Tyron Carter (Writing for Television) was hired to write two freelance episodes of Legends of Tomorrow and a third for Arrow.
Rita Rucker (Acting for the Camera) booked a Co-Starring role on the show Snowfall on FX.
Steven Canals (Screenwriting) is the co-creator and co-executive producer of the FX dance musical series Pose, co-created, directed and executive produced by Ryan Murphy. The series features the largest transgender series regular cast, as well as the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.
Sylvia Jones (Writing for Television) wrote for Showtime’s The Chi.
Sally Jo Effenson (Producing) was a producer on Mudbound.
Daniel Hogg (Screenwriting) was executive producer on the feature film The Devout, which was nominated for the John Dunning Discovery Award at the Canadian Screen Awards (the Canadian Oscars). The Devout stars Charlie Carrick (Reign), Ali Liebert (Wonder, Ten Days in the Valley), and Gabrielle Rose (The Sweet Hereafter).
Rayne Roberts (Producing) is a Creative Executive at Lucasfilm.
Stephanie Allain (Writing for Television) produced Burning Sands, which made it into the U.S Dramatic Competition at Sundance before being released on Netflix.
Heather Marion (Producing) is a writer on Better Call Saul.
Kranti Kanadé’s (Producing) groundbreaking film CRD opened in the US and India. Critics around the world are calling CRD “bold, brilliant & subversive, charming and fearless, and something that no Indian film has done before.” “This astonishing film heralds the arrival of a bold new voice in world cinema where all limits are breached and boundaries crossed. Be prepared for a breathtaking journey, the likes of which you’ve never been on before.”
Rishi Chitkara’s (Screenwriting) script codename: Santa has been optioned by USA Network/Universal Cable Productions for development as an original TV holiday special.
Jacob Nasser (Producing) was Executive Producer of 3 feature length films. Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story starring Trace Adkins Judd Nelson & Kim Coates – US distribution by Cinedigm released in 20 cities theatrically, sold 75,000 in first 3 weeks. Running Away – starring Paula Tricky, Holly Deveaux, and William McNamara. My Daddy Is In Heaven – starring Jenn Gotzen, Corbin Bersen, T.C. Stalling.
Chanté Bowser (Acting for the Camera) recently appeared on Lee Daniel’s acclaimed NBC show Star, Lethal Weapon, and in the Lifetime movie Faith Under Fire with Toni Braxton.
Rafaella Biscayn (Acting for the Camera, Producing) wrapped as SR on the dramedy pilot Dirty Laundry which she co-wrote & produced, shot a supporting role in the thriller film Los Angeles Overnight featuring Lin Shaye (Insidious) & Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) by Australian Director Michael Chrisoulakis, has been in over 18+ commercials including a National Commercial Campaign for NESPRESSO with George Clooney, Danny Devito & Helena Mattson – directed by Grant Haslov (CAA), and booked an episode as co-host for Season 3 of Global Child TV’s travel show, distributed on Iberia, British, Delta, Cathay, SAS, LATAM, Thai and Royal Jordanian airlines. She is currently one of the Lead Hosts of CockTales Series, a comedic female-driven talk show on SEEKATV!
Maribel Apuya (Screenwriting) produced, directed and narrated The Sakada Series (34:44), three documentary shorts that capture the personal stories, struggles and successes of the Sakadas and of the second-generation Filipino Americans in Hawaii.
Liz Snyder (Writing for Television) was a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Story Lab, a participant in Women in Film + The Black List Episodic Lab, a Quarterfinalist, Cinestory TV/Digital Fellowship, and her two Scripts, Derailed and The Troubles were selected for the ATX Festival/Black List TV staffing consideration partnership.
Olivia Liang (Acting for the Camera) has performed as a guest star on Blackpills’ Pillow Talk, starring Patrick J. Adams, a co-star on Netflix’s One Day At A Time, and a co-star on an episode of ABC’s Grey Anatomy, directed by Ellen Pompeo. In addition, Olivia was selected from thousands of applicants to perform in the ABC Discovers Showcase. You can also see her in the recent Marine Biologist commercial for ABC Mouse, the How To Be A Disney Hero Misfit/OhMyDisney commercial as Mulan, and an upcoming Best Buy commercial.
Jean Su (Producing) and A.W. “Tony” Scott‘s (Screenwriting, Writing for Television) Broadvision Entertainment, a production and distribution company, theatrically released its first feature film, Grey Lady. Grey Lady was written and directed by John Shea (Southie), and stars Eric Dane (The Last Ship, Grey’s Anatomy), Natalie Zea (The Detour, Justified) and Oscar-nominated Amy Madigan (Twice in a Lifetime, Places in the Heart, Field of Dreams, Gone Baby Gone). Broadvision produced Grey Lady in association with Beacon Pictures, and Jean Su served as Executive Producer.
Robyn Osborne Paris (Screenwriting) wrote, directed and starred in The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? It premiered at Raindance in London, won Best Director at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, and played in festivals all over the world before landing on the homepage of Funny or Die.
Liz Buda (Screenwriting) won first prize for excellence in dramatic writing for her script Zero Hour in the 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.
Joshua Koopman (Acting for the Camera) recently appeared in commercials for: Boston Bruins, IBM, Dunkin Donuts, Maine Tourism Bureau, SAI Global, TJ MAXX, Total Wireless and NH Lottery.
Tiwana FLoyd (Acting for the Camera) booked a National Walmart commercial directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Lakpathy Wijesekara (Producing and Monetizing Your Digital Series) directed the feature film Star Rider and the web series Rydeshare Chronicles.
Liz Kelly (Screenwriting) is currently Manager of Creative Affairs for 21st Century Fox’s Global Inclusion department, where she manages the Fox Writers Lab and Fox Directors Lab, Fox’s pipeline programs for emerging, diverse television writers and directors. In this role she also serves as a scout for diverse talent at numerous film and TV festivals across the country, including the New York Television Festival, where she judged the Independent Pilot Competition as a member of the JHRTS Next Generation Committee, and the ATX Television Festival, where she will be judging the TV Pitch Competition. Kelly has served as an industry mentor at the NALIP Media Summit and at LA Skins Fest’s Native American Writers Pitch Fest. She was invited to be part of Creative Artists Agency’s “Amplify: Next Gen” group of up-and-coming entertainment artists, agents, and executives. Kelly is a member of the Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS), and was chosen to be part of JHRTS’ exclusive Mentorship Program.
Sara Price (Screenwriting) is now Kurt Sutter’s assistant. They’ve been developing projects and a new spinoff of Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC, has been ordered to pilot.
Marissa Tam (Writing for Television) was staffed on the Blacklist.
Ioanna Meli (Acting for the Camera) starred in a viral youtube video Ascendance with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, an Auschwitz documentary produced by Steven Spielberg, narrated by Meryl Streep and directed by James Moll, and commercials for Babbel and Visa-Commerce. She was a lead in the drama pilot Dirty Laundry, and the short films Isabel (with Jamie Donnelly) and Life in Color.
Nicole Riegel (Screenwriting) will write the miniseries Soldier Girls for HBO. Veep’s Emmy-winning star/executive producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus will Executive Produce.
Caitlin Fryers (Screenwriting) wrote for the show Wynona Earp on SyFy.
Jaimie Uyreshiro (Writing for Television) wrote an episode of MTV’s Mary + Jane .
Barbara Curry’s (Screenwriting) thriller script The Boy Next Door was produced by Jason Blum/Blumhouse and starred Jennifer Lopez . Her screenplay Anything for Love premiered on the Hallmark Channel.
Lisa Ebersole (Screenwriting) wrote, directed and produced her hilarious new web series 37 Problems.
Megan Rikos (Screenwriting) premiered her feature film Crushed at the Montreal World Film Festival. The script was written in John Sweet’s screenwriting workshop.
Jaia Thomas (Producing) launched a management company for influencers called The Presley Group and produced 9 Rides, a feature film made entirely on the iPhone which premiered at South by Southwest.
Nicole Favale (Producing) is an Associate Producer on the new comedy special Louie Anderson: Big Underwear.
Kristin Catalano (Screenwriting) wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary Clarence. After being in 15 film festivals, it was picked up by Indican Pictures and is now streaming.
Nanou Matteson ( Screenwriting) co-founded Sparklight Films, a San Francisco Bay Area entertainment production company that champions and produces award-winning female-driven projects, including East Side Sushi, winner of 13 Audience/Best Narrative/Best Screenplay/Jury Awards and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Carrie Pilby, starring Bel Powley, Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by The Orchard; and Remember Me, starring Academy Award® winner Rita Moreno.
Raeanne Giles (Acting for the Camera, Screenwriting) wrote and produced a new web series Playdates Anonymous. It was nominated for Best Comedy for Vancouver Web Fest and also chosen as an official selection of Rome Web Awards. Eliana Rosen (Acting for the Camera) is also a main actor in the series.
Jean de Meuron (Producing) is credited as Executive Producer on the Oscar nominated La Femme et le TGV.
Dan Mazeau (Screenwriting) was hired to write a feature for Tom Cruise.
Kovid Gupta (Producing) was Assistant Director on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo – the 4th highest grossing film in India of all time. He’s also the Script Head on a prime time soap opera called Bahu Hamari Rajni_Kant. and recently authored a book (published by Harper Collins) called Kingdom of The Soap Queen: The Story of Balaji Telefilms, a non fiction book on one of India’s leading movie and TV studios.
Adam Saunders (Producing) produced When We First Met, starring Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario and Shelley Hennig, About Alex with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, starring Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace, Family Weekend starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin, and Shimmer Lake starring Rainn Wilson and Ron Livingston.
Marcelo Mitnik (Screenwriting) is credited as Executive Producer and Story on the Oscar nominated Chau, Beyond the Lines.
Vitor Cardoso (Screenwriting) wrote and Directed a short movie called Fly A Way in LA which was selected by the NY LA International Film Festival.
Jason Sleisenger (Acting for the Camera) did a Regal Cinemas Moviebill AR (Augmented Reality) promo/commercial which airs at Regal Cinemas Nationwide before every feature film.
Marisa Luz (Screenwriting) shot an 8 episode web series called Sycamore Valley, starring Rachel Hroncich (Writing for Television).
Julie Anne Wight (Writing for Television) wrote for 5th Ward for the Urban Movie Channel.
Ivon Millan (Acting for the Camera) secured a spot in the feature film Do Not Reply starring Jackson Rathbone from Twilight.
Roy Zafrani (Screenwriting) recently won Best Screenplay Short award at LA Indie Film Fest, and another award at the Social Machinery Film Festival in Italy for his script Over the Wall.
Nada Djordjevich (Screenwriting) adapted Common Ground, a feature that she wrote during the Fall Semester at the UCLA TFT Professional Program, into a short for directer Lisa Ginsburg.
Lorelei Ignas (Writing for Television) is now a writer at NBC’s Writers on the Verge.
Sharon Rapose (Screenwriting, Writing for Television) produced and edited Konnichiwa Brick Lane.
Samantha Bowling (Acting for the Camera) co-starred in the indie feature film Back to Awesome, which was released on Amazon and iTunes.
Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Screenwriting) guest lectured at Dreamworks on crowdfunding and was interviewed in an article about crowdfunding in the Berlin Film Festival Magazine.
Christine Roney (Screenwriting) published her novel, Beyond Stone, based on one of the loglines she created in the program.
Jen Tousey and Darren Fitch (Producing) wrapped principal photography on an inspirational short film.
Geetika Budhiraja (Screenwriting, Acting for the Camera) produced, wrote, directed and acted in the film Naked for the 48 Hour Film Project. Her film made it to the top films of the festival. It was screened at the LA LIVE, Regal cinemas.
Bryan Kett (Writing for Television) won the Slamdance award for best original teleplay with a pilot he wrote in our program. Slamdance received a record-breaking 3,600 submissions for the Writing Competition.
Sarah Polhaus (Screenwriting) won the Austin Film Festival in the short category for her script FutureHealth.
Davina Willett (Writing for Television) won Best TV Pilot teleplay contest at LA Femme International Film Festival.
Heather Faris (Screenwriting) won the Page Awards (Action/Adventure) and was a Semifinalist for the Nicholls Fellowship with her feature script Ripple.
Heidi Nyburg’s (Screenwriting and Writing for Television) pilot Silicon Curve won Script Pipeline’s First Look contest. Her pilot Aeternum was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Contest. Both were written in our Writing for Television workshops. Her feature Just Be Cool was Scriptapalooza Semifinalist, Quarter Finalist Final Draft Big Break, and her feature Meeting Lorne Michaels was Semi Finalist Final Draft Big Break.
Matt Clingempeel and Brendan Vogel (Screenwriting) were finalists in the Spotlight Screenplay Competition. Brendan completed the first draft of the script during his time in UCLA’s Professional Program under the guidance of Wendall Thomas. Brendan was also a quarter-finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest.
Matt Clemons (Screenwriting) was a Semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
Sarah Marsh (Writing for Television) advanced to the second round (top 15%) of the Austin Film Festival for her pilot Hell In Heels.
Rachael Blackwood (Writing for Television) advanced to the final three of Final Draft’s Big Break contest.
Ana R. Dominick (Screenwriting) won 1st Prize in the Rhode Island International Film Festival, was a Top 3 Finalist in Nantucket Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest, a Semi-Finalist in the Fade In Awards, and a Quarter Finalist in BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
Professional Programs alumni dominated the finals and semi-finals of the CineStory Foundation competition. Congratulations to Dave Pirinelli, Alice Denard, Barbara Rey, Tyler Chatham, Erin Fischer, Odin Ozdil, Christina Pamies, Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Heidi Nyburg, Jo Buckman, Tameson Duffy, Michael Miller, Paige VanTassell and Renee Buck.
Mike MacMillan (Producing) produced Talk to Irene starring Geena Davis.
Courtney Kocak (Screenwriting) and her writing partner wrote two episodes on the first season of Amazon’s new animated comedy series Danger & Eggs, voiced by SNL‘s Aidy Bryant, as well as a Get Out the Latino Vote commercial for the DNC. She, with her best friend, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz, also launched a sex and dating talk show called Reality Bytes in partnership with JASH.
Lauren Caltagirone (Screenwriting) wrote for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Tyrrell Shaffner (Writing for Television) directed/wrote/produced the short Bully in NYC for Eli Roth’s Crypt TV, and produced short films for award-winning female directors Rebecca Feldman and Bridget Palard.
Darren Fitch (Producing) secured a position as Producer at Woven Digital.
Paul R. Puri (Writing for Television) is a medical consultant on Chicago Med.
Jason Ancona (Screenwriting) wrote, directed, and produced a feature film called Dr. Cheapskate, which was a Toronto Film and Video Awards winner in the No Budget Category. Dr. Cheapskate was also accepted into a number of other festivals, including the Laugh or Die Comedy Festival, Independent Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles, Illinois Film Festival, SuperGeek Film Festival in Miami, and the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.
Joe Saroufim (Screenwriting) is now a Creative Executive at CAA Marketing.
Jeremy Hsu (Writing for Television) was selected as a NBC Writers On The Verge fellow. His spec episode of Fresh Off The Boat, which he wrote in his Professional Programs workshop, was an Austin Film Festival finalist.
Scot Semer (Screenwriting) and Renee Buck (Screenwriting) had their scripts make it to the Quarterfinals of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship
Sandra Kate Burck (Acting for the Camera) was on Rush Hour on CBS and ABC’s The Middle.
Selina Ringel (Producing) shot her first feature film.
Puja Mohindra’s (Screenwriting) comedic web series, Geeta’s Guide To Moving On, was an official selection for the New York Television Festival, and advanced in the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab and the Sundance Institute Youtube New Voices Lab.
Destri Martino (Screenwriting) celebrated the first anniversary of The Director List database– created to make it easier for execs and producers to find experienced female directors for their film and tv project
Rachael Blackwood’s (Writing for Television) TV pilot Firebrand advanced through to the semi-finals of the PAGE Awards.
Asit Viyas (Producing) is producing the feature film Thanks You, Cancer.
Kathleen K.C. Cromie (Writing for Television) was a finalist in the PAGE Awards for her UCLA Prof Program pilot The Fift and a Finalist and Semi-Finalist of two scripts in Creative World Awards, including her UCLA spec Grimm: The Second-to-Last Unicorn.
Julie Anne Wight (Writing for Television) was a Nicholls Quarterfinalist, Top 3 in Comedy/Rom-com Features, Final Draft Big Break for her script My Clone’s an A-Hole.
Matthew Schutt (Writing for Television) received 2nd Place in the One-Hour category for Scriptapalooza TV Better Call Saul: Law and Order spec, and Top 10 in Pilots, Final Draft Big Break for pilot written in the UCLA Prof Program, Wednesday Night Suicide Club.
Chas Jackson’s (Writing for Television) pilot Gents (written while on the program) reached the final of the NYTVF script competition.
Former Professional Programs Director Eyal Alony’s script Skin Deep was chosen for Film Independent’s Directing Lab.
Shafik Bahou (Acting for the Camera) booked a co-star role on CBS’s Madame Secretary.
Jeremy Hsu (Writing for Television) was selected as one of the CAPE fellows.
Libby de Leon (Producing) produced Captain America Civil War Reenactment for Funny or Die.
Corey Deshon (Producing) co-produced and wrote the feature film Shine.
Thomas Lim (Producing) wrote and directed a new feature film Sea of Mirrors. The film was shot entirely in Macau (China) on the iPhone.
Brian Craft and Tim Meloney, (Screenwriting) have recently launched their production company Mojo Road Entertainment. Their first feature, the sci-fi thriller I-Volution is in development with David L. Snyder (Academy Award Nominee for Production Design on Blade Runner) attached as production designer.
Vera Brooks (Screenwriting) recently wrote and produced a four part web series. The Untitled Project is a comedy about a ten year old girl not happy with being homeschooled. Breaking the 4th wall, she shares disdain for her classmates and schemes to return to public school.
John Ward (Screenwriting) was one of the winners of the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award.
Chris Kyle (Screenwriting) co-wrote the screenplay Jody, which has been produced by the Black List Table Reads podcast.
Marta Suarez (Screenwriting) adapted Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy for FreemantleMedia and Telefonica for Spanish television’s premium channel #0.
Rajeev Chhibber (Acting for the Camera) appeared on Fresh Off the Boat on ABC.
Steve Cuden (Screenwriting) released his second book, Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays.
Mike Miller (Writing for Television) won 1st place in the sitcom category for the 21st Spec Spectacular with his teleplay The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy is a VIP.
Daniel Negret (Screenwriting) made it to the top 20 in the Cinequest competition.
Brian King and E.L. Katz (Screenwriting) wrote and directed the feature Cheap Thrills.
Patrick Hasson (Screenwriting) directed the film Blood Shed.
Natasha Pincus (Screenwriting) was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards (Video of the Year and Best Editing) for the music video she created for Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Uday Chopra (Producing), CEO of YRF Entertainment, has joined with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and his company Stone Angels to produce and finance Grace of Monaco the Olivier Dahan-directed film starring Nicole Kidman in the title role.
Timothy Tau‘s (Screenwriting) screenplay Kaohsiung was a Quarterfinalist in the Zoetrope Screenplay contest and the Scriptapalooza Contest. His screenplay Welcome to Eden was a Quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza Contest as well.
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