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avatar for David Benioff

David Benioff

2019 Outstanding Television Writer Award Recipient
avatar for D.B. Weiss

D.B. Weiss

2019 Outstanding Television Writer Award Recipient
avatar for James Ivory

James Ivory

2019 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
avatar for Ron Bass

Ron Bass

2019 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Heart of Film Award Recipient


avatar for Dayo Adesokan

Dayo Adesokan

writer Superstore, Downward Dog, Young & Hungry
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; Producer; Director, Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Megan Alderson

Megan Alderson

Pixar Creative Development Associate
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
avatar for Sofia Alvarez

Sofia Alvarez

playwright; screenwriter To All the Boys I've Loved Before
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, The Simpsons, Transparent, Silicon...
avatar for Fatimah Asghar

Fatimah Asghar

author If They Come for Us; writer/co-creator Brown Girls Web Series
avatar for Kerry Ball

Kerry Ball

literary agent; Head of Development, Meridian Artists
avatar for Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya

Founder, TV Writing School, Script Anatomy; writer/co-executive...
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic,...
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds...
avatar for David Berenbaum

David Berenbaum

writer Elf, The Haunted Mansion, The Spiderwick Chronicles
avatar for Alec Berg

Alec Berg

writer/executive producer/director/co-creator Barry; writer/executive...
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Neverwhere, Broad Band, Counterpart,...
avatar for Christian Bersani

Christian Bersani

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Mark Bianculli

Mark Bianculli

writer/executive producer Lincoln; consulting producer The Hunt
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Predator, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss...
avatar for Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

co-creator/star Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
avatar for Elsa Boccuzzi

Elsa Boccuzzi

Senior Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios; co-producer...
avatar for Gillian Bohrer

Gillian Bohrer

Partner, Megamix
avatar for Justin Boyd

Justin Boyd

writer Channel Zero, Reprisal, Lincoln
avatar for VJ Boyd

VJ Boyd

writer/producer S.W.A.T., Justified
avatar for Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Lt. Col Nathan Broshear

Director, Secretary of the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office
avatar for Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

producer Punk in Africa, No No: A Dockumentary,Through The Repellent...
avatar for Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

writer/producer This is Us; playwright The Cake
avatar for Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

The Second City, Boom Chicago, American Crime, Machete
avatar for Willis Bulliner

Willis Bulliner

Director at Powerhouse Animation Studios; director Seis Manos
avatar for Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns

Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer, Rooster Teeth; creator Red vs....
avatar for Steven Canals

Steven Canals

creator/executive producer POSE
avatar for C. Robert Cargill

C. Robert Cargill

writer Sinister, Marvel's Doctor Strange; novelist Sea of Rust
avatar for Krista Carpenter

Krista Carpenter

Manager/Co-Founder, Fictional Entity
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Tripper Clancy

Tripper Clancy

writer Stuber, Four Facing the Bank
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark, Inc.
avatar for Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

Head of Creative Development, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Steve Conrad

Steve Conrad

writer/creator/executive producer Perpetual Grace, LTD, Patriot;...
avatar for Scott Conroy

Scott Conroy

writer/creator Blackout, Embeds; author Vote First Or Die, Sarah From...
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots...
avatar for Akela Cooper

Akela Cooper

writer Nun 2, Jupiter's Legacy, Hell Fest; writer/producer Luke Cage,...
avatar for Pierce Cravens

Pierce Cravens

producer Oh, Hello (Broadway), Saint Frances
avatar for Greg Curtis

Greg Curtis

moderator; Former Editor of Texas Monthly
avatar for Micah Cyrus

Micah Cyrus

writers' assistant All American; consulting producer Dead Girls...
avatar for Mikki Daughtry

Mikki Daughtry

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
avatar for Ayanna Floyd Davis

Ayanna Floyd Davis

showrunner/writer The Chi; writer Private Practice, Hannibal, Falling...
avatar for Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis

boutique literary manager; screenwriting instructor
avatar for Michelle Dean

Michelle Dean

co-creator The Act
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer Play It Again, Dick; iZOMBiE, Cobra Kai
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

writer/ co-executive producer Hello Sunshine/Amazon’s Daisy Jones...
avatar for Chris Demarais

Chris Demarais

Head Writer of Live Action, Rooster Teeth; co-creator/director...
avatar for Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby

writer Phreaks, Sandra, The Silent History, Super Flat Times
avatar for Brandon Dickerson

Brandon Dickerson

writer/director Sironia, Victor, Amanda & Jack Go Glamping; writer...
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Jonathan Duffy

Jonathan Duffy

producer Sorry To Bother You, Light From Light, Before You Know It,...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer Intrigo Anthology, An...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Manager, Lit Entertainment Group; Former Director of Script...
avatar for Laura Eason

Laura Eason

writer/producer The Loudest Voice, Here and Now; playwright Sex with...
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

writer/director Blood Fest, Follow, Mercy Black
avatar for Harry Elfont

Harry Elfont

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady...
avatar for Beth Eloshway

Beth Eloshway

VP, Publisher Relations, Authentic
avatar for Hanadi Elyan

Hanadi Elyan

writer /director Salma's Home, The Camp Beauty, Nadia's Visa,...
avatar for Micah Fitzerman-Blue

Micah Fitzerman-Blue

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the...
avatar for Liz Flahive

Liz Flahive

co-creator GLOW
avatar for Kelsi Fleming

Kelsi Fleming

Creative Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Stephany Folsom

Stephany Folsom

writer Star Wars Resistance, Toy Story 4; writer/consulting producer...
avatar for Alex Freedman

Alex Freedman

writer/creator TV Calling; co-host Paper Team
avatar for Michael Fry

Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad...
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for D. Matt Geller

D. Matt Geller

Executive Vice President/Head of Features, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
avatar for Glenn Gers

Glenn Gers

writer Fracture, Mad Money; writer/director Like.Share.Follow,...
avatar for Rupinder Gill

Rupinder Gill

writer/producer Schitt's Creek, I Feel Bad, Indebted
avatar for Aaron Ginsburg

Aaron Ginsburg

co-executive Producer/writer New Amsterdam, The 100
avatar for Darrien Gipson

Darrien Gipson

Executive Director, SAGindie
avatar for Harrison Glaser

Harrison Glaser

moderator; Former Film Competition Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer ACCTV at Austin Community College
avatar for David Gleeson

David Gleeson

writer Tolkien, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Grimm Legacy,...
avatar for Lindy Goldstein

Lindy Goldstein

producer The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
avatar for Daniela Gonzalez

Daniela Gonzalez

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
avatar for Brad Graeber

Brad Graeber

co-founder/CEO, Powerhouse Animation Studios; executive...
avatar for Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham

executive producer Terms, 1865; host of American History Tellers and...
avatar for Michael Grillo

Michael Grillo

executive producer Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War,...
avatar for Matthew Gross

Matthew Gross

producer Across the Universe, Fired Up!, Joe Somebody; executive...
avatar for Ryan P. Hall

Ryan P. Hall

Head of Development, Rooster Teeth; executive producer Blood Fest,...
avatar for Erin Hallagan

Erin Hallagan

Moderator; Founder/Artistic Director, Story Bar; former Creative...
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk, In Her...
avatar for Liz Hannah

Liz Hannah

writer/producer The Post, Long Shot, All the Bright Places, Mindhunter
avatar for Noah Harpster

Noah Harpster

co-writer Transparent, The Motel Life, A Beautiful Day in the...
avatar for James V.  Hart

James V. Hart

creator/executive producer The Hot Zone; writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s...
avatar for Ken Hawes

Ken Hawes

Director of US Army's Public Affairs Office, Western Region
avatar for Phil Hay

Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful,...
avatar for Eric Haywood

Eric Haywood

co-executive Producer For Life, Power, Empire
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At...
avatar for Ann Heppermann

Ann Heppermann

Founder, The Sarah Awards
avatar for Regina Hicks

Regina Hicks

Sister Act 3, The Upshaw’s, The L-Word, Insecure
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee, Birds of Prey (2020)
avatar for Wayne Horton

Wayne Horton

Creative Executive
avatar for Anna Maria Hozian

Anna Maria Hozian

writer/director Other People’s Children; writer Anchor Baby,...
avatar for Katie Hyde

Katie Hyde

founder, Indie City Films; director Crazy Ex-Girlfriend OMG I Think...
avatar for Tobias Iaconis

Tobias Iaconis

co-writer Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona
avatar for Dana M. Jackson

Dana M. Jackson

Literary Manager, Fineman Entertainment; producer Park, Typewriter...
avatar for Alison James

Alison James

writer/director Judas Collar; winner Best Short Film, Austin Film...
avatar for Rochée Jeffrey

Rochée Jeffrey

co-producer Beverly Hills 90210, SMILF; producer Woke
avatar for Amy Louise Johnson

Amy Louise Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah, Nightflyers
avatar for Erika L. Johnson

Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades...
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Gran Via Productions; executive producer Better Call Saul, Breaking...
avatar for Ben Cory Jones

Ben Cory Jones

writer/creator Boomerang; writer Insecure, Underground; producer Step...
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer Jupter's Legacy; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment...
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Senior Story and Creative Artist, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa,...
avatar for Elizabeth Kaiden

Elizabeth Kaiden

co-founder, The Writers Lab
avatar for Dave Kajganich

Dave Kajganich

creator/showrunner The Terror; writer/producer Suspiria,...
avatar for Deborah Kaplan

Deborah Kaplan

co-writer Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats, A Very Brady...
avatar for David Kidd

David Kidd

executive producer Dinotrux; writer Marvel SuperHero Adventures,...
avatar for Zac Kish

Zac Kish

Staff Writer, Luma Pictures
avatar for David Klawans

David Klawans

producer Argo, Nacho Libre
avatar for Erica Shelton Kodish

Erica Shelton Kodish

writer Being Mary Jane, The Good Wife, Cold Case
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

writer Inside Out, Captain Marvel, Good Dinosaur
avatar for Philip Levens

Philip Levens

creator/showrunner Ascension; executive producer South Beach;...
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

writer Neon Future (comic book), The Grimm World (play), Holy...
avatar for Jeffrey Lieber

Jeffrey Lieber

writer/showrunner Lost, Miami Medical, AIsha, NCIS New Orleans
avatar for Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman

writer The Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Playing with Fire, The...
avatar for Krystin Ver Linden

Krystin Ver Linden

writer/director Alice; writer Ride
avatar for Attica Locke

Attica Locke

author of five books; writer/producer When They See Us, Little Fires...
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
avatar for Kristy Lowrey

Kristy Lowrey

writer 12 Monkeys, Into the Badlands, Absentia, 911: Lone Star
avatar for Miles Luna

Miles Luna

Head Writer of Animation, Rooster Teeth; director
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale, Betty; author Ship It
avatar for Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn

The Method Gun; head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UT;...
avatar for David Mandel

David Mandel

executive producer Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm; writer Seinfeld,...
avatar for Marc Manus

Marc Manus

Manager/Producer, Zero Gravity Management
avatar for Lucas Martell

Lucas Martell

writer/director Pigeon: Impossible, The OceanMaker
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Chernobyl, Identity Thief, The Hangover...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

The Blondes AMC/Shudder, Fifty Universal TV, Something in the Water...
avatar for Samantha McIntyre

Samantha McIntyre

writer Unicorn Store; writer/producer People of Earth; executive...
avatar for Aline Brosh McKenna

Aline Brosh McKenna

co-creator/showrunner Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, writer The Devil Wears...
avatar for Carly Mensch

Carly Mensch

co-creator GLOW
avatar for John Merriman

John Merriman

moderator; actor Mustang Island, Sister Aimee
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Red Sonja; writer/producer Fringe,...
avatar for Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell

producer The Truth podcast
avatar for Kirk A. Moore

Kirk A. Moore

supervising producer Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan; producer Looking for...
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Moderator; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Austin Film Festival
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up, Casual
avatar for Jimmy Mosqueda

Jimmy Mosqueda

writer Legacies, Schooled
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul...
avatar for Elizabeth V. Newman

Elizabeth V. Newman

director (stage): 'A Delicate Ship' by Anna Ziegler; '100 Planes' by...
avatar for William Nix

William Nix

executive producer The Prophet, This Is Ragtime: The Birth of...
avatar for Nora Nolan

Nora Nolan

writer Trial & Error, Paradise PD
avatar for Susan O'Connor

Susan O'Connor

Story Consultant, Netflix; Lead Writer, Torn (PlayStation VR); Story...
avatar for Chris Parrish

Chris Parrish

writer Curb Your Enthusiasm, The King of Queens, American Dragon:...

Will Pascoe

writer/producer Shut Eye, Orphan Black, Da Vinci's Demons; showrunner...
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, My Little Pony Movie,...
avatar for Daniel F. Pérez

Daniel F. Pérez

writer's assistant, Euphoria; Founding member, The Clubhouse (a...
avatar for Nicole Perlman

Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
avatar for Alisa Perren

Alisa Perren

avatar for Larry Postel

Larry Postel

writer Flip Turn, High Holiday, The Main Event
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus;...
avatar for Paul Puri

Paul Puri

writer, Chicago Med; Psychiatrist
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Ralph Breaks The Internet; comic book writer Rick and...
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
avatar for Brad Riddell

Brad Riddell

writer American Pie: Band Camp, Crooked Arrows, Road Trip II, Slap...
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, RUST (Showtime); ...
avatar for Andrew Rosas

Andrew Rosas

Head Writer of RT Shorts, Rooster Teeth; writer/performer, Master...
avatar for Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

writer/director The Last Supper, The Curve
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

writer Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Venom, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
avatar for Jewerl Ross

Jewerl Ross

Manager/Producer, Silent R Management
avatar for Miranda Sachetta

Miranda Sachetta

composer Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy, The Eagle Huntress
avatar for Fatou Samba

Fatou Samba

editor Redningsskøyta, Nattpatruljen, Skjulte Skatter, Kari Traa...
avatar for Karen Schaler

Karen Schaler

writer A Christmas Prince, Christmas Camp, Every Day is Christmas
avatar for Jessica Sharzer

Jessica Sharzer

writer A Simple Favor, Nerve, American Horror Story
avatar for April Shih

April Shih

writer Evel, You're The Worst, Undone, Mrs. America
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

creator The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives; CEO, Atypical Artists
avatar for Spiro Skentzos

Spiro Skentzos

moderator; Co-Chair, WGA's LGBTQ+ Writers Committee; Creator, "Intro...
avatar for Ed Solomon

Ed Solomon

writer HBO’s Mosaic, Men in Black, Untitled Steven Soderbergh...
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, Down a Dark Hall; writer/director...
avatar for Malcolm Spellman

Malcolm Spellman

writer/executive producer Falcon & Winter Soldier, Truth Be Told;...
avatar for Nichelle Tramble Spellman

Nichelle Tramble Spellman

showrunner/creator Truth Be Told; writer/producer The Good Wife;...
avatar for John Spong

John Spong

Moderator; Former Senior Editor at Texas Monthly
avatar for Mischa Stanton

Mischa Stanton

sound designer LeVar Burton Reads, The Bright Sessions, The AM...
avatar for Kaitlin Statz

Kaitlin Statz

writer/creator The White Vault, VAST Horizon, Liberty: Tales from the...
avatar for Lee Stobby

Lee Stobby

producer; Literary Manager
avatar for Carolyn Stotesbery-Levens

Carolyn Stotesbery-Levens

actor Agent X, Castle, Love & Mercy; writer/producer Menace of...
avatar for Tim Street

Tim Street

Vice President Influence and Production, Authentic
avatar for Victoria Strouse

Victoria Strouse

writer Finding Dory
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting...
avatar for Bernie Su

Bernie Su

creator/executive producer/showrunner Artificial, The Lizzie Bennet...
avatar for Conrad Sun

Conrad Sun

Literary Manager, Meridian Artists
avatar for Erika Green Swafford

Erika Green Swafford

consulting producer New Amsterdam; writer/producer How to get Away...
avatar for Marissa Tandon

Marissa Tandon

creator Super Ordinary, The Sword & The Stoner
avatar for Kristina Thomas

Kristina Thomas

script coordinator The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, Rebel,...
avatar for Dan Tischler

Dan Tischler

Senior Vice President/Head of TV, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Linnea Toney

Linnea Toney

Moderator; manager/producer
avatar for Aaron Tracy

Aaron Tracy

writer/producer Sequestered, Law & Order SVU, The Tap; host To Live &...
avatar for Alex Tse

Alex Tse

co-creator/co-showrunner Wu-Tang: An American Saga; writer Watchmen,...

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