DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 108 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.

I am a forensic psychiatrist/law professor by day, aspiring (and contest-winning) screenwriter by night, author of a half a dozen books (historical novels to textbooks and apparently commercial enough to earn me guest shots on Oprah, Larry King, and the rest), two well received stage plays, a screenplay option (these last two brought me WGA membership) and countless articles – I suspect I am the only writer on this planet to have been published in both the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan magazine. Of late I have been occasional story consultant to the current Hawaii Five-O television series.
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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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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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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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...
2016 La femme et le TGV, writer/director, fiction 30’2016 Le Voyageur, writer/director, video essay, 26’2014 Mosquito, writer/director, fiction, 10’ 2013 Eastern Winds, director/editor/DoP, exp., 10.30’ 2013 Poupée, director/writer/DoP, fiction, 9.40’ 2012 Love of my life, writer/director, fiction, 3’ 2012 Monsieur du Lit, writer/director, fiction, 5’2011 Frei nach Gefühl, director, fiction, 4’2011 Acht Blumen, director, fiction 30’
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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,...
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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I've been writing screenplays on and off since the 80s as a hobby.  I finished a 13-year position as a film rater on the MPAA ratings board, then started my own film ratings consulting company, Film Rating Advisors, to assist filmmakers with rating issues and make sure most of their film's content is not sacrificed by unnecessary edits before they take their official rating code.  And have been a Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone aficionado my entire life.   
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Writing credits, short film: CALOGERO'S DAY OFF (directed by Alex Melli, produced by Suktion Production)PRAYING ON THE RAIN (produced by Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild CA) Screenwriting contest recognition:Nicholl, semifinalist - THE CROCKETTVILLE KID (feature)Nicholl, quarterfinalist - CHEATERS (feature)CineStory, semifinalist - THE MUDVILLE NINE (feature) Movie Script Contest, first place - GOLDDIGGER (short)Vail Film Festival, first place - TRUE BLUE (short) (and others)
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...
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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Shane Elizabeth is an up-and-coming writer with a strong background in development and story producing for unscripted television. She has worked on shows such as Anthony Bourdain's, The Taste and Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days, Project Runway, and The Real World. She holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, and has completed UCLA's Graduate Programs in both Screenwriting and TV writing. Thus, Shane is up-and-coming but with a decade of experience worth recognizing. Currently, she continues to work on her memoir, a cross between Dear Vodka, it's me Chelsea and Eat, Pray, Love with a lot of drugs, sex, and spiritual trance along the way.  Her TV pilots correspond to different divisions of this...
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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. 
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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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...
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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Tameka Corbitt

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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Hennah graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts focusing in Dramatic Writing.  She was the recipient of the 2014 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting from the WGA-East. A year later, she won the American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 ISA Fastrack Screenwriting Fellowship. Her works include a feature-length drama following the most turbulent hours of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a feature-length sci-fi about false memory implantation, and a one-hour pilot centering on the death penalty. She is currently developing an untitled project with Votiv Films.