DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 86 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.

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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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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Writer. Warrior. Worrier.Dreaming. Dazzled. Dazed.Friend of the four-legged. Advocate of Earth.Peace believer. Love accept-er.Seeking to believe that neither is all you need.Oh, and I act sometimes. 
Michael Graf, Writer/Director:   Named “Director of the Year” by Screen Magazine, Michael Graf is an Emmy® Award winning filmmaker and principal owner of Spot FilmWorks, Ltd. and has produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials for national and regional clients alike.   He’s directed work for a wide range of companies including AstraZeneca, The Miller Brewing Company, Jimmy Johns, Casey’s Pizza and Dow Agrosciences.   His award winning commercial work has been broadcast during the Super Bowl and been featured in Communication Arts and In Camera Magazines. Graf won Best of Show honors at the International Summit Creative Awards in Seattle, top broadcast honors at the NY Ace Awards, the CINE Golden Eagle, the Chicago Film Festival’s Hugo...
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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...
Though not his day job, Mark Grisar is a professional screenwriting contestant, having won, placed, or showed in the most prestigious contests in the country. In one year, his comedy BAD RAP placed in 10 out of 12 major competitions including Austin FF (top 10), Script PIMP (top 10), Open Door (top 3), Slamdance (semi-finalist), Page (top 2%),  Nicholl (top 10%). He boasts that he is one of the few who has won more than he has spent on contest entry fees. Grisar is especially proud of the 3 copies of Final Draft Software he won in one year. Grisar has written five viable scripts (all contest favorites), has had several options -- US and abroad (some even paying!) and has 3 unexecuted sales contracts residing on his hard drive. He has come as close to a produced credit as a screenwriter can, without having...
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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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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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Valerie spent her first six years of life in Chicago, until her parents uprooted her to a small Oklahoma ranch without her permission. She eventually made her way to Los Angeles to work as a game designer and digital artist, where she made the terrifying realization that she wanted to be a screenwriter when she grew up. She has been writing ever since. She's a UCLA Diane Thomas Award Winner and Top Ten Finalist, 2018 Page Finalist and 2017 Page Semi-Finalist, two-time Nicholl Quarterfinalist, and Chesterfield Semi-Finalist. Her first produced film, the crime thriller “The Assassin's Code,” premiered to sold-out crowds at the 42nd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival in April 2018, with its theatrical/VOD release in May. She's currently writing a coming-of-age/coming-out story disguised as a...
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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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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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Wendy Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian who hails from the rural area of upstate New York.  At the age of ten, she began writing and recording her own short films and music videos on VHS, eventually creating Laughtears, her college television station’s first (and only) original drama series.     Settling in Los Angeles, Wendy continued creating her own projects while working in the industry.  At the age of twenty-three, her first screenplay became a semi-finalist for the Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab.  She went on to become a finalist for the 2003 ABC/Disney Writing Fellowshipand two years later was asked to join the Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop.  Her next screenplay, Backseat Debutantes, was a...
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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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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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Jeff York was named one of the International Screenwriters Association's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. He has written 11 movie screenplays, two TV show treatments/pilots and two plays. His works have figured in the finals of 66 screenwriting contests and counting. He's been a Screencraft Fellowship finalist twice. And Jeff currently has two scripts, INCURABLE and PLAY DIRTY, that are being considered for purchase by an independent film company. Jeff is also working with an independent producer to develop a script based on the life of silent film comedian Harold Lloyd. After 20 years in advertising, running a couple of creative departments, and winning almost every industry award, Jeff took his lifelong love of going to the movies and decided to take a crack at writing a screenplay. It was a...
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Phil Parker is one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018.  He has just been hired for the second time this year to write a feature for producers. Toil Films has contracted him to pen a WWII action/drama with a very timely theme. Earlier in the year he was hired to write BROKEN WINGS, a winter-sports action/drama with director Rob Kaplan attached to direct. BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson has re-optioned and is packaging Phil's multi-award winning feature spec THE THIRD BOMB. A trailer for CATSAWAY, the animated feature Tent Pictures hired Phil to develop is now out and production on the film has begun. Plus, KINDRED, the indigenous Australian sci-fi script that Red Centre Films hired Phil to rewrite recently won top honours at the Tribal Film Festival in the USPhil's success so far is due in...
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Peter Jang was born in Columbus, OH where he earned 5 National Champion titles in Taekwondo. At 18, he attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a BA in Economics. After graduating, Peter was introduced to the film industry where he became an extra and stand-in, then a full-time actor and stuntman, and now an award winning screenwriter and director. He was named the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of the International Screenwriter's Association's Emerging Screenwriter's Screenplay Competition. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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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...
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...
Jarret Kerr is a Brooklyn based, award winning screenwriter, director and actor. His screenplay, Northern, was awarded best action-adventure script for ISA's 2015 table read my screenplay competition, placing in the top ten. It was also listed as one of the top 100 screenplays at the 2015 Cinequest Film Festival. His last film, Jane Wants A Boyfriend, starring Eliza Dushku, Louisa Krause and Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, won best actress and best ensemble at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival and is currently available on Showtime. His first film, Percival's Big Night, won best producer and best actress at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime. His screenplay, Saung, was shot on location in Myanmar in the summer of 2017 with an all Burmese cast of non-actors and is currently on the festival...