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Saturday, October 26 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Semifinalists and Above Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television

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Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists and Above from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Semifinalists and Above only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Vanderhei

Mike Vanderhei

Literary Manager, Seven Summits Pictures & Management
Mike Vanderhei is an LA based Literary Manager and Producer at Seven Summits Pictures & Management where he has been building a roster of young, diverse voices primarily for television working on staffing and developing their original materials. Mike’s clients have written on series... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
Taylor Allen is a writer and an editor living in lovely Los Angeles, California. His credits include the 2018 film Chappaquiddick, which he co-wrote and executive produced alongside his writing and producing partner Andrew Logan. The script earned them a spot on The Black List (and... Read More →
avatar for Julie Benson

Julie Benson

writer Wu Assassins, The 100, DC Comics Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Benson

Shawna Benson

writer/co-producer Wu Assassins, The 100; writer DC's Batgirl, Birds of Prey comic, Green Arrow comic; co-producer Untitled Star Trek Animated Series for Nickelodeon
Shawna and Julie are a sister writing team who not only share the same birthday (three years apart), but also a love of genre TV/Film and Comics. That love inspired their move from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny Los Angeles to pursue careers in screenwriting. The Benson Sisters... Read More →
avatar for Steven Canals

Steven Canals

creator/executive producer POSE
Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Golden Globe nominated and Peabody Award winning FX drama series POSE. A 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program, he began his journey as a storyteller in high school, producing the documentary... Read More →
avatar for Akela Cooper

Akela Cooper

writer Nun 2, Jupiter's Legacy, Hell Fest; writer/producer Luke Cage, American Horror Story: Roanoake, producer Witches of East End, The 100, Grimm
Akela Cooper is currently set to write the next installment in James Wan’s CONJURING universe, NUN 2, produced by New Line. Additionally, she is set to write the upcoming Netflix series, JUPITER’S LEGACY, based on Mark Millar’s comic book by the same name. Akela recently finished... Read More →
avatar for Charmaine DeGraté

Charmaine DeGraté

writer/ co-executive producer Hello Sunshine/Amazon’s Daisy Jones and The Six, The 100, Netflix’s Chambers
Charmaine DeGraté is a screenwriter and television producer. Her works include the critically acclaimed sci-fi drama, The 100, in addition to a number of shows for Warner Bros, Netflix, and Amazon.Currently, Charmaine is writing and co-executive producing Daisy Jones and The Six... Read More →
avatar for Dana M. Jackson

Dana M. Jackson

Literary Manager, Fineman Entertainment; producer Park, Typewriter Days
Dana Jackson graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights Horizons Theater School with a B.F.A. in Film/Theatre and a minor in Business. Relocating to Los Angeles, she worked at the William Morris Agency before a 5-year stint at Castle Rock Entertainment, where... Read More →
avatar for David Klawans

David Klawans

producer Argo, Nacho Libre
David Klawans is a producer known for discovering obscure true stories, with an eye towards those that translate well to film. He was an executive producer on ARGO which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Klawans also produced NACHO LIBRE starring Jack Black which was inspired... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

producer Prisoners, Deadfall; Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, a newly launched literary management andproduction company based in Century City, CA. Previously Kolbrenner co-founded MadhouseEntertainment.Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Karen Schaler

Karen Schaler

writer A Christmas Prince, Christmas Camp, Every Day is Christmas, Rediscovering Christmas
Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy Award–winning storyteller, author, screenwriter, journalist, and national TV host. In the last two years, she has written original screenplays for Netflix, Hallmark, and Lifetime Christmas movies. In 2017, Schaler wrote Netflix’s first original... Read More →
avatar for Alex Tse

Alex Tse

co-creator/co-showrunner Wu-Tang: An American Saga; writer Watchmen, Superfly, Sucker Free City
Alex Tse’s credits include Watchmen, Superfly and the Spike Lee directed Sucker Free City, an original movie for Showtime for which he won a PEN Award.  Over his career, Tse has written projects for directors Michael Mann, Zack Snyder, Justin Lin, Guy Ritchie and James Mangold... Read More →
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
Grace Moss is the Director of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television.  She also oversees the Fresh Ink Initiative, focusing on finding emerging talent to develop... Read More →


Saturday October 26, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

Attendees (65)