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Jon Alston, an alumnus of both Stanford University and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, is a five-year NFL veteran turned award-winning filmmaker and TV writer. Jon directed and produced the acclaimed short film, AUGUSTUS, for which he won the Directorial Discovery Grand Prize at the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2020. His work has been featured in major publications including Variety, The Wrap, and The Credits for the MPAA.
Ken Aguado is a producer, screenwriter and author. His most recent credits include the acclaimed film An Interview with God, which he also wrote, and the 2020 Emmy-winning film Miracle on 42nd Street. He also produced The Salton Sea (Warner Bros), Sexual Life (Showtime) and two seasons of the series The Italian-American Cook, starring celebrity chef Steve Martorano. As an author, Ken wrote Based On: A Non-Lawyer’s Guide to Acquiring Film and Televisions Rights from Everywhere, and co-wrote The Hollywood Pitching Bible.
Antissima has a background in fine arts and has worked extensively with oil painting on wood in the past. She enjoys exploring the border between reality and imagination, creating dream-like works strongly influenced by her love for colorful folklore and mythology. She started making illustrations and posters for social justice organizations (such as fair farming initiatives and composting) and has done many different kinds of projects since then, creating posters, social media content, and other illustrations for mission-driven organizations and agencies. In her free time, Antissima dreams of far-away lands and mythical creatures.
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is an Executive at Pipeline Media Group, Editor-in-Chief of Pipeline Artists, co-host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, Reckless Creatives, Senior Executive Book Pipeline, former Editor-in-Chief of Script magazine and a former Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, where she wrote the regular screenwriting column, Take Two, for Writer's Digest print magazine. Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers," her Script magazine column "Balls of Steel" was selected as recommended reading by Universal Writers Program. A compilation of her articles is now available, Balls of Steel: The Screenwriter's Mindset. She is also Co-Founder of Writers Strong as well as Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. If you want a free Pipeline mug, you have to ask Matt. She doesn't have that much power.
Emily Barnes is a Visual Communication Designer and Illustrator currently based in Webster, Massachusetts. Often using gouache, oil paints, and digital mediums she creates down-to-earth illustrations and designs, using the natural world as her inspiration. An animal lover, adventure seeker, and native New Englander, she draws from her own life experiences to create relatable imagery that expresses feelings common to the human experience.
Over the span of 14 years, Roni Brown has worked on a plethora of network productions for ABC, Adult Swim, TLC, NBC, HULU, Netflix, and has served on the writing staff for Black Dynamite, the animated series on Adult Swim, LaGolda for Discovery Kids, Daniel Spellbound for Netflix, Math Party for Netflix/Jim Henson Studios and more! With her versatile production and writing experience Roni is looking forward to continue writing and producing for live action and animated projects.
Waka T. Brown is a Stanford graduate with a B.A. in international relations and a M.A. in secondary education. She is the author of the middle grade memoir While I Was Away (HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books 2021), and upcoming middle grade novel Dream, Annie, Dream Away (HarperCollins / Quill Tree Books 2022). She is also the writer and co-director of the short film Double Tap (Official Selection, 2018 DC Shorts and Portland Film Festivals). She currently lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband, three sons, and one naughty shiba. She is represented by Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management.
John Bucher is a writer and mythologist with more than 15 years of storytelling experience in film and television. He has partnered on projects with HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel and A24 films. He serves as Creative Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation and has taught story courses in more than a dozen countries around the world. The author of several award-winning books, John holds a PhD in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology. His latest book is The Storytelling Almanac is available wherever books are sold. Sign up to read his biweekly newsletter on storytelling, Selections from the Curio Cabinet.
Bri Castellini is the Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark, a graduate-level adjunct professor for digital media, an independent filmmaker, and, regrettably, a podcaster. She's known for the 2017 short film Ace and Anxious (writer/director, 147k views on YouTube) and for her podcasts Burn, Noticed and Breaking Out of Breaking in, covering the USA television show Burn Notice and practical filmmaking advice, respectively. She has been described by collaborators as a "human bulldozer" and is honestly kind of flattered.
Sean Collins-Smith is an award-winning journalist who hails from the East Coast. While teaching journalism in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, Sean began entering screenplay contests in 2017. He found representation in 2018 after winning multiple screenwriting fellowships, and in 2019, he landed on the Austin Film Festival’s Top 25 Writers to Watch.
Joshua Corin is the author of six novels, including Nuclear Winter Wonderland, which Booklist named as one of the top debuts of 2008, and the Esme Stuart series, which 20th Century Fox optioned for TV. He also has written Deadpool and Spider-Man/Deadpool for Marvel Comics, a pair of video essays for Wisecrack Inc, and this bio. From 2011-2016, he was the awards chair for the International Thriller Writers. He has taught at UCLA, Emerson College, the Central Coast Writing Conference, and Georgia State.
Katie Corin: In college I studied broadcasting and nonprofit management in, most people think that's an odd combination. But, they both have one thing in common: stories. Broadcasting is about telling the story, and nonprofit management is about changing it. I believe that stories are the best way to teach, inspire, challenge, grow, motivate, encourage and inform lives. I just want to be the grapevine that carries those stories and helps someone make sense of their world.
Saeed Crumpler’s love for music and television has always been a part of his life. His film story begins at San Francisco State University, after graduation, however, he didn’t know how to break into Hollywood. For over a decade, Saeed became a local Hip-Hop star gaining fans around the world. Although he wasn’t famous, Saeed considers himself Bay-mous! Feeling limited in music, in 2018 he decided to fully immerse himself in the screenwriting art form once again. Saeed took his inheritance his grandmother left him when she passed and enrolled in UCLA’s online television/screenwriting program. His journey hasn’t been typical and exemplifies that a person can achieve their dreams despite preconceived barriers. Saeed looks forward to being an example for other up-and-coming writers that “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Michelle Daniel is a professional musician, writer, and podcaster based in Austin, TX. As a pianist and composer, she has performed globally, taught music for over 22 years, and earned two GRAMMY nominations. In 2018, after working as a screenwriter and script doctor for an LA production company, she pursued an MA in Russian Studies to complement her geopolitical writing. After spending a summer in Russia, she completed a non-fiction book on Cold War radio broadcasting, which will be published in 2022. Currently, she works for The University of Texas at Austin where she produces podcasts and other media for an international audience.
Erica Davis is a freelance editor and writer from Buffalo, NY and co-host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, This Podcast Needs a Title. After a twenty-year career in higher education, she honed her writing and revision skills while working on her own middle grade horror manuscripts. When she’s not freelancing, Erica interviews authors and reviews books for a global resource site for horror writers. She lives in Florida with her husband and three dogs.
Sadie Dean is a writer, filmmaker and musician based in Los Angeles. She is the Editor of Script Magazine, writes the screenwriting column Take Two for Writer’s Digest print magazine and is the co-host of the podcast Reckless Creatives for Pipeline Artists. Sadie has been serving the screenwriting community for nearly a decade by providing resources, contests, consulting, events, and education for writers across the globe. As a writer, Sadie has been optioned, written on spec, and has had her work produced. Additionally, she was a 2nd rounder in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and has been nominated for The Humanitas Prize for a TV spec with her writing partner. Sadie has also served as a Script Supervisor on projects for WB, TBS and AwesomenessTV, as well as many independent productions. She has also produced music videos, short films and a feature documentary film. She also lends her music talents to her band The Coolers. She's played historic L.A. venues such as The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go, The House of Blues, The Baked Potato and local LA watering holes. In 2020, she composed original music for the short film Reflection, and co-produced two new singles remotely with her bandmates, which you can find on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and wherever else you stream music.
Kevin Delin has blended writing and science from the start of his career. He’s both a working scientist and a writer and essayist with bylines in both national and Los Angeles publications. Kevin has four degrees, including a PhD in physics, from MIT where he also studied writing under A.R. Gurney. After a stretch in Silicon Valley, Kevin went to Los Angeles to work for NASA, where he invented a technology that enables the search for extraterrestrial life. He was last seen on stage at a Rogue Machine Theatre’s storytellers’ slam and is a member of the Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab.
Laramie Dennis is a director and writer committed to telling honest, unexpected stories about complex female characters. Her latest is a micro-budget feature entitled WHERE IN THE HELL, an unlikely road movie set in a not-quite-post-pandemic world, that she's developing with Pipeline Media. If you’re a fellow creative (or: if you like tacos) you might enjoy her newsletter.
Michelle Domanowski is a Management & Development Executive at Pipeline Media Group and a Florida State University ‘20 MFA Screenwriting graduate. She writes sci-fi with powerful roles for women. Her lifelong rivalry competing with her high-achieving twin sister has given Michelle unique insight into female jealousy, shame, and resentment. She’s passionate about writing women characters who grapple with these emotions in alternate universes.
Cristian Duran is a stand-up comedian and writer born in Brooklyn, raised in Florida, and currently residing in New York City. Cristian’s upbringing has formed a unique comedic voice which is at times insightful, irreverent, silly, and fun. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Cristian moved to New York to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and screenwriting. As a stand-up, Cristian has appeared throughout the United States and Canada including appearances at The New York Comedy Festival and Toronto’s JFL42 Festival. He is the creator and animator of the web series Future Hall of Famers which was featured at the Comicpalooza Film Festival & The Freedom Shorts Film Festival. January 2020 saw the release of Cristian's stand-up comedy album, "King Latifah," which debuted at number one on the iTunes comedy charts upon release. He previously worked on Showtime’s "Our Cartoon President" and currently works at Nickelodeon.
Jessica Ellis: After attending UCLA and AFI, Jessica Ellis threw herself face-first into the well of struggling writers and emerged, gasping, to helm her first feature in 2021. Her film What Lies West is available on VOD somewhere you already subscribe. She has written for The Toast, Hello Giggles, and BunnyEars, and published three novellas with Bryant Street Shorts. With her writing partner, Nick Sinnott, Ellis has been a Nicholl Top 50 finalist, a Netflix/Impact finalist, and won the Creative World Awards. If it seems ridiculous that she isn't working steadily with those credentials, she agrees, and thinks you should hire her.
Estevan is a queer/Latinx TV drama writer & director. He most recently wrote on Long Slow Exhale from Creator Pam Veasey and Made Up Stories for Paramount TV/Spectrum/BET. He was previously the Writers' PA on season 2 of the Bad Boys franchise spinoff series LA's Finest from Jerry Bruckheimer Television for Sony/Spectrum/Fox. Estevan began his career penning red carpet specials for live entertainment programs including NBC’s Globes LIVE! from The Golden Globes, E! Live from the Red Carpet at the Oscars, The Billboard Music Awards, The American Music Awards and others. He is repped by Tantillo Entertainment.
Rea Frey is the multi-published, award-winning bestselling author of three suspense novels and four nonfiction books. She’s been featured in US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Popsugar, Hello Sunshine, Marie Claire, Parade, Shape, Hello Giggles, CrimeReads, Writer’s Digest, WGN, Fox News, Today in Nashville, Talk of the Town, and more. She's also the CEO and Founder of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors.
Vandon Gibbs is an award-winning writer and director whose films and screenplays have garnered critical acclaim. His first feature, Complexion (2008), premiered in Los Angeles as an Official Selection of the American Black Film Festival. After directing the shorts Pario (2010) and Three of a Kind (2010), he helmed Solace (2013). The taut thriller premiered to rave reviews at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA and won the Jury Award for Best Dramatic Feature. In addition, his screenplays have placed well in prestigious contests such as the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. He holds a B.A. in Television Producing (Magna Cum Laude) from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of The Ancestor, The Mentor, Desire Card and Slow Down. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. Runaway Train and Orange City are forthcoming in ‘21. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, FictionWritersReview, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, Dirty Boulevard, Montreal Review, Adirondack Review, Underwood Press and others. He has been a finalist in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline and other contests. He is the co-curator of Guerrilla Lit Reading Series.
Gabrielle Gulledge is an L.A.-based writer, actress and accountant from the beautiful frozen tundra of Chicago, Illinois. After four not so fun years as an accountant, she returned to Chicago and studied screenwriting at Second City Chicago, while also studying improv and performing sketch comedy and theatre. She has lived in Los Angeles since 2019, and continues to grow as a writer and actress (you can find her on Youtube, if you look really, really, really hard). She's grateful to be a part of the very, VERY cool Pipeline fam!
Bri Janes is a proud bisexual writer, hailing from Portland, Oregon and the San Francisco Bay Area. She works as a development executive and contest coordinator with Script Pipeline, as well as a freelance story analyst. She started her screenwriting career at the age of 16, when she decided that being a business major in college required too much math. After school, she would ride the BART into Berkeley every week to take her first screenwriting classes from Terrel Seltzer (“One Fine Day”), and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Chapman University with dual degrees in Screenwriting (B.A.) and Television Broadcast Journalism (B.F.A.), She has placed as a finalist in two contests—2016 Script Pipeline TV Writing with her pilot “Cartella,” and 2019 Screencraft Pilot Launch with “Iconic”—as well as a semifinalist in 2017 Slamdance with her feature, “Hide your Fires.” In addition to the four pilots and two features she’s already written, she has three features and a pilot in development on spec. She's excited to share her knowledge with the Pipeline Artists community and uplift upcoming writers with free educational resources that she would have killed for in college.
Patrick Keane is a comedy writer and performer of stand up comedy for the last 20 years throughout the country. He's written for and appeared on late night television as well as regular time television and the the internet. He promises to be funny in a couple years. He attributes his big face and smile to being too big of a Bugs Bunny fan as a child. Asked if stand-up comedy was always a dream of his, Patrick says, "No, it was always a nightmare." In addition to doing comedy, Patrick also does magic and is sometimes able to make comedy completely disappear from the room. Abra Cadabra!
Micah Khan is the winner of Robert Rodriguez's People's Network Showcase Contest and was recently featured on MovieMaker Magazine for his short film, Meetcute on Danceworld, which David Benioff, Co-Creator of HBO's Game of Thrones said, “Never seen anything quite like it before. I was smiling the whole way through. It’s fresh, original, and it kicks ass.” Micah is currently contributing to Moviemaker Magazine, having done filmmaker interviews with Spike Lee and the cast of "Ted Lasso" and is working on his feature debut, a cosmic horror called Down.
Kami Kinard is the author of the humorous middle grade novels, The Boy Project and The Boy Problem, both from Scholastic. Her poetry, stories, articles, and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals for children and adults. A former award-winning public educator, Kami remains dedicated to teaching. She co-founded Kidlit Summer School, a free online program for writers that ran from 2014 - 2017, and continues to instruct through professional critiquing, mentoring for SCBWI, and leading writing workshops at conferences and in schools. She lives, laughs, and plays way too complicated board games with her family in Beaufort SC.
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.
Marty Lang is an Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Memphis. His first feature as writer/director/producer, Rising Star, is streaming on Amazon Prime, and he's currently in post-production on his second, Stay with Me. His producing credits include Chompy and the Girls, featuring Udo Kier, Out of My Hand, a 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominee, and Being Michael Madsen, starring Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, David Carradine and Lacey Chabert. He's taught film at the University of Central Arkansas and Quinnipiac University, and created the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, a nationally-recognized film workforce development initiative.
Teresa Lo is a writer and comedian. She published the bestsellers Hell's Game and The Red Lantern Scandals, and her books have been developed for TV and film by companies such as 20th Century Fox and Winkler Films (Wolf of Wall Street). As a journalist, her work has appeared in publications such as Yahoo, Popsugar, Buzzfeed, and Hustler Magazine. She has performed standup all over the United States, at places like Gilda Radnor’s Laughfest and The Boston Comedy Festival; and she produces a comedy fundraiser for the nonprofit RAINN that was named a Best of LA event by LAist Magazine.
Peter Malone Elliott is a produced screenwriter and playwright hailing from Virginia and co-host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, This Podcast Needs a Title. After being selected as the winner of the 2018 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Peter joined the ranks of Pipeline Media Group one year later, where he currently serves as the Director of Operations of Book Pipeline. His first feature film credit as writer-producer is on the upcoming thriller/horror Wired Shut. Peter is currently working on his debut novel, a psychological suspense set in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Magdalena Michalowicz has written everything from TV to narrative games to YA novels. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and LA and when not in front of the computer, is usually swimming or running.
Ana Lydia Monaco is an award-winning filmmaker, exhibited photographer, cultural consultant, and former public relations pro. She most recently produced VICE's "Crimewave" and developed the "An Artist at Work" national film campaign. Monaco shot "Lolas Journey" during the nationwide lockdown, and her previous film #MeetingBrown was sold to Shorts TV. She has also developed written, visual, digital, and experiential campaigns for The Smithsonian, Nissan, Disney, Macy's, to name a few. Monaco has also worked for various Marvel shows and the Boston Lyric Opera for "Desert In." Monaco graduated with distinction from Art Center College of Design and is #ArrayCrew certified.
Romi Moondi: I’ve never thought of words as only functional (despite what public education blandly tried to tell me). To me, words have the power to take on a lyrical quality, even when they’re simply explaining possible side effects of heartburn medication. So whether the words I write form advertising taglines or fictional books and screenplays, I will travel to the ends of the vocabulary earth to find a melody. So…let’s dance? (I knew this bio would end on an awkward note.)
Christopher J. Moore’s professional writing career began in 2000, after winning the Nickelodeon Screenwriting fellowship for his feature screenplay. He wrote a story about an African-American family, mirroring his own family in South Central L.A., and it quickly got the attention of Hollywood. Since then, he has written novels, has written for several major producers in Hollywood, sold screenplays and written for TBS hit shows like House of Payne and Meet the Browns. The show House of Payne, debuted as the highest rated comedy series in cable television history and the #1 TV show in African-American households. In 2008 and 2009, the show won three and four NAACP Image Awards, including Best TV Comedy Series both years. He then completed three produced episodes of his own sitcom he wrote, co-created, and executive produced called Mi Casa Mi Casa where he was the showrunner. Currently, he co-executive produced an independent TV pilot drama, titled, Beyond The Badge which was an official selection in SeriesFest 2019. He also has a feature film in preproduction with Tracey Edmonds at Netflix. Mr. Moore holds two BA degrees in Psychology and Film, and two Masters in Screenwriting from California State University, Northridge, and is currently an adjunct professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts for writing.
Zack Morrison is a writer/director from New Jersey. His short musical Everything's Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major won the Television Academy's student Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series in 2019, and he is the creator and host of the crowdsourced YouTube variety show, We Have A Show. Zack has a MFA in television writing from Columbia University, is a proud Rutgers alumnus, and previously worked as a writer’s assistant in late night comedy. He is currently quarantining at his parents’ house, and is already aware that his name is similar to a trash character from a 90's sitcom.
Allison Norlian is a three-time Emmy-nominated journalist with a decade of experience in media who has covered major national stories like the aftermath of the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally and President Trump’s “travel ban” in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Allison began her career as a television reporter before switching to digital journalism; she has created columns for ForbesWomen and Final Draft, and has also been published in Business Insider and The Huffington Post. Allison also recently co-founded a production company where she focuses her work on telling unique and unheard stories about underrepresented populations.
Mike O’Connell is writer, actor, comedian and musician who has starred in Funny People, Patriot on Amazon, and The Living Wake which he also wrote, scored and produced. He lives in Los Angeles with his 13 Cabbage Patch Kids and thanks you for reading his bio.
Mae Harrington O’Neill failed reading in the fifth grade because she spent all of her time writing short stories under her desk. Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Mae is a wannabe novelist whose published work consists of human interest pieces, political commentary, and entertainment news. Since graduating from Emerson College in 2019, Mae has worked as a freelance writer and has recently started her foray into the television industry as a production assistant. Mae is a young writer just starting out who would like to share the view from her window.
Jamil Akim O'Quinn, a queer, nerd from Compton, California, navigating life with a disability, who loves performance art and academia in a world that imposes a narrow vision of what it means to be a Black man. A writer, director, performer with a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley and Master of Divinity from Princeton. After performing in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”, Jamil realized the global reach of television and film. He returned to Los Angeles for a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. Jamil is dedicated to layered, queer, family narratives that give voice to systemically voiceless communities.
Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books, focusing on crime fiction with unique social and cultural themes and host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, Words of Prey. Titles from Agora’s debut list have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Lefty, Macavity and Strand Critics awards. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years, she is also an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the non-fiction series on writing "The Quick and Dirty Guides To…" and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She was named a Publishers Weekly Rising Star honoree in 2020.
Michael Owens is a screenwriter from Long Beach, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in screenwriting. As a writer, Michael tends to pair a progressive worldview with character-driven stories, and he currently reviews screenplays and other creative material for Pipeline Media Group as a Senior Development Executive.
Nathan Patton is an award-winning writer and artist, and a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. His works have been published by McSweeney’s, Kerouac’s Dog, and the Malahat Review. Though he grew up in rural Arkansas, he currently lives in Austin, Texas. He is allergic to dairy.
They call him the Bitter Buddha, comedian Eddie Pepitone is a master of the dark art of comedy. Hailed as a modern day cross between Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles and Eckart Tolle. Eddie is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone. In addition to his regular stand-up shows, Eddie is stand-out comic/character actor. Beginning in NYC’s improv/sketch scene, and continuing on to recurring roles on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." Eddie has also appeared on numerous comedy TV shows, including "The Life and Times of Tim," "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Sarah Silverman Program," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Last Comic Standing," "Chappelle’s Show," appearances on "Bob’s Burgers," and he’s a regular on Adult Swim’s "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell." Fans also might recognize Pepitone from his role in the hit comedy Old School or from his multiple award-winning short, Runyon: Just Above Sunset, co-written by his wife, Karen Simmons.
J.R. Phillips was born and raised in southern Virginia, but fled the sweltering summers and dreary winters for the temperate beaches of California. She is a prolific writer with a career spanning over 20 years. Her love of poetry and fictional novels led to her first publication at 8 years old. After securing a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, she spent her twenties working for various production and development companies, as well as writing for both film and television. She’s back in publishing now and loving every minute of it. Her passions include horseback riding, comic books, archery, falconry, social and political activism, dancing, cooking, and taking spontaneous adventures.
Zoe Quinton: My father was a professor of religious studies, and my mother is a New York Times-bestselling mystery author, so storytelling is quite literally in my blood. I received my Master’s degree in international history (which, in hindsight, is all stories) from the London School of Economics in 2005, then went to work with my mother. I started by doing her social media marketing, then a few years later, I took over her agenting as well. Based on these decades of experience, I founded my freelance editing and publishing consultancy business in 2017.
Mara Raden is a pen for hire, educator, and ghostwriter. She specializes in mentoring writers in narrative storytelling, world-building, and the truth. Mara’s personal work includes essays, articles, script doctoring, and novel development. A current focus is the development of her writing collective Planet Mars Press, and serialized science fiction and ghost stories.
Christina Raia is a New York City based Writer/Director, the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, and co-host of Breaking Out of Breaking In podcast. She focuses on character-driven and socially conscious horror and comedy, using genre as a lens to represent, discuss and dissect social issues, otherness and real world anxieties. Her work, consisting of over a dozen short films, a web series, and two feature films, has screened at film festivals around the world with coverage on press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed.
Bret Raybould is a New York City comedian with an ever-expanding BCU (Bret Cinematic Universe). In November of 2020, he released his debut hour comedy special “Bret Raybould Retires From Comedy.” The accompanying comedy album version of it debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts and had its worldwide premiere on SiriusXM’s premier comedy channel RawDog Radio. He also was the first comedian ever to release a Mandarin dub of his hour special, which can be viewed here. After his comedy retirement, he briefly pursued a career in singing, and promptly released a jazz record entitled “Bret On Bublé.” As its name suggest, it is a cover album of Michael Bublé songs, which Bret says he made “as both a tribute and a challenge to the great one … My way of saying ‘I respect what you’ve built’ but also ‘I’m coming for your throne.’” The record went #34 on the jazz charts. (He has since unretired and is, once again, at work on the Sisyphean slog that is stand up comedy.) Bret Raybould is also The World’s First Publicly Traded Comedian. With the issuance of his own publicly traded cryptocurency–BretCoin–and the launch of his own trading platform—BretTrade.com—fans are invited to “put their money where his mouth is” and invest in the upstart comic. He is the host of two (count 'em two!) podcast. The first—Just The Plugs—is a podcast devoted solely to the art and commerce of plugging. Each episode Bret has a guest on to plug their Twitter, Instagram, podcast, whatever, and then he promptly wraps up the show. The second—Oh Dear—is a podcast focused mainly on bantering about current pop culture and toeing the line between what you can and can’t say. He has some credits, too.
Doug Richardson's third grade teacher, Mrs. Dalrymple, wrote that "Doug has difficulty with authority and following instructions." Doug cut his teeth writing movies like Die Hard 2, Bad Boys, Hostage, Money Train, and Welcome to Mooseport. His nine novels cover a landscape of deadly behavior from Boston to Washington DC to Texas as well the morally suspect landscape he calls Luckyland--aka Los Angeles—the city of Doug's birth and where he lives with his wife, two children, four big mutts, and the dead body he's still convinced is buried in his San Fernando Valley backyard. Invited guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own shovel.
Sommer Rusinski is a writer and filmmaker from Long Island, NY. The fun part of the island, not the fancy part. Since graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2016, she has gained a foothold at the bottom of the top of the industry; making a living as a Production Assistant on big-budget projects. Sommer's screenplays have been finalists for Script Pipeline, Black List Labs, and Sundance Episodic Labs. Her short films have been official selections and garnered awards at festivals all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Sommer lives in Brooklyn and, famously, crushes the Times crossword daily.
Ruth Sabin’s career originated on set. As one of the few female cinematographers in the Texas Indie scene, Ruth crewed, DP’d and lit dozens of short films and docs across the southwest, including the feature films Endings (2010) and Where We Started (2013) by award-winning director Christopher J. Hansen. Selected to represent her university, Ruth competed in several film festivals throughout her college career and won the New Orleans Pitching Contest (2012), earning financial support for future projects and invaluable experience in the art of pitching, which she has used in support of other writers in their own written and verbal pitches. After earning an MA in Film & TV, Ruth moved to Los Angeles and picked up the screenwriting side of the entertainment industry. Ghost-writing content in the sci-fi genre was the first step in that transition—networking in small writers’ groups and events for gigs. That networking grew into a sincere appreciation for the writing community and all the support it offers, a career of over 1700 creative consultations with writers and an ongoing creative executive role at Pipeline Media Group. In a recent relocation to Atlanta, Ruth became part of a growing team to expand Pipeline into multiple industry hubs, following the trend of writers having access and opportunity in the entertainment world despite being located outside of Los Angeles. Her current writing ambitions have taken a new turn into children’s books and animation. Another step in a wildly fun and eclectic journey in the visual arts.
Mike Sargent is currently Chief film critic for WBAI RADIO’s weekly film review program, REELWORLD, and host of WBAI’s popular late night radio show, NITESHIFT. In addition Mike co-hosts two Podcasts 2FAST 2FILMS & The BROWN & BLACK podcast on the Revolver Network. He is also co-Founder and Co-President of the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). In the world of Television Mike was the host and creator of ARISE ON SCREEN Arise Networks weekly global movie review & interview program which was the first African-American hosted film review television show ever. Sargent is a nationally quoted film critic whose quotes have been used in national television, print and radio advertising campaigns. BFCC holds the distinction of being the only organization developed by and catering to the needs of African American media professionals who critique movies and cover the film industry. Additionally Mike writes and interviews Filmmakers for Scriptmag.com, Blackfilm.com, and is a recurring guest film critic on the PBS News Hour, Fox Business News, i24News, WPIX and various other TV outlets, as well as a contributor on countless film and entertainment podcasts.
Spike Scarberry is your typical cis-gendered modern male who likes NFL Football, UFC fights, scented candles, broadway musicals, and ballroom dancing. He fell in love with cinema at the age of six and spent almost a decade working behind the scenes in the movie industry. After spending time at an agency, production company, and TV network, he left the politics of Tinseltown behind to focus on his passion: helping young scribes tell more dynamic stories. He founded Gatekeeper Storytelling in 2019 and works as a teacher and coach to writers of all ages, types (novel, screen, etc), and experience levels.
Amy B. Scher is the bestselling author of four books. She’s been featured in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, CNN, CBS, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus and more. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and endorsed by notable authors such as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and others. Scher was also named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40.” She lives in New York City with her beautiful wife and bad cat.
Richard Scott is a former politico who had White House clearance and was loosely investigated by the Russian FSB. His one regret in life is that he'll never be a Backstreet Boy. He writes edgy half-hour comedies about flawed people navigating uncomfortable journeys to personal growth with humor and heart.
Julie Seabaugh is an award-winning comedy journalist who has covered the art form for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, GQ, Playboy, The A.V. Club, Vulture, and numerous other outlets. Her coverage of modern roasting culminated in the 2018 book Ringside at Roast Battle: The First Five Years of L.A.'s Fight Club for Comedians. She produced/hosted 2020 SiriusXM special Hope on Top: A Mitch Hedberg Oral History and is producer/co-director of 2021 Vice feature documentary Too Soon: The Healing Power of Comedy After 9/11.
Graham Sisk is a graphic artist residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Denise, and border collie, Max. His extensive background in illustration, graphic design, education, and painting inform his work, which takes inspiration from Sumi-e, expressionist painting, comic art and noir. He has worked as an illustrator and designer with such clients as Pipeline, IRide Bicycle Co., and Wyvern Games.
Binge eating gadfly Jay Thornton has been many things in life, among them: a hoodrat, a military brat, a veteran of the United States Air Force, a tracker of NASA space trash and satellites on a remote volcanic island, a drunken, drug addled Bukowski-inspired factotum and now, for the past decade, a professional storyteller across multiple mediums alongside his brother Chris (the better half of “Them Thorntons”). They’ve written for movie stars in Hollywood, broken story with international directors in ancient cities abroad, sold TV pitches, made a few of those “lists,” and written and directed the challenging, polarizing micro-budget horror film Cactus Jack (major trigger warnings apply). They’ve penned the first two books of a dark, literary fantasy novel series called Reapers, and will be soon embarking on a gonzo CIA conspiracy mindmelter graphic novel. You can catch Chris and Jay chopping it up over movies, art, and human life in general on their podcast Hard Out, a 60-minute ticking time bomb of a show that terminates by way of an obnoxious “game over” buzzer at exactly the hour mark—even if a guest is in mid-sentence. Repped at UTA and Rosa Entertainment.
Joe Tower has developed content for the digital space, commercial entertainment, and extended reality solutions for major brands and companies around the world. Currently, he’s the executive editor for the lit consultancy, Writeway, and is a published essayist, interviewer,
and cultural critic, and an award-winning screenwriter.
Melissa Turkington is an L.A.-based writer, director, poet and sleep-deprived single mom with a BA in film production and a useless M Ed. She won the UCLA Nate Wilson Award in 2017 and the Austin Film Festival Drama Teleplay Award in 2020. In addition to her day job in academia, she freelances as a story analyst. She's been featured in Deadline and GOOD Magazine as well as her tiny hometown newspaper (Guess which one her mom cares about). Someday she will own a bulldog and her life will be complete.
Kay Tuxford is the writer of The MisEducation of Bindu, executive produced by the Duplass Brothers. A graduate of Chapman University's Screenwriting MFA program and a Knott Scholar, Kay's writing placements and wins include Austin Film Festival, the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, and Script Pipeline. Straddling the analytical and the creative, Tuxford graduated in 2002 from Northern Arizona with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry before transitioning into filmmaking. Her emphasis focuses on outside-the-box roles for women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. She is loved by her family and probably only just tolerated by her cat.
Craig Weeden – MA English, MFA Creative Writing – writes solo and with comics legend Jimmy Palmiotti. They’re adapting Jimmy’s graphic novel QUEEN CRAB into a TV series for MiLa Media. Their graphic novel KILLING TIME IN AMERICA was published by PaperFilms. FANTASIMA is due out in 2021. Solo, Craig’s wrapping up an action thriller for Leigh Simons Productions. His crime thriller DIAMOND PAYBACK was optioned to Emmett Furla Oasis Films. Over a hundred of Craig’s poems, stories, and articles have appeared in such places as The Southern Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and Tennis.
Karin Partin Wells is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and development exec at Script Pipeline. She's been a screenwriting consultant since 2014 because she enjoys endlessly talking about writing and helping writers. Her expertise is structure because it’s something that can be solved within the art of storytelling. Karin’s produced writing includes the horror feature Epitaph and a comedy web series The Creature: Deleted Scenes. Karin won best comedy at HBO’s Catalyst Festival, has three upcoming features and a TV series in development. Karin’s writing most often finds itself in a party setting and her web series I Party drops in summer 2021.
Jeff York is an optioned screenwriter whose scripts have placed in the finals of over 60 contests. He’s won a number of them too and has had four scripts optioned. Most recently, he’s worked with two Netflix producers in the development of five different television programs. He’s also a certified film critic on RottenTomatoes.com, has his own site TheEstablishingShot.org that’s read in 27 countries, and is a charter member of the Chicago Indie Critics. Jeff comes from the world of advertising and journalism, and he’s also an illustrator whose work has appeared in hundreds of periodicals including Playboy, the Chicago Tribune, and W magazine. Jeff hosted the weekly screenwriters' podcast “Page 2 Screen” for the International Screenwriters Association for three years. He’s also a SAG-AFTRA member, an award-winning caricaturist, and last, but not least, an impassioned cat lover.
Bryan Young works across many different media. He worked as a writer and producer of documentary films, which were called "filmmaking gold" by The New York Times. He's also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He's been a regular contributor for the Huffington Post, StarWars.com, Star Wars Insider magazine, SYFY, /Film, and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! He co-authored Robotech: The Macross Saga RPG in 2019 and in 2020 he wrote a novel in the BattleTech Universe called Honor's Gauntlet.
William Yu is a Korean American screenwriter and Asian American advocate. William's half-hour dramedy, Good Boy, was named to the 2020 CAPE List as a top pilot by an AAPI writer. His feature, Love You, Charlie, won the screenplay competition at the 41st Asian American International Film Festival. William is a 2020 Sundance Episodic Makers Lab Fellow. William is the creator of #StarringJohnCho, a viral social media project that sparked a global conversation about Asian American representation in media. Director Jon M. Chu credited the movement as an inspiration for making Crazy Rich Asians. He is based in Los Angeles.