DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 118 Emerging Writers

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

Steve Feld is a 7-time Emmy Award-winning producer/writer/director. His dramedy, "Take My Wife, Please" was awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's 2019 Emerging Screenwriters competition. His film, "40 Minutes Over Maui" was awarded Best Comedy Short in the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival, Best of Fest in the 2019 Dam Short Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Fade-In Short Film/Short Script competition. It is an Official Selection for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. His marriage equality romantic comedy, "And Then, This Happened" has won several film festival awards including Best Screenplay at the 2018 Romance Film Festival and the 2018 LGBTQ Film Festival. His sitcom pilot, "Now What?" was a finalist for LiveRead/LA.  
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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C.J. is a media creator specializing in queer-themed, genre-driven, and human interest content. C.J.’s screenwriting work has won multiple awards. His feature script titled Geller High School’s Mondo-Secret Crush Committee, a heist/teen rom-com mash-up, won 1st Prize in Columbia College Chicago’s Written Image contest in the Alumni Feature Screenplay category. The script also won the Grand Prize in the New York Screenplay Contest’s Action/Adventure category. The judges called it “smart, highly original, and very entertaining,” and the Creative World Awards said, “This story has great commercial potential and could really resonate with audiences.” C.J.’s fiction writing has been nominated for the Pushcart...
Writing elevated thrillers and stories of adventure and transformation, David Keith Miller's 17 produced screenplays include WRITTEN IN BLOOD with Peter Coyote, TIME LAPSE with Roy Scheider and THE GLASS CAGE with Eric Roberts. He presently has three scripts under option.His newest spec THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER received "Recommend" coverage from Screenplayreaders.com.His comic thriller DOUBLE INDIANA won the Texas Film Institute screenplay competition quarterfinaled in the 2016-2017 Launch Pad and Fresh Voices competitions with a Spotlight Award nomination for Best Dialogue, and won him a mentorship with a-list scribe Andrew Baldwin. His historical drama THE BOOK OF REVENGE won Best in Genre in Table Read My Screenplay's 2015 L.A. competition, won Coverage, Ink's "Get Repped Now" 2015 competition, was a...
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!
Edward Klau is a screenwriter specializing is infusing high-concept clockwork thrillers with relatable three-dimensional characters. His screenplay BRIGHTS won the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest and was read at Park City during The Sundance Film Festival. In that same competition, his script INVISIBLE SCARS was also in the Top Ten and a third, CRIMINAL ELEMENT, advanced to the Semi-Finals. Since then, the ISA name has raised his profile in the industry, garnering meetings with top production companies. Recently, Klau wrote and directed the short BLINDERS, an elegant, stylish Hitchcockian throwback in the vein of DIAL M FOR MURDER and WAIT UNTIL DARK. 
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Rory White

Rory White is a native of South Louisiana married with three kids. He draws from his varied experiences as a filmmaker, Director of Photography, Chiropractor, EMT, firefighter, race car driver, and boxing promoter to inspire my writing. His screenplays have won ISA New Orleans Writers Award 2017 and placed at Table Read My Screenplay (New Orleans, London, and Sundance), Final Draft Fellowship, ISA Fast-track Fellowship, and New York International Fright Fest. Films he has produced from screenplays have won or placed at numerous film festivals including AMFM, London Independent Awards, Imagination Lunchbox, and New Zealand Film Awards.
I practiced as a professional counselor for over 35 years and recently retired so I can pursue writing full time.  I've also served as the pastor of various churches and was a chaplain in the Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of colonel.  I've had the opportunity of hearing the stories of many different people from all walks of life.   One common thread in all those stories is a search for hope and meaning.  My goal as a screenwriter is to find entertaining and subtle ways to point people to that hope found in the grace and love of God.   Over the years I've been mentored in my writing by some of the best in the field (e.g. Linda Seger) and although I haven't taken any formal classes, I've read numerous books on the subject  and I've sat in (online) on various...
Ryan P. Shrime's screenplay, PLEASE DON'T DIE, ROGER BERMAN, just won 3rd place out of 2000 submissions in the Emerging Screenwriters Feature competition.Ryan has been acting, writing, and producing since he graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Economics. Having made numerous appearances in film and television, he is a graduate of the three-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio in New York, and has also studied at Berg Studios and the Lesly Kahn Studio in Los Angeles, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre both in New York and Los Angeles, with the Michael Checkhov Acting Studio in New York, the American Repertory Theater in Boston and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He co-wrote/created/executive produced the acclaimed web series, Bathroomies, produced The...
Zoe Warncke grew up in Germany and became a lawyer in Düsseldorf. At the same time, she became one of the most exclusive dominatrix on the planet - Domina Hera. Her best-seller book release "Lawyer by Day/Dominatrix by Night" prompted her to host her own talk show, become a spokes person/model for various designers, and collaborate with other photographers, filmmakers and musicians.   She married filmmaker Michael L. Mizrahi and moved to New York City, where she currently lives with him and their Sphynx cats. Zoe is now working as an editor-at-large for an online fashion magazine, giving inspirational artistic counseling to artists, PR stories, photo productions etc.   Zoe is open to new experiences that feed her hunger for beauty.     One of Zoe's favorite quotes and tattoos -  "A...
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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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.
Jay Cipriani recently wrote the television films SHARING CHRISTMAS for Hallmark and A CHRISTMAS CRUISE for ION television and currently teaches screenwriting at New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA. In 2015 he won Chicago's Pride Films and Plays Screenwriting Competition where his screenplay SOMEBODY TO LOVE was performed live.Jay received his BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received his MFA in Film Production from The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.  Jay began his career in story development and production working with writer/director Barry Levinson, producers Paula Weinstein, Len Amato, and Palak Patel, and later with writer/director Ted Griffin.  ...
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.
Rachel Kempf is a Los-Angeles based screenwriter with a passion for kick-ass female-driven comedy and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). She received a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, she co-created the webseries Texting with Gosling and was listed in Variety Magazine’s 110 Students to Watch list. Her most recent romantic comedy, Dirty Words, earned her a development deal from Gidden Media, and she is currently at work with them on a romantic comedy for people who hate weddings. Dirty Words will receive a live table read at this year's Austin Film Festival as a result of winning the Grand Prize in the 2019 Table My Read Competition. In addition, her comedy feature and pilot scripts have gained...
Hi, we’re Jerren and Jesse. We were writers on the PBS Kids show Bug Bites (https://www.kcet.org/shows/bug-bites). We’ve created, written and produced a comedic web series for Machinima (VGPD: 8-Bit Detectives, animated) and a series for Fox Digital (Jacked On 'Roids). We’ve written an action-comedy for Canadian producer Terri Hitchcock (Solo-Duet, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5331176/?ref_=nm_knf_t1). We’ve also written on national ad campaigns for Chili’s, Westin Hotels and Lake Tahoe. We’ve been selected as part of Geoff LaTulippe’s/The Black List’s Six Week Spec project, where LaTulippe wrote: "What I'm saying is, if someone doesn't buy Jerren and Jesse’s script, I will hunt them down and set them on fire for making a fool of me."...
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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 three 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. Bison Man - Cynosure - Grand Prize - Diversity The Floating World (aka The Revolt of the Whales) - WriteScript - top 10, Page, Scriptapalooza, others - semifinalist  
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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...
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. 
Born on January 10th, 1990, Morelia, México, Lucy Luna has been experimenting art since a kid; she started doing ballet at age five, and loved drawing even before she learned to walk. At age eight she started acting. At ten she began to write, especially short horror stories, and at fifteen she realized filmmaking was all she wanted to do in her life. At eighteen she started studying screenwriting.   Despite her young age, Lucy has been lucky enough to learn directly from the big ones such as Aaron Sorkin, Guillermo Arriaga, Paula Markovitch, Syd Field, Linda Seger, Michael Hauge and John Truby.    Lucy graduated from the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting Conservatory, and is currently working on a few projects while her script Sophie & Valentina is getting noticed as...
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