New York Stage and Film, called a “formidable breeding ground for new work” by the New York Times, has announced the 15 early-career film and TV writers who have been selected to participate in the 2020/2021 Filmmakers’ Workshop. The writers will be paired with professional mentors for a year-long program of intensive creative discussions, peer feedback, developmental readings, classes on pitching, TV staffing, editing, navigating the notes process and career strategies as well as industry networking.
This year’s participants are Nancy Bannon (Willow); David Baugnon (Trip); Rob Bellon (Pariah); Anika Benkov (The Bitter Pill); Yakira Chambers (Myseducation); Kim Dempster (The Watchers); Jenny Halper (Ways to Hide in Winter;); Alessandro King (King of Swing); Savanah Leaf (Earth Mother); Guru Ramanathan (Londoni); Traven Rice (Red Rock Falls); Charia Rose (True Story); Minnie Schedeen (The Ark); and Shawn Snyder & Jason Begue (SANNYASA).
The Filmmakers’ Workshop professional mentors feature Zakiyyah Alexander (Hunters); Elsie Choi (Rideback); Rebecca Choi (Archer Gray); Laura Eason (Loudest Voice in the Room); Jessica Goldberg (Away, The Path); William Goldberg (Infinitely Polar Bear); Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction); Michael Hoffman (The Last Station); Soo Hugh (Pachinko); Toni Kalem (A Slipping Down Life); Aditi Brennan Kapil (American Gods); Max Mayer (Adam); Michael London (Sideways); Janine Nabers (Atlanta, Watchmen); Jacquelyn Reingold (The Good Fight); Anslem Richardson (The Boys); Amy Robinson (Julie & Julia); Shelby Stone (The Chi, Bessie); Ben Watkins (Hand of God); and Diana Williams (Madison Wells Media). Additional mentors to be announced at a later date.