Last weekend, we celebrated the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards and history was made!
Schitt's Creek SWEPT the Comedy category with a seven-Emmy record (nine if you include the Daytime Emmy Awards)! The show earned statuettes for best comedy, lead and supporting actor and actress, writing, and directing! It became the most-awarded comedy in a single year and the first to pick up all four comedy acting awards.
Plus, Zendaya bested some A-list actresses, including Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Colman, to win Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as young, drug-addicted, Rue in Euphoria. At 24, she became the youngest actress ever to win this award and only the SECOND Black woman to win since Viola Davis in 2015 (Yes, you read the right - 2015!!!).
It was such a fun night celebrating the best in television and made us even more excited to celebrate our very own writers. We're confident that one day we will see many of these emerging screenwriters up on that Emmy's stage. In the meantime, we're here to support these writers and cheer them on!
ISA Screenwriting Success Stories
ISA Development Slate Writer Has Historical Sports Drama Optioned
"We think the market has caught up to this amazing script," says Producer Darin Dusan when he optioned screenwriter Michael Graf's historical sports drama about a group of Native American children that are kidnapped by the US Army and go on to invent the modern game of football. "This is an amazing story and it needs to be told." The screenplay has been making waves around the world, winning dozens of awards and accolades. It also has been a part of the ISA Development Slate.
THREE Scripts Optioned for Production
Greg Houghton is on a roll! Three of his scripts have recently been optioned, including his TV pilot DEAD 9, his single location, action thriller, EXIT, and his Feature THE KEEPER. His TV pilot was was optioned via Buffalo 8 and Invar Studios, his thriller was optioned for production via Ant Fallon with Bird on Fire, and his feature was optioned via Brittany House Pictures and Quixotic Road.
ISAConnect Member Accepted To 2020 WGF Veterans Writing Project
Mitch Bechtold's first fellowship is an exciting achievement. He credits every mentor as having been invaluable in developing his skills as a writer! The mission of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project is to identify emerging writers from United States military backgrounds and provide them with the tools and insights to nurture their passion for writing and successfully navigate the entertainment industry. They do this in two phases over a yearlong program: A weekend-long retreat, and monthly follow-up workshops and special events. Each military veteran is paired with WGA members. The Foundations writer-mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past and present, and are committed to guiding the voices of the future.
Hired to Write Treatment for Historic/Biopic
Kristina Jilly has been asked to research and write a treatment for a successful European producer. The project will be a biopic about an amazing artist and her vibrant yet tragically short life that was cut short at the beginning of WW2. This is a very special project about a very special woman who deserves to be more widely recognized.
Don't forget to share your recent success stories with us on the ISA Spotlight page, so you can be featured in our next success roundup!
CONGRATS again to these talented writers. We're looking forward to seeing you on the Emmy's stage in the coming years :)