Tanya Steele received an M.F.A. from NYU's, TSOA, Graduate Film Department. Her film 'The Living Silence', won the DGA award for Best African-American Student Filmmaker. Her screenplay, 'The Parachute Factory', won multiple writing awards. She also wrote cultural criticism on Cinema, Feminism and pop culture for Shadow & Act/IndieWire.
Matthew J. O’Neill is a feature and TV writer who sold an original action-comedy, BAIT & SWITCH to Universal Pictures with Mark Wahlberg attached to star and produce. He also sold an UNTITLED SPORTS MEDICINE pilot to NBC inspired by world renowned sports orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, and produced by LeBron James and SpringHill Entertainment with Warner Bros TV - a project he put together from scratch. O'Neill continues to develop, write and re-write projects for both film and television.
Vidhya Iyer was born in Nigeria to Indian parents. At the age of 12, her parents sent her to India where she lived alone with no adult supervision. She majored in Computer Engineering and managed an Italian restaurant while in college, after which she made the obvious transition into screenwriting. She also performs improv and standup. Vidhya is an AFI graduate and a CAPE New Writers Fellow. She is represented by Meyer Management and Kaplan-Stahler Agency.
Daniel Bonjour is a South African born Actor/Writer/Director known for roles on shows like The Walking Dead, Frequency, and most recently iZombie. Daniel earned grand prize at the Final Draft (Big Break) awards for co-writing the feature Breedlove, and his directorial debut After the Rain, recently released on Amazon after a successful festival run.
Perry Janes is a writer and filmmaker from Metro Detroit, Michigan. His short films and original screenplays have been featured during IFP Film Week and received accolades that include the AMPAS Student Academy Award. A Pushcart Prize recipient, his poetry and fiction regularly appear in journals online and in print.
A graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program, Jessica Lee Funches is a writer, director and producer best known for producing the award-winning indie films “Hope’s Choice” and “Something is Killing Tate.” Most recently, she served as the Story Producer on the UMC.tv series “World Wide Nate: African Adventures.”
Kristen Vadas & Kate Oliviero
Kristen Connolly Vadas (left) has been a television executive for nearly two decades before recently segueing into writing. Most recently, she ran the Alternative Programming department at the CW, where she developed and oversaw all of the network’s reality series and specials . Prior to the CW, Vadas was at Oxygen Media, overseeing the network’s west coast development and production operations. A graduate of Middlebury College, Kristen began her career in television at Nickelodeon. She lives in Venice Beach with her husband and two young children.
Creative nonfiction author Kate Barry Oliviero (right) began her writing career in advertising before transitioning into developing scripts for film and television. A graduate of Middlebury College, Kate was also a juried memoirist at the Aspen Writers Conference. She wrote her first book in fifth grade.
Kuamel Winston Stewart is from the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a staff writer on Nickelodeon’s Cousins For Life. Kuamel is represented by Kaplan-Stahler Agency.
Paul Marchand is a writer/director with a background in documentary filmmaking. After editing documentaries for Chris Rock, Martin Scorsese, Nick Broomfield, Peter Berg, and himself, Paul realized he doesn’t like editing documentaries -- so he applied his research-based story process to narrative screenwriting.
Priscila Garcia-Jacquier has served as the writer’s assistant to Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman) and most recently, Graham Moore (Imitation Game). She assisted Kenny Leon on Broadway's HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, and Kamilah Forbes’ on The Labyrinth Theater’s SUNSET BABY. Priscila was the first Latina to graduate from Carnegie Mellon’s undergrad directing program in 2014. She was recently in Forbes for her digital talk show QUIERO.
David C. White began his career in non-fiction TV, working as a researcher, writer, & producer on award-winning documentaries for History Channel, NatGeo, Discovery, & more. In 2014, Dave co-wrote the scripted miniseries SONS OF LIBERTY, a project for which he was nominated for a WGA award.
Stefanie Woodburn is a Chinese American writer, actress, and filmmaker. An NYU grad and entertainment technology consultant, she found her voice on Twitch and created the first short film funded through streaming video games, POLE, an official selection in 18 film festivals. She is a 2018 CAPE New Writers Fellow.
Hunter Daniels & Chris Stevens
Los Angeles native Hunter Daniels (left) has written for Collider and AOL, served as Managing Director of the Hayworth Theater, and worked as an Assistant at Underground before becoming Executive Assistant at Culprit Creative. He graduated the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Film Theory.
Chris Stevens (right) is currently a Creative Executive at Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios, having overseen development on 2017’s “How to Be a Latin Lover” and 2018’s “Overboard.” Chris previously worked as an assistant at Underground. He graduated the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Marketing.
Godwin Jabangwe is a Zimbabwean screenwriter raised on Bud Spencer and “Bonanza” reruns. He tried to write his first novel at 12, but quit when he fell in love. Godwin discovered screenwriting while working eight-hour shifts in a community college library. He is a graduate of the UCLA screenwriting MFA program.
Lynda Heys & Steve Turnbull
Lynda Heys (left) and Steve Turnbull (right) are an Australian director/writer team and partners in Faraway Films Entertainment (FFE). Lynda is a USC Peter Stark alumni with a passion for stories that are empowering, entertaining and exceedingly binge-worthy. A Deakin University grad, Steve has written across genres from dramas, to comedies through to a recent omnibus WW1/post-apocalyptic graphic novel adaptation for a major US entertainment company. FFE’s current slate of features and high-end limited drama series includes a new three-pic deal to develop the ‘female-centric’ novels of US author, Ki Longfellow and TACKLING ROMEO, the team’s feel-good comedy/dance feature, that is now in late-stage financing for a US remake and Broadway stage musical.
David Cornue has developed projects with Fox, USA Network, A&E, and various studios. His medical drama TRIAGE is at FBC/20th and his pilot presentation UNSPEAKABLE premiered at SXSW in 2018. David’s production company produced four independent features. He also formed a popular script development service for professional writers. davidcornue.com
Brian Corcoran is a writer and comedian from Long Island. His credits include appearances at UCB Sketchfest and comedy clubs all over NYC. Brian is a self-taught screenwriter with 13 years experience in criminal and corporate trial law.
Matthew T. Price grew up in Michigan, studied cinema at USC, and met his future wife in Maine. He followed her to her home country of New Zealand, where he convinced her to marry him. Matthew has worked in television for ten years, while shooting short films on the side. He made his first feature film and first daughter in the same year. The movie's pretty good, but he's even more proud of his daughter, who already knows the alphabet. Exchange Students is very loosely based on his time in New Zealand.
Elizabeth Stamp was born and raised in West Virginia and graduated from Brown University. She began her career as an magazine editor in New York and currently contributes to The Onion, Vulture, Architectural Digest, and CNN Style. She is a member of the 2018 Fox Writer’s Lab.
Linda Ge is a writer and journalist. She's been a finalist in CBS' Writers Mentoring Program, NBC's Writers on the Verge and placed in major competitions including the Austin Film Festival. She's excited to write TV after writing about TV for publications including TheWrap, Tracking Board, THR and TheMarySue.
Victor M. Dueñas is currently a segment producer and writer for the bilingual late night talk show Noches con Platanito and was also a writer on Hulu’s Emmy-nominated original series East Los High. He is a fellow of NHMC’s TV Writers Program, GLAAD’s Screenwriting Lab, and NALIP’s Latino Media Market.
John Arends is a screenwriter, playwright and journalist. He was one of six writers selected for The Black List Screenwriting Lab in Las Vegas. He has a blind script deal to write a feature film to be produced by the NFL and Charlie Ebersol’s The Company. In 2011, he received the James W. Schwartz Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications at Iowa State University. His screenplay Trice, based on the true story of Jack Trice, was a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships.