DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 175 Emerging Writers

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

Rebecca Jordan Smith is a feature and television writer who conjures empathy for characters through her unique voice, thoughtful tone, attention to detail and genuine love of structure. A former actor, most notable in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, and former recording artist signed to Elektra Records and Clive Davis' J Records, Rebecca has been exploring the art and craft of storytelling for over half her life. As a songwriter, she has been recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the Abe Olman Award and her original compositions have been recorded by Prince and Kelly Clarkson among others. Rebecca has worked as a Producer in commercial music and teaches songwriting at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and NYU Steinhardt in NYC. Orientation, Rebecca's first screenplay, is an intimate and...
Dale Winton is an award-winning copywriter by day and a passionate screenwriter by night and weekend, even the long ones. 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 placed 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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Jason M. Vaughn’s first screenplay, a romantic science-fiction drama now titled THE GREEN SEA, was a grand-prize winner in the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. It is being developed with Matthew G. Zamias of Picturesque Films. Jason’s psychological indie thriller, EXXIE, however, was most responsible for landing him on ISA’s Development Slate after ISA's own Max Timm read an early draft and loved it. Jason has since workshopped EXXIE with Gordy Hoffman (founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition). In between working on short scripts and other feature projects, SWAY being the one he's most excited about, Jason is also writing short fiction and personal creative non-fiction and reworking his literary science-fiction novel, CERULEAN.
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S R Kui studied medicine in California and trained in Texas.   She came full circle to return to her first passion - writing.  She is extremely grateful to The ISA team for selecting her as The ISA's Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2019.  She and her sister hope to share their mother's story with the rest of the world and to honor the 2-3 million lives lost during the Cambodian Genocide. They have written for many of the world's biggest media sites including: The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Salon, The Independent, The Huffington Post...  The adapted screenplay has won 36 awards and the not yet released book has won 6 awards.  The book won 2nd place at ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. The book, screenplay, author bio, and supporting document are available upon...
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,...
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, Noël Wells, Illeana Douglas, Allan McLeod, and John Ennis. Last year, Josh's TV pilot, Clean Slate, won the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay competition. 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', and has written numerous articles for Decider, Uproxx, Splitsider, Above Average, MTV, People's Choice, and Barnes & Noble.
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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...
www.rumhouse.net   for  detailed information on M b's  catalog of award winning content.   Dubbed the 'King of Cry' for his strong dramatic scenes, M b  is a produced writer whose scripts have been requested by executives with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and personally requested by Academy Award Winning Actor Jeff Bridges.  "Mr. Sieve's first ever screenplay 'Rum House' was 1 of 3 feature script winners of our festival contest of over 1100 submissions. 'Rum House' was easily the best screenplay out of the three and perhaps one of the best written scripts we have ever performed at our festival event. Michael is definitely a writer on the rise and a true talent." -Matthew Toffolo, Festival Director,. Over 80 Film Writing Awards including Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the...
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Diane Lansing from dancer to actor, found natural creative progression through telling stories. Her award winning short plays were produced At the Electric Lodge in Venice California, claiming LA Weekly’s  “Pick of the Week.” The short film Out Of Her Element was developed from one of the plays and a new passion bloomed for her as a director and filmmaker. Presently at work on her fifth screenplay, Diane plans to direct a new short film (and eventually one of her feature scripts).  Diane had a fantastic experience directing The Perfect Date, followed by directing her first PSA for Women In Film. Creating and collaborating through film, are now her driving force.
Mark Grisar was selected as an ISA top "25 Screenwriters To Watch" after his script CLEANING HOUSE won the Grand Prize in the London TRMS Competition! Prior to this victory, Mark's other scripts have won, placed, or showed in the most prestigious contests in the country. In one year, his comedy BAD RAP placed in 10 out of 12 major competitions including Austin FF (top 10), Script PIMP (top 10), Open Door (top 3), Slamdance (semi-finalist), Page (top 2%),  Nicholl (top 10%). He boasts that he is one of the few screenwriters who has won more than he has spent on contest entry fees. Grisar is especially proud of the 3 copies of Final Draft Software he won in one year.  Grisar has written five viable scripts (all contest favorites), has had many options -- US and abroad (most paying!) and has 3 sales contracts...
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Although she once felt that her destiny was to be a covert operative 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 partner of Against Type Films, currently in pre-production on the indie feature DETROIT ROUNDS, Mugs is the Grand Prize Winner of the Table Read My Screenplay, 2021 Austin Film Festival for her one-hour drama pilot NANTUCKET. In addition to receiving numerous awards in both film and television, her screenwriting has been workshopped with the prestigious Stowe Story Labs and the Rocaberti Writer Retreat/Spain, and she has been selected to attend the Talent Lab at the 2021 Reykjavik International Film Festival. Her screenplay for DETROIT...
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Rachel Kempf is a screenwriter who specializes in low-budget horror scripts with strong female leads. She also has a background in comedy and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). Rachel received an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she co-wrote-and-produced the webseries Texting with Gosling. Since then, her scripts have gained accolades from Slamdance, Cinestory, Austin Film Festival, Script Pipeline, Hollyshorts, Final Draft Big Break, and the PAGE Awards. In 2020, she was named one of the International Screenwriters’ Association’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch and attended Stowe Story Lab’s Sidewalk Narrative Lab with her horror feature Scary New Year.
ISA Development Slate! Lacey is a writer focused on coming of age stories for women, living in NY. Her writing has been featured on Reductress and awarded at festivals like -- Page Turner, Atlanta, Cinequest, Chicago, Genre Screenplay, Nashville, Screencraft, Stowe and Austin. Four of her scripts have been showcased on The Black List as among the reader's favorites on the site, and her pilot GIMME DANGER ranks in the Top 7% of scripts hosted on Coverfly. Lacey is also an actor and comedian, her episode of "Ilana Glazer Presents: Tight Five" set to premiere this spring.
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Jason Goldberg is a member of the Producer's Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. Horror is his genre of choice and has 15 completed feature screenplays and 3 television series that have placed in top writing competitions, including Nicholl, Final Draft's Big Break and Screencraft Horror. Jason landed on The Launch Pad's Young & Hungry List (2018), The Launch Pad's Hit List (2018), and ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List in 2019. He sold "Stay Out of the F*cking Attic" to Top Dead Center Films, which will be hitting Shudder in Q1 2021 and recently optioned his Hit List script "Flatwoods" to Street Worth Media. He's currently producing a cosmic horror film with a-list talent attached, while pushing his own material. 
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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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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.”
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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Nick is a produced, award-winning screenwriter, writing for both film and television. He specializes in Action-adventure and elevated horror, but has a secret history as a comedy writer (shh!). If he could have written *any* film it would be 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' (or 'REVENGE of the Jedi'). He dreams of one day writing for a franchise far, far away... Nick spent 18 months writing and developing a TV series with Oscar winning Echo Lake Entertainment (TRUTH, NEBRASKA) and a year working for animation company Fabelizer as part of their writing team.  LANCELOT (aka LANCELOT REBORN) won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Big Break contest, winning Nick a trip to LA to pick up an award at the Screenwriter’s Choice Awards at Paramount Studios. LANCELOT also won the Gold Prize in PAGE International and has...
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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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Gary Piazza is an award winning screenwriter, filmmaker, published author and photographer, and resides 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...
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