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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 a Canadian writer who escaped the cold for the Los Angeles sunshine. She writes mostly comedy and horror (or a bloody/funny mash up of the two).
Currently she is writing on a new AMC feminist horror anthology series. In the past few years she wrote a Thriller for Reel One, was a staff writer for the second season of Haunted Case Files and - much to the surprise of her introverted heart - was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival's 2020 pitch competition, as well as the 2018 Just for Laughs pitch competition.
Michelle is also an actor whose award-winning short film, Blow Out (which she wrote and starred in) has screened at festivals worldwide, winning 8 awards *including winning the Best Performance Award at the Whohahalloween Film Fest.
She's also a graduate of the University of Windsor, was the youngest Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre - Canada's National Feminist Theatre, and is 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:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:
Self

michellealexander2@gmail.com

Keywords:
comedy horror, comedy, horror, feminist, grounded humor, surreal comedy

SARAH WALLER

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GRACE ANACLERCIO

Bio:

Grace is a comedy writer and performer. She is also the leading consumer of ice cream in the city of Los Angeles.

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Preferred Contact:
Self

Ganaclerio@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, satire, silly, topical, heart

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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BRITTANY ASHLEY

Bio:

Brittany Ashley is a Chicago-born, Second City sketch writing grad. For three years, Brittany worked at BuzzFeed, where she created digital series like Lesbian Princess, and wrote and produced over 100 sketches and short films. Since, Brittany has written on a DreamWorks TV series, created an LGBTQ news show, and hosts a grief/pop culture podcast called Don’t Tell The Babysitter Mom’s Dead, where she interviews other guests who have lost a parent. Most recently, Brittany was an Outfest Screenwriting Lab Finalist for a queer romcom feature she wrote.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

britt27ash@gmail.com

Representation:

Manager:

Colleen Washington, Fourth Wall Management

Keywords:

queer, comedy, 90s, death, dramedy, horror comedy

SARAH WALLER

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GIA EL AYNAOUI

Bio:

Rising in sweet victory from the ashes of a soulless existence in Arizona, Gia has recently relocated to LA. Gia is an Army veteran, Writer’s Assistant Network Fellowship winner and PAGE quarterfinalist. Gia researched, wrote, directed, and produced the 2012 documentary Women of War (as always, ladies must do EVERYTHING), which was selected by the San Diego Film Festival. Gia serves on Roadmap Writer's Diversity Steering Committee and is the creative director of the upcoming horror video game, Colony, as well as the voice of the Freetown podcast.

 

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

gia@problemchildfilm.com

Keywords:

Female driven, dark comedy, action adventure, military, social justice, interesting characters

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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ERIN BISHOP ROSEN

Bio:

From idyllic Bend, Oregon when it was pop. 40,000 (and currently boasts the only Blockbuster on the planet), Erin, an adoptee, juggled cheerleading practice, a horse, and at 14, became caregiver for her dad who suffered a stroke. His sense of humor about his condition and taught Erin to value every day, take chances and laugh. (He was a CPA that died notably on April 15th, of course, without filing an extension on her family’s taxes that year). Erin then drove her dad’s Buick to UCLA to pursue writing. With advice from her first mentor, TV Producer Samm Art Williams, Erin learned the craft from the best in the business as an assistant on the original ​Murphy Brown,​ ​The Hogan Family,​ and umpteen pilots. After the WB Writing Program, her first gig was on ​Cybill,​ and one of her scripts won the Gracie Allen Comedy Award, the Genesis Award, and the Dialogue Award. She also wrote for ​The Jersey​. Now she has a vast library of stories—from fertility issues to raising two boys who have 5 competitive grandmas since finding her biological family, to becoming an organic ketchup entrepreneur (Whole Foods/Jamie Oliver’s food truck). Now, after being a caregiver to her cancer-surviving hubby and adoptive mom with Alzheimer’s, she’s ready for new adventures in writing with her kick-ass millennial writing partner.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

erinisbusy@icloud.com

Keywords:

comedy, character-driven, moody, quirky, satire, strong female leads, dramedy

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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NINA BROOKS

Bio:

Stunning Director, Producer and Writer Nina Brooks debuts her short film, "The Passport" this summer. Early last year, Nina joined and worked alongside the likes of Emmai Alaquiva Jazmine Lewis and Baron J. Littleton to grow and gain her knowledge in film and TV. Brooks made her TV debut in the poignant TV Series portraying the troubled life of an in inner-city Pittsburgh single mother, The Lovers Lyfe, and continued on to work with Lana Bettencourt in The Family Business and Emmy Award winning "Unspeakable", Created by Emmy Award-winning Film Director Emmai Alaquiva, this outstanding :60 second PSA features the voices of the Deaf community and their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Unspeakable was entirely filmed in and around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Making her directorial debut on The Passport Nina continues her work as writer and producer and behind the camera and is developing a documentary film that centers on strong and inspirational women from all backgrounds. In addition to her film and TV work, Nina's passion lies in serving her community. With her family roots planted in Pittsburgh, PA Nina's long term goals are to mentor young girls in film and empower them to regain their self-esteem and teach them life skills. Nina was born in York, PA to Evelyn Brooks, a seamstress. She now calls Los Angeles home where she lives with her fiance, Chris, co-owner of their independent film production company, CEP Productions, LLC. When she's not juggling between her career and domestic life, she enjoys staying active by doing hiking, swimming, and yoga. Brooks also finds pleasure in traveling and experiencing different cultures throughout the world. One of her favorite locations to visit is Paris, where she can reflect and refuel.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

ninab@cepproductionsllc.com

Keywords:

Urban romance, drama, crime

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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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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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 currently has a biopic feature about the founder of OPI Nail Lacquer, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, in development with Cavalry Media. 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:
Managers:

Tracy Kopulsky and Delaney Morris, Grandview

Preferred Contact:
Managers

Keywords:
Grounded, Comedy, Dramedy, Supernatural Comedy, RomCom, 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.

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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JULISSA CASTRO

Bio:

Julissa Castillo is an Afro-Dominican writer who was born in NYC but raised in the self-proclaimed mule capital of the world (Columbia, TN -- seriously, Google it). Scared by the prospect of becoming someone who celebrates Mule Day as a serious holiday, Julissa left Tennessee and moved to Chicago, where she earned her MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. She has previously written for Story House Entertainment (Univision) and is an alum of the NHMC Writers Program. She worked as a staff writer on an upcoming Apple TV+ show and is currently developing a show for HBO with Steven Canals. She co-hosts a podcast called QUE FUNNY where she discusses romcoms and other foolishness with her cousin/BFF. In 2020, Julissa achieved the ultimate nerd's goal when she was a contestant on Jeopardy!

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Rukayat Giwa, CAA

Manager:

Tracy Kopulsky, Grandview

Preferred Contact:
Agent, Manager, Self

julissa.castillo1@gmail.com

Keywords:

dramedy, grounded, family, dysfunctional

SARAH WALLER

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LAUREN CIARAVALLI

Bio:

 

Lauren Ciaravalli is a WGA-Award nominated writer/director with a passion for putting women and young people at the center of cinematic magic. When she's not writing about teenagers, you'll likely find her on set directing them in a variety of narrative, digital and commercial content. She recently directed L.O.L. SURPRISE THE MOVIE (Netflix) which peaked as the #6 Movie on Netflix in the USA in October 2021. On the writing side, Lauren has developed with Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions and is a graduate of the Nickelodeon Writing Program. In 2019 she was tapped to direct Season 1 of BratTV’s series SUNNYSIDE UP. Prior to that, AwesomenessTV hired Lauren to write and direct an episode of the romance anthology series LOVE DAILY (Netflix), for which she earned a WGA Award Nomination. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and prolific independent filmmaker, Lauren’s films have played at Oscar-qualifying festivals across the country. Originally from NYC, Lauren makes frequent trips back to the east coast to load up on her love of live theater. More can be found at www.LaurenCiaravalli.com. 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Evan Angle (Zero Gravity Management)

Keywords:
female-driven comedy, modern 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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CAMILLE CORBETT

Bio:

Camille Corbett is an Atlanta native and a queer-identifying, first-generation Jamaican American. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a Fulbright Scholar. Camille was recently staffed on the Jamie Foxx series, DAD, STOP EMBARRASSING ME, for Netflix. She has also written episodes for the Quibi series BREF produced by DreamCrew. Camille currently has an original animated pilot BADDIES in development with Cartuna. In addition, Camille has directed music videos, proof of concepts, and commercials. In fact, Camille is currently in pre-production for THE ISLAND, a horror film funded by Outback Presents, where Camille is set to direct and play the villain, Martisha. Pre-Covid, Camille raised a Kickstarter goal and for her independent pilot CRYSTAL & CHELSEA, that she starred in, wrote, and produced (ask for link) that is currently being distributed by Comcast. Not to mention, Spring 2022, Camille will release her comedic rap album, The Witty Girl. Previously, She was the TA for the NBC writing fellowship: Writers on the Verge.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Angela Nikas (Lit)/Chris Allen (Theatrical), Buchwald

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

nichole.corbett@fulbrightmail.org

camillecorbettcreations.tumblr.com

Keywords:

Comedy, Sharp Humor, female-forward, Caribbean, Jamaican, Dark Comedy, Dramedy, Multi-Cam, Animation

SARAH WALLER

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BETH CURRY

Bio:

 

As a toothless child with a red-headed afro and a giant forehead making me like like Eric Stotlz in Mask, I turned to telling jokes to keep the attention off of my appearance. To this day I love the shit out of writing. Yes, I'm a dork and actually friggin' love it. I need it for my mental health. A world that I can control? Uh...yeah, sign me up.

This year I won the Nicholl Fellowship for my feature Lemon which was just optioned by Mandalay films. I have a few other features in various stages of development. Just honored to be included into a group of badass creative ladies. I love what I do...and am grateful to be a part of this empowering community.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

beefycurry@aol.com

Representation:

Agent -

Sheryl Petersen, APA

Manager -

Jenny Wood, Raquelle David, Elevate Entertainment

Keywords:

Honest, funny, dramedy, grounded, real, quirky, accessible, unique voice

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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COURTNEY DONNELLY

Bio:

 

Courtney Donnelly and Jenna Finley Moller (writing partners) grew up as only children just miles from each other in Texas. They both went on to get Journalism degrees from NYU and Baylor, respectively, finally meeting years later in Los Angeles in a comedy class where director Richie Keen made them cry. Well, he didn’t make them cry, but making them sing acapella in front of their peers did.

Knowing they would never win THE VOICE, Courtney and Jenna became a writing team, drawing on their similar backgrounds of being from Texas, performing sketch comedy, and sporting “angry bangs” (maybe that was just Jenna). Writing was cheaper than therapy so they began to hone their voice of whip smart humor, always with a touch of heart.

Jenna and Courtney have collaborated with writer Shauna Cross on an original feature script and recently redeveloped it with Sean Robins and Debra Neil Fisher who is attached to direct. As for TV, they just locked a half hour comedy pitch with Tracy Mercer of Amasia Entertainment with veteran Cindy Caponera attached to showrun. They have many fans in both the TV and feature worlds and are eagerly writing new material. Just please don’t make them sing.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Syndey Blanke & Colleen Washington, Fourth Wall Management

Preferred Contact:

Self

courtneybdonnelly@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, female-driven, heart

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 writer, comedian, and actress based in Los Angeles. She was worked on shows like HBOMAX’s upcoming Clone High, was featured in llluminative's 25 comedians to follow, and ABC's Native American Heritage Month campaign where she spoke about the freedom to be flawed, but they cut the part about catching a barf with her hands. Or rather... failing to catch a barf with her hands.

Siena studied Film and Television Production at New York University where she was selected to produce her first short film. Her short film “Lycanphobic” 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.

In 2018, Siena was a part of the 3rd LA Skins Television Writers’ lab, a lab that works with Native American writers. Her original pilot “Mixed Up” was selected for a live reading at the LA Skins 12th Annual Film Festival. In 2019, she was 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" and has performed all over LA.

 

Writes:

TV and Film

Representation:

Agent

Thuan Dang, APA

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

siena.east@gmail.com

Keywords:

Funny, Out of control, broad comedy, flawed characters, discomfort, Native, irreverent, coming of age, raunchy, ridiculous, high concept, conversational

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, award-winning writer and content creator known for her unique brand of Muslim-ennial humor. After working in marketing at studios including Paramount, Disney and STX Entertainment, Reem took the leap to being a full-time creative and has since performed at venues and universities across the US, Europe, Japan and Middle East. She’s opened for comics including Iliza Schlesinger and Arsenio Hall and has acted in several viral content pieces, including with Elizabeth Banks to promote "Pitch Perfect 3." Since completing the prestigious NBC Late Night Writing Workshop and working as a synposis writer for Netflix, Reem has been featured on ShahidVIP’s "Stand Up Sketch Show," a national campaign for Headspace, Showtime’s "Desus & Mero," and on Bustle’s list of “5 Muslim Women Comedians to Get You Through Social Distancing.” Reem currently pens comedic content for the official Twitter pages of "Tom & Jerry," "Scooby Doo," and "Looney Tunes.”

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Representation:

Agent:

Danny Alexander (APA)

Manager:

Matt Sadeghian & Isaac Horne (Avalon)

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

Reemhsni@gmail.com

Keywords:
Comedy, buddy comedy, adult animation, identity, multi-cultural

SARAH WALLER

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CLAIRE EPSTEIN

Bio:

 

Hi! I'm Claire. I'm originally from Washington, DC, and after college I pursued acting for a while in New York, performing at off-Broadway places and then at UCB. And then TWIST I got a job ghostwriting romance novels and what was supposed to be just a day job turned into a career. I ended up writing 15 books (one was translated into German, which was fun), and while I found that I loved writing, it wasn't a genre I was passionate about - I really wanted to write for TV and film. I decided to write a half-hour TV pilot that then won a festival called SeriesFest, which is how I got my first reps and led to my move to LA.

Since then, I've staffed for a Quibi show, written a freelance episode for Dreamworks, and written for the Calm app and the podcast company Parcast. I've also developed an interactive project with John Milhiser (SNL) for Eko with Powderkeg and Big Breakfast and a romcom feature with The Cartel. I'm currently developing a feminist horror feature with Debbie Liebling and Scotty Landes and an edgy half-hour with Piller/Segan.

I really love to write stories with complicated female leads and use genre to explore some kind of social problem. I want my work to be entertaining before it's anything else. I'm interested in comedy, mystery, horror, thrillers, sci-fi...pretty much anything but sentimental drama. My dream is to be thought of alongside women like Leslye Headland, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nia DaCosta, Aline Brosh-McKenna, Lorene Scafaria, and Lena Waithe, who work in a variety of genres but always bring their distinctive voice. I'll just come out and say it: I want to write a ten-episode comedy series followed by a Marvel movie.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Kirsten Jacobson, Good Fear Content

Preferred Contact:

Manager

chepstein@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedic, edgy, grounded, fun.

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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ARI FRIEDMAN

Bio:

Ari is a queer, bicultural writer and director who grew up Ultra-Orthodox Jewish, only to turn around at 25 and get her hand tattooed like a schmuck. She writes about given versus chosen identity, with an emphasis on strong female leads and mental illness. Her tone has been described as "traumedy" and "who hurt you???". Currently she works on Star Trek: Discovery (P+), and previously worked on The Cool Kids (FOX), and Bless This Mess (ABC).

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV

Representation:

John Dunne (Independent Artists Media)

Preferred Contact:

Self

ariane.friedman@gmail.com

Keywords:

Traumedy, Quirky, Dark Humor, Broad Comedy, Female Centric, LGBTQ+, Coming of Age, Mental Illness

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 creates layered crime and medical dramas that take the women you love to hate, put them in fucked-up situations, and make you root for them. She previously coached physicians from around the world on empathy and medical ethics, and she draws on this expertise to bring emotional truth to complex, morally ambiguous narratives. A new media medical series she was hired to write is scheduled for release this year. Robin is a 2022 WIF Writing Circle Mentee and was a NYSCA Screenwriting Fellow, and her scripts have placed in numerous competitions including WeScreenplay, ScreenCraft, and Cinequest. She’s also a commissioned and published playwright whose work has been produced internationally. A proud member of the WGA Independent Writers Caucus and The Dramatists Guild, she was awarded an MFA in screenwriting from Point Park University. Robin tells stories that immerse us in lives unlike our own, and when she’s not writing, you can often find her out in nature hiking and conquering mountains — another way in which she expands her perspective.

 

Writes:

Hour TV

Representation:

Manager:

Adrian Garcia, Recon Literary

Preferred Contact:

Self

robin@robinfusco.com

Keywords:

female-centric, dark drama, twisted, medical, crime

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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ASHLEY GLACEL

Bio:

Ashley Glacel is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles who writes witty, conversational, and funny scripts that attempt to capture the angst of a certain period of life and often center on a group of brazen female friends. At present she has a rom-com called SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY in development. An East Coast native and political junkie at heart, she previously served as a press secretary and speechwriter in both the U.S. House and Senate. She holds a B.A. from William & Mary, an M.A. from the New School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where her research centered on narrative structure and storytelling. Pieces she's written on the intersection of politics and pop culture can be found everywhere from the Village Voice to long-defunct e-zines from the early 2000s. Her parody of Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" currently boasts a *not-inconsequential* amount of views on YouTube, as do her *NSYNC dance tutorials.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Keywords:

mainstream comedy, indie comedy, rom-com, dramedy, female-forward, witty, conversational, political, music tie-ins

SARAH WALLER

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ALYSSA MAY GOLD

Bio:

Alyssa May Gold is a theater/filmmaker, and a native New Yorker. These two things make up almost her entire personality, the rest of which is her deeply held belief that corn muffins should never have lemon or whole corn kernels in them. She holds a multidisciplinary bachelor’s from NYU Gallatin, a master’s in classical acting from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, and has been working on stage and screen and behind the scenes for the last two decades. When she couldn’t watch one more ingenue fall in love/to her knees begging for mercy while someone else went on a journey, she founded Pocket Universe, a production company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. Pocket Universe’s inaugural production of her concept for Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR set in an all-girls high school was hailed by the NY Times as a “radical take on the tragedy…[with] the capacity to take women seriously at the heart.” It was followed by a new spin on ROMEO + JULIET about a modern teenager reading the play for the first time, and an original rom-com-with-a-twist web series, “You Made it Worse,” both of which Alyssa adapted/wrote and directed. Her half hour pilot, MOVE THE FURNITURE, a work-(from home)-place dramedy about a sidelined choreographer and a young, injured dancer who team up to run a company while being haunted by their dream ballet alter egos, was a 2021 finalist for absolutely nothing but she loves it dearly. In 2022, Alyssa will appear in the Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer prize-winning play HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, while continuing to write/rewrite/give up on writing/remember why it’s so important to write stories that upend the cultural narratives that no longer serve us. She believes if we want to change the world, we start by changing the stories we tell.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Patrick Murray, Untitled Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

alyssamgold@gmail.com

Keywords:

Sharp, Witty, Grounded, Naturalistic, Dramedy

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 from New Jersey. She's currently staffed on the animated series Hailey’s On It! for Disney as well as writing the adapted screenplay of The QB Bad Boy and Me, starring Noah Beck. Previously, she staffed on Upload (Amazon Prime) and consulted on Decoys (CBC Gem). Her satirical writing has been published in Reductress, The Belladonna, Points in Case, The American Bystander, and more. 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:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agents:

Ilana Goren and Norris Brooks, CAA

Manager:

Lisa Mierke, Mosaic

Preferred Contact:

Self, Reps

marygulino4@gmail.com

www.maryegulino.com

Keywords:

character-driven, comedy, horror comedy, genre-bending, cynical optimism

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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CARLI HANEY

Bio:

Carli Haney has worked in Film/TV development for the last eight years as a Creative Executive and Director of Development. She’s worked with A-list companies such as Jennifer Lopez Enterprises, RatPac Entertainment, and most recently, Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions. Under these banners, she has sold and developed TV and Film projects at most major studios and networks. Additionally, Carli produced and starred in the Netflix Docuseries KEVIN HART: DON’T F**K THIS UP and Executive Produced Sony’s FATHERHOOD. Carli has a BFA in Technical Theatre, Stage Direction, and Play Analysis from Creighton University. She’s a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and teaches Indoor Cycling in Studio City.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Matthew Einstein & Rachel Kaminsky, Tradition Pictures

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

Carlihaney2@gmail.com

Keywords:

Studio Comedy, Commercial Comedy, High Concept Comedy

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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LESLEY HENNEN

Bio:

Born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Lesley Hennen is a writer, producer, and recovering publicist currently based in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and is also a graduate of The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School, where she honed her niche of telling female-driven dark comedies, often inspired by her own life experiences of living with a physical disability.


Lesley’s original pilot script, "Walk & Roll" recently placed in the second round of both the 2021 Austin Film Festival and Sundance Episodic Labs, as well as in the top 100 scripts of The Tracking Board’s 2021 Launch Pad Pilot Competition. "Walk & Roll" was also a Finalist in WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices Lab, and TV Pilot Contest, as well as a Semi-finalist in ScreenCraft’s TV Pilot Contest. Another of Lesley’s original pilot scripts, "Uninspired", was chosen as “Best of Fest” at the 2020 Women in Comedy Festival’s "Pitch Your First Five Pages" competition, presented by HBO.

Lesley is currently one of eight Fellows in Blackmagic Collective’s All Access: Disabled Filmmakers on the Move career advancement initiative, as well as an inaugural member of Tribe, a mentorship and networking program for writers led by Executive Producer, Amy Aniobi (Insecure).

In 2020, Lesley was accepted into RespectAbility's Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities. After completing the program, Lesley continues to work on staff with RespectAbility, facilitating consultation requests from studios, production companies, and independent filmmakers in an effort to promote more authentic representations of people with disabilities on-screen, as well as more inclusive and accessible working environments for disabled creatives behind the camera.

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

lesleyhennen@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, dark comedy, female-led, anti-hero, disability

SARAH WALLER

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WARNESSA HIGHTOWER

Bio:

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Warnessa Hightower has had a love for story since the age of 13. She found her passion to write as one of the most popular B2K Fanfiction writers, and to this day, holds those stories dear to her heart.

With a knack and passion for story structure, Warnessa has spent the last decade curating story development for Urban Theater as Director of Development for Je'Caryous Johnson Entertainment, which granted her the opportunity to develop and help write nationally touring stage plays including Snoop Dogg's inaugural stage play, Redemption of a Dogg, and the stage adaptation of the cult classics Set It Off and BAPs. Stepping out of Urban Theater, Warnessa is currently a story producer for the iconic reality television show, Big Brother and recently wrapped as a talent producer for The Bachelorette. But as her ultimate love for scripted television has persisted, she continues to hone her screenwriting craft building her slate of projects including being a part of the writer’s room for KevOnStage’s first scripted web series Love After.

And as a lifelong philanthropist, Warnessa now serves as President-Elect of the LA Chapter of Texas Exes, the alumni organization for The University of Texas @ Austin, garnering national attention with the chapter’s innovative fundraising activities and social justice initiatives.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

Warnessa.m.hightower@gmail.com

Keywords:

dramedy, suspense, Black female lead, dark humor, comedy, drama, anthology

SARAH WALLER

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CHRISTINE HOANG

Bio:

Christine Hoang is a Vietnamese American comedy writer whose stories are centered on Southern BIPOC characters trying to find their way. She’s an Unlock Her Potential mentee of Brian Yorkey (2022), WarnerMedia 150 South Pitch winner (2021), and The Writers Lab fellow (2020). Born and raised in New Orleans and now based in Austin, Christine is also a mom, wife, and former lawyer.

Writes:

TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

christinemaryhoang@gmail.com

Keywords:

coming of age, female-forward, BIPOC, Asian American, Southern, broad comedy

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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REBECCA HOOBLER

Bio:

I'm a Los Angeles based TV writer who does a little feature work on the side... I started as a writer on Fox's Duncanville and am currently working on a Netflix series with Alex Hirsch that will one day, hopefully, have a title. I'm a tiny human who apparently gives off "tall person vibes" but I credit that to my massive amount of hair and teeth. I love writing dark and emotional comedy, if it's a little surreal, even better. I'm really drawn to stories about grief, mental illness, forgiveness or the complexity of being alive, you know, the real light-hearted stuff. Or sometimes, I just like writing about cats.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

rhoobler11@gmail.com

Representation:

Agent -

Chris Noriega, Jake Dillman, Jenna Block, Verve

Manager -

Merideth Bajana and Erick Mendoza, Grandview

Keywords:

Dark comedy, surreal, emotional comedy, character-driven, a moment in time, tv and film.

SARAH WALLER

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MICHELLE HSU

Bio:

Michelle Hsu is an exciting new diverse voice in the grounded sci fi/horror genre. With a background in environmental science, Michelle spent time cave diving and conducting water research before starting her career in the entertainment industry.  As a second generation Asian American, Michelle is passionate about diversity in entertainment and media. In her writing, she focuses on stories about women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+. She is currently staffed on a soon to be announced Amazon TV show, and writing on SANGUINE, a scripted horror podcast for QCode Media.

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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KATHERINE HUGHES

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Christina Gualazzi

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

kacehughes@gmail.com

Keywords:

Sci-fi, comedy, action 

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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STEPHANIE JOALLAND

Bio:

Stéphanie is usually on the Moon or away with the stars. She is a screenwriter by trade, a film director, a geek by nature and a lover of sci-fi. She was born and raised in Brittany, France, not too far from Jules Verne penned his tales of rockets of the future but London is currently her Earthly home. A globe-trotter, she has lived in Norway, the U.S., Germany, and Canada and studied filmmaking at UCLA. Stéphanie began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus, worked as a story editor and screenwriter for French TV, co-creating the animated version of VALERIAN for Luc Besson. Her first feature film was THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller which starred Dakota Blue Richards, premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance Film Festival, won Best Film at Kansas City Film Fest, and showcased at Newport Beach. The Quiet Hour sold to Sky Cinema in the UK and is available on Amazon in the U.S. Her next film as a writer-director, ICE, a sci-fi thriller, was a Finalist of the 2020 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy competition and Top 10 of Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices. NYC-based Visit Films recently boarded ICE to market and distribute the film. Stéphanie’s projects were selected for top genre co-production markets such as Fantasia's Frontières and BiFan's NAFF in South Korea. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and IFP Emerging Narrative in NYC. Stéphanie also lectures on filmmaking on Masters of Arts in Screenwriting at the University of Arts London (U.A.L.) and DeMontfort University. 

Writes:

Film

Manager:

Jeffrey Belkin (Zero Gravity Management)

Preferred Contact:

Self

stephanie@frenzyfilms.com

Keywords:

elevated genre, sci-fi, science-driven, grounded sci-fi

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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MELISSA KONG

Bio:

Melissa Kong is a comedy/dramedy writer and director from Chicago. Currently, she’s an office PA and assistant to visiting showrunner, Derek Haas, on NBC’s Chicago Fire. She focuses on character-driven content filled with humor and hope that is insightful and entertaining. Like her writing, she can be silly yet profound. She wears her heart on the page and probably a food stain on her shirt. Writing highlights include Wonderful World (CAPE List, WIF x Black List finalist, Nicholl quarter-finalist), Tina Fey is My Friend (Nicholl Fellowship top 10%, Austin Film Festival semi-finalist), Don’t Worry About It (Nicholl Fellowship top 15%). Her proof of concept for Don’t Worry About It premiered at the Midwest Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screenplay. She earned her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage from Northwestern University and BA in Theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studied abroad in London at LAMDA and is a graduate of iO and Second City. She’s 5 feet tall, has a second-degree black belt, and can do clapping push-ups. She loves writing about what makes people special, especially herself.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager: 

Ina Petersen, Inner Voice Artists

Preferred Contact:

Self

melissajkong1@gmail.com

Keywords:

heart, levity, silly, profound, female, diverse

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 a queer, gender nonconforming, polyamorous female director and writer based out of Los Angeles, California. She is an exciting, young, female filmmaker with a penchant for dark, profound, idiosyncratic character-driven stories and a love for stylized cinematography. Ethea Entertainment is attached to produced a horror feature she wrote based off her short film, The Last Night I Saw You. Her psychological horror feature screenplay, The Burgeoning Death, was an official selection winner at FilmQuest Film Festival and Les Femmes Underground Film Festival. It is also an award winner at The International Horror Hotel Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Women in Horror Film Festival and the SF Indie Fest Screenplay Competition. Chelsea directed episodes two and three of the digital series, Managed, which has been featured in a few festivals including ITV Fest. Her other short films she directed have been featured in a handful of festivals. 

Her music video she directed, Origami, has over 200k views. The music video, Stay, premiered on Under The Radar Magazine.

You can contact Chelsea’s agent at tdang@apa-agency.com

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

 

Representation:

Agent:

Thuan Dang, APA

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Self

chellutz@gmail.com

Keywords:

psychological horror, magical realism, sci-fi, female, idiosyncratic, offbeat

SARAH WALLER

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HEIDI LUX

Bio:

Heidi is a Los Angeles-based satirist and screenwriter, focusing on female-driven comedies. She wrote the coming-of-age comedy Crushed, can be seen on Tubi, and has written for Nickelodeon Animation (The Casagrandes, Dora the Explorer).

As a satirist, Heidi has written for Reductress, McSweeney’s, Macaulay Culkin’s Bunny Ears, Cracked, CollegeHumor, and more. She’s a managing editor of The Belladonna Comedy (a top 100 Medium publication), and allegedly one of her Reductress articles is on display in the National Comedy Center.

Heidi has a background in sketch comedy. She studied and performed at the UCB Theatre and the Pack Theatre. She has written for the CBS Sketch Comedy Diversity Showcase, where she proudly got a fart sketch up on the stage.

She holds a BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, where she learned how to say that in the most pretentious way possible. Go Violets!

Born in New York City, but raised in Florida, Heidi is now aware of how weird that state is and is grateful to have grown up in a land with such fodder for comedy. Heidi is the daughter of a Polish immigrant, and enjoys dual citizenship with the homeland, but ona nie mowi po polsku. Heidi has also worked as a hair model, which is a real thing.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Audrey Knox, The Cartel 

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

heidifabulux@gmail.com

Keywords:

Satire, Comedy, Female-Driven

SARAH WALLER

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ALLISON LYNCH

Bio:

Despite her debilitating shyness, Alison spent much of her childhood in San Francisco writing plays with friends and casting herself in the lead role. She studied theater at Northwestern with the aim to become a Serious Actress, but dropped that aspiration like a hot rock when she moved to Chicago and discovered sketch and improv. There she found her voice as a writer, especially connecting with joke-dense, female-centered stories about chosen families of misfits.

After moving to LA, Alison was hired as the writers' assistant on the high school sex comedy FOURSOME (AwesomenessTV/YouTube Premium). She wrote the teen-orgy-in-a-treehouse episode, which was decidedly different from her own high school experience.

She's been a finalist for the WB Writers' Workshop and BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Her half-hour pilot DEAD-END JOB is based on her time in the Chicago Tribune's obituary department. She's also worked as an assistant, nanny, server, true crime writer, and dispatcher for cannabis delivery. She spends her free time dissecting the psychopathology of the Real Housewives and going too deep with people on first dates.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Sean Dubravac, Entertainment Lab

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

alisonmlynch@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, pop culture, genre comedy, grounded, animation

SARAH WALLER

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NITZAN MAGER

Bio:

Nitzan is a Brooklyn-based multi-national filmmaker who makes whip-smart, socially conscious comedy. Her web anthology series, QUARANTINE, I LOVE YOU screened in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s Beyond Film program. Her feature script STRANGE LOVE was a second-round finalist for the Sundance, Middlebury, and Outfest screenwriting labs, the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition, and placed in the top 20% for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. She’s written, directed, and produced films that played at festivals across the country including Palm Springs, Tallgrass, Flickers Rhode Island, Starz Denver, Woodshole, and River Run.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

nitzan.mager@gmail.com

www.nitzanmager.com

Keywords:

broad comedy, biting humor, female-forward, social satire, whip-smart, high concept, bold style

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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SARAH ANN MASSE

Bio:

Sarah Ann Masse is a hilarious woman on a mission; not only is she continuing the trend of breaking stereotypes and proving that females are funny, but she does so while drawing attention to the unhealthy social norms and boxes that our society places women in. She also feels really weird when she writes about herself in the third person but… here we are.

Sarah is an LA based invisibly disabled actor, writer, singer, producer, filmmaker, and comedian who was one of the first people to come forward about Weinstein. Since facing career retaliation due to speaking up about abuse, she launched 'Hire Survivors Hollywood' an initiative that aims to raise support for survivors of sexual violence within the entertainment industry by encouraging those in positions of power to pledge to Hire Survivors and Silence Breakers.

Sarah wrote three features in 2020, one of which, 'R Culture', has already been announced and has attached the amazing Lisa Ray from Amazon Prime's 'Four More Shots Please' to the cast, and another feature is currently being optioned but she can’t say more than that right now. Her indie pilot called 'The Real Founding Fathers of America' combines fact with farce and reveals the Founders for the petty, privileged, middle aged white men that they actually were. She was also part of an entirely remote indie Writers Room which created a fantastical dramedy pilot of epic proportions and she recently secured the rights to an amazing YA fantasy book series with an awesome female protagonist that hopefully will be a household name in the next few years. Then, at the tail end of 2020 her British-American married sketch duo, ’We Are Thomasse' (frequently featured of Funny or Die) released an 'Advent Comedy Calendar' which required them to write, perform, and produce 25 sketches in 25 days, adding to We Are Thomasse’s existing catalog of over 100 sketches and 15 million views. 

As a seasoned and versatile stage and screen actress, Sarah was recently cast in a Broadway-bound musical called 'The Right Girl' (songs by Diane Warren and directed by Broadway legend Susan Stroman) which was successfully filmed over Zoom during the lockdown and will be going into a pre-Broadway run this fall. She will also be acting in the indie feature 'A More Perfect Union’ in which she gets to portray a character who shares some of her actual chronic illnesses.

Previously, Sarah worked with her frequent collaborator, Jason Mraz, to co-write, star in, and produce the only scripted segment of his documentary, 'Have It All: The Movie' which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. She also wrote, produced, co-directed, and stars in the award-winning short film 'Tristan & Kelly' (winner: Best Short Romantic Comedy: Marina del Rey Film Festival ’19 and Best Writer: Female Filmmaker’s Fuse Film Festival ’19) co-starring ‘Games of Thrones’ Toby Sebastian which she has since developed into a feature script. Her British-American love triangle rom-com web series 'S’N’M' (which stars ‘Downton Abbey’’s Matt Barber) has released their first few episodes. And, until 2020 shut everything down, her live sketch show ran at The Second City Hollywood for three years.

Sarah believes we can use storytelling to change the culture we live in to be more inclusive, representative, respectful, and dynamic for people of all ages, genders, races, nationalities, abilities, sexualities, and creeds. A recent Forbes profile details Sarah’s work as an artist using positive comedy to advocate for fellow survivors of sexual violence and also focuses on the realities of being an artist with several invisible disabilities. Her writing on such topics has been featured in The Independent and The WRAP. She also works with many organizations and individuals such as Equal Rights Advocates (as a Hollywood Ambassador she helped pass AB9 into law in CA in 2019), ECHO Training, Time’s Up (member of the Time’s Up Entertainment Safety Working group), The Wrap Women, Women in Film, SAG-AFTRA (member of the LA Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee), Senator Brad Hoylman and Safe Horizon (to pass The Adult Survivors Act), Lucy Lang (currently running for Manhattan DA) to codify consent and reform the criminal justice system to be trauma informed and survivor focused, and her own initiative ‘Hire Survivors Hollywood’.

Sarah is currently seeking agents across the board, a happy and lucrative home for her features and pilots, a starring role in an epic costume drama or sci-fi saga, and more friends to talk to about how perfect “New Girl” is.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

sarahannmasse@gmail.com

Representation:

Management -

Tom Harrison, Vanguard Management Group

Keywords:

romcom, comedy, sitcom, female driven, historical comedy, sketch, sketch comedy, dramedy, grounded, character driven, feminist, inclusive, progressive, intersectional, patriarchy smashing, rape culture destroying, fantasy

SARAH WALLER

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EMERY MATSON

Bio:

Emery Matson is a writer and director based in Miami and Los Angeles. Emery began her career in New York at the Screenwriter’s Colony. She transitioned into assisting director Craig Zobel on his 2014 film Z FRO ZACHARIAH. In 2015 she became the executive assistant to Eddy Moretti, the Chief Creative Officer of Vice Media. While at Vice she worked closely with filmmakers such as Spike Jonze, Harmony Korine, Bennett Miller, Analilly Amipour, and Steven Soderburg. By 2017 she was promoted to a development position for scripted TV at Vice. After a year and a half she moved home to Miami to explore her love of screenwriting. While in Miami she wrote three features and received two grants to support her writing endeavors. Most recently she wrote and directed two short films, one of which was commissioned by the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference. Emery founded a non-profit screenwriter’s lab (Writers Out Of Office) that focuses on the personal growth of writers throughout the development process. She is a graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in Art History and Ceramics.
 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

emeryfmatson@gmail.com

Keywords:

My work is focused on subversion and reexamination of different subject matter, often areas related to the female experience but not exclusively. The genre depends on what the story requires, though I usually lean towards dramedy.

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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ANNA MATZ

Bio:

 

Anna loves writing stories about complex, emotional relationship— whatever the genre, but has a sweet spot for Rom-Coms. In 2020, she directed her first feature, LOVE YOU ANYWAY, with Wayfarer Studios as a part of their Six Feet Apart Experiment. Every day she strives to enjoy the sunset while stuck in traffic, listen faithfully to whoever shares their story with her, and laugh generously. In her free time, she fosters kittens and debates getting a PhD in Classical Literature before remembering that it makes no sense for her to do that right now.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Jared Ceizler & Barney Slobodin, Cavalary Media

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

annamatz97@gmail.com

Keywords:

romance, comedy, emotion, emotional, coming-of-age, new adult, genre-agnostic, commercial, procedural, female, heartfelt, aspirational, healing, recovery, light-hearted, dramatic, teen, mental-health, fun, drama, dramatic, rom-com

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 Mickere is a playwright, essayist and screenwriter with a day job in Business & Legal Affairs at Nickelodeon/Awesomeness TV.

Her play, NURSE CADDEN, won First Place in the inaugural A is For Playwriting Contest. The script, chosen by a panel led by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, received a virtual reading that starred Ann Dowd, Lecy Goranson, Celeste Den, Garret Dillahunt and Jenn Lyon. The script was also a finalist for the 2019 Screencraft Stage Play Contest and a semi-finalist for the 2020 O'Neill Playwriting Conference.

Kate’s playwriting has also been developed/produced by The Vagrancy, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Ugly Rhino and Meet Cute - LA.

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

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. She hails from Scranton, PA... and yes, she is more than happy to chat about Joe Biden, The Office and square pizza with you.

 

Writes:

Half-Hour TV and Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

kmickere@gmail.com

Keywords:

female driven, historical comedy, supernatural comedy, playwright

SARAH WALLER

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PUJA MOHINDRA

Bio:

Puja Mohindra is an actor, writer, producer, and director based out of Chicago. She recurs as Dr. Heather Singh on "Chicago Med." 

She likes to write in the morning and loves binge-writing weekends (anyone wanna go on a writers' retreat?).

Her dramedy pilot, "Welcome to Shakti," was on the 2020 We For She List and featured in Deadline.com.

Her most recent web series, "Geeta's Guide To Moving On," was an official selection of the 2016 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and screened at the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The project is distributed on OTV. 

She wrote, produced, and starred in the series. She directed 9 out of 12 episodes.

Her short film, "Nima's Beauty Shop," was an official selection of the 2021 South Asian Film Festival of America. She wrote and directed the project.

Puja also co-created, co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in the comedic web series,  "Friendly Confines." Her work earned awards for Best Comedy Writing, Best Comedy Ensemble, and Best Theme Song at the 2013 LA Web Series Festival. The project can be found on Youtube.

Her screenplays, "Nima’s Beauty Shop," "Amanat: India’s Daughter," and "A Great Dive" were in final consideration for various Sundance Labs. 

In August 2015, Silk Road Rising Theater in Chicago produced four sold-out workshops of her one-woman-play," A Great Dive."

She co-wrote and co-edited the book, "Dost Thou Keep Memory," about the living saint, Dada J. P. Vaswani and served as an associate producer on the documentary, "Two Weeks With Dada." This title can be found on Amazon.com. 

She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, the A.C.T. MFA Acting program in San Francisco, and the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting.

When she's not writing, she teaches acting, writing, creating, and Indian dance. She loves to spend time with her nieces and nephew, be in nature, and read by the pool or beach. 

Most days, she's vegan. But sometimes she eats real ice cream.  

www.pujamohindraofficial.com

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

chicagopuja@gmail.com

Representation:

Agent:

Stewart Talent

Manager:

Peter Principato, Casey Neumeier, Brooke Shoemaker, Artists First

Keywords:

Dramedy, Comedy, Family Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Relationships, Character Portraits, Finding Love, Break Ups, Loss and Moving On, Joyful, Optimistic, Poignant, Spirituality, Female-driven, East Meets West, Comedy with Heart, Healing, Help Others

SARAH WALLER

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LENA MURISIER

Bio:

Lena Murisier is an award-winning writer with a number of TV series’, feature films and documentaries at various stages of development and production. Her documentary "Take Us to Church" is in development with Zachary Quinto attached as an EP and she is currently in pre-production for the sequel to "A Girl Like Her" (2015, Netflix) Recently, Lena was in the Writers’ Room of the BBC, BAFTA-Winning, Emmy- Nominated series “Secret Life of Boys” to edit storylines and punch up jokes.

Lena was raised by a single parent in a multicultural home: her grandfather was born and raised in Africa; her grandmother was a renowned painter. Lena grew up in Switzerland, neighbor to Charlie Chaplin’s grandchildren. Lena wanted to become a Formula 1 race car driver, but the lack of representation in the sport pushed her to write about it instead. She is fascinated with true crime, always has a book in her hands, and religiously partakes in Taco Tuesday.

Lena speaks and writes in English, French, and German. She is originally from Switzerland, where she made a career in marketing and advertising. She moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to pursue a career in screenwriting and graduated from the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Jason Newman (Untitled Entertainment)

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

Keywords:

psychological thriller, LGBTQ, dark humor, female-forward, buddy comedy

SARAH WALLER

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ANSLEY NOEL GORDON

Bio:

Lover of rom-coms, Schitt's Creek, cats and red wine - Hailing from legendary comedy theatre UCB, actress and writer Ansley Gordon has written and sold multiple original screenplays through her short but impressive career. Her first feature “A Bridesmaid in Love” sold, filmed and wrapped entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to premiere later this year. Her Christmas film “Fixing Up Christmas” wrapped filming in Vancouver in March 2021. It stars The Flash’s Natalie Dryefuss and is directed by Jessica Harmon. “Fixing Up Christmas” is slated to premiere December 2021. Her new film “Love Improvement” wrapped production in May 2021 and stars Stephanie Bennett and Jonathan Cherry and was directed by Jason Bourgue. She just sold her fourth romantic comedy that is set to film this winter in her some state of Florida and sold her first thriller that she is currently developing with Lifetime. She lives in LA with her husband and two cats and is represented by David Lopez at A3 Artist Agency and managed by Powerline Entertainment.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

A3 Artist Agency, David Lopes

Manager:

Powerline Entertainment, Ronni Lynn Hart & Victoria Morris

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

ansleygordon@gmail.com

Keywords:

romcom, romantic comedy, grounded, family, comedy, female friendships, multi-generational relationships

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

SARAH WALLER

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MORGAN PEPPER

Bio:

Morgan Pepper is currently stuck in the first act of her own love story. Until she gets her own happy ending, she is content with helping the characters she creates find love for themselves. Morgan is a huge musical theater junkie who can often be found spontaneously bursting into showtunes at the most inappropriate times. Hence, it's no surprise that her scripts often include musical elements. You know Morgan's been dumped when she turns to dramatic writing. But she likes to think it makes her more "well-rounded." Originally from Pennsylvania, Morgan is now living it up in Los Angeles, placing in screenwriting competitions and looking for representation.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

Morgan.M.Pepper@gmail.com

Keywords:

Romantic Comedy, Musical Comedy, Female-Focused, Romantic Drama, Teen Soap Opera

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

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