THE TOP 100 WRITERS ON THE VERGE
Before hitting it big in the film world, Adam received the Spotlight On Award for Best Actor in a dramatic play for his role as Buck in the Off-Off-Broadway play THOR'S DAY. He has also written two plays, THE REVOLUTIONARIES and BEHIND THE STICKS, both of which were well received in their New York runs. His hot spec 17 BRIDGES was picked up by STX Entertainment earlier this year with Anthony and Joe Russo producing.
Adam and Graham's previous screenplay THE MORGAN PRINCIPLE won the Final Draft Big Break Competition, and the pair's spec SEPTILLION TO ONE was featured on both the 2015 Hit List and Black List. Adam previously wrote for the final season of THE GOOD WIFE, was also a Staff Writer on THE NEWSROOM, and STATE OF AFFAIRS, and he recently sold a pilot to Showtime.
Ahmadu recently wrapped production on the indie feature SHINE, a project that he co-wrote. He placed in both the Launch Pad Pilots and Feature Competitions in 2015. In the fall of 2015, his feature AUGUSTUS finished as a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship competition, and shortly after he was named a finalist in the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive.
A recovering lawyer/lobbyist turned comedy writer, Akilah has freelanced for Kevin Hart, TheRoot.com, and Bill Maher. She was also a Sundance Episodic Lab semifinalist and a CBS Diversity Showcase writer, and most recently she has been staffed on Netflix's CHELSEA.
The team's independent comedy BUDDYMOON, directed by Alex and starring Flula and David, premiered at Slamdance in 2016. David has found success as an actor, with a lead role in the hit NBC series GRIMM, as well as an appearance in Michael Bay's 13 HOURS. Flula, a German YouTube personality, may be best known for his appearance in PITCH PERFECT 2, while Alex has worked as a producer and director for nonfiction television series like BORDERLAND and INSIDE SECRET AMERICA.
Ali is a freelance writer from Los Angeles who has contributed to publications such as Hello Giggles, Flaunt Magazine, Refinery 29, and XO Jane. Her first spec GIRLS NIGHT OUT was featured on the 2015 Hit List, and is currently in development with Mary Parent's Disruption Entertainment.
As a former Development Executive, Amanda collaborated with celebrated writers to develop over 100 projects across film, television, and digital. She is the creator of the award-winning web series TECHNIUM. Her script NIAGARA FALLS was a finalist in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowship and her pilot SUGARTOWN finished in the Top 5% of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, while first feature script THE WATCHER is slated for production in the fall of 2016.
Andrew landed on the scene when his spec THE COMPANY MAN (formerly known as UNT. ED WILSON PROJECT) was featured on the 2013 Hit List and Black List, going on to be set up at Mark Sourian Productions with Matthew McConaughey attached to star. His latest feature 105 AND RISING was also featured on both the Hit List and Black List in 2015, and set up with COTA Films.
A graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Andrew worked at Nickelodeon and on reality shows like BIG BROTHER before setting up FRANCIS AND THE GODFATHER with Echo Lake Entertainment. FRANCIS made the 2015 Hit List and Black List, and his follow-up script A CONFEDERACY OF THELMA has gained interest from A-list talent and producers.
Andy is currently adapting GIZELLE'S BUCKET LIST for Odd Lot and Dan Dubiecki, and developing a project with director Chris Landon. Previously, he wrote PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES 2 for Paramount and ADULT WORLD, starring Emma Roberts & John Cusack, which IFC released in 2014. On the television side, Andy was staffed on TEEN WOLF and has written two Lifetime movies.
An award-winning playwright, including fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation, Anna has made her mark in the world of theater all while still completing her MFA at UCSD. Three of her plays have been published, and THREE KINGDOMS placed 3rd in the East West Players' 2015 "2042: See Change" competition. Her upcoming projects include a commission for the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players in Los Angeles, and a residency with Cohesion Theatre Company in Baltimore.
The writing duo's most recent project THE AFTERMATH was acquired by Fox Searchlight with BBC Films and Scott Free producing, and their Jesse Owens biopic RACE opened in theaters in early 2016. They've worked on several other high-profile projects, including Sony's THE GREY MAN, which has Christopher McQuarrie attached to direct and Charlize Theron set to star, as well as the Warner Bros.' sequel EDGE OF TOMORROW 2, which Doug Liman will direct. Their adaptation CIRCLE OF TREASON was featured on the 2015 Black List and is in development with Focus Features and Josephson Entertainment.
A comedy writer and performer living in Los Angeles, Annabel worked for over two years in TV development at Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video before switching gears back to the creative side, and she has been writing and performing comedy ever since. She currently works as a Writer's Assistant for Rob Corddry, and is a member of several indie improv teams in Los Angeles. Her pilot #1 FAN was voted the Top Comedy in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.
In just one year, Annie's script BEAUTY QUEEN appeared on the 2013 Black List while TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, based on the YA novel by Jenny Han, was picked up by Overbrook Entertainment. She's followed that early success by being hired by Paramount for a rewrite of the adventure film AGATHA, based on the life of mystery author Agatha Christie, with director Will Gluck attached.
Barnett previously wrote WAKING HOURS and ALLAN QUARTERMAIN, and is the winner of The Tribeca Film Institute's 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, which is awarded to the best student screenplay in the nation that uses science and technology to tell an engaging character story. His follow-up is DC Comics' THE MONOLITH, which is set up at Lionsgate with Dave Wilson directing.
Barry began his career in Dallas writing independent horror. His spec PETER AND THE WOLF landed his first two work-for-hire deals. He then sold his spec POLYBIUS to Artimage Entertainment with Joe Dante attached to direct, and his latest screenplay DOLL PARTS hit the market earlier this year.
Beth is currently the Director of Development at Millennium Films, where she has been an executive on over 27 films in the last five years, including LONDON HAS FALLEN, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE EXPENDABLES 2, and THE EXPENDABLES 3. Her feature script THE LOST DAYS OF APRIL was featured on the Hit List 2015.
A recent graduate of the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop, Bianca was previously staffed on INCARNATE for Alloy Entertainment and The CW. Currently she is writing for CBS's adaptation of TRAINING DAY, set to premiere in early 2017.
Blaise is currently writing the animated feature PLAYMOBIL: THE MISSING PIECE for Cross Creek Pictures and director Lino DiSalvo, as well as adapting the bestselling book series THE GATES with Amblin and Michael De Luca Productions. His draft of Disney's HOVERCAR landed on the 2010 Black List, based on Matthew Reilly's YA series.
After getting his start as a Staff Writer and then Story Editor on the first two seasons of FX's SONS OF ANARCHY, Brett has since been a Supervising Producer on THE KILLING, for AMC, WAYWARD PINES for Fox, a producer on MARCO POLO for Netflix, and a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC spy thriller/drama, ALLEGIANCE. His feature PANDEMONIUM, SPLENDIDLY MANAGED was featured on the 2015 Hit List and Black List, and is set up with Michael De Luca Productions.
So impressed with his writing stint on TEEN WOLF, MTV staffed Brian on SCREAM, their collaboration with the Weinstein Company. On the feature side, he has written BOOGEYMAN 2 & 3 for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, and his spec CADAVER was set up with Screen Gems and Broken Road.
Bryan hit the ground running when his first spec, IN THIS, MY DARKEST HOUR, landed him a spot on the 2014 Black List. Following that, his thriller DAMSEL was featured on both the 2015 Black List and Hit List, and has been picked up Josephson Entertainment.
When his spec DEMOLITION appeared on the 2007 Black List, it quickly found a home with Black Label Media and Mr. Mudd Productions. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. He also adapted the novel THE CHOICE for Nicholas Sparks Productions, which premiered in 2016 starring Tom Welling and Maggie Grace, and helped write THE KID WHO KNEW TOO MUCH for Paramount and Parkes+MacDonald.
Previously a grip on a range of projects, from THE HANGOVER to PARKS AND RECREATION, Calvin's first foray into screenwriting UNTIL DEATH was snapped up by Screen Gems. His follow up THE PERFECT HEIST was set up with Di Bonaventura, and his latest spec GLASS is currently hot on the market.
Cameron is a writer and director, known for the Taran Killam-starrer BROTHER NATURE, and was hired to write THE THREE STOOGES sequel as well as Ruben Fleischer's film adaptation of COPS. He's also writing the UNTITLED PEZ CANDY project for Envision Media Arts and Hung Entertainment Group, as well as rewriting DON'T SEND HELP for Fox. He has also been tapped to adapt Frank Cottrell Boyce's COSMIC for Walden Media.
Caroline is best known for her hilarious Instagram account OfficialSeanPenn which has over 300,000 followers. Vogue even named her one of The 16 Funniest Instagram Accounts You Should be Following Now. Most recently, she worked on campaigns for Steve Madden and Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers. She has worked for ADHD, creating images and copy for GIF NEWS, and is currently working with MTV researching popular trends.
Caroyln got her start in nonfiction programming working for Karga 7 and Authentic Entertainment, writing and producing for series as varied as CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD to TODDLERS AND TIARAS. Shifting gears to sci-fi, she was most recently a Staff Writer on SpikeTV and Skydance's series RED MARS.
Though he's been working in the industry and helping to produce numerous shorts in the last few years, Derek broke onto the writing scene with his spec LAYLA, which was picked up by LBI Entertainment, with Oscar-winner John Lesher of BIRDMAN fame producing, and currently has A-list directors circling.
The pair's first spec BESTIES sold for six figures to Dreamworks, with The Montecito Picture Company producing. Cassie is a writer, stand-up comedian, and a producer for Anna Faris' popular podcast "Unqualified." Mark was previously a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots before making a career jump to screenwriting.
When his first feature LUKE AND BRIE ARE ON A FIRST DATE premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2008, writer-director Chad followed up with the 2013 Sundance hit THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, which won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Spirit Awards. His latest film MORRIS FROM AMERICA premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was picked up by A24 and released in August 2016.
Chantelle is currently a Staff Writer on The CW's hit series JANE THE VIRGIN. After eight years working in the ad agency world writing copy for print ads and commercials, she decided to change her life and pursue a master's in Writing & Producing for Television from Loyola Marymount University. Her instinct proved right when the first pilot and spec scripts she ever wrote landed her in the CBS Writers Fellowship program.
The pair met at the University of Pennsylvania and have been writing together ever since. Hot off of their first spec script AN AFRICAN WESTERN, Chloe and Ridgeway have been hired to write two studio movies. They have also recently penned ATLANTIS GENE for CBS Films and GALLAGHER GIRLS for Paramount.
Chris Bremner's 2015 Black List script BLACKFRIARS was picked up by Hasbro and Lakeshore, while his feature SICK DAY is in production at Universal, with Imagine Entertainment producing, Jeremy Garelick directing, and Johnny Knoxville starring.
A Tennessee native and Page Awards finalist for his script WOE TO THE WICKED, Chris's latest feature THE CAVALIER caught the eye of Energy Entertainment and Romark Entertainment, and is expected to light up the market later this fall. He's currently fast at work researching, outlining, and writing several new specs for 2017.
Together, Chris and Joe have made a mark in the horror/thriller genre, with their spec ROAD RAGE named as Top Ten in the category for Final Draft's Big Break Competition 2015, as well as a semifinalist in the overall contest. Chris is an award-winning independent writer, director and producer of several short and feature films. He is also the Founder and President of the Phoenix Film Festival and teaches at the School of Theatre and Film at ASU. Joe, also an ASU alum, worked under long-time Hollywood producer Bill Todman Jr. at Level 1 Entertainment as Director of Development for several years.
A film school graduate and Producer's Assistant, Chris has spent his few years in Los Angeles writing scripts for stage and screen, but broke out when his screenplay THE WRETCHED EMILY DERRINGER earned him inclusion on both the Hit List and Black List in 2015, quickly attracting the attention of reps and producers.
Christopher recently won two prestigious blind script commitments with THE PROMISE. Both StudioCanal and The Picture Company, as well as Warner Bros., independently chose his script through their partnerships with the Black List, which are designed to find emerging writers from nontraditional sources. He is also adapting Charles Belfoure's novel THE PARIS ARCHITECT for StudioCanal.
Currently a Story Editor on Netflix's DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, last year Chuck was staffed on FOX's COOPER BARRET'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE, and was previously staffed on ONE BIG HAPPY and BENT for NBC. He recently sold his 2015 Hit List spec STEP SISTERS (AKA: AIN'T NO HALF STEPPIN') to Broad Green Pictures with Charles Stone attached to direct.
As a directing duo, the Daniels cut their teeth on Adult Swim series like CHILDRENS HOSPITAL and NTSF:SD:SUV before making their feature writing and directing debuts with SWISS ARMY MAN, which stars Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe and premiered at Sundance in 2016. Quickly picked up by A24 after much critical buzz, the film was released in June 2016.
David and Patrick previously wrote the horror screenplay AN AXE AND A GUN, and their spec PATTERNS was featured on both the Hit List and Black List in 2015. As a director, David's short films have played festivals including the LA Shorts Fest and the Siena International Short Film Festival. Patrick has been involved in producing many large-scale televised events, including Live Earth concerts and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Concert.
The Brothers Lynch are a UK writer-director duo who hit the ground running when they were selected as Screen International's 2013 Stars of Tomorrow. Their short films have since premiered at festivals from London to Los Angeles, their screenplay SITTING DUCKS was selected for a BBC Writersroom scheme, and they won Film4's Scene Stealers Competition. This year they released TRIAL as a teaser for their screenplay RESIDUAL, which was in the top 5 percent of the 2015 Launch Pad Feature Competition, a Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, and a Screencraft Sci-Fi Competition finalist.
Donald is currently the Executive Story Editor on ABC's upcoming comedy series AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. He previously worked on the writing staff of GUYS WITH KIDS, COMMUNITY, A TO Z, and COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE. His spec THE WEDDING YEAR was picked up by Lakeshore Entertainment earlier this year with founder Tom Rosenberg producing.
An actor and writer both, Ellie will star on Netflix's #GIRLBOSS alongside Britt Robertson, which is scheduled to debut in 2017. She has previously appeared on EMPIRE, 2 BROKE GIRLS, BETRAYAL, AND CHICAGO P.D., and is a graduate of Chicago's Second City Conservatory and iO West Theater. She was also the winner of the Douglas Morrison Theatre's Playwrights CageMatch in 2012, and her most recent work THE BEECHER SISTERS received a full run at Chicago's Awkward Pause Theatre in 2015.
Founder of popular website Comediva, which makes and showcases comedy for women, Erika is currently penning an adaptation of acclaimed novel REMEMBER ME? for Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah Films.
An award-winning playwright, George is a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, has received several fellowships, and his work has been produced and developed by dozens of companies. He is currently adapting his own off-Broadway play GROUNDED, with Anne Hathaway reprising her stage role after wowing audiences in New York.
For the past 3 seasons Gretchen has been writing for Amazon's GORTIMER GIBBON'S LIFE ON NORMAL STREET, for which she won the 2016 WGA Award and was a Humanitas finalist for her episode, "Ranger and the Legend of Pendragon's Gavel." Most recently she has been working on the Scott Auckerman produced show TAKE MY WIFE for Seeso.
For three years, Jacey worked under writer-director Jonathan Nolan on such projects as CBS's PERSON OF INTEREST, INTERSTELLAR, and HBO's upcoming WESTWORLD. In 2015, she co-wrote episode 511 of PERSON OF INTEREST and adapted the paranormal book series THE BLOODMANE CHRONICLES as a pilot for producers Steve Scheffer and Maureen Ryan.
Before his career in entertainment, James graduated from Georgetown University and owned a political marketing and advertising company. He has since partnered with actress Linda Cardellini on two TV pilots: THE TRAVELERS, which sold to John Wells, and BORN AGAIN, which was developed with Fake Empire and Warner Horizon for FX. His feature THE KING OF COUNTERFEIT is set to star Bill Murray, Josh Hutcherson, and Linda Cardellini, with John McNaughton directing.
Jen is currently a co-producer on Comedy Central's WORKAHOLICS, after previously staffing on THE MILLERS and COUGAR TOWN. She performed stand-up on the most recent season of Adam Devine's HOUSE PARTY and stars on the upcoming MTV series LOOSELY, EXACTLY NICOLE.
Born in Louisiana, the influence behind the bayou setting of BAPTISTE, Jenny graduated with an International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK... the inspiration for the school in ALMA MATER. Both pilots were in the Top 50 of the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, with ALMA MATER taking the top spot overall. She has since worked as a Story Producer and Supervising Producer in reality TV.
The Berkshire-born playwright has been dubbed Britain's "best young director of period comedy." As a writer, Jessica's first play BLUE STOCKINGS won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination and is now on the GCSE drama syllabus. Her follow-up NELL GWYNN transferred to the West End starring Gemma Arterton, receiving four Olivier nominations, including Best Comedy. Jessica is currently adapting the play for Working Title, as well as writing the HORRIBLE HISTORIES screenplay.
A New Jersey-based screenwriter, Joe's first ever spec MAN ALIVE garnered a six-figure sale to Fox with 26 Keys producing, and will be FARGO creator Noah Hawley's directorial debut. Previously, MAN ALIVE won Final Draft's Big Break Competition in 2014 for sci-fi/fantasy.
Joe is an award-winning commercial director who founded two production companies in the Middle East, and has directed and edited over 100 commercials and film projects, often writing and creating content for such corporate clients as John Deere, Kuwait Airways, Subaru, and Bulthaup. Recently, he moved back to the US to focus on his narrative filmmaking, and he is currently a Staff Writer on season 2 of Amazon's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.
Originally from Ossining, New York, Joe fell in love with storytelling at a young age. After becoming obsessed with movies in high school, he attended Emerson College, where he earned a B.F.A. in Film Production and minored in Fiction Writing. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he was hired by Maker Studios as a Staff Writer and now works actively as a screenwriter. He also recently set up THE DUNGEON with State Street Pictures.
A WGA Award-winning screenwriter for his work on THE WALKING DEAD Webisodes, John was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Series on R.L. Stine's THE HAUNTING HOUR: THE SERIES. His feature COFFIN HILL is set up at New Line Cinema.
Tyler was a Writer's Assistant on WGN's UNDERGROUND and is currently writing projects for Star Thrower Entertainment and Broken Road. His next feature, HUMMINGBIRD, is currently being packaged by UTA with Broken Road producing.
Jordan and Michael's spec OPERATION PRINCE OF FREEDOM is set up at Fox with Gary Sanchez Productions and Chernin Entertainment attached to produce, and Jake Szymanski directing. In addition, the pair are currently writing GUINEA PIGGING for Fox and ZODIAC for Legendary Pictures. Last year, they also wrote SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 3 for Paramount.
Julia's 2012 Black List script THE KEEPING ROOM was made into a feature by director Daniel Barber which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sam Worthington. Her own directorial debut MISS STEVENS recently premiered in Toronto to rave reviews. She has also signed on to adapt Jamie McGuire's novel BEAUTIFUL DISASTER for Warner Bros. and De Line Pictures.
Currently working at Sonar Entertainment, Kate was previously a Showrunner's Assistant on GAME OF THRONES and a Post-Production Assistant to Paul Haggis on his feature THE NEXT THREE DAYS.
An actress known for a variety of roles, from BATES MOTEL to 90210, Kathleen has been just as successful as a writer. Her pilot SHOOTING STARS is set up with E! Network and UCP, while YOUR TIME IS UP has been picked up by Lionsgate with Christina Applegate set to star.
Katie was recently hired to write the independent feature THE RUNNER. Previously, she developed projects with Parkes+MacDonald, and her breakout spec CARNADA was set up with Star Thrower Entertainment last year.
Holding a master's from AFI, Kevin's first pilot THE ARRIVALS proved his writing chops by not only getting set up with Warner Bros. TV, but also attaching CW superstar Greg Berlanti as a producer.
After her spec AETHER appeared on the Hit List, Black List, and Brit List in 2014, Krysty was staffed on Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL, writing two episodes in 2016. She has also been hired to pen two high-profile adaptations: Gay Talese's novel THE VOYEUR'S MOTEL for director Sam Mendes, producer Steven Spielberg, and DreamWorks Entertainment, as well as Charles Graeber's true crime book THE GOOD NURSE for director Darren Aronofsky.
After her adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel SORTA LIKE A ROCKSTAR was picked up by Fox Searchlight, Laura's feature BOTTLE GIRLS was soon set up at Lionsgate with Vertigo Entertainment producing. Previously, she co-wrote FACE IT with Amanda Sharp, her collaborator on ROCKSTAR.
Libby is currently a Writer's Assistant on AMC's TURN, and she wrote and produced episode 305: "Hypocrisy, Fraud, and Tyranny" which aired in May 2016. Prior to her work on TURN, Libby served in military intelligence in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years, a year of which she spent studying cryptologic spy-craft. Libby was granted Top Secret clearance and partnered with various intelligence agencies to collect secure and sensitive information for the U.S.
Last year, Liz was selected as a writing fellow by NY-based media incubator Big Vision/Empty Wallet, and participated in their writer's lab in Costa Rica. She was also a finalist for the 2015 Lifetime TV Writers Project with her pilot RISEN, and she has garnered awards and residencies from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Red Shirt Entertainment, NYU's Fusion Film Festival, and was a Slamdance semifinalist in 2014. Her play ...AND THEN SHE DIES AT THE END!, which she also co-directed, received an award-winning production at the New Ohio Theatre as part of the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. She is currently workshopping new play FIRST LADY OF ATLANTIS, and her adaptation of A.R. Lucia's SHATTERED WORLD is being produced by Bazelevs.
Lucia and Paul met at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and have been making digital shorts together since 2007. They are both writers on Comedy Central's BROAD CITY. Paul also plays Trey on the show, and Lucia directs many of the episodes. She will also direct ROCK THAT BODY, in which Paul will star, from their script, formerly titled MOVE THAT BODY, featured on both the Hit List and Black List in 2015. Currently they are working on a female-driven spin-off to Sony's 21 JUMP STREET franchise.
Hailing from Ireland, Mark has seen his work appear in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Independent, and The Examiner. IDA TARBELL was included on the 2015 Black List and subsequently snatched up by Amazon Studios, marking his first ever spec sale.
Formerly a journalist, Matt has done work for The Village Voice, The American Lawyer, and Focus Europe magazines, as well as the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE. He is a graduate of Northeastern University's School of Law and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. His spec BOOMTOWN landed him a spot on both the 2015 Hit List and Black List, and he is currently at work on his next feature spec, inspired by a magazine article he authored in 2009.
An AFI graduate, Mattson burst onto the scene when his script I AM NOT OKAY was named a 2014 Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist, followed by his spec BOY being featured on both the 2015 Hit List and Black List. He landed his first writing assignment, SURVIVOR, for Automatik and 42, based on an idea by Arash Amel with Dean Israelite directing, and sold an UNTITLED SCI-FI PITCH to Amy Pascal's new production shingle.
Michael wrote and directed the short film AFTER THE STORM, which was a finalist for the Student Academy Award, while his spec script MOTHER has attached producer Tim White and will be the directorial debut of Grant Sputore. He is currently developing his original feature THE REVISIONIST with Hutch Parker Entertainment.
One of the best kept secrets in Hollywood, Michael segued from a career in journalism to a string of uncredited rewrites for Guy Ritchie, including the blockbuster SHERLOCK HOLMES. He was also one of the numerous top writers hired by Disney to script-doctor the ALICE IN WONDERLAND sequel. He recently set up the miniseries PROTECTION with the BBC and is developing another with Team Todd, amongst other active projects both in Hollywood and the UK.
Originally from Boston, Michael came up in TV post-production and was able to use that experience to transition to the writing side on TV. Thanks to the reception for his feature script VICTIM 321, he has been hired on numerous feature rewrite jobs for major studio films. The spec was recently set up with Millennium Films and director Diego Velasco.
Michael was featured in The Black List's 2016 TV Writers Staffing Book for his pilot FIVE STARS, which was also named a semifinalist in the 2015-16 Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Previously, his work has been honored in both the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Berlanti Productions is signed on to produce his feature THE WOMAN WITH RED HAIR.
After getting his start writing on NBC's SEAN SAVES THE WORLD, REAGAN marks Mike's first feature, and placed on both the 2015 Hit List and Black List. He is also an alumnus of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago, as well as a writer and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Mike is the writer and artist behind the semi-autobiographical webcomic VEXED WISECRACKER, previously featured on Advocate.com and now found at VexedWisecracker.com. His feature GRAVE HEARTS was a 2014 Nicholl Fellowship finalist, while THE SHIVERS was a 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition finalist and also landed on the 2014 Hit List. His spec HAMMERSPACE, featured on the 2015 Hit List and Black List, was just bought by Warner Bros. to be a potential franchise starter with Dan Lin producing.
Writer-director Minhal earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale in 2013, and shortly after was chosen as one of the six fellows to participate in the first ever Black List Screenwriters Lab in 2013. After wrapping production on her first feature ONE NIGHT, she wrote and directed a proof-of-concept short for her follow-up HALA, with Overbrook Entertainment now attached to produce.
A former high-ranking intelligence officer, Mitchell is also a Pat Tillman Scholar at UCLA, a program which supports the nation's active-duty service members, veterans, and military spouses. His hot debut spec BURN RUN was quickly picked up by Thunder Road after hitting the market earlier this year.
Currently the Head of Creative Development at Simon Barry and Stephen Hegyes' Reality Distortion Field, Mohamad started out as a writing assistant on SyFy's CONTINUUM. He has worked on several of Reality Distortion Field's upcoming projects, including his own script EMBER, and his latest pilot COLD MEDINA has been set up with BBC America.
Natalie was recently named one of the 11 honorees for the 2015 WGAW TV Writers Access Project, and her spec A LIFE FANTASTIC was featured on the 2015 Hit List and Black List. Previously, she was a Staff Writer on The WB's CHARMED.
Hot off the debut of his first film THE FOREST earlier this year, Nick isn't slowing down. He's currently writing and developing THE DISAPPEARANCE for Starz and Amblin, and his pilot pitch CHANNEL ZERO has Max Landis producing and has been ordered to series by SyFy. His follow-up feature THE FEVER is set up at Scott Free with Mike Pruss producing, and he's writing WOOGLES for Bazelevs. Previously he has written a draft of the FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot, and for series like TEEN WOLF, HANNIBAL, BELIEVE, and THE PLAYER.
Nick originally worked in development, then as Assistant to producer Gail Katz on the film PAWN SACRIFICE, which was released in late 2015. His script LETTERS FROM ROSEMARY was a 2015 semifinalist for the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and was selected as the Featured Script of November 2015 on The Black List. It has been set up with Anonymous Content and Emma Stone is starring.
Once a touring musician and recording engineer, Nicolaas is now a screenwriter and director, working in a variety of genres and tones. Currently staffed on The CW's RIVERDALE, Nicolaas's DREAMLAND was featured on both The Hit List & Black List in 2015.
Writer of blockbuster films THE MAZE RUNNER and THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, Noah also wrote the Jackie Kennedy biopic JACKIE, which appeared on the 2010 Black List and premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year, earning him the festival's Best Screenplay Award. Directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman, the film was recently picked up by Fox Searchlight for a December 2016 awards season release. His political drama CITIZEN WARD is currently in development at Good Universe.
Norith adeptly moves through multiple genres but has recently emerged as the "biopic specialist." His knack for culling drama from true stories began when his Sigmund Freud biopic sold to Justin Lin, and most recently, to the AMBI Group. He is a full-time ghostwriter and script doctor, and he's even published CUT THE EYEBALL, a book on writing short screenplays to help filmmakers tell sharper stories. His latest spec THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD is currently being packaged.
After moving to Los Angeles, Rachel landed her first professional writing gig for Perez Hilton, where she discovered that writing nasty things about celebrities wasn't her calling. She dabbled in a number of industries before returning full-time to comedy storytelling, which paid off when her feature THE BIG D was set up with Pascal Pictures.
Rebecca spent her childhood moving all over the world, before attending Chapman University in California to complete a degree in Screenwriting. With internships at Focus Features, Red Wagon, and RKO under her belt, she then moved to London and adapted two memoirs before returning to Los Angeles and working at Gersh. Her first feature SPACE ODDITY has Arlook Group and Circle of Confusion attached to produce, with Sam Boyd directing.
An Aussie screenwriter who is currently staffed on ZOO at CBS, Rebekah is also adapting the novel FLAWED for Warner Bros. with Wendy Finerman and Michelle Chydzik producing. Her pilot WORLD WAR SOMETHING has Larysa Kondracki attached to direct.
Rick's BLACK BATS was one of only nine projects awarded the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship for 2014-2015, with producing fellows Adam Hendricks and John Lang. The feature was also one of 10 chosen for the first ever Shudder Labs, a week-long horror retreat dedicated to finding the freshest voices in the genre.
Sophie is a young, aspiring writer from Paris, France. She received her bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. Her multi-cultural background, along with her engagement in international political and social affairs, gives her a unique voice among aspiring writers in Los Angeles.
A semifinalist in the 2015 Nicholl Fellowship, Tom's spec DICK MOVE has been set up with Danny McBride's Rough House Pictures.
Originally from Southern California, Tom studied at DePaul University in Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Cinema. His feature CAROLINA CAROLINE, which has been a 2016 PAGE Awards finalist, was selected as a Featured Script on The Black List, and is now set up at Jurassic Party Productions with Brian Duffield and Nicki Cortese producing.
Wayne is best known for his controversial, darkly comic play JESUS HATES ME. His debut feature screenplay THE HAVANA AFFAIR is currently set up with Appian Way and Material Pictures producing, and was featured on the 2015 Hit List. Wayne is currently adapting the book MASTER THIEVES for Sony Pictures with Matt Tolmach producing.
Currently, Ryan is staffed on Noah Hawley's FX and Marvel series, LEGION. He is also an indie film darling, having written ALBION starring John Cleese, Stephen Dorff, and Debra Messing with Sweet Tomato films producing, the TIFF premiered BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST with Oscilloscope Pictures and Taggart Productions, which Ryan wrote and directed, and award-winning CHU AND BLOSSOM with Gravitas Ventures and TideRock Films, all produced over the past three years. Previous to that, Ryan was a Staff Writer on MTV's SKINS.
Ross produced the feature films FIRST GIRL I LOVED and THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, which won Audience Awards for Best of Next at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the 2014 LA Film Festival, respectively. He sold his screenplay HOODS, co-written with producing partner David Hunter, to Fox Digital, and is set to direct his 2015 Hit List and Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist script, KEEP THE CAR RUNNING, with Sebastian Stan attached to star.
Since meeting at Writers Boot Camp in Los Angeles, Matt and Stephen have developed multiple specs, including MR. USA (or THE BOYFRIEND'S GUIDE TO DATING MISS USA), which was featured on the 2015 Hit List. Matt is currently working as a Creative Executive for producer Scott Bernstein where he helped develop last summer's hit, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, while Stephen has worked in the marketing departments at MGM, New Line, Fox, and Warner Bros., and in 2015 published his first novel, THE SABRAEL CONFESSION.
Hayley previously worked in development for several companies, including Steven Bochco Productions, Universal Pictures, and Fox Broadcasting Company. Roshan a former medical student, consulted for a CW medical pilot and on ABC's drama BLACK BOX where he and Hayley met and served as Staff Writers. Now Staff Writers on CBS's CODE BLACK, the pair's debut spec EXPOSURE was scooped up by eOne. Up next the duo will be writing for Antoine Fuqua's new Showtime series THE CITY.
Based on his award-winning short of the same name which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2012, Kris wrote, directed, and starred in DONALD CRIED, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2016. He won a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Directing at the Florida Film Festival as well as a Special Jury Prize for acting at the Montclair Film Festival.
Claire and Charles's first feature EMBERS, which they wrote and produced together, and which Claire also directed, edited, and provided costume design for, stars Jason Ritter and premiered at the Oldenberg Film Festival in 2015. It became the first film picked up by Slamdance's new distribution arm Slamdance Presents and was released theatrically in August 2016. They are currently in development on their next project, a romance entitled THE SHADE OF THE SEA.