DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 172 Emerging Writers

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

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...
Bonnie Gross is an award winning comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. Her work is inspired from personal experiences, which she writes about in depth on her blog. Bonnie hopes to change the conversation revolving around female health care and sexuality with her most recent script, “Lady Parts,” but also wants to push the boundaries of how we view young women in today’s society. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she decided to journey to the University of Alabama for her undergrad. Roll Tide! In June 2017, she bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a television comedy writer. A week after buying the flight, she was accepted into the UCLA Professional Program for Comedy Television Writing, which she...
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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I'm a writer whose characters confront difficult situations with heart and humor--although sometimes you just gotta throw a punch. I paint my characters into corners, forcing them to fight their way out or die trying--sometimes it's an emotional death, sometimes the loss is physical--either way, it's visual. A member of the WGA/W, one of my scripts won Best Feature and Grand Prize at SLAMDANCE in 2019. I specialize in developing producers’ original ideas into commercially viable screenplays and pilots/series. My recent assignment work has been in the elevated action feature and dramedy television space. I have also completed a page-one rewrite of an action-thriller feature for a production company. I have multiple feature and television projects in various stages of development, one of which is a...
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  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.    
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...
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...
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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After collecting degrees from Stanford and UC Riverside, Mr. Peters set out to fulfill his lifelong dream: to become a starving artist. He was immediately successful. As an actor, he burst onto the stage, then blazed his way into films, TV, and commercials. Inexplicably, he has spent a inordinate slice of his career on hiatus. As an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, he has had the privilege of seeing his plays performed on stages from coast to coast. Yet in a cruel twist of fate, his brilliant screenplays have languished for years in Option Hell, though in the words of the author, they “reek with promise.” He's won or placed in over 40 screenwriting contests (including the Nicholl, StoryPros, ScreenCraft, and BlueCat), has been selected for the BloodList, received numerous option offers, and...
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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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...
Joann Buckley Collins is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program (1995) and Northwestern University’s TV/Film Program (1993). After graduating from the Stark Program, I had a brief career as a Jr. Development Executive, while writing screenplays on the side. Then I turned my creative talents to the world of non-profits, and have spent the last 18 years writing advertising and marketing content for non-profit fundraising events, helping to raise millions for many amazing causes, while raising a family. Now, I’m looking for my own second act, revisiting the dreams I had when I was younger – to write films that will move people and make an impact. To view loglines for all 6 of my screenplays, please visit my website, www.joannbuckleycollins.com
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Jamie Anderson was recognized as "The New Female Film Director to Watch Out For in 2020" by Viva Glam Magazine, and "Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018" by The International Screenwriters' Association. She won Best Director for her film "Punching Bag" at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2018, which was also an official selection at Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts, Directors Circle, LA Comedy Fest, London Shorts on Tap, and numerous others. Her short film, "I'm F%$#ing Fine", won Best Dark Comedy at the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2019, prestigious Vitruvian Award from the DaVinci International Film Festival 2019, and was selected again for Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts 2019. With two films on the festival circuit in 2020, her satirical short, "Me Too Nice", won Best Dark Comedy and has been selected for...
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Elaine is humbled to be a fellow in the HBO Writers Program, chosen for the CBS Writers Program, and a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab. She is currently staffed on the new Gossip Girl reboot for HBO Max, premiering in late 2020. She is grateful to have been named as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019 by the International Screenwriters Association. She has had scripts place in the world-renowned PAGE Awards (Top Ten), Austin Film Festival (3 times), Final Draft Big Break (Top Ten), and the ISA (Grand Prize for Table Read My ScreenPlay and Top 50 for Fast Track). Other notable writing competition placements include Scriptapalooza (1st Runner Up), Blue Cat, and Script Pipeline. Elaine wrote/directed an indie episodic series, “DOXXED”, about a woman who must deal with the...
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I spent a good part of my youth moving around the country. I’ve lived in Maryland, Florida, Texas, back to Maryland, Northern California, Illinois, and Finally Southern California (Los Angeles), where I’ve been for thirty-one years.  I grew up wanting to be a comic book artist/storyteller, or rock star (drummer). In my twenties, I dropped out of art school to pursue fame and fortune and convinced my bandmates to pack up their lives in Chicago and move with me to Los Angeles. I loved being on stage and performing. I loved the attention, but not the spotlight... I should probably seek professional help for that.  We came close, but in the end, it didn’t work out. The band broke up, and I was tired of being a poor musician - it’s no joke, I lived on Ramen and Mac and Cheese. Through a...
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Jordan Trippeer is a produced writer whose eclectic mind, adventurous childhood and preference for The X-Files over Sesame Street while growing up set the course for her creative future. She has developed a daring writing style that contrasts and complements her demure persona and her work has been lauded for its “fascinating, flawed characters, immersive world building, and mischievous originality.” While genre agnostic, her film and tv writing primarily focuses on underdogs, outsiders, and everymen encountering the extraordinary and fantastical in their grounded lives.  Raised by a nomadic family, Jordan’s life has been one endless adventure. She’s luged into volcano calderas in New Zealand, pulled dinosaur vertebrae and gold nuggets from the earth of the American southwest, and...
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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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Danielle Nicki was born in Italy to military parents. She and her family moved to the States when she was four after living in Naples, Rome, and Scotland. She was raised in San Diego, CA and went to college in Los Angeles.  Danielle has focused on the craft of screenwriting for nearly a decade. She enjoys creating extremely flawed Black woman protagonists with interesting and diverse life experiences not often seen on screen. Her first completed screenplay, Mo’ Black, a coming-of-age dramedy about a 15-year old girl in 1995, was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist and a finalist in the Cannes screenplay competition. She has since placed as a Finalist in the Austin Film Festival (Enderby Category) for her feature, Imperfect Perfection, a tragic, raw, and honest account of one couple's 25-year...
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David is an award-winning screenwriter whose love for cinema started at the age of five, when he would recruit his identical twin brother to help him reenact his favorite movie scenes for their parents. David’s passion continued with theatre studies in high school, and he ultimately joined the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. After taking a creative writing course in college, David realized he wanted to be a screenwriter. Since then, he has completed nearly two dozen feature length screenplays and television pilots. In 2017, David was selected as an ISA Fast Track Fellow. He has also placed in several of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowships (semi-finalist), Final Draft Big Break (finalist), Page Awards (category Top 20), ScreenCraft (finalist) and Tracking Board...
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Shayna Weber is a screenwriter, producer and director who came on board ISA after starting a family and making the transition out of reality television and into film, recently producing Lunch Ladies, an award-winning short film and directing her first short film, VIF. Previously, Shayna worked as a producer of reality programming for network, cable and online channels for the hit shows, So You Think You Can Dance, RuPaul's Drag Race, Weakest Link and VH1’s Bands Reunited, among others. She is part of TwinBridges Screenwriting Salon.