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Friday, October 26 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Writers' Room Dynamics

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How does a writers’ room work? What is the etiquette expected? What are some of the most common issues that occur? What is the difference between a writer’s assistant and a staff writer? Story editor and executive story editor? Different producing roles and the role of the showrunner? Perhaps, more importantly, how does one work their way up the chain of command? Panelists will provide a glimpse inside these closed doors, offering secrets, anecdotes, strategies, to-do’s, and not-to-do’s.

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Courtenay Hameister

moderator; host/head writer PRI's Live Wire Radio 2003-2015; co-writer of The Benefits of Gusbandry (web series)
For nine years, Courtenay Hameister was the host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated live public radio variety show distributed by Public Radio International.She's interviewed over 500 filmmakers, screenwriters, comics and other creative makers including Bob Odenkirk... Read More →

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Andrea Ciannavei

writer Mayans MC, The Path, American Odyssey, Copper, Borgia
Andrea Ciannavei is a TV writer and playwright in Los Angeles. TV: Mayans MC (FX), The Path (Hulu), American Odyssey (NBC Universal), Copper (BBC America), Borgia (Tom Fontana, Executive Producer, Atlantique Creations SASU). Plays include Pretty Chin Up produced at LAByrinth Theater... Read More →
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David Iserson

writer/producer The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mad Men, New Girl, Mr. Robot
David Iserson is a screen and television writer/producer originally from Freehold, New Jersey and a graduate of Northwestern University. He is the co-writer and executive producer of the 2018 film, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME. His TV credits include MAD MEN, MR. ROBOT, GRAVES, MOZART IN... Read More →
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Amy Johnson

writer Tyrant, The Long Road Home, Messiah & Nightflyers
Born in Australia, transplanted to Northern California aged three, Amy has always loved telling stories (one of her earliest masterpieces was a tale of Freddy Krueger written in pink marker). Even so, she took a small (decade-long) detour to work in the Mental Health Field before... Read More →
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Ray Utarnachitt

writer DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Tomorrow People, Person of Interest
Ray Utarnachitt is currently a writer/producer  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. Ray broke... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, Assembly Room