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avatar for Walter Hill

Walter Hill

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award Recipient
avatar for Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

2017 Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award Recipient
avatar for Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan

2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award Recipient


avatar for Zack Akers

Zack Akers

writer/director Limetown; producer 36 Questions
avatar for Tim Albaugh

Tim Albaugh

moderator; professor UCLA; Director, Hollins University Graduate...
avatar for Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

writer Ed Wood, The People v. O.J. Simpson, The People vs. Larry...
avatar for Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick; editor The Simpsons
avatar for Megan Amram

Megan Amram

writer/producer The Good Place, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks &...
avatar for Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt

writer Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3
avatar for John August

John August

writer Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish,...
avatar for Nan Barnett

Nan Barnett

Executive Director, National New Play Network
avatar for Elizabeth Bassin

Elizabeth Bassin

Feature Executive, Josephson Entertainment
avatar for Kristine Belson

Kristine Belson

President, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Amy Berg

Amy Berg

writer/executive producer Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Caper,...
avatar for Emily Best

Emily Best

founder/CEO Seed&Spark; co-creator F*ck Yes!
avatar for Geoff Betts

Geoff Betts

Business Agent, WGA East
avatar for Asmara Bhattacharya

Asmara Bhattacharya

writer Stone; script reader; contributor Final Draft, Script Magazine
avatar for David Birke

David Birke

writer Elle
avatar for Shane Black

Shane Black

writer/director The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang;...
avatar for Christopher Boone

Christopher Boone

moderator; writer/director Cents; contributor No Film School
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

creator Minority Report (television show); writer Godzilla (2014),...
avatar for David Boxerbaum

David Boxerbaum

Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for Christine Boylan

Christine Boylan

writer/producer Constantine, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Off the Map,...
avatar for Melissa Breaux

Melissa Breaux

Manager, Washington Square Arts & Film
avatar for Kelly Jo Brick

Kelly Jo Brick

writer Pause, The Jewel in the Woods; contributing editor TVWriter.com
avatar for Skip Bronkie

Skip Bronkie

producer Limetown; Creative Director, Facebook, Pinterest (2010-2015)
avatar for Alisha Brophy

Alisha Brophy

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Effie Brown

Effie Brown

producer Dear White People, In the Cut, Real Women Have Curves,...
avatar for Reggie Rock Bythewood

Reggie Rock Bythewood

creator Shots Fired; writer Notorious, Get on the Bus
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

author The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful...
avatar for Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark

Partner, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman
avatar for Glenn Cockburn

Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
avatar for Cullen Conly

Cullen Conly

Literary Agent, ICM Partners
avatar for Matt Cook

Matt Cook

writer/co-producer Triple Nine, By Way of Helena; co-writer Patriots...
avatar for Karrie Cox

Karrie Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
avatar for Marcus Cox

Marcus Cox

producer Adult Beginners, Tangerine; executive producer Kicks
avatar for Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham

Literary Manager, Madhouse Entertainment; producer Slender Man (2018)
avatar for Deniese Davis

Deniese Davis

producer Insecure, Awkward Black Girl, Guidance, Sequin Raze
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
avatar for Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday, Becky's New Car, Lonely Planet
avatar for Tate Donovan

Tate Donovan

Presenter of 2017 Distinguished Screenwriter Award
avatar for Lindsay Doran

Lindsay Doran

producer Stranger Than Fiction, Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee,...
avatar for Rick Dugdale

Rick Dugdale

President, Enderby Entertainment; producer An Ordinary Man, Blackway,...
avatar for Matt Dy

Matt Dy

moderator; Screenplay/Teleplay Director Austin Film Festival
avatar for Owen Egerton

Owen Egerton

moderator; writer/director Follow
avatar for Chris Emerson

Chris Emerson

Literary Manager, Magnet Management
avatar for Liz Engelman

Liz Engelman

dramaturg; Head of Playwriting and Directing, UT Austin; Director,...
avatar for Emily Ferenbach

Emily Ferenbach

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
avatar for Kieran Fitzgerald

Kieran Fitzgerald

writer Snowden, The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez
avatar for Alison Flierl

Alison Flierl

writer BoJack Horseman, School of Rock (television show);...
avatar for Dana Fox

Dana Fox

writer What Happens in Vegas, Couples Retreat, How to Be Single;...
avatar for Scott Frank

Scott Frank

writer Dead Again, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Minority Report, Logan; ...
avatar for Mark Frost

Mark Frost

co-creator/writer/executive producer Twin Peaks;...
avatar for Jason Fuchs

Jason Fuchs

co-writer Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift; writer Break My...
avatar for Bryan Furst

Bryan Furst

President of Film and Television, Skybound Entertainment
avatar for Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion
avatar for Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

moderator; author; Professor, Baylor University
avatar for Melissa Georges

Melissa Georges

Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
avatar for Carrye Glazar

Carrye Glazar

executive producer Kings of Atlantis; co-producer Game Change
avatar for Katie Goan

Katie Goan

Managing Director, Sweetwood Creative; writer/co-creator Kidnapped By...
avatar for Rob Gokee

Rob Gokee

host/creator Tacocity Podcast; composer Daddy, Tamar & Vince, Dueling...
avatar for Jared Ian Goldman

Jared Ian Goldman

producer Ingrid Goes West, Little Boxes, Wilson, Loving, Adult...
avatar for Michael Green

Michael Green

co-creator/executive producer American Gods; writer Blade Runner...
avatar for Misha Green

Misha Green

writer/producer Underground, Lovecraft Country, The Mother
avatar for Allison Gregory

Allison Gregory

co-founder Austin ‘Wrights; playwright Wild Horses
avatar for Sarah Gubbins

Sarah Gubbins

writer/co-creator/executive director I Love Dick
avatar for Jen Gunnels

Jen Gunnels

Editor, Tor Books; co-founder Tor Labs
avatar for Marc Haimes

Marc Haimes

writer Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona, Girl Who Drank the Moon,...
avatar for Toby Halbrooks

Toby Halbrooks

writer Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan; producer Ain't Them Bodies Saints, A...
avatar for Jenny Turner Hall

Jenny Turner Hall

executive producer/writer/director The Unexplainable Disappearance of...
avatar for Kevin Hamedani

Kevin Hamedani

moderator; co-writer/director ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, Junk
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The...
avatar for Fabienne Harford

Fabienne Harford

Podcast Competition Director; Managing Director (2015-2016), Austin...
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

writer Hook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact, Tuck Everlasting,...
avatar for Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley

creator/executive producer/showrunner/writer/director
avatar for Chuck Hayward

Chuck Hayward

writer Dear White People (television show), Fat Camp, Step...
avatar for Pat Hazell

Pat Hazell

moderator; Chief Creative Officer, Sweetwood Creative; former writer...
avatar for Jason Headley

Jason Headley

writer/director A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, It's Not About the Nail, At...
avatar for Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer

writer/director Hours; writer Arrival, The Thing, Final Destination 5
avatar for John Hoberg

John Hoberg

showrunner Galavant, Downward Dog; writer/producer Better Off Ted, My...
avatar for Christina Hodson

Christina Hodson

writer Transformers: Bumblebee (2018)
avatar for Erich Hoeber

Erich Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018),...
avatar for Jon Hoeber

Jon Hoeber

writer Battleship, Red & Red 2, Meg (2018), Happytime Murders (2018),...
avatar for Donna Hoke

Donna Hoke

playwright The Couple Next Door, Safe, Brilliant Works of Art,...
avatar for Josh Holden

Josh Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
avatar for Nick Holden

Nick Holden

writer/director The Golden Rut
avatar for Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd

executive producer The Walking Dead, Armageddon, Aliens;...
avatar for Henry Jones

Henry Jones

writer/director; 2016 Drama, Sci-Fi, and Enderby Entertainment...
avatar for Jessica Julius

Jessica Julius

Senior Creative Executive of Development at Walt Disney Animation...
avatar for Doug Jung

Doug Jung

writer Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Big Love, Banshee
avatar for Kourtney Kang

Kourtney Kang

writer/producer Fresh Off The Boat, How I Met Your Mother
avatar for Ryan Kaufman

Ryan Kaufman

Director of Narrative Design, Telltale Games
avatar for Courtney A. Kemp

Courtney A. Kemp

creator/showrunner Power
avatar for Samantha Kern

Samantha Kern

producer The California No; executive producer Manson Family...
avatar for Todd A. Kessler

Todd A. Kessler

co-creator/executive producer Bloodline, Damages
avatar for Albert Kim

Albert Kim

showrunner Sleepy Hollow; writer/producer Nikita, Leverage, Dirt
avatar for Justin Lader

Justin Lader

writer The Discovery, The One I Love
avatar for Kat Likkel

Kat Likkel

showrunner Galavant, Downward Dog; writer/producer Better Off Ted, My...
avatar for Leif Lillehaugen

Leif Lillehaugen

producer/executive The Night Manager, Madam Secretary
avatar for Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

writer/executive producer Chappaquiddick
avatar for Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe

writer Walk The Prank, Dr. Ken; editor The Good Fight
avatar for David Lowery

David Lowery

writer/director A Ghost Story, Pete's Dragon, Ain't Them Bodies...
avatar for Britta Lundin

Britta Lundin

writer Riverdale; author Ship It (2018), Riverdale (comic)
avatar for Monica Macer

Monica Macer

writer/co-executive producer The Breaks, Nashville
avatar for Jenny Marchick

Jenny Marchick

Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Animation
avatar for Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich

writer Big Love; writer/producer, The Big C, The Affair, The OA;...
avatar for Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
avatar for Jono Matt

Jono Matt

co-writer Captain Planet
avatar for Craig Mazin

Craig Mazin

co-host Scriptnotes; writer Identity Thief, The Hangover Parts II &...
avatar for Cindy McCreery

Cindy McCreery

writer Free Willy: Escape From Pirate's Cove, Steven King's Haven,...
avatar for Tim McKeon

Tim McKeon

co-creator/showrunner PBS Kids Odd Squad
avatar for Frederick Mensch

Frederick Mensch

writer Nightingale; proprietor MovieBytes.com
avatar for Scott Miles

Scott Miles

co-writer License to Drive (2017), White Girl Problems, Swiped,...
avatar for Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

writer Thor, X-MEN: First Class, Big Trouble in Little China;...
avatar for Troy Anthony Miller

Troy Anthony Miller

writer/director Severance; writer The Hitch (2013 AFF Darkwoods...
avatar for Raamla Mohamed

Raamla Mohamed

writer/supervising producer Scandal
avatar for Emily Mollenkopf

Emily Mollenkopf

Development Executive, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Executive Director, Austin Film Festival
avatar for LaToya Morgan

LaToya Morgan

writer/producer Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington's Spies, Carried...
avatar for Tess Morris

Tess Morris

writer Man Up
avatar for Grace Moss

Grace Moss

Director, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

writer K-9, Alaska, Trojan War; Assistant Professor, DePaul...
avatar for Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson

writer Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil, 11/22/63, Altered Carbon
avatar for Jason Neulander

Jason Neulander

writer/director/producer The Intergalactic Nemesis; writer/director...
avatar for Tracy Oliver

Tracy Oliver

co-writer Barbershop 3, Girls Trip, The Neighbors, The Start-UP,...
avatar for Kay Oyegun

Kay Oyegun

writer This Is Us, Queen Sugar
avatar for Marco Palmieri

Marco Palmieri

co-founder Tor Labs; Senior Editor, Tor Books; podcast producer Steal...
avatar for Bradley Paul

Bradley Paul

writer Lodge 49, Better Call Saul, Hawaii Five-0
avatar for Adam Pava

Adam Pava

writer The Boxtrolls, The Lego Movie franchise, The Stuff of Legend,...
avatar for George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

novelist; writer/producer The Wire, The Deuce, Treme, The Pacific
avatar for Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Partner, Enderby Entertainment; writer Beverly Hills Cop, The Big...
avatar for Valarie Phillips

Valarie Phillips

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather

Partner, Litigation Practice Group
avatar for Mika Pryce

Mika Pryce

Creative Executive, Universal Pictures
avatar for Maresa Pullman

Maresa Pullman

executive producer The Polar Bears, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus,...
avatar for John Rhodes

John Rhodes

co-founder ScreenCraft
avatar for Pamela Ribon

Pamela Ribon

writer Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Ralph Breaks The Internet:...
avatar for Joanne Richardson

Joanne Richardson

Practice Leader Media & Entertainment, Hiscox Insurance
avatar for Scott Richter

Scott Richter

moderator; President, Richter Scale Media
avatar for Peter Rienecker

Peter Rienecker

Vice President, Legal Affairs for Home Box Office, HBO
avatar for Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson

writer Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman, Deadpool (television show)
avatar for Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The...
avatar for Scott Rosenberg

Scott Rosenberg

writer High Fidelity, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
avatar for Anne Cofell Saunders

Anne Cofell Saunders

co-executive producer Timeless; writer Battlestar Galactica, 24;...
avatar for Ross Saxon

Ross Saxon

Head of Development, Braven Films, executive on production Magic Magic
avatar for Ellie Schiff

Ellie Schiff

Literary Agent in Film and Television, Paradigm Talent Agency
avatar for Erika Schmidt

Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate, Pixar Animation Studios
avatar for Trey Selman

Trey Selman

avatar for Beth Serlin

Beth Serlin

moderator; Associate Director of Screenwriting, Loyola Marymount...
avatar for Russell Leigh Sharman

Russell Leigh Sharman

writer Bobbie Sue; writer/director Apartment 4E; author The Tenants...
avatar for Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen

writer/creator The Bright Sessions
avatar for David Simon

David Simon

writer/executive producer The Wire, Treme, Show Me A Hero, The Deuce
avatar for Ya'Ke Smith

Ya'Ke Smith

writer/director Katrina’s Son, WOLF, dawn., Hope’s War, One Hitta...
avatar for Kira Snyder

Kira Snyder

writer/producer The Handmaid's Tale, The 100; writer Pacific Rim:...
avatar for Bob Sobhani

Bob Sobhani

co-founder and Partner, Magnet Management
avatar for Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling

writer Buried, The Sea of Trees, ATM; writer/director Mercy, The...
avatar for Malcolm Spellman

Malcolm Spellman

co-executive producer Empire, Foxy Brown, A Brief History of Seven...
avatar for Jen Statsky

Jen Statsky

writer/producer Broad City, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation,...
avatar for Ethan Stearns

Ethan Stearns

Executive Producer, MWM Immersive
avatar for Tim Street

Tim Street

Vice President Influence and Production, Authentic
avatar for Benjamin Strouse

Benjamin Strouse

CEO Gen-Z Media
avatar for Ashley Strumwasser

Ashley Strumwasser

Director of Development, Hello Sunshine
avatar for Fred Strype

Fred Strype

moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award Winner; Filmmaking, Screenwriting...
avatar for Tatiana Suarez-Pico

Tatiana Suarez-Pico

writer Snowfall, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Parenthood
avatar for Conrad Sun

Conrad Sun

TV Literary Manager
avatar for Mark Swift

Mark Swift

writer Genie (2020), Baywatch (2017), Friday the 13th (2009), Freddy...
avatar for Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa Taylor

writer The Shape of Water, Hope Springs, Divergent, Game of Thrones
avatar for Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson

playwright/scholar Underground, Single Black Female, Mother's Day,...
avatar for Chris Trew

Chris Trew

moderator; executive producer Air Sex: The Movie; Creative Director,...
avatar for Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner

writer American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, Go Fish
avatar for Ray Utarnachitt

Ray Utarnachitt

writer DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Tomorrow People, Person of...
avatar for Oren Uziel

Oren Uziel

writer/director Shimmer Lake; writer 22 Jump Street, Freaks of...
avatar for Allison Vanore

Allison Vanore

Head of Production, Canvas Media Studios; producer The Rainbow...
avatar for Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi

moderator; founder Creatives Meet Business
avatar for Christopher Vogler

Christopher Vogler

author The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
avatar for Kc Wayland

Kc Wayland

writer/director of We’re Alive; producer Bronzeville
avatar for Herschel Weingrod

Herschel Weingrod

writer Trading Places, Brewster’s Millions, Twins, Kindergarten...
avatar for Cormac Wibberley

Cormac Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad...
avatar for Marianne Wibberley

Marianne Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad...
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
avatar for Kay S. Wolf

Kay S. Wolf

WGAW Senior Representative
avatar for Dwain Worrell

Dwain Worrell

writer The Wall, Marvel's Iron Fist
avatar for Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf

former Development Associate, Pixar; script supervisor Inside Out;...