Panel 5: SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 12pm-2pm
WGA Presents: Best Places for Female Content Creators/Showrunners to Sell and Run their series.
Venue: LONDON HOTEL: 1020 N. San Vincente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
This panel explores the role of the show creator with expert women Showrunners who sold their shows to buyers. With an expert panel who have done what you want to do. Learn ways you can approach those buyers to solicit your show for their network, cable or .com company. The WGA Women’s Committee is our sponsor on this panel and has been involved with the festival since 2006. Q&A to follow.
Cynthia Riddle ( Moderator)
CYNTHIA RIDDLE has written film/TV projects for CBS, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Lifetime, Showtime, MGM, Starz, Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS, and MarVista. She has two feature films heading into production in 2017 — Curtains (a WGA Feature Writer Access Project honoree) to be produced by the Academy Award nominated producer of Dallas Buyers Club and filmed in Paris, and true crime drama The Romeo and Juliet Killers. Cynthia’s pilot script, Blood Brothers, was a Top 20 Finalist in the 2016 AMC/Austin Film festival screenwriting competition (out of 9,100 entries), as well as a Finalist in the Sundance Episodic Story Lab. Cynthia has produced award-winning short films that won/were finalists in Project Greenlight and the Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Award. She has an MFA in Screenwriting/ Film Production from UCLA, and was a former development exec for MGM, launching her writing career with a writing/producing deal at the studio.
Alexandra Cunningham is an American playwright,screenwriter, and television producer. From 1998 through 2000, she attended the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. Her plays include The Theory of Three and No. 11 (Blue and White). Cunningham is most known as a writer and producer for ABC Studios‘ dramedy Desperate Housewives (2004-2010), having written more episodes of the show than any other writer besides showrunner Marc Cherry.
Since 2011, she has been a developer, executive producer, and writer for the U.S. television series Prime Suspect.
Tanya Saracho (born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México) is a playwright and Television Writer who’s worked on shows like “How To Get Away With Murder,” HBO’s “Looking,” and “Girls,” among others. Saracho is currently in (TV) development with Starz and Big Beach TV (Pour Vida); with 20th Century Fox and Danny Strong and under commission by South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two River Theatre. Tanya was named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Maga
zine and her plays have been produced at: Primary Stages in NYC (upcoming), 2nd Stage in NYC, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation, now defunct) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She is an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, Film Independent Producer’s Lab, the Producers Guild Power of Diversity Fellowship, and the WGA’s Feature Access Project. She has written for the Showtime series SHAMELESS, the NBC series PARENTHOOD, the USA series COMPLICATIONS, on the hit AMC martial arts series INTO THE BADLANDS and for the last four seasons on AMC’s TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES where she was honored with a 2016 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for her episode “False Flag.” On the feature front, Morgan is currently adapting the bestselling crime novel Two Minute Rule for Original Film, has her spec crime thriller Carried By Six in development with producer Barry Josephson, and recently sold her biopic about civil rights icon Angela Davis to The Firm. Morgan is currently a Co-Executive Producer on TURN and recently inked a two-year overall deal with AMC to create and develop projects for the network. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Nkechi Okoro Carroll
Nkechi Okoro Carroll is currently a Co-Executive Producer on the Fox TV show, ROSEWOOD, starring MORRIS CHESTNUT and has a pilot, FAMILY HONOR, in development at NBC. Her previous credits include THE FINDER and BONES. Prior to her TV writing career, Nkechi worked for the Federal Reserve. She has a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors. She also holds an M.A. in Economics from New York University.