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American Legends #1

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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American Legends #2

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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American Legends #3

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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American Legends #4

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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American Legends #5

AMERICAN LEGENDS #1-5 – WEEKLY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! Depicting the extraordinary exploits of the legendary pioneers DAVY CROCKETT, MIKE FINK, and SALLY ANN THUNDER on a quest to save the Lewis & Clark expedition and thwart a conspiracy hatched by Napoleon to destroy the promising future of a young American nation. Featuring a unique look at the Hatfields & McCoys, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Sacagawea, and many, many more! These are the stories of the great frontiersmen who explored the magical and savage frontier before becoming mythical heroes in American folklore. These are the tall-tales of our youth, known and loved by all. These are the American Legends.

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Bushido #1

Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, Kichiro must fulfill his dreams of serving the shogun in a less traditional manner… by eliminating every foreign supernatural threat that rears its fangs!

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Bushido #2

Only Kichiro knows the true scope of the bloody threat that faces feudal Japan – but nobody will believe him. With the recent slaying of his father, and his brother Orochi consumed with his impending marriage to the Shogun’s daughter, Kichiro may be confined to a prison cell when the vampire onslaught begins.

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Bushido #3

Stepbrothers Orochi and Kichiro must put aside their differences to battle the vampire invasion before the sun can rise to be their savior. But will daylight truly bring the safety they so desperately seek?

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Bushido #4

Stepbrothers Orochi and Kichiro must put aside their differences to battle the vampire invasion before the sun can rise to be their savior. But will daylight truly bring the safety they so desperately seek?

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Bushido #5

Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, Kichiro must fulfill his dreams of serving the shogun in a less traditional manner… by eliminating every foreign supernatural threat that rears its fangs!

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Bushido Vol. 1

VAMPIRES IN FEUDAL JAPAN! Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, he must fulfill his dreams of serving the shogun in a less traditional manner… by eliminating every supernatural threat that rears its fangs! Framed for murder by a vampire assassin, Kichiro must clear his name and win back his brother Orochi’s trust if there is any hope of saving Japan from the vampire hordes. The criticallyacclaimed miniseries pits vampires against samurai in a battle for the ages! Collects BUSHIDO #1-5.

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Epoch #1

THE GREATEST TOURNAMENT THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEGINS ANEW! Top Cow Productions and Heroes and Villains Entertainment proudly present a dark and intensely kinetic tale from writer KEVIN McCARTHY (Red Sonja, The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist) and newcomer PAOLO PANTALENA (What If?: House of M, War of Kings: Darkhawk). Jonah Bishop is an NYPD detective assigned to a mysterious murder case that threatens to rip the reality he knows and plunge him into the shadow world of his heritage–the Supernatural. Jonah’s quest will drop him deep in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

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Epoch #2

MURDER MEETS MAYHEM! Detective Jonah Wright has been pulled into the hidden world of the Supernatural as he races to solve the murder of his partner – the Archangel Gabriel. As a result of Gabriel’s death, Epoch, the tournament that determines the leader of the Supernatural Council has been enacted for the first time in millennia. But how will a mere human safely navigate the politics and battles between angels, demons, werewolves, vampires and the other Supernatural races?

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Epoch #3

TRAINING DAY! Detective Jonah Wright is in a quandary. To solve his partner’s murder, he must completely immerse himself into the world of the Supernatural and fight for the Angels in Epoch. With precious little time and scant hopes to defeat formidable, mythical foes like Demons, Trolls, and Vampires, Jonah has the alluring Aliyah to train him. Sometimes the solution is worse than the problem…

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Epoch #4

BATTLE ROYALE! Detective Jonah Wright will embrace his Archangel heritage and fight in Epoch, the world’s greatest supernatural blood sport. He will risk his life in the ring to gather the clues, unveil the conspiracy, and incarcerate the murderer who killed his partner, Michael. He will fight Demons, Gorgons, and Warlocks, but will Jonah survive the bloodstained floors of Epoch long enough to uncover the truth?

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Epoch #5

MORTAL COMBAT! Fully embracing his Archangel heritage, Detective Jonah Wright has brutally battled his way through the ancient tournament, EPOCH. Now, finally, he has an opportunity to confront the murderer of his dead partner, Michael, and exact his own brand of justice. Will Jonah triumph and maintain the Angels’ benevolent control over the Supernatural Council, or will he become just another body left on the tournament floor?

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Epoch Vol. 1

THE GREATEST TOURNAMENT THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEGINS ANEW! Jonah Wright is an NYPD detective assigned to a mysterious murder case that threatens to rip him from the reality he knows and into the shadow world of his heritage – the Supernatural. Jonah’s quest will drop him deep in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society and will plunge him into an ancient tournament known only as… EPOCH! Collects EPOCH #1-5

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Netherworld #1

Top Cow Productions, Inc. and Heroes and Villains Entertainment present the next evolution of supernatural noir! It’s the message on the walls.

It’s the feeling in your gut. In this city, ‘We are all lost.’ Ray certainly is; a former cop turned private eye and junkie, haunted by his past in a city with no sun and no hope.

A beautiful woman and a slick criminal both offer him the same job: Find a girl named Madeline and bring her to them. Ray doesn’t want the job, but he can’t just leave this girl in the middle. Thrust into the city’s twisted underbelly, Ray will unveil Netherworld’s darkest secrets and come face-to-face with his past.

Beware, Ray. If you seek the truth, you just might find it. From masters of supernatural terror comes a haunting supernatural noir epic like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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Netherworld #2

We ARE all lost!

Ray rescued Madeline from the clutches of the City’s criminal underworld, but nothing is what it seems. Where in the hell did those demonic thugs come from? And, what do they want from Madeline?

As the veil peels revealing the true face of the City, Ray will be confronted with the ultimate decision: Save himself or save everyone?

But, when everything you’ve known is suddenly a lie, where do you find the truth?

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Netherworld #3

WE ARE ALL LOST! Cut off from the Men in White, Ray and Madeline race to the train station through Netherworld’s evil underbelly with Seth and Cyrus Kane’s henchman in hot pursuit.

Operatives are everywhere and they’re out for blood. Will Ray be able to defend Madeline from the onslaught and help her escape?

Or will his mission end before it begins?

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Netherworld #4

We ARE all lost! There will come a moment when Ray wishes he’d never met Alexis or the Men in White. Nor that he’d ever looked into the innocent eyes of Madeline. But most certainly, he’ll wish that he’d never crossed Cyrus Kane. That moment is… now.

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Netherworld #5

We ARE all lost! It comes down to this. Either Ray gets Madeline on the train out of the city, or we will all be lost…forever. But first, he has to get through Cyrus Kane.

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Netherworld Vol. 1

Collects NETHERWORLD #1-5.

WE ARE ALL LOST…
Top Cow Productions and Heroes and Villains Entertainment present the next evolution of supernatural noir! It’s the message on the walls. It’s the feeling in your gut. In this city, ”We Are All Lost.” Ray certainly is; he’s a former cop turned private eye and junkie, haunted by his past in a city with no sun and no hope. A beautiful woman and a slick criminal both offer him the same job: find a girl name Madeline and bring her to them. Ray doesn’t want the job, but he can’t just leave this girl trapped in the middle. Thrust into the city’s twisted underbelly, Ray will unveil Netherworld’s darkest secrets and come face-to-face with his past.

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Tracker #1

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes, Villains Entertainment is here! Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf. Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiancé and the FBI, he must hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into a monster.

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Tracker #2

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment is here! Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker and now a werewolf, must keep his curse a secret from his partner Jezebel Kendall and his fiancé Tory Reyes, while hunting a deadly serial killer, Herod, who is the only one who can offer Alex the answers he seeks. Why? Because Herod is the werewolf who passed his curse onto Alex!

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Tracker #3

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment is here! FBI tracker Alex O’Roark and his partner Jezebel Kendal race against the clock to capture the serial killer Herod before he kills again. When Herod drags Alex’s fiance, Tory, into their game of cat and mouse, Alex may unleash the beast caged within…

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Tracker #4

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment is here! FBI tracker Alex O’Roark and his partner Jezebel Kendal become more and more desperate to capture serial killer Herod and resort to using a young boy afflicted with lycanthropy as bait. Will the risky gambit come back to bite them?

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Tracker #5

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment comes to a pulse-pounding conclusion! FBI tracker Alex O’Roark finally comes face-to-face and claw-to-claw with his maker – the serial killer Herod! But will Alex be able to control his animalistic instincts long enough to extract the sample of Herod’s blood to end his own suffering?

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Tracker Vol. 1

The first property from Heroes and Villains Entertainment collected! Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf. Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiance and the FBI, he must hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into a monster. ‘All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Tracker, and look forward to more.’–Newsarama ‘It’s mature and gritty, yet mysterious and supernatural, allowing the reality to lead the fiction into believable circumstances.’–Fangoria ‘The book manages to take a basic serial killer story and give it a twist’–Player Affinity ‘Lincoln’s writing is concise, and easy to follow, but never oversimplified.’–Geeks of Doom

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Son of Merlin #1

THE BATTLE BEGINS ANEW

Simon Ambrose is a brilliant young professor at MIT. Always somewhat out of sync with the rest of the world, Simon is a man of science and does not put much stock in faith. When he discovers that he is the bastard son of the world’s greatest wizard Merlin, he is forced to put his skepticism aside and embrace a world of magic and the mayhem it embodies.

Science and magic collide in this introductory priced first issue! You can’t afford to miss this next step in a battle that has been waged for ages!

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Son of Merlin #2

Morgana and her Black Knights will stop at nothing to thwart Merlin and obtain the Stone of Giramphiel. With Merlin out of the picture, the only person who can stop Morgana is a young MIT professor — Simon Ambrose. But Simon is a scientist and a man of reason.

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Son of Merlin #3

Morgana never anticipated that Merlin’s bastard son, the MIT professor Simon Ambrose, would delay her plan to obtain the Stone of Giramphiel. But even with the power inherent in Merlin’s diary, Simon isn’t ready to face her in battle. To seek refuge from Morgana’s grasp, Simon will need to call upon enchanters of old who have spent the past century hiding in plain sight in New York City.

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Son of Merlin #4

Morgana has found the brilliant M.I.T. professor and heir to Merlin’s magic, Dr. Simon Ambrose, and will stop at nothing to seize Merlin’s power from his grasp. Simon, however, is untrained in magic and until he is better versed in casting Druid spells, he will need to rely on the safeguards Merlin planned in advance for him to flee Morgana’s wrath. But will it be enough?

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Son of Merlin #5

Morgana has found the brilliant M.I.T. professor and heir to Merlin’s magic, Dr. Simon Ambrose, and will stop at nothing to seize Merlin’s power from his grasp. Simon, however, is untrained in magic and until he is better versed in casting Druid spells, he will need to rely on the safeguards Merlin planned in advance for him to flee Morgana’s wrath. But will it be enough?

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Son of Merlin Vol. 1

Morgana has found the brilliant M.I.T. professor and heir to Merlin’s magic, Dr. Simon Ambrose, and will stop at nothing to seize Merlin’s power from his grasp. Simon, however, is untrained in magic and until he is better versed in casting Druid spells, he will need to rely on the safeguards Merlin planned in advance for him to flee Morgana’s wrath. But will it be enough?

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Arcana Comics

Arcana Studios Inc. is a Canadian entertainment company started by Sean Patrick O’Reilly in 2004. Arcana began as a graphic novel publishing studio and is now Canada’s biggest comics publisher, with over 300 titles in our library. In 2010, we opened our animation division, and we’ve since produced works such as The Clockwork Girl, Kagagi: The Raven and Pixies. Our current production is Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, the first of a trilogy based on our comic series of the same name.

J.J. Bailey

J.J. went to college in Santa Barbara where he received his B.S. in Business and Economics and

started working in Commercial Real Estate. He then decided to become a screenwriter. His

parents were super stoked with that decision.

The product of an India-born Brit and a Yankee Naval officer, J.J. grew up on family stories of far

flung adventure and excitement. One grandfather was a test pilot for the American airforce after

WWII, the other was a hunter-for-hire in India, killing man-eating tigers for the British Railway.

And this is where J.J. got it – that itch, that need for excitement and for storytelling – it was in his

blood. And it’s why Real Estate nearly killed his soul.

Now J.J. lives and writes in Los Angeles where that very same need inspires his work and play.

Whether it’s surfing the outer reef passes of Samoa, dirt biking the beaches of Nicaragua in search

of isolated waves, sharing a beer with American ex-pats in Central America, or hosting the 2011

award winning travel/adventure show, Clean Break, it all about finding his next story and the

characters who will inspire it.

Most recently, J.J.’s script Vanishing Point won the 2017 We Screenplay competition for hour-long

pilot. In addition, his TV pilot Shelter won the 2017 Final Draft Big Break competition for hour-long pilot.

He also finds talking about himself in the third person quite unsettling.

Tawnya Bhattacharya & Ali Laventhol

TAWNYA BHATTACHARYA & ALI LAVENTHOL  are a diverse, female writing team.  T&A were most recently Producers on the Freeform series “Famous in Love”.  Prior to that, they were staffed on the Sony/NBC series, ‘The Night Shift’, the TNT/ABCS Series, ‘Perception’, ‘The Client List’, and the USA series, ‘Fairly Legal’.  Tawnya & Ali are graduates of the of the NBC Writers of the Verge Program, and the FOX Writer’s Initiative Program.

Milla Bell-Hart

Milla Bell-Hart hails from small-town Maine, where she survived three days alone in the woods in a misguided teenaged attempt to find herself. Hippy shit thankfully in the rear view mirror, she graduated Wesleyan University in 2010, then bopped around LA grip and electrical departments and taught film production to wealthy high school students. Now she’s a writer on NBC’s THE NIGHT SHIFT, having worked her way up from EP assistant on the pilot. Along the way she script coordinated TRANSPARENT and served as a writers’ assistant on THE NIGHT SHIFT and GORTIMER GIBBON’S LIFE ON NORMAL STREET. Her favorite movie is Die Hard and her favorite person is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Marissa Berlin

A native Floridian, by way of New York, Marissa Berlin is a television writer and former dancer/choreographer. A published writer at the age of fourteen, she studied Telecommunication Production at the University of Florida and choreographed professionally, before accepting a spot in the ABC Studios Production Associates Program. Before becoming a full-time TV writer, Marissa wrote, produced and directed two dramatic works for stages in the Los Angeles area. Her television writing credits include Baby Daddy (Freeform), Kirby Buckets (Disney XD), and Trolls (Dreamworks/Netflix). Most recently, Marissa sold a pilot pitch to Freeform called Flighty. Produced by Dan Berendsen, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television, the project is currently in active development. She’s represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment and ICM Partners.

Jeremy Bernstein

Jeremy Bernstein is a television writer/producer, whose credits include TNT’s Leverage and The Librarians. He has also written feature films, comic books, and video games—including such hit games as Dead Space 2 and Pretty in Pink.

That’s right.  Dead Space 2 and Pretty in Pink.

It’s been an eclectic career.

Jeremy holds Masters Degrees in both Biochemistry and Screenwriting.  His first job in high school was theater-camp counselor; his first job in LA was teaching calculus.  He once made a video game about Congressional Redistricting.  He has been a consultant for both the National Counter-Terrorism Center and Walt Disney Imagineering (but not at the same time).  He’s been invited to guest lecture in China and at the Hallmark Corporation.  Once, he spent two years in the pharmaceutical industry looking for a cure for Hepetitis C. For the last ten years, he has been one twisted ankle short of a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

Jeremy lives with his wife and two kids.  He has been writing stories since he was eight years old.  He’s much better at it now.

Bliss on Tap Publishing

Founded in 2004 by writer Brian Phillipson and animator Phil Phillipson, Bliss On Tap Publishing is an independent producer and publisher of original comic books and graphic novels spanning a wide variety of genres and targeted audiences with worldwide distribution in both print and digital mediums. Properties are developed both in-house (e.g., “Future Proof”) and sourced from third-parties (e.g., “I Play The Bad Guy”). Since its inception, Bliss on Tap has established a reputation as a producer and publisher of premium comic book and graphic novel content with taut and engaging narrative structures and the highest quality artwork.

Critically acclaimed titles include: God the Dyslexic Dog, Future Proof, I Play the Bad Guy, Monster Candy, Andie and the Alien and the forthcoming graphic novel Ohgrr Soup.

“[Bliss on Tap] comes with a serious animation pedigree.”

– The Wall Street Journal

Gregory Bonsignore

Greg and his family left the Bronx for Texas. He went on to write his 5th grade musical which he soon learned in Texas was enough to get you beat up for all of 6th and much of 7th grade. Later he worked at The BBC – London, studied the Renaissance under Bella Mirabella in Florence, Greek Drama under Olga Taxidou in Athens, graduated with honors from NYU, then was named Playwright in Residence at The Library of Alexandria [Egypt].

OFF-BWAY: Gorgonzola (Book/Lyrics – Best Book, Best Lyrics and Best Musical), Atomic (Book/Lyrics, World-Premiere in Sydney, Winner – Best Musical, Australia), Us & Them (Houston), Three (Clurman Theatre, Sam French Prize finalist), premiere at City Theatre’s Best American Shorts Festival – Miami. He co-created A Derbyshire Pub Quiz for The Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference, produced The Speakeasy: a site-specific immersive 1930s show currently celebrating a year running in San Francisco. His new play Raul Julia is Dead… He’s Been Dead had a initial reading at Sonnet Rep (NYC) and workshop at Flint Reperatory Theatre’s inaugural season. He was recently invited to the legendary BMI Advanced Workshop (Chorus Line, Ragtime, Avenue Q), and his musical The Talented Mr. Ripley (Book & Lyrics) recently presented a Broadway workshop in NYC and was selected by Stephen Schwartz for this year’s ASCAP Workshop.

TV: The Grierson Awards (BBC), Lie to Me (Fox), Three Rivers (CBS), Transformers, a musical episode of My Little Pony, Homeland (SHO), and the logic quiz show Million Dollar Mind Game (Merv Griffin). Pilots: Real [For EP: Philip Seymour Hoffman], cult-series Squad 85 [EP: Justin Lin, Google]. He wrote/directed the film …or Die (Best short – HBO Film Festival) and wrote songs for the musical film Jihadi Street. He was selected for Fox’s Diversity Writing Program, The LA/Tel Aviv Television Masterclass, and to write for CBS’s Diversity Showcase. He is most recently sold his debut novel The Academy for Adaptive press, hitting shelves in 2018.

  

David J. Booth

When Dave left his hometown of Orlando for the University of Florida to major in Microbiology, he had the lofty goal of one day becoming a geneticist who could use the information being gathered in the Human Genome Project to cure all hereditary diseases afflicting mankind by manipulating our DNA. Instead he graduated wanting to write sitcoms.

In 2008, Dave was accepted into the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop, which helped him get staffed on the Kelsey Grammer show “Hank” for ABC. Then he went on to write for the Disney Channel sitcom “Jessie,” TBS’s “Ground Floor,” and TV Land’s “The Soul Man.”

Currently, he’s expanding beyond the writers’ room and breaking into development. Dave hopes to create one of those classic sitcoms that audiences carry with them for a lifetime. But the truth is, he probably needs at least three of those series to make up for the fact he’s not in a lab somewhere curing diabetes, anemia, or hemophilia. Or at the very least… color blindness.

Lia Bozonelis

Lia Bozonelis just served as Head Writer on the first season of SORRY NOT SORRY, a feminist sketch comedy series produced by DiGa Studios for Go90. She has previously developed and packaged film and television projects with Atlas Entertainment, Flower Films, and Momentum Entertainment.

In addition to her own writing, Lia works as a story consultant for Netflix, helping build their slate of original sub-$10mm films. She has previously worked as a story consultant for Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free and George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures, and as a reader for HBO, Odd Lot, Anonymous Content and New Line Cinema.

Lia also served as a staff writer for FORTUNE magazine, covering hard news across the globe, including the Fortune Global 500 in Delhi, India.  Her international experience includes living and working on three continents and speaking four languages.  Raised Greek Orthodox in New Jersey, Lia now volunteers regularly at the LA Greek Film Festival, where she combines her love of entertainment with her love of ouzo.  Opa!

Delaney Britt Brewer
Delaney Britt Brewer is a writer based in Los Angeles. She’s a consulting producer on Season 1 of You Can Do Better on TruTV. MXN Productions is attached to produce her screenplay, Would You Rather. More recently, she was a consulting producer for Sorry Not Sorry, a sketch comedy series produced by DIGA Studios and Astronauts Wanted. She was a 2014 Universal Pictures Emerging Writers’ Group Finalist, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater’s award winning playwrights group: Youngblood. Her plays have been produced at 59e59 Theater, Center Stage, Ensemble Studio Theater, PS122 and NYMF. The New York Times described her as a “player to watch.” She is currently represented by Benjamin Blake at Heroes & Villains and Lucy Stille at APA.
Olivia Briggs

Olivia Briggs is a writer on a mission, and that mission is adventure. Once a little girl who wanted to do anything and everything, Briggs soon discovered that the only way to achieve her lofty goal was through the written word. So far, she’s managed to become a knife fighter, a rodeo bull, a black belt, a subway rat, and perhaps most elusive, a moderate republican, just to name a few. But the possibilities are vast and the checklist ever growing, which keeps this make-believe jack-of-all-trades cranking out story.

Briggs holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts as well as a B.A. in theatre arts from Oberlin College. She has won the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award as well as the Flint Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Award, and was most recently was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival’s AMC one-hour pilot division. Her original play, “Ronnie’s Cabinet” was produced in New York City, receiving the Thespis Theatre Festival’s Best Original Play Award, and “Bottles on the Water, A Night of Short Plays from Abroad”, co-written by Briggs, received its off-off Broadway premiere and is available in paperback. 

John Bring & Sebastian Kadlecik

John Bring is a writer and artist from the Peach State. Upon leaving his small South Georgia hometown for Los Angeles, he has written for the page, the stage, and the screen. John has written for the CW’s Supernatural, the independent comic book Penguins vs. Possums, and the popular Pocket Gems app Episode, as well as provided art for several television shows including Freeform’s Melissa & Joey, got married to the love of his life, and raised one hell of a cat. John met Sebastian in 2010, and they became fast friends. Their collaborations began almost immediately, and they haven’t stopped since.

Sebastian Kadlecik is a writer, actor, and comic book creator. Since arriving in Los Angeles, he has written short plays, web series, sketch comedy, and comic books. He’s also acted in several indie films, stage plays, live radio plays, and other cool, crazy, artsy stuff. His illustrations have been featured on numerous well-known TV shows and in indie comics far and wide. He’s the creator of Penguins vs. Possums, about a secret war for dominion over the earth, and Quince, about a young Latina who gets superpowers on her quinceañera

John Paul Bullock

John Paul Bullock III (Paul) is a television and film writer/producer originally from Richmond, Virginia. He’s sold pilots to AMC and SUPER DELUXE, written on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” served as Associate Producer on SYFY’s “Defiance,” and worked on many other shows.

Paul is a frequent contributor to Under the Radar magazine and was Music Supervisor of indie feature Two Shadows. He co-founded boutique record labels Mean Beard Recordings and Beranimal, and is 1/3 of retro media collective Homicide: Life on the Streets.

He lives in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Cacicio

Jennifer Cacicio is a Boston-born, LA-based writer who specializes in female-driven crime dramas for both TV and film, largely due to the fact that she was the daughter of a prominent drug dealer and spent most of her childhood surrounded by cops, criminals, lawyers, and prison guards.  She’s worked on cable dramas such as SHOOTER (USA) and DAMIEN (A&E) and currently has a feature is in development with Five All in the Fifth Entertainment.  She’s represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment and UTA.

The Captains of Industry

Graham Funke and Stonerokk are known in the thriving nightlife community as The Captains of Industry. They are well-known for pushing the boundaries of which songs are acceptable for play in America’s nightclubs, delivering skilled and eclectic shows nightly, and possessing entertaining A-type personality traits with opinionated worldviews, which has made them favorites amongst their peers, employers, and corporate and celebrity clients.

They are outspoken on the deteriorating condition of the concept of the DJ, as the market is flooded with wannabes and “celebrity DJs” who, with the help of a media arena currently interested in DJs as content, have tarnished the revered vocation in hopes of gaining some attention; Graham Funke and Stonerokk exist to restore the luster to the term DJ, using fun and skill and knowledge…by any means necessary.

They have garnered a ton of press in this capacity — in the realm of Maxim, Boston Globe, OK!, People, and such — and recently appeared on Fox News Channel. As the DJ becomes the “new” rock star, the Captains of Industry offer entertainment and expertise, the performance expertly contoured to any occasion, drawing upon the experience of DJing for tens of thousands each month, between their gigs at Hollywood’s newest tabloid-friendly hot-spots to their high-profile Las Vegas residencies at the Palms Casino Resort to the 300+ shows they complete each year.

The Captains of Industry will dispel all misconceptions and reshape your opinion about the intricate roll the DJ plays in the success of an evening.

Damon Cardasis
Damon Cardasis is a two-time WRITER’S GUILD AWARD nominated writer and a critically acclaimed director. Cardasis’ first feature script, SATURDAY CHURCH was a New York Times Critics Pick, is at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and  was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in January 2018. It has won 12 awards from festival’s around the country and was the runner up for the “Audience Award” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it played in competition. He wrote, directed, produced and co-wrote the lyrics for it.
Cardasis is the producing partner of writer/ director Rebecca Miller.  Together they run their production company Round Films. Cardasis produced the film MAGGIE’S PLAN, released by Sony Pictures Classics in May 2016, and the HBO Documentary ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER. Round Films is in development on a variety of projects, for film and television, including Rebecca Miller’s newest script SHE CAME TO ME.  On Broadway, Cardasis produced the ARTHUR MILLER CENTENNIAL. Cardasis was chosen as one of OUT MAGAZINE’S 100 Most Influential LGBTQ people in 2018 and was profiled in OUT MAGAZINE’s 2015 annual Tastemaker issue. Cardasis was named by CADILLAC and OUT MAGAZINE as their “Master of Style.”
Cardasis was the male face of Hermes for their Spring/Summer 2007 campaign.
Harry Chaskin

Harry is a writer, director, and stop-motion animator who strives to tell character driven stories using classic handmade techniques. He has helmed projects for Netflix, Adult Swim, Warner Bros, DC Comics, Disney, and many others. He co-created the Annie-nominated web series Friendship All-Stars with L/Studio and Stoopid Buddy and recently directed Netflix’s first stop-motion series, Buddy Thunderstruck. His short film Bygone Behemoth premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at dozens of festivals internationally, picking up several awards along the way.

Other notable credits include Robot Chicken, WWE Slam City, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and commercial collaborations with PES. He is currently in production on a pulpy live-action/stop-motion hybrid film called Steel Cut Oats and a comic book series about the seedy underbelly of theme parks.

Leon Chills

After majoring in Computer Science at Morehouse College, Leon worked on Wall Street as a Technology Project Manager in Asset Management at a major private bank. The repetitive, mundane work of corporate America drove him to a quarter-life crisis, where he discovered his passion for screenwriting. Since then he has gone on to achieve such accolades as winning Best Feature in the 2016 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Contest with a “powerful action script where the only thing that overshadows the insanity of the set pieces is the heart.” The judges “were blown away by the originality” and the writing was described as “fusing energy and passion to create a uniquely raw and cutting story.” These traits – original, energetic, passionate, and raw – are foundational to all of Leon’s scripts. Both a drama and comedy writer, Leon was selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 CBS Entertainment Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. He is also an alumnus of Upright Citizens Brigade. His most recent work is set up at No Label Productions and Great Lake Pictures, production companies founded by former NBA star Baron Davis and rapper Big Sean respectively. 

Marissa Jo Cerar

Marissa Jo Cerar is a film and television writer that grew up in a family of eight adopted kids, five her parents adopted from foster care – at once. That fateful decision has provided her with endless material, and life as the only brown girl in rural Illinois, population 1600, was unique, to say the least, because she only saw people who looked like her on television and in the movies.

After writing a handful of award-winning scripts, her project CONVERSION was selected for the Hit List and the Black List in 2012, and Marissa Jo was included on the Young and Hungry List the following year. CONVERSION sold to indie financiers KperiodMedia in 2014.

Marissa Jo is an executive story editor on the critically acclaimed television show THE FOSTERS, and she’s currently wrapping up her third season writing on the show. She was hired by Relativity Media to adapt her passion project, the New York Times best selling novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, and her most recent feature assignment is a rewrite of the race drama, BURDEN, produced by Academy Award nominated producer Robbie Brenner.

Carla Ching

Carla was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and fled east to New York where she stumbled into the performance collaborative, Peeling where she wrote and performed autobiographically-based performance art with them for several years in basement bookstores and galleries around the city. In ensuing years, her plays were workshopped and produced nationally at the Lark Playwright’s Workshop, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theater Group and Ma-Yi Theatre Company among others. She was also Artistic Director of Asian American Theatre company 2g for three seasons and is a proud member of The Kilroys and New Dramatists. Carla wrote for season two of Graceland and was on the Tracking Board’s 2014 Young and Hungry List. She’s come back home and now resides in Hollywood, CA.

CHRIS COATS

Originally from upstate NY, CHRIS COATS moved to Los Angeles after attending college in Santa Barbara and began working extensively in film and television industry. In 2012, he joined the roster of The Masses, a production company started by the late Heath Ledger. With The Masses, Chris directed numerous music videos which were featured on acclaimed music websites such as Pitchfork, The Fader, and Filter. In the branded arena, he’s created content for burlesque superstar, Dita Von Teese, the design-duo The Haas Brothers, and lifestyle brands such as Adidas, Elle and Esquire among others. In 2015, Chris edited Dogwalker, a short film by director Kimberly Sherman which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. His own short film, Good Boy, recently had its west coast premiere in June 2017 at NewFilmmakers LA LGBT film showcase. Currently, Chris is developing his first feature, The Sleepwalker’s Travel Guide, to shoot in the summer of 2018.

Creature & Sweeney

Creature & Sweeney are a writing duo hailing from the Los Angeles South Bay and Las Vegas. They have written projects for various production entities in film, television, and other media, including Columbia Pictures, Canal+, Vivendi, MTV, and Electronic Arts. Their spec script THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITY, based on the making of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS, landed on the 2013 Black List of best, unproduced screenplays. The pair are currently hard at work writing the feature film project SANCTUARY for Silver Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Barbara Curry

Barbara is the writer of the hit thriller The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez.  Her romantic comedy, Anything For Love, starring Erika Christensen, was aired as Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day movie event.  Most recently, Barbara sold her original one-hour legal drama Reversible Error to NBC/Universal.

Barbara was hired by Fox 2000 to write The Jury and by Screen Gems to rewrite the The Perfect Guy, starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy. She was also hired by LD Entertainment to develop and write the upcoming television series Hard Time.

Barbara holds an M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA and a J.D. from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming a screenwriter, she spent a decade as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted violent crimes such as murder-for-hire, prison murder, arson, racketeering, kidnapping, and bank robbery. She has taught criminal procedure at the FBI Headquarters in Quantico and advanced trial advocacy at the U.S Department of Justice.

Robert D. Doty

Robert D. Doty is a native-born Texan and television writer. His suburban Houston upbringing seemed completely normal until he learned that growing up in the second largest megachurch in the country was decidedly abnormal to just about everyone else. He does not know why he loves stories so much, but by the time he graduated from the multi-disciplinary honors program at the University of Texas, he decided to pursue his dreams in Hollywood and… promptly found himself living in a Koreatown hostel.

 

Robert has come a long way since then and landed his first staff writing job on CW’s Reign – at which point his devoutly practical parents finally stopped emailing him Law School applications. In addition to stories of any kind, he loves thunderstorms, audiobooks, and the dog he’ll get as soon as he can afford a back yard.

Olivia Dufault

Olivia Dufault’s plays include Year of the Rooster (New York Times Critics’ Pick), The Tomb of King Tot (New York Times Critics’ Pick), The Messenger, and For Want of a Horse. Her plays have been performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood, Clubbed Thumb, and the Flea Theatre, amongst others. She is the recipient of the Lark’s 2017 Venturous Playwrights Fellowship, the 2015 Playwrights of New York Fellowship, the 2013 David Colicchio Emerging Playwright Award, the 2010 Lipkin Playwriting Award, and the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Harle Adair Damann Playwriting Award. She is a member of New Dramatists, the LCT Writers in Residence, and the Youngblood Playwriting Group.
In television, she has worked as a staff writer, and then story editor, for the first two seasons of AMC’s Preacher. She is also working with AMC and Gran Via Productions on adapting Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book The Private Eye. Her pilot, Sandyism, co-written with Kate Thulin, is currently set up at Amazon Studios, to be produced by Likely Story.

In film, she is currently adapting Charles Burn’s comic book Burn Again for the director Bong Joon-ho, to be produced by Amazon Studios. Her film The True Adventures of Wolfboy, directed by Martin Krejci and produced by K Period Media, is set to start filming this fall.

Scott Duvall

Scott has been reading comics ever since he could make out what the words meant in the speech balloons. Growing up, Batman and Robin weren’t just characters, they were pals. His addiction to writing combined with his passion for comics is what fuels his creativity.

During his time in Los Angeles, Scott built up a portfolio of spec scripts while doing screenplay coverage for Oscar-winning producer Mark Ordesky (Executive Producer, Lord of the Rings trilogy). He published his first comic with Arcana Studios in 2010, the futuristic Cryozone. Shortly after, he moved to New York City to train at Marvel Comics as an editorial intern working on such series as Ultimate Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Avengers Academy, Black Panther, and many more. Following this, he worked in publicity for comics while continuing to write freelance on the side including penning issues of Archie. His current project is a sci-fi series based on the upcoming futuristic thriller Narcopolis from Altitude Films, which will expand the movie’s universe into comics.

An Air Force brat, Scott has lived in three countries and nine states but currently resides in Los Angeles.

His current project is a sci-fi series published by Heavy Metal and based on the upcoming futuristic thriller Narcopolis from IFC Midnight, which expand the movie’s universe into comics.

Dan Erickson

Dan Erickson is a Los Angeles-based writer for film and television, originally from Olympia, Washington. In 2016, his hourlong pilot, Severance, became the first TV script ever included on the annual Bloodlist. He has worked in series development for Super Deluxe, and written for Spike’s Lip Sync Battle Pre-Show. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Dan received a BA in English from Western Washington University and a Masters in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School. Dan’s work skews darkly acerbic, often marrying affectionate character comedy and grim existential horror.

Isaac Feder

Named one of the Top 10 New Directors by The Focus Pull Film Journal, Isaac is a showrunner and director of both television and film. Recent television work includes “You Can Do Better” on truTV, “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” on Comedy Central, “Triumph’s Election Special” for Hulu/Funny or Die, as well as shows for VICE, VICELAND, Fusion, and IFC. Isaac has directed two feature films: the documentary “Life on the Line,” available on Amazon, and the scripted comedy “Sex Ed,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film at the Portland Film Festival. “Sex Ed” premiered theatrically in 2014 and is now available on Netflix. Isaac’s “30 for 30” short film, “AC Green: Iron Virgin,” was an official selection at the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival. Isaac is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award,as well as the American Film Institute Conservatory

RHONDA FREEMAN-BARAKA

NAACP-nominated writer/director/producer Rhonda Freeman-Baraka made her foray into film with the 2008 production of “Pastor Brown,” a family drama that has been touted as a classic and uplifting take on the prodigal son story. Directed by Rockmond Dunbar, “Pastor Brown” features an all-star cast, including Dunbar, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Nicole Ari Parker, Keith David, Ernie Hudson, Tasha Smith, Michael Beach, Tisha Campbell- Martin and Michael B. Jordan.

“Pastor Brown” won rave reviews and garnered wide viewership during its premiere on Lifetime TV in February 2013 and went on to garner six Black Reel nominations, including Outstanding Screenplay (Adapted or Original), TV Movie or Mini-series.

Ms. Freeman-Baraka followed up “Pastor Brown” with a series of releases for UP TV including “Trinity Goodheart” (Eric Benet, James Hong and Erica Gluck), “Saving Westbrook High” (Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Loretta Devine, GregAlan Williams), “My Dad’s A Soccer Mom” (Lester Speight, Wendy Raquel-Robinson, Skai Jackson), “Marry Me For Christmas,” “Marry Us For Christmas,” “A Baby For Christmas,” and “Merry Christmas, Baby” (all of which starred GregAlan Williams, Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell and Brad James).

In 2014 Ms. Freeman-Baraka was tapped by TV One to craft an updated version of the Book of Job. The result was the heart-wrenching “To Hell And Back” (Ernie Hudson and Vanessa Bell Calloway). She followed up with the Book of Ruth adaptation “For the Love of Ruth” (Denise Boutte, Gary Dourdan, Loretta Devine and James Pickens Jr).

A series of TV One projects followed. Among them, the two-part holiday series, “Royal Family Holiday” and “Royal Family Christmas,” the top-rated unsung biopic “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story,” the critically-acclaimed adaption of Reshonda Tate Billingsley’s “The Secret She Kept,” and the fantasy-laced “Christmas Swap.”

She has also penned two projects for the INSP network, “Heritage Falls,” which she co-wrote with Shea Sizemore and Gary Wheeler and “Christmas on the Coast.” Ms. Freeman-Baraka made her entry into episodic television with two episodes of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” one of which was the highest rated episode in the history of the series. Her directing credits include UP TV’s “A Baby for Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby,” and TV One’s “Downsized,” starring Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe.

Her most recent project was the controversial and critically-acclaimed “Bobbi Kristina” biopic, based on the life of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of music icons Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

This year’s productions include “Coins for Christmas” and the hit docuseries “Uncensored” (both for TV One), the fifth installment in UP TV’s popular Chandler family Christmas franchise (which she wrote and directed) and Lifetime’s “Edge of Faith,” a joint development venture with actress/director/producer Kim Fields.

Sol Friedman
Sol Friedman is an award-winning, animator and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. His short films blend a variety of live-action and animation techniques, and have played at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW, Annecy and over sixty other international film festivals worldwide. Sol’s work has been featured in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and in recent years, has been honoured with a Sundance Jury Award and a Canadian Screen Award.
Sol is currently producing and directing a series of animated shorts for FX.
For more info, please visit www.ARTBEAST.ca
Graham Funke

When one’s father has three Academy Awards, who better to consult if contemplating a career path in entertainment? Graham’s dad (Alex Funke, ASC) did what most dads do and encouraged him to try his hand at something a little less heartbreaking; Graham, in kind, did what most sons do and ignored that fatherly advice, studying film at USF and UCLA, and appearing in a slew of national TV commercials. Having spent the last decade as a touring DJ, performing at marquee venues around the world, his writing style emerged from the chaos of life on the road, authoring several music-related pieces for various publications, and culminating in 2013 with an EDM-themed script sale to New Regency. Most of his words are composed in hotel rooms and airport lounges from city-to-city, which he finds to be a much richer source of inspiration than sitting in some cluttered office, as it relates to the tales of criminal enterprise, political misbehavior, and sociological eccentricities that interest him.

Diana Gettinger & Monica Hewes

DIANA GETTINGER and MONICA HEWES co-wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed digital series EX-BEST, which Vogue wrote, “?combines the comedic absurdity of Broad City with the stylish production value? of High Maintenance.” Currently, the pair is developing two new comedy pilots with Thank You Brain! and A Stern Talking To Productions, as well as an hour-long dark comedy with Solar Drive Productions.
Monica is a Canadian-American writer and actress whose TV credits include Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX, FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL and TNT’s TRANSPORTER. A graduate of USC’s School of International Relations, she speaks Polish, French and Russian. She was once approached by the CIA, but she’s not allowed to talk about it. She dabbles in watercolors and follows the plight of the orangutans of Borneo. After attending Cornell and Columbia,
Diana worked as an associate-editor at Vogue, Allure and Marie-Claire. She then left her career in publishing to commit herself to her love of film and storytelling. Born and raised in New York City, she traded skyscrapers for the palm trees of Los Angeles but can usually be found in a movie theater, avoiding the sun.

Juston Gordon-Montgomery

LA native and writer/director Juston Gordon-Montgomery was raised on a strange mix of Saturday morning cartoons¨Disney movies¨hood dramas¨and prime-time sitcoms. This seemingly random assortment of influences has coalesced to form a unique sensibility and voice that drives him to tell genre comedies with off-center perspectives. He has worked in feature and television animation for 5+ years at Disney, Pixar, Sony, Jim Henson and more. Currently he is directing at Stoopid buddy and developing projects with Warner Brothers.

Oliver Grigsby

Oliver Grigsby is an international mutt. Born in England, raised in Australia and educated in Boston, he eventually settled in Los Angeles to become a writer. He has written episodes of NBC’s HEROES and CW’s NIKITA. In addition, Oliver has extensive experience in new media content; writing & editing the Heroes Graphic Novel series, and co-writing the web series Slow Burn starring Dawn Olivieri and Robert Knepper, which won a 2010 Mobile Excellence Award. Oliver has also written online content for USA’s IN PLAIN SIGHT, Activision’s World Series of Poker video game series, and the popular webcomic Penny Arcade.

Oliver graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a degree in English and a minor in Film Studies. He understands the rules of cricket but finds it difficult to choose which country to root for. The Olympics are a whole other beast. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, an American, and their two dogs, both mutts.

Cheryl Guerriero

Cheryl Guerriero was born and raised in New Jersey by two dysfunctional loving parents and an older sister who once threw a pair of scissors at her headGuerrieroan athlete since the age of 7, went on to college where she became a National Lacrosse Champion. Upon graduating, her mother insisted she get a job at Prudential Life Insurance company which was a five-minute drive from their home and get married. Guerriero promptly moved to New York City and came out as a writer and a lesbian.

After Guerriero received her first check for writingher parents got off her back about getting a real jobThey did suggest she speak to Father Bob about beinggay because they knew someone who was gay and then wasn’t gay after speaking with Father Bob. Guerriero declined the offer and moved in with her girlfriend who she routinely tortured by making her read everything she wrote

Guerriero’s writing has won numerous awards, but her proudest moment to datewas when she was sitting in a Chicago movie theater watching her first produced film, National Lampoon’s Pledge This! Making it even more special was the fact thatGuerriero, voted “funniest” in high school, had written the screenplay with abest friend who had been voted “most likely to succeed. The movie was neitherfunny, nor successful. 

Guerriero continued on her way receiving various writing assignments and optioning new original materialOne original screenplayHunting Seasonmade it from the page to the screenThe second time proved to be a lot better than the first. Hunting Seasona mystery thriller, has aired on HBO/Cinemax, Lifetime and numerous TV channels around the globe.

Guerriero jumped into the publishing world when she reverse-adapted one of her screenplays into a women’s fiction suspense novel. Red Adept Publishing picked up the rights and will release the debut novel in the spring of 2017.

In addition, Guerriero made a documentary about her parents, Father Bob and being gay. That documentary ended up in the hands of Oprah Winfrey who invited Guerriero and her family onto the show as guests to discuss it. It was one of the season’s highest rated segments

When Guerriero isn’t writing, tweeting or feeding her gullet, she can be found playing dodgeball all over Los Angeles.

Denise Harkavy
Denise was born in Tehran to political activist parents, who fled to Germany after the Islamic revolution. Raised by a single mother in a housing project, Denise discovered that writing helped her get through tough times and dedicated herself to the craft.

Wishing to pursue a career in writing, she dropped out of pre-med and moved to LA, where she enrolled in the UCLA Writers’ Program. There, she placed first in their annual writing competition and gained representation.

She has since written for the videogame Shadow of Mordor, the TNT television series Franklin & Bash, Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, Irv Gotti’s hip-hop anthology series Tales, and is and is currently staffed on the NBC military series The Brave.

Her own journey inspired her to gravitate toward stories about outsiders who take on the system and, subsequently, find their true purpose in life. She is fluent in German, Farsi and English.
Roslyn Hart

Roslyn Hart is a New York based writer, performer and producer. She was named one of the 50 Funniest New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was recently hired to write and direct Amber Rose’s live touring show, “In Bed with Amber Rose.” Her uninhibited performance style, subversive material and brilliant improvisation has earned her audience praise and rave critical reviews. Roslyn has been featured by The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Post, The Village Voice, NEXT Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and New York 1. She was a guest star on the hit HBO show, Bored To Death and is known for throwing epic parties in her Central Park West apartment and traveling masquerades through the streets of NYC.

Her book NEVER SLEEP ALONE has been published in North America, Japan, Germany and The Czech Republic.

Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward was born and raised in the entertainment Mecca that is Wilmington, Delaware. Tired of being the only black person in the entire state, Chuck got the hell out of there to attend Syracuse University’s prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. At Syracuse he majored in Television, Radio and Film and wrote and directed his well-received senior thesis film, Withdrawal.

Upon graduating, Chuck moved to Los Angeles where began working as an assistant to the Vice President of Spirit Dance Entertainment (headed by actor, Forest Whitaker). From there he went on to assist producer Robert Teitel at State Street pictures, working on the Fox Searchlight Film, Roll Bounce. Deciding it was time to get closer to his true passion, writing, Chuck left the feature world and worked as an assistant on the CW Network’s pilot MILF & Cookies, then to the CW’s hit show Everybody Hates Chris. During downtime from Chris, Chuck worked as an assistant to director, John Schultz on the Fox feature film They Came From Upstairs, and as a script coordinator for writer/actor/director Jada Pinkett-Smith on the project Human Contract. Today, Chuck is assisting Doug Ellin, executive producer, of the hit HBO comedy (and favorite TV show of President Obama), Entourage.

Throughout his rigorous employment in the industry, Chuck has managed to write both TV and feature projects that are garnering attention for him. He was recently hired to rewrite a comedy feature project for his former employers, State Street Pictures entitled, Market Phish. In addition he has written the comedies Potluck (based on his college misadventures) and The Socialite, with collaborator Dana Scanlon. On the small screen, Chuck has written a hilarious spec episode of the FX Network series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia as well as an irreverent scripted version of the HBO reality series Hard Knocks revolving around summer training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also written two original pilots: Sleep Away, about the wild and sexy exploits of teen and twenty-something counselors at a residential summer camp and 667 Hampton Street, a comedic look at a man returning home after ten years of captivity and finding that the perfect family he started has evolved into mostly intolerable assholes. He has also assembled a wildly funny sketch packet further displaying his twisted sense of humor.

Annie Hendy

Annie Hendy is the writer and star of “The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity.” The play first premiered at The Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles. It next next traveled to the 2006 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, where it was chosen as both the Audience and Critic’s “Pick of the Fringe.” In addition it was nominated for two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Catholic Girls then performed at the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for a run in January 2007 In January 2008 Catholic Girls opened at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles for an extended twelve week run and sold out performances. Catholic Girls was most recently produced by Gary Marshall at the Falcon Theatre February 2011 in Los Angeles.

Annie wrote the TV pilot “The George Clooney Manifesto” for FOX and 2OTH CENTURY FOX, produced by director Mark Waters.   SUPERGRAVITY optioned her film “Always a Bridesmaid” written by Annie & Adam Aresty. She most recently wrote the film adaptation for Rachel Rennee Russell’s New York Times Bestselling Series “Dork Diaries” for LIONSGATE and SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT.

Annie grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she received a B.F.A in Dramatic Performance and currently resides in Los Angeles.

John Hensley

Raised in the hills of Kentucky by a proud pack of gun toting wolves who were as romantic as they were tough, John Hensley developed a tenacious love of both adventure and storytelling at an early age. From Harold and Maude, to Alien, to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, to Romeo and Juliet, John’s mother made sure that he was immersed in worlds that reached far beyond his own. From horseback riding, to hunting, to outdoor living, to developing a love for the written word, John’s father made sure he was primed to attack the world in front of him. Looking back, it seems inevitable that he would feel the pull of something greater and set out the moment he turned eighteen to wrangle horses in the mountains of Wyoming, and see what life on the road was all about. Satisfied with the cowboy lifestyle, but wanting more from life, it was off to New York (via too many twists and turns for a cute bio) to write plays. However, before he could become the next Sam Shepard, he started to get acting work on numerous television series and films. Though this quickly became his credited profession, he used his experiences on set to further develop his skillset as a complete storyteller. New York led to Los Angeles, where he has continued to work and reside ever since. A father, a husband, and every bit still a member of the pack that raised him, Hensley can be found most days sitting behind the computer screen working his fingers, or aboard his motorcycle, somewhere in the southern California mountains. Regardless of where you find him though, you can be damned sure that he’s welcoming the adventure to unfold, and for the story to be told.

That last sentence rhymed, by the way… you’re welcome.

Richard Hewett

Originally from Virginia, Richard moved to LA to become a screenwriter after years as a touring drummer. He’s written for Franklin & Bash (TNT) and Happyland (MTV), and has developed pilots with FanFare, CBS Studios, Kickstart Entertainment, and Pulse Films.

Bryan Hill

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J. HOLTHAM

J. HOLTHAM is a screenwriter, retired playwright and blogger. TV credits: PITCH (Fox), MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER (Freeform). He was a 2016 Humanitas New Voices Fellow. His screenplay Killers Anonymous was a finalist for the 2014 PAGE Screenwriting Award and the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Contest, as well as a finalist for the Writers Store’s Industry Insider Contest. His screenplay Hunter Lake was featured on The Black List website and was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Blue Cat Screenplay Contest. His writing on theatre, film, TV and culture has appeared in American Theatre, at the culture blog Parabasis, on Thrillist and Slate. He is a proud product of public education.

Katelyn Howes

Katelyn Howes is an LA based award-winning writer and Emmy nominated documentarian. Her recent feature documentary TRANSFORMATION, about a group of at-risk and homeless transgender youth, premiered on MTV and received an Emmy nomination. An Atlanta native and alum of NYU, Katelyn’s projects have been recognized by BAFTA, the DGA, the WGA, Sundance, The BloodList, and Austin Film Festival. She has produced documentaries for PBS, Sony Pictures Classics, Showtime, A&E, MTV, and ESPN. Katelyn strives to tell stories that fight injustices, combat uninformed bias, and upend the status quo. She is represented by Gersh.

Andrew Hyatt

Andrew Hyatt is the award winning writer/director of Full of Grace, the first film to focus on the final days of Mary of Nazareth. Released by Cinedigm in January of 2016, it has caused a major stir in faith circles and is being praised as a film on par with Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Hyatt has been credited with paving the way towards a new genre of faith-based films termed “sacred art house” and has appeared in numerous national print, radio, and panels to discuss his approach on this filmmaking. Hyatt’s passion is in the creation of content that is deeply personal, seeking to tell stories that delve deeper into the drama of the human condition. Exploring good and evil, truth and beauty. Full of Grace has been screened around the world and has received numerous awards and festival nominees.

Hyatt began his filmmaking career in a variety of executive and creative roles and has been involved in 17 produced feature films ranging in budget sizes from $150k to $150M along with numerous short form content and commercials. With Crystal Sky Pictures, Hyatt oversaw the development of several films including Neil Marshall’s Doomsday and as head of development for Mpower Pictures, Hyatt was instrumental in the development and production of multiple films including The Stoning of Soraya M. (winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and winner of best feature at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival).

Hyatt has written projects for a number of high profile producers including Graham King (Argo, The Departed, The Aviator), Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe), Steve McEveety (Passion of the Christ, Braveheart) and XYZ Films (The Raid). He’s also been a collaborator on creative material and crafted content for a variety of high profile individuals including adventurer Bear Grylls and Isaac Slade of The Fray.

Hyatt is also the writer/director of The Frozen, starring Brit Morgan (True Blood) and Noah Segan (Brick, Looper). The film was acquired by Arc Entertainment/ Ketchup Entertainment and was released in December 2012. Hyatt then went on to write/direct the mind bending psychological thriller, The Last Light, starring Ed Quinn (Eureka), Jeff Fahey (Lawnmower Man, Machete) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X). The film was the winner of the “Best Thriller Feature” at the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival and was acquired and released by Gravitas Ventures in 2014.

Hyatt is an alum of Loyola Marymount University. He is repped by Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Peter C. Sample at Jackoway Tyerman.

Georgia Jeffries

Georgia Jeffries is a writer/producer of Emmy-winning drama and an author of contemporary fiction. Focusing on multi-dimensional characters who transcend cultural stereotypes, her critically acclaimed work – “devastating, standing ovation television” according to the L.A. Times – continues to contribute to the cutting edge. The first individual woman screenwriter to earn the WGA Award for Episodic Drama, Jeffries received the honor for her very first produced teleplay. She cracked the glass ceiling on the ground-breaking female-driven Cagney & Lacey and China Beach, the Peabody Award winner for its powerful depiction of the Vietnam War. After serving as a series showrunner, she created a dozen pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC and Showtime then went on to write and/or executive produce cable films for HBO, Showtime, USA and Lifetime, including the adaptation of the New York Times Notable Book, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, a 40-year family saga inspired by the aftermath of the Emmett Till tragedy. She has been honored with multiple Writers Guild Awards, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, the Humanitas Prize and the 2009-10 Women’s International Film & Television Showcase Screenwriter of the Year Award for her body of work. She is currently completing a novel based on her HBO teleplay, The Good Soldier, for Adaptive Books, the hardcover imprint of Adaptive Studios, producers of Project Greenlight (HBO) and Coin Heist (Netflix). She is also developing a mini-series based on the New York Times best-seller, ¬72 Hour Hold.

Michael Jones-Morales

As an only child in the rural mountains near Taos, New Mexico, Michael grew up creating stories and sharing them with the sagebrush. His love for drama was cultivated further at the North Carolina School for the Arts where he studied classical theatre. After a brief career as a stage actor, Michael came to realize that his true passion lies in the creation and exploration of characters’ stories rather than in the performance of them.

Since that time, Michael has endeavored to soak up as many stories as possible. He has taught English in Spain, spent two years on an Ambulance as an EMT, tended too many bars, and currently subsidizes his writing as a boutique wine broker.

He completed his studies at USC Film School, graduating ‘with distinction’ from the MFA program in Writing for Film and Television. Michael has worked for a number of production companies both re-writing existing material and creating original works to meet specific production needs. He recently completed his first TV Pilot and is hoping to establish a lasting career in both mediums.

Michael Kaplan

A native of Wayland, Massachusetts, Michael Kaplan wrote plays and musicals throughout high school and at Princeton University, where he attended college. Upon graduation he moved to New York where a number of his plays received productions and staged readings, primarily at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he is a member.

For the past twenty-plus years, he has lived in Los Angeles, working as a television writer and producer on a total of twelve different prime time shows for ABC, NBC, FOX and UPN, including “Herman’s Head,” “Girlfriends” and two of television’s most respected comedies, “Roseanne,” and “Frasier.” For his work on the latter, he received an Emmy award, as a member of the producing staff, for Outstanding Comedy Series.

For the past seven years he has created shows and served as showrunner for the Disney Channel and Disney XD, starting with “I’m in the Band” on XD and followed by “Dog with a Blog” on Disney Channel. As Executive Producer of the latter, he has received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Children’s Program.

He is the author of five children’s books published by Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin) . They are: “Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake,” “Betty Bunny Wants Everything,” “Betty Bunny Didn’t Do it,” “Betty Bunny Wants a Goal,” and “Betty Bunny Loves Easter.”

Zack Kaplan

Zack Kaplan grew up as a Jewish fish-out-of-water in the Baptist Bible Belt of North Florida. There, he found a love of all things movies, TV, comics and video games. Storytelling came naturally, and he followed that passion by studying theatrical playwriting at GWU. He ultimately earned a Masters in Screenwriting from USC.

Afterwards, he lived for a year in the Philippines, teaching screenwriting/film at the International Academy of Film & TV and writing film and TV projects for Bigfoot Entertainment. Upon returning stateside, he spent his days helping students prep their college apps and his nights dealing poker at Hollywood Park Casino.

Then, his feature film spec THE GREAT TRAIN ADVENTURE with writing partner Graham Funke hit the town as a hot spec and a Final Draft Big Break finalist. He went on to collaborated on the feature film adaptation of the 1980s hit anime show THE MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD with director Raphael Benoliel and industry-renowned story consultant Michael Hauge. Currently, Zack is fulfilling a life-long dream and writing his first comic book, ECLIPSE, a sci-fi thriller with Top Comic Productions. He is also pitching TV projects with TV writing partner Graham Funke. Zack loves world-building concepts that connect to universal human dilemmas and explore thoughtful commentary on society.

He is also a new father.

Luke Kelly-Clyne

Luke is an Executive Producer and Showrunner on Pop’s half-hour comedy series, “Hot Date,” and the Executive Producer and Head of Development at Electus’s comedy studio, Big Breakfast. He is also the Creator and Executive Producer of “I Want My Phone Back,” a comedy game show on Facebook’s Watch platform that Paste Magazine named one of the best digital series of 2016, and a Consulting Producer on Disney’s “Bizaardvark,” and truTV’s upcoming animated series “Adam Ruins Everthing, ReAnimated History.” His first feature, “Connected,” is currently in development with Chris and Paul Weitz’s Depth of Field.

Ryan King

Ryan King grew up in Austin, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His plays include Sometimes It’s Dirt, Sometimes It’s Bones, Burying Augustus, Gigantic F***ing Worms, Loveshack in ’87, Later Hour, and Always On. He’s a current member of the Ars Nova Playgroup and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. He’s a former member of the Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rattlestick’s Writers Who Act, and the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project (twice), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theater of NOTE, Tofte Lake Emerging Artists Program, and Ground Up Productions. His short play Antares Returning was produced as part of Fit Club’s 2017 Spring Fling festival and was nominated for Best Short Play by the NY Innovative Theatre Awards. He is also currently developing television series with Likely Story and Free Association. As an actor, he has appeared on television and in theater, regionally and Off-Broadway

Phinneas Kiyomura

Phinneas Kiyomura is a screenwriter, playwright, actor, director and painter and grew up in various parts of Southern California. Before he was officially writing he placed third in Klasky Csupo’s Script Writing Competition. Since then, he has had plays produced at various theatres in Los Angeles and taken part in Film Independent’s Screenwriters Lab (2006). LA Weekly has called his work, “tough, and cruelly funny… with an honesty that might be called full frontal“ and VARIETY called him “an impressively original voice“.

He loves the Sopranos, the plays of Harold Pinter, the movies of Woody Allen, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Mike Nichols, and Robert Altman, and the ghosts of Ghostbusters (he would give anything to work with Bill Murray). He lives in Los Angeles with his actor/chef wife and their future president daughter.

Megan Koester

Megan Koester is a writer and comedian (obviously) who resides in Los Angeles (somewhat less obviously). LA Weekly listed her as a “comic to watch,” saying her “sets are as dark, self-effacing and in-the-moment as they come.” Her short “Unmarketable” was an official selection at the 2016 New York Television Festival (where it was also a finalist for the Seeso pilot award). A columnist for VICE and Billy on the Street contributor, she’s performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, and on VICELAND’S Flophouse. She’ll be appearing on Comedy Central’s “Corporate” next year.

Grant Kolton

Grant Kolton is a Writer, Director, and animator primarily working in traditional 2d animation. His work includes projects for Pepsi, Bleacher Report, Snoop Dogg, Cage The Elephant, My Morning Jacket, and more. Grant’s recent animated short “By the Name of Boston” played at over 20 festivals internationally where it picked up a few awards and nominations, it continues to screen on various best of fest touring circuits across Europe and the US. His new short “City Dwellers” was co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Frederator and will premiere Fall of 2017 on Cartoon Hangover as a part of their “Go! Cartoons” collection. Grant is currently serving as Chief Animator for Circa News where he writes, animates, directs, and sometimes voices original satirical/pop culture shorts on a monthly basis. To view some of his work visit www.grantkolton.com

Tesha Kondrat

Tesha Kondrat is a tv writer and improviser from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She studied screenwriting at Emerson College, and in her sophomore year, submitted an Archer spec to the creators of the show through a professor. She then went off to work a summer job at a salmon factory in Dillingham, Alaska, while unbeknownst to her, the creators of Archer were trying to contact her about becoming their writers assistant. Luckily, they got in touch and she worked for them in Atlanta for two summers where she received writing credit for two episodes. She then moved to Los Angeles and has since written on several shows including Robot Chicken, where she did voiceover work for some of the characters she wrote. Tesha thoroughly enjoys solo traveling and has been to over 30 countries including Colombia, Myanmar, China and Poland. She hates “foodies” and other people’s feet touching her body.

Eva Konstantopoulos

Eva Konstantopoulos recently adapted her horror novella HUSH into a feature which was financed by Catalyst Global Media and filmed in Scotland, directed by Olaf de Fleur. It is currently in post-production. She also wrote, directed and produced an award-winning short film, RE/COLLECTION, that premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in March 2017. Eva‘s fiction has been published in Staccato Fiction, The Salt River Review, 322 Review, and SLAB, among others, and she received an Equivocality Writer’s Travel Scholarship to Thailand for her latest novella, East of Nowhere. Most recently, Eva has written freelance episodes of Disney Junior’s hit shows Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins.

Laura Lane
Laura is a comedy writer, performer and journalist.  She co-authored the highly-acclaimed humor and advice book This Is Why You’re Single and co-hosts the This Is Why You’re Single comedy podcast, which has repeatedly hit iTunes top 10 comedy podcast rankings and was featured at HeadGum Network’s showcase at the 2016 SXSW Festival. The book is based on the sketch show This Is Why You’re Single, which opened the 2014 New York Sketch Festival at The Peoples Improv Theater. It is currently being developed into a TV series. 
 
As a humorist, she’s written for McSweeney’sThe New Yorker‘s video department and truTV’s Billy on the Street. As a journalist she has written for PeopleEsquireESPN, Vanity Fair, CosmopolitanThe Washington Post and Men’s Fitness, and held editor positions at OK!In Touch and Life & Style. Laura hosted People magazine’s Scoop web series, ESPN’s poker show Inside Deal, appeared in episodes of Morgan Spurlock’s comedy series, Mansome, in the UCB web series 24X24, and in the short film What We Talk About When We Talk About Zombies. 
 
As an entertainment commentator and panelist she’s appeared on VH1, The InsiderExtraEntertainment Tonight, E!, MTV, MSNBC, CNN’s Showbiz Tonightand Fox News. She studied improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improv Theater and graduated from the University of Southern California, where she won Rolling Stone magazine’s college journalism contest for entertainment reporting. She also wrote jokes for the book Coloring for Grown-Ups: Holiday Fun.
 
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Max & Jen Lance

Jen Lance and Max Lance are a husband-and-wife writing team who won the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting with their feature, THE QUEEN OF SLEAZE. Two years earlier, they reached the finals of the fellowship with a different script, BEST FUNERAL EVER.

Jen is a dual Canadian-American writer, actress and dancer who grew up performing in the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Originally from Victoria, B.C. and Seattle, WA, Jen’s theater credits include appearances in The New York Fringe Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles Theater Ensemble and L.A. Opera. She has been recognized in NPR, Backstage and L.A. Weekly. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, Park City Film Festival and can be seen on Netflix.

Max’s collection of bad date stories, CRAZY GIRLS, was an Amazon bestseller. His pilot, LET’S GO BUFFALO, was a finalist for the PAGE screenplay competition. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and ABC’s 20/20, and he created the web series, High School Summary, with his brother. He also worked in production and development for 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Montecito Picture Company.

Max and Jen met as volunteers with Young Storytellers, a non-profit that teaches screenwriting to 5th grade students. They are avid travelers, hikers, and worthy board game opponents who have recently welcomed the arrival of their first daughter.

Tracie Laymon

Tracie Laymon studied Film at the University of Texas, interned for Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, and worked as a photojournalist for Time Warner.  

She directed the first ever half hour comedy for Hulu, which was later acquired by Mark Cuban for HDNet. Her projects have won jury prizes at SXSW and other festivals.  The Women’s Image Network awarded her “Short Film of the Year” and the Independent Film Channel featured her as an emerging “Icon”.  
 
Tracie also directed and wrote a featured segment of the anthology film “Girls!Girls!Girls!” starring Elaine Hendrix and has been hired to rewrite projects for The Hoeber Brothers (“Red”, “Red 2”, “Battleship”), Andrew Douglas (“The Amityville Horror”), and acclaimed Polish filmmaker Jacek Bromski.  
Her latest screenplay “Neil” won Best Screenplay at the LA Comedy Festival and was in the top 1% (of 4,060 entries) at the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.  She is slated to direct the movie later this year.
Norman Lesperance

Norman Lesperance is a Canadian-American screenwriter and director. Lesperance is best known for his screenwriting work on the upcoming feature film MORTAL (currently in post-production), directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. He also recently adapted the novel CHILDREN OF PARANOIA for CBS Films.

Lesperance has won several screenwriting awards and has been optioned multiple times — including his screenplay, THE HALLOWEEN STORY — which was picked up by eOne Entertainment. Lesperance is an award-winning filmmaker as well. His first feature, the indie psychological thriller DOOR TO THE OTHER SIDE (2017), was released on VOD and DVD through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. He also penned and produced the indie crime thriller LOOKING FOR LIONS, which was nominated for best feature at the Austin Film Festival in 2014.

He has worked extensively in the development process with several producers and executives from eOne to Mandalay Pictures to Broken Road Productions, covering a wide range of genres from horror to action to fantasy and science fiction. He is at his best when creating worlds. They can be worlds for children discovering themselves through their fantasies or they can be worlds for adults trying to make sense of injustices they witness or experience in their lives.

Lesperance studied cinema at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where he developed a love for storytelling through both motion and still images. Along with his success in film, his photos have won awards in a variety of art shows and competitions. Lesperance also has a passion for travel. He loves to see new worlds as much as he loves creating them.

David Mahmoudieh
David was born in the UK to a Persian father and British mother with French-Canadian ancestry.   Now based in LA and married to a second-generation American-Korean, David likens his family gatherings to a summit at the UN.
David began his career as a trainee AD, watching and learning from some of the finest directors in film and television, including Christopher Nolan, Chris Carter and Ron Howard, before making the step up to director with his first music video, for the band Coldplay.
David then won the ECU ‘Much More Than A Script’ Competition with his spec script, RAIN  the story of a young girl with an allergy to water  which he is now developing into a six-part mini-series with actress Neve Campbell attached to star and produce.
David was also recently hired by Roddenberry Entertainment, creators of Star Trek, to adapt their graphic novel WORTH into a feature, and is attached to direct the forthcoming Western-Horror, BOONE, which he co-wrote.
In addition to his narrative experience, David is an established commercial director, shooting for brands including Google, Lego and Samsung.
His influences range from Carpenter to Spielberg to Kurosawa, with a deep love for grounded sci-fi, non-linear structures and “mythological realism”.  But for reasons best explained over a cup of coffee, David will always consider “Big Trouble In Little China” the greatest movie of all time (with “Back To The Future” breathing down its neck).
Norman Lesperance

Norman Lesperance is a Canadian-American screenwriter and director. Lesperance is best known for his screenwriting work on the upcoming feature film MORTAL (currently in post-production), directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. He also recently adapted the novel CHILDREN OF PARANOIA for CBS Films.

Lesperance has won several screenwriting awards and has been optioned multiple times — including his screenplay, THE HALLOWEEN STORY — which was picked up by eOne Entertainment. Lesperance is an award-winning filmmaker as well. His first feature, the indie psychological thriller DOOR TO THE OTHER SIDE (2017), was released on VOD and DVD through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. He also penned and produced the indie crime thriller LOOKING FOR LIONS, which was nominated for best feature at the Austin Film Festival in 2014.

He has worked extensively in the development process with several producers and executives from eOne to Mandalay Pictures to Broken Road Productions, covering a wide range of genres from horror to action to fantasy and science fiction. He is at his best when creating worlds. They can be worlds for children discovering themselves through their fantasies or they can be worlds for adults trying to make sense of injustices they witness or experience in their lives.

Lesperance studied cinema at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where he developed a love for storytelling through both motion and still images. Along with his success in film, his photos have won awards in a variety of art shows and competitions. Lesperance also has a passion for travel. He loves to see new worlds as much as he loves creating them.

Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer is an accomplished playwright whose honors include the Stanley Drama Award, Showtime’s Tony Cox Award, the Fund for New American Plays Award, PEN West Finalist (twice) and the Charlotte Woolard Award for Most Promising New Voice in American Theatre from the Kennedy Center. Jennifer was also shortlisted (top ten) for the Pulitzer prize for Drama for her play THERE OR HERE, which is currently under option for a London premiere. Her film and TV projects include an animated feature for Disney as well as pilots and television movies for ABC, NBC, Freeform, Lifetime and MTV. Jennifer received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently teaches a course in playwriting at USC.

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