Erik Adolphson is a writer and producer that has spent his career in the pursuit of great stories. His documentary work has taken him to over seventy countries and his producing credits include CNN’s “The History of Comedy,” “The American Game” for ESPN and an upcoming series for Netflix. He both wrote and produced the original scripted series “Next Stop For Charlie” for Showtime, as well as numerous award winning short films.
His family-friendly screenplay Lemon Made won the Emerging Screenwriter’s Grand Prize and the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He is currently developing a series of children’s books in addition to his work as a screenwriter and producer.
In 5th grade, Romi wrote a series of short stories that followed Detective Jenny Craig and her assistant Fred Segal whose mission was to solve most mysteries in the world but still be fashionable. Spoiler alert, she’s from LA. She went to Northwestern to study theater and USC for her MFA in screenwriting. She began her career writing for SANTA CLARITA DIET on Netflix, has written for ALEXA & KATIE on Netflix, FOURSOME on YouTube Premium, and the CBS Diversity Showcase. She’s also developed for Disney Television Animation. And yes, Detective Jenny Craig is still available to option.
Krista Braun & Patrick Hayle
Krista’s road much-less-traveled to Imagine Impact began in the ‘burbs of Cleveland, Ohio. To the joy of Mom and Dad who weren’t ready (yet) to bless a move to NYC, she headed (slightly) west to the University of Michigan for a BFA in Theatre Performance. A semester-early graduation prompted a double-duty PA/stand-in gig on a very pre-Marvel Russo Brothers film, followed by singer/dancer contracts on two Holland America cruise ships. From there: NYC (at last!!), a job as the executive assistant to a global ad agency’s worldwide Chairman & CEO, a recurring guest spot on ABC’s THE MIDDLE, a master’s in Business and Financial Reporting from NYU, to CNBC as a producer, several more guest star roles (SVU, F.B.I., CHICAGO PD…), and 20-some episodes of GOTHAM as an unnamed reporter who finally got a name (Jennifer Luree!). This latest adventure wouldn’t be possible without the support of the coolest husband and son a gal could wish for. Favorite quote: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Patrick Hayle grew up outside Detroit on a heavy diet of Saturday morning cartoons, Batman graphic novels, and 80’s alt rock. Since graduating from Marquette University with degrees in broadcasting and theater, he’s worked in Milwaukee, Chicago, and L.A. as a lighting designer, actor, ad copy writer, and content developer at a renowned children's museum. His first feature, a dystopian adaptation of MACBETH, was one of three finalists in Script Pipeline’s First Look competition. Subsequent projects have placed highly with the PAGE awards, BlueCat, and the Writers Assistant Network. He recently nabbed the top prize for his world-building skills from the toughest judge of all: his four-year-old. The raw materials: LEGOs.
Daniel Daneau & Laura C. Lopez
Danny Daneau and Laura C. Lopez are a husband and wife writing/directing team who met in graduate school studying film.
Once a child piano prodigy, Laura left her home in Ecuador at age seventeen to pursue a film education in the United States. This was to the dismay of many of her family members who believed back then that such investment would be, “wasted on a woman.” (Yes, an uncle actually said that to her). Laura earned an MFA in film with a feature length thesis project called ACTS OF MERCY starring Tovah Feldshuh and indie starlet Aleksa Palladino. While she continued to write in her spare time, Laura worked in unscripted television as a story producer for networks such as Discovery, Bravo and Food Network. Recently, she has taken time away to raise a toddler boy and new baby girl.
Danny is a British-born gentleman who was raised in the swampy mangroves of southwest Florida. Surviving a series of life-threatening illness as a boy, he found an unquenchable appetite for stories about the dark side of growing up. With a MFA in Digital Cinema, Danny directed his first feature at age twenty-four — a coming-of-age thriller called, THE ATTIC DOOR. Since then his work has been featured in over forty film festivals across the world, won several awards, and been developed within programs such as the Film Independent Episodic Lab. Currently, Danny also works as a producer for content studio, Kids at Play, developing a variety of scripted and unscripted projects within the company.
As new parents, Danny and Laura feel there’s a dearth of latino representation in film and television and are dedicated to tell big stories with characters that their kids can one day look up to. DREAMER AND THE BEAST marks their first feature writing together. Much more to come.
Kate Dearing & Laura Ramadei
Kate Dearing is a creator/writer/actor in tv, film, and new media. Her debut series, WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. As an actor, she has worked on numerous series including HIGH MAINTENANCE, GOOD NEIGHBOR PRESENTS, and THE OUTS. Education: USC, BA, School of Theatre. Finally, Kate is a founding member and co-president of the intersectional, feminist, progressive action group, Women To The Front.
Laura Ramadei is a performer, writer and producer in film, theater, and new media. She’s Producing Director and Founder of Lesser America, and the Director of Creative Development for the American Playwriting Foundation. Ramadei performed in a digital series called Unicornland about nonmonogamy, that was featured in Vice, Rollingstone, Huffington Post, Out and NPR’s “All Things Considered” among others. She hosts the comedy podcast Girls on P*rn, distributed by Headgum.
Desia Gore is a native of Richmond, Virginia with a passion for storytelling. She studied public relations and journalism at George Mason University, where she established her partiality towards writing fiction over fact. Desia promised some amazing teachers that she would never stop writing - and all she has is her word(s).
Caryn K. Hayes
Native New Orleanian and multi-hyphenate content-creator, Caryn K. Hayes started her career producing new media content such as comedy sketches, corporate videos, and commercials. Caryn’s work, including digital series Breaking Point and Entangled with You, and short film, Clean Hands, has played in festivals around the globe and has been recognized with 30 plus awards and nominations by ITV Fest, AfterEllen.com, and the Indie Series Awards to name a few.
Felicia Ho was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay to Taiwanese-immigrant parents. After a brief stint as a card-counter, she graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2014. In addition to ARRANGED, a comedic TV hourlong about a Chinese-American social climber attempting to scheme her way into an arranged marriage, her possession-horror feature WALK UP, which tracks the journey of recovery for a domestic abuse survivor, is a finalist in numerous screenplay competitions this year, including New Orleans Film Festival and ScreenCraft Horror. Her writing focuses on showcasing the duality and cunning nature of women who are put to extreme tests of willpower.
Brendan "BJ" Joyce honed his storytelling toolbox working in development, grassroots politics, startups, podcasts, Fortune 500 copywriting, Istanbul, and sports gambling. During his stint at The Ladd Company his half-hour dramedy pilot FUNDS was selected for the Staffing Survey. Additionally, he co-founded Leagueheads, Google’s #1 Fantasy Sportsbook game, and I Vote, a millennial GOTV non-profit that garnered over 23 million social media impressions with his original progressive content.
Selena Lane is a writer and director from Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Her short film "Giveaway" premiered at the 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival, and her scripts have been recognized by the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, Austin Film Festival, and Audience Awards.
Gary Lundy is an L.A. based screenwriter with a footprint in television and film. His work has landed on The Young and Hungry List and earned him finalist positions for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and the Sundance Writer's Lab. In 2015, Gary sold his feature film, "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," to Great Point Media. The film went into production shortly thereafter and received a national theatrical release in 2018. In television, Gary has sold shows ranging from broadcast sitcoms to edgy premium dramas. He is currently working on development projects for a range of studios.
Jono Matt's first job in film was assisting a producer who would go on to commit fraud and get a ten-year jail sentence. But Jono rebounded, moved from Nebraska to Los Angeles, and sold Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio on a live-action Captain Planet movie. Jono and his writing partner recently had the honor of being on Austin Film Festival's 25 Screenwriters to Watch list.
Spencer is a NY based screenwriter whose stories combine an innate love of the outdoors with his affinity for epic, character-driven genre films. Spencer studied rhetoric and theater at the University of Richmond before traveling to Africa to receive his Field Guide License. It was there, in the African wilderness, the idea for his first feature, THE SEARCH, was born. THE SEARCH landed on the 2014 Blacklist and was optioned by Voltage Pictures with Gabriela Cowperthwaite (BLACKFISH, MEGAN LEAVEY) attached to direct. Spencer wrote his follow up screenplay, THE FORTRESS, while working as an assistant location manager/scout on NY productions such as BOARDWALK EMPIRE and NURSE JACKIE. Soon after, he was hired to adapt a YA horror series titled, THE DEMON CATCHERS OF MILAN. Spencer is represented by APA and Echo Lake Entertainment.
Erin Muroski is a comedy writer and actor whose been a top 5 finalist at the Austin Film Festival, a three time semi-finalist for the PAGE Awards, and won Best Original Comedy Pilot in the UCLA Screenwriting Contest. As a performer, she's appeared on sitcoms, in national commercials, at San Francisco Sketch Fest two years running and was one of the leads in a religious romantic comedy on Netflix that made her Catholic mother very happy. She has taught and performed improv for over a decade and has her own podcast about the Bachelor franchise (so she is officially an Angeleno now.) She has a degree in theatre and dance from Mr. Rogers' alma mater. You've probably never heard of the school, but if it was good enough for him...
Andy Paschen is a graduate of Mizzou's journalism school and working toward a Masters in Teaching at USC. A proud native of Evanston, Illinois, Andy has worked as a co-showrunner’s assistant on STRANGER THINGS and RAY DONOVAN. His wife-to-be's grandfather directed CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, so feel free to ask him about the head he's got in his living room.
Blake Silver & Joey Elkins
Blake Silver is a writer, director and actor. Notably, he was on the directing team for Deaf West’s Tony-nominated Broadway revival of “Spring Awakening” which brought the musical to life through American Sign Language. The New York Times called it “transporting.” In addition to deaf cast members, it featured the first Broadway performer in a wheelchair and was the first Broadway production to provide interpretation for deaf-blind theatergoers. Recently, Broadway World raved that his site-specific direction of "The Turn of the Screw" was "elemental magic" and "exquisitely realized." Additionally, Blake directed the workshop of NBC's "Saved By The Bell" musical and was on the directing team for "Merrily We Roll Along" at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills as well as the one-man “A Christmas Carol” starring Jefferson Mays at the Geffen Playhouse. For television, Writer/Director credits include the musical television pilot, "Boyfred" (ABC/Sony), starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller with executive producers Thomas Schlamme and Bruce Helford. As an actor Blake can be seen in “Kidding,” "Thor,” and "Hot In Cleveland” among others.
Joey Elkins has worked in the writer’s room for many shows, including series on CBS, ABC, The CW, and Netflix. Joey & Blake’s recent projects include the upcoming Hallmark romcom A CHRISTMAS DUET. They placed in the Final Draft Big Break Contest, and their short films have placed in the LA International Shorts Festival, among others. Joey is also an artist, and was selected for the Pictoplasma Character Design Conference in Berlin, and has shown in several galleries. He and Blake have been best friends since the 3rd grade.
M.D. Walton is a writer/producer/actor originally from Schenectady, New York with a BA in Theater from UMASS Amherst and MFA in Acting from the University of Texas Austin. As an actor in theater/film/television, he’s had the opportunity over the years to work with some amazing artists such as Joe Mantello, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joe Morton, Adam Sandler, and many more. On the writer/producer side, a notable credit he’s particularly proud of is his award winning short film entitled The Championship Rounds starring Rutina Wesley, Harold Perrineau, Larry Gilliard Jr, and deaf actor Michael Anthony Spady. The feature version of The Championship Rounds, currently entitled MICHAEL, has Golden Globe/Emmy Winning director Anthony Hemingway attached to direct and produce alongside Skyscope Pictures, a production company M.D. co -founded. Skyscope has a slate of projects in development. M.D.’s mission as a storyteller is to be a vessel that brings untold stories to the forefront that can help create awareness, change the narrative and impact younger generations to come. His proudest accomplishment is being a dad and husband.