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
  • 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...

  • Lamar Woods, Writer / Actor / Producer

    Lamar Woods is a comedic writer-actor from Atlanta, GA. He moved to Los Angeles, where he was awarded a full scholarship at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) through their diversity initiative. Lamar can be seen in sketch group “White Women”–the first all-black, all-male sketch team at the UCB t...

  • Britta Lundin, Television Writer / Author

    Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She writes on the show RIVERDALE on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT, about fanfiction, Comic-Con, and wanting more from the TV shows you love is out now from Freeform Books. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives w...

  • Matt Spicer, Independent Spirit Award Winning Writer / Director

    MATT SPICER studied filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema/Television Production. In 2007, his first script, THE ORNATE ANATOMY OF LIVING THINGS, co-written by Max Winkler, landed on The Black List and was optioned by Fox Searchlight. At the age of 25, he produced his first feature film, CEREMONY...

  • Ben Cory Jones, Television Writer / Producer

    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 ...

  • David Branson Smith, Screenwriter

    David Branson Smith was born in New York City in 1984. He began his career working for Mike White on HBO’s ENLIGHTENED, and is the co-writer of two feature films: 2018’s ADRIFT, starring Shailene Woodley, and INGRID GOES WEST, starring Aubrey Plaza, which won the 2017 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Aw...

  • Reggie Bythewood, Writer / Director / Actor

    Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. As a teen, he acted in the soap opera ANOTHER WORLD alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. After acting in the John Sayles film THE BROT...

  • Eric Haywood, Screenwriter / Director

    He began his career as a music video director while still enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking. After relocating to Atlanta, Eric went on to direct and produce videos featuring such artists as Usher, Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, New ...

  • Wendy Calhoun, TV Writer / Showrunner / Producer

    Wendy Calhoun is a writer and Consulting Producer for STATION 19, the GREY’S ANATOMY firefighter spin-off for Shondaland and ABC. Her past credits include Co-Executive Producing and writing the historic first season of Fox’s hit series EMPIRE. In addition, she’s written and produced for ABC’S NA...

  • Meg LeFauve, Oscar-nominated Screenwriter / Producer

    Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR. LeFauve is currently writing for Netflix the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON to be
    created by Cartoon Saloon. She wrote on the upcoming...

  • Daniel Calvisi, Story analyst / Screenwriter

    Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film...

  • Bobby Moresco, Academy Award-winning Screenwriter

    Bobby Moresco is an Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director known for CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, and the acclaimed NBC series THE BLACK DONNELLYS. His latest project is a biopic of Ferruccio Lamborghini, starring Alec Baldwin and Antonio Banderas.

  • Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa, Screenwriters

    Writing team Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa have been responsible for some of the most successful reinvigorations of iconic franchises. Their credits include JURASSIC WORLD, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and Disney's live-action MULAN.

  • Cathryn Humphris, TV Screenwriter

    Cathryn Humphris is a producer and WGA Award-winning writer known for her work on MAD MEN, ELEMENTARY, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, UNDER THE DOME, and SUPERNATURAL.

  • Jerry Perzigan, TV Showrunner

    Jerry Perzigian has been a showrunner, writer, and producer on some of the most successful half-hour sitcoms in television history, which include SANFORD AND SON, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, FRASIER, THE NANNY, MARRIED... WITH CHILDREN, and MALCOM & EDDIE. PERZIGAN was nominated for three Emmys and won one...