DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 120 Emerging Writers

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

A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and in a number of literary publications, including The Masters Review, Black Static, Concīs, Sick Lit, White Hot, Spider Road Press, Cheap Pop, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, and more.  In addition to writing and filmmaking, Bermudez is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of power, the architecture of...
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David Wappel is a Jersey-born, North Carolina-raised feature writer. Wappel's work will be featured in this year's HBO New York Latino Film Festival in the film Long Gone By for which he wrote the shooting script. He has also story consulted on a number of documentary projects, including Quest of the Muscle Nerd. Wappel's latest screenplay, The Last Farm, was a Semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival in the HUMANITAS Originals Category, and was also accepted to the Fall 2019 Stowe Story Lab as an Honorable Mention for the ISA Fellowship. Wappel's work often includes themes of sibling relationships, reluctant leadership, and private courage.  Non-screenwriting projects include the twitter handle @ScriptByShakes where Wappel translates famous movie lines into the Elizabethan tongue, as well as Lightning...
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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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David Baugnon is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. His feature screenplay “Trip” finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the International Screenwriters' Association’s announced David as one of the Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018. His hour-long pilot, “The Messiah Project”, won the International Screenwriters' Association Fast Track Fellowship in 2015 and numerous awards, including Silver at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and Showtime's Tony Cox Television Pilot Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival. His directing credits include the award-winning feature documentary “Art in the Face of War” (available on Amazon and iTunes) and the short documentary “Matisyahu”, which screened in...
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T. Siena was thrilled to have her first screenplay, Border Dogs, chosen as one of the ISA's Fast Track grand prize winners for 2019. This 1 hour TV drama series pilot was also a quarter-finalist for Bluecat 2019 and received Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest screenplay competition in 2018. Born in the US and raised in a rural Italian village, T. Siena's earliest memories are of hiding in the forest around Gypsy campfires and listening to the Romani people's music and stories late into the night. Afterwards she could be found curled up in the stables, regaling the kittens and foals with her own versions. Her grandmother was certain she was possessed. When she finally began writing, her tales emerged as raw but lyrical prose. After years of studying the masters of storytelling, honing her skills and...
Michael is a professional script consultant and a produced writer with more than 50 Film Writing Awards. Since he began writing 6 years ago, his scripts have been requested by executives with Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Entertainment Pictures and personally requested by Academy Award Winning Actor Jeff Bridges.     Associate Producer for "The Olive Branch" starring Academy Award Winning Actor Lou Gossett, Jr. Currently in pre-production.   6 more screenplays (so far) outlined for 2019. 2 Novels complete. 4 more novels outlined and in the waiting. So many words, so little time.
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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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Phil Yuhas is an award-winning screenwriter and tireless supporter of animal welfare causes.  His short script, TRUE BLUE, a story about loyalty intended to promote shelter dog adoptions, won first place in contests sponsored by the Nashville, Vail and New York City Independent film festivals.  Phil’s writing credits include the short films CALOGERO’S DAY OFF and PRAYING ON THE RAIN.  Among his feature scripts, THE CROCKETTVILLE KID was a Nicholl semifinalist and Page Awards finalist, CHEATERS was a Nicholl quarterfinalist, and DAVY’S LOCKER won the Scriptwriters Network POP Award.  Phil's latest feature script, ROCKY ROAD, is a coming-of-age drama that explores the themes of family, forgiveness, and prejudice against pit bulls.  
Annika was born and raised in former East - Germany. After her B.F.A. in Theater History and Directing at Bayreuth University in Germany, Annika received a Fulbright scholarship for Indiana University, Bloomington and then completed her education with a Masters in Film Directing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.   She started working as part of the crew in various positions from P.A. to the camera department on productions such as ‘Savannah’,  Don’t trust the B-‘ and ‘Chasing Life’ before becoming an actor herself.   She has been in 'Mob City', 'The Originals', 'Expendable Assets', ‘Hindsight’, ‘NCIS New Orleans’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ and ‘Counterpart’, among...
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Bob's feature thriller, SMUGGLING IN SUBURBIA, has been filmed and will air on Lifetime Channel this year. Ingraham has been a semifinalist (top 5%) twice in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship — with a Las Vegas crime thriller, JACK OF HEARTS (aka POKER FACE), and a twisty heist film, POSSUM. Ingraham’s scripts have also placed in the Chesterfield, Scriptapalooza and Project Greenlight competitions. His TV pilot serial crime drama, ALIBI MAN, placed in the top 75 of the Tracking Board Launchpad TV Pilot contest. Ingraham is just wrapping up a new, female-driven crime thriller feature spec, FEARLESS. One of Bob's feature scripts, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, was produced and aired as a radio play by a California NPR station. One of his shorts, THE DINNER PARTY, was filmed on 35mm for the festival circuit....
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My name is Bonnie Gross. I'm originally from Philadelphia, PA, but journeyed to the University of Alabama for my undergrad. Roll Tide! Around June 2017, I bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a television comedy writer. I recently graduated the UCLA Professional Program for comedy television writing and work full time as an associate producer at Encore Hollywood. I also dabble in sketch comedy and continue taking classes at UCB. For more information please check out my website: https://www.bonniegross.info/
Kirk Vanderbeek is a writer living in Los Angeles with his wife and son. His passion for writing has found him working in just about every medium, but screenwriting remains his focus — with an ever-expanding stack of completed feature and television scripts that span all genres (many of which have placed in prominent contests like the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Nashville Film Festival and more).
Sam Peters has been writing novels for two decades and was forst professionally published in 2009. Now twenty novels in print under a variety of names covering fantasy (as Stephen Deas and as Nathan Hawke), SF (as Gavin Deas and as Sam Peters) and historical fiction (as SJ Deas), Sam has tried several times to kick the writing habit and simply can't. Other hobbies include pretending to be a responsible parent, pretending to be a respectable physicist and experiments in domestic rockety the latter largely lapsed due to the demands of the former). Willing and able to put some noir into anything. Also rather better at picking apart what's not working in other people's stories than at picking apart what's not working in my own. Repsect your editors!
Attorney by day, screenwriter by night (and on weekends).  One produced screenplay, and several others that have placed in prominent competitions.  Period dramas, action, and suspense are my fortes.  Hard-working and very self-motivated.  Easy to work with.  Hit me up if you need info on a "legal" story, scene, procedure, etc. I have litigated in dozens (maybe even hundreds) of state and federal courts around the country (my law practice is national). So, I am also used to traveling.
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Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen is a songwriter turned screenwriter. As the daughter of an American author and South African mother who created South Africa’s first TV talk show, it was this backdrop where Lindiwe learned the power of words, media, and the arts, to share stories that impact our world.   “Growing up as a latchkey kid in a white neighborhood, television was my most supportive parent imaginable. Seeing people that looked like me, made me feel seen, heard and understood,” explains Lindiwe. Her characters are the freaks that fight to break stigmas, the outcasts that show their human spirit rise up time and time again, and the rebels that stand up against social norms of society.    Her first short film, Desmond’s Not...
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The ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2019. Steven, an optioned screenwriter, was born in London and has lived in the Netherlands, Curaçao, USA, Gibraltar and is now back in London.  In a past life he was a Cambridge scholar, a chartered accountant, a CFO and also an international bridge player.  Since becoming a screenwriter five years ago, he has been official selected on over 140 occasions and has over 30 wins.  He is currently steeling himself to becoming a drug user if and when Hollywood beckons.  He has already spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.   Steven is currently unrepresented.
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David Sullivan grew up homeschooled and intensely isolated in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Knowing this hardly qualified him to write about the world, he decided to travel it first. He taught English in Hong Kong, worked as a deckhand in the Mediterannean, and generally followed in the idea of life etched on the page once upon a time by guys like Hemingway and Melville. He has been an ISA Stowe Story Labs Fellow and a Finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.
Scott C. Reynolds is a writer, comedian and teacher. Oh and a software engineer. That’s just his day job,but he’d be happy to leverage the fact that he has software patents if it got him a writing gig somehow. His work can be seen in McSweeney’s, Splitsider, and other places around the web and in files on his Dropbox. Recently, he’s had pilot scripts place in the semifinals in the Austin Film Fest and the Top 5 in Final Draft Big Break. He's studied and performed sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and around NYC. He really loves TV, like, maybe a little too much, and if you were to have a drink at a bar he’d order a whiskey ginger with cherries in it then wait calmly for you to say something about it.
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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Rachel Liebling is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in music, arts, and biographic subjects. Her dramatic television series Transit of Venus was a featured project at Stowe Story Labs, and won a fellowship from ISA. Her music feature, High Lonesome - The Story of Bluegrass Music, lauded as "Enthralling" by The New York Times, was one of six films selected for Tribeca Films 2013 touring series: "American Music: From Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway," alongside Martin Scorsese's, Blues: Feel Like Going Home, and Ken Burns’,  Jazz: Swing, The Velocity of Celebration. Several of Liebling's screenplays have been developed for production, including Grievous Angel, a dramatic feature about country-rock legend Gram Parsons, and The Devil's Dream, a dramatic feature adapted from traditional American murder...