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Thursday, October 13
 

2:45pm CDT

Second Rounders and Above Panel: How to Take a Meeting
Join these writers for a conversation on what to expect when you take a meeting, how to respond to script notes you totally disagree with, and what the development process – from the perspective of the writer – really entails.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company.  In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California. Scott... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Perrin Chiles

Perrin Chiles

CEO/co-founder Adaptive Studios; executive producer Project Greenlight, The Runner, Coin Heist
Perrin Chiles is an Emmy® award-winner producer and writer with a background in private equity, finance and entrepreneurship who currently serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner of Adaptive Studios Inc. Adaptive Studios is a pioneering media studio focused... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Long

Morgan Long

International Consultant for The Gersh Agency
A native Texan and proud Longhorn, Morgan Long got her start in television at Televisa USA in scripted development, where she also worked closely with Lionsgate under their joint venture on shows like Devious Maids and Chasing Life. She later moved to the representation side (the... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Verdon

Amanda Verdon

Manager of Scripted Programming AMC, SundanceTV
Amanda Verdon is the Manager of Scripted Programming for AMC and SundanceTV. At AMC, she oversees The Son, based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer (premiering in 2017) as well as TURN: Washington’s Spies, Feed the Beast and a number of things in development. At Sundance, she... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary
 
Friday, October 14
 

9:00am CDT

Second Rounders and Above Panel: Producing the Script Producers Look For
Hear from veteran Hollywood producers regarding what they look for in a screenplay or teleplay, the differences between producing for film and television or independent and studio projects, and the development of a story through execution. Panelists will discuss trends in the industry, how to take your project to the next level, and what you can expect from good – and bad – writer/producer relationships.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Bishop

Dennis Bishop

Moderator; producer The Trip to Bountiful, Dexter; production executive The Fast and the Furious; VP of Production HBO Barbarians at the Gate, And the Band Played On
The genesis of Dennis’ filmmaking career began with a Nikon F camera that his brother Gary gave him and the intimate portrait that he shot of his family’s Christmas. A native Texan, Dennis has overseen numerous commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kent Alterman

Kent Alterman

President Comedy Central
Kent Alterman is president of Comedy Central. He is responsible for the leadership, strategy and management of the #1 brand in comedy and oversees the development and production of all original content produced by Comedy Central. Alterman rejoined Comedy Central in 2010 as head of... Read More →
avatar for Perrin Chiles

Perrin Chiles

CEO/co-founder Adaptive Studios; executive producer Project Greenlight, The Runner, Coin Heist
Perrin Chiles is an Emmy® award-winner producer and writer with a background in private equity, finance and entrepreneurship who currently serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner of Adaptive Studios Inc. Adaptive Studios is a pioneering media studio focused... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Jaffke

Jacob Jaffke

producer In a Valley of Violence, Sleepwalk with Me, Don't Think Twice, The Sacrament, Jamie Marks Is Dead
Jacob Jaffke is an award­winning producer and the head of development & production for filmmaker Tate Taylor's Wyolah Films. Before joining Wyolah in early 2016, Jaffke was the head of feature film development at producer Eric Newman's Studiocanal backed co­venture Grand Electric... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

partner Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy; director Dawn Patrol, Toy Soldiers; executive producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway; former WGAW President
Screenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy. Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

9:00am CDT

Semifinalists and Above Panel: Your Team Behind the Scenes
A lot of writers will tell you how important it is to have your behind-the-scenes team, but who exactly do you need in the corner? As a writer, how do you facilitate this? How do you know what kind of representation or legal help is right for you? Join a writer, manager, and attorney as they discuss the anatomy of their specific relationship, what to expect, and how this can translate your to own career.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company.  In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California. Scott... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
Stephen Clark is a partner in the West Hollywood, CA entertainment law firm, Lichter, Grossman, et al.  For over 16 years, he has represented a diverse group of writers, directors, actors and producers in film and television.  His extensive experience includes a wide variety of... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Manager Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The Atticus Institute
Chris Sparling wrote the 2010 film BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, for which he won "Best Original Screenplay" from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. His Black List script, ATM, was produced by Gold Circle Films and released by IFC Films in 2012. His feature directing... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

3:15pm CDT

Semifinalists and Above Panel: AMA - Agents, Managers, and Answers
Agents and managers will share their advice on how to start the process of finding representation, what agencies are looking for in a new writer, some of the most common problems they’ve encountered, and what a writer should expect from the relationship. Join this “Ask Me Anything” styled discussion for an inside look at the blood and guts of the business, and come prepared with questions on what you can do to best position yourself to transition from an aspiring writer to a working writer.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
An agent in the Lit Department at Paradigm, David represents high level writers, directors and producers for Film and TV. David’s impressive client roster is only a testament to his ambition, commitment and sensibility.  His notable client list includes David Guggenheim, writer... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Breaux

Melissa Breaux

Manager at Washington Square Arts & Film
Melissa Breaux is a talent manager of actors, writers, and directors at Washington Square Films. Melissa’s clients include; Andre Royo, Terrell Tilford, Gabriel Luna, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Wade Allain-Marcus, Hannah Hodson, and Louis Ozawa Changchien   (actors). Nicole Kassell... Read More →
avatar for Katie Cates

Katie Cates

Katie has over a decade of experience in the talent agency business, and she is currently a television literary and packaging agent at ICM Partners where she works with leading artists in entertainment including writers, directors, actors, comedians and musicians. After starting... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Manager Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment spent the first 22 years of his life in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University he came up through the UTA Trainee Program, where he and fellow UTA trainee Sean Perrone recognized the need for forward-thinking... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room
 
Saturday, October 15
 

9:00am CDT

Second Rounders and Above Panel: Labs, Workshops, and Competitions
Sure, there are a lot of scripts out there, and a lot of writers who want their work to be discovered, but there are also a lot different places you can go to take that next step into the world of screenwriting. Countless writers find success by submitting their work to various programs around the world. Screenwriters labs, writing workshops, script competitions, and fellowships all have their strengths and a list of successful alumni to prove it, but what separates one from another, and which one is the best fit for you? Join this panel of writers for their seasoned insight on the variety of options, what these programs can offer, and using them as a means to break in.

This panel is open to Second Rounders and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Beal

Greg Beal

Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Since 1989, Greg Beal has administered the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program. Over the past 18 months, he has written articles for Written By magazine. Prior to joining the Academy, Beal coordinated programs at the AFI and taught film and screenwriting at Syracuse... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
Kelly Jo Brick is a television and documentary writer and producer.  She wrote the Telly Award-winning film PAUSE and the Frank Lloyd Wright documentary The Jewel In The Woods.  She is a Contributing Editor for TVWriter.com where she writes an interview series, The Write Path, that... Read More →
avatar for Zahir McGhee

Zahir McGhee

writer/producer Scandal, Private Practice
Born and raised in South Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, Zahir earned a M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television.  In 2010, Zahir was selected as one of eight participants in the Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellowship. Later that... Read More →
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Tomorrow People, Person of Interest
Ray Utarnachitt is currently an Executive Story Editor on DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.  He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Historic Sanctuary

12:30pm CDT

Second Rounders Panel: The One Hour Drama
Panelists who have worked in the world of one-hour dramas discuss the inner-workings of what to expect: the etiquette, expectations, format, and anatomy of the writers room. Join this interactive workshop and even try your own hand at breaking a story.

This panel is open to Second Rounders only.


Panelists
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24; writer/producer Smallville, Revolution, Chuck
Anne Cofell Saunders first broke into television as an assistant and lead researcher on the ground-breaking series "24," where she earned her first writing credit. From there, she staffed on the critically acclaimed re-imagining of "BATTLESTAR GALACTICA," where she shared a Peabody... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Victorian Balcony
 
Sunday, October 16
 

3:00pm CDT

Second Rounders Panel: Now What?
By this point in the weekend, chances are you’ve got a notebook chock full of industry secrets, a rolodex full of new contacts, and only a faint memory of what sleep feels like. So now that you’ve met new contacts and rattled your brain with new ideas, what’s next? Join these AFF alumni – all of whom were once in your shoes – as they provide insight on how to use the competition as a calling card, how it has launched their own careers, and how it can do the same for you.

This panel is open to Second Rounders only.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

Moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival

Panelists
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; 8-time AFF Screenwriting Competition Second Rounder; creator DickFlicks.net
A produced screenwriter and playwright, Asmara Bhattacharya’s scripts have placed multiple times at AFF and Nicholl as well as in many other competitions.  Last year, she co-produced a staged reading of “Land of Enchantment” for veteran filmmaker Pen Densham at Santa Fe Independent... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Fullerton

Kelly Fullerton

writer The Fosters (S1-2), Next Caller, Awkward (S1-2)
Kelly Fullerton has written for The Fosters S1-2, Next Caller and Awkward S1-2. In addition to writing, Kelly is thrilled to be a story consultant and teach as part of the professional program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television as well as in the MFA screenwriting program... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

Moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
Kevin Hamedani began his filmmaking career with the feature ZMD: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION. Produced by Academy Award nominee John Sinno (IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS) the film went on to receive critical acclaim showing in film festivals worldwide.  ZMD was acquired by Lions Gate and premiered... Read More →
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

writer Runaway
Bill's debut feature, Runaway, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to take the top prize at the Austin Film Festival and was subsequently released by eOne Films. Recently, Bill was tapped to adapt the true crime bestseller, Running with the Devil. More/Medavoy... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

3:00pm CDT

Semifinalists and Above Panel: Notes on Notes, Meetings, and Getting Hired
Navigating this cut-throat industry is not for the faint of heart. Join these writers who have gone through countless meetings and pitch sessions as they discuss the anatomy of the process, advice on how to best prepare, and what to do with notes (especially if you disagree with them). Panelists will discuss how to best position yourself when getting jobs, what to expect from the hiring process, and the qualities that showrunners and producers look for in a writer.

This panel is open to Semifinalists and above only.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

Moderator
Scott M. Richter is a multiple award winning WGA writer, producer, director, attorney and founder of Richter Scale Media, his Los Angeles based production company.  In addition to having written for TV, film and digital media, Scott has practiced law in both Florida and California. Scott... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jacque Edmonds Cofer

Jacque Edmonds Cofer

writer/producer Martin, Living Single, Moesha; creator/showrunner Let's Stay Together, Reed Between the Lines
Jacque Edmonds Cofer attended Princeton University, graduating with an A.B. in Politics. She also earned an M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School. After her graduation from HBS she left corporate life to become a television writer and producer. Her first network television-writing... Read More →
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots Day
Cook is a screenwriter, director, and producer of various studio and independent films and television. His work includes The Duel (formerly By Way of Helena), Triple Nine, and Patriot’s Day. Both By Way of Helena (2010) and Triple Nine (2012) made the top 10 of The Black List. Cook... Read More →
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

co-creator/executive producer SEIS MANOS (Netflix, 2019)
ALVARO RODRIGUEZ began his writing career in the sixth grade with a short story that likely would have gotten him referred for counseling and intervention in a post-Columbine America. Luckily, it was written in 1982. He is the writer of true-crime thriller LAST RAMPAGE starring Robert... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room