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Friday, October 25 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Navigating the Room

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For those starting out, the writers room can be both a dream and a nightmare. An unbridled breeding ground for new ideas and inspired debates, it can also be fraught with clashing personalities and an internal hierarchy that can be tricky to navigate. So how does the writers room work, and how do you take your ideas from pitch to draft to episode while working your way up the chain of command? Writers room veterans will sit down for a conversation on process, etiquette, and their best-kept strategies for working the room.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

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Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host PRI's Live Wire 2003-2013; co-writer The Benefits of Gusbandry; author Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things

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Michael Brandt

creator Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med; writer 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, 2Fast 2Furious, Catch That Kid, The Double
Michael Brandt is the co-creator of “Chicago Fire” along with its subsequent spinoffs  “Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Chicago Justice.” Brandt directed multiple episodes as well.  Brandt wrote the features “3:10 to Yuma,” “Wanted,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Catch... Read More →
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Ray Utarnachitt

writer/producer DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Ray Utarnachitt is currently a writer/producer  on DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.  He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree.  Ray... Read More →
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Erika L. Johnson

writer/ producer The Good Lord Bird, The Village, Queen Sugar, Shades of Blue; writer Being Mary Jane, Ugly Betty
Erika L. Johnson is Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming Showtime limited series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, starring Ethan Hawke, based on the National Book Award winning novel by James McBride. She was also a Co-Executive Producer on NBC’s THE VILLAGE. Prior to that, Erika was a Supervising... Read More →
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Jessica Sharzer

writer A Simple Favor, Nerve, American Horror Story
Jessica Sharzer made her feature writing and directing debut with SPEAK, starring Kristen Stewart and Steve Zahn. It premiered at Sundance in 2004 and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a Director Guild Award. She has since developed feature films for Universal, HBO, MTV... Read More →

Friday October 25, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room 604 Brazos St, Austin TX 78701