DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 173 Emerging Writers

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

Huelah Lander loves writing. Except when it come to writing bios. Her Sci Fi script The Science of Happiness won gold at the PAGE international screenwriting awards and was the Grand Prize Finalist at Table Read My Screenplay Park City edition. She just signed her second option and her first writing assignment. She is currently working on an outline of a feature version of the Science of Happiness and on the first draft of a dark comedy, Uncanny Valley, about an insecure scientist who learns to love herself when she creates her exact AI robot double. She is also polishing two sitcoms: Sorry, Not Sorry about a free-spirited couch crashing Canadian who marries an uptight nerdy American so he can get Canadian citizenship and she can get a place to stay; and She Said, He Said about a couple in marriage counselling who...
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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...
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...
Paige VanTassell likes to say that her scripts contain equal parts "heart and fart", and so far no one has stopped her. She writes absurdist, female-driven pilots, loves animation, and has been called a huge nerd more than once. She'd respond to these allegations, but is currently busy spending quarantine watching all of Star Trek in chronological order. Paige grew up in North Carolina but never adopted the term “y’all” because she wanted to be unique. In college, Paige thought her love for the show Scrubs meant she should pursue medicine. After seeing several patients die while shadowing an ER doctor, Paige decided she just liked sitcoms. Since then, Paige’s scripts have placed in many notable competitions: Top Three in Final Draft Big Break, Winner of Seriesfest Storytellers Initaitive, and...
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Award-winning Kenyan-American whose directorial debut, “BOUND: Africans vs African-Americans”, a feature documentary exploring the tension between Africans and African Americans, played dozens of festivals around the world winning the Women In Film- Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York . Her shorts, “Stray”, produced by 20th Century Fox Digital, premiered at Canneseries and was part of 2020 Huluween and “Glimpse” is out to Festivals. Peres is currently developing a feature based on her original screenplay, “The Basket Weaver”; winner of the International...
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Nicole Landau is a Tajik-Afghan screenwriter, born in Dushanbe, and living in London.  In 2018 She received the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting from The Writer’s Guild Initiative (WGAE) with her screenplay Wolf Girl. In 2021 she was selected for ISA’s Development Slate.   She uses her life experience to write diverse female driven, complex, family centred stories. Written from a perspective of compassion, understanding and humour.  After dropping out of school at 14, she joined the work force doing a wide variety of odd jobs from dry cleaning to publishing production to running multi-million dollar antique violins for [REDACTED] before earning a degree through part-time evening study. She graduated from Birkbeck, University of London with a...
I find my greatest passion in writing stories that reveal moments of whimsy and untapped courage even in the midst of formidable circumstances. I strive to see characters join together to pool their individual skills and talents for a common goal, and witness children becoming the heroes of their own stories. My consistent goal is to produce quality films all ages can enjoy. I have authored over twenty picture books from major publishers including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Little Brown, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Dial Penguin, and Candlewick Press. My books have received many awards and recognitions from School Library Journal, American Booksellers Pick of the List, Publisher's Weekly, the New York Times Book Review, The Horne Book, Kirkus, Parenting Magazine's Award of Excellence, and Junior Library Guild...
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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Marshall "gripp" Gillson is a writer and educator based primarily on the internet. Though their work is multimedia and interdisciplinary, they have been lauded as a screenwriter. Their original dramedy pilot, Offbeat, was the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay competition. In 2018, their short script Shyla won the Bolt by Barnstorm festival. The resulting film was selected by the 2019 Roxbury International Film Festival where Marshall was awarded the Kay Bourne Emerging Filmmaker Award. Their debut collection of closet screenplays, The Fainting Game (and Other Stories), was released in April 2021 by Game Over Books. Its title script was awarded Best Screenplay at the 10th SUNYWide Film Festival. In 2019, they co-wrote and co-produced the afrofuturistic stageplay...
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,...
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...
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.”
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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Rachel McClard is a lesbian TV writer who tells drama stories about female protagonists challenging the status quo with themes centered around flawed relationships, independence, and identity. She grew up in the deep South in a strict Christian household. So strict, in fact, her mother was convinced Rachel was destined to marry a Baptist preacher. As a tomboy and the child of adoption, Rachel struggled to fit in the traditional confines of this world. Her journey of self-discovery started at age 20 after she graduated from Baylor University. She set her sights on Hollywood and writing for TV and film. This journey also led her to the most honest version of herself when she finally came out as a lesbian. This fact informs the diverse and inclusive TV dramas she writes As a reformed comedy writer, Rachel found...
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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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Randall's first theatrical production was the Drama-Logue Award-winning play, FATHER'S NOSE BLEEDS!, which he co-wrote with Jim Landis.  It ran twelve weeks to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles.  Since then, Randall has had a number of indie-thrillers produced, including FAREWELL, MY LOVE, which he also directed.  His short film, CONVERGENCE, was nominated for the Best Arizona Film at the Sedona Film Festival.  In 2020, he sold his screenplay, COLD WAR REQUIEM aka SPY WITHOUT A COUNTRY, that is now set to shoot in early, 2021.  Randall sold a fantasy/adventure television project, SOUND AND FURY, to MGM and CBS with Executive Producers Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and Johnny Depp.  Most recently, Randall's newest spec script, a near-future thriller, A WELL-REGULATED MILITIA, won both the...
Jack Matosian is an award-winning screenwriter, with writing credits for the Disney Channel, who is motivated by his desires to make people think and to make people laugh.  With his screenplays, Jack explores questions that he (and likely many others) have pondered over the years: “What if I woke up tomorrow with a great singing voice?”   “What if people lived forever, without having to worry about aging, getting sick or falling off a cliff?”  “What if a hockey team really did bring in a sumo wrestler to play goalie?”  Taking a thoughtful, humorous look at scenarios like these are the common elements across all of Jack’s feature screenplays, which include Ice Saki, named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Creative Screenwriting Contest and Evitable,...
Phil is a dual-citizen (American/Aussie) screenwriter whose writing assignments help directors and producers achieve tremendous results, including selling a project and going into production (CATSAWAY); raising additional funds based on a first draft (FORTE); attracting a BAFTA-winning producer based on a first draft (FLY GIRLS), and signing shopping agreements with multiple producers (KINDRED). Phil's success as a screenwriter began with his spec screenplay THE THIRD BOMB which won prizes at nine different competitions, placed as a Finalist in 12 others, and was optioned twice. Before becoming a screenwriter, Phil worked as a promo writer/ editor/ director at the BBC in Australia. While there, he won a PromaxBDA Global Excellence Award for his work, beating out competition from around the world. He also successfully...
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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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I'm a writer, director, and journalist based in New York and Los Angeles. My recent work has been on the one-hour series drama pilots, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL, WEIMAR, and IVAN'S HAMMER. Each of these pilots has placed in an array of high profile competitions including The Launch Pad Pilots Competition, the PAGE Awards, Cinequest, Emerging Screenwriters, ISA Fast Track, and ScreenCraft's Pilot Launch and Screenwriting Fellowships. In 2015 WEIMAR was named the Pilot Grand Prize winner in the Table Read My Screenplay Austin contest. This award put me in touch with the team at ISA who have helped me generously ever since to promote my work and realize my goals. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, where my dad taught cinema history classes and my older brother shot and edited Super 8 films on equipment he built...
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