DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 139 Emerging Writers

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

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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Rowan loves to find the sweet spot where heart meets humor. His favorite characters to write are deeply flawed, yet deeply likable. He enjoys building stories that are socially relevant yet sexually irreverent (say that five times fast). He wants you to cry through his comedies and laugh through his dramas. He's also an ambitious little so-and-so. He dreams of staffing for a beloved tv show and moving up the ranks to showrunning his own series. His first pilot "Patient" is set for release in the Spring of 2020. He wrote, produced, starred in, and catered it. Because why not, right?  For extra income, Rowan assembles IKEA furniture. This actually lends itself very well to the craft of writing. Putting together the pieces of a screenplay is much like putting together the pieces of a Kolbjorn cabinet in that...
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A. J. BERMUDEZ is an award-winning writer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, and in a number of literary publications, including The Masters Review, Black Static, Concīs, Sick Lit, White Hot, Spider Road Press, Cheap Pop, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, and more.  In addition to writing and filmmaking, Bermudez is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of power, the architecture of...
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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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Born in Malaysia but raised in the U.S., Michelle is a prolific writer, composer, and musician who has worked on a wide range of film projects. Her screenplays have garnered numerous film festival and competition awards, including Script Pipeline (Top 20 Finalist), StoryPros Awards (Grand Prize Winner), CineStory Foundation, Barcelona International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize), Austin Film Festival, PAGE Awards, Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition, and more. She currently works as a creative exec for an L.A.-based production company but resides with her family in Austin, TX.
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M. Elizabeth Eller, or MLiz, is an award-winning Los Angeles based writer-director who originally hails from Seattle. Her independent web series, Manic Pixie Dream Wife, toured the world at multiple film and web festivals, winning awards for Best Local Series and Best Writing at the Seattle Web Fest, Dailymotion Best Series at Vancouver Web Fest, Best Webisode at LA Femme International Film Festival, and Best Lead Actor at Raindance Web Fest. It was also nominated for Best Writing at Raindance.   MLiz began her career in theatre, earning a BA in theatre arts and receiving recognition from The Kennedy Center for her play Stepping In. In addition to writing, she worked as a director and designer on many stage productions in her native city of Seattle. Since moving to LA, she has been working on several television...
Emily is a writer, actress and producer. Emily's acting credits include Georgiana Reed in the Oscar nominated feature film 'Jane Eyre' to playing co-lead in feature film 'Sorority' opposite two BAFTA winning actresses. Emily has written and directed several of her our short films, the most recent being 'Beautified' which has won 26 awards including Best Script and Best Original Story. 
I am primarily a TV writer of 1-hour sci-fi/suspense/action dramas with depth, heart, and a touch of humor. I tell cautionary tales that are in tune with the zeitgeist and put my characters through Hell, but they thank me later (if they survive ;). My 1-hour TV pilot, QUANTUM EFFECTS, earned 2nd Place in Stage 32’s 4th Annual TV Writing Contest in 2019. This is QUANTUM EFFECTS’ second contest placement (an earlier draft under a different title previously placed 6th in ISA’s Emerging Screenwriters Competition). QE has also reached the Finals in eight other competitions. Another pilot, FRANKENSTEIN UNLEASHED, a modern-day reboot of the classic Mary Shelley novel, was also a Quarter-Finalist. I am a member of the ISA’s Development Slate and I am currently writing two independent...
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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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Emily Tomson’s background spans the arts and cultural studies. She studied Experimental Theatre as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before getting her degree in cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University. After five years in advertising, she began directing and writing for film in 2013. Emily’s work is noted for a distinct feminine perspective, characters driven by moral ambiguity, and visual storytelling that looks the way it feels. Emily has directed several short films and music videos, and made her festival debut with KATE IN OXNARD, which premiered at the 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival and was awarded Best Short Film, going on to screen at Brooklyn Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Bend Film Festival, and others. Her feature screenplays have been given multiple awards and industry recognition,...
Peter Jang was born in Columbus, OH where he earned 5 National Champion titles in Taekwondo. At 18, he attended the University of California, San Diego, earning a BA in Economics. After graduating, Peter was introduced to the film industry where he became an extra and stand-in, then a full-time actor and stuntman, and now an award winning screenwriter and director. He was named the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of the International Screenwriter's Association's Emerging Screenwriter's Screenplay Competition and one of their "Top 25 Writers To Look Out For In 2019". He now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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Nir is a writer/director whose work has featured at film, theater, and writing festivals around the world. He was a semi-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a Final Draft’s Big Break top 5 finalist, an Austin Film Festival finalist, a Page Award winner (and two-time finalist), a Nashville Film Festival semi-finalist, a Monte Miller Award winner (finalist in two consecutive years) and many more. After growing up on ships, traveling around the world, Nir settled in Australia. He graduated from film school at UTS in Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications specialising in film, cultural studies, and production. Over the years, Nir has worked with some of the most experienced directors, actors, and producers in the industry. He learned from their decisions and saw first hand what...
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Kirk Vanderbeek is a writer living in Los Angeles with his wife and son. His passion for writing has found him working in just about every medium, but screenwriting remains his focus — with an ever-expanding stack of completed feature, short and television scripts that span all genres (many of which have placed in prominent contests like the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Nashville Film Festival and more).
Jeffrey Howe lives and works in the scenic Black Creek Bottoms area near St. Louis, Missouri. His feature and short screenplays have won or reached the finals of eighty competitions since June 2015. His short fiction appears in One Teen Story, in the anthology Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem at the Edge of Space, at Untreed Reads.com, in the quarterly anthology The First Line, and at Smashwords.  His first produced script, "Past Partum" won Best Horror Short at the 2019 Toronto Independent Film Festival. Favorite themes in his work include second chances and what people do with them, since everyone needs the occasional shot at redemption. Podcast interviews about his screenwriting are available at Script Shop (http://scriptshopshow.com/robo4ce-jeffrey-howe-script-shop-episode-018/) and Shriekfest Radio...
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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...
Skye Emerson is an accomplished screenwriter and filmmaker, recently receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She is passionate about all things art and storytelling, emphasizing in her work strong female protagonists and members of the world minority. She's an advocate for the oppressed, a voice for the voiceless, and believes that film has the power to change minds and lives. Skye's feature drama script, Challenger, was recently awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Competition, and was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Grant from both UCLA and the Sundance Institute.     
Bob's feature thriller, SMUGGLING IN SUBURBIA, has been filmed and will air on Lifetime Channel this year. Ingraham has been a semifinalist (top 5%) twice in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship — with a Las Vegas crime thriller, JACK OF HEARTS (aka POKER FACE), and a twisty heist film, POSSUM. Ingraham’s scripts have also placed in the Chesterfield, Scriptapalooza and Project Greenlight competitions. His TV pilot serial crime drama, ALIBI MAN, placed in the top 75 of the Tracking Board Launchpad TV Pilot contest. Ingraham is just wrapping up a new, female-driven crime thriller feature spec, FEARLESS. One of Bob's feature scripts, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, was produced and aired as a radio play by a California NPR station. One of his shorts, THE DINNER PARTY, was filmed on 35mm for the festival circuit....
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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...
I’ve engaged four excellent editors over the years, and carefully evaluated contest feedback to polish my scripts to a level of professionalism. The Floating World (action/adventure/animation), and Bison Man (Drama) now both regularly place in screenwriting competitions, but I'm ready to see the stories on the big screen. Really, really ready. I'm sorry the sea adventure will be so expensive, but modern audiences will be fascinated with the phenomenal, echolocation universe of the whales. Big films require big screens. Prior to screenwriting I marketed Earth @ Sky, an internationally succesful, science radio program, and before that I taught secondary English and science.
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