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Matt Ackels

Matt Ackels is a Los Angeles-based television writer and playwright. He was most recently staffed on Seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series Trolls, and is currently writing a drama feature for Bobby Goldstein Productions. His stage credits include seven produced plays – four at Tony Award-winning theatres – which have been touring continuously since 2012. Other projects in development include a one-hour TV drama and a new play commissioned by the Alley Theatre. Matt’s work has received awards from the Planet Earth Arts Foundation, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, PlayGround LA and elsewhere. His short fiction has appeared in The Athenaeum, The Southern California Review and Nix Hydra among other publications. He is of Lebanese heritage with an MFA in screenwriting from USC.

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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Zack Adler

Zackary Adler has amassed a fervent cult following in British film’s gritty underbelly of crime drama through the record-breaking success of recently released films Rise of the Krays as well as its sequel The Fall of the Krays – both broke sales records across UK distribution platforms with Rise Of The Krays smashing all records to become the highest selling UK DVD in the last five years. Adler’s raw and authentic style within the British gangster film genre has earned him a laudable reputation with audiences around the world. Adler then directed the third installment and prequel to the Rise of the Foot soldier franchise, a smash hit with record-breaking VOD sales by Signature Entertainment in Q4 2017.

American and British in nationality, Adler was born in New York but moved to London four years ago where he now lives with his wife, Mary Kerr.

In June 2016 Lionsgate released Adler’s Casual Encounters which was also released by Signature Entertainment in the UK: An irreverently funny, independent comedy about online dating starring Taran Killam, Brooklyn Decker and David Arquette. This was followed swiftly by Gravitas Ventures’ multiplatform October release of his thriller about a series of horrifying murders American Romance, starring John Savage, Daveigh Chase and Nolan Funk. Both more than live up to Adler’s early promise and signal him as a talent to watch.

Adler caught the industry’s eye from an early age. Interning and working in production companies from the age of 15, his early influences were David Fincher, Charlie Chaplin and Francis Ford Coppola. After graduating from Bard College and moving to New York where he began directing music videos, he secured employment at Akiva Goldsman’s Warner Bros based production company Weed Road Pictures where he wrote and directed his first short film The Cookie Story. It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won Best Comedic Short Award at Film Fest New Haven where it was also picked up for distribution and broadcast on HBO.

Adler went on to write and direct another short film, Something In Between, starring Keram Malicki-Sanchez, April Grace and Brittany Murphy which screened in competition as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

His debut feature film, I’m Reed Fish, starring Jay Baruchel, Alexis Bledel, Schuyler Fisk and an extraordinary ensemble cast was picked up by ContentFilm International during its opening night at Tribeca Film Festival. It was released in the US by Red Envelope and Screen Media theatrically. His second feature film Familiar Strangers, a bright and laugh out loud comedy about life and family, stars Shawn Hatosy, DJ Qualls, Nikki Reed and a stellar ensemble cast. Shot on location in Virginia the film is being distributed by Phase 4 Films and can be seen on Showtime, Netflix, Itunes and other mainstream distribution platforms.

Adler Executive Produced 2018 football thriller, Final Score, starring Pierce Brosnan and Dave Bautista, Alexandra Dinu and Julian Cheung.

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.

Shelby Bartelstein

Shelby is a writer/director based in New York City, where she tells stories on the screen and stage. Originally from the North Shore of Chicago (aka The Land of John Hughes), her love for Lou Malnati’s pizza and The Cubs still remain sincerely intact. Her short film “Pretty People,” which she penned + stars in, will be hitting the festival circuit this coming season. It’s also in development as a feature, filming Spring 2020. In the world of advertising, she specializes in eccentric branded-content, creating, directing and consulting for top brands all over the world. Shelby revitalized the branded musical with her viral hit “Can’t Wait to Wash My Face: The Musical!,” from Olay (Proctor & Gamble). It made its TV Debut on the 2018 MTV VMAs. Following that success, she continued the musical series by creating and directing five more viral musicals. Due to the viral success of this series, Olay brought a full-length live show to the New York Stage with an all-new musical “The Road to Glow!” starring comedy legend Ana Gasteyer (SNL, Mean Girls, Wine Country). If you’d like to stalk Shelby for whatever reason IRL, you can find her every Sunday playing a mean game of Softball with her team, The Mean Green. She’s the one who brings the snacks.

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 before accepting a spot in the ABC Studios Production Associates Program. Her television writing credits include Baby Daddy (Freeform), Kirby Buckets (Disney XD), Trolls (Dreamworks/Netflix), and Josh Thomas’s new series: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform). Marissa previously sold a pilot pitch to Freeform called Flighty (with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television) and is currently developing a pilot called People Are Talking with Johnny Galecki’s production company, Alcide Bava. 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

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.

Agnes Borinsky

Agnes Borinsky is a writer and performer, originally from Baltimore, currently living in Los Angeles. According to one critic, she writes “very light, very weird comedies that cut unexpectedly sharp.”

Her plays have been produced and developed by Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Target Margin, i am a slow tide, Page 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, the University of Pennsylvania, Masrah Ensemble in Beirut, Son of Semele in Los Angeles, Upstream Theater in St. Louis, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has written essays on sex, God, politics, art, and gender for n+1Tablet MagazineSlateBitch, the LA Review of Books, and others. Sasha Masha, her first young adult novel, comes out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers in 2020.

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 Katie Cates and Taryn Ariel at ICM.
Olivia Cuartero-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 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.

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.

Stan Chervin

STAN CHERVIN was nominated for an Academy Award, a WGA Award, and a Golden Globe for
his adaption of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, which won the Critics’ Choice award and New York
Film Critics award for Best Screenplay. Moneyball was also nominated for Best Picture, Best
Actor and was included on over 100 critics’ Top Ten lists.

After earning B.A.’s in English and Dramatic Art at Berkeley, his career began in New York non-
profit theatres The New Dramatists and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
Returning to L.A., he was a Staff Reader, Story Editor, and Director of Creative Affairs at TriStar
Pictures before becoming a full-time screenwriter when he adapted the W.P. Kinsella story, The
Dixon Cornbelt League, for the studio. In addition to Moneyball, he has written the film
biographies P.T. Barnum (for Sasha Baron Cohen to star), J-Mac, and Ramona Pierson for Sony.

He adapted The Catcher Was A Spy, about baseball player-turned-spy Moe Berg, for George
Clooney at Warners where he also wrote Around the World in 80 Days. He wrote Quantum
Hoops, the story of Cal Tech’s winless basketball team, for producers Ben Stiller and Stuart
Cornfeld at Disney, and Sarge, about the oldest American player ever drafted by the NBA for
Gidden Media and Macro.

For television, he wrote the movie Extreme Team (starring Chris Pratt) for ABC where he also
wrote a series pilot Courthouse (with John Eisendrath) and the bio pic Abbott and Costello. He
wrote a one-hour police drama 7th Precinct for actor/producer Samuel L. Jackson at Fox. For
Showtime, he wrote When Dean Met Jerry…. about Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Working as a team with Annie Mumolo, Oscar-nominated co-writer of Bridesmaids, they have
adapted the novel Auntie Mame for Tilda Swinton to star, and wrote the live-action Clifford, The
Big Red Dog for Paramount.

His most recent script is Carlin, the authorized film biography of legendary stand-up comedian
George Carlin.

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. 

Mirella Christou

Mirella is an award-winning writer. She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for her television pilot “Seven Eternities,” and invited to the Film Independent Episodic Labs as a fellow, supported by Netflix and the Sloan Foundation. Her feature screenplay made the “It List” of the best unproduced scripts at the Canadian Film Festival. Mirella has written, directed and produced films, most recently the short “Lady Electric,” a character-driven drama. Mirella enjoyed two and a half years in New York City where she completed her MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on playwriting, television and film writing. She has worked for producers in television and off-broadway theatre in NY and LA. She hails from Toronto, where she had a previous life as a journalist and television news producer. Her writing has been published in international newswires, newspaper and magazines.

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.

Joey Clift
Joey Clift is a writer, performer and registered member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe who has written on Wabbit and Lego Ninjago: Decoded for Cartoon Network and OMG, Swamp Talk With Shrek and Donkey and What They Got Right for DreamWorks. A web series episode he co wrote for the Fine Brothers was nominated for a 2017 Streamy Award in the Immersive category. The A.V. Club called him an “Internet troublemaker extraordinaire” after he hijacked an official Garfield Twitter Q and A in 2016 and his podcast 25 Minutes of Silence was named a podcast of the week by Splitsider. More importantly, he is the admin of the LA Underground Cat Network, an 8000 member strong Facebook group for Los Angeles comedians to share pictures of their cats. 
 
He recently released a satire book about Native American representation in media called “The American Indian Ready to Wear Catalog 2018” which was illustrated by Janet Myer who is his actual mom (how cute). It’s available for purchase via Red Cat Press. Find his work at http://www.joeyclift.com/.
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.

Nic Cohen
Nic Cohen’s first produced work was a ballet recital based on her short story.  She was six. Thus infected by a love of writing, Nic harbored that dirty little secret dream until she turned forty and realized “one day” was now.


Nic has had a varied career that includes work as a conservation advocate on Capitol Hill, editor of a trade magazine, paralegal at a Big Law firm, and teacher of both ballroom dance to neuroscientists and ballet to toddlers.  She’s fairly certain she’s the only professional salsa dancer who also travelled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, twice, to represent detainees in pro-bono human rights cases, although she cannot be sure.


After moving from Texas to Washington, DC, and marrying a Yankee as her parents predicted, Nic stayed home to raise their three kids.  The universe gave her a sign when Meryl Streep announced a screenplay contest for women over forty a few months after her birthday. Nic wrote her first screenplay at night while her three young kids slept and completed it in five weeks.  Artemis 1 was named a Semifinalist at Austin Film Festival in 2018 and the runner-up in Screencraft’s Sci-Fi Feature contest in 2018.  The story of the first human mission to Mars being helmed by an all-women and robotic crew “held the judges’ attention with strong, interesting characters,” according to Screencraft.


In addition to screenplays, Nic also writes romance short stories and novels.  Her World War II historical romance short story “Be Yours to Hold” is currently a Semifinalist in Screencraft’s 2018 Cinematic Short Story contest.  The World War II romance between a Rosie-the-riveter and a wounded Marine Vet features a scene on a train that one reviewer called “an effective mix of attention to duty and steamy romance (easily the best I have ever read, from thousands of scripts).”  Another of her original works in progress, the western noir crime romance Steer from the Passenger Side, was recently recommended on the “Smart Bitches, Trashy Books” website.


Nic is full of ideas and enjoys exploring a wide range of themes and genres and featuring complex and full-realized women characters.  Find her ramblings on Twitter at @NHcohenwrites.
Pam Covington
Pam Covington is a writer, director, and actor from Dallas, TX. She received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern California in 2014 and shortly after co-wrote, produced and starred in a comedic short film, Hummingbird & Crane that screened at many festivals across the country including LA Shorts Fest. Her pilot script, Selection, was a semi-finalist in the hour-long teleplay competition at the Austin Film Festival this year. Space Flower, a short film she wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at Fantastic Fest this fall and is beginning its festival run. She is currently a first-year MFA Film Directing student at CalArts.
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

Carlos Foglia
An inspiring, thematic, and dark genre writer, Carlos most recently rocketed through the ranks from staff writer to Co-Producer on LORE for Amazon. Dominican-Argentine with roots in Italy, Carlos first came up through graphic design work at ESPN and as a writer for Upworthy before breaking into the full-time television world in the writers room for THE EXORCIST and working for Sean Crouch.
Jennifer Frazin

Jennifer grew up in Surf City, USA, which might have been nice if her parents weren’t afraid of her swimming in polluted water or finding hypodermic needles in the sand. But her vampiric complexion was better suited to black skinny jeans and fishnet gloves than sunbathing. Unsatisfied with palm trees and conservative politics, Jennifer channeled her perpetual angst into creating worlds of her own.  She graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies in 2017 and an M.F.A. from the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television in 2019. While at USC, Jennifer co-wrote two feature films, THE ADVENTURES OF THOMASINA SAWYER and SAMIR, which premiered at the university in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Her third USC collaboration, VOODOO MACBETH, premieres in 2020. To this day, Jennifer writes about sheltered misfits finding the courage to rebel.

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.

Bryce Hammons

Bryce is a screenwriter who was a semi-finalist in the 2009 and 2011 Nicholl Fellowships.
Ever since he was young he’s loved both writing and film, selling short stories for twenty-five
cents a pop to unsuspecting family members. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,
with a degree in Political Sci… Sorry, so sorry – He just fell asleep for a moment reminiscing
on the curriculum. He’s awake again – There, he mostly wrote screenplays and crafted stories
in class, instead of doing the work assigned which could explain his (extremely) terrible GPA
and poor general prospects for his life after college. He became a bartender in Minneapolis, a
construction project manager in Stockton, and a freelance writer for odd (and demeaning)
jobs throughout the Internet. But, through it all, he kept writing screenplays because that’s
what he loved and aspired to do. His first feature film, Reprisal, comes out August of 2018 – It
stars Bruce Willis, Frank Grillo, Johnathon Schaech, and Olivia Culpo.

Denise Harkavy

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

Against her family’s wishes, she dropped out of pre-med and moved to Los Angeles, where she enrolled in the UCLA TV Writers’ Program. There, she placed first in their annual competition and gained representation.

She is currently Co-Producer on true crime series MANHUNT (Netflix/Charter) and has previously written for several TV shows, including military action series THE BRAVE (NBC), sci-fi series THE EXPANSE (Amazon) and the video game SHADOW OF MORDOR.

Inspired by her own journey, Denise gravitates towards stories about outsiders who take on the system and, subsequently, find their true purpose in life.

She’s fluent in English, German and Farsi.

Dave Harris

Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays have been featured at Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Theater503 in London, Great Plains Theater Conference, The Kennedy Center, Lesser America, SPACE on Ryder Farm, UMASS Amherst, and Fault Line Theater Company. He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE, a two-time finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference, and a semi-finalist for The Relentless Award. 

His poetry and essays have been featured at Huffington Post, Upworthy, Button Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly (nominated “Best of the Net”), BOAAT, Rattle (Longlist for Rattle Poetry Prize), Winter Tangerine, and The Adroit Journal, amongst others. Dave has competed and performed spoken word across the country, and is the 2015 Rustbelt Poetry Slam champion, the 2017 Pittsburgh Grand Slam Champion, 2014 Denver 40 Oz. Slam champion. 

He has received commissions and awards from Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cave Canem, Callaloo, Yale University, UC San Diego, The Kennedy Center, and New Haven Arts and Humanities Co-Op High School. 

Dave graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Theater Studies and is a second year MFA student in Playwriting at UC San Diego.

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.

Bryan Hill

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Harold Hölscher

Harold Hölscher graduated from the CityVarsity School of Media and Creative Arts.

He was catapulted to prominence when his short film, iBali won awards for best directing, cinematography, animation, acting and overall excellence at the NTVA’s Stone Awards in 2003. The film was consequently selected for screening at several international festivals including the African Film Festival (Milan), the Commonwealth Film Festival (UK), the Genoa Film Festival and Cape Town World Cinema Festival. It was running in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland in 2005.

He has made four more films each of which exploring interesting subject matters. His film called ‘The first time’ follows a Khoi San father and son in their way back from a hunt, they discover a shipwreck and a lone survivor in the desert. Telling the story from the viewpoint of the old Khoi San man 450 years ago.

Adding to his competence as a director is his ability to direct multi-cultural crews. Having worked with various ethnicities ranging from Zulu to Khoi San, Afrikaners and Sesothos, he possesses a unique capacity to unite and communicate effectively with diversely appointed teams. He has studied the works of Credo Mutwa, a well-respected specialist on the Zulu tribe, and it is his fervid interest in the trials and tribulations of African cultures as well as his love for dramatic cinema that compel him to choose his stories.

His short film LANGSAAN garnered an directing award at the SILWERSKERMFEES in South Africa 2017.

The haunting subject matter and theatrical demands of his first feature ‘8’ will present his vision to a worldwide audience. The vision to bring African stories to the fore.

His slate of features revolves around African Futurism, culture, spirituality and ideology. High concept films stretching through genres.

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 Paul, Apostle of Christ, Full of Grace, The Last Light, and The Frozen. 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. Paul, Apostle of Christ was released by Sony Pictures and Affirm Films in 2018, starring Jim Caviezel and James Faulkner. The film was made for a modest budget of $5m and has grossed over $26.5m worldwide at the box office. Hyatt’s screenplay for the film was also novelized by New York Times bestselling author Angela Hunt and published by Bethany House Publishers. Hyatt’s film Full of Grace is the first film in history to focus on the final days of Mary of Nazareth. Released by Cinedigm in January of 2016, the film has been screened all around the world and praised for its unique insight into the humanity of often generically portrayed Biblical figures. Hyatt has been credited with paving the way towards a new genre of films termed “Sacred Art House”.

 

Hyatt has appeared in numerous national magazines, radio programs, and panels to discuss his approach on filmmaking. Full of Grace was the winner of ‘Best Screenplay’ at the 2015 John Paul II International Film Festival, and the winner of ‘Best Film’ at the 2016 Gabriel Awards. For Paul, Apostle of Christ, Hyatt was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the National Catholic Museum of Art in Washington, DC and the film was nominated for ‘Most Inspirational Film’ at the 2018 GMA Dove Awards and ‘Most Inspiring Film’ at the 2019 MovieGuide Awards. Hyatt has also been selected to receive a prestigious Christopher Award in the Feature Film category at the 70th Annual Christopher Awards in 2019.

Hyatt began his filmmaking career in a variety of executive and creative roles and has been involved in 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’s previous films include 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 represented by Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Peter C. Sample at Jackoway Tyerman

Philippe Iujvidin

Philippe Iujvidin is a Los Angeles native, having lived in and around the city his entire life — a claim that only he, Angelyne, and Dick Sargent can legally make (totally true; look it up). His parents were born in Argentina and moved to L.A. the day after they got married, in search of a better life for themselves, although he’s not really sure — he never really asked. Philippe was most recently a writer and producer for FXX’s critically-acclaimed You’re The Worst, having been with the show for the entirety of its 62-episode run. Philippe is a passionate sneakerhead, inventor of the word “foodie,” and totally made that last thing up.

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.

Munirah Jones

Munirah Safiyah Jones is a vivacious creative, born and raised in Memphis, TN. One of 10 children born to a factory worker father and an award-winning stage actress mother, Munirah has always had a talent for comedic writing, crafting compelling stories and willing a suspension of disbelief from an audience. She began exploring filmmaking as a teen, helming everything from short films to music videos, and went on to work in television news while attending the University of Memphis, where she earned her Bachelors in Communications with a concentration in Film and Video. She developed an explosive online presence with her animated viral video: “Dating in 2018 – How Men Communicate” – which she wrote, animated and voiced – and is quickly gaining an intrigued audience through her combination of live-action and animated short videos. She currently serves as Sr. Production Specialist for a billion-dollar financial services company based in New York, where she creates engaging videos for e-Learning courses, conferences, social media and the web.

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 and Round Rock, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and daughter. His screenplay Black Flies, based on the novel by Shannon Burke about his experiences as a paramedic in 1990’s Harlem, was selected for the 2018 Black List and will go into production in the summer of 2019. He’s also developing a noir/mystery/sci-fi series for AMC based on the Blown Away comics by Alyssa Varner. As a playwright, he’s been a member of the Ars Nova Playgroup, the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm, 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, Ars Nova, Theater of NOTE, Tofte Lake Emerging Artists Program, and Ground Up Productions, and his short play Antares Returning was produced as part of Fit Club’s 2017 Spring Fling festival and nominated for Best Short Play by the NY Innovative Theatre Awards. As an actor, he has appeared regionally and Off-Broadway at theaters including the Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, PS 122, HERE Arts Center, Barrington Stage, Hartford Stage, Studio Theater, and the Huntington Theater. Education: Yale School of Drama and the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

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

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