Film & TV Screenwriters

Film & TV Screenwriters

Learn from these celebrated Hollywood film and TV screenwriters, including Oscar-winners!

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Film & TV Screenwriters
  • Victor Levin, Golden-globe winning, Emmy-nominated Writer / Director / Producer

    Writer-Director Victor Levin’s second feature, DESTINATION WEDDING, stars Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder and will be released in 2018 by Aviron Pictures. This follows his much-beloved 5 TO 7 (IFC, 2015), which starred Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Frank Langella, Glenn Close, Lambert Wilson and...

  • Doug Jung, Screenwriter / Producer

    After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Doug Jung’s first feature was CONFIDENCE starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman. He’s written extensively for television as well as film, including HBO’s BIG LOVE and BANSHEE and as co-creator of TNT’s DARK BLUE. STAR TREK BEYOND, co-written wi...

  • The Best Lesson I Ever Learned: Make Sure YOU Are in Your Script with Doug Jung

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Doug Jung’s first feature was CONFIDENCE starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman. He’s written extensively for television as well as film, including HBO’s BIG LOVE and BANSHEE a...

  • “What it is Like to Win an Oscar?” with David Rabinowitz

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer and co-producer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since, he's worked as a freelance video e...

  • Oscar-winning Screenwriter DAVID RABINOWITZ

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer and co-producer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since, he's worked as a freelance video e...

  • The Best Lesson I Ever Learned: How I Learned to Write for Television

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    One of the few screenwriters whose films have grossed over two billion dollars, Steven E. de Souza’s credits include the genre-defining films DIE HARD and 48 HRS., as well as COMMANDO and THE RUNNING MAN. Currently, he steers the...

  • Writer of DIE HARD Talks Action Movie Screenwriting!

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    One of the few screenwriters whose films have grossed over two billion dollars, Steven E. de Souza’s credits include the genre-defining films DIE HARD and 48 HRS., as well as COMMANDO and THE RUNNING MAN. Currently, he steers the...

  • TV Writer & Showrunner Ben Cory Jones

    Ben produced a feature film, STEP SISTERS, along with his producing partner, Lena Waithe, starring Megalyn Echikunwoke and Naturi Naughton, which is currently streaming on Netflix. Ben also created and wrote a drama series, CANDY, about a young, African American female mayor, set in his hometown ...

  • Showrunner Julie Plec on Creating Great Television

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    Plec served as creator, executive producer and showrunner of THE ORIGINALS, which aired its fifth and final season on the CW last year, and was inspired by characters from the long-running series THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which she co...

  • How to Pitch for Film and TV, and The Difference Between the Two

    Monique Sorgen is a Writer, Director, and Consultant (Comedy Central, VH1 and ABC) as well as Instructor on Writing, Pitching for University of California, Los Angeles Extension.

  • Elements of a Dramatic Scene

    David Howard is an award-winning Screenwriter, Television Writer and Author of "The Tools of Screenwriting," and "How to Build a Great Screenplay" and Professor of Screenwriting, University of Southern California. In this video he breaks down the elements of a dramatic scene.

  • Writing the Television Drama

    Pamela Douglas, a Humanitas, Emmy, Writers Guild award-winning writer, is also Professor of Screen and Television Writing at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Writing the TV Drama Series", now in its fourth edition.

    In this class, she breaks-down the fundamentals a...

  • Securing Distribution for Your Film

    Accomplished Producer, Writer, and Actor Alexandra Boylan (WISH FOR CHRISTMAS, CATCHING FAITH, AT YOUR OWN RISK) has made four feature films, all have been distributed with professional distribution entities in the USA and internationally, and sold in major retailers such as Walmart.

    Indepe...

  • The 11 Fundamental Questions, with Aaron Mendelsohn

    Aaron Mendelsohn is co-creator and writer, Disney’s AIR BUD franchise, screenwriter and television writer for Fox, New Line, ABC, Warner Bros, Apple and more. He is Professor of Screenwriting at Loyola-Marymount University
    and Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West.

    "The 1...

  • Jesse Atlas, Filmmaker

    Jesse Atlas is a quickly emerging writer-director, known for crafting high-concept, emotionally grounded genre thrillers.

    Jesse’s short film, the sci-fi love story RECORD/PLAY, exploded onto the festival circuit with screenings at Sundance, LA Film Festival, HBO/Urbanworld and Fantastic Fest, ...

  • Marcus Sakey, Author

    Marcus Sakey is an award-winning novelist whose series Brilliance has sold over 1 million copies, and who has optioned his work to Imagine Entertainment.

  • Fatimah Asghar, Actress / Writer / Producer

    Poet, screenwriter, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani, Kashmiri, Muslim American writer. Fatimah Asghar is the author of the poetry collection If They Should Come for Us (One World/Random House, forthcoming 2018) and the chapbook After (Yes Yes Books, 2015).
    She is also the w...

  • Kira Snyder, Film and TV Writer / Producer

    Kira Snyder is a writer and producer, best known for her work on The CW series THE 100, and THE HANDMAID’S TALE. She was one of the screenwriter’s for Steven S. DeKnight’s PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING.

    Kira Snyder has worked as the co-producer of THE 100 for three seasons and wrote five episodes for ...

  • Barbara Stepansky, WGA Award-winning Screenwriter

    Barbara Stepansky recently won a WGA Award for Best Original Long Form for her TV movie FLINT. She is also a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director. Her work was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy. She is t...

  • Cinco Paul, Screenwriter

    Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have been collaborating since 1999. To get noticed, they used to sing story pitches to film producers. Although not always successful, this strategy resulted in several produced films, including BUBBLE BOY (2001) and COLLEGE ROAD TRIP (2008).

    They were personally chos...

  • Peter Chiarelli, Screenwriter / Producer / Executive

    Peter Chiarelli graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and went on to earn a Master’s degree from the Peter Stark Producing program at the University of Southern California. He began his film career at DreamWorks and during that time, he produced the short film TERRY TATE OFFICE L...

  • Elgin James, Director, Screenwriter and Television Writer

    Elgin James is co-creator of MAYANS M.C for Fox’s FX network, alongside legendary screenwriter and showrunner, Kurt Sutter. Both are producing and James is credited with writing the pilot.

    Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston’s hardcore punk scene, helping found a multi-...

  • Hannah MacPherson, Writer / Director

    Hannah Macpherson was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and studied Film Production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She attended the UCLA Professional Program in Writing for Television in 2014. She created, wrote and directed the edgy teen thriller series [email protected] for AwesomenessTV. S...

  • Jim Rash, Oscar-winning Screenwriter / Actor / Director / Producer

    Jim Rash is an actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the beloved NBC/Yahoo! sitcom COMMUNITY. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film THE DESCENDANTS...