Jeanne is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script magazine, a screenwriting webinar instructor for The Writers Store in Burbank. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions where she wrote and produced the short film Impasse, as well as Executive Produced Gone Elvis. In 2013, she was honored with receiving the Spirit of Flyway Award from the Flyway Film Festival.
Her narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name was selected as one of the Top 25 in Tracking Board's Feature Launch Pad Competition. The 10-hour limited series version of the same project is a PAGE Awards TV Pilot Drama Finalist as well as semi-finalist in Sundance Episodic Labs.
Her writing has also been selected as a Creative Screenwriting Expo Finalist, Quarterfinalist Final Draft Big Break, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Second Round, and the DC Women in Film’s Spotlight on Screenwriters.
She’s known for motivating writers in her Script magazine column, Balls of Steel, and speaks at screenwriting conferences and film festivals across the country. As a “Screenwriter Therapist,” Jeanne consults with writers on how to strengthen their online and offline networks as well as identifying the fears that block them from writing success and personal peace.
Website: Ramblings of a Recovered Insecureaholic jeannevb.com
Script magazine Balls of Steel
After having his short film PRELUDE banned from being shown at Modesto Junior College, Zac decided that film school wasn’t for him. Fed up with the injustice, he quit his high paying job, sold his house (all of this against the better judgment of his parents) and moved to Hollywood, where he would pay more to rent a bedroom apartment than a home he could call his own in California’s central valley.
Zac quickly landed on his feet writing and developing comedy bits for his short lived comedy troupe The Public Offender and produced the award-winning horror/western short "Ghost Town."
With his knack for self promotion and his bizarre sense of humor, his first job (not paying, mind you) was an internship for Suntaur Entertainment to help promote their upcoming film release. Through his passion and dedicated work ethic, he quickly rose through the ranks and is now the VP of Development at the up-and-coming indie production company.
Besides his development work at Suntaur, Zac has helped develop, produce, write and edit several web series, including "Mr. Hollywood" and "Porntourage," has judged several screenwriting competitions (including American Accolades and Scriptapalooza) and has been a guest speaker at many screenwriting events (Sherwood Oaks College, the Horror Writers Association, Killercon).
Zac has trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA and continues to write his own comedy scripts (which mainly address his insecurities with the opposite sex).
Zac and Suntaur Entertainment do not accept any unsolicited queries at this time except through virtualpitchfest.com
Before Jamie Livingston’s college professor submitted her case study assignment to Physician and Sports Medicine for publication, she never dreamed people actually got paid to write. Since then, she’s written a book, Hiking Iowa, and numerous magazine articles for national magazines, and a novel (written under pen name Jamie Lee Scott) Let Us Prey.
After spending two years as contributing writer for Crafts Business Magazine, writing feature articles, she decided to delve into the craft of fiction. She went from writing 2500 word articles to writing 80,000 word fiction. Jamie’s first novel is available as an eBook Available at Amazon. She muses about her writing life at www.jamielivingston.net and writes about murder at www.jamieleescott.com, she’s also co-founder of Scriptchat on Twitter.
Kim has written and directed four short films, including her award-winning debut, Vivienne Again, which was the first film of her Resurrection Trilogy. She has screened her work internationally at numerous film festivals & screening series, including, Fantasia International Film Festival, HollyShorts, Dragon*Con, Flyway Film Festival, Long Beach Comic Expo, Slaughter Movie House, and the New York International Short Film Festival.
To learn more about Kim’s work, and to watch her demo reel and films online, visit www.kgarland.com and follow her on Twitter: @kim_garland
Mina Zaher started her career in script development 14 years ago as a work experience reader for Hey Day Films. Her first professional job in the industry was as a literary assistant at The Agency (London) Ltd. From there, she progressed onto the role of Development Assistant at Clerkenwell Films; later becoming a freelance script reader for companies such as Working Title Television, Festival Films and TV, and Braven Films.
Mina holds an MA in Film and Television Studies and an MA in Screenwriting. She is currently working on a number of writing projects at various stages of development.
Mina is addicted to the world of Social Media. As well as being our Euro moderator, she's a dab hand at social media strategy and networking.
Welcome to our newest team member and moderator, Sarah Newman!
Sarah Newman's a screenwriter based in New York City. She's a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dramatic writing. Sarah works with screenwriters, novelists, essayists, etc. at the Called to Write Coaching Circle where she helps them develop and sustain a productive writing practice for consistent progress with their work.
Sarah writes one-hour drama pilots, feature screenplays, and genre short fiction. Her writing has been named a finalist in the Writers Store Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition, winner of the Original Teleplay category of the Slamdance Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, a semi-finalist in the Hour Pilots category of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, a multi-time second-rounder in the AMC One-Hour Pilot category of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, and a winner of The Impact 50 from the Create 50 initiative run by the London Screenwriters' Festival team. She's also had a short film script optioned and produced.
Sarah was previously a co-moderator of #TVWriterChat.