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 JoAnn Hess (ProSeries 43, MSC 3) was hired to rewrite the original screenplay, THE YIN YANG AND THE TREASURE, a family/fantasy film. JoAnn will be working closely with both the original writer Andre Eichstedt from Germany, and the film’s director Tom Delmar. The project is scheduled to be filmed this year in the
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ScreenwritingU Aum James Ridgley (ProSeries 60, MSC 8) lands a writing assignment with producer Michael Mesirow of Mesirow Family Films. Details are under wraps, but it’s in the Comedy genre – one of Ridgley’s specialties. James and Michael connected through his many years working in the film industry as a production sound mixer. Previously, James
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ScreenwritingU Alum Nicola Pittam (ProSeries 43, MSC 2) has landed representation with literary manager Adam Harris Engelhard, of Mailroom LA. Adam will represent Nicola on her screenplays, novels, non-fiction and other writing-based projects. Nicola connected with Adam when she pitched her TV Pilot, THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SON, which made the 2019 Bitch List
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ScreenwritingU Alum Geoff Dupuy-Holder’s (ProSeries 53, MSC 8) horror script NIGHT BUS has been optioned by producer Anthony Alleyne, and is now in development. This is Geoff’s sixth optioned screenplay, and he is also currently working on several unrelated writing assignments. Geoff specializes in the paranormal, historical witchcraft, and Urban Legends. He’s also the author
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ScreenwritingU Alum Linda Freeman (ProSeries 65, MSC 11) had her screenplay optioned by an all-female, LA-based production company. The details of the project are still under wraps, but Linda is currently in the process of rewriting the screenplay based on her own true story. Linda marketed the script while in the Master Screenwriter Certificate Program,
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ScreenwritingU alum Margaret Riseley ( ProSeries 21, MSC 4) just had her action-thriller WOUNDED optioned by Mark Castaldo of Destiny Pictures. The script was also a 2017 PAGE Awards finalist. Margaret first connected with producer Mark during the Master Screenwriter Certificate Program. Margaret was also recently hired to write the pilot and bible of a
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ScreenwritingU Alum JD Oppen’s (ProSeries 50, MSC 4) comedy screenplay BAD LUCK BRIAN – Return Of The Sweater Vest was optioned by producer Byron Loker of Sanchopix CC, located in Cape Town, South Africa. JD connected with producer Byron while working together on a previous project. The screenplay is based on a true story about Kyle
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ScreenwritingU Alum Martin Gomez (ProSeries 37, MSC 4) lands representation with literary manager Daniel Seco from Schemers Entertainment. Martin recently completed a feature writing assignment and has multiple screenplay options, including his supernatural thriller FIRE IN THE WALLS, optioned by producer Lisa Bruhn,  that is now in development.   Congratulations,  Martin!  
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ScreenwritingU Alum, Roberta Griffin’s (ProSeries 29, MSC 5) horror screenplay, THE DEMONS WITHIN, was optioned by producer Jeff Davis. The project is now in pre-production. Roberta connected with Jeff Davis while in the Master Screenwriter Certificate Program’s marketing phases, leading to their deal. Previously, Roberta’s script THE PROMISE was optioned by producer Heman Krishnappa with Cheronese
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ScreenwritingU Alum, Ron Meade, ( ProSeries 38, MSC 2 ), had his screenplay optioned by Troy Ashford, from  Maxximum Pictures in Atlanta, GA. The project is currently in development. This marks the fourth option Ron has had for his feature and TV pilot scripts. Congratulations, Ron!
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