Sept. 3, 2019: Margaret Riseley Lands Writing Assignment!
ScreenwritingU Alum Margaret Riseley (ProSeries 21, MSC 4) has been hired by Producer Mark Castaldo of Destiny Pictures to rewrite a screenplay based on the book “Chasing Victory” by Joshua Shifrin. The project is currently in development. “Already familiar with Margaret’s screenwriting and professional work ethic, I knew after introducing her to the book and
ScreenwritingU Alum Sharon Axcell’s (ProSeries 64, MSC 10) biographical screenplay based on the book ‘George and Me’ by Angie Best, the ex-wife of the famous Irish footballer George Best, has been optioned by producer Paul Ruffman. Sharon connected with the producer during the Master Screenwriter Certificate Program. After pitching her own project to Paul he
ScreenwritingU Alum, Robert Gemmill (ProSeries 42, MSC 2, BW 4) has entered into a joint venture agreement with producer Ken Gord to produce the TV series he wrote. Canadian based producer Ken Gord has produced over twenty mini-series and television movies for CBS, Fox, UPN, Global Television Network, CTV, Lifetime and Paramount Television. Robert wrote
ScreenwritingU Alum Jason Lauer (ProSeries 58, MSC 8, BW TV 4) optioned his Spy/Thriller TV pilot to producer James Quince. He created the pitch bible, wrote the pilot, and marketed it to producers during ScreenwritingU’s six month program: Binge Worthy TV™ Bootcamp. Well done, Jason!
ScreenwritingU Alum Jonny Payne (ProSeries 59, MSC 9) had his action screenplay WING MEN optioned by John Yarincki and Conor Charles of Eclectic Pictures. Eclectic Pictures previous projects include The Iceman (2012), Playing for Keeps (2012), Lovelace (2013), Septembers of Shiraz (2015) and Angel Has Fallen (2019). WING MEN, Jonny’s first screenplay option, was inspired
ScreenwritingU Alum Gabriell DeBear Paye’s (ProSeries 36, MSC 2 and 7) screenplay on the history of the disability rights movement that led up to the “Americans With Disabilities Act” of 1990 was optioned by producer Nanda Rao! The script is based on the book “What We Have Done, An Oral History of the Disability Rights
Producers Simone Bett and Magnus Wake of Encaptivate a production company based in the UK have hired ScreenwritingU Alum Geoff Holder (ProSeries 53) to rewrite the script for a supernatural thriller presently titled FIRST AND ONLY. FIRST AND ONLY is an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Peter Flannery. Geoff also has his horror-comedy ZOMBIE PATROL currently in development with Visceral Films, scheduled for filming
Tina Field Howe has been hired by Cindy McCoy O’Neil to write a feature screenplay based on Cindy’s life story as 1960s Roller Derby Queen and sports icon. The project is currently in development. Tina also has a feature script in development with Bpolin Productions. Congratulations, Tina!
ScreenwritingU Alum Bela Lampert (ProSeries 45, MSC 5) had his Action/Sci-Fi thriller “KILL CODE” optioned by producer Rodrigo Galavis. Bela wrote the screenplay as part of the ScreenwritingU Master Screenwriting Certification Program. During the marketing phase of the program, Bela connected with the producer. The project is currently in development. Fantastic News, Bela!
Tommy Ardolino, the producer of the upcoming feature film OLDFELLAS starring Armand Assante and Paul Sorvino, has optioned ScreenwritingU Alum Alan Wood’s (ProSeries 51-MSC5) horror screenplay entitled MOTHER EVIL for Pathos Films. Alan connected with Tommy during the marketing phase of ScreenwritingU’s Master Screenwriting Class Certification Program. The project is currently in development. Congratulations, Alan!