DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 118 Emerging Writers

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

Jamie Anderson won Best Director for her dark comedy film, Punching Bag, at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2018. The film was nominated for Best Dark Comedy at the Portland Comedy Film Festival, and an official selection at Holly Shorts, OVFF, ITVFest, Directors Circle Fest of Shorts, and LA Comedy Fest. With several features in development, she was announced as one of the “Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018” by The International Screenwriters’ Association. Jamie Anderson is a writer, director, and filmmaker, living in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Mississippi and Florida, her work is inspired by the paradox of the Redneck Riviera, as well as her life in Hollywood, both of which are a wealth of material that guarantees she’ll never run out of something to write about. At...
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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.
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...

JOE KISCH

Joe is an amateur screenwriter who has won awards for short screenplays and has placed highly for several of his feature films over the last six years. One feature script, Swimming Against the Currents, won second place in the Drama Genre (Category 1) of the Filmmakers International Screen Writing Competition in 2007. Other screenplays – like Barrio Chino, Devil’s Machine, and Emily made the semi-finals of the Blue Cat International Screenwriting Competition 2009, the quarter-finals of Story Pros Screenwriting Competition in 2010, semi-final status in the Story Pro International Screenwriting Competition 2009, semi-finalist in Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition in 2010, top 100 in the Emerging Screenwriters Awards, quarter-finalist in the Nicholls Awards 2010 (top 15%), and quarter-finals...
Katie is the recent recipient of the “Shoot In Philadelphia” TV Pilot winner for TENURE and a current finalist in the New York Screenplay contest for a spec MOZART IN THE JUNGLE script. She also is the 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 Temple University in the School of Media and...
Phil Yuhas is an award-winning screenwriter and tireless supporter of animal welfare causes.  His short script, TRUE BLUE, a story about loyalty intended to promote shelter dog adoptions, won first place in contests sponsored by the Nashville, Vail and New York City Independent film festivals.  Phil’s writing credits include the short films CALOGERO’S DAY OFF and PRAYING ON THE RAIN.  Among his feature scripts, THE CROCKETTVILLE KID was a Nicholl semifinalist and Page Awards finalist, CHEATERS was a Nicholl quarterfinalist, and DAVY’S LOCKER won the Scriptwriters Network POP Award.  Phil's latest feature script, ROCKY ROAD, is a coming-of-age drama that explores the themes of family, forgiveness, and prejudice against pit bulls.  
Writing elevated thrillers and stories of adventure and transformation, 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 three scripts under option.His newest spec THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER received "Recommend" coverage from Screenplayreaders.com.His comic thriller DOUBLE INDIANA won the Texas Film Institute screenplay competition quarterfinaled in the 2016-2017 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 drama THE BOOK OF REVENGE won Best in Genre in Table Read My Screenplay's 2015 L.A. competition, won Coverage, Ink's "Get Repped Now" 2015 competition, was a...
Jodi Levitan began her writing career without words, first finding success writing mime and clown routines. Those routines grew into longer stories, and those stories grew into full length award-winning screenplays. Jodi’s screenplays are character-driven stories with strong female leads that reach a multi-generational audience. All of her scripts are award winners in major screenplay contests, including The Austin Film Festival, Big Break, The Page Awards, StoryPros, The Richmond Film Festival and The American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition with Francis Ford Coppola serving as judge.  With her most recent script, Jodi was the grand prize winner of the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle competition. A short version of the screenplay was shot in December. Jodi received her BA in...
Valerie Bischoff is a film director and writer whose humanistic stories about outsiders from the modern American West have garnered awards and recognition. Her short film “Derby Kings,” (2012) about Native American demolition derby drivers, won the prestigious 2011 Princess Grace Graduate Film Scholarship and premiered at the 2013 Palm Springs Short Film Festival. After after a successful festival run, “Derby Kings,” was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Her short film “Veterans,” (2010) an unsentimental day in the life of a woman working as a career prostitute in a Nevada brothel, won the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director and screened internationally. Bischoff’s documentary credits include MTV’s “Rebel Music: Native...
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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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Co-writer with Sherry Compton of 2011 thriller Carjacked, starring Maria Bello and Stephen Dorff. Author of the mystery novel Gumshoe. Currently working on third novel for the sci-fi adventure saga Inferno-2033.
Movieguide $10,000 Kairos Prize winner and first-generation Norwegian-American Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) has honed her craft since her debut screenplay garnered a finalist nod from Creative World Awards. Her second script received an Emerging Screenwriters Family Category win (8th overall) and her adaptation, from her own translation, of one of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's plays is in pre-production. When writing, Chicago-born Birgit draws on her heritage, experiences gained living half her life overseas (currently in Australia), aspects of her former work as a CIA biographical analyst, and explorations of US culture through the eyes of people she has met overseas. Currently, she is writing a biopic on a notable American.
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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.  
Hi, we’re Jerren and Jesse. We were writers on the PBS Kids show Bug Bites (https://www.kcet.org/shows/bug-bites). We’ve created, written and produced a comedic web series for Machinima (VGPD: 8-Bit Detectives, animated) and a series for Fox Digital (Jacked On 'Roids). We’ve written an action-comedy for Canadian producer Terri Hitchcock (Solo-Duet, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5331176/?ref_=nm_knf_t1). We’ve also written on national ad campaigns for Chili’s, Westin Hotels and Lake Tahoe. We’ve been selected as part of Geoff LaTulippe’s/The Black List’s Six Week Spec project, where LaTulippe wrote: "What I'm saying is, if someone doesn't buy Jerren and Jesse’s script, I will hunt them down and set them on fire for making a fool of me."...
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Originally from Canada, Evan Cooper, is an award-winning director and screenwriter. His scripts have placed on both The Hollywood Hit List and Young and Hungry List; and his debut film, The Armoire, played at more than 25 film festivals across the globe, garnering multiple awards. He has written for companies including New Form Entertainment, Verizon Go90, Arclight Films, Aaron Sims Creative and Blue Ant Media. He received his degree in political science from Queen's University in 2009 and never used it. 
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Raised in New York, I studied journalism at the New School for Social Research, Sociology at Brooklyn College and design at New York School of Interior Design. I segued from Art Direction into Production Design and have 27 films to my credit with one nomination for an HBO feature, "Long Gone".  When I sold my first screenplay, I joined WGA,w and alternated careers between writing on assignment and Production Design.  May 2014 I was one of two Americans accepted into the Plume et Pellicule DreamAgo Screenwriting Workshop in Sierre, Switzerland for "Holy Mackerel".  There were only 9 of us in the program. I have since been accepted into "Meet Your Match" which took place in Los Angeles Nov. 2014.   May 2015, I was the only American accepted into the Plume et Pellicule DreamAgo Screenwriting...
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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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Named one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019, this Kenyan award-winning storyteller came onto the scene with her directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans” (BOUND) a documentary that attempts to heal the little-known rift between people of African descent. Written, directed and produced  by Peres, BOUND played in over a dozen festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2014), the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (2015), and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York (2015). BOUND continues to screen at festivals and universities including Harvard and Columbia and is used as a teaching tool in St....
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David Baugnon is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. His feature screenplay “Trip” finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the International Screenwriters' Association’s announced David as one of the Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018. His hour-long pilot, “The Messiah Project”, won the International Screenwriters' Association Fast Track Fellowship in 2015 and numerous awards, including Silver at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and Showtime's Tony Cox Television Pilot Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival. His directing credits include the award-winning feature documentary “Art in the Face of War” (available on Amazon and iTunes) and the short documentary “Matisyahu”, which screened in...
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  Laurie Weltz's debut film, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS, premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to play many other festivals, winning awards at several.  Alligators starred Joely Richardson, Aleksa Palladino, Claire Bloom, Adrienne Shelly, Sam Trammel, and Jay O. Sanders and was released theatrically and on video and television. Laurie’s  second feature film, ABOUT SCOUT aka SCOUT, based on her award winning script was released in 2016 both theatrically and on VOD and DVD after a successful festival run. The film stars India Ennenga, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour, Nikki Reed and James Frecheville. Laurie has written three other optioned feature scripts: THE NIGHT SWIMMER currently in development, WATERMOON, a ghostly thriller, and MONKEY...