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Tomfoolery

Writer, Performance Artist, and Filmmaker

Tomos is a London-based writer, performance artist, and filmmaker. While studying English Literature and Drama at the University of Manchester, he co-founded Odds On Productions, working as a producer on the…

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Nia DaCosta

Director, Captain Marvel 2 & Candyman; First Black Woman to Direct a Marvel Film

Nia DaCosta is a writer and director from Brooklyn, New York. She has written and directed projects for stage, film and new media platforms. Her debut feature Little Woods, developed through the…

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Beau Willimon

Beau Willimon

Creator & Screenwriter, "House of Cards"

Beau Willimon is the creator and screenwriter of the award-winning Netflix series House of Cards. Set in Washington DC, House of Cards is described as a “wicked political drama that penetrates the shadowy…

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Pamela Adlon

Actress, Writer, Producer and Director

Pamela Adlon is an Emmy®-winning, critically-acclaimed actress, writer, producer, and director with one of the most distinct and celebrated voices across today’s television landscape.   ​

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Dustin Lance Black

Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter, Milk

Dustin Lance Black is an Academy Award® winning filmmaker, writer, and social activist.  He won the Oscar and two WGA Awards for his screenplay MILK, the biopic of activist Harvey…

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Sam Esmail

Sam Esmail

Creator, Executive Producer, Writer & Director, USA Network's "Mr. Robot"

Sam Esmail is a creator, executive producer, writer and director of “Mr. Robot,” which has received six Emmy nominations and two wins; five Golden Globe nominations and two wins including…

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Nisha Ganatra

Director, "Transparent," "High Note" and "Late Night"

Nisha Ganatra is a Golden Globe winner and an Emmy nominee for her work as the Director/Producer of Transparent. She is currently in post-production on her film, The High Note, for Focus Features starring Dakota…

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Mickey Guyton

Grammy Award-Nominated Country Music Artist

Mickey Guyton was born in Arlington, Texas, and began singing in church at a young age. She was drawn to a variety of artists with big voices including Dolly Parton,…

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Katori Hall

Award-Winning Playwright

Katori Hall is a playwright performer from Memphis, TN. Hurt Village won the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was a finalist for the Ruby Award. Hall will direct the film adaptation…

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Courtney Kemp

Showrunner, Starz Network's Power

A string of successes as both writer and producer on such series as The Good Wife (CBS, 2009-2016) paved the way for Courtney Kemp to create the highly-rated crime drama Power (Starz, 2014- )…

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Robert Kirkman

Creator & Executive Producer, "The Walking Dead"

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times best-selling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye…

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Jenji Kohan

Creator, "Orange is the New Black"

Jenji Kohan is the creator and executive producer of Netflix's Orange is the New Black. To date, the critically acclaimed series has earned four Golden Globe nominations, 10 Emmy Award nominations, including…

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Our Lady J 

Writer, Ryan Murphy's "POSE" and Amazon's "Transparent"

Our Lady J is an Emmy nominated writer and producer. In 2019, she began writing on Ryan Murphy's Golden Globe ®-nominated TV series POSE.  

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Suzan Lori Parks

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright and Screenwriter

Suzan-Lori Parks is a multi-award-winning American playwright and the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog.  Parks’ adaptation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess won the…

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Brit Marling

Actress and Screenwriter

Marling can currently be seen in the return of “The OA,” the critically acclaimed Netflix series in which she stars and co-creates alongside director Zal Batmanglij, and also features Kingsley…

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