DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 112 Emerging Writers

The ISA is proud to announce our current Development Slate. Writers are considered for the Slate by invitation only.

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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I am an award winning Screenplay writer of original screenplays and adaptations.I studied Theology at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX, with a minor in Child Education.I am bilingual in English and German.
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BIO   Anthony Smith is a musician, educator and author, who has performed throughout the U.S. and also in Europe, Asia and South America. Anthony has published two books; most recently "Masters of the VIbes," which features conversations with the world's greatest living jazz vibraphonists. Anthony also has released many recordings, and his double CD titled "Play It Forward" made it into Billboard's Top Twenty jazz albums.     Anthony has given lectures and conducted workshops on both coasts, and also in Germany and Italy. He currently serves on the music faculty at San Diego State University, where he teaches piano, jazz percussion and composition.    Anthony has written several complete feature screenplays, a musical, and a dramatic two-act play based on the life and music of...
Raised in New York, I studied journalism at the New School for Social Research, Sociology at Brooklyn College and design at New York School of Interior Design. I segued from Art Direction into Production Design and have 27 films to my credit with one nomination for an HBO feature, "Long Gone".  When I sold my first screenplay, I joined WGA,w and alternated careers between writing on assignment and Production Design.  May 2014 I was one of two Americans accepted into the Plume et Pellicule DreamAgo Screenwriting Workshop in Sierre, Switzerland for "Holy Mackerel".  There were only 9 of us in the program. I have since been accepted into "Meet Your Match" which took place in Los Angeles Nov. 2014.   May 2015, I was the only American accepted into the Plume et Pellicule DreamAgo Screenwriting...
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Bob has been a semifinalist (top 5%) twice in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship — with a Las Vegas crime thriller, “Poker Face,” and a twisty heist film "Possum.” Ingraham’s scripts have also placed in the Chesterfield, Scriptapalooza and Project Greenlight competitions. His new TV pilot crime drama, “Alibi Man,” placed in the top 75 of the Tracking Board Launchpad TV Pilot contest. Ingraham just completed a feature thriller that is being filmed this month and is expected to air on Lifetime Channel. Ingraham is just wrapping up a new, female-driven crime thriller spec, “Fearless,” which he plans to show to the industry in the coming weeks.One of Bob's feature scripts, “The Devil You Know,” was produced and aired as a radio play by a California NPR...
Gary Piazza is an award winning screenwriter, filmmaker and photographer residing in the Pacific Northwest. He began writing and shooting videos in high school back in the 80's and never looked back. After serving in the Navy, Gary enrolled in the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute by Donna Lee and graduated with honors. It wasn't long before he wrote a sequel to John Carpenter's, "The Thing" and sent it off to ICM where they responded with interest in the script. It was that interest that landed him an agent, Gaily Vollmer with Trans International Productions. Like many projects and successes, however, this one never made it and Trans International closed their doors soon after. It was only a matter of months before Gary found his second agent in Venice Beach, CA. Suzanne Moore, with Miller-Moore Talent. The...
Zoe Warncke grew up in Germany and became a lawyer in Düsseldorf. At the same time, she became one of the most exclusive dominatrix on the planet - Domina Hera. Her best-seller book release "Lawyer by Day/Dominatrix by Night" prompted her to host her own talk show, become a spokes person/model for various designers, and collaborate with other photographers, filmmakers and musicians.   She married filmmaker Michael L. Mizrahi and moved to New York City, where she currently lives with him and their Sphynx cats. Zoe is now working as an editor-at-large for an online fashion magazine, giving inspirational artistic counseling to artists, PR stories, photo productions etc.   Zoe is open to new experiences that feed her hunger for beauty.     One of Zoe's favorite quotes and tattoos -  "A...
Born and raised in Miami, Fl. Attended Miami Edison Sr. High. Graduated from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film. Won KairosPrize 2013 Grand Prize for GIDEON screenplay Won Faith and Family Screenplay Competition 2017 for GIDEON Won TableReadMyScreenplay 2015 Horror Genre for OASIS Placed Top 10 in ChronosPrize 2015 for ON THE SPARROW  Wrote screenplay Deconstructing Sammy(based on book of same name about Sammy Davis Jr. life story)for Comedian/Actor Tommy Davidson.Alanyott Wrote GIDEON NOVEL based on screenplay(publishing August 2015) Shoot Your Sizzle TOP 100 for SHOOTING ANGELS 2018 Won GOLD MEDAL for ON THE SPARROW Talentville Script of the Month March 2018 Talentville Script Rankings: GIDEON 2/387; ON THE SPARROW 9/387
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E. Napoletano hails from the outskirts of Houston, TX and a family that was never completely broke but not quite stable. Caught between custody battles, bouts of parental mental illness, and strict gender roles, E. found escape – and ultimately, a career – writing uncensored stories about characters struggling in the spaces “in-between.” Her stories are intellectually and physically muscular female-led dramas with metered doses of dark humor. Telling stories of struggles in the uncomfortable, messy space between success and utter failure helps E. make sense of a life that often doesn’t.   As a way to cope with her own struggles in the “in-between,” E. launched a blog in 2007 that now garners an audience of over 30,000 Facebook fans and subscribers who follow her...
Vin Morreale, Jr. is an award-winning screenwriter, published author and internationally-produced playwright.  He was selected as one of The Blacklist’s Top TV Writers in THE BLACKLIST’S 2015 TV WRITERS STAFFING BOOK over thousands of other writers whose material is reviewed by the organization. Morreale has sold material to national TV shows, and has had a number of screenplays optioned, with two feature films produced to date. He wrote, directed and produced the low-budget romantic comedy BREAKING & ENTERING, which continues to hold the record for the largest screening premiere in the Southeast, with 2,619 ticketholders and an $18,550.00 box office for a single showing at the historic Palace Theater. Vin Morreale, Jr. was awarded the prestigious Al Smith Writing Fellowship, and his numerous...
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Josh Sorokach is a writer living in New York City. In 2015, Josh teamed with Abominable Pictures to turn his New York Television Festival-winning script Semi-Charmed Life into a TV pilot starring Ryan Hansen, Noël Wells, Illeana Douglas, Allan McLeod, and John Ennis. Earlier this year, Josh's TV pilot, Clean Slate, won the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay competition. Josh has completed the advanced sketch writing program at the UCB Theatre, was hired to write a TV pilot for the production team behind 'Super Troopers', and has written numerous articles for Decider, Uproxx, Splitsider, Above Average, MTV, People's Choice, and Barnes & Noble.
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Lily Mercer began life as a dichotomy.  Her father, one of twelve children from a family in the hills of Kentucky, went on to become a prominent politician.  As a result Lily grew up a cross between Honey Boo-Boo and Kate Middleton: one week she’d be visiting her cousins and using the outhouse; the next she’d be meeting the governor.  She was very close to three of her “spinster” aunts, who lived life on their own terns, so no surprise, Lily writes about women from all walks of life who aren’t afraid to break the rules.            Lily was determined to break a few rules of her own when she opted to skip law school and move to New York, where she attended the prestigious Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.  There she...
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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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Jason M. Vaughn’s science-fiction-drama screenplay (now titled THE GREEN SEA) was a grand-prize winner in the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.  It is being developed with Matthew G. Zamias of Picturesque Films.  Jason’s psychological indie thriller, EXXIE, however, was most responsible for landing him on ISA’s Development Slate, after their Director of Community Outreach, Max Timm, in his generosity, took a chance on a writer he didn't even know and read the first draft.  Jason has since workshopped EXXIE with Gordy Hoffman (founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition).  In between working on several short scripts, and his other current feature projects (INTERLOPERS; PATSY; and SWAY), Jason is also writing short fiction and reworking his literary science-fiction...
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Carolyn is a writer for screen and stage based in Los Angeles.  Carolyn recently won: New York Television Festival Official Selection, Table Read My Screenplay Austin 2nd Place, and Emerging Screenwriters Competition 3rd Place for pilot In Chambers, a legal procedural series; First Place Comedy in Vail Film Festival’s Screenplay Contest for New Reality, a Silicon Beach-set feature screenplay for Noggin Sauce Pictures; and C21/Content London official selection for pilot The Second City, a crime drama series set in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire.  Academy Award winner Melissa Leo headlined the reading of Carolyn’s screenplay Magnetic at the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab.  Magnetic received the Plume and...
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 - LA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL - "FURTHER FROM HERE"2014 WINNER...
Laurie Weltz's debut film, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS, premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to play many other festivals, winning awards at several.  Alligators starred Joely Richardson, Aleksa Palladino, Claire Bloom, Adrienne Shelly, Sam Trammel, and Jay O. Sanders and was released theatrically and on video and television. Laurie’s  second feature film, ABOUT SCOUT aka SCOUT, based on her award winning script was released in 2016 both theatrically and on VOD and DVD after a successful festival run. The film stars India Ennenga, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour, Nikki Reed and James Frecheville. Laurie has written three other optioned feature scripts: THE NIGHT SWIMMER currently in development, WATERMOON, a ghostly thriller, and MONKEY RIVER,...
Stephen Siegel has a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he also taught Screenwriting and Television Writing for nine years.  He is a lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of America. His screenplay, “The Man Who Killed Sherlock Holmes,” was personally optioned by actor Sean Connery, with whom he worked on revisions.  It won First Place in the Action/Adventure category of FADE IN magazine’s annual screenwriting contest and was a recent finalist in the WeScreenplay competition. Stephen co-wrote a miniseries for CBS titled "Guilty Hearts," which starred Marcia Gay Harden, Treat Williams and Olympia Dukakis; it is now broadcast regularly on the Lifetime network.  He was hired by producer Dawn Steel to write the screenplay...
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Phil Parker was one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018.  During the year he completed FLY GIRLS, a feature writing assignment for Toil Films that producer Elliott Yancey will package in 2019. He was also hired by director Rob Kaplan to write BROKEN WINGS, a winter-sports action/drama set in India. Production began on CATSAWAY, the animated feature Tent Pictures hired Phil to develop and is due for release in 2019. BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson continues to work on packaging Phil's multi-award winning feature spec THE THIRD BOMB.  And KINDRED, the indigenous-Australian sci-fi script that Red Centre Films hired Phil to rewrite, recently won top honors at the Native American Tribal Film Festival in the US. Phil's success so far is due in no small part to his winning...
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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...