SU Alumni Successes

Over 300 ScreenwritingU Alumni (SU Alumni) have made a screenwriting deal – option, sale, writing assignment, representation – in the last three years.  To be in the SU Alumni, a writer must complete either the ProSeries or the Binge Worthy TV program.

Here are some of their recent screenwriting deals:

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
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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
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ScreenwritingU Alum David Jones (ProSeries 44) finished the horror assignment Director Alastari Orr hired him to write, which is now close to release. Titled TRIGGERED, the movie was shot in South Africa earlier this year and is currently in post production. The director had previously optioned a screenplay from David called CRATES, and based on
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ScreenwritingU Aum James Ridgley (ProSeries 60, MSC 8) had his screenplay optioned by Traverse Media. The producers are long time associates of James who loved his coming-of-age, family-focused Comedy and optioned it. James developed the screenplay while in the Master Screenwriters Certificate Program. Presently, James is writing two TV Series Projects, and recently completed a
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ScreenwritingU Alum writing partners, Sebastian Smith (ProSeries 48), and  Heidi Stangeland (ProSeries 54, MSC 7) had their female-driven WWII epic optioned by producer Victor Kepler. The original screenplay was written by Sebastian, based on true events. He brought Heidi onboard during the rewrite phase. The project is in development, with the screenplay out to a
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ScreenwritingU Alum CJ Knapp (ProSeries 8, MSC 7) was hired to adapt Elizabeth Joyce's book, UNLIMITED REALITIES, into a screenplay. CJ’s previous manager connected her to the project. The screenplay is now finished and the project is in development. In addition to this success, CJ recently had her screenplay JACOB MARLEY optioned by Innovate Productions
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ScreenwritingU Alum Matthew Lutz (ProSeries 64, MSC 10) had his comedy pilot THE HIGH FIVE produced by Dave Peniuk. After Dave participated in a table read of Matthew’s pilot, he liked it so much he decided to finance, produce and star in it. Also attached to the project are producer Michael Gyori and director Jason
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ScreenwritingU alum Adlinna Liang (ProSeries 54, MSC 5), along with her daughter Christina Liang, completed a writing assignment for producer Keith Resnik to adapt the best-selling novel DRAGONWINGS, by Laurence Yep. The project has Arnold Lutzker attached as executive producer, as well as an A-list director. Previous to this success, Adlinna optioned her RomCom co-written
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ScreenwritingU Alum Phil Borg (ProSeries 52, MSC 5) was recently hired to write a feature film for producer Gavin Wilding from Vancouver, BC, Canada. The project is currently in development. Gavin’s producer credits include films like CHAOS, starring Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, and BATTLE IN SEATTLE, with Charlize Theron. Daken Wraye is also attached
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ScreenwritingU Alum Tina Field Howe (ProSeries 33, MSC 4) was hired to write an animated family musical feature based on a treatment by producer Carolyn Meland, of HeartHat Entertainment. The project is currently in development. Tina first connected with Carolyn through another ScreenwritingU alum before landing the assignment. This will be Tina’s second writing assignment
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