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DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 75 Emerging Writers

The ISA is proud to announce our current Development Slate. Writers are considered for the Slate by invitation only. Curated from the ISA’s vast network of screenwriters and filmmakers, and the entertainment industry at large, the ISA Development Slate is our premier list of internationally talented screenwriters. Selected due to their talent, achievements, dedication to the craft, continual contest wins, and industry-related success, the ISA supports, applauds and promotes these skilled individuals to producers, managers and agents in Hollywood and beyond, forging relationships and building careers.

You may submit a script for review through the ISA Development Slate Evaluation or post your success stories on the ISA Spotlight (available to ISAConnect Members only). If you're an industry pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status.

Adam Fidler was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. He grew up loving the films of Darabont, Scorsese, Tarantino, and the Coen Brothers. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the AFI, where he studied under Oscar-winning writers and learned to master his craft. He also carries a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. His first script out of school won him the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship. 
I am an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I have been writing since about 2008 when circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and I needed to find a new creative outlet. Since then I have had an animated series for educational purposes produced, been optioned four times (2 pilots, 2 features), and had one TV project in development limbo for 2+ years. My latest project, WHEN IN ROME, is a fantasy teen sitcom inspired by my time in a Roman Catholic boarding school in the 80s. That script was a finalist in the Roadmap Writers Wise Words contest, a semi-finalist in the Nashville Film Festival Screenplay competition and received a "Recommend" from WEScreenplay Diverse Voices and Stage 32.  Currently, I am working on a project for the University of...
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Born in London, England, raised in Dublin, Ireland and Luxembourg and came of age and still living in Sydney, Australia with my wife and young son. I grew up in a house of books and immersed in cinema. In cinematic story, my first love was science fiction with a voice. Seeing Tarkovsky's Solaris as a six-year-old flicked something inside. Since then, although experimenting in different genres, I returned to my first love of science fiction. I'm drawn to write compelling stories delivered through rich, realistic characters and dialog -- stories relevant to contemporary society and the timeless human condition. As reference, beyond Tarkovsky's Solaris, I'm inspired in tone by MOON, EX MACHINA, GATTACA and CHILDREN OF MEN.In 2016, my low-key sci-fi, DISCONN won Fast Track Fellowship III (2016). I made the most of...
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Andy Maycock grew up in New York, went to college in Ohio, got a Finance job in Pennsylvania, and in 1994 returned home to get his Master's in Education. He teaches English, Cinema, Acting, and Screenwriting in a suburban high school where he is also the Media Director. His work includes the screenplay The Best Man's Privilege, which caught the eye of writer-producer-director Josh Stolberg ("Good Luck Chuck”). Josh played a big role in helping Andy develop the script, which eventually became a semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival. Andy's teen-driving adventure Getaway, Inc. was a top-ten finisher in the Writers on the Storm Contest, and more recently, his noir thriller The Hitchcock Murders was optioned by producers Chayah Masters and David Brown. Andy is a fan of candy corn, coffee, the Red Sox, "Back...
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Grand Prize Winner at the Tableread My Screenplay Competiton, 2016Finalist at the Phoenix Film Festival, 2015Top 10 Percent at the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, 2015
ANTHONY JOSEPH MEZZAARTIST/SCREENWRITER/FILMMAKERhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm5031539/2016 FINALIST - WESCREENPLAY - "FURTHER FROM HERE"2016 FINALIST - SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL - "ROGUE"2015 WINNER - LAIFFA - "FURTHER FROM HERE" - BEST SCREENPLAY2015 WINNER - HIMPFF - "FURTHER FROM HERE" - BEST SCREENPLAY2015 WINNER - HIMPFF - "ROGUE" - BEST SCREENPLAY2015 WINNER - TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY - "ROGUE"-BEST ACTION SCREENPLAY2015 WINNER - LOS ANGELES MOVIE AWARDS - "ROGUE" - BEST SCREENPLAY2015 WINNER (3RD PLACE) - LA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - "ROGUE"2015 FINALIST...
I'm a writer, director, and journalist based in New York and Los Angeles. My recent work has been on the one-hour series drama pilots, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL, WEIMAR, and IVAN'S HAMMER. Each of these pilots has placed in an array of high profile competitions including The Launch Pad Pilots Competition, the PAGE Awards, Cinequest, Emerging Screenwriters, ISA Fast Track, and ScreenCraft's Pilot Launch and Screenwriting Fellowships. In 2015 WEIMAR was named the Pilot Grand Prize winner in the Table Read My Screenplay Austin contest. This award put me in touch with the team at ISA who have helped me generously ever since to promote my work and realize my goals. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, where my dad taught cinema history classes and my older brother shot and edited Super 8 films on equipment he built...
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Since Creative World Awards gave her debut screenplay a finalist nod, Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) consistently has honed her craft. As a result, her subsequent scripts have garnered an Emerging Sreenwriters Family Category win (8th place overall) and the $10,000 Kairos Prize at the Movieguide Awards. Birgit's adaptation, from her own translation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's THE LADY FROM THE SEA, is in development.  Birgit, a first-generation Norwegian-American, was born in the Chicago suburbs. When writing, she draws on her heritage, on experiences gained while living over half her life overseas, as well as on aspects of her former career as a CIA biographical analyst and later work for the US Department of State. Currently,...
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Charles Andrew Callaghan is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and actor. In 2017, he won both the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Competition with his near-future science fiction pilot REDSHIFT, and the Final Draft Big Break Contest with his period legal drama PORTIA’S LAW (co-written with his mother, Hana Callaghan). In the same year, various scripts by Callaghan were finalists for the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, The Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition, the Cinequest International Film Festival, and LA Femme International Film Festival, as well as ranking in the top 20% for the Nicholl Fellowship. His short play NO F*CK YOU (sorry, Mom) was a finalist for the Heideman Award, and his favorite piece of writing, a play called GODDAMN CANNIBALS, has received some really lovely rejection letters from...
A Los Angeles native, Chelsea Watkins received her MFA in screenwriting from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times and her plays have been produced by The Open Fist Theatre Company and Enrichment Works. As an actor and dancer, she has performed in television, film, Off-Broadway, and 99-seat theatre. She also has business industry experience, having worked in acquisitions, for a literary agent and as Managing Director/Producer of The Open Fist Theatre Company. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and French, also from USC, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She spent her junior in Paris studying International Relations at L'Institut des Etudes Politiques. She currently resides near the beach with her husband, Andy, her son, Christopher, and her cat,...
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Christopher DeWan has had TV projects with the Chernin Group and Electric Entertainment and has collaborated on properties for Bad Robot, Paramount, Universal, and the Walt Disney Company. His screenwriting has been recognized by CineStory, Final Draft, the PAGE Awards, Slamdance, and Sundance, and he is recipient of fellowships from the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) and the Middlebury Script Lab. Christopher is author of HOOPTY TIME MACHINES: fairy tales for grown ups, a collection of domestic fabulism from Atticus Books, and is featured in Best Small Fictions 2017, edited by Amy Hempel. He has an MFA in creative writing from CalArts and a degree in philosophy and theater from Cornell University. Learn more at http://christopherdewan.com.
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After collecting degrees from Stanford and UC Riverside, Mr. Peters set out to fulfill his lifelong dream: to become a starving artist. He was immediately successful. As an actor, he burst onto the stage, then blazed his way into films, TV, and commercials. Inexplicably, he has spent a inordinate slice of his career on hiatus. As an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, he has had the privilege of seeing his plays performed on stages from coast to coast. Yet in a cruel twist of fate, his brilliant screenplays have languished for years in Option Hell, though in the words of the author, they “reek with promise.” He's won or placed in over 40 screenwriting contests (including the Nicholl, StoryPros, ScreenCraft, and BlueCat), has been selected for the BloodList, received numerous option offers, and...
David Baugnon is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. His feature screenplay “Trip” finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the International Screenwriters' Association’s announced David as one of the Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018. His hour-long pilot, “The Messiah Project”, won the International Screenwriters' Association Fast Track Fellowship in 2015 and numerous awards, including Silver at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and Showtime's Tony Cox Television Pilot Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival. His directing credits include the award-winning feature documentary “Art in the Face of War” (available on Amazon and iTunes) and the short documentary “Matisyahu”, which screened in...
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Writing elevated thrillers and stories of adventure and transformation, David Keith Miller's 17 produced screenplays include WRITTEN IN BLOOD with Peter Coyote, TIME LAPSE with Roy Scheider and THE GLASS CAGE with Eric Roberts. He presently has three scripts under option.His newest spec THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER received "Recommend" coverage from Screenplayreaders.com.His comic thriller DOUBLE INDIANA won the Texas Film Institute screenplay competition quarterfinaled in the 2016-2017 Launch Pad and Fresh Voices competitions with a Spotlight Award nomination for Best Dialogue, and won him a mentorship with a-list scribe Andrew Baldwin. His historical drama THE BOOK OF REVENGE won Best in Genre in Table Read My Screenplay's 2015 L.A. competition, won Coverage, Ink's "Get Repped Now" 2015 competition, was a...
I have won 1st place in four film festivals. I also won 1st place in the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition TV category! I've sold 5 scripts. 5 published books. My book on how to write screenplays went to #1 on Amazon Kindle.   I'm a staffed screenwriter at www.scriptsociety.com . I'm also a proud member of the ISA Development Program.    www.ScreenwriterDave.com
Denise Meyers began her professional career at the William Morris Agency as an assistant to literary agent, Judy Scott-Fox after graduating from Oregon State University in 1982 with a degree in broadcast communications. After working as a freelance story analyst for independent film and distribution companies, Meyers became a screenwriter herself, but after twelve years in the film business with nothing but a handful of free options to show for her efforts, she moved to Utah to pursue a successful career as a full-time artist. When the economy bottomed out in 2009, Meyers returned to what she calls “the dream that wouldn’t die”. Her short film, THE DARK OF NIGHT (a Table Read my Screenplay Grand Prize Winner, Austin Film Festival 2015) was directed by Robin Wright, and stars Leslie Bibb and Sam...
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Derek, a Bostonian of Middle Eastern and Native American (Sioux) descent, graduated from Harvard University majoring in Creative Writing & Literature in 2011. He then spent a year teaching Beginner’s Screenwriting at Grub Street before receiving his Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in 2014. After AFI, Derek quickly found success at their Screenwriter’s Showcase, optioning his award-winning (Grand Prize Creative World Awards, Grand Prize Table Read My Screenplay London) action/comedy script THE WHEELMAN to Original Film (Fast & Furious franchise) and Sony. Original Film hired Derek to rewrite his script, now for a female lead, which lead to Derek becoming a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West. THE WHEELMAN is now in the hands of Datura Studios and...
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Edward Klau is a screenwriter specializing is infusing high-concept clockwork thrillers with relatable three-dimensional characters. His screenplay BRIGHTS won the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest and was read at Park City during The Sundance Film Festival. In that same competition, his script INVISIBLE SCARS was also in the Top Ten and a third, CRIMINAL ELEMENT, advanced to the Semi-Finals. Since then, the ISA name has raised his profile in the industry, garnering meetings with top production companies. Recently, Klau wrote and directed the short BLINDERS, an elegant, stylish Hitchcockian throwback in the vein of DIAL M FOR MURDER and WAIT UNTIL DARK. 
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Erik Adolphson has been a thousand things. He has been a deck hand aboard a clipper ship, raced camels across the Sahara, summited mountain peaks, flown a Russian fighter jet, saved a life, lost and found love, been in a couple of fights and even won one, but all he ever really wanted to do was tell stories. A writer and film lover from a young age, Erik created an independent films studies course at his high school, a course still offered to students today. In college, he wrote and directed his first short film, the award winning Mourning Toast, which would be featured on the PBS program Independent Lens. After moving to Los Angeles, Erik found work in unscripted television as a Story Producer, his goal was still the same, find and tell a good story.  His work would lead...
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After devouring countless Shakespeare plays, Eugene Ramos earned a degree in British Literature of the 1500s from Northwestern University. He later graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in Film. He wrote, directed, and/or produced a number of shorts, including The Concoction and Dandelion Fall, both of which garnered awards and honors at several film festivals. While at Columbia, he also received a fellowship from Comedy Central. Since film school, he has participated in the NATPE Diversity Fellowship Program, NAMIC’s Writers’ Workshop, and the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab. His spec scripts for the TV shows “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Supernatural,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Star...