DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 106 Emerging Writers

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

Denise Meyers began her professional career as a writer in 2017 with the short film, THE DARK OF NIGHT directed by Robin Wright, and starring Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, Leslie Bibb and Michael Godere.   The film had its red-carpet world premiere at the 70th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, and its North American premiere at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and has since won a number of prestigious short film awards including Best Short at the LA Femme International Film Festival.  Meyers was recently named one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018 by the International Screenwriters Association.  The screenplay for THE DARK OF NIGHT was a Grand Prize Winner (Short Script Competion) for Table Read My Screenplay Austin in 2016, the same year she...
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Julia Skikavich is an award-winning screenwriter, online producer, editor and journalist. Her TV pilots, MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S., have won and placed in several contests, including the Austin Film Festival, Final Draft's Big Break, WeScreenplay, and Screencraft. Her screenwriting has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centred on wholly relevant discussions.  Julia holds degrees in screenwriting, journalism and political science, and is trained in script continuity and supervision. She has worked on a variety of news programs, factual entertainment and reality series. Journalistically, she has held positions as a senior news writer and associate producer in digital programming. Her work has appeared in Canada, the United States and Australia in print as...
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Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Erica also studied film at FAMU in Prague, acting at Atlantic Theater Company, and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay and Table Read My Screenplay Austin winner. Her short film TOO SUNNY FOR SANTA (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things) screened at festivals across the country from Newport Beach to Nashville and garnered awards from AmericanLife TV and the Russell Hexter Filmmaking Fund, among others. With her comedy writing partner Corinne Caputo, she co-wrote and starred in the web series LIFE, AFTER, a...
Rob Burke got his start in the world of make believe as a drama major at Colorado College. He then went on to law school and became a partner in a law firm where he specialized in defending clients in catastrophic loss cases. Recently, however, he left the legal world behind in order to pursue his true passion - creative writing. As both a playwright and screenwriter, he has created works that have been seen on stages and festivals in the U.S., UK, and Dubai.
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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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Pat Holden is an award-winning writer director with work shown at festivals around the world including Cannes and Berlin. He has several projects in development including feature animation GALAPAGOS and SCI-FI TV pilot HELIOS RISING for which he won the ISA FAST TRACK FELLOWSHIP 2017. His feature screenplay THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER was selected for the HAROLD GREENBERG FUND in 2017. Pat is a member of the WGC, WGGB, Directors UK and BAFTA.
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Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted's neo-noir, thriller "Blue Motel" won the Grand Prize in ScriptShark's Insider Screenplay contest. After placing in several contests including Final Draft's Big Break Contest, Austin Film Festival's Script Competition and the Page International Screenwriting Awards, his crime thriller “Underground” has been optioned by Film Bridge International.Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dasheill Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk. An an eighteen year veteran of the film industry, Ted has worked as a First Assistant Director on over fifty independent...
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About me: New Yorker - bread & buttered in Forest Hills, Queens Current: Staten Island, NY I've been working on film producton since 2006-present. Inspirational filmmakers: Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shayamalan, Ridley Scott  Motto: "The only Zen you find at the top of the mountain, is the Zen you bring up with you." - Robert M. Pirsig I'm a Yeshiva boy with tattoos. (pulling punches here)  
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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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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...
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...
Huelah Lander loves writing. Except when it come to writing bios. Her Sci Fi script The Science of Happiness won gold at the PAGE international screenwriting awards and was the Grand Prize Finalist at Table Read My Screenplay Park City edition. She just signed her second option and her first writing assignment. She is currently working on an outline of a feature version of the Science of Happiness and on the first draft of a dark comedy, Uncanny Valley, about an insecure scientist who learns to love herself when she creates her exact AI robot double. She is also polishing two sitcoms: Sorry, Not Sorry about a free-spirited couch crashing Canadian who marries an uptight nerdy American so he can get Canadian citizenship and she can get a place to stay; and She Said, He Said about a couple in marriage counselling who...
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I’ve taken a variety of screenplay workshops and worked with four professional editors (three in Los Angeles and one in London with the BBC) to polish my scripts.  All of my scripts are award winners in major international contests.  Prior to screenwriting I was a secondary English and science teacher then marketed an internationally-recognized science radio program.
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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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Co-writer with Sherry Compton of 2011 thriller Carjacked, starring Maria Bello and Stephen Dorff. Author of the mystery novel Gumshoe. Currently working on third novel for the sci-fi adventure saga Inferno-2033.
  A former ballerina, published fiction author and sometimes film instructor at the University of Notre Dame, Devi is a proud alumnus of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and invited participant to the 2017 inaugural AFI/Fox Studios Bridge program. Her screenplays have placed in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowships, Slamdance and PAGE Awards, and her films have screened at over 500 festivals worldwide, garnering awards, distribution and critical acclaim. When she’s not writing and directing, she chases monkeys around the world with her anthropologist partner. She is also a co-founder/writer of Beyond the Bechdel, a newly launched feminist cinema blog.  
Lisa Garvey is a writer of fantasy and science-fiction. She earned a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Puget Sound and her MFA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. Her scripts have won and placed in several screenwriting and television competitions including making the top 15% of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting, winning Script Pipeline's First Look Project in the Fantasy category with her screenplay RUMPEL, and landing in the Top 25 of the Launch Pad's feature competiton. The ISA selected her first original TV pilot for a reading at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and her supernatural pilot WINDY CITY recently made the second round of the Austin Film Festival writing competition. Lisa also writes speculative fiction. Her slipstream novella is...
With a B.A. in Economics from Trinity University and concentrated study in Philosophy at Boston College, I moved to Los Angeles, bought an electric bass and joined a band. With the discovery that music was not my strongest skill set, I embraced an opportunity to change career paths, and feed myself, by working as a copywriter. My work has been honored with numerous national ADDY and PROMAX/BDA awards and Silver medal at the Chicago Film Festival.   As the middle child of nine kids, I was a storyteller from an early age, with a lot of stories to tell. My passion for writing led me to studying screenwriting structure and craft after college, and subsequently led to teaching screenwriting, which I did for more than two years.   As a screenwriter, my scripts have placed in the Austin Film Festival,...
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Movieguide $10,000 Kairos Prize winner and first-generation Norwegian-American Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) has honed her craft since her debut screenplay garnered a finalist nod from Creative World Awards. Her second script received an Emerging Screenwriters Family Category win (8th overall) and her adaptation, from her own translation, of one of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's plays is in pre-production. When writing, Chicago-born Birgit draws on her heritage, experiences gained living half her life overseas (currently in Australia), aspects of her former work as a CIA biographical analyst, and explorations of US culture through the eyes of people she has met overseas. Currently, she is writing a biopic on a notable American.
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