DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 148 Emerging Writers

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

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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Susan is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker.  She has written and directed two features and several short films.  Her feature directorial debut, THE MO of MI played in over 30 independent film festivals across the country and abroad before it was acquired and distributed by Ardustry Home entertainment.   Her second feature film, CHANGING SPOTS was produced from her award-winning screenplay of the same name where it also found nationwide success on the festival circuit before distribution by Pet Projects Entertainment.  The film has recently been adapted into a novel.   Midwest born and raised, Susan earned her film degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, pursuing her passion of storytelling and working in television as a promo...
  Actor/Director/Producer/Writer James has been Artistic Director of Unrestricted View, the resident company at The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London, since 1999 (https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/). He is also Festival Director of both the Unrestricted View Film Festival & the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (https://www.uvff.co.uk ). James has worked extensively as an actor. His film credits include: PEACOCK SEASON (2011), THE TRAP (2015), THE MONSTER  (2015), SILENT COUNTRY (2016) & THE MAN YOU’RE NOT (2017). TV credits include: MESSIAH (BBC), 20 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30 (C4) & LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC (BBC). Theatre credits include: LES MISERABLES (West End), WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (West End), THE CANTERBURY TALES (West End), RAIN DOGS (West End), LOCK UP YOUR...
I'm a writer, director, and journalist based in New York and Los Angeles. My recent work has been on the one-hour series drama pilots, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL, WEIMAR, and IVAN'S HAMMER. Each of these pilots has placed in an array of high profile competitions including The Launch Pad Pilots Competition, the PAGE Awards, Cinequest, Emerging Screenwriters, ISA Fast Track, and ScreenCraft's Pilot Launch and Screenwriting Fellowships. In 2015 WEIMAR was named the Pilot Grand Prize winner in the Table Read My Screenplay Austin contest. This award put me in touch with the team at ISA who have helped me generously ever since to promote my work and realize my goals. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, where my dad taught cinema history classes and my older brother shot and edited Super 8 films on equipment he built...
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Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Erica also studied film at FAMU in Prague, acting at Atlantic Theater Company, and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay and Table Read My Screenplay Austin winner. 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...
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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 Here Anymore,...
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Shane Elizabeth is an award-winning writer who lives her life fueled by the words she writes as she strings together sentences that pop through a voice that can’t be denied.  Her ability to jump off the page, right along with her characters, through this unique signature style of writing brings integrity, laughter, and attitude back to the written word. She lives her life for the stories to tell: Every arc, character, absurdity rings in truth she’s either endured, experienced, or met. Her genre of writing focuses on showcasing strong female-driven characters battling adversity within niche subcultures of America. Adopted at birth and born legally deaf, Shane is diverse through a disability she has turned into an ability. This lack of one sense has caused her others to heighten, allowing Shane to...
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Michael Graf, Writer/Director: Emmy Award winning writer/director Michael Graf has been making waves around the world with his screenplay, THE LAST INDIAN WAR, winning Best Feature Screenplay honors by unanimous vote at the Paris Arts & Movie Awards Festival in France, the Culture & Heritage Award at the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition in Los Angeles, Best Historical Screenplay at Table Read My Screenplay contest in Park City, Utah, Best Screenplay at the Bahamas International Film Festival, Best Sports Screenplay at the Las Vegas International Screenplay Competition and took first place honors for best Biopic at the Fade In Awards in Los Angeles. His screenplay, THROWING HAMMERS, which he is also directing, is in pre-production and won the Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, was a National Lampoon’s...
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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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  Mike Doyle hails from Huntington Beach, California, AKA Surf City. As the dyslexic son of average suburbanites and with zero ability to catch a wave, he found escape from the crushing sameness of 70s and 80s through the films of Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese, Carpenter and Coppola. Inspired to transport audiences to dark worlds only accessible by the imagination, he dedicated himself to the craft of storytelling, more specifically, screenwriting. After years of trial and error, finding fear in the familiar, became the mantra that caught hold. This thematic hook prompted Mike to write WITHORWITHOUT, a horror-themed music video for the band PARCELS, starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Benjamin Howdeshell. WoW has won seven awards around the world and counting. Mike’s follow-up screenplay, SHADOW, is...

Cory Soukup

I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014 with a degree in Film and New Media. During my time in school, I earned the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences internship in the comedy writing department where I got to work in the writers' room of the Nickelodeon show "Instant Mom." After that, my short film, "Applesauce," won The Audience Choice Last Laugh award at Seattle's NFFTY Film Festival, the largest youth festival in the world. After graduation, I was an adjunct professor in the screenwriting department at the University and eventually made the move out to LA where I've been working on various television, sketch and short film scripts. In January I was selected to have a live table read at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival through the Table Read My Screenplay...
  A former ballerina, published fiction author and sometimes film instructor at the University of Notre Dame, Devi is a proud alumnus of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and invited participant to the 2017 inaugural AFI/Fox Studios Bridge program. Her screenplays have placed in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowships, Slamdance and PAGE Awards, and her films have screened at over 500 festivals worldwide, garnering awards, distribution and critical acclaim. When she’s not writing and directing, she chases monkeys around the world with her anthropologist partner. She is also a co-founder/writer of Beyond the Bechdel, a newly launched feminist cinema blog.    
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,...
Jeff York was named one of the International Screenwriters Association's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. He has written 12 movie screenplays, two TV show treatments/pilots and two plays. His works have figured in the finals of 71 screenwriting contests and counting. He's been a Screencraft Fellowship finalist twice.  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 character-driven horror movie (INCURABLE), and when he was finished with it, he sent it to Script magazine for their review. After taking their notes to heart, he rewrote INCURABLE, and it ultimately became Script's only recommended spec screenplay of 2009 (from over...
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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. After her romantic comedy, Dirty Words, won a special distinction prize in the Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Screenwriting contest, she received a development deal with Gidden Media to write a romantic comedy based on her and her husband’s love story. Dirty Words also received a live table read at last year's Austin Film Festival as a result of winning the Grand Prize in the 2019 Table My Read...
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. 
Marni is a screenwriter and technical advisor who specializes in features and television series with academic and ethical themes.  Her genres include drama, grounded sci-fi, dark fantasy and thrillers.  She holds degrees in neuroscience and anthropology with graduate studies in cognitive neurobiology.  Marni won the Grand Prize in the ISA Table Read My Screenplay competition and received a read at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for her feature, SYVERTSEN’S COMPLEX.  The same script was a Nicholl semifinalist and ranked #14 on the Hot 100 List of the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition 2017.
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Dale Winton is an awarded advertising copywriter by day and a passionate screenwriter by night and weekend. He loves creating fresh, provocative and topical stories that challenge the status quo, often told from a minority’s POV. It’s why you’ll find streetwise drag queens, drug-dealing Nigerians, closeted bisexuals and strong female leads helping to explore his themes. Dale has been a finalist in numerous top screenwriting contests, he holds an evaluated score of 8 on The Black List, has two scripts on Coverfly's Red List, pitched several show ideas to Netflix International Originals and is a Stowe Story Lab alumnus.  Nowadays, instead of trying to move products off shelves, Dale prefers to pen scripts that move people’s hearts and minds.    
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R.B. Ripley was thrilled to discover that a shameless childhood television and movie addiction was actually excellent preparation for a writing career. Early on as a writer, he recognized his own folly as a way to reach audiences, and because of this, his work tends to explore universal experiences that connect people, often with the elements of family or an underdog battling an unwinnable dilemma, and set against the backdrop of social injustice.   Currently, he’s working on a dark comedy feature for actor/writer/producer Josh Gad about a junior high school teacher’s tenure battle of wits against a nefarious principal. He's also completed a new corporate thriller feature set in the near future set against the backdrop of water theft, and  a period 1-hour pilot set in 1970's Detroit about...
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We did a lot of camping when I was growing up — most of it inside the condemned houses my hippie-ski-bum parents were working to restore. As they tried to establish themselves as custom home builders, my parents chose freedom over security every time. To them, spending the winter snowbound in a leaking trailer with me and my two siblings was better than working in a fluorescent lit cubicle. My life has been shaped by people like them that bucked society’s expectations and chose their own path. This is why I am consistently drawn to the lives and stories of outsider characters. My narrative and documentary work has focused on people going against the grain of mainstream American society — from the Paiute demolition derby drivers of Pyramid Lake, to the career prostitutes in Nevada’s brothels....
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