pleasure or with her husband, an international businessman Dorothy has visited over 50 countries acquiring unique cultural experiences along the way. This exposure gifted her with a distinctive prism through which she can see the world and story.

Writes:

TV and Film​​

Representation:

Manager

Asha Kumar 

asha@door38.com 

626.536.2865

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

dorothypecoraro@aol.com

Keywords:

dramedy, female-centric, grounded, self-discovery, versatile

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MORGAN PEPPER

Bio:

I'm a single girl, living in Los Angeles, writing romantic comedies until my real-life love story comes true. Oh, wait. This isn't a dating profile? My bad.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

Morgan.M.Pepper@gmail.com

Keywords:

Romantic Comedy, Teen Drama

SARAH WALLER

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SARAH ELIZABETH PETERSON

Bio:

Sarah Peterson is a comedy writer and actress from Los Angeles.  She has performed stand up and improv across NYC and LA at UCB, Groundlings and a million stand-up venues. Not just a performer, Sarah has worked in development on shows at HBO, FOX, and AMC. Most recently, Sarah put up her solo show, BASTARD at Lyric Hyperion to a sold out crowd. 

Writes:

TV​

Preferred Contact:

Self

sarahpeterson1950@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, grounded, Dramedy, Heartfelt, family

SARAH WALLER

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JEANE PHAN WONG

Bio:

A child of Vietnam War immigrants, Jeane is Vietnamese Chinese. She grew up on a steady diet of Sailor Moon and comic books in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduation from UCLA, she interned for her local congressman, focusing on public healthcare, and also was certified as a First Responder. But this work convinced her to live by her favorite Han Solo line "Never tell me the odds" and dive headfirst into her passion: Hollywood. She did NBC Writer’s on the Verge and the Women in Film Black List Episodic Lab. She has many published short stories and did a run on DC’s Vampire Diaries comics. She previously sold a one hour pilot to UCP. She has written freelances on The CW’s Arrow. Her current pilot, a half hour about suppressed trauma in the Asian American community is at Peacock with Homegrown Pictures (Stephanie Allain) producing. Her one hour male-led rom com and family drama about a Vietnamese family in the OC with a touch of magic realism is with Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm / Universal TV and was at NBC, but is now being shopped around. She will make her directorial debut on a Paris By Night documentary about the iconic Vietnamese show. She is also writing a biopic for East Films with director Bao Nguyen (Be Water) attached. Her modus operandi is traumedy with a social message due to her former life in politics. She also can’t resist a good love triangle and some sweeping epic romance, especially in a genre world. She is repped by Buchwald and attorney Matthew Walerstein. Jeane volunteers as a clinic escort (pre-pandemic of course) and is constantly searching for the perfect old-fashioned recipe.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agents:

Matt Nordsten & Rob Kim, Buchwald

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

mnordsten@buchwald.com

Keywords:

Historical/period, Romance, Traumedy/Dry Comedy, Grounded sci-fi or fantasy (genre), World builder, Social message, Psychological Thriller/Crime/Action, YA/Coming of Age

SARAH WALLER

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APRIL PEVETEAUX

Bio:

April is an author, screenwriter, podcaster, gal-about-town. Her first book was a best seller in response to her devastation that she’d never be able to eat beignets and chicken fried steak again after being diagnosed with celiac disease. "Gluten Is My Bitch" was soon followed by "The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet" and "Bake Sales Are My Bitch." She lives in Los Angeles and is completing her first novel about adult female friendships and vehicular manslaughter.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film​

Representation:

Agent:

Alison Fargis, Stonesong

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

peveteaux@gmail.com

Keywords:

dark comedy, female driven

SARAH WALLER

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NICOLA PITTAM

Bio:

Nicola Pittam is a British screenwriter, award winning author and former Fleet Street journalist. 
She currently runs her own press agency and when she’s not writing grisly crime features for a variety of UK and European publishing clients, she can usually be found hidden away in her dungeon/writing bunker, hunched over a laptop agonizing over her TV and feature scripts.
Nicola lived in Los Angeles for 23 years before recently moving to South Carolina in the middle of the pandemic to be closer to her crazy family. 
In 2021, she fully intends to split her time between LA and the good ‘ol South (which she is quickly discovering is a goldmine for weird and wonderful stories and characters) if not for professional reasons, more for her own sanity! 
Her TV pilot, HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, made the Bitch List 2019 and also placed in the semifinals of both the Shore Scripts TV contest and the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2019.
Actress Jennifer Finnigan and her manager John Carabino are attached to HOTRS as producers and it is currently repped by ICM's TV lit department.
Her other TV pilot, THE MAID, was a finalist in the NYC International Screenplay Awards and a quarterfinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards, Scriptapalooza, The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Awards and Cinestory. 
Her latest feature script, ODE TO JOY, was the winner of the Write Like A Girl script contest, placed in the Top Ten of Roadmap Writer's Top Tier contest, and was a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards 2019. Nicola also won Roadmap’s Elevator Pitch Contest with her pitch for OTJ. 
Nicola was also a key member of ScreenwritingU’s development team and spent two years helping create SU’s popular Bingeworthy TV masterclass.
She is also the co-author of “Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman,” a biography of the Oscar winning actor which won 4 awards in 2012-2013 including Best Biography at the Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. 
Nicola has also won several awards for her journalism in the British publication The Sun, as well the News of the World and Daily Mirror, along with several other UK women’s magazines. 

Representation:

Manager:

Alexander Robb, Insignia Entertainment

Writes:

Film and TV​

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

npittam@focusnewsagency.com

Keywords:

drama, female-led, real life/true story, supernatural, historical/period

SARAH WALLER

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ANGIE POLKOVICH

Bio:

Angie Polkovich is an LA-based Polish writer/director. She has directed several short films both in Poland and America. She is currently developing a TV drama and is preparing to shoot her coming-of-age debut feature. She is the first writer/director of Polish nationality to be accepted into the BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program. Her biggest influences are Andrea Arnold and Lars Von Trier. Polkovich has a passion to tell stories that highlight the complexity of their female characters.

Writes:

TV and Film​​

Preferred Contact:

Self

347.670.3120

Keywords:

coming of age, sexual, sexual awakening, drama

SARAH WALLER

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LAURA POLLAK

Bio:

Laura is a comedy writer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Japan after college, where she started off as an English teacher and ended up with a job at an Americana-themed Japanese burger shop. In LA, she spent several years working for writer/producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, assisting them with development and the runs of their critically acclaimed shows HELLO LADIES (HBO) and TROPHY WIFE (ABC). She is currently a Story Editor on the Amazon animated series FAIRFAX. She is still pretty fluent in Japanese, but writes in English.

Writes:

TV and Film​​

Representation:

Agent:

Melissa Darman, Jake Dillman & Jenna Block, Verve

Manager:

Chelsea Connors, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager

Keywords:

Character-driven, observational comedy with heart

SARAH WALLER

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LIZZIE PRETSEL

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Aaron Kogan, Aaron Kogan Management

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, live action, animation

SARAH WALLER

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AARTHI RAMANATHAN

Bio:

Aarthi Ramanathan is a screenwriter and visual artist with a passion for screenplays in the animation, family and fantasy genres. Having lived in three countries on the opposite ends of the world - India where she was born, Kuwait where she grew up and also was a refugee during the Gulf War, and Canada where she lives now, she finds joy in writing stories from diverse perspectives, particularly that of the underdog and individuals with unique challenges set in soaring visual landscapes that also deeply imbibe the connection between nature and the human spirit. She has also been a finalist in various screenwriting competitions including the Tracking Board Launchpad, Final Draft Big Break, the Screencraft Fellowship and recently achieved the #1 position on the 2020 Bitch List. A huge Disney fanatic and a lover of magical fables and comic books, if she could be a superhero's sidekick, she would be Ms. Marvel's; and if she could live on any dessert forever, it would be Nutella! 

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Krista Sipp and Devon Byers, First Friday Entertainment 

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

aarthijramanathan@gmail.com 

Keywords:

Epic, heartfelt, fantasy, family, adventure, comedy. Animation/live-action.

SARAH WALLER

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MARISSA READ

Bio:

Selyna Warren and Marissa Read make up the multi-hyphenate team S&M. They share a love for comedy and want to create content they can act in and direct. They met at a musical theatre conservatory and have been creatively co-dependent ever since. S&M’s first sale was to AwesomenessTV in the form of a streaming teen show called Foursome. Their 4th and last season premiered on Youtube Premium in the fall of ‘18, making it the network’s longest running series. After writing all of Season I, they spent the next 3 seasons as show-runners, EP’s, and eventually added directing to the docket, directing three episodes, including the finale of this latest season. Their directing debut was for a pilot presentation they wrote called Delinquents. They starred alongside the likes of Lil Rel Howery, Jillian Bell, and Fortune Feimster. Their feature HAZED reached #1 on the Blklst website and they’ve since optioned this dark high school comedy to Jermey Garelick’s company, American High. Unbelievably, the girls won a Google grant to develop a script involving computer science. Neither have any experience in computer science. S&M are pumped to be working with Nickelodeon to reboot a favorite series from their childhood alongside Ace Entertainment. Currently S&M are working with with WindPower Entertainment for a dramedy 1/2 hour called Bad Apple (password: S&M) and have attached Todd Holland to direct the pilot. Their POC for Bad Apple just got into the Die Laughing 2020 film festival and won best horror comedy. You can find Selyna acting on the tube on Black-ish, Shameless, Teachers, and Idiot Sitter. Look for Marissa in the indie film What We Can’t Have. You can find these ladies in the heart of Burbank, wearing matching outfits, and acting like they’re dating. Both are happily married to other people.

Writes:

TV and Film​​

Representation:

Manager:

Dustin Doty, Velocity

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

MARISSALREAD@GMAIL.COM

Keywords:

Comedy, YA, high concept, coming of age, single cam, female-driven, friendship

SARAH WALLER

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ERIN RODMAN

Bio:

Erin Rodman was a development assistant at DreamWorks Studios and 20th Century Fox, before becoming a story analyst for companies such as Paramount, Netflix and Parkes MacDonald. She is currently writing feature adaptation THE BEAR for Amblin and Marc Platt Productions, and her original feature SAY SOMETHING NICE appeared on the 2019 Black List, 2019 Hit List and 2019 Young and Hungry List. Erin also has half hour TV series HELPLESS ROMANTIC in development at Stampede Ventures and comedy series CHANTAL Y2K, starring Suki Waterhouse and Teri Hatcher, in development at Quibi. Erin's feature biopic MADAME was selected for the 2019 WritersForWriters Female Screenwriting Fellowship, and was one of the six scripts selected for the The Black List & Women in Film’s annual feature lab program. Erin has an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Film and Television Theory from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Pamela Goldstein, Verve

Manager:

Sydney Blanke, Fourth Wall Management

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self
erod917@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female focused, high concept

SARAH WALLER

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STEPHANIE SANDITZ

Bio:

STEPHANIE SANDITZ is a writer/actor/filmmaker/activist. Recent credits: Just finished writing a MMA Fight/romance feature, PERFECT ADDICTION, for Constantin Films (RESIDENT EVIL) now developing an original Action Franchise with them, as well as working with Catherine Hardwicke on the upcoming studio lesbian viking feature, HEATHEN. She is also writing a buddy comedy adventure movie for Marla Studios (Assasin's Creed) with Raja Gosnell Directing (Smurfs). She also recently sold her original comedy pilot, PYRAMID, to FX, with Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny, Mythic Quest) Executive Producing, then optioned the series to Tai Duncan and Mark Williams (Ozark). Sold an original series to Mila Kunis (Bad Moms) and ABC Signature (SMILF). Optioned, DANCE PARTY, a body-positive feature comedy she co-wrote, to AGC Studios (MOONFALL) with Queen Latifah attached to produce and star. She has adapted 8 books to features for studios, and wrote/produced her original YA series Chat. Like. Love. for Dreamworks' Awesomeness TV. She has acted in many series and films, along with being Lisa Ebersole’s co-star of Amazon's, 37 Problems . She hopes tp make her feature, GET YOUR HEART ON, winner of Tribeca Film Festival's All-Access Award for New Voices in Screenwriting soon,and sell award-winning, autobiographical series THE HIGH LIFE, that explores family, addiction and religion. She is an active organizer for Planned Parenthood, The ACLU and St. Louis/Ferguson Library Literacy Foundations. NYU, Tisch, Dean's Honors Drama Scholar. Also loves, boxing, costume parties, travelling and is hoping to aquire enough life experience to someday inspire a Power Ballad.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Industry Entertainment, Brandy Rivers and Stephen Crawford

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

stephaniesanditz@gmail.com

Keywords:

Character-driven comedy and dramedy in TV and in Features -Studio Action, Romance, Fantasy, YA, Super Hero, World Building and lots of book adaptation

SARAH WALLER

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KATHERINE RUPPE

Bio:

Katherine writes film and TV dramas, specializing in kickass characters who strive to achieve the impossible -- whether it’s rocketing to space as one of America’s first female astronauts or risking their lives to catch a murderer. Originally from Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, Katherine fueled her adventurous spirit by racing in rodeos and scouting for wolves. When her father won a long-shot seat to the U.S. Congress, she moved to “civilized” D.C., where she played hide-and-seek in the halls of Congress, kicked back hot-chocolate at the Veeps, and broke all the rules at her Catholic girls school. Katherine’s thriller feature, TRUE NORTH, is an Athena List winner, Austin Film Festival Finalist, and under option with Resonate Entertainment. Her crime drama pilot, SILVER STAR, was previously optioned by Warner Bros. TV. She’s an alum of the PGA Power of Diversity Producing Workshop and the Film Independent Episodic Lab, Screenwriter’s Lab, and Fast Track Program. She’s been published in The New York Times, earned her MFA in screenwriting at UCLA, and is a former member of the International Cinematographers Guild where she advanced to camera operator on movies and TV in New York.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Jeffrey Thal, Ensemble Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

katherine.ruppe@gmail.com

Keywords:

Character-driven drama, suspense thriller, mystery, crime, action, adventure, heist, psychological horror, biopic

SARAH WALLER

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MICHELLE SAHAYAN

Bio:

Michelle Sahayan was born at 5:02pm – cocktail hour – in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was raised on a steady diet of spicy food and Hollywood films, and continues to be passionate about both.

With a focus on distinctive film and television projects with global appeal, she has several projects currently in development, including NIGHSTALKER, which will be her directorial debut, to be produced by Cassian Elwes (DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB, MUDBOUND). She is also currently writing a narrative feature for acclaimed production company, See Saw Films (LION, THE KING’S SPEECH), and is collaborating with actress Zoe Saldana (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVATAR) on an original drama feature.

From 2010 to 2015 she worked as Associate Producer and Development Executive at Archer Street Films, the London-based production company responsible for films such as THE RAILWAY MAN, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, and HILARY & JACKIE. She was the Associate Producer of THE RAILWAY MAN, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was released in 2014. The film featured Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and was sold internationally.

In 2014 she was selected to attend the International Film Festival Rotterdam Lab. In 2013 she received a Diploma with Honours in Script Development from the UK's National Film and Television School, and in 2011 was awarded an Emerging Producers Grant by Screen Australia.

Michelle has produced a number of short films, music videos, commercials and factual television programs. As a Producer and Executive Producer in the commercials industry, she produced high-end commercials with production companies such as 1st Avenue Machine (US/UK), Bootleg Films (UK), Fieldtrip (UK) and Collider (Australia). She has produced commercials and content with award-winning directors such as Daniel Askill, Karim Zariffa, Bob Partington, Clemens Habicht, and Benjamin Steiger Levine in locations such as Argentina, South Africa, Australia, the UK, Asia and across Europe.

Prior to moving into production she worked in the media industry, and was integral in the launch of two magazine titles - NYLON and FAMOUS Magazine - into the competitive Australia/NZ publishing market, and worked

She splits her time between Los Angeles and Australia, and lives with her husband, daughter, and a cute-but-cunning whippet who ensures her mostly-black wardrobe is constantly covered in mostly-white dog hair.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Sam Warren, LBI Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

ms@grandpacificpictures.com

Keywords:

Drama, Thriller, Supernatural, Biopic, True Story, True Crime, Historical, Action, Adventure, Elevated Horror

SARAH WALLER

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SHRUTI SARAN

Bio:

Shruti is a screenwriter, third-culture kid, and emerging filmmaker from Michigan. She grew up in India, England, and Missouri, collecting accents as her parents collected advanced degrees, and went to college at the University of Michigan where she studied Biology. She writes both comedy and drama, loves science-inspired premises, and her stories often feature women or immigrants struggling with ambition, identity, and expectations. Nowadays, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, a bitcoin entrepreneur and free in-house consultant on her one-hour drama, FINDING SATOSHI. When she's not writing, Shruti can be found script supervising on indie films, producing Worded Funny, a live literary short humor show, and hanging out with her very badly named writer's group, "The Cool Kids." 

Writes:

TV

Representation:

Agent:

Allie Cohen, CAA 

Manager:

Nicholas Bogner, Affirmative Entertainment 

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

hi@shrutisaran.com 

Keywords:

I love both comedy and drama and gravitate towards science-inspired premises and stories about immigrants and women. 

SARAH WALLER

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ADRIENNE SCHAFFLER

Bio:

Adrienne is a New Yorker who has become an LA convert. It’s been all too easy to leave behind brutal winters and deadly humid summers. She started out as a playwright— studying Theater and English at Skidmore College. With THAT super practical degree under her belt she worked a slew of support jobs while putting on productions of her plays in NYC. After having an existential crisis over the fact that she would probably never be able to support herself financially as a playwright, she pivoted and started studying screenwriting. She worked as an unofficial writers assistant to Louis Venosta— who gifted her Final Draft... bless him. She moved out to LA with a few thousand dollars, no job, and with the blind naïveté only a 24 year old can have. She eventually was signed by Principato-Young when her best friend slipped her pilot into a manager’s weekend read. It’s truly one of those crazy LA stories. From there she got repped at APA and landed her first paid writing job at Brat, a digital media company making scripted content for a Gen Z audience. A former show runner at Brat, Jessie Rosen, offered her a job writing for a Christian soap opera... which was strange but so is life. As a New York Jew I had to do a lot of googling about the Bible. Adrienne was then selected to write the reboot of Disney’s As the Bell Rings, where she worked with Andrew Orenstein. She’s currently working on a scripted sci-fi podcast produced by Paragon Collective.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Danny Alexander, APA

Manager:

Jeffrey Thal, Ensemble Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self
Adrienne.m.schaffler@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dark (very dark) comedy, hyper realism, female driven

SARAH WALLER

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ERICA SCHREIBER

Bio:

Erica Schreiber is from Port Angeles, WA and attended NYU Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program. Erica was featured on the 2018 Young & Hungry and Hit Lists. On the TV side, she is currently developing a sci-fi series for Freeform and has previously written on Crackle's techno thriller IN THE CLOUD and Hasbro's animated MICRONAUTS. On the feature side, her spec feature SLAY is in development at Josephson Entertainment. She’s currently writing a pair of features for Blumhouse as well as a martial arts movie for XYZ (THE RAID) and Kindred Spirit (THE FAREWELL). The thriller she wrote for director Deon Taylor (BLACK & BLUE) is scheduled to shoot in  2020, Covid-willing.Bio:

 

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Manager:

Jennifer Au

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self
schreiber.erica@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female driven, genre, action, horror, thriller, sci fi, fantasy, martial arts, adventure

SARAH WALLER

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SUSIE SINGER CARTER

Bio:

If you asked five-year-old Susie what she wanted to be when she grew up, she’d have placed her hands on either side of her pink tutu and proclaimed, “Everything. Duh!” And been 100% right. Besides ballet, I spent my childhood as a gymnast, an entrepreneur (selling my toys door-to-door), debate champion, party planner, flag twirler, and cheerleader, while surviving my parents’ divorce and my father’s untimely death in a plane crash. While studying journalism at UCLA, I hosted a radio show, modeled, married, and sang in a pop-group produced by Chuck Lorre. (That Chuck Lorre.) After college, I had a baby, back surgery, opened a handmade jewelry store, acted in TV and film, performed improv, worked in development, launched my production company, divorced, remarried, had another baby, wrote and produced two CBS tween shows. Following that chapter, I became my mother’s caregiver, a spokesperson for Alzheimer’s, wrote a Bratz for Lionsgate, and co-produced a Soul Surfer for Sony. Divorced again. Took up hip-hop, signed a deal with Fox, wrote, produced and directed a pilot with Bryan Cranston, two documentaries for Women’s History Month and an award-winning, Oscar qualified short film that took me around the world, and now I am attached to direct my first feature of a screenplay adaptation that I wrote. Still, there’s so much more to do! I’m grateful for the fearless five-year-old-inside who never ceases to fuel my passion to create… well, everything.
 

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Manager:

Cary Kozlov, CK Literary Management

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self
susie@gogirlmedia.com

Keywords:

Female driven, comedy, dramadey, drama, children's, tween

SARAH WALLER

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MAE SMITH

Bio:

Mae Smith is an LA-based writer who most recently worked as the Writers’ Assistant on season two of Starz’s HIGHTOWN (of which she also co-wrote Episode 208). Previously, she was the Script Coordinator on Apple’s UNTITLED SIMON KINBERG SCI-FI SERIES (aka RAY JAMES) and a Writers’ Assistant and Script Coordinator on Showtime’s BILLIONS. Mae was also a Fellow in the WGA’s inaugural Made in NY Writers Room program. She was selected as one of 11 writers from a pool of 500+ applicants for this paid fellowship to develop a pilot script under the mentorship of showrunner Norman Steinberg (Blazing Saddles, Cosby, Teech, etc.). Mae graduated from Columbia University and subsequently worked in distribution, artist representation, and had a stint as a crypto bro at a blockchain entertainment studio. She is also the producer, director, and co-writer of the comedic sex education web series, Educated Fleas. Mae’s writing focuses on the ways that traumas and the social stigmas attached to them inhibit growth at personal, societal, and systemic levels. She hopes to replace these stigmas with humor while giving voice to those on the fringes: those struggling with mental illness, poverty, and addiction, as well as women who don't look, feel, or behave in a way society deems acceptable. Ultimately, Mae endeavors to write the kind of television she desperately craved as a child growing up in a deeply volatile environment – comedic stories that offer enough perspective to laugh at the hardest moments and enough hope to imagine a better life.

Writes:

TV​

Representation:

Agent:

Danny Alexander & Erin Morris, APA

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self
mae.smith320@gmail.com

Keywords:

dramedy, comedy, dark comedy, absurdist, grounded, mental illness, caretaking, poverty, satire, tech, technology, female protagonist

SARAH WALLER

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SHARON S. SOBOIL

Bio:

An award-winning screenwriter, her start into feature writing took her around the globe: The sex-trafficking story Catching India, for Jennifer Siebel Newsom, which won the Goa International Screenplay Award; The Wine Revolt to Bordeaux; her period rom-com Of Corset’s Mine to England, an award-winning script being produced by String and a Can, with Jason Connery directing Spring 2021. Keeping her sane during the covid lockdown, she was tapped by Voltage Pictures and Offspring to adapt the third and fourth best-selling YA novels, After We Fell and After Ever Happy. Her true story ROO!, about a girl and her dog, is being produced by Resonate and Metro Int’l. Her TV movie Love On The Air was Hallmark's submission for the Emmy's, and a Leo Award winner. Her half hour comedy series Harmful If Swallowed, about the pharma world, was bought by Participant Media. Her female-led drama series, HOT, is set up with Bronwyn Cornelius and Element 8 and she is developing the series SAVED with Kerry David, about women fighting poachers based off the doc. Sharon is an active member of the Women’s Writer’s Guild Committee, and sits on the board of the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival.

Writes:

TV and Film​

Preferred Contact:

Self

sharonsoboil@gmail.com

Keywords:

Women-led material, romance, drama, comedy, YA, adaptations, true stories

SARAH WALLER

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MONIQUE SORGEN

Bio:

Raised in a hippie house in San Francisco’s Castro district, Monique Sorgen’s brutally honest and quirky comedic voice is the result of her unusual upbringing by her father, a civil rights attorney with no personal boundaries, and her mother, a French professor torn between American free-thinking and bourgeois Parisian roots. Monique’s bilingual and bicultural education have led her to be worldly, open-minded, understanding, and compassionate to varying points of view— qualities which also inform her character development process. She is an award-winning writer-director who is currently in the Sony Television Directors Program. Her dark comedy short, Sorry, Not Sorry starring Wallace Langham (CSI), Jessica Oyelowo (A United Kingdom), and M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner) was picked up by Omeleto.com, where it amassed more than 100,000 views and 4000 likes in its first month. Her newest short film, Rock A Bye Baby, an action-comedy, starring Mo McRae (Den of Thieves), Scott Krinsky (Chuck), and a baby, is about to start its festival tour. Before that, she directed three branded reality series in the Philippines for Fashion One TV, and made music videos that were picked up by the Disney Channel and the Jonas Brothers. As a writer, she has developed screenplays with Imagine Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Jay Stern (Horrible Bosses), Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting), USA/UCP, Morgan Freeman’s Revelations, David Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon, and scripted several independent films set in Hong Kong and Europe. In TV, she’s written for “Blind Date,” Comedy Central, VH1, and worked in a think tank for ABC. She has also written for Sony Brazil’s hit rom-com, “(Des)Encontros,” and developed a sitcom set in Mumbai. She volunteers as a political writer with “The Writer’s Brigade” and as a host for the WGAw podcast “3rd & Fairfax.”

Writes:

TV and Film​

Preferred Contact:

Self

sorgenm@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, true story, fun, honest, commercial, female gaze

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ELIZABETH STAMP

Bio:

Elizabeth Stamp was born and raised in West Virginia, where she went to a school with a graduating class of 54. Her father is a federal judge and because of that she did not get invited to any parties in high school. (That’s why, right?) Growing up with a stay-at-home mom, she became an anthropologist of the American housewife, inspiring her darkly comedic stories about imperfect female characters searching for identity. 


She graduated from Brown University where she studied English and visual arts, attempting everything from glassblowing to welding a five-foot tall wrought iron gate (a searing critique of consumerism). She began her career as an editor at Architectural Digest, but started doing comedy when she got tired of writing about couches and “pops of color.” Elizabeth has studied television writing at Columbia University and sketch and improv at UCB. She has performed in basements across New York City and is a Senior Contributing Video Writer at The Onion. 


Her pilot MATERNAL INSTINCT won best comedy script at the New York Television Festival and her workplace comedy CLASSIFIED was performed at the ATX Television Festival’s Black List Script Reading. She was a member of the Fox Writer’s Lab and was part of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s content accelerator, Imagine Impact. During Impact, she was mentored by Saladin Patterson. Her pilot SILOED was set up at Stampede with showrunners Barry Safchik and Michael Platt and director Beth McCarthy Miller. She is currently developing two workplace comedies with McCarthy Miller and Casey Patterson Entertainment. She lives in Los Angeles with an 8-year-old shih tzu named Chowder. 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Matt Dy, Lit Entertainment Group

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

elizabeth.stamp@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, crime, dark comedy, satire, female-driven, weird but with heart

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ALICE STANLEY JR.

Bio:

Alice writes cheery bubblegum pop with dark existential undercurrents. Since moving to LA in 2018, Alice has been a staff writer for BUSY TONIGHT (executive produced by Tina Fey) and the onset writer for the upcoming Netflix feature MOXIE, directed by Amy Poehler. She is currently developing a new stage play, a sit-com, and a horror feature. She is also a dramaturg and consultant for several new works, including the upcoming musical THE MOUNTAIN DIGBY (Hudson Mainstage). She performs weekly at UCB with the improvised musical BABY WANTS CANDY and was a proud cast member of their total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2019.

Alice grew up on the South Side of Chicago. In the windy city she ran Silk Road Rising Theatre’s empathy-based playwriting program for underserved Chicago public high school students. She also taught English and Theatre at Chicago City Colleges. At night she did improv and put up plays around the storefront theatre scene (plus once at The Goodman).

Eventually Alice began working for The Second City full-time, including touring on a dang cruise ship, writing essays for their humor website, and developing their summer youth and teen revue. She performed with a bunch of shows at iO Chicago including the Harold team Hometown, the LGBTQ cast of Dreamboat, and the long-running Whirled News Tonight. Her eco-terrorist musical solo show MEAT CUTE had two successful sell-out runs at The Annoyance and The Cute Space.

She loves pastries and has seen one ghost.

Writes:

TV and Film​

Preferred Contact:

Self

alicestanleyjr@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dark comedy, pop, mystery, queer, horror, grounded, feminist, environmentalist

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CARLEY STEINER

Bio:

Carley Steiner hails from the murky swamps of New Orleans, LA and has been a WGA member since 2008. She has a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University, and an MFA in Screenwriting from USC. Carley has written for Lifetime NBC Universal, Oops Doughnuts, Disney Channel, Disney +, Walden Media, Nickelodeon, Original Films/Sony Pictures and Amazon. Her original film SPIN for Disney + starts shooting in Toronto in Sept. 2020. Additionally, she is a college professor, teaching graduate screenwriting and film theory at various colleges in the Los Angeles area. She's also a pastry school graduate, trapeze enthusiast and the world's biggest Dolly Parton fan. She's repped by Adam Levine and Kyle Jensen at Verve.

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Agent:

Adam Levine & Kyle Jensen, Verve

Preferred Contact:

Self

carleybabe@aol.com

 

Keywords:

YA book adaptations, coming-of-age, romcom, family comedy

SARAH WALLER

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CAMERAN SURLES

Bio:

Cameran Surles is a producer, writer, actor living in Los Angeles, CA. She got her start in Austin, TX, working on Terrence Mallick's Oscar nominated Tree of Life. Soon after, she met another director great James L. Brooks who wrote a part for her in his next film. These experiences instilled in her a deep and enduring love of flawed, complex characters and stories that find the comedy in spite of the tragedies of life.

 

Cameran got her start in writing at UCLA's Professional Program in screenwriting. Her writing accolades include projects advancing in Sundance, Imagine Impact, Napa Valley FF, Cinestory, NYTVF, among others. She is also a member of the Creative Network (from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Impact).

 

She currently works as in-house writer/ creative producer for Adam Goodman’s digital studio Invisible Narratives. She is interested in exploring stories as part of a new trend: the 30 something heroine. Real, honest stories of womanhood, and  all the ambition, mediocrity, self-awareness, identity, sex, friendship, mortality, tragicomedy that goes with it.  

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Manager:

Evan Anglin, Zero Gravity

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

cameran.surles@gmail.com

Keywords:

grounded, character-driven dramedies

SARAH WALLER

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BETTY SULLIVAN

Bio:

When I"m not fielding at call from one of my seven kids I write courageous female leads experiencing a turning point in their lives in drama, thriller, and comedy. The extra bonus is some scripts are sold, optioned, or made. I get to be on set to keep the director and crew hydrated and snacked out and end up being best friends with the script supervisor by the end of the shoot.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Chris Deckard and Krista Carpenter with Fictional Entity

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

bettysulli@gmail.com

Keywords:

true story adaptation, grounded, comedy, social justice, levity,, female driven, thriller, drama

SARAH WALLER

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SAMANTHA TAN

Bio:

Born and raised in Malaysia, Samantha is an international actress, writer, director, chef-entrepreneur and former professional dancer now based in Los Angeles via London and NYC. She is the first Malaysian in history to become a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, and is the founder of Malaysian food brand Sam Tan's Kitchen. She loves straddling the worlds of food and narrative storytelling, and will 100% feed you until you're her friend.

Samantha is the writer, director, producer and star of the short film Ally Chia, a dramatic comedy loosely based on her real life experiences as a struggling chef. The film was shot in one day with an all-female crew and is now on Amazon Prime Video. Ally Chia marked Samantha’s first original script and directorial debut, and was a second-rounder for the MACRO Episodic Lab powered by The Black List. The short was made as a proof-of-concept for a TV series which she is currently developing.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Vanessa Livingston, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

email@samantha-tan.com

Keywords:

Grounded, character-driven, drama, dramedy, dramatic-comedy, raw

SARAH WALLER

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KRISTINA THOMAS

Bio:

STAFF WRITER on the upcoming Bad Robot/HBO Drama “DEMIMONDE”, Writer-Director Kristina Thomas first showed her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to win $50,000 to direct a pilot TV show in New Orleans, Louisiana for MTV/Endemol. After paying her dues as script coordinator for such shows as Greenleaf, Lovecraft Country and The Haunting of Bly Manor (S2), her feature "WORTH IT" received some well-deserved recognition as a semi-finalist for the Women in Film/The Black list feature competition and BET's Project Cre8 Feature competition.

Also, winner of the Writers Assistant Network Pilot Workshop, Finalist for Hollyshorts Fest and former staff writer on the webseries The Rise of Theo and the Romeos for Issa Rae's production company, Thomas’s comedy short film "HOUSE OF BALLS" based on her time playing women's dodgeball is continuing to make its rounds in the festival circuit. Recently her actress Mariah Robinson won Best Actor at the AFF Alt Film Festival and the 1/2 pilot script for “House of Balls” was Semi-Finalist for the BET's Project Cre8: TV and Hollyshorts Fest. Currently she’s in the Women in Film Mentoring Program for Directors and preparing to direct her first feature.

Kristina is a proud alum of Howard University and University of Southern California.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

David Lopez, A3 Artists Agency

Manager:

Jason Lubin, First Story Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

thomas.kristinar@gmail.com

Keywords:

genre drama, female focused leads

SARAH WALLER

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HEATHER TURNEY SCHMIDT

Bio:

Heather Turney Schmidt comes to film and TV writing and directing from a career as a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and composer for concert music, film and TV.

Heather is signed with manager Jeff Portnoy/Bellevue Productions. Her first feature film as writer-director is currently in development with A71 in Canada, and she has written and directed four short films, including MAN OF FIRE, starring Lance Reddick (John Wick, Bosch, the Wire, Fringe) which is currently on the film festival circuit and has so far received 14 awards and is an official selection at 12 festivals.

Her recent film scores include Jurassic School/Netflix, Empire of the Sharks/Syfy, Break-Up Nightmare/Lifetime, Elvis Lives!/AXS TV, Archaeology of a Woman starring Sally Kirkland, How to Get Rid of A Body and Still Be Friends, Alchemy of the Spirit, and the video game Homesick.

Heather was also the creator and co-executive producer on Animal Planet’s 2016 TV
series Life at Vet U. A huge animal lover, she and her wife Kim have multiple rescue pets—5 dogs, many cats, 2 pigeons, 2 horses and some fish. Heather founded two non-profit dog rescues, Hollywood Huskies in Los Angeles in 2016 and Halo Husky Haven in Calgary, Alberta in 2018. So far, over 800 dogs have been saved and adopted, and she’s hoping to reach 1000 in 2022!

Heather’s hobbies include sword fighting (theatrical combat style!), oil painting, learning languages, taking her dogs to agility classes and trail riding on her horse. She is also a professional animal communicator, trained by the Gurney Institute of Animal Communication, and a Certified Practitioner in Healing Touch for Animals.

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta/Canada, Heather currently lives in Los Angeles and has dual Canadian/American citizenship

 

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Jeff Portnoy, Bellevue Productions

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

heatherturneyschmidt@gmail.com

Keywords:

Drama. Thrillers. Mystery. Action. Fantasy. Sci-fi. Supernatural. And stories with music or animals.

SARAH WALLER

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TARA TOMICEVIC

Bio:

Born in former Yugoslavia, Tara’s family was torn across political lines when a civil war declared her mom Croatian and her dad Bosnian. As war refugees, Tara and her parents escaped to Italy for six years and then to the U.S., where she was quickly Americanized via Disney Channel Original Movies and the Backstreet Boys. Since, she’s been the only girl on the soccer team, the only white girl on the basketball team and the only broken-ankled player on the volleyball team.


She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley on full scholarship and served as the showrunner’s assistant on ABC’s SCANDAL. She produced the multiple award-winning short MUTED, starring Chandra Wilson and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, which was acquired by HBO and selected for the Ryan Murphy Half Initiative Program. To date it has over 150k views on Issa Rae’s #ShortFilmSundays.


Her short CUDDLE PARTY, with EP Jill Soloway, starring Michaela Watkins, Rob Huebel and Yvette Nicole Brown went to Tribeca and is currently on Amazon. Her pilot BIANCA, about a couples’ therapist with mirror-touch synesthesia, won the Junior Hollywood Radio & TV Society Pilot Competition and her pilot AMERICAPHOBES, about lesbian Croatian moms who adopt an American teen, was in the final round of the Sundance Episodic Lab.

Writes:

TV and Film​

Representation:

Agent:

Katie Laner & Austin Denesuk, CAA

Manager:

Kendrick Tan, Lit Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self
tara.tomicevic@gmail.com

Keywords:

Grounded, light drama, dramedy, heart, sports, family

SARAH WALLER

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ALEXANDRA TRAN

Bio:

I'm one of those people who knows a little about a lot of things. I've worked for some of the wealthiest sociopaths in LA, married to a magician and grew up with a psychiatrist AND high-functioning autistic for parents. Arrested Development is the greatest comedy ever created. I love Disney's The Little Mermaid and it IS a feminist story. Ask me about the time found a bat in my toilet.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agents:

Adam Perry, Halle Mariner, Danny Alexander, APA

Manager:

Kate Sharp, Bellevue Productions

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

lexie@lexietran.com

Keywords:

Grounded dramas that are accessible to all, and happen to feature lots of POC and women!

SARAH WALLER

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TERRI VIANI

Bio:

Terri Coduri Viani got her screenwriting start on Disney/ABC's hit show, Brand Spanking New Doug. After Disney, she freelanced in New York City before moving to New England to write for The Stonebridge Press rural newspaper group. Her scripts have been finalists in both the New England Film Fellowship and the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, as well as placing on The Bitch List 2020, and at Stowe Story Labs and the Austin Film Festival. She is an associate member of the WGA, West, and a Script Magazine contributing writer. In her teens and twenties, she lived and traveled all over the world including Saudi Arabia, England, and the Soviet Union, and currently resides in the Connecticut countryside with one husband, three cats, fifty-thousand honeybees (give or take) and a passel of ornery hens.

Writes:

TV and Film 

Representation:

Josh Zakaria, Zakaria Entertainment Group

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

terriviani@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dramedy, light drama, feel-good. Warm-hearted stories of good people making bad choices as they search for their missing piece of the American Dream. I live in that sweet spot where comedy and drama meet.

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SARAH VOLLMAN

Bio:

Sarah Vollman is a writer and performer hailing from Austin, TX. Currently she works as James Corden's assistant at The Late Late Show and Fulwell73. She served as writers' assistant for The 2019 Tony Awards, The World's Best, The 2018 Grammy Awards, The Late Late Show in London and The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special. Additionally, she has trained and performed at the UCB Theatre in both improv and sketch, and some of her writing has been featured in The New Yorker Shouts and Murmurs. 

 

Writes:

TV and Film​

Preferred Contact:

Self

sarahevollman@gmail.com

Keywords:

offbeat comedy

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KELLY WALKER

Bio:

KELLY WALKER is an Australian multi-hyphenate award winning filmmaker. At a young age decided her dream was to be a stripper. She had seen the movies Gypsy and Flashdance and the female protagonists spoke to her. Her mom sat her down and explained that Natalie and Jennifer were actors, and Walker decided that was a pretty good plan B. She collaborated with other fierce 14 years olds, creating nonsensical 80 minute films that her grandma didn’t understand, but drunk uncles loved and recommended to their friends. Obviously moving to America was the next step, because a lot of stripper roles were cast in Los Angeles. The acting bug subsided and she pursued her passion for filmmaking. She's had multiple short films in the festival circuit, most notably The Brownlist, directed and edited by Walker. The Brownlist had a successful festival run, including multiple Oscar qualifiers and the Jury Award for Best Short Film at Bentonville Film Festival. In the last couple years she's directed a handful of shorts and web series. She was invited to participate in Australian's In Film's Writers Lab for her script My Fiona. My Fiona is Walker's debut feature and premiered at Queer Screen Australia in February, 2021. WIth no doubt, she will write a film about a stripper, and maybe even come out of acting retirement to play her.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

David Clark

Mazo Partners

Keywords:

drama, dramedy, female driven, queer stories, period pieces, bio pics, character driven

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SARAH WALLER

Bio:

Sorry to disappoint you but I am not Phoebe Waller Bridge’s sister. Yes, I am also funny, kinda tall and awkward and enjoy pushing the boundaries. An actress friend recently told me that she thinks I’m the real life version of Phoebe’s Fleabag character. I got upset and couldn’t stop sneezing, so she bought me lunch to soften the blow. But then I realized I’m definitely guilty of having bad taste in men and I also might be guilty of jumping into a trash dumpster to hide from a lunatic ex, so point taken.

On the topic of being related to famous folks, the majority of my famous family members are dead. They were all badass women. I often think of how wonderful it would have been to have tea with my Grandmother Helen Hiett, who was a war correspondent for NBC and an author. My Grandma died in a mountain climbing accident in France before I was born, long before she ever had the chance to scold me for being such a late bloomer. People tell me I am the spitting image of her.

I wonder if I got my bawdy sense of humor and my singing voice from Sophie Tucker, who was on my other Grandmother’s side of the family. Sophie was a comedian, singer and an actress. Sophie probably would have told me to get my shit together as well. It’s now become apparent that I need to find a mentor who is still alive and is actually willing to have a meal with me. But I digress.

If you want to know a bit more about my background, I kicked off my career working in indie film in New York City. I learned the hard way that being an experimental filmmaker and working on documentaries wasn’t going to pay my rent. Trying to be a yoga teacher was pretty short lived as well. I fell into writing dark comedy and quickly realized how cathartic it can be to help people find the humor in the darker moments of our lives. I’m also Jewish and gallows humor is just like our thing. It ties in with all the cultural anxiety and neuroticism.

These days, I’m based in Los Angeles. I’m still trying to figure out if this city actually exists or is just a flashy mirage. If someone knows the answer to this, please let me know.

I’m currently developing and co-writing a half hour dark comedy with my writing partner, Comedian Michael Malone. I hope that one day I will make my Grandmother proud but for now, I’m still figuring it all out.

 

Writes:

TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

wallersar@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dramedy, Tragicomedy and Dark Comedy

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SELYNA WARREN

Bio:

Selyna Warren and Marissa Read make up the multi-hyphenate team S&M. They share a love for comedy and want to create content they can act in and direct. They met at a musical theatre conservatory and have been creatively co-dependent ever since. S&M’s first sale was to AwesomenessTV in the form of a streaming teen show called Foursome. Their 4th and last season premiered on Youtube Premium in the fall of ‘18, making it the network’s longest running series. After writing all of Season I, they spent the next 3 seasons as show-runners, EP’s, and eventually added directing to the docket, directing three episodes, including the finale of this latest season. Their directing debut was for a pilot presentation they wrote called Delinquents. They starred alongside the likes of Lil Rel Howery, Jillian Bell, and Fortune Feimster. Their feature HAZED reached #1 on the Blklst website and they’ve since optioned this dark high school comedy to Jermey Garelick’s company, American High. Unbelievably, the girls won a Google grant to develop a script involving computer science. Neither have any experience in computer science. S&M are pumped to be working with Nickelodeon to reboot a favorite series from their childhood alongside Ace Entertainment. Currently S&M are working with with WindPower Entertainment for a dramedy 1/2 hour called Bad Apple (password: S&M) and have attached Todd Holland to direct the pilot. Their POC for Bad Apple just got into the Die Laughing 2020 film festival and won best horror comedy. You can find Selyna acting on the tube on Black-ish, Shameless, Teachers, and Idiot Sitter. Look for Marissa in the indie film What We Can’t Have. You can find these ladies in the heart of Burbank, wearing matching outfits, and acting like they’re dating. Both are happily married to other people.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Dustin Doty, Velocity Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self
selynawarren@gmail.com

Keywords:

R rated comedy nostalgia

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JULIANNE WARGEN

Bio:

Julianne is CEO of a business consultancy and holds a Master of Letters (MFA Summa Cum Laude equivalent) from Sydney University with a major in screenwriting and was the Managing Editor of the USYD writer’s journal Phoenix. She has an animated feature in development with Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Callan McAuliffe (The Walking Dead), and Kath Soucie (Rugrats) attached. She is currently co-producing a web-series and has recently optioned her live-action family feature and a drama TV Series. Julianne currently works with Roadmap Writers helping other writers to build industry connections and elevate their portfolios. Julianne has a menagerie of animals including cats, rabbits, fish, wild birds (who all have names and come to visit daily) and two worm farms. Julianne likes to write stories that challenge people to question the limits of their own perspectives. Her desire is for her audience to come away changed – even if only for a moment.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Brandon Drea, Paper Plane Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

brandon@paperplaneent.com

julianne@wwtech.com.au

Keywords:

fearless, powerful, fun, character-driven, drama, thriller, sci-fi, comedy, fantasy, Holiday, family, grounded, action

SARAH WALLER

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CARRIE WEISBERG

Bio:

Carrie Weisberg is a Writer/Actor/Producer living in Los Angeles. She studied at Boston University and then made her way to Los Angeles after graduation to achieve all of her dreams and goals in the entertainment industry. Before she became too jaded she continued studying at The Second City Hollywood, where she found her comedic voice… and her people. Carrie has been lucky enough to work consistently (in one way or another) in the entertainment industry for the last several years producing shows such as Go-Big Show on TBS, SafeWord on MTV and VH1, Great Minds with Dan Harmon for History and E!’s Brunch at the Oscars, Oscar pre-show. She has even been billed as a writer for some non-airing pilots for E!, WE and Feeln’ and even a real life show "What they Got Right" for DreamWorksTV on YouTube and YouTube's New Year's Special "Hello 2021." Sometimes she can find jobs as an actor when Jennifer Lawrence isn't available or she’s unwilling to do the part. When Carrie’s not working in TV she’s either teaching at the Second City Hollywood, trying to sell her own pilots or crying into her dog’s fur (all of which add value to her life). Carrie is happy to be here and wants to thank you for reading her bio. If she submitted it in person she’d give you a homemade cookie to show her gratitude.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

carrieweisberg@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dark comedy, animation

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ANDREA WHIPPLE

Bio:

I'm a delight, you'll love me. I'm midwestern as hell and I learned how to milk a goat at farm camp. I write with lots of heart and a lil bit of fart. My comedy pilots have wild things like lizard people, octogenarian murder mysteries, post apocalyptic robots, but also grounded characters, like a mom trying to balance career and work, and a woman with Down syndrome trying to make her mark. I chose this career because I think the things we put onscreen really can make a difference in the world and I care deeply about representation. Also I love working with people and making stupid jokes- just check my twitter @whipsical.

I perform sketch and improv at Second City. I wrote and performed in the year-long premium show LIVE RUDE GIRLS, and my latest show, Welcome to Boobtown, is about two little boys who find a magical bra who takes them on a mystical adventure through the world of women. My former boss Adam Conover says my work has “joy on every page” and that I work my ass off. He's right.

Writes:

TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

andrawhipple@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, sci-fi, mystery, disabled protagonists, animated, robots, post apocalyptic

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ELEANOR WILSON

Bio:

Eleanor Wilson is a writer/director/producer from Adelaide, Australia. Her debut feature Save Yourselves!, co-written and co-directed with Alex Huston Fischer, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it was picked up by Bleecker Street. Her award winning short films have played at festivals throughout the world, with her first, Possum, winning best short film at the inaugural NITEHAWK SHORTS FEST. Everything All At Once, starring J. Smith-Cameron, premiered on SUNDANCE.TV. Her latest short film, Low Road, which premiered at MoMA, was written as part of the WRITE BY THE SEA residency and is a recipient of the FUTURE OF FILM IS FEMALE grant. She resides in Los Angeles and enjoys making ceramics for friends and collaborators.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Ruby Kaye & Dan Rabinow, CAA

Manager:

Christina Campagnola, GRLBND Media

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager

Keywords:

Grounded, comedy, sci-fi, drama, character-driven

SARAH WALLER

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STEFANIE WOODBURN

Bio:

Stefanie Woodburn is a Eurasian writer, actress, & filmmaker from Maryland. She is a 2018 CAPE New Writers Fellow, and a graduate of Ron Howard & Brian Grazer's inaugural IMAGINE IMPACT class. Stefanie launched into the arts through dance captaining high school show choir and musicals, and her theater background includes performing in NYC and Paris. An NYU summa cum laude graduate, she found her voice on Twitch, creating thousands of hours of content. She created the first short film funded through streaming video games, POLE, an official selection in 18 film festivals.

Recent projects include writing on an untitled Blue Sky Animated film, as well as being in the roundtable writers room for AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: GIRLS RULE. Her feature script POLE BOSS is now in development, produced by Imagine Entertainment. As her ethnicity is half-Chinese and half-Danish/German/Irish/Scottish/English mix, she is excited to write and portray stories from the mixed perspective, featuring women leadership and multiculturalism. She is repped at Verve.

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent:

Pamela Goldstein, Jenna Block & Gina Reyes, Verve

Preferred Contact:

Agent

Keywords:

comedy, dramedy, eSports, dance, musicals, combining two worlds / "mixed perspective"

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