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Dustin Lance Black
Black won an Oscar and two WGA awards for Milk and he wrote, produced and directed the celebrated ABC mini When We Rise, about the modern history of the LGBTQ+ movement. Black has been a frequent collaborator with Imagine since writing the Clint Eastwood Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer J. Edgar and exec produced the Imagine docu Prophet’s Prey and is adapting Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven as an FX series with Ron Howard directing. He’s also working on biopics of Bayard Rustin and Charles Lindbergh, and he has taught MFA screenwriting at UCLA.
Traub came out of AFI with ambitions to be a cinematographer, but moved into writing as an assistant on Mad About Youwhich led to writing stints on Suddenly Susan, Spin City, and What I Like About You, before moving up to creator and exec producer of such series and pilot as Kitchen Confidential, Notes from the Underbelly, Middle Age Rage, Other People’s Kids and Dirty Blondes, while writing on Glee and Trophy Wife. That led to EP stints on The Real O’Neals and black-ish.
Watkins started as an actor before transitioning to writing with his award- winning short film Quest to Ref, which got him writing on Burn Notice, where he rose to EP before creating the Amazon Originals series Head To God. He’s developing projects all over town.
Purdy is co-creator and showrunner of Undone for Amazon and her writing and producing credits include Cold Case, MadTV, Cougar Town, Enlisted, The McCarthys, and Bojack Horseman, the latter of which won her a WGA Award. She also taught TV writing for the David Lynch MFA program at Maharishi University.
Patterson got his break through the Walt Disney Writer’s Fellowship Program and currently showrunner on The Last O.G. and his other credits include the animated series The Cops, serving as co-EP on The Big Bang Theory and consulting producer on Two a Half Men and co-exec producing Psych and The Bernie Mac Show, this after producing Frasier and getting his start on Teen Angel andThe PJs. On the big screen he wrote The Fighting Temptationsand wrote on and/or produced Undercover Brother, Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 5, The Honeymooners, Beauty Shop, Shrek Goes Fourth, and Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked.
Alazraki wrote, produced and directed Nosotros los Nobles, which in 2013 doubled the record for all time highest grossing Mexican film with 7.2 million viewers and $340 million pesos in ticket sales. He then co-created Club de Cuervos, Netflix’s first Spanish speaking original series produced in Mexico. That led to the spinoff The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez, on which Alazraki is co-creator and exec producer.
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Doug Ellin is an American screenwriter and director, known best for creating the HBO television series ENTOURAGE. Ellin has been nominated for five Emmy awards (winning one for producing the ESPN documentary, When the Garden was Eden) and has also won a PGA award, a BAFTA, and a Peabody. Ellin attended the American Film Institute, and Tulane University in New Orleans for his undergraduate degree. Ellin continues to live and work in Los Angeles.
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Stacy Traub came out of AFI with ambitions to be a cinematographer, but moved into writing as an assistant on Mad About You which led to writing stints on Suddenly Susan, Spin City, and What I Like About You, before moving up to creator and exec producer of such series and pilot as Kitchen Confidential, Notes from the Underbelly, Middle Age Rage, Other People’s Kids and Dirty Blondes, while writing on Glee and Trophy Wife. That led to EP stints on The Real O’Neals and Black-ish. Most recently, Traub just started work on Amazon's Daisy Jones and the Six.
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Kieran Mulroney is one half of a writing/directing partnership with his wife, Michele Mulroney. Together their credits include: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law for Warner Bros, POWER RANGERS for Lionsgate, and the indie film PAPER MAN starring Emma Stone, Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds which he co-wrote and co-directed.
He also co-wrote the ultimately un-produced, ill-fated, fan boy favorite, JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL for WB and director George Miller. Why it never happened is a long story. There’s lots of stuff about it on the interwebs…
Current projects include: the UNTITLED LANG LANG PROJECT about the early struggles and triumphs of internationally renowned Chinese classical pianist, Lang Lang for Imagine and Ron Howard; WAR OF GODS for Paramount Pictures; and a 10 episode limited series for Amazon Prime entitled THE NOWHERE GIRLS.
He is also in the process of setting up his second feature directing project, FOX HILLS, about a religious cult that forms when actors portraying Adam and Eve perform public sex acts in a derelict shopping mall re-purposed as a Christian theme park.
In his spare time, Kieran writes difficult to produce plays and makes music with his band CRANKY GEORGE whose debut album Fat Lot of Good is available wherever you listen to music.
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Michele Mulroney is an LA-based screenwriter and director, who works in partnership with her husband, Kieran Mulroney. She’s a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she studied directing.
Michele is a Fellow of the Sundance Writers and Directors Labs, where she developed the feature film, PAPER MAN, starring Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow. PAPER MAN was the opening night film at both the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Orlando International Film Festival.
The Mulroneys were responsible for the frequently-blogged-about, on-again/off-again fanboy favorite, JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL for director George Miller.
They penned the sequel, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and POWER RANGERS for Lionsgate.
Michele co-wrote (and co-starred in!) the movie musical SUNNY & SHARE LOVE YOU, which won the Best Soundtrack Award at Outfest.
She is currently working on a biopic of Chinese classical pianist, Lang Lang for Imagine Entertainment, WAR OF GODS for Paramount, a limited series THE NOWHERE GIRLS for Amazon, and her next co-directing project, the feature film FOX HILLS.
Michele mentors writers at Sundance and Outfest and teaches at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
She serves on the board of the Writers Guild of America and is Board President of LA’s ManifestWorks, an organization that trains people impacted by incarceration, homelessness and foster care to become production assistants in the entertainment industry.
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Grahame-Smith is widely credited with creating the “mash-up” literature craze with his back-to-back bestselling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the latter of which he wrote while serving as showrunner on the breakout MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger. As a screenwriter, he’s worked with filmmakers like Tim Burton, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, and Ron Howard. As a producer, his work includes Stephen King’s IT and the upcoming reboot of the horror classic Child’s Play.
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Sascha Penn most recently was a writer on “CREED 2” for MGM with Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan starring.
SASCHA is currently writing the reboot of “CLIFFHANGER” for Ana Lily Amirpour and Rocket Science Films and “GHOST RECON: GOLIATH” for Warner Brothers with Michael Bay and Ubisoft set to produce. This based on the best-selling video game franchise.
Up next is SASCHA’s Black List script “CI-34” that has Jake Gyllenhaal and Chadwick Boseman attached to star. SASCHA is producing with Adam Kolbrenner and Basil Iwanyk along with Riva Marker and Logan Coles.
SASCHA recently wrote the remake of “UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT” for Warner Bros with Hartbeat Productions producing with Kevin Hart starring as well as “THE PRISONER” for Universal Studios based on the sci-fi series. Sascha did all the production work for Sony/MGM's MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, which was directed by Antoine Fuqua with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt starring. He also wrote BOUNTY for Paramount with Will Smith attached to star and produce as well as BAD BOYS 3 for Sony with Will Smith starring for Bruckheimer to produce.
On the TV side, Sascha is currently writing the pilot for POWER’s spinoff series KANAN for STARZ. He most recently produced MAIN JUSTICE, a high-profile pilot for CBS with former US Attorney General Eric Holder working as the executive producer.
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Akiva Goldsman worked as a producer, writer and director on the sci-fi drama Fringe for which he garnered his first of three Saturn Awards as well as a Hugo Award nomination. Goldsman executive produced the Syfy miniseries Childhood’s End, and the acclaimed WGN original drama series Underground. He served as executive producer, writer and director on the Emmy and Peabody-nominated sci-fi series Star Trek: Discovery, which debuted its second season on CBS All Access this year. He is currently working on the untitled Picard spinoff, the latest addition to the CBS All Access Star Trek Universe.
Goldsman’s feature writing credits include The Client, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Practical Magic, Cinderella Man, I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, I, Robot, The Dark Tower, and A Beautiful Mind, for which he won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award.
Under his Weed Road Pictures banner, Goldsman has produced Deep Blue Sea, Constantine, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Hancock, Fair Game and Lone Survivor, as well as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and The Dark Tower. The company is currently developing an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse for Paramount Pictures.
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