DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 203 Emerging Writers

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

Danielle Nicki is a creator who has focused on screenwriting since falling in love with the craft in 2012. She enjoys crafting flawed, women of color protagonists with interesting and diverse life experiences not often seen on screen.  Danielle began her professional television writing career as a staff writer on IMBb TV’s, Leverage: Redemption, and her episode, The Big Rig Job, is scheduled to air in 2022. In 2021, Danielle won the inaugural Women’s Weekend Film Challenge Pilot Accelerator fellowship where she was chosen to pitch her original YA horror pilot, Welcome to Nirvana, to eight studios and production companies. Danielle’s first completed screenplay was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist and a finalist in the Cannes screenplay competition and she...
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Derek, a Bostonian of Middle Eastern and Native American (Sioux) descent, graduated from Harvard University majoring in Creative Writing & Literature in 2011. He then spent a year teaching Beginner’s Screenwriting at Grub Street before receiving his Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in 2014. After AFI, Derek quickly found success at their Screenwriter’s Showcase, optioning his award-winning (Grand Prize Creative World Awards, Grand Prize Table Read My Screenplay London) action/comedy script THE WHEELMAN to Original Film (Fast & Furious franchise) and Sony. Original Film hired Derek to rewrite his script, now for a female lead, which lead to Derek becoming a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West. THE WHEELMAN is now in the hands of Datura Studios and...
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Nancy Nyman

Most recently, Nancy was staffed on the ABC comedy Call Your Mother. 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...
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Stephen Siegel has a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he also taught Screenwriting and Television Writing for nine years.  He is a lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of America. His screenplay, “The Man Who Killed Sherlock Holmes,” was personally optioned by actor Sean Connery, with whom he worked on revisions.  It won First Place in the Action/Adventure category of FADE IN magazine’s annual screenwriting contest and was a recent finalist in the WeScreenplay competition. Stephen co-wrote a miniseries for CBS titled "Guilty Hearts," which starred Marcia Gay Harden, Treat Williams and Olympia Dukakis; it is now broadcast regularly on the Lifetime network.  He was hired by producer Dawn Steel to write the screenplay...
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Julie Anne Wight is a Film/TV writer and an award-winning children’s book author. Whether it's an uproarious adventure, heart-felt drama, or a terrifying sci-fi journey, her work centers around stories of women redefining themselves in the face of unfathomable predicament and is tied together with thorough world building and relatable, engaging characters Julie's writing credits include episodes of the TV drama series 5th Ward (AllBlk.tv), audio description for hundreds of hours of film and television such as Reservation Dogs, Black Lightning, Riverdale, The Nun, Okja, and Grey's Anatomy, and over forty illustrated children's books for the storybook app FarFaria, including the award-winning "Sofia's Flower," recipient of...
Kirk is a feature writer who loves science fiction. When he’s not writing it, he’s watching it, reading it or talking about it. As a Neuroscience & Psychology graduate, he is passionate about keeping the science grounded and his characters authentic. When he’s not dreaming of the future he enjoys unearthing untold stories from the past that he believes deserve to be illuminated. He published his first novel in 2019, adapted from his screenplay Brothers and recently completed his second adaptation to novel from his screenplay Alone. Kirk’s screenplays have won and placed in many notable competitions: Finalist Nicholl Fellowship, Grand Prize Winner at the Writers Store, Finalist Page International Awards. He is delighted to have recently been invited to join the ISA Development Slate.
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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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 I was born and raised in a small town called New York City… (fill in dark misspent youth here) I received my formal writing education from 1984-1997, in the burnt down abandoned buildings of the City from dealers, junkies, crackheads and cops, where I learned how cruel this world can really be. Restarting life again at 32, on a different footing,  I went to night film school, leading to work in TV/film production, 2007 - present, during which time I studied screenwriting, a semester at NYU and now at UCLA Extension. I'm also a self-taught screenwriter, reading screenplays, expert books, webinars, and contest notes, all to win awards in 12 major screenplay competitions. Inspirational filmmakers: Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shayamalan, Ridley Scott.  Motto: "The only Zen you...
I am a journeyman through the film industry with over 100 credits as an actor and stuntman since 2011. My production company Simplicity Pictures, Inc. was established in 2016 and has won awards internationally for films I wrote, directed, produced and starred in on minimal budgets. I look forward to shooting my first feature film shortly. Visit my website: HTTP://WWW.SIMPLICITY.PICTURES IMDB: HTTP://WWW.IMDB.ME/ACTOR.PETER.JANG
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Michael Goldenberg is a writer from the great city of Munster, Indiana (no, not like the cheese) who currently resides in Los Angeles, California.  He began his writing career with his partner, Carlos Gutierrez, scripting televison pilots which have been described as "cute" and "fun stuff" by his own mother. On his own, Michael graduated from the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, and has in additon to his television output written the odd feature length screenplay here and there (THE LAST TWO JEWS IN AFGHANISTAN, BLACK STAR).  He has also spent two years writing and performing his own monthly live sketch comedy shows (which is a deeply embarrassing sentence to write) and was even a contestant on the 2020 season of America's Got Talent (Spoiler: he didn't win). He enjoys writing absurdist social...
Raised in Connecticut, educated by Boston University and groomed by some of Hollywood's top comedy producers; I am a dynamic and energetic female comedy writer with five polished pilots, two screenplays and multiple short films under my belt. I am often hired to do comedic punch-ups of pre-existing scripts or to consult on comedic structure for pilots.  My original pilot PICK UP is under a shopping agreement with Pollywog Films/Split Rock Pictures while my other original pilot PLEDGE MOM is under shopping agreement with producer Kelly McKendry.  My original web series NOW has recently attached a director and we will shoot all of season one in May/June; I will be starring/producing and hope to pitch to Amazon for consideration into a full-length order. My short film SEX NOTARY has been shot and we are...
Chris Pittas writes the dark-edgy-funny: shows and movies that make you laugh harder than you should at a particularly awful moment and make you doubt your own moral compass. Chris’ thriller feature SCORPIONS is on Coverfly's Red List, Big Break's Top 10, Second Rounder in Austin Film Festival 2021, won Honorable Mention in ISA's Fast-Track and earned him a spot on ISA's Development Slate. His drama pilot, HARDCORE '86 earned him a place among the Top 50 Screenwriters in ISA's Fast-Track Competition. His horror-comedy 1 hour pilot, CITY OF SOULS is one of Coverfly's Top 20 scripts in its Genre/Format, made Top 100 in Launch Pad's Pilot Competition, and was a Semifinalist in ScreenCraft's Screenwriting Fellowship. Also a film-maker, Chris wrote, produced and directed an award-winning horror short, ART KILLS,...
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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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When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a bit cheeky in the process. Ghosts, goddesses, demons and ethereal cats populate my magical worlds. A bit about me, the person: I'm an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I've lived all over the world - in 6 countries outside of the US and 8 States. So far my favorite place is Florence, Italy with Cornwall, UK coming in at a close second. I was a theater major at Northwestern Univ and am full of Purple Pride!Now about writing: I started in 2008 when life circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and find a new creative outlet. My sometimes writing partner and I thought it would be a good idea to write a sequel to 'Northern...
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Hi! I’m Qaseem and I come from a chubby family that loves to eat. Not surprisingly, I went to Culinary school. What drew me into the Culinary world was not only access to fried treats, but the fast-paced environment and the ability to creatively blend flavours from around the world to make unique dishes. Similarly, creating diverse characters with unique “flavour profiles” is what I love to do as a writer. I’m also really proud to be a current fellow of The Pacific Screenwriting Program’s Scripted Series Lab. I’m glad that I branched out and entered this new field. There is nothing in the world I would rather be doing than writing. Today, I can confidently say “I’m Qaseem Fazal and I’m a chubby screenwriter.”
You want enthusiasm? Well, you've come to the right place. My name is Sam Thompson, and god damn, I love writing movies. Anything from short films, to features, if it can be filmed it can be written! SO, I guess you're reading this because you want to know more about me, right? Awesome! Well, strap in, and get ready for the unofficial weirdest Bio on this website. Originally hailing from  New Jersey (And to answer your question, no, I don't gym tan and laundry, bruh), I moved to West Virginia to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism, where I discovered the school's film club. After pitching a script idea in the first meeting I ever went to, the group loved it, and quickly produced it. After getting a taste of what it was like to see my words come to life, I was hooked. That was in 2015. Since then, I have...
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Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted wrote and directed the indie thrillers “A Dangerous Defense”, "Killer Profile", "Student Seduction" and "Secrets on Campus" for MarVista Entertainment. Next, Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list. Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and...
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Josh Sorokach is a writer living in New York City. In 2015, Josh teamed with Abominable Pictures to turn his New York Television Festival-winning script Semi-Charmed Life into a TV pilot starring Ryan Hansen and Noël Wells. In 2018, Josh's pilot Clean Slate was the Grand Prize Winner of The Table Read My Screenplay Competition, and in 2019, he was named one of the "Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch" by the International Screenwriters’ Association. Josh has completed the advanced sketch writing program at the UCB Theatre, was hired to write a TV pilot for the production team behind 'Super Troopers', has been featured as a talking head on E! True Hollywood Story (talking about TGIF, naturally) and has written numerous articles for Decider, Uproxx, Splitsider, Above Average, MTV, People's Choice, and...
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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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Annika was born and raised in former East - Germany. After her B.F.A. in Theater History and Directing at Bayreuth University in Germany, Annika received a Fulbright scholarship for Indiana University, Bloomington and then completed her education with a Masters in Film Directing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.   She started working as part of the crew in various positions from P.A. to the camera department on productions such as ‘Savannah’,  Don’t trust the B-‘ and ‘Chasing Life’ before becoming an actor herself.   She has been in 'Mob City', 'The Originals', 'Expendable Assets', ‘Hindsight’, ‘NCIS New Orleans’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ and ‘Counterpart’, among...
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