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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 ABBOTT

Bio:

Most recently, Emily served as a Staff Writer on the final season of Sony and Netflix’s COBRA KAI. Emily grew up in Detroit, Michigan, in a motor industry family amidst the industry’s economic collapse. She sugar babied to put herself through college at UCLA, studying both English Creative Writing and Film & Television. Emily’s passionate about writing for characters who are usually the butt of the joke in media; bimbos, sex workers, sorority girls, and dumb blondes are the grounded, dynamic heroes in her scripts. She’s a bisexual, elder Gen Z, with a keen eye on pop culture and a passion for Bravo TV shows. Prior to Cobra Kai, Emily worked as the Writer’s Assistant on Netflix’s OBLITERATED, and she is currently developing television projects with Executive Producer Lindsay Goffman. You can hear way too much else about her life on her podcast “Open To It”, available on both Apple & Sportify.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Dana Jackson and Nick Arnstein, Echo Lake Entertainment

Preferred Contact:
Manager, Self

emilyannabbott@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female-forward, sex-positive, grounded, Gen-Z, dramedy, rom-com, female friendship

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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HANNAH AHN

Bio:

Hannah Ahn is an Asian-American writer who’s still trying to figure out what it means to be Asian-American. Born in Oakland, she has all the coping mechanisms of an immigrant but none of the purpose: she once ate 100 frozen tater tots to save them from the garbage. Hannah majored in anthropology at Columbia University, worked on Rikers Island, and finally moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she has been writers' assistant on THE BEAR (FX/Hulu), WASHINGTON BLACK (20th/Hulu), THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (Paramount/Disney+), and an untitled show for Amazon. She regrets nothing, not even the tots.

Writes:

Hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

hannahahn.write@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female-led thriller, grounded sci-fi, Asian-American Gen Z

SARAH WALLER

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LISA ALFORD

Bio:

Lisa Alford is from Springfield, MA, and is a feature film and television screenwriter who specializes in grounded character-driven dramas and offbeat, heartfelt comedies. She has been named a Writer to Watch on the 2018 We For She WriteHer list, which is comprised of 25 original, unproduced pilots nominated by industry executives and creatives, and she has had two drama pilots advance as Second Rounders in the Austin Film Festival. Lisa currently works as a development executive at Johnson Production Group, a boutique production company that specializes in TV movies for Netflix, Tubi, Lifetime, and Hallmark. Prior to joining Johnson Production Group, Lisa worked as an executive at TriStar television where she specialized in identifying IP that supported TriStar’s mission to feature diverse, authentic characters and champion underrepresented voices. 

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

lmfalford@gmail.com

Keywords:

Offbeat comedy, character driven, female forward, heartfelt, grounded

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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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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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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LAUREN MALKA AVINOAM

Bio:

Lauren Malka Avinoam is a multilingual veteran producer & writer of mixed MENA descent, based in LA. Her debut Pilot screenplay entitled SUNSHINE STATE was just awarded a generous grant from the Canadian Media Fund and is in development. She is also developing a podcast and series showcasing the diversity of the Jewish diaspora story through food and rituals. As a Producer, her feature films and documentaries have been exhibited and won awards at top film festivals from SXSW to BFI London and Tribeca to Outfest and have gained critical acclaim, garnered positive reviews and were selected as critics picks in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and the Los Angeles & New York Times. All the films she has produced were acquired for worldwide distribution with buyers like MGM, Netflix, Hulu and Showtime among others. She has several TV projects in development with Emmy, Peabody award winners and TONY nominated artists. She is currently in post production on feature documentary RISE (based on LOWLAND KIDS) about the resettlement of the US's first climate refugees. You can find her recent AFI Directing Workshop for Women short BLUE HOUR on the festival circuit scooping up awards.

Writes:

Hour TV, Half Hour TV, Film

Keywords:

female forward, disability, diverse jewish stories, intergenerational dramedy, mothers & daughters

SARAH WALLER

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LETÍCIA AYROZA

Bio:

Letícia Ayroza was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Growing up loving all things nerd instead of samba, soccer, or anything you typically think of when you think of Brazil made her a bit of an outsider, yearning to belong. So, evidently, she turned to Science-Fiction and Fantasy, and now loves writing about finding one’s purpose and coming into power. Letícia worked as a script supervisor for nearly four years before finally following her dreams and going to the AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Masters program. In 2021, she was selected to be part of the inaugural class of the Mentorship Matters Fellowship. She was the Showrunner’s Assistant on the pilot EPIC for ABC and is currently working as Showrunner’s Assistant for Sera Gamble on Netflix’s YOU.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Allard Cantor and Anastasiya Kukhtareva, Epicenter

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

leticiaayroza@gmail.com

Keywords:

Grounded sci-fi and fantasy, psychological horror, female perspective

SARAH WALLER

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MARY ANN ANANE

Bio:

Mary Ann Anane is a Ghanaian-born, New Jersey-raised screenwriter. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a concentration in playwriting. Anane was a 2022 San Francisco Film Rainin Grantee, a 2021 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Fellow, a 2020 Athena Feature Lab Fellow, and a 2020 Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellow. All her titles are lowercased.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

 

Preferred Contact:

Self

Keywords:
Female

SARAH WALLER

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ROSE BACCI

Bio:

Rose was born in a hut in Kauai and raised all over California. She was a professional ballet dancer for years before having the epiphany that she could combine her three favorite things - writing, TV and comedy - into a profession. She immediately quit dance and started studying screenwriting at UCLA and improv/sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade. She has worked at variety of entertainment offices and on television shows, including docuseries for Amazon, Epix, and Hulu. She has written for advertising campaigns, and is a podcast producer and writer for companies including iHeart Media. Rose has placed in several screenwriting competitions and fellowships including Austin Film Festival, Screencraft, and Sundance Episodic Lab.
 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Josh Dove, Circle of Confusion

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

Dramedy, comedy, broad comedy, satire, dark comedy

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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NADINE BHABHA

Bio:

Nadine’s an award-winning actor-writer-producer from Toronto, or "The Six", if you're Drake or stuck in the early 2000s. She’s produced shorts, is developing several features, has written for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" (Canada's SNL), Roku's "Children Ruin Everything", and is making a name for herself as a comedy-driven actor on the scene. She’s best known for her performances on "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", "Letterkenny", and you can find her on CBS/Roku's original series "The Holiday Shift", as well as "One More Time" premiering on CBC in early 2024. She has two CSA nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing for Sketch Comedy. She’s received New York Web Fest’s award for Best Supporting Actress (Bell Media's "Barbelle"). The lens from which I write is a die-hard Torontonian, perpetually single, down-for-whatever, second generation woman who can’t digest dairy. I want to make you think, feel, and LAUGH. I want to tell stories that capture tiny weird bites of life that make people feel seen. To be understood is the sexiest thing that can happen to a person! And what’s life if not the pursuit of sexiness?

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager

Thruline Entertainment, Ruth Bornhauser & Michael Rimock

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

nadine.bhabha@gmail.com


Keywords:

buddy comedy, female-forward, dry wit, weird, appropriately esoteric, broad comedy, dark humour, horror-comedy, action-thriller, BIPOC lens, sketch, zeitgeist humour

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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ABIGAIL BLOOM & LAURA HUIE

Bio:

Abigail Bloom and Laura Huie are screenwriting partners currently living in Los Angeles. The two have been inseparable since they were cast as conjoined twins in a painfully amateur high school theater production. These ladies grew up in the sticks of North Carolina and couldn’t wait to get out. Laura comes from a Taiwanese-American household and firmly believes that rice is life. Abigail, well, she’s white bread all the way but Laura loves her just the same. As best friends and platonic soulmates for almost a decade, their dark comedy projects are rooted in female friendship which serves as a vehicle for empowerment, vulnerability, and a hell of a good time. Laura received a publishing degree from Belmont University, and Abigail has a degree in opera from Indiana University—she sings loud enough to wake the dead. When these two aren’t writing, Abigail and Laura like to dance around their living room, eat until they can’t breathe, and of course, finish each other's sentences.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

bloomandhuie@gmail.com

Keywords:

Female-forward comedy, dark comedy, comedy-dramas, satire, silly, offbeat/surreal humor, character driven, heartfelt

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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MADI BOLL

Bio:

Hey there, fellow filmmakers! I'm Madi Boll, and my passion for storytelling has been fueled since I was a kid. I’m primarily a director who is writing a feature for the first time and stumbling upon all the roadblocks and cringey first passes at dialogue that come with it! I got into filmmaking at the age of 11 by making a short documentary about my brother Braden’s profound autism. I discovered the profound impact of storytelling through film. It became clear to me that movies had the power to bridge gaps and connect people in ways that words alone couldn't achieve. Growing up in overseas in China and Thailand undoubtedly influenced my perspective. It's taught me the importance of empathy and the value of embracing multiple approaches to problem-solving. My journey took an exciting turn when I had the privilege of attending USC film school. There, I honed my skills and deepened my understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking. Since then I've worked as an assistant films like CREED III and TV shows for Marvel and currently season 4 of The Morning Show. I love crafting narrative films and music videos that dive deep into topics close to my heart, such as queer love, mental health, and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. So looking forward to meeting you all and making awesome projects together.

Writes:

Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

madiboll.creative@gmail.com

Keywords:

romance, drama, family drama, levity, international appeal, empathy driven

SARAH WALLER

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MARGARET BORCHERT

Bio:

Margaret Borchert is a proud "vintage gay" who firmly believes her parents should have predicted her coming out years in advance because the only part of Star Wars she had any interest in was Princess Leia's metal bikini. She still holds a deep affinity for beautiful women in elaborate costumes and plans on including them in everything she makes. An LA native who's lived all over the world, she co-wrote, directed, and produced THE PARTY - a web series with over 1 million views on YouTube. She now works as the assistant to TV writer Scarlett Lacey (The Royals; Magnum P.I.; Empress) and spends her free time playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.

Writes:

Half-Hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

borchertmargareta@gmail.com

Keywords:

sitcom, nerd comedy, female-forward, queer comedy

SARAH WALLER

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SOPHIE BRAMNICK

Bio:

Sophie is a Jewish writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She writes hard funny, pop culture-driven comedy and would be thrilled to write jokes about The Masked Singer on your half-hour comedy. She got her start as a script runner (literally just sprinting scripts up and down flights of stairs, thank you calves) on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON and then started working in scripted television, most notably on the last two seasons of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. She currently serves as the Script Coordinator on PALM ROYALE for Apple TV+ starring Kristen Wiig, Allison Janney and Carol Burnett. She was a finalist for the 2020 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop, famously the last one in existence. She is also epileptic and once had a seizure while cater waitering in front of Nicki Minaj but Nicki didn't notice (it was a little one).

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

sophiebramnick@gmail.com

Keywords:

Broad comedy, female-forward, pop culture-driven, campy.

SARAH WALLER

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Janis Brody

Bio:

Janis Brody writes high concept laugh-out-loud film and TV comedy with heart. She’s creator and co-executive producer of THE FLUX REPORT, a pilot produced by Viacom. Amazon and HBO/MAX are interested in two of her new TV projects. Janis’ published books include the international bestseller “Your Body: The Girls’ Guide” (St. Martin’s Press). Girl readers sent Janis grateful emails that made her heart swell. 

Her feature scripts attracted major talent, including Greta Gerwig and Dan Fogler, and development interest from top companies. Her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley deepens her characters’ journeys and made her a sex and relationship guru in the media, from “Cosmo” to “The Washington Post.” She wrote and directed THE LUCKY ONES, a stop motion animated short that screened in festivals. 

Janis studied dramatic literature at Columbia College in New York City, graduating with the highest honors. But her sense of humor was born downtown in Greenwich Village, where she grew up in a family of funny people. Janis divides her time between LA and NYC. As if comedy writing isn’t fun enough, Janis she roller-disco skates in Central Park and sings with musicians in Washington Square Park.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

janisbrody@gmail.com, Self

Keywords:

High concept, female-forward, hard comedy, laugh-out-loud, irreverent, buddy comedy, action comedy, romantic comedy

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

info@reelfilmmedia.com 

Keywords:

Urban romance, drama, crime

SARAH WALLER

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VALERIE BROOKS

Bio:

I am a filmmaker, writer, and performance artist. I have a deep love for our earth, for people, and for the energy flowing through all things. I think of writing as a weaving of life’s deep and complicated tapestry, as a way to make sense of a world that is seemingly more confusing than ever. I write about consumerism, classism, and environmental destruction, and tend to explore how our continual adaptation to technology shapes our desires and perceptions of reality. At the heart of my work is a sentimental goop who loves a good one-on-one conversations at a crowded party. I want to cry, to laugh, to find devastation and then salvation in the work I consume, and in the work I make - whether it’s comedic, dramatic, experimental, or what have you. My favorite films are Dog Day Afternoon, Beau Travail, the Servant, The Gleaners and I, and The Fly. My work has been broadcast on the PBS Filmmaker Series and screened online on Nobudge.com and the IndieBoom Project. I've been commissioned by Art Center South Florida (Oolite Arts) and the Time Warner Media One Initiative. In 2023, my short experimental film, Agita, won the Vanguard Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Writes:

Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

valerie.c.brooks@gmail.com

Keywords:

Funny, earnest, Soul Searching, Existentialist, Witty, Off-Kilter, Unique, Honest, & Genre-Blending.

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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KEAH BROWN

Bio:

Keah Brown is a journalist, author, studying actress and screenwriter. She is the recipient of Ulta Beauty’s Muse 100 award, Which is a celebration of 100 inspirational voices around beauty, she is one of The Root’s 100 most influential African Americans of 2018. Keah is a cheesecake loving rom com aficionado with great music taste. She creator of the viral hashtag, #DisabledAndCute. Her work has appeared in Town & Country Magazine, Teen Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire UK, And The New York Times, among other publications. Her essay collection, The Pretty One is and picture book, Sam’s Super Seats is out now. Forthcoming is her YA Debut, The Secret Summer Promise.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Rachel Miller (Haven Entertainment)

 

Preferred Contact:

Self 

THEKEAHBROWN@GMAIL.COM

Keywords:

Female-forward, comedy, romantic comedy, LGBTQ+

 


 

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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ANDEE BUCCHERI

Bio:

Andee Buccheri is a writer, actor, and comedian currently based in New York (but can be at the airport in like, forty-five minutes.) As a middle child who’s always keeping the peace, Andee uses humor to bring joy and comfort to others. A graduate of NYU Tisch, she appeared on the 2019 National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical and was a Best of the Fest pick in the 2021 Burbank Comedy Festival. Andee is predominantly a TV comedy writer with an appreciation for crafting story and character development with a flair for collaboration and punching up jokes. She also stumbled into financial and corporate governance knowledge as an assistant at a hedge fund. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her dog, Midge.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

andee.r.buccheri@gmail.com

Keywords:

Irreverent comedy, female-forward, LGBT-forward


 

SARAH WALLER

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LAUREN ELYSE BUCKLEY

Bio:

Hailing from the land of deep-dish pizza, this little Italian Jew came to LA with dreams of becoming the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or at least playing her on TV. After studying theatre and screenwriting at LMU, I dove into the world of TV and film and began working consistently as an actor. Since covid, I've been able to stretch in a variety of creative directions acting, directing, producing, and writing.

Writes:

Film

Representation:

Manager:

Malissa Young Management

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

laurenelysebuckley@gmail.com

Keywords:

Young adult coming of age dramadies

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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ALEX BURNS

Bio:

Alex Burns has penned over 50 episodes for Spotify’s FEMALE CRIMINALS, a weekly podcast that dives into the psychology of women who break the rules. In her TV work, she writes stories about young women who are stuck in a box and have to fight their way out — whether that’s literally or metaphorically.

Previously, Alex assisted the writer/director on Netflix’s JINGLE JANGLE and EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS. She is a graduate of USC’s Writing for Screen and Television program.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Managers:

Michael Botti & Brandy Rivers (Industry Entertainment)

Preferred Contact:
Manager

Keywords:

Female-forward, YA, fantasy, sci-fi, genre

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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JACKIE CANINO

Bio:

Jackie is an LGBTQ+ writer who grew up in the Bronx, where she developed a passion for social justice and a love for genre television and movies. Jackie attended Harvard University with the intention of being pre-law, but ended up spending all of her free time there writing and producing plays instead of legal briefs. Much to the disappointment of her traditional Italian family, she graduated with a degree in Film Production and immediately moved out to Los Angeles. Jackie worked in television development at FX Networks, Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment, and DC Comics Entertainment before following her true calling and making the transition to television writing.

 

Jackie has written two episodes of DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, one of which featured an epic Bollywood musical number and was named one of the Best Television Episodes of 2019 by Paste Magazine. In her spare time, Jackie is a pagan priestess.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV

Representation:

Agent:

Kasey Murazsko, A3 Agency

Manager:

Mike Vanderhei, Rain Mgmt
 

Preferred Contact:
Reps, Self

jackiep.canino@gmail.com

Keywords:

grounded sci-fi, character-driven genre, female-forward, LGBTQ+

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 strong characters, exploring relationships, and the humor that comes from just being a person. She currently has a comedic biopic about the co-founder of OPI Nail Lacquer in development at Cavalry Media with Dana Brunetti (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) with Robert Luketic attached to direct and a half-hour pilot in development with Idina Menzel's Loudmouth Media. Previously, she was a Contributing Writer/Digital Associate Producer on Tosh.0 for over four years. She has made the final round for the Creator's Program at Comedy Central, been a finalist for the WB Writer's Workshop, a second-rounder for Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition, and in the Top Ten for Final Draft's Big Break competition. Rachel also serves as the Director of Operations for Untitled Ladies Script Club, a group that empowers femxle screenwriters to build lasting, supportive relationships within the entertainment industry. 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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SUSAN CINOMAN

Bio:

My work as a playwright has taken me down many wild, twisty roads from being the client of one of the most famous literary agents in NYC, to not being able to produce a thing when trying to toggle back and forth between motherhood and commuting into the city. My biggest break on television came through a former student, Adam F. Goldberg. We worked together for many years on The Goldbergs and Schooled, and created the recurring character of Miss Cinoman, Adam's Drama teacher, played by Ana Gasteyer. I repeat, I was Adam's actual drama teacher, Miss Cinoman--puts the Me in Meta!! My plays have been done at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Miranda Theatre Company, Gulfshore Playhouse and Westport Country Playhouse in NYC and Connecticut and various other theatres nationally. Publications include plays in Applause Books, Dramatic Publishing and Next Stage Press. I've also made a couple of independent films based on plays and won Best Connecticut Filmmaker of 2007, Best Narrative Film New England Film and Video Festival and selection by Berkshire Film Festival. I've won the Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Prize, The Guilford Prize in Drama, Ellie Playwrighting Award at Ivoryton Playhouse. So all of that is great and I'm happy to have gone through those experiences. My big dream now is to make my show Represent. which I've been pitching. It takes place in a 1940's New York City and it's about a woman playwright trying to get her work produced in a Broadway ruled by men. It's a big ticket item, but nothing against hoping, I guess!  

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent: Michael Moore (Michael Moore Agency)

Manager: Mark Meyers (Citizen Skull)

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, Self

susanpcinoman@gmail.com

Keywords:
female-driven comedy, modern romance, YA

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:

Hannah Davis, Amanda Hacohen, WME

Manager:

Anna Weinstein, Avalon

Preferred Contact:

Agent, Manager, 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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DESTINY COX

Bio:

Destiny Cox is a boundary-pushing screenwriter specializing in dystopian, surrealist, and psychological horror narratives across half-hour TV, short films, and feature-length productions. With an unyielding passion for challenging societal norms, she intricately crafts stories that compel audiences to confront the complexities of the human psyche and the darker aspects of culture. Her dedication to amplifying underrepresented voices from diverse backgrounds infuses her work with authenticity and depth, enriching her narratives with compelling characters and thought-provoking themes. Through her mastery of psychological thrills, Cox leaves an indelible mark on viewers, immersing them in haunting and unforgettable worlds where reality blurs and nightmares come to life.

Writes:

Half Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

destinycoxdjc@gmail.com

Keywords:
Psychological Horror, Dystopian, Surrealism

SARAH WALLER

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CHELSEA ISABELLA CLARK-JAMES

Bio:

Hailing from Denver, CO, Chelsea’s academic studies of modern language and cultural anthropology were only natural as linguistics and social codes were something she learned at a young age - she grew up a cis hetero girl in an LGBTQIA+ family. 

After years in non-profit work around housing uncertainty, substance use disorders, and mental health she took a hard pivot into film and TV production work. Over 15 years, she received a front line production education, while working on shows like NBC’s Grimm to TNT’s Animal Kingdom, and features varying from Coraline to Fast and Furious 7.  Additionally, she has produced music videos, short films, and online marketing content. She dances the line between Atlanta and LA from her home base in Colorado. 

She was a WIF LA 2015 Mentor Circle participant, has been optioned, has an original produced short in festivals currently, and in 2022 won Shore Scripts Short FIlm Fund. The short is in post production, looking to hit the festival circuit spring 2023.

The themes of her work center around identity, faith, confidence and healing, frequently set in the workplace. Her current WIPs include a Buddhist themed dramedy series, a thriller feature, and a short story adaptation.

Aside from writing assignments, she runs her own content writing business for legal professionals, and interviews short film filmmakers for her blog. Away from the computer screen, Chelsea is a practicing Buddhist and smothers her two and four-legged family and friends in affection, which they begrudgingly accept. You can find her on IG @iamchelseaisabella and on Twitter @IsabellaChel

Writes:

Features, Shorts

Preferred Contact:

Self

suite206stories@gmail.com

Keywords:

drama, thriller, identity, female-driven, character-driven, faith based, workplace 

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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KELLY LYNNE D'ANGELO

Bio:

Kelly Lynne D'Angelo is a Two-Spirit Tuscarora (Haudenosaunee) and Muscowpetung Cree writer, performer, and activist who has done her fair share of storytelling in different mediums, including television, books, and stage musicals. Recent credits include TBS’ Miracle Workers, Netflix’s Spirit Rangers, and Adult Swim's Final Space. Her musical, Starry, beside her co-writer Matt Dahan, is set to run on London’s West End in 2023. You can also catch her on various online platforms as a professional Dungeon Master - yes, that's right - for Dungeons & Dragons, Geek & Sundry, College Humor, Buzzfeed, and more. Awarded "Writer of The Year" at the 2019 LA Skin's Fest Annual Gala and listed on BroadwayWorld as one of the “Top 100 Twitter Accounts to Follow in 2021,” Kelly is also a proud Selection Committee member for Outfest’s Screenwriter Lab as well as Mentor and Coach for Creative Lab Hawai’i’s Ideation Program for Indigenous Storytellers. She also owns a life-sized dragonhead, once worked at a zoo, and directed a version of “Macbeth” with the live audience in a pool because, why not. @kellylynnedang
 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agents:

Manal Hammad & Jake Dillman, Verve

Manager:

Impossibly Possible Inc

Preferred Contact:

Agents, Manager

Keywords:

Musical, Earnest Comedy, High Fantasy, Magical Surrealism, Four Quadrant, Historical Absurdism

SARAH WALLER

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BEE DAVIES

Bio:

Actor, writer, producer and overall creator in film, fashion, and web3.

 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

bee@hiveglobalmedia.com

Keywords:

Art house horror, queer coming of age, futurist sci-fi, absurdist comedy

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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ANA MARIA DEFILLO

Bio:

Ana Maria Defillo is a Caracas-born, Miami-raised, Dominican writer, producer, and recovering people pleaser.

Before her career in television, she paved her road to hell as a Christian missionary, human rights graduate student, & nonprofit professional. Now she’s spreading her gospel of cynicism as a writer.

She studied sketch comedy, improv, and satire writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theater, and Second City. So yea, she’s heard of Del Close. (And that Viola Spolin doesn’t get enough credit for her contribution to improv. Typical.)

As a late bloomer, Ana’s a proud student of humanity. She lived on four continents while getting her Masters in Global Affairs from New York University, a graduate certificate in Human Rights from Columbia University, and a B.A in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida. She learned a lot, mostly how much the Florida public school system failed her, but owes a profane amount of that fake thing that governs everything. Her life’s mission is to abolish the systems that uphold said fake thing with, yup, COMEDY! Yes, she knows. She lived it. Then studied it. Wish her luck.

Ana’s writing has been featured in McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, Vulture, and more. Her TV credits include Desus and Mero on Showtime, The Read on Fuse, and The Vote on PBS. Ana is a proud alum of NHMC’s Series Scriptwriters Program sponsored by Disney/ABC, NBC, and Netflix. Her high-concept dark comedy, Momentous, won the Rooster Teeth BIPOC Fellowship Award at the 2022 Austin Film Festival. The same script was also a semi-finalist in the Comedy Teleplay and Warner Bros Pilot Award categories.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Managers:

Nick Harris, Avalon

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

High concept, comedy, dark comedy, satire, genre-blending comedy, female-forward, people of color, women of color, hard comedy, biting humor, pathos, character-driven, satirical horror, politics, working-class, class issues, race, gender

SARAH WALLER

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KIMBERLY DILTS

Bio:

Kim is a writer/producer/director who pens absurd comedy as a balm for the apocalypse. She's the 2023 CineStory Fellow for her feature comedy Brew and is the co-founder of Scrappy Cat, an independent production company with a slate of projects including features, documentaries, music videos and shorts. Kim recently moved to the east coast from LA with her husband and three cat overlords, Howard, Archie and Norman, where she adjuncts at Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. BA Theatre, University of South Florida. MFA Theatre, University of Texas at Austin. Running through walls headfirst, School of Hard Knocks.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

kim@scrappycat.com

Keywords:

comedy, satire, absurdist, female-forward

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:

Managers:

Syndey Blanke & Colleen Washington, Fourth Wall Management

Preferred Contact:

Self

courtneybdonnelly@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, female-driven, heart

SARAH WALLER

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FIFI DOSCH

Bio:

Fifi Dosch has been a stand up comic since 2011, but you’re not going to be able to Google her from around then. That’s probably because she began her career as a man before transitioning into a fabulous lady in 2020! You’ve seen her boy-self on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. You’ve heard her write jokes on the Comedy Central Roasts and Beavis and Butthead.  Her rapidly blowing up TikTok page (@fifidosch) placed her on E! Online’s list of “21 TikTok Stars to Follow.” She even recently performed on the 2022 Netflix Comedy Festival, and she is the first transgender Paid Regular at LA’s Comedy Store. Fifi is a joyfully fearless and fearlessly joyful lady that will blow an audience away and leave them shaking with laughter."

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Agent:

Amanda Hacohen, WME

Manager:

Anna Weinstein, Avalon

Preferred Contact:

Self

josephine.delilah.dosch@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy

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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CATHERINE DURICKAS

Bio:

Catherine is a writer and sometimes human being living in LA having escaped Boston. Upon graduating summa cum laude* from UVM, she continued her studies in comedy and now has a regular show with her sketch team at the Elysian Theater. Her work is darkly comic, brightly self-deprecating, and medium-ly realistic. When not writing, she does freelance production coordination or pup fostering. She is a 2023 Film Independent Episodic Lab Fellow. She decided to pursue an associate’s degree in Italian during the global pandemic in case you wanted to know what she does for fun. She is repped by Circle of Confusion. *Her mother was disappointed it wasn’t better

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Zach Cox, Circle of Confusion

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

catherine.durickas@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedy, bouncy, witty, bright, adult animation, sci-fi comedy, action comedy, female protagonists, disarming, precise

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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EMILY ELLIS

Bio:

Emily Ellis is a queer comedy writer originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Television Writing and Producing. After three years of retail, she finally booked her first industry job as the Writers’ PA for the final season of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND on the CW. She was then hired as the Showrunner’s Assistant on Netflix’s FIREFLY LANE for its two season run. While at FIREFLY LANE, Emily got the opportunity to co-write an episode which allowed her to become an Associate member of the WGA. Emily's original pilot STUNTWOMEN placed in the Top Ten in Shore Script's 1/2 Hour Pilot Competition, also placing as a Quarterfinalist in both the Screencraft Comedy Competition and the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Diversity Initiative. Emily enjoys writing female-identifying and queer forward stories focusing on finding the humor and creating community in less than welcoming situations. Emily is an absolute joy to be around and was definitely not forced to add this last bit by her mother.

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Preferred Contact:

Self

eellis234@gmail.com

Keywords:
queer focused, female-identifying centered, satirical comedy, magical realism, relationships, camp,

SARAH WALLER

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LIZ ENEY

Bio:

Liz Eney is a comedy writer from Larchmont, NY – a one square mile town where her brother was a varsity athlete and her single mom is the mayor. Lacking those mayoral and sporting skills, she turned to comedy. She attended Syracuse University, where she double majored in TV Writing and US History, and later UCB where she took improv classes. Since then, she held a series of industry odd jobs (the NBC Page Program, and a slew of PA positions), until she finally worked her way up to becoming a staff writer on Emily in Paris. She is currently based in LA, although she receives many requests from the mayor's office to return to NY.

Writes:

Half-hour TV

Keywords:

Coming of age, female-forward comedy

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:

Christopher Nold, MGMT Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager

chepstein@gmail.com

Keywords:

Comedic, edgy, grounded, fun.

SARAH WALLER

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LIZ FANIA WERNER

Bio:

Liz Fania Werner is originally from the Bronx, NY. Her passion for dark fiction with strong female characters started there, watching THE X-FILES with her family on Friday nights. She got her MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from USC where she earned an Annenberg Fellowship, then went on to write for television drama RPM Miami for the Mun2 network, a member of the NBC/Universal family; to develop the feature adaptation of the novel Babylon Sisters by Oprah Book Club author Pearl Cleage and to pen a biopic about WNBA player Abby Bishop for Sentient Entertainment. “Into the Uncanny Valley,” the award-winning thriller short film that she wrote and co-directed with Carlos Montaner, was featured in 11 film festivals, including L.A.’s Screamfest and HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival. Most recently, she wrote and co-directed her first feature film, Waking Karma, a psychological thriller starring Michael Madsen, distributed by XYZ Films.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

John Ferraro, Valleywood Entertainment

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

dreamletproductions@gmail.com

Keywords:

Thriller, psychological horror, fantasy horror, sci-fi, female-forward

SARAH WALLER

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CAROLINE FARAH

Bio:

Caroline Farah is a television and film writer originally from New York City. But it was not exactly a straight line for her to get here. Caroline started out working as a Respiratory Therapist in a Level 1 trauma unit in the ER and I.C.U. She also worked in the O.R. and was bedside for open heart surgeries and babies being born. She should definitely be writing more medical shows, but instead, Caroline writes comedy.

 

Caroline’s first screenplay was based on a true story – her mom found out her husband was having an affair while watching the "Late Show with David Letterman" (everyone else her mom knew was watching, too). So of course, she had to turn her mom’s horror into a comedy. The script went into development with Marc Rosen at Georgeville Films. Caroline created, developed, and wrote a live-action half-hour with Mark Gordon for ABC. She also created and developed two live-action half-hours with Overbrook Entertainment.

 

In addition to live-action, Caroline has written on animated shows for Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon, and Marvel. One of her favorites was a Warner Bros. Animation series she wrote on for two seasons with weekly celebrity guest stars. Caroline wrote episodes that starred Cher, Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Steve Buscemi, Wanda Sykes, Lucy Liu and the one and only Carol Burnett – as well as many very cool others – but obviously not as cool as Carol Burnett.

 

In Caroline’s free time, she likes to…oh, wait…she writes in her free time, too. That’s not sad, right?

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

caroline.farah@icloud.com

Keywords:

Comedy, Dark Comedy, RomCom, Character Driven, Female Driven

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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ELISE FELBER

Bio:

Originally from New Jersey, Elise first discovered her love for storytelling through dance and choreography, while studying at the 92nd St Y in Manhattan. After graduating from Boston University with a focus in screenwriting, Elise moved to LA and began developing her own creative projects while honing in on her skills as a producer, writer, and director. Her and her creative partner, Noah Kelly, have since created their own independent production company, Rubber Baby Films. Together, they are eager to create original stories as well as support other creative and independent voices in the process.

Writes:

Half Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

felber.elise@gmail.com

Keywords:

Dark comedy, humanistic, female-forward

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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LAUREN FEREBEE

Bio:

Lauren specializes in stories of badass women who don't take shit fighting systems trying to crush them. Usually they involve science, science fiction, or the supernatural. Her feature script Brilliance was a 2023 selected project for Stowe Story Labs x Sidewalk and a finalist for the Tangerine Entertainment fellowship. Her play Big Money was nominated for 5 awards and won 2 in the 2023 Hollywood Fringe. It was most notable for being an uproarious and violent comedy that was nominated for Best Drama. Prior to moving to Los Angeles two years ago, she got her MFA in playwriting. Ask about one of her many plays featuring drunk mothers, angry mermaids, trash collectors, and video game characters, which have been lauded as both funny and tragic.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Gio Bakunawa, Established Artists

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

female-forward, science fiction, weird, supernatural, relationship dramas, social commentary

SARAH WALLER

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MOON LEE FERGUSON

Bio:

Moon Lee Ferguson is a South Florida-based filmmaker with a passion for storytelling in the genre space. She is known for her award-winning fantasy series, Juju, which was a finalist in the Comcast Black Experience on Xfinity grant program, in which she was awarded to fund her current projects. Some of her past work includes Street Food on Netflix, Family Karma on Bravo, and the Emmy-nominated docu-series The 1619 Project on Hulu. Moon's most recent work includes her horror anthology series, Criblore, A Horror Anthology, which merges South Florida's Black culture with fairytales and morphed into horror fables. Moon is currently in post-production for her film, Skettel - a coming-of-age story about a first-generation Jamaican American mother who works as a bottle girl to take care of her special needs child. Moon's love for storytelling stems from her childhood in South Florida. Her mission is to bring imagination and wonder to the world.

Writes:

Hour TV, Half Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

Mf@moonferguson.com

Keywords:

Female-forward, surreal, magical realism, grounded, horror 

SARAH WALLER

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MELANIE ABRAMS FIERSTEIN

Bio:

Melanie Abrams Fierstein currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She is a first-generation-American screenwriter specializing in brow-raising, character-driven dramas/dramadies, true stories, and IP adaptations. Previously, Melanie was an accomplished speechwriter, organizer, and political consultant for candidates including Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and many other Congressional and local candidates across the United States. Melanie combines her experience in politics with her unique perspective as a disabled woman to write stories with diverse leads that trigger much-needed larger conversations. Melanie’s scripts have been featured on Coverfly’s Red List & Top 1%, and have earned over a dozen accolades including NBCU TV Writer's Program Finalist, Warner Brothers Writer’s Workshop Semifinalist, Austin Film Festival Semifinalist, Golden Script Competition Finalist, Diverse Voices Official Selection, and many more. She also owns the options to THE DOMESTIC DIVA, a New York Times-bestselling series of 16+ mystery novels, and THE GIRL YOU LOST, a gripping thriller by bestselling author Kathryn Croft. When she’s not glued to her laptop, Melanie enjoys reading murder mysteries, painting, and going to Harry Potter World.

Writes:

Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Sherice Dugan (Sandstone Artists)

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

melaniefierstein@gmail.com

Keywords:

True Crime, Family Drama, Female-forward, Thriller, Political, Dark Comedy

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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GABBIE FRIED

Bio:

Gabbie Fried is a midwestern transplant originally from Kansas City (the Kansas side), and moved to LA in August. Gabbie has degrees in acting and psychology from NYU Tisch, but discovered she hated making herself cry and began taking classes at UCB and Second City. Since then, she’s been on a house sketch team at the PIT, and writes for a sketch show in LA. Gabbie has performed stand up at Caroline’s on Broadway, The Comedy Cellar, Stand Up NY, and Flappers. Additionally, Gabbie has appeared in segments on The Drew Barrymore Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and SNL. Gabbie recently finished the UCLA TV Comedy Writing Professional Program. Having worked as a preschool teacher, a middle school dance teacher and a celebrity’s babysitter (it's true)– Gabbie loves to write stories about connecting with kids in a meaningful and comedic way. Jewish, strong, queer, female protagonists who are learning to find themselves through embarrassing and awkward circumstances are her love language. Gabbie is repped by A3 and Daniel Hoff for commercials, and Carrie Macy Talent Agency for TV/Film.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

Gabbie.fried@gmail.com

Keywords:

coming of age comedy, female forward, broad comedy, hometown, queer

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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AUDREY ELLIS FOX

Bio:

Audrey Ellis Fox is a narrative and commercial filmmaker known for her splashy and bold storytelling. Audrey has directed projects for Nike, Amazon, Proactiv, Epic Records, Sony, Vogue/Conde Nast, 88Rising, Columbia Records, Republic Records, Warner Records, Atlantic Records, and many more. Her roster of artists and athletes she has collaborated with includes Khalid, Dove Cameron, Simu Liu, Future, Chloe Bailey, Jackson Wang, Sha'Carri Richardson, Maddie Ziegler, and Joshua Bassett. In 2022, She was nominated for an MTV VMA for her directorial work with Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, and Blackbear. On the narrative front, Audrey's script "NDA" was selected for the 2023 Women in Film X Black List's Feature Residency program and is currently in development with producer Anna Gerb (“Margin Call”, “All is Lost”, “A Most Violent Year”) attached. Audrey’s shorts "Retreat" and "Patricia Drive" played at Oscar-qualifying festivals around the country including Hollyshorts, LA Shorts, Urbanworld (HBO), Rhode Island International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and SLIFF. Writing accomplishments include feature "Scam" (Sundance Development Track second round), "Real Talk" (Page International Screenwriting Awards Semi-Finalist), and "Holy Dumpling!" (Sundance YouTube New Voices Lab second round). Audrey received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Writes:

Hour TV and Film

Representation:

Manager:

Matt Dartnell, Writ Large

Preferred Contact:

Manager, Self

audreyellisfox@gmail.com

Keywords:

Drama, Psychological Thrillers, Dark Comedy

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

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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CASEY GATES FREY

Bio:

Casey Gates Frey is a creator who loves to tackle high-concept comedies with emotionally grounded characters. Before entering her mom era, she worked on dozens of TV sets as a Digital Producer including NBC's The Good Place, where her work contributed to a 2019 Emmy nomination for “Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Series”. Casey was a top 10 finalist at the ATX Pitch Competition, a semi-finalist in the WIF x Black List Episodic Lab, and her most recent short film Crystal won in its category at the Best Shorts Film Festival. If she's not roller skating down the Burbank bike path, she's probably at a coffee shop working on her (hilarious) memoir about having a baby in the pandemic.

 

Writes:

Half-Hour TV, Film

Representation:

Manager:

Zach Carlisle, Framework

Preferred Contact:

Manager

Keywords:

action comedy, horror comedy, high-concept comedy, female-forward, sci-fi comedy

SARAH WALLER

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BAYNE GIBBY

Bio:

Bayne Gibby is a writer/ actor whose face will make you go, “Wait, what do I know her from?” She appeared as killjoy abstinence speaker Casey Kelly in the Oscar nominated film, Lady Bird (A24). She’s best known for her portrayal of “lady writer” Gigi on the HBO series The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow. Other television credits include two seasons of Enlightened (HBO), Killing It (peacock) I Love That For You (Showtime), The Conners (abc), Welcome to Flatch (FOX), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW), Grey's Anatomy (abc), Shameless (Showtime), Mad Men (AMC), and many others. You have definitely seen her trying to sell you an iPhone on several T-mobile commercials, most notably in a horned Renaissance hat. For acting, she is repped by Ellis Talent Group (Theatrical ) and Independent Artists Group (Commercial). Bayne is currently seeking literary representation.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

baynegibby@gmail.com

Keywords:

buddy comedy, broad comedy, sharp jokes, female-forward, coming of age comedy, senior soap comedy

SARAH WALLER

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ANNIE GIRARD

Bio:

Hi. I'm Annie, like the orphan. I wish you'd laughed harder at that joke, I killed my parents for it. Ya-yuh. If you couldn't tell by that zinger, I'm a comedy-focused writer/director/performer who's sold shows to Amazon Studios, Joey Soloway's company Topple, Crunchy Roll/VRV, and Animasia LA. I've written animation, live action, narrative podcasts, digital, and TV for Disney, Amazon, Netflix, Warner Brothers, PBS, Dreamworks, MTV, HGTV, and Comedy Central, on a wide range of projects including Legend of the Three Caballeros, Super Wings, Blue Collar TV, and the Regional Emmy nominated Pandemic Playhouse (Great Lakes Emmys are the best Emmys!) The scripted audio series Farah Tunk... that I co-created, wrote, directed, and starred in just won Channel 101’s Frequency 101 Best Show. I love clothing swaps, hiking, SCUBA, and tie-dying things. I have two kids and two dogs and I'm married to my preschool crush, Baby Kermit.

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

hiannegirard@gmail.com

Keywords:

comedy, action, sci-fi, animation, live-action, scripted audio, sketch, stand up, quirky, edgy, genre-bending, female-forward, motherhood,

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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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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STEPHANIE GROFF

Bio:

Stephanie Groff is a screenwriter and an award-winning copywriter living in Los Angeles. She got her career start working at Twentieth Century Fox in Feature Film Production and left the studio to pursue screenwriting, getting her first big break adapting Dean Koontz’s best-selling memoir, A Big Little Life. 

As a copywriter, Stephanie creates original content for major film franchises, such as Spiderman (Marvel/Sony), Wonder Woman (WB), X-Men (Fox/Disney), and Jumanji (Sony). She won a Golden Trailer Award for her featurette, “Planet Pandora," an original piece promoting James Cameron’s Avatar. 

Stephanie is a Career Member of Women In Film and advocates for female-led content and increased opportunities for women in entertainment. 

Writes:

Half-hour TV, Hour TV, Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

stephanie.groff@mac.com

SARAH WALLER

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NIKKI GROTON

Bio:

Nikki Groton is a queer writer/director telling surreal female-driven stories and rollerskating in Los Angeles.

 

In 2015, she produced, directed, and edited the feature documentary The Melting Family. The film made its world premiere at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival.

 

In 2020, she released the feature film Darkness in Tenement 45, a psychological thriller that she wrote, directed, and produced. The film had an unstoppable festival run and is currently available across VOD platforms.

 

Alongside her own writing and directing, she also produces and directs digital content regularly for clients such as Apple, Netflix, and Starbucks. Additionally, she has written and directed two short films.

 

She has also been recognized for her screenwriting. She was a semifinalist at the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships and has been recognized by Finish Line, Fresh Voices, Austin Film Festival, PAGE, HollyShorts, Storypros, and Script Pipeline, amongst others. She was featured on Coverfly’s Red List and held the top 1% of screenplays on the platform.

Writes:

Film

Preferred Contact:

Self

info@aflyingwomanprods.com

Keywords:

magical realism, fantasy, female-forward, LGBTQ, queer, surreal, fantasy

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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JUSTINE COGAN GUNN

Bio:

I write kids live action and animation along with a nice dose of rom-com. I love creating weird, imaginative, wish-fulfillment-packed worlds for puppets and humans where life’s comedy plays out in bright colors and soft felt--always with a little heart.