DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 183 Emerging Writers

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

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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Greg Fortier is a comedy writer based in LA, originally from NYC. He takes pride in unearthing the humor, heart and honesty in all places, be it the humdrum of the daily grind in APARTMENT STORY (2018 "Best Short Script," Table Read My Screenplay: Hollywood), TODAY'S SPECIAL (2014 "Official Selection" NYTV Festival, SeriesFest, "Best Pilot" Hoboken Film Festival) or a slightly more dire, apocalyptic scenario in THE END TIMES (2019 comedy pilot semifinalist, Cinestory Fellowship). Growing up in New York, a city where countless stories are unfolding at all times, inspired his first feature script, TANDEM, the tale of a street artist and their imaginary friend (2018, optioned by Manhattan Productions). He relishes in the challenge of adopting perspectives far from his own, evidenced in REARRANGED, the true story of...
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Jesse and Jerren specialize in writing genre films that thrust well-drawn characters into high-concept premises. Horror flicks and action thrillers that deliver the goods fans of these genres crave, but rounded out by crisp, clever dialogue, humor, and fully realized people dreaming, scheming, and screaming their way through the stories. They like entertainments, big and small, that can sneak in themes about the world. To them, RoboCop is a perfect movie. A smart, violent, even thoughtful sci-fi/action movie seething with satire that makes it timeless. More recently, they’ve loved the elevated genre-bending of films like The Invisible Man, Upgrade, Snowpiercer, and Knives Out. Jerren recently directed The Inhabitant, starring Dermot Mulroney, Leslie Bibb and Odessa A'zion, written...
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Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted wrote and directed the indie thrillers “A Dangerous Defense”, "Killer Profile", "Student Seduction" and "Secrets on Campus" for MarVista Entertainment. Next, Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list. Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and...
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Derek, a Bostonian of Middle Eastern and Native American (Sioux) descent, graduated from Harvard University majoring in Creative Writing & Literature in 2011. He then spent a year teaching Beginner’s Screenwriting at Grub Street before receiving his Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in 2014. After AFI, Derek quickly found success at their Screenwriter’s Showcase, optioning his award-winning (Grand Prize Creative World Awards, Grand Prize Table Read My Screenplay London) action/comedy script THE WHEELMAN to Original Film (Fast & Furious franchise) and Sony. Original Film hired Derek to rewrite his script, now for a female lead, which lead to Derek becoming a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West. THE WHEELMAN is now in the hands of Datura Studios and...
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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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Linda's stories reflect her Boston roots and often showcase complex female characters in the messy throes of change. Raised among New England neighbors who resorted to murder, suicide and the actual assassination of her beloved black Lab, Luther, Linda admits turning to late-night window peeping to answer the burning question: Who the hell are these people? Linda now looks for answers in her screenplays, many of which feature elements of surf/neo-noir, crime/mystery and messy family dynamics. Her work is often peppered with a healthy dash of New England humor. Linda's TV pilot, BIG STICK, earned favorable feedback from the Black List: Given the procedural elements lurking in the backdrop of this pilot, even in its current draft, it warrants immediate attention from networks for series development. Refining...
Jeff York was named one of the International Screenwriters Association's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. He has written 12 movie screenplays, two TV show treatments/pilots and two plays. His works have figured in the finals of 71 screenwriting contests and counting. He's been a Screencraft Fellowship finalist twice.  After 20 years in advertising, running a couple of creative departments, and winning almost every industry award, Jeff took his lifelong love of going to the movies and decided to take a crack at writing a screenplay. It was a character-driven horror movie (INCURABLE), and when he was finished with it, he sent it to Script magazine for their review. After taking their notes to heart, he rewrote INCURABLE, and it ultimately became Script's only recommended spec screenplay of 2009 (from over...
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Adam Fidler was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. He grew up loving the films of Darabont, Scorsese, Tarantino, and the Coen Brothers. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the AFI, where he studied under Oscar-winning writers and learned to master his craft. He also carries a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. His first script out of school won him the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship. 
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.
Jodi Levitan began her writing career without words, first finding success writing mime and clown routines. Those routines grew into longer stories, and those stories grew into full length award-winning screenplays. Jodi’s screenplays are character-driven stories with strong female leads that reach a multi-generational audience. All of her scripts are award winners in major screenplay contests, including The Austin Film Festival, Big Break, The Page Awards, StoryPros, The Richmond Film Festival and The American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition with Francis Ford Coppola serving as judge.  With her most recent script, Jodi was the grand prize winner of the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle competition. A short version of the screenplay was shot in December. Jodi received her BA in...
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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Bob's feature thriller, SMUGGLING IN SUBURBIA, was filmed and aired on Lifetime Channel. Based on the success of the first project, Ingraham was hired to write another for the same production company.  imdb.com/name/nm3723614 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 and Scriptapalooza competitions. JACK OF HEARTS has garnered the attention of an indie director who, with Ingraham, hopes the shoot and finance the film in the next year. The pitch deck is available. Ingraham's newly completed screenplay, "DCeit", is a political thriller where a Hollywood filmmaker is brought to the White House to...
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Sam Peters has been writing novels for two decades and was first professionally published in 2009. Now with more than twenty novels in print under a variety of names covering fantasy (as Stephen Deas and as Nathan Hawke), SF (as Gavin Deas and as Sam Peters), historical fiction (as SJ Deas) and crime (SK Sharp) , Sam has tried several times to kick the writing habit and simply can't. Other hobbies include pretending to be a responsible parent, pretending to be a respectable physicist and experiments in domestic rockety (the latter largely lapsed due to the demands of the former). Willing and able to put some noir into anything. Also rather better at picking apart what's not working in other people's stories than at picking apart what's not working in my own. Respect your editors!
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I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014 with a degree in Film and New Media. During my time in school, I earned the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences internship in the comedy writing department where I got to work in the writers' room of the Nickelodeon show "Instant Mom." After that, my short film, "Applesauce," won The Audience Choice Last Laugh award at Seattle's NFFTY Film Festival, the largest youth festival in the world. After graduation, I was an adjunct professor in the screenwriting department at the University and eventually made the move out to LA where I've been working on various television, sketch and short film scripts. In January I was selected to have a live table read at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival through the Table Read My Screenplay...
David Sullivan is a horror writer. Blending folklore and mythology with contemporary social issues, he crafts thought-provoking pieces of entertainment with highly specific world-building, shivery fun and a unique language of horror imagery. He has been an ISA Stowe Story Labs Fellow and a Finalist for the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop.
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...
Beth is a novelist and screenwriter who's consistently drawn to thriller, horror, and crime. Her stories almost always center on complex female characters who are trying to exorcise that unshakable demon called the past. As a result, certain themes arise in her writing again and again -- issues surrounding control, power, trauma, and the need to be heard. She's also intrigued by the tension of shared space (hello, pandemic), and our innate need as humans to be constantly watching one another. Spying, snooping, voyeurism, you name it. Beth's writing is marked by sharp dialogue, elegant but simple narrative prose, and pages that turn swiftly. She tries to write the kind of films she wants to watch -- a slow but steady burn, filled with dread. Think MIDSOMMAR, THE INVISIBLE MAN, GONE GIRL or ZODIAC (actually...
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Kate Beacom is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Portland, Oregon.  Kate's first feature REHAB CABIN, which they wrote, co-directed, and produced, has been an Official Selection at a number of film festivals including Manhattan Film Festival, where it won Best Comedic Feature, as well as Mill Valley, Austin Film Festival, and Tallgrass Film Festival where it received the "Outstanding Screenplay" award. Kate's short film ALL MEN MUST DIE played at festivals internationally in 2018. Kate's writing has been recognized by BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Page Turner Screenplays, Script Pipeline, Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition, Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Two of Kate's scripts have been featured on The Black List as among their reader's favorites.
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Carlos Gutierrez and his writing partner Michael Goldenberg specialize in television comedies that bring both depth and levity to colorful worlds parallel to our own. Their comedy Asians Can't Play Jazz was awarded best comedy pilot in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Competition and a finalist in WeScreenplay's Diverse Voices. It’s currently listed in the top 2% on Coverfly. Together with Creative Screenwriter Productions, they are developing their children's animated series Elysian Ring, which follows a group of kids sent to summer camp on a planet in the midst of a climate disaster, where they must unite and fight to survive. After growing up in a midwest city boasting the highest number of churches per capita, Carlos studied Telecommunications, Music, Spanish, and Italian,...