News and Notes

Summer 2020

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  • Danya Jimenez ’18 and writing partner Hannah McMechan ’18 were fellows in the 2020 Sundance Screenwriters Lab for a feature they’re developing with Amazon Studios
  • Chaz Hawkins MFA ’20 signed with manager Aaron Lipsett at Heroes and Villains Entertainment
  • Nathan Ilejay '07 works in digital distribution with clients such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Hulu
  • Corey Wooten MFA ’20 is a 2020-21 semifinalist for HUMANITAS's Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Screenwriting Fellowship
  • Jessica Jacobs ’15 produced and brought in Netflix’s Fractured starring Sam Worthington, and also worked on How It Ends starring Forest Whitaker
  • Brandon Autry MFA ’20 signed with manager Sarah Nezamzadeh at Stride Management
  • Paige Boudreaux ’08 was promoted to Senior Director of Live Action Production in January at Adult Swim and got her first Executive Producer TV credit on a special called Relaxing Old Footage last spring
  • Lauren Barnett ’11 co-wrote an episode of The Flash with co-executive producer Sam Chalsen
  • Jordan Mitchell MFA ’18 was one of two writers selected for the Nickelodeon Writing Program in 2020
  • Ben Imperato ’17 won a Blacklist Award in 2019 for his feature script Helldiver
  • We’ve heard from a lot of our MFA alumni this past spring—check out what they’re up to!

    MFA in Film and Television Production 

    • William Carnahan MFA ’10 is a cinematographer and was recently given a spot in ASC’s prestigious mentorship program
    • Nicole Donadio MFA ’10 directed the viral video Women of Wall Street, a remake of the Wolf of Wall Street trailer with women in the lead roles. She previously worked as a web content producer for ABC Studios and The Queen Latifah Show.
    • Lucien Bourjeily MFA ’13 was a Fulbright Scholar and won the 2017 Dubai International Film Festival Jury Prize for his film Heaven Without People
    • Mariyam Mahbub MFA ’14 produced a short film, Wednesday, that can be seen on HBO and is streaming on HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO Zone. She has worked as a development intern at Double Feature Films and as an executive assistant at Anonymous Content, where she assisted the EP of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
    • Ping-Wen Wang MFA ’15 was a production assistant for Silence (dir. Martin Scorsese), filmed in her native Taiwan
    • Brandon Valencia MFA ’17 wrote and directed his first feature film, Onymous, which won Best Horror Film at the HAUS Film Festival and was shopped at AFM
    • Jiali Bao MFA ’19 won the inaugural Innovasian contest and a year of mentorship from Hollywood event producer and writer Erman Baradi for her film Kneeling Sheep

    MFA in Writing and Producing for Television 

    • Charles Dewey MFA ’14 is a writer’s assistant on Star Trek for CBS All Access
    • Suhee Chang MFA ’15 works on One Day at a Time
    • Mike Salomon MFA ’16 is a writer’s PA on the comedy sketch series With Bob and David at Netflix
    • Evan Romansky MFA ’16 signed a deal with Ryan Murphy to work on his show “Ratched” starring Sarah Paulson
    • Stephen Martin MFA ’18 is an executive assistant at Fuzzy Door Productions
    • Octavia Bray MFA ’18 is a staff writer on Raven’s Home and was a 2018 graduate of Walt Disney’s writer’s program
    • Jessica Esteves MFA ’19 is a staff writer on Vida

    MFA in Writing for the Screen 

    • Erik Stiller MFA ’09 was most recently writer and co-producer of Criminal Minds
    • Jenniffer Castillo MFA ’11 directed the documentary American DREAMers
    • Ebony Gilbert MFA ’15 is a writer for CW’s Batgirl
    • Tasha Henderson MFA ’15 was selected for Walt Disney’s prestigious writer’s program in 2020
    • Danny Hogan MFA ’15 is a script coordinator on the show Gossip Girl at HBO Max
    • Tom Radovich MFA ’18 was a 2019 ScreenCraft Fellowship competition finalist
    • David Techman ’MFA 18 is a screenplay analyst at Daniel L. Paulson Productions
    • Patrick Pittis MFA ’18 sold his screenplay Rubble to Universal in a bidding war
    • Chikodili Agwuna ’19 was a writer’s intern on Criminal Minds and is now working at Emmy-winning studio ShadowMachine (Robot Chicken)