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1st Annual Young Hollywood Writers Night! WAITLIST


Please join us for a Special Third Thursdays in January - the 1st Annual Young Hollywood Writers Night, presented in collaboration with the Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society (JHRTS). This event is currently on waitlist. You will be notified if you are confirmed.

Join us at State Social House for two panels with industry members such as Jacqueline Penn, Jake Schnesel, Michelle Badillo, Caroline Levich, Cody Brotter, Dan Seco and many more!  

Hang out downstairs and socialize and then head upstairs will be for the panels, starting at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.  

Doors open at 7:00PM.  You must register to attend!

Come kick 2020 off right! Your career will thank you later!

WHERE:  State Social House - 8782 Sunset Blvd.  West Hollywood, CA 90069

WHEN:  Thursday, January 16th at 7:00pm

Parking:  SSH has parking behind for a fee.  There is also a large pay parking lot directly across the street adjacent to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and also street parking available.  We recommend you Uber or Lyft if you plan on having a drink. 


Jacqueline Penn

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Jackie grew up fascinated with TV and storytelling. She graduated from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school.  After several years as a Spanish teacher, Jackie left teaching to pursue a career as a TV writer.

Now an LA based dramedy writer, Jackie’s writing focuses primarily on female-driven stories that explore the idea of being a fish out of water. Her Blackish TV spec “Downsizing” was a semifinalist for The Breakk Screenwriting Competition. Jackie has worked as a set production assistant, a line producer’s assistant and writers’ production assistant. She was a writers’ assistant for Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia and an upcoming show for Starz. She currently works as a Showrunner’s assistant.

Jake Schnesel

After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Jake began his career like so many film school graduates: starry-eyed and unemployed. The next few years begot a slew of temp, PA and assistant gigs that eventually led him to Dan Fogelman, with whom he's worked closely on This Is UsLife Itself, and a number of projects that he's not sure he's allowed to discuss due to the often confusingly secretive nature of our industry. 



Caroline Levich 

Caroline Levich is a writer-producer who has worked on shows such as One Day At A Time, The Bold Type, and is currently working on a new Fox animation show, The Great North, airing Fall 2020.




Cody Brotter

Cody Brotter got his start as a joke writer on truTV’s COMEDY KNOCKOUT and went onto write the 2018 #4 Black List script DRUDGE, with Ben LeClair attached to produce. Cody is currently writing features for Pascal Pictures, Big Beach, and Kennedy/Marshall, as well as screenplays for directors Doug Liman and Mike Judge. He is repped by ICM, Brillstein, and attorney Karl Austen.


Dan Seco

Daniel Seco is a literary manager at Schemers Entertainment, a full-service literary management, and production company based in Los Angeles, where he represents writers & directors for film and television. A former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He joined CAA in 2014 where he worked in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management on the feature side at Writ Large in 2015 as a coordinator/junior manager. A series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its Original Film department gave way to Seco teaming up with Gavin Dorman at Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor. 


Alex Creswick

An MFA graduate of UCLA’s prestigious Producer’s Program, Alex Creswick (she/they) was most recently Vice President of Development and Production for financing production company Paradox Studios. In that role, they oversaw the company’s development slate, consisting of both film and TV projects. Upon leaving Paradox, Alex was approached by a Producer who asked her for a specific service: to do a ‘consent check’ on a female-driven R- rated raunchy college comedy with an all-male creative team. Alex was able to identify and explain several problematic jokes/scenes, and suggest minor changes that removed problematic elements while keeping the scenes and story intact. Since then, through word of mouth, she has been working steadily as a Sensitivity Reader and Diversity Editor. She just wrapped post-production on the indie feature The Blackout, an improvised feature film conceived of and directed by Daniela De Carlo, which premiered at the 2019 Bend Film Festival. In her free time, Alex fosters cats for several LA-based rescues, much to the displeasure of her two furry companions.

David Chien

David Chien is a talent and literary manager at Art/Work Entertainment. After immigrating from Taiwan, he was placed into a Buddhist boarding school where television and fun was forbidden. Naturally he started to smuggle DVDs into the dorm whenever he’s back from vacation so he could watch it under the blanket in secret. He went on to attend the University of California, San Diego as a pre-med because he was convinced by SCRUBS that he wanted to be a doctor. However, chemistry classed convinced him otherwise. Not long after, he found the show ENTOURAGE…



Aanch Khaneja

Aanch Khaneja was born in India, and grew up in Singapore giving her a global perspective. With her mom working in TV production, she was exposed to the industry at an early age. She attended Boston University studying as a Film/TV Major, and a theatre minor. She then moved to Los Angeles the day after graduation, eager to dive in. After some promising internships, she started working at United Talent Agency in the Motion Picture Department where she worked with a variety of writer/directors spanning from the independent space to within the studio system. From there she went on to work with Noah Hawley (Fargo) at his company 26 Keys, where she was one of two in the feature film department, and helped develop his feature debut starring Natalie Portman. Recently, she started working with Alma Har’el, award-winning director of HONEY BOY, and founder of non-profit Free The Work, where she runs development for her. 


Michelle Badillo

Michelle Badillo is a queer, Latinx TV writer from Queens. She has written for critically acclaimed television shows such as The Bold Type (Freeform) and the award winning One Day at a Time (Netflix). In 2018, she and her writing partner, Caroline Levich, were nominated for a prestigious Humanitas Award for their One Day at a Time episode “Hello Penelope”. She currently writes for the upcoming Fox animated series The Great North.

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