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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an Industry Pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status. 3196 Success Stories Listed.

Achieving equal cultural representation within our media narratives requires a representative number of skilled storytellers. The WIF Writing Labs, held in partnership with key collaborator and industry benchmarker The Black List, are designed to equip new television and screenwriters with knowledge to build and sustain their careers.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry.
Jonathon won Script Summit's Michigan Writers Award for the thriller drama short, A VISIT FROM THE CANDYMAN, (which had also placed as an Finalist with Honorable Mention distinction in the Southern California Screenplay Competition among other placements) and took Second Place for indie-style comedy short OLD TOM SNYDER in Script Summit as well.
Shane qualified as a one of the TOP 7 FINALISTS in the category of memoir for 2020's Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Unpublished Book Competition out of over 600 submissions.
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Shane Walsh-Smith's TV comedy pilot script SURFACE TENSION won Best International Short Screenplay at the Portland Comedy Film Festival Summer 2020 Awards.
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Rain Story's story THE ADVENTURES OF WILLOW & OLIVER was released in book form on September 25, 2020. It's available on Kindle and as a paperback. "What a great little read!" quoted from a review on Amazon.
Stephanie was choosen out of 2,500 writers to pitch ICE and her other projects to LA Managers this week through Coverfly's Fall 2020 Pitch week.
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Shaunia McKenzie's feature script THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL was listed as a semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition.
Mitch Bechtold's first fellowship is an exciting achievement. He credits every mentor as having been invaluable in developing his skills as a writer! The mission of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project is to identify emerging writers from United States military backgrounds and provide them with the tools and insights to nurture their passion for writing and successfully navigate the entertainment industry. They do this in two phases over a yearlong program: A weekend-long retreat, and monthly follow-up workshops and special events. Each military veteran is paired with WGA members. The Foundations writer-mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past and present, and are committed to guiding the voices of the future.
Larry E Coleman's period war drama, THE ABYSSINIAN finished in the top 10 in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition in the Historical/Biopic category. This script brings new life to World War II dramatic film-making because its' backdrop doesn't focus on popular settings like Normandy, but instead, on the invasion of Africa, and is seen through the lens of an African, an Ethiopian POW.
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Kristina Jilly has been asked to research and write a treatment for a successful European producer. The project will be a biopic about an amazing artist and her vibrant yet tragically short life that was cut short at the beginning of WW2. This is a very special project about a very special woman who deserves to be more widely recognized.
Kristina Jilly is currently researching and writing the synopsis and treatment for an up and coming director. The four part TV show will be based in Europe in the 1920s, a period of great trauma and transition. Kristina is excited to be involved at concept stage on this project.
Greg Houghton's TV pilot DEAD 9 was optioned via Buffalo 8 and Invar Studios.
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Greg Houghton's sigle location, action thriller EXIT, has been optioned for production via Ant Fallon with Bird on Fire.
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Greg Houghton's script THE KEEPER has been optioned via Brittany House Pictures and Quixotic Road.
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Screenwriter and actor Rain Story has released her novel titled GUNS & GOD: LINES IN THE SAND based upon her original TV pilot by the same name. An Arkansas native and veteran of the entertainment industry, Rain shares her expertise on what it is like living in a Southern gun culture via the adult crime-thriller genre. GUNS & GOD: LINES IN THE SAND takes an electrifying look into the Southern gun culture and its connections with the gun industry's local, national, and international tentacles. This narrative shines light on what makes gun-toting Southerners tick and creates understanding so that we can work together to find compromise and resolve around gun violence in the U.S.
THREE projects by screenwriter, KIM HORNSBY, were recognized in Table Read my Screenplay by screenwriter. Her TV Pilot, MOODY & THE GHOST, reached the top 100 in Table Read my Screenplay as did her Features, NECESSARY DETOUR, and THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE. All 3 scripts are adapted from her Bestselling books. MOODY also reached the second round of Austin Film Fest as did her Short script, CHAT. Her feature, THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE quarter finaled in Page Turner Screenplays and Moody was in the top 20 of Adapted Screenplay Contest. Kim is represented by JD DeWitt of 5x5 Literary Management
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"We think the market has caught up to this amazing script," says Producer Darin Dusan when he optioned screenwriter Michael Graf's historical sports drama about a group of Native American children that are kidnapped by the US Army and go on to invent the modern game of football. "This is an amazing story and it needs to be told." The screenplay has been making waves around the world, winning dozens of awards and accolades. It also has been a part of the ISA Development Slate.
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ISA Development Slate writer, Rachel Leyco will star in the trans-led romantic comedy "Re-Live: A Tale of an American Island Cheerleader". The project won the Inside Out LGBT Pitch Please! contest last year in Toronto. "Re-Live" is a heartfelt romcom that she co-wrote with Primetime Emmy nominated actress, Rain Valdez. Fae Pictures has partnered with Now>Ever to finance and produce. "It's been incredibly fun writing this together (many laughs and tears shed) during the writing process. I'm so excited to bring this to life on the big screen because we are spotlighting our underrepresented communities in order to change the narrative in cinema -- that women, Asian-Americans, and LGBTQ+ folx belong in these spaces." - Rachel Leyco