J. HOLTHAM is a screenwriter, retired playwright and blogger. He is currently a staff writer for the Fox Network show, PITCH. He was a 2016 Humanitas New Voices Fellow. His screenplay Killers Anonymous was a finalist for the 2014 PAGE Screenwriting Award and the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Contest, as well as a finalist for the Writers Store’s Industry Insider Contest. His screenplay Hunter Lake was featured on The Black List website and was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Blue Cat Screenplay Contest. His writing on theatre, film, TV and culture has appeared in American Theatre, at the culture blog Parabasis, on Thrillist and, most recently, Slate. He is a proud product of public education. 

DANIEL TALBOTT is currently a staff writer for the Weinstein Company and Spike TV on THE MIST, based on the Stephen King novella, and in development with Jim Parsons’ company That’s Wonderful Productions for a feature film, TUOLUMNE. His hour-long drama pilot Summer has been optioned and is in development with Sonar Entertainment and Killer Films. He is a writer, director, and actor, as well as an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. His plays include Slipping (Rattlestick, The Side Project), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), What Happened When (Rattlestick, Your Name Here, Rising Phoenix Rep/HERE), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Mike and Seth (Quince, Encore, The Side Project), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray (Your Name Here). Recent directing work includes Ugly Little Sister (NYU/Strasberg), First Born (The Actors Studio), Selkie (RPR/Weathervane), Thieves (Weathervane/RPR/ Rattlestick), F**king Immaculate (RPR), A Fable (piece by piece/RPR/Rattlestick), Gin Baby (IRT), Scarcity (Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Squealer (Lesser America), and The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC).  He is a graduate of Juilliard and teaches at NYU/Strasberg, Primary Stages/ESPA, and Berkeley Rep. He is a proud member of Lesser America, on the artistic advisory board of Echo Theater Company, and a member of the Actors Studio.

AURIN SQUIRE is a story editor on THIS IS US and was a staff writer on CBS's BRAINDEAD. He has worked as a journalist, filmmaker, and web producer. In 2015 he graduated from Juilliard's playwriting program and his plays have been developed and produced in London, NYC, and LA. Squire has degrees from Northwestern University and New School University. He's a recipient of the 2016 Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Playwrights and continues to work in theatre, film, and tv.  

JASON SHAPIRO is a writer/performer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s written for BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS, FUNNY OR DIE, BILLY ON THE STREET, Syfy's REACTOR, SCREAM TEAM, SPIKE TVs  GUY's CHOICE AWARDS and HELLO GIGGLES and he’s also met Bob Dole! Jason created and runs the popular Twitter feed @LOSFELIZDAYCARE, which he developed as a pilot for 20th Century Fox.

TANNER BEAN & KATIE MATHEWSON are an unlikely writing team – Tanner is a former Sunset Strip performing rock guitarist and Katie is a gay motorcycle enthusiast from the Pacific Northwest. Together, Tanner and Katie write twisted stories with soul. Currently, they write on Fox’s baseball drama PITCH. Prior to getting staffed, Tanner was the assistant and protégé of Dan Fogelman, and he aided Dan on his sitcoms THE NEIGHBORS, GALAVANT, and GRANDFATHERED as well as his films LAST VEGAS and DANNY COLLINS. Katie was the writer's assistant on Comedy Central's @midnight with Chris Hardwick, which means that she's seen roughly 97% of the Internet.  In addition to PITCH, they were hired to adapt the book IS THIS LEGAL? about the formation of the UFC.

ROBERT D. DOTY moved from Texas to Los Angeles in 2012. On nights and weekends, he developed his material. During the day, he worked as a PA, Producer’s Assistant, and Writers’ Assistant on every kind of show you can imagine – sports docs, reality shows, sitcoms – until finally getting his shot on CW’s REIGN. Joining the show as the showrunner’s assistant, he wrote a freelance script on the second season, was promoted Staff Writer on the third, and became a Story Editor on the fourth.  He believes a good story can make your day better and a great story can change the world.  His parents only recently stopped suggesting he enroll in Law School.

LUISA LESCHIN has participated in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. As a writer, Luisa co-wrote the highly successful play LATINS ANONYMOUS, which to date has received over forty-five national productions.  As a feature film writer, she wrote music-driven TROPICO, for Universal, co-wrote THE NATIONAL GUARD for Showtime, AMIGAS -SWEET FIFTEEN CLUB for Disney Channel, and the animated feature, THE KID WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS for Warner Brother’s Premiere Entertainment. She has also written a Western based on a true story, THE LEGEND OF CHIPITA RODRIGUEZ.


In Television, she rose to Co-Executive Producer on the acclaimed Nickelodeon show, BROTHERS GARCIA, and enjoyed five seasons as a Co-Executive Producer on THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW (122 eps). In 2008, Luisa was a Co-EP on EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS.  She worked on one hundred episodes of the TBS series ARE WE THERE YET? based on Ice-Cube’s hit movie of the same name. Luisa has served as a Consulting Producer for Disney Channel’s AUSTIN & ALLY, and on Hulu’s hit series, EAST LOS HIGH. Luisa jumped to one hour for the second season of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. She has just finished as CO-EP for 39 episodes of Amazon’s hit series JUST ADD MAGIC.


Television pilots:  2017 – upcoming for TNT, one-hour original drama pilot, THE BLACK VEIL. For CBS: LORENZO'S WIFE – a one hour. Sitcoms: ESCORTS AND THE GOLDEN BONE – a comedy set in a five-star hotel for dogs. For Fox Studios: MAMBO PALACE, a half-hour single cam set in an East Harlem dance studio.


Luisa is an alumna of the Disney Writer’s Fellowship.

KATHERINE (KAY) OYEGUN is a drama writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by way of Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently a staffed on the NBC series THIS IS US. She previously wrote on the OWN series QUEEN SUGAR, from writer/director, Ava DuVernay. Kay has worked on the ABC series THE MUPPETS, and as a development assistant at ABC Studios, BBC Worldwide Productions, and Fox Searchlight. Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Kaygot her start as a journalist, working for NBC's The Today Show and Nightly News with Brian Williams. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern California's Peter Stark Producing Program.

NATHAN CHETTY is currently an Executive Story Editor on Netflix's THE RANCH. Previously he was a Staff Writer on TWO AND A HALF MEN, where he was unprecedentedly promoted mid-season after being a writer’s production assistant on the show for only four months.  He began cultivating his comedic chops while performing with Texas Tech University’s improv troupe Alternative Fuels for three years before moving to Chicago where he studied at Second City, iO, and the Annoyance theater. During his time there, he put up numerous independent sketch and improv shows, three of which earned the title “Best Bets” by Chicago Metromix. Nathan spent the last decade pulling 80 hour weeks to pay rent and buy theater space for his passion projects, doing dozens of odd jobs which included being an Arena Football Mascot in Texas, a barback in Chicago’s most famous gay bar, a celebrity homes tour guide in LA, and everything else in between. It is the combination of his humor, this work ethic, and these experiences that have led to his quick ascension into the writers room.

NOAH GRIFFITH, a former composer, and DANIEL STEWART, a former mathematician, are both Minnesota natives, but didn't start writing together until they moved to California. They are currently in development on both Sci-Fi and Thriller features and television series with several companies around town. Most recently they wrote for Stephen King's THE MIST for The Weinstein Company to air on Spike in 2017. They are repped by the Gotham Group, CAA, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.

More to be announced in the coming weeks.

ERIN DONOVAN came to writing via acting—training at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART, and has no reasonable explanation for any of that. She’s currently collaborating with Bruno Heller on a Dramatic series titled THE IRISHMAN which has sold to ITV in the UK. The series was inspired by a feature documentary she wrote/produced in 2014 titled A TALE OF TWO THIEVES, distributed by Virgil Films/Netflix USA. Concurrently with this project she’s also in development on a thriller/horror series titled IN THE DARK which she sold to Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia’s company, INDIGENOUS MEDIA. Other recent work includes a one-hour drama pilot, SWITCH, which sold to WB Horizon, and a free-lance episode THE WHITES OF HIS EYES on the last season of THE MENTALIST. Erin was a Sundance Episodic Lab finalist 2015 & 2016. Her BETTER CALL SAUL spec was a 2016 Austin Film Festival semi-finalist. Most days Erin sits at her computer thinking: “Come back acting, all is forgiven…”

WILLIE BLOCK & JAKE EMANUEL met at Emerson College where they began to collaborate on short films together. After graduation, they moved to Los Angeles and were hired to adapt THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME for Paramount Pictures.  In 2014 Block and Emanuel were hired as staff writers on the FX series CHOZEN. In 2015 they sold a pilot to FX called THE BRONZE AGE – an animated comedy about Ancient Greece. Recently, Block and Emanuel optioned a screenplay to Rough House Pictures called FUCK YOU, I WIN, an action comedy that follows a team of mercenaries on a deadly mission in war-torn Iraq.

CHRIS ERRIC MADDOX is currently on the writing staff of BULL for CBS. His writing interests vary as exemplified by his pilots including, CITY OF LIGHT, a murder mystery implicating expatriates in post WWII Paris, France, and FRACKTURED, a family drama following a kidnap-victim and her oil tycoon father in their small fracking town in modern day Montana.

Chris’ roots in drama stem from his early childhood. At the age of fourteen, he left a lower-middle class black neighborhood in Ohio to attend a boarding program in an affluent white community in Massachusetts. He learned first-hand to pen “fish out of water” stories by growing up between these two diverse worlds. He attended Tufts University, triple majoring in Child Development, Drama, and Spanish Literature and continued on to Columbia University’s MFA program in Acting. Here he honed the craft of character and story development. After landing numerous roles on half-hour comedies and touring the country performing Shakespeare’s canon, he paired up with his writing partner, Indira Wilson, to develop one hour dramas.

Chris is a 2015 graduate of the CBS Writer’s Mentoring Program. He’s repped by Rothman Brecher Agency and Echo Lake Entertainment.

NOEL DAVIS POYNER made the pilgrimage from Jersey to LA 8 years ago, brilliantly-timed at the pinnacle of the recession. With a thousand dollars, zero contacts, and his feature spec, Clockwise, he quickly attracted the attention of production companies like Bad Robot and Appian Way, and began his career as a wannabe filmmaker. His 2012 short film, Love and Death in Los Angeles, won special recognition at the SoCal International Shorts Festival, which caught the eye of indie producers and led to signing his first picture deal with Constellation Entertainment in 2013. He's since co-written and produced the Emmy-winning A TRIBUTE TO MEL BROOKS for FX Networks, for whom he regularly writes, produces, and directs interstitial content. Currently, he is juggling a barrage of screenwriting projects, including his latest gun-for-hire cred set up at RatPac Entertainment, and his feature directorial debut for the indie power-hitter Buffalo 8 Productions. Other than sitting behind a computer screen for 20 hours a day, he enjoys composing music, crushing brie wedges to the face with entire sleeves of Carrs, and binge-watching Shark Tank with his seven-months pregnant wife and hero, Maria.

ANDY JONES, along with his writing partner Adam Weinstock, has sold a comedy feature set in the music festival world to 20th Century Fox and optioned a coming-of-age comedy feature to Anonymous Content.

Andy and Adam's pilot "On the Bright Side" won the "Best Writing" award at the 2016 New York Television Festival. They were also on the writing staff of a YOUTUBE RED show that did not make it to air for reasons that Andy doesn't like talking about without a stiff drink in his hand.

JESSIE KAHNWEILER can’t afford therapy so she makes films. Her work has been featured on New York Times, The Guardian, TMZ , Cosmo, People, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine, Mashable, Buzzfeed, Elle, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, IndieWIRE, LA Weekly The Huffington Post, and The Independent . At the University of Redlands, Jessie quickly began ditching class in order to make documentaries. For her thesis film, LITTLE AMERICA, she hitchhiked across the country to explore the world of America’s truck drivers. After getting dumped, Jessie wrote and codirected the comedic short BABY LOVE, costarring alongside Anchorman’s David Koechner. Jessie was selected for the 6 Points Artist Fellowship which inspired her comedic web series entitled DUDE, WHERE'S MY CHUTZPAH? Her short MEET MY RAPIST, a dark comedy about running into her rapist at the farmers market, debuted at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival and inspired her live show THE RAPE GIRL. Jessie confronted her own white privilege in her viral hit JESSIE GETS ARRESTED. Jessie's latest project for which she writes, directs, and stars in THE SKINNY premiered Sundance Film Festival, is produced by Refinery29 and Jill Soloway’s Wifey.tv and won a Webby for best dramatic series. Jessie lives in LA with her plants.

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MANDO ALVARADO is on the writing staff for GREENLEAF for the OWN network and is a co-producer for Netflix's SEVEN SECONDS. He's an actor turned playwright and has had his plays produced Off Broadway and throughout the US. He's a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a member of Rising Phoenix Rep. Currently, with his producing partner at E2W, he has three projects under development at Fox and Sony. 

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