Panel 5: SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 12pm-2pm
WGA Presents: WOMEN TAKING CONTROL OF THEIR CAREERS AS HYPHENATES
Venue: LA Live- Regal: 1000 West Olympic BLVD., Los Angeles 90015 (3rd Fl-screening room)
*Free to WGA members (bring your WGA card)
The WGAW Committee of Women Writers invites you to attend a special panel at the LA Femme Film Festival, “Women Taking Control of their Careers as Hyphenates.” With such amazing and innovative work being done in television , we are again focusing our panel this year on television – and also feature films – with an emphasis on women taking control of their careers by being hyphenates (adding directing, producing, and/or acting to writing careers to tell their stories) Q&A to follow.
$20 per seminar ticket purchase below
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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.
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.
Aimee Lagos – writer, director, producer (No Good Deed, 96 Minutes)
Aimée Lagos is an award-winning director and screenwriter whose films include the #1 box office hit from Sony Picture’s Screen Gems, NO GOOD DEED starring Taraji Henson and Idris Elba which she wrote and executive produced and the award winning indie thriller 96 MINUTES starring Brittany Snow and David Oyelowo which she wrote and directed. She is currently writing two feature projects for Universal Pictures and has a television pilot in development with Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. She has won multiple awards at film festivals around the world including SXSW as well as a BAFTA Award for Excellence. Lagos is a mentor for Women In Film and also writes opinion pieces for several publications including The Huffington Post, CNN and The Hollywood Journal. She is repped by WME, Fourth Wall Management and Lichter Grossman Nichols and Adler and Feldman.
A multi-platform journalist and screenwriter, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in the publications Time, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and the web editions of Glamour, Elle, The New York Times and New York Magazine. Her writing also regularly appears on The Daily Beast, where she is a Columnist. Currently a writer for the television series Black Lightning, which will soon air on the CW network, she won a 2016 NAACP Image Award for her work on the critically acclaimed drama Being Mary Jane. During the most recent presidential election she hosted “Political Party with Keli Goff,” a series of live specials, for NPR affiliate WNYC. She also serves as a regular contributor to the popular podcast “Left, Right & Center,” airing on NPR affiliate KCRW. The author of two books and a former playwriting fellow with The Public Theater, Keli’s first documentary, an in-depth look at the local and national politics impacting reproductive health in America, will be released next year. www.keligoff.com
Lisa Edelstein– Actress,Writer, Producer, Director (Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, House)
Lisa Edelstein currently stars on Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” (5th season to air May 2018). Created by Marti Noxon, the series – about a newly divorced working woman, not only gave Edelstein the opportunity to show her dramatic and comedic range as the lead, but also the chance to creatively expand to be a writer, producer and director on the show. She previously became well-known to a world-wide audience for her 7 seasons co-starring on the FOX drama “HOUSE.” Edelstein has several hyphenated projects also in the works: along with Straight Up Films, she is producing, directing and acting in a short she wrote. She is also developing a dramedy with UCP and co-writing it with Carol Barbee for Edelstein to star
Vera Herbert-Feature Writer , TV Writer, Producer (This is Us)
Vera started her writing career as an intern on the first season of AWKWARD on MTV. She spent three seasons on the show, working her way up to staff writer. In 2013 she wrote and produced an original family drama pilot for the CW. She has since developed pilots for the CW, Fox, and NBC. She is currently a writer and supervising producer for THIS IS US. Her episode “The Trip” won the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for episodic drama. On the feature side, her screenplay DON’T MAKE ME GO made the 2012 Black List and is set up with Big Beach Films and DeLine Pictures. She holds a degree in screenwriting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.