Alumni Successes

Over 300 ScreenwritingU Alumni have made a screenwriting deal – option, sale, writing assignment, representation – in the last three years. Here are some of their recent screenwriting deals.

Ron Chepesiuk (ProSeries 55 and MSC 4) has signed with manager Matthew Valentinas to represent him in all creative projects. This includes screenplays, books, articles, documentaries, consultancies and TV appearances. Before their initial meeting, Matthew Valentinas had followed Ron’s writing career and was a fan of his writing.  See Valentinas’ client list on IMDBpro.  Ron currently has one project
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ScreenwritingU Alum, Marla J. Hayes (ProSeries 6, MSC 6) has signed an agreement with Richard Clark Jr to produce her drama screenplay titled FIND HER! Marla pitched Richard during MSC 6. When coverage came back with a “Recommend,” the producer chose to move forward. The project is currently in development. Congratulations, Marla!
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ScreenwritingU Alum Meg Leader (ProSeries 54, MSC 5) had her SciFi screenplay, WINGMAN, optioned by producer Richard Clark Jr. Meg will co-produce and co-direct the project which is currently in development. Meg credits ScreenwritingU classes for the many skillsets and marketing savvy she’s acquired to be successful in screenwriting. Fantastic News, Meg!
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ScreenwritingU Alum Dustin Alexander III (ProSeries 52 and MSC 5) has optioned an Asian adaptation of his screenplay ARISE, to producer Daniel Zirilli. Daniel Zirilli is a writer/producer/director known for action films including The Asian Connection (2016), Crossing Point(2016), Guilty by Association (2003) Previous to this success Dustin had two other projects a feature and
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ScreenwritingU Alum Laura McLaughlin ( ProSeries 45, MSC 5) sold her contained thriller PUSHING BUTTONS to Eric H. Bernard of Have Not Films. The film is scheduled for production in 2018 in the UK. Congratulations, Laura!
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Victoria Slater of Minor Distractions Entertainment has optioned ScreenwritingU Alum, Karl Archer’s (ProSeries 55, MSC 6) comedy screenplay titled BALLBREAKER. Karl wrote the script in ScreenwritingU’s Master Screenwriter Certificate Program. Previous to this success, he had his thriller screenplay optioned by Susannah Devereux of White Island Pictures. Congratulations, Karl!
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Lauren de Normandie of Status Media Entertainment has purchased and produced ScreenwritingU Alum Ian Patrick William’s (ProSeries 25) script Gangster Land (2017) GANGSTER LAND examines Al Capone’s rise to power through the eyes of “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., Starring Sean Faris, Jamie Lynn-Sigler, Milo Gibson, Michael Pare and Jason Patric. Previously, Masterfilm International
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Producer Jeremy John Wells known for his work on Hilton Head Island (2017), Best Mom (2018) and 7th Heaven (1996) has optioned ScreenwritingU Alum  Isabel Baldree’s  (ProSeries 33, MSC 2) screenplay titled A LEG UP. The script based on Louis Castriota, Jr.’s memoir “Leg Up: The Courage to Dream, is the story of the 13-year journey to build a therapeutic farm for special needs
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ScreenwritingU Alum Bonnie Maffei (ProSeries 48 & MSC 7) has landed representation with Andi Frazin, who will represent Bonnie’s Comedy/Fantasy script, BECOMING PICASSO. Bonnie wrote the screenplay in ScreenwritingU’s Master Screenwriter Certificate Program and connected with Andi during the marketing phase. Congratulations, Bonnie!
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ScreenwritingU Alum Jeff Gress (ProSeries 54, MSC 5) had his screenplay optioned by Ron Singer of “That’s Hollywood Pictures.” Ron Singer is a producer known for I AM MICHAEL (2015) starring  James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, and IN DUBIOUS BATTLE (2016) starring  Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D’Onofrio. The film is currently in development.
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