Spring 2020

We’ve heard from a lot of our MFA alumni lately—check out what they’re up to! And don’t forget to share your latest jobs, films, shows, and other projects with us at sftvnews@lmu.edu.

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
  • Taylor Blackburn MFA ’18 is a staff writer on Love Life
  • 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)