DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 101 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.

Katie is an award-winning, Madison Avenue-trained copywriter who has written tv, print and radio for some of the biggest names in business – General Mills, Nabisco, Colgate Palmolive, AT&T, GlaxoSmithKline, and H&R Block. She’s even had a spot on the Super Bowl that was directed by the Coen Brothers. In addition to freelancing in advertising as an Associate Creative Director/Copywriter, she is also an adjunct professor at Temple University in the School of Media and Communication where she teaches advertising and television production to little baby copywriters. Katie is the recent recipient of the “Shoot In Philadelphia” TV Pilot winner for TENURE and a current finalist in the New York Screenplay contest for a spec “Mozart in the Jungle” script. She also is the...
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...
Marni is a screenwriter and technical advisor who specializes in features and television series with academic and ethical themes.  Her genres include drama, grounded sci-fi, dark fantasy and thrillers.  She holds degrees in neuroscience and anthropology with graduate studies in cognitive neurobiology.  Marni won the Grand Prize in the ISA Table Read My Screenplay competition and received a read at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for her feature, SYVERTSEN’S COMPLEX.  The same script was ranked #14 on the Hot 100 List of the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 2017.  She was also a Top 3 Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships, and a second-rounder for AFF and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
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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 won the Grand Prize at the ISA Table Read My Screenplay Competition, which got him a trip to Sundance and a...
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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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I am a former journalist excited to launch a screenwriting career. In 2015, I was blessed to be one of the ISA's first mentees in its "Fast Track" program. I have written seven screenplays and a short film that I also produced. Called "The True Story of Hammond VanOchre and His Amazing Flying Steampig," the film was completed in the spring of 2016. In 2017, the film won the winter quarter award for best sci-fi/fantasy at the Southern Shorts Film Festival in Georgia. Also in 2017, I began the MFA in screenwriting program at DePaul University in Chicago.
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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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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...
Gina B. LaLonde is currently a Michener Center for Writers screenwriting fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She will receive her MFA in 2017.Gina is an alumna of Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University in 2007, specializing in dramatic writing and producing commercial, narrative and documentary media. Prior to NYU, Gina studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School University, and film theory and criticism at Barnard College, Columbia University.Gina has had the opportunity to intern at such companies as SMUGGLER Productions, where she wrote treatments and produced commercial media, Content Film, where she read and wrote script coverage in the development department, and at United Artists/ MGM, where...
Originally from rural Wisconsin, Travis grew up surrounded by farms, dirt racetracks, and auto junkyards. Now, Travis lives in L.A. where he has built a career as a post production professional while writing multiple award-winning scripts. Travis has had scripts win or place in twenty-five contests, including the 2018 CineStory Feature Fellowship Grand Prize. A reluctant adventurer, Travis is always trying to expose himself to diverse life experiences. He enjoys writing stories that make history thrilling while trying to craft his own thrilling history, and during his downtime (laughs), Travis enjoys playing on the floor with his two young kids and sitting poolside with his wife and a beer. Cheers!   Writing Experience 2018 – Writing Assignment: The Benghazi 6 for Sixth Sense Productions (The First...
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Diane Lansing from dancer to actor, found natural creative progression through telling stories. Her award winning short plays were produced At the Electric Lodge in Venice California, claiming LA Weekly’s  “Pick of the Week.” The short film Out Of Her Element was developed from one of the plays and a new passion bloomed for her as a director and filmmaker. Presently at work on her fifth screenplay, Diane plans to direct a new short film (and eventually one of her feature scripts).  Diane had a fantastic experience directing The Perfect Date, followed by directing her first PSA for Women In Film. Creating and collaborating through film, are now her driving force.
In 2017, Callaghan won the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Contest with his sci-fi pilot REDSHIFT, and in 2018 he won the Final Draft Big Break Contest with his period legal drama PORTIA’S LAW (co-written with his mother, Hana Callaghan). His feature film script THE MILLER FAMILY RIFLE, a dramedy about gun control, is currently in development with producer Aaron Cruze. Various scripts by Callaghan have been finalists for the PAGE Awards, The Tracking Board's Launch Pad Competition, The Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition, and the Cinequest International Film Festival, as well as ranking in the top 20% for the Nicholl Fellowship. Callaghan studied playwriting at Yale under Donald Margulies, where he was the school’s first gay sex-and-dating columnist (and yes, his mom read his column, and the ensuing...
I have been working in the film industry for more than twenty years - not as a writer-yet. In my twenties I was a musician, and moved to California in 1988 with my band. After signing a development deal in the early 90's, and losing said deal, a friend offered me a job in the film industry, and I took it - I was really tired of being broke and having to eat cereal three times a day. I have studied art and photography my entire life. Some of my photo's have been featured in galleries, in publications and I've won a few awards. I have learned a tremendous amount about the practice and art of film making and, while I was heavily involved in writing song lyrics and dabbled in poetry, It wasn't until I workd on a show with David Milch that I was inspired to write screenplays.  My screenplay "Inked in Blood" won...
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Maddy Curley is a writer, actress and producer, who has been in numerous films and television shows, including: Stick It with Jeff Bridges, CSI:NY, Party Down, The Office, Cold Case and Casual. She most recently co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Chalk It Up with her writing partner, Brooke Buffington. Chalk It Up became a financial success when Netflix licensed it for both domestic and international release. As writers, Maddy and Brooke have won, been finalists or semi-finalists in all of the major competitions: Nicholl, Script Pipeline, Scriptapalooza, Page Awards, Fresh Voices and the CWA Awards. They were selected to be 2017 ISA Fellows, and their 1-hour pilot Division One (D1) was featured by The Black List hosting site after receiving high ratings and reviews. This year they’ve met with a Senior...
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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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Grand Prize Winner at the Tableread My Screenplay Competiton, 2016Finalist at the Phoenix Film Festival, 2015Top 10 Percent at the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, 2015
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. 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, quarter-finalist in the SCreenCraft Fellowship and received a "Recommend" from WEScreenplay Diverse Voices and Stage 32.  Currently, I am working on a...
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This Kenyan award winning storyteller came onto the scene with her directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans” (BOUND) a documentary that attempts to heal the little-known rift between people of African descent. Written, directed and produced  by Peres, BOUND played in over a dozen festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2014), the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (2015), and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York (2015). BOUND continues to screen at festivals and universities including Harvard and Columbia and is used as a teaching tool in St. Cloud, Minnesota and USIU-Kenya. It is currently available...
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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. 

Mark Robertson

MARK ROBERTSON is an established and prolific writer on many UK TV series, including SHAUN THE SHEEP and CHOP-SOCKY CHOOKS (Aardman Animation); DENNIS AND GNASHER (BBC/Red Kite); and MY SPY FAMILY (Cartoon Network/Kindle). More recently, Mark branched out into writing screenplays, and was subsequently awarded a place on the UK’s Guiding Lights mentoring scheme. During the scheme he was mentored by Sir Kenneth Branagh on THE WOODCUTTER, a dark, fairytale-themed horror screenplay. The script has since been shortlisted in several screenwriting competitions and was awarded a runner-up place in the horror/thriller category of the Screenplay Festival Competition. Soon after, Mark secured a further place on the Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab training scheme, during which a superhero comedy pitch of his...
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