DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 193 Emerging Writers

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

Emily is a writer, actress and producer. Emily's acting credits include Georgiana Reed in the Oscar nominated feature film 'Jane Eyre' to playing co-lead in feature film 'Sorority' opposite two BAFTA winning actresses. Emily has written and directed several of her our short films, the most recent being 'Beautified' which has won 26 awards including Best Script and Best Original Story. 
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. 
Linda's stories reflect her Boston roots and often showcase complex female characters in the messy throes of change. Raised among New England neighbors who resorted to murder, suicide and the actual assassination of her beloved black Lab, Luther, Linda admits turning to late-night window peeping to answer the burning question: Who the hell are these people? Linda now looks for answers in her screenplays, many of which feature elements of surf/neo-noir, crime/mystery and messy family dynamics. Her work is often peppered with a healthy dash of New England humor. Linda's TV pilot, BIG STICK, earned favorable feedback from the Black List: Given the procedural elements lurking in the backdrop of this pilot, even in its current draft, it warrants immediate attention from networks for series development. Refining...
I'm a born and raised Floridian turned writer-comedian, of course. I get a kick out of telling oddball, hard-to-believe, and sometimes hard-to-hear stories. At the core of all of my scripts are nuanced, imperfect female-identifying protagonists.  A little bit about me: I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida thinking it was the best place on Earth only to realize later in life, Earth is pretty big. My childhood was shaped by my literally fresh-off-the-boat Vietnamese mother who arrived as a war refugee, and my shopaholic Canadian step(but-as-real-as-they-get)father who hated the cold so much that he up and left Montreal one day and drove south until it was hot. He met my mother at their mutual place of employment, Burger King. Yes, this is all true. ​ More true stories: From ages 16-19, I worked as a bank...
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Randall's first theatrical production was the Drama-Logue Award-winning play, FATHER'S NOSE BLEEDS!, which he co-wrote with Jim Landis.  It ran twelve weeks to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles.  Since then, Randall has had a number of indie-thrillers produced, including FAREWELL, MY LOVE, which he also directed.  His short film, CONVERGENCE, was nominated for the Best Arizona Film at the Sedona Film Festival.  In 2020, he sold his screenplay, COLD WAR REQUIEM aka SPY WITHOUT A COUNTRY, that is now set to shoot in early, 2021.  Randall sold a fantasy/adventure television project, SOUND AND FURY, to MGM and CBS with Executive Producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and Johnny Depp.  Most recently, Randall's newest spec script, a near-future thriller, A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA, won both the...
Born in Germany, Zoe grew up in a mentally, physically and sexually abusive home, Zoe escaped through books to graduate from law school. At university, she was introduced to dominatrix and found she liked the life-style so much, she continued and eventually became the internationally sought out dominatrix, Domina Hera, resulting in the co-authoring of her biography, Lawyer by Day/Dominatrix by Night and host of TV show, Hera's School of Love.
Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Semifinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay and Table Read My Screenplay Austin winner. She was named to the 2018 Young & Hungry List, chosen for the ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, and selected for NYWIFT's From Script to Preproduction lab. Her short film TOO SUNNY FOR SANTA (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things) screened at festivals across the country from Newport Beach to Nashville and garnered awards from AmericanLife TV and the Russell Hexter Filmmaking Fund, among others. With her comedy writing partner Corinne Caputo, she co-wrote and starred in the web series LIFE, AFTER, a short film BE THE CHANGE, and a video series...
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Vandon Gibbs is an award-winning writer and director who enjoys telling intimate stories with big themes. His love for visual arts was apparent at an early age as he placed in numerous art competitions for drawing throughout high school. His passion for the arts was only matched by his love for movies. As a child, his favorite show on Saturday morning wasn’t a cartoon, it was Siskel and Ebert.  This, combined with Vandon’s affection for cinema, story telling, and drawing, lead him to the conclusion that he wanted to be either a comic book illustrator or Hollywood concept artist.   After years of trying to find his place in the world, Vandon found himself in middle management in Corporate America. And though this was a good living, he felt artistically unfulfilled. This caused him to take a...
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B     R    U     C     E          L    O   G    A    N   DGA Director West Coast DP IATSE 600   Remember Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star in Star Wars? How about the tail-fin of a plane prowling through the clouds in Airplane? The movie’s first journey into cyberspace when Tronfights for the users on the game-grid? Or Lily Tomlin, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, falling down her own garbage disposal?   All of them indelible cinematic images immortalized by Bruce Logan.   A versatile, two-time Emmy-winning Writer/Director.  A Director/Cameraman of commercials specializing in Comedy, Action and Special Visual...
As a writer, I like to use my stories to explore strong themes in unique, layered worlds. I love to create the texture of an environment, and center my stories around a single character who is the embodiment of a fundamental human desire or flaw. I tend to write with a dark wit and strong sense of irony, and I truly enjoy writing for an ensemble of diverse characters. Some series that match my style of writing (and which I would be absolutely honored to work on) are: Fargo, Barry, Claws, Succession, Mindhunter, What We Do in the Shadows, and You, among others.  Here is a short bio about me:  Sonali Mehta holds an MA with honors in Screenwriting from MetFilm School in London, UK. While there, she wrote three festival-placing short films, and developed a TV pilot that...
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Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I've always had a witty mouth. I'm not quite sure if growing up in the Big Apple has anything to do with it, but my mother constantly told me my mouth was too smart for my own good. As a child of six--and the youngest girl, I always had to make my siblings laugh to get out of trouble. My sisters used to play "Casper" games with me, pretending I wasn't in the room, when I was right next to them. I would say jokes, and they would have no choice but to laugh, acknowledging I was actually in the room. Unknowingly, comedy has been engrained in me. My witty mouth has attributed to my punch lines in dialogue. But I'm always constantly reminded that my comedy is not just designed to make people laugh, but make people realize that there is POWER in words and how we speak to each other.  My...
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Kate Beacom is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Portland, Oregon.  Kate's first feature REHAB CABIN, which they wrote, co-directed, and produced, has been an Official Selection at a number of film festivals including Manhattan Film Festival, where it won Best Comedic Feature, as well as Mill Valley, Austin Film Festival, and Tallgrass Film Festival where it received the Outstanding Screenplay award. Kate's short film ALL MEN MUST DIE played at festivals internationally in 2018. Kate's writing has been recognized by BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Page Turner Screenplays, Script Pipeline, Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Two of Kate's scripts have been featured on The Black List as among their reader's favorites.
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Emily Tomson’s background spans the arts and cultural studies. She studied Experimental Theatre as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting her degree in cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. After five years in advertising, she began directing and writing for film in 2013. Emily’s work is noted for a distinct feminine perspective, characters driven by moral ambiguity, and visual storytelling that looks the way it feels. Emily has directed several short films and music videos, and made her festival debut with KATE IN OXNARD, which premiered at the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film, going on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Bend Film Festival, and others. Her feature screenplays have been given multiple awards and industry recognition,...
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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Born in Malaysia but raised in the U.S., Michelle is a prolific writer, composer, and musician who has worked on a wide range of film projects. Her screenplays have garnered numerous film festival and competition awards, including Script Pipeline (Top 20 Finalist), StoryPros Awards (Grand Prize Winner), CineStory Foundation, Barcelona International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize), Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition, and more. She currently works as a creative exec for an L.A.-based production company but resides with her family in Austin, TX.
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Although she once felt that her destiny was to be an international spy or a preschool teacher, Mugs compromised by combining the skill sets of each to pursue a writing career, originally as an advertising copywriter and then transitioning to screenwriting. A founding producing partner of Against Type Films, Mugs is also an award-winning screenwriter in the feature and episodic spaces, including finalist in the The Writers Lab, Sundance YouTube New Voices, Final Draft Big Break, Big Apple Film Festival, and Hollyshorts competitions and Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Table Read - Austin for her original pilot NANTUCKET. In addition to being selected to attend the Talent Lab at the 2021 Reykjavik International Film Festival, she is a proud Stowe Story Labs alum, a Sundance Collab Creator and a writer on the ISA...
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In 2017, Callaghan won the ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Contest with his sci-fi pilot REDSHIFT, and in 2018 he won the Final Draft Big Break Contest with his period legal drama PORTIA’S LAW (co-written with his mother, Hana Callaghan). This project is in early development with a showrunner-led production company. Following these wins, Callaghan was named one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019 by the ISA. His feature film script THE MILLER FAMILY RIFLE, a dramedy about gun control, is currently in development with producer Aaron Cruze. Various scripts by Callaghan have been finalists for the PAGE Awards, The Tracking Board's Launch Pad Competition, The Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition, and the Cinequest International Film Festival, as well as ranking in the top 20% for the Nicholl...
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Born 1989 in Zurich, Timo von Gunten has established himself as an autodidactic filmmaker. In 2005 he established his own production company label, BMC Films. In 2017, his short film LA FEMME ET LE TGV, starring Jane Birkin, he has been nominated for an Academy Award®. Since then, Timo is in development of feature films. He carries a master degree in screenwriting at the university of arts in Zürich (ZHDK). 2020 Sonnenwende, Fiction 6’2020 Dreamcolors HP Commercial 4’2019 The Impatient Patient, Fiction 6’2016 La femme et le TGV, writer/director, fiction 30’2016 Le Voyageur, writer/director, video essay, 86’2014 Mosquito, writer/director, fiction, 10’ 2013 Eastern Winds, director/editor/DoP, exp., 10.30’ 2013 Poupée, director/writer/DoP, fiction, 9.40’...
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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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Melody is a genre writer focused on social issues, BIPOC characters, and women protagonists. She was raised by parents who were activists and teachers in a Blerd family that loved science and literature and proved that Black people do go camping. She is currently story editor on the 22nd season of NBCUniversal’s Law & Order: SVU, and has been selected for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab’s new Idea Lab to develop a grounded sci-fi pilot. She started out in TV in 2019 as staff writer on the second season of the CW Network series Two Sentence Horror Stories for which she wrote two episodes. In 2020 she co-wrote a comedy sci-fi episode starring Wayne Brady for The Insiders, a new series headed by Greg Grunberg. A 2019 HBO Access Writing Fellow, Melody was winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for...
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