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 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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ScreenwritingU Alum Sara McDermott Jain ( Proseries 40, MSC 6) optioned her script STILL WATERS to producer Bruce Miles and his partner, Dennis Trombly. The script was written in the ProSeries and is currently in development. Sara has been hired for numerous writing assignments, including one where Disney was a sales agent, and also sold her
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ScreenwritingU Alum Richard Willett (ProSeries 57, MSC 7) was hired by producers Alexander Svezia and William Pennell of SP Immersive Entertainment to write a screenplay. The project is an animated feature based on their concept, and inspired by their work in creating immersive underwater exhibits. Richard had met them previously and then completed a short
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ScreenwritingU Alum Dan Gordon (ProSeries 40, MSC 2) has been hired by producer Janet Place to co-write a historical bio! The biopic is focused on Lavinia Fisher, “America’s first female serial killer” who committed their crimes based in Charleston, SC. The project is currently in development. After having a couple of his screenplays optioned, Dan’s
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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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