DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 163 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.  
Katie is a recent Top 10 drama finalist in the 2020 Emerging Screenwriter's Genre Screenply Competition for her TV pilot, THE FULL MOON BEER DRINKERS CLUB. She's also the recipient of the “Shoot In Philadelphia” TV Pilot Grand Prize winner for TENURE, a recent semi-finalist in the Big Break TV Contest and the WeTV Pilot Contest for her pilot, TENURE. Her pilot, THE PITS, set in the world of car racing, was a TV Industry Insider Top 10 Finalist and first place winner in the The Spec Scriptacular. She also has a full-length screenplay about a down on her luck Philadelphia jazz singer called THE THIRD BEST THING. Based in Philadelphia, Katie comes from the advertising world where she is an award-winning copywriter for TV, radio and digital. In addition to screenwriting, she is also an adjunct professor at...
Neer Musa Shelter was a semi-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a Final Draft’s Big Break top 3 finalist, an Austin Film Festival finalist, a Page Award winner (and two-time finalist), a Monte Miller Award winner (finalist in two consecutive years), and many more. After growing up on ships and traveling around the world, Neer (of Egyptian-British descent) settled in Australia. He served in the military, became a 3rd Dan Black Belt in an ancient Korean martial art, and graduated from film school with a bachelor's degree. Following his studies, he gained years of experience in the industry, working on set and in post on; The Great Gatsby, The Wolverine, Gods of Egypt, Top of the Lake, Peter Rabbit 2, and many more.
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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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Jasmine Leyva is a filmmaker and actress based in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in TV, Film and Media and a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from California State University (Northridge), where she taught undergrad screenwriting.  She was the recipient of the 2019 ISA Hollywood Writer Award and the grand prize winner of the 2019 WeScreenplay competition.  Leyva worked as an Associate Producer on the NAACP Award winning docu-series, Unsung, and was subsequently a writer and producer for Being, a docuseries highlighting dynamic entertainers in film and music. Leyva was also an Associate Producer for a variety of unscripted television. In front of the camera, Leyva has appeared in commercials and print ads for major brands including American Express, Apple, BlackPeopleMeet.com, Credit...
I’m a gay British writer who splits his time between New York, London and LA.  I have a rich heritage in story-telling and an obsession with humankind and her follies.  My passion is for relationship and family comedy-drama, particularly those with an ensemble. I love creating well rounded diverse / LGBTQ characters and strong female leads.  I’ve spent the past four years living in NYC, but am now currently based back in London, with my partner of 13 years.  Covid-era aside, I freely and regularly travel across to the States and throughout Europe, through my other work as a fashion film director (a fantastic gig that shows me the world and heavily influences my writing).  I trained as a documentary maker in the 00's, but I’ve been writing screenplays since 2012 and now have...
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Nancy Nyman

Most recently, Nancy co-wrote the comedy feature Taffeta with Heather McNama, a project they developed with Kyra Sedgwick and her company, Big Swing Productions.  Kyra is attached to direct. In 2017, they landed a spot in Outfest Film Festival’s prestigious Screenwriters Lab. On the TV side, the pair sold a foster-oriented project to The Disney Channel, wrote the half-hour comedy The F Word, the hour-long drama pilot Social Work, a spec of Elementary, and their Parks & Recreation sample landed in the top six scripts at Austin Film Festival.  Their play, Resolution, which received its world premiere in Chicago in 2016, was nominated for Chicago’s prestigious Jeff Award for Best New Play.   They’ve written for the Legacy Awards for Elizabeth Banks, Norman Lear, Lena Waithe,...
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Born at a young age in Spokane, Washington, Jon’s love for stories can be traced back to the childhood plays that he and his sister used to perform for family and friends, who, if asked to comment on their quality, might have said “bless their little hearts.” But after dabbling in acting throughout his younger years, Jon realized he was terrified of crowds larger than four people and took his love of storytelling to Gonzaga University where he majored in… Mathematics, a career choice he has yet to thoroughly explain. But it was at Gonzaga that a film class reawakened his passion for movies, and after spending numerous years languishing in jobs that were devoid of it, Jon dove head-first into the craft of screenwriting. Seven years and many failed attempts later, Jon has completed numerous...
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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Diane Lansing from dancer to actor, found natural creative progression through telling stories. Her award winning short plays were produced At the Electric Lodge in Venice California, claiming LA Weekly’s  “Pick of the Week.” The short film Out Of Her Element was developed from one of the plays and a new passion bloomed for her as a director and filmmaker. Presently at work on her fifth screenplay, Diane plans to direct a new short film (and eventually one of her feature scripts).  Diane had a fantastic experience directing The Perfect Date, followed by directing her first PSA for Women In Film. Creating and collaborating through film, are now her driving force.
Jason Goldberg is a member of the Producer's Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. Horror is his genre of choice and has 15 completed feature screenplays and 3 television series that have placed in top writing competitions, including Nicholl, Final Draft's Big Break and Screencraft Horror. Jason landed on The Launch Pad's Young & Hungry List (2018), The Launch Pad's Hit List (2018), and ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List in 2019. He sold "Stay Out of the F*cking Attic" to Top Dead Center Films, which will be hitting Shudder in Q1 2021 and recently optioned his Hit List script "Flatwoods" to Street Worth Media. He's currently producing a cosmic horror film with a-list talent attached, while pushing his own material. 
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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.  The first short film she wrote, Desmond’s Not Here Anymore, won...
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STEVEN A. FINLY, WGAw - 2019;  Stevenfinly@sbcglobal.net  - (818-730-9506) - http://www.stevenfinly.comManager, Richard Lowry, (514) 585-3505 - (310) 299-2983 Steven A. Finly has been a writer and musician since his teenage days growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  Steven’s passion for creative writing -- in any media -- has been a driving force in his life.  His first screenplay, "Off Season." sold just days after completing it, and his first novella, “Blind Trust,” was made into the feature film “BLACKHEART.”  With such early successes, Steven became hooked on writing.  As a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, he’s had seven of his screenplays produced and has garnered over 15 writing awards.  Steven's current novel,...
Gary Piazza is an award winning screenwriter, filmmaker and photographer residing in the Pacific Northwest. He began writing and shooting videos in high school back in the 80's and never looked back. After serving in the Navy, Gary enrolled in the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute by Donna Lee and graduated with honors. It wasn't long before he wrote a sequel to John Carpenter's, "The Thing" and sent it off to ICM where they responded with interest in the script. It was that interest that landed him an agent, Gaily Vollmer with Trans International Productions. Like many projects and successes, however, this one never made it and Trans International closed their doors soon after. It was only a matter of months before Gary found his second agent in Venice Beach, CA. Suzanne Moore, with Miller-Moore Talent. The...
Skye Emerson is an accomplished screenwriter and filmmaker, recently receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She is passionate about all things art and storytelling, emphasizing in her work strong female protagonists and members of the world minority. She's an advocate for the oppressed, a voice for the voiceless, and believes that film has the power to change minds and lives. Skye's feature drama script, Challenger, was recently awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Competition, and was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Grant from both UCLA and the Sundance Institute.   Skye was recognized as a Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2020 from ISA.     
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Writing thrillers and action-adventure, 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 a script under option and just finished two writing assignments for Living Stone Productions (BE).His comic thriller DOUBLE INDIANA won the Texas Film Institute screenplay competition, quarterfinaled in the 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 action-adventure THE BOOK OF REVENGE was a quarter-finalist in the Austin Film Festival, won Best in Genre in Table Read My Screenplay's L.A. competition, and received Honorable Mention in the Screenplay Festival competition.His comic...
As a former programmer with a bit of training in A.I., award-winning screenwriter John Dummer has given much thought to what comes next for the human species, a question he explores in his most recent screenplay, the Sci-Fi/Horror tale FORGET-ME-NOTS. The script took the top prize at Page International, Stage 32, StoryPros and the Fade In Awards.  His previous screenplay, THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN, a two-time Nicholl top 30 script, has won competitions in the categories of Family, Drama, Sci-Fi and Inspirational. John studied screenwriting at USC and Chicago’s Columbia College, and sketch writing at the Second City Training Center.  Under the pen name Alexander Jenny, John co-produced and wrote the lyrics for the children’s album “On The Loose Dreams,” winner of a Parents’...
STATON RABIN is an optioned screenwriter and YA novelist with a global audience.  She finds remarkable true stories about famous people-- blends them with a lot of heart, a little magic, and a dash of comedy-- and creates warm, funny, poignant movies about relatable human beings. When the world is spinning out of control, her stories give us something to hang onto: what sustains us is love of family and friends, and our courage.  If you miss seeing movies that take you on an adventure, make you laugh, cry and root for the hero, and remind you life is worth living, you've come to the right place. As Austin Film Festival's report said of "Saving Mark Twain": "As you can tell, I loved this script. It’s the last script I’m reading for the festival this year, and it’s comfortably my favorite....
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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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.