26
Jan

Marla White

Marla White is a television development executive with experience producing prime time series and award nominated television movies in multiple genres.

She most recently started Pitch2Script.com to help writers create powerful pitches for their television series ideas as well as strengthen their scripts.  Though she’s only just begun teaching her pitching workshops, writers have raved, “Marla’s approach has changed the way I will pitch forever” and “She has incredible ideas, tremendous patience, and a true sense of character, tone, and place” while one client called her “a fun, hip, whip-smart fairy godmother.”  Before starting her own company, she helped writers who have gone on to win awards including one Nicholl Fellowship finalist.  It’s also been her pleasure, on select occasions, to work with novelists and be part of their publishing success.

The head of television for Emmy Award winning writer & producer Peter Tolan’s Fedora Entertainment for the past seven years, Marla was involved in numerous comedy and drama pitches being sold to networks and cable outlets.  She’s worked hands-on with writers through the pilot process and has been involved with the WGN hit show “Outsiders”, the Fox drama “Rake” and “Gaffigan” for TV Land.  Prior to that, she sold the television movie “Kings of South Beach” to A & E for legendary television producers Sonny Grosso & Larry Jacobson, and was involved in the development and production of several television movies for ABC, CBS, USA and HBO.
When she’s not reading scripts or selling projects, you can find her indulging in a cozy mystery, working in her garden or out at the ranch on her horse.

26
Jan

Coral Wright

Coral Wright currently serves as the Creative Executive, for Hasbro Studios and Hasbro’s film division, AllSpark Pictures. Most recently, Coral operated as Hasbro’s onset liaison for the motion picture film, OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, directed by Mike Flanagan. Currently, Coral is working closely with the executive team at Hasbro and their studio partners to support the production of AllSpark Pictures’, self-financed animated feature film, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC. In addition to supporting AllSpark Pictures’ growing animation feature initiative, she is aiding the development of AllSpark Pictures’ franchise development and live-action slate. Coral is an integral part in fostering relationships with fresh and innovative talent, helping to preserve Hasbro’s role as a global entertainment leader. Prior to Hasbro, Coral worked as a Creative Executive at Ahmet Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions, where she aided the creative development for both the film and television slate. Coral received her B.A., in Philosophy with a Minor in Economics from Emory University. She then received a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.

6
Feb

Janet Wu

Janet Wu is a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she works with WDAS directors, writers, and artists to craft their feature film projects. She previously worked in development and production at Mirada, a studio co-founded by Guillermo del Toro, where she co-produced the independent film London Fields. Prior to that, she worked in development at Scott Free Productions. Janet is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in English, Environmental Science and Policy, and Film/Video/Digital Studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

6
Feb

Julie Young

Julie Young is a co-founder of SH//FT, an organization that partners with industry leaders in the VR/AR industry to sponsor and create opportunities for women and minorities. Julie was formerly a producer at Emblematic Group, where she worked on several room-scale VR experiences including Across the Line (Sundance 2016) and Out of Exile (Sundance 2017). Prior to that, she was an Associate Producer on the 2012 Frontline documentary Fast Times at West Philly High. Julie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied economics at The Wharton school.

26
Jan

Laura Zak

Laura Zak is a writer, actor, producer, and activist. She is the co-creator and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated and Gotham award winning series Her Story, and is a writer and voice actor for Amazon’s upcoming animated series Danger & Eggs. In 2013, Laura co-created and starred in the web series #Hashtag, which was identified by Indiewire as a potential “next Broad City’. Since then, Laura has appeared as an actor in many films, series, and music videos, including several videos on Buzzfeed, and in the upcoming film Spunkle. Laura served for eight years as Campaigns’ Manager for Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to study journalism at Boston University, creative writing at Northwestern University, and obtained a Classics diploma from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

30
Jan

Désirée Zamorano

Author of critically acclaimed The Amado Women, Désirée Zamorano is Pushcart prize nominee and award-winning writer. She has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on, and addressed that in her commentaries which have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, NPR’s Latino USA and Publishers Weekly.

26
Jan

Andi Zeisler

Andi Zeisler is the founder of Bitch Media, the feminism media-criticism organization best known for publishing Bitch: Feminists Response to Pop Culture. She has contributed to magazines and news outlets including Ms., Mother Jones, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Utne, and more. Her most recent book is We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement.

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