DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 197 Emerging Writers

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

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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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.
  My name is Mike Doyle. I am a professional screenwriter currently repped by Jeff Belkin at Zero Gavity. I'm in the process of working with Arcana Comics, Exit 44, and getting ready to go into production on a supernatural/horror feature I wrote. I've written projects featuring Milla Jovovich, Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100) I've also written, produced and directed short-form thrillers and in-house industrial content that have played on Crypt TV and that have received honors around the world. Previous to this, I’ve worked in development at Warner Bros. and Nomad/Lightmotive, trusted with the editing, proofreading, and content development for a number of projects. Adept in the horror/thriller genre, I work in a quick, focused manner without sacrificing the integrity of the...
  A former ballerina, published fiction author and sometimes college film instructor, Devi is a proud alumnus of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and Fox Studios Filmmakers Lab, and a scholarship recipient of the Nostos Screenwriting Retreat in Tuscany. Her screenplays have placed in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowships, Slamdance and PAGE Awards, and her films have screened at over 500 festivals worldwide, garnering awards, distribution and critical acclaim. She is currently in the final stages of adapting her multi-award winning screenplay, THE ART OF SUICIDE, into her debut novel, which landed her one of 10 coveted spots in GrubStreet's 2021-22 Novel Incubator Workshop. When she’s not writing and directing, she chases monkeys around the world with her anthropologist partner. She's...
Lisa is a feature writer focusing on horrors and thrillers with supernatural and psychological themes. A lifelong interest in the supernatural began after growing up in a haunted house in the Midwest. With a great grandmother that owned a palm reading shop and psychics on both sides of the family, it's a trait that has been passed down and the reason ghosts and spirits seem to be attracted to her. Raised in a poor family, she was the only one to attend college. She received a BFA in painting which, of course, helped her become an extremely interesting cocktail waitress for many years. Richly developed characters are a trademark of her scripts, as well as deeply researched folklore and period accuracy. Coverfly writes in their endorsement, "Lisa has a tremendous command of tone and setting with stellar...
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I'm a writer whose characters confront difficult situations with heart and humor--although sometimes you just gotta throw a punch. I paint my characters into corners, forcing them to fight their way out or die trying--sometimes it's an emotional death, sometimes the loss is physical--either way, it's visual. A member of the WGA/W, one of my scripts won Best Feature and Grand Prize at SLAMDANCE in 2019. I specialize in developing producers’ original ideas into commercially viable screenplays and pilots/series. My recent assignment work has been in the elevated action feature and dramedy television space. I have also completed a page-one rewrite of an action-thriller feature for a production company. I have multiple feature and television projects in various stages of development, one of which is a...
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Annika was born and raised in former East - Germany. After her B.F.A. in Theater History and Directing at Bayreuth University in Germany, Annika received a Fulbright scholarship for Indiana University, Bloomington and then completed her education with a Masters in Film Directing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.   She started working as part of the crew in various positions from P.A. to the camera department on productions such as ‘Savannah’,  Don’t trust the B-‘ and ‘Chasing Life’ before becoming an actor herself.   She has been in 'Mob City', 'The Originals', 'Expendable Assets', ‘Hindsight’, ‘NCIS New Orleans’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ and ‘Counterpart’, among...
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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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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...
Melody is a genre writer focused on social issues, BIPOC characters, and women protagonists. She was raised by parents who were activists and teachers in a Blerd family that loved science and literature and proved that Black people do go camping. She is currently story editor on the 22nd season of NBCUniversal’s Law & Order: SVU, and has been selected for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab’s new Idea Lab to develop a grounded sci-fi pilot. She started out in TV in 2019 as staff writer on the second season of the CW Network series Two Sentence Horror Stories for which she wrote two episodes. In 2020 she co-wrote a comedy sci-fi episode starring Wayne Brady for The Insiders, a new series headed by Greg Grunberg. A 2019 HBO Access Writing Fellow, Melody was winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for...
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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" was released in July, 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 hahahaha, I'm...
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I'm a 47-time award-winning screenwriter, producer, director. I've been interviewed in FOX, NBC, CBS.
Bonnie Gross is an award winning comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. Her work is inspired from personal experiences, which she writes about in depth on her blog. Bonnie hopes to change the conversation revolving around female health care and sexuality with her most recent script, “Lady Parts,” but also wants to push the boundaries of how we view young women in today’s society. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she decided to journey to the University of Alabama for her undergrad. Roll Tide! In June 2017, she bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a television comedy writer. A week after buying the flight, she was accepted into the UCLA Professional Program for Comedy Television Writing, which she...
Desa Larkin-Boutté is a television and feature screenplay writer based in Los Angeles, California.  Her body of work is varied, though united through highlighting under-serviced themes or communities.  Whether it be race and identity (Zora & Zizi), the love and heartache of a senior living facility (The Old & the Restless), or depression in the black community (How to Be), Desa’s mission is to start a conversation through the stories she tells. In addition, Desa also specializes in adaptation.  From a feminist twist on 1001 Nights (Arabian Days), a little known gothic thriller from Louisa May Alcott (A Long Fatal Love Chase), to a Creole twist on a favored fairy tale (The Red Shoes), the stories she chooses to adapt all feature women fighting against insurmountable odds. Born in...
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Alex Sarrigeorgiou is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based in New York City. She's half Greek, half Romanian, and grew up in Athens, Greece. Her multilingual and multicultural upbringing allow her to bring an authentic perspective to characters from diverse backgrounds. Alex brings her love of poetry to her work as a filmmaker, telling lyrical stories about personal transformation and existential despair, with female and queer experiences at the center. She studied drama at Vassar College, and her poems have appeared in *82 Review, Cactus Heart Press, Hypertrophic Literary, Fugue, and The Tishman Review. In 2018, Alex wrote, produced and performed in CON SPIRITO, a short film inspired by the college years of poet Elizabeth Bishop. Alex's directorial debut short film GRIP premiered at the 2020 Lighthouse International...
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Kevin Bachar is an EMMY award-winning producer, director, cinematographer and WGA writer. He specializes in wildlife documentaries. Yes, he’s the idiot in the water filming sharks for SharkWeek. In 2017 Kevin made the transition into fiction. His screenplay “Blood Relative” was featured on The Blacklist website and is now in production as “The Inhabitant” starring Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friends Wedding, Zodiac, The Grey) and Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights, Iron Man 1 & 2, Tag). His screenplays have won numerous prestigious competitions. Kevin won the 2018 Page Awards Grand Prize, as well the top prize for Screencraft’s Action Thriller contest, which had creative execs from Bad Robot, The Donner’s Company, and the writer of DIEHARD, Steven de Souza, as judges. 
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Born and raised in Miami, Fl. Attended Miami Edison Sr. High. Graduated from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film. Randall won several awards for acting. BEST ACTOR in Dade County, Fl. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in Florida(both given by the Int'l Thespian Society) and SILVER KNIGHT AWARD for DRAMA from Knight-Ridder. Randall also played LOT in the film musical comedy ABRAHAM and SARAH(2014) for EFM Productions, written and directed by Cathy Ellis. And the film MISTAKING SPELL(2011). He has been in various music videos and an extra on multiple TV shows, all the while, following his dream of being an accomplished screenwriter.  Won KAIROSPRIZE 2013 Grand Prize for GIDEON screenplay; Won FAITH in FILM International Screenplay Competition 2017 for GIDEON(TOP 3); Won TABLEREADMYSCREENPLAY Hollywood 2015 Horror Genre...
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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...
Raised in a typically large and exceptionally hilarious New England Irish family, Kyle honed his sense of humor battling for laughs at crowded family gatherings in and around Rhode Island. He now translates those skills into writing comedy-infused, irreverent genre fare taking aim at personal and societal issues in new, exciting ways. Things might get dark, but they'll always be fun! ISA Horror/Thriller Genre-Bending Grand Prize Winner, Screencraft and Emerging Screenwriters (2x) Finalist, 2x AFF Semi-finalist, Script Pipeline TV and Slamdance Feature Quarterfinalist, and an all-around swell dude. 
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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!). 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 (THE GREAT, TRUTH, NEBRASKA) and a year working for animation company Fabelizer as part of their writing team.  LANCELOT won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Big Break contest, winning Nick a trip to LA to pick up his award at the Screenwriter’s Choice Awards at Paramount Studios. LANCELOT also won the Gold Prize in PAGE International and has drawn praise from writer/producer Simon Kinberg (the X-MEN films, SHERLOCK HOLMES). KNIGHT KNIGHT came 2nd in...
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