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Saturday, October 15 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Playwrights in the Writers Room

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Sit down for a conversation that ventures off the screen, onto the stage, and then back again. Featuring a panel of writers who have worked in both theatre and television, this discussion will pull back the curtain on ways their experiences as playwrights have positively affected their craft as screenwriters.

Moderators
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

Moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Chair at Sarah Lawrence College's Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been screened and honored internationally.  He is a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where he is Chair of their Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program.  In the past, he served on the faculty of his alma mater, Columbia University in the Graduate Film Division where he earned his MFA in Film.  He is a partner in Raindance... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Falk

Stephen Falk

creator/executive producer/showrunner You're The Worst; co-executive producer Orange is the New Black, co-executive producer Weeds
STEPHEN FALK is the Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner of the FXX series “You’re The Worst,” which appeared on numerous Top 10 lists after each of its first two seasons; both seasons received nominations for Best Comedy at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Season 3 will air in 2016. As part of an overall deal with FX, he is currently developing four new comedies for the network. He served as Co-Executive Producer of... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Meriwether

Elizabeth Meriwether

creator/executive producer New Girl; writer No Strings Attached
Elizabeth Meriwether is the creator and showrunner of the hit TV series New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, currently in its fifth season on FOX. New Girl is a critical and audience favorite and has been nominated for five Golden Globes and five Emmy Awards.  Liz is also known for her 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. She has written two comedy pilots... Read More →
avatar for Beau Willimon

Beau Willimon

creator House of Cards (US, TV Series)
Playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on The Ides of March, adapted from his play Farragut North, and made his first foray into television as the creator and showrunner of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning House of Cards. Through his company Westward Productions, he is currently producing several films. | photo courtesy of Mark Mann
avatar for Alexander Woo

Alexander Woo

executive producer/writer True Blood
Alexander Woo is a playwright, screenwriter, and writer/producer for television. He served as Executive Producer on HBO's TRUE BLOOD, earning an Emmy nomination, two Golden Globe nominations, and two NAACP Image Award nominations. He has also created number of pilot projects, including HEADHUNTERS for HBO, BOMBINGHAM for AMC, and HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL for FX. His other staff credits include the Emmy-nominated Showtime... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom presented by Final Draft

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