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Screenwriting Department

Nunzio DeFilippis Nunzio DeFilippis
Chair of Screenwriting; Dean Of Faculty
Master’s Thesis Workshop, Genre Studies, Elements Of Screenwriting

MFA in Screenwriting, USC

Writer/producer on HBO's ARLISS and wrote for the Disney Channel series KIM POSSIBLE. Had features optioned at Hollywood Pictures, Process Media and Humble Journey Films. Developed a video game at Sony, and a TV movie (TWO STEP) at Oxygen. With his writing partner, he wrote for the comics NEW X-MEN, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL and DRAGON AGE: KNIGHT ERRANT, among many others. They created the comic franchises BAD MEDICINE (in development at Closed On Mondays with NBC), THE AMY DEVLIN MYSTERIES (in development as a TV series at E!) and FRENEMY OF THE STATE (co-created with Rashida Jones, optioned as a feature film by Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures.)

Andy Ashcraft Andy Ashcraft

Game design positions at: Sony Computer Entertainment of America (working on God of War and God of War 2), Electronic Arts, THQ, Disney Mobile, Disney Consumer Products, THQ. Teaching: Game Design Workshops at GDC. Entrepreneur: Giantsdance Games. Education: UCLA

Ashley Bank Ashley Bank
Business of Screenwriting, The Art Of The Pitch, Script To Screen
BA, New York University. Graduate of The Second City Conservatory

Graduate of The Second City Conservatory. Worked as an actress, stand-up comedian, producer, and writer. Has appeared in over 40 commercials, and guest stared on FAMILY TIES, MY TWO DADS, FRASIER and THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR. Has appeared in numerous TV Movies, with Henry Winkler, Dolly Parton, and Raquel Welch. Appeared in the feature film THE MONSTER SQUAD. Has produced several award winning short films, one of which won the prestigious NYU Wasserman/King Award, and another of which was sold to IFC. Also worked as a producer for CBS News/48 Hours, and for CBS News’ documentary department. Worked on documentaries for The History Channel, The Food Network, A&E, Discovery, and ESPN. She's appeared in THE COUNTRY CLUB and directed DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER with her Theater company, Accidents Happen.

Eric Conner Eric Conner
Writing The Television Spec, Writing The Television Pilot, The Great Screenplays, Master’s Thesis Workshop
MFA, USC School of Cinema and Television

Has collaborated on screenplays with Robert Gardner (Writer, The Wedding Palace) and is developing a pilot with Hayden Black (Goodnight Burbank, Gen Zed). Currently a regular contributor to As part of a team, adapted the NY Times bestselling young-adult series Vampire Kisses and developed a feature film based on Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt. Currently hosting, producing and writing the podcast “The Backlot” for NYFA and was previously commissioned to write the original one-act play / short film The Also-Rans. Winner of the Sloan Award & Hamptons' Writer's Workshop for feature script Just Enough. Worked as a production manager on the documentary The Cutting Edge: The Story of Cinema Editing. Interview subjects included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Sean Penn.

Margaret Dunlap Margaret Dunlap
Adaptation, Transmedia, Writing The Television Pilot
MFA in Screenwriting, USC

MFA in Screenwriting, USC. Co-Executive Producer, writer and director for the Emmy, Streamy and IAWTV award-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries; writer on the Emmy award winning Emma Approved; Co-Executive Producer and Showrunner of Welcome to Sanditon. Her television credits include EUREKA and THE MIDDLEMAN. She is also on the writing team behind the critically acclaimed fiction serial Bookburners, from Serial Box Publishing and Saga Press.

Joshua Eiserike Josh Eiserike
Writing the Feature Film, Genre Studies, Sequential Art, Transmedia, Story Generation, Elements of Screenwriting
MA in Journalism, University of Missouri; MFA in Film Production, USC

Has written for the HUB animated series G.I. JOE: RENEGADES and MAD Magazine. His first comic book CLASS OF ‘99 won an Ignatz award (the Independent Spirit Award of comics) and his subsequent graphic novel ANYONE BUT VIRGINIA is currently distributed by Alterna Comics.

Adam B. Finer Adam B. Finer
Transmedia, New Media and Business of Screenwriting
MA in Film, Staffordshire University

Served as Director of Market Research at Universal Pictures. Co-founder of Arpil Entertainment, a literary management and production company. Consults individuals in career planning, as well as working with content creators, writers, directors, producers, and studio executives to design marketing plans, and business and branding strategies. Producer on WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE NEXT WAVE, THE DAY THE EARTH STOPPED and MEGAFAULT for Syfy.

Colette Freedman Colette Freedman
Writing The Feature Film, Script To Screen, Playwriting
MAT in Drama, Colgate University

Screenwriter, playwright, novelist and actress. Has written the Lifetime film Sister Cities (Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Stana Katic) as well as three other made for television films. Feature films include And Then There Was Eve (2017 LA Muse Jury Prize Winner at LA Film Festival) and Miles Underwater. She is an internationally-produced playwright with over 35 produced plays, voted "One of 50 to Watch" by The Dramatists Guild. Plays include Serial Killer Barbie, The Affair, and Blind Spots (Encore Award 2018 Hollywood Fringe fest).

In the last 10 years, she has written nine published novels, including the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (2009 Tor Publishing) with #1 New York Times author Michael Scott; the YA book Anomalies with Sadie Turner (Select Books); and the legendary Steve Dorff memoir I Wrote That One Too (2018 Backbeat Books). She has co-produced several independent films, including Quality Problems (2017 Best Feature, Womens Texas Film Fest), currently available on VOD. As an actress she has worked on many television shows, including That '70s Show, The Young and the Restless, and JAG, as well as several independent films.

Emmett Furey Emmett Furey
Transmedia, New Media and Business of Screenwriting
BA, Dramatic Writing, Drexel University/BA, Film & Video Production, Drexel University

Emmett Furey is a writer and award-winning transmedia producer. Wrote and produced the transmedia web series FURY OF SOLACE. Co-creator of the ENTER THE LODGE, a Twin Peaks-inspired experiment in Twitter fiction. Transmedia producer for THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PETER AND WENDY. Writer on VAST, a live RPG series on Geek & Sundry Alpha.

Matt Graham Matt Graham
Elements of Screenwriting, Feature Film Workshop
MFA Writing for Screen and Television, USC

Wrote all ten episodes of Showtime’s OLIVER STONE'S THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. Developed TV pilots with Kurt Sutter (THE SONS OF ANARCHY), Propagate, and others. Wrote the upcoming sci-fi feature "THE BOYFRIEND" (filming 2017). Author of the forthcoming novel THE NIGHT DRIVER.

Matt Harry Matt Harry
Master’s Thesis Workshop, Writing The Feature Film, Writing For Television, Great Screenplays, Script To Screen, Web Series, Genre Studies
MFA in Film Production, USC

Has worked as a reality television writer, editor, director, and feature film producer on the following: THE BACHELOR, DESIGN ON A DIME, SERIOUSLY FUNNY KIDS, ROCK THE RECEPTION, and RED SERPENT. Wrote and produced FUGUE, which won Best Horror Film at the Mississippi Film Festival. Written for Flynn Picture Co., Evolution Entertainment, and Fishbowl Films. Wrote and co-directed SUPER KIDS for 1st Ave Machine/YouTube. He has also written the novel SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS, published in 2017.

Terah Jackson Terah Jackson
Writing The Feature Film, Genre Studies, Playwriting, Great Playwrights
MFA in Screenwriting, American Film Institute

Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist. Wrote and produced COUNTER, wrote and assistant directed on SPLENDOR, and was the assistant director on IT’S NOT ALWAYS SUNNY and FANTA FACE.

Greg Johnson Greg Johnson
Elements of Screenwriting, Story Generation, Writing the Feature Film
MFA in Film & Television, USC

Developed, sold and written projects with Gore Verbinski, Davis Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Fox, including an adaptation of DOCTOR DOOM.

Dan Kay Dan Kay
Writing The Feature Film, Great Screenplays, Business Of Screenwriting
BAS in English from University of Pennsylvania

Wrote several feature films including I.T. (starring Pierce Brosnan), PAY THE GHOST (starring Nicolas Cage) and TIMBER FALLS. Wrote and directed WAY OFF BROADWAY (starring Morena Baccarin). On the TV side, is collaborating with 50 Cent on TOMORROW/TODAY for STARZ. Wrote the pilot THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL based on the hit web series for The Weinstein Company.

Grant Levy Grant Levy
Story Generation, Writing The Television Spec, Writing The Television Pilot, Character Development

Wrote for the TV series ME AND MY GRANDMA, BUNSEN IS A BEAST and BUNHEADS. Wrote the TV movie WORK MOM.

George McGrath George McGrath
Writing The Television Spec, Writing The Television Pilot, Script To Screen

Actor, writer, producer, composer. Began his career doing musical theater in New York at such venues as Cafe La Mama, The Provincetown Playhouse and Lincoln Center. Performed with the Groundlings in Los Angeles from 1983 - 1992, where he also taught, directed the Sunday Show, and created the long-running show YOUR VERY OWN TV SHOW. One of the original writers of PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE and was a series regular on the show. Was inducted into the TV Theme Song Hall of Fame for co-writing the series theme song. Co-wrote the Paramount film BIG TOP PEE-WEE and created and starred in Nick-at-Nite’s first original series, ON THE TELEVISION, which he also co-executive produced. Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Sally Field in the feature film PUNCHLINE. Wrote and co-starred in BASED ON AN UNTRUE STORY, a FOX TV movie, and wrote, produced and had a recurring role on HBO’s TRACY TAKES ON. Other TV appearances include WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY (both London and NY productions), BOB, THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW, GROWING PAINS, THE JEFFERSONS and COMIC RELIEF. Currently performs in INSTAPLAY! and with the Groundlings in the GAS SHOW. Has been nominated for an Emmy Award four times – twice as a writer on PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE and twice as writer-producer on TRACY TAKES ON, a series for which he also won a GLAAD Award.

Chris Modoono Chris Modoono
Script To Screen, New Media, Transmedia

Co-Writer/Director of the feature TENURED for Fox Digital Studio. Premiered at the 2015 Tribeca film festival, and won the Audience Award at the Maui Film Festival. Co-Writer/Director and Co-Creator of IT’S A HIT! (Abby Elliott, Tim Matheson) for The Orchard. Premiered at SeriesFest Season 2 and won the Virgin Produced Award. Commercial director for Hungry Man Productions.

Eric Nelson Eric Nelson
Master’s Thesis Workshop, Writing The Feature Film, Writing The Television Pilot
MFA in Screenwriting, American Film Institute

Developed film and television projects with Nickelodeon Original Movies, ABC/Disney Channel, 20th Century Fox, Smart Entertainment, and Underground Entertainment. Has written, developed and produced for numerous branded content campaigns and video games.

Derek Santos Olson Derek Santos Olson
Writing The Television Spec, Writing The Television Pilot, Story Generation
BA in Political Science, Yale University

Writer on the television series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, HAWAII FIVE-O and THE UNUSUALS. Developed a pilot at Nickelodeon, and another directed by Michael Lange (the OC).

Doc Pedrolie Doc Pedrolie
Elements Of Screenwriting, The Great Screenplays, Writing The Feature Film, Story Generation, Genre Studies, Writing For Television, Master’s Thesis Workshop
MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA

Written the features COME SIMI (Winner, Best Screenplay, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and Best Writing, Los Angeles Film Review 2015) and PALI ROAD (sold to Arclight Films at Cannes), and has written and directed THE LAST CIGARETTE. Has developed projects at Gerber Pictures, Crimson Forest, HWY 61, Unified Pictures, Royal Standard, IPG, Nala/RightBrain, and Circle of Confusion. Works as a story analyst for Amazon Studios.

Jenni Powell Jenni Powell
Transmedia, New Media, Business Of Screenwriting, Screenwriting Discipline & Methodology
MA in Psychology, San Diego State University

The Emmy Award-winning producer of THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, WELCOME TO SANDITON, LONELYGIRL15, EMMA APPROVED and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PETER AND WENDY. For two years, was Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon and was a producer at Felicia Day’s YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry, where she produced the Geekie Award-Winning Talkin' Comics Weekly. Most recently, was Head of Production for NewMediaRockstars before founding her own production company Discourse Productions.

Crickett Rumley Crickett Rumley
Elements Of Screenwriting, Story Generation, Adaptation, Scene Study
MFA in Film from Columbia University

Author of the young adult novel NEVER SIT DOWN IN A HOOPSKIRT. Worked as the Director of Development for Scriptstar Pictures. Developed projects and adaptations at Killer Films, Gigantic Pictures, and Pink Slip Pictures.

Leander Sales Leander Sales
Editing, Script To Screen

Sales has worked in Hollywood for over 25 years, and worked with Spike Lee on nine films. Associate editor for Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, and Crooklyn. Served as the editor on Get on the Bus, Hookers at the Point, and Stand Down Soldier. Directed the feature films Don't Let Your Meat Loaf and The Life I Meant to Live.

Jerry Shandy Jerry Shandy
Master’s Thesis Workshop, Writing The Television Spec, Writing The Television Pilot, Business of Screenwriting, Writing the Feature Film
MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, USC

Wrote on the TNT/ABC Studios one-hour drama, PERCEPTION. Has developed pilots for USA Network, Universal Cable Productions, Hypnotic, Le Grisbi, Steve Stark Prods, and Kelsey Grammar's Grammnet. Sold the one-hour drama CROOKED CREEK to MTV Network. Has most recently been a writer on the SYFY series DOMINION.

Justin Sternberg Justin Sternberg
Writing The Television Pilot
BA in Mass Communication/Media Studies, University of Florida

Currently writing PIANO MAN for Universal and adapting CITY OF BROKEN MEN for Conde Naste. Previously wrote TEENAGE WASTELAND for MTV, 1,001 RULES FOR MY UNBORN SON for Lionsgate (with Wilmer Valderrama), THE WHOLE PACKAGE for Storyline Entertainment (with Milo Ventimiglia), WHY IT DOESN’T FEEL GOOD TO BE BUTT NAKED IN FRONT OF YOUR EX-WIFE WHILE SHE’S LAUGHING AT YOU for Temple Hill / ABC Studios (based on his Huffington Post article), LOVE & APPLIANCES for FBC (with Chernin/20th), SWITCHED AT MARRIAGE for Reveille (with Danny Masterson and Ethan Suplee), YOU ARE HERE to Nickelodeon (with Cedric the Entertainer), WHO WANTS $11,000? to ABC (co-written with Paul Reiser) among many others that he can't remember at this moment.

Ben Sztajnkrycer Ben Sztajnkrycer
Genre Studies, Writing The Feature Film
MFA in Screenwriting, UCLA

Wrote the feature film KAW (with Sean Patrick Flannery) and the TV movie A TRACE OF DANGER. Currently has a feature in development at Original Film, and has developed features at Davis Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, and Appian Way. Has worked as a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Meridian Pictures, and Acapella Pictures.

Graham Tallman Graham Tallman
Writing The Feature Film, Great Screenplays, Script-To-Screen, Story Generation
MFA in Film Directing, American Film Institute

Has written and directed short films that have been in over 100 festivals, including Toronto, AFI Fest, and Palm Springs Short Fest. Black List featured script, CODENAME: SIMON, placed as one of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Wrote and directed the thriller TURQUOISE for Act Four Productions, and produced and 2nd unit directed THE NEVSKY PROSPECT for Amazon Studios. Has also assistant directed for such filmmakers as Sofia Coppola, Francis Coppola, and Sylvester Stallone. Has adapted a comic book for Fox 2000 and New Regency and developed projects at all the major studios.

Christina Weir Christina Weir
Writing The Television Pilot, Sequential Art, Transmedia, Interactive Narrative, Character Development, Story Generation
MA in Mass Communications/TV Production, Emerson College

Writer/producer on HBO's ARLISS and wrote for the Disney Channel series KIM POSSIBLE. Had features optioned at Hollywood Pictures, Process Media and Humble Journey Films. Developed a video game at Sony, and a TV movie (TWO STEP) at Oxygen. With her writing partner, she wrote for the comics NEW X-MEN, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL and DRAGON AGE: KNIGHT ERRANT, among many others. They created the comic franchises BAD MEDICINE (in development at Closed On Mondays with NBC), THE AMY DEVLIN MYSTERIES (in development as a TV series at E!) and FRENEMY OF THE STATE (co-created with Rashida Jones, optioned as a feature film by Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures.)

Liz Fania Werner Liz Fania Werner
Master’s Thesis Workshop, Story Generation, Writing The Feature Film, Advanced Character Development, Adaptation
MFA in TV and Screenwriting, USC

Founded Órbita, a bilingual literary magazine, while living in Chile. Has translated two books of poetry: The Collected Poems of Jimmy Santiago Baca and Nicanor Parra’s Antipoems: How to Look Better and Feel Great, both published by New Directions. Earned an Annenberg Fellowship from USC and wrote ASSASSINATION OF A MATHEMATICIAN. Wrote on RPM MIAMI for Mun2, a Latino driven member of the NBC/Universal family. Developed the feature adaptation of the novel BABYLON SISTERS by Oprah Book Club author Pearl Cleage. Currently developing an action-horror feature for DMG Entertainment.

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