We're so pleased to share the winners of the Harvardwood Writers Competition and the Most Staffable TV Writers list (see Tuesday's Deadline article)!
We received numerous excellent scripts this year, and the winning writers were selected by a panel of television executives, writers, producers, agents, and managers. Each writer will receive a one-on-one mentorship, and Competition winners will also receive a cash prize.
This year's mentors include:
- Neal Baer - Writer, Producer, & Showrunner (Under the Dome, ER, Law & Order: SVU)
- Peter Blake - Writer & Producer (Gotham, Billions, Elementary, House)
- Melinda Hsu Taylor - Writer & Executive Producer (The Gifted, The Vampire Diaries)
- Chip Johannessen - Writer & Executive Producer (Homeland, Dexter, 24)
- Colleen McGuinness - Writer & Producer (30 Rock, Untitled Maya Rudolph & Fred Armisen show)
- Jeff Melvoin - Writer, Producer, & Showrunner (Alias, Army Wives, Designated Survivor), Educator (WGA Showrunner Training Program)
- Adam R. Perlman - Writer & Producer (Billions, The Good Wife, The Newsroom)
- Jeff Schaffer - Writer, Producer, & Showrunner (The League, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld)
In recent years, participants in the Harvardwood Writers Program and Competition have seen unprecedented success with pilot sales to ABC, the CW, Showtime, Sony, Spike, Syfy, and TV Land, in addition to blind script deals at ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Harvardwood writers have been staffed on over two dozen shows, and current shows include: American Dad (Fox), Billions (Showtime), The Brave (NBC), Family Guy (FOX), The Flash (CW), Future Man (Hulu), Girlfriends’ Guide (Bravo), Gotham (Fox), Great News (NBC), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), Jane the Virgin (CW), and Power (Starz). Participants have also secured representation at Apostle, Benderspink, Brant Rose Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA, Circle of Confusion, Echo Lake, Gersh, ICM, Madhouse Entertainment, Management 360, Original Artists, UTA, WME, and others.
HARVARDWOOD WRITERS COMPETITION WINNERS
Drama Winner: Alison McKenzie* - Dirty Business (One-Hour Drama)
A wealthy Philadelphia coed embeds herself in the 1960’s anti-war and Black Panther movements while working undercover as a mole for the FBI’s illegal Cointelpro program.
Alison McKenzie has been a writer since childhood and is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA screenwriting program.
Comedy Winner: Katie O'Hanlon - Branching Out (Half-Hour Comedy)
After losing her dream job at a top New York City law firm, Liv Harris returns to her small Arizona hometown and reluctantly begins selling diet supplements for a questionable multi-level marketing company in order to make ends meet.
Katie O'Hanlon is a comedy writer based in New York and Los Angeles. She has worked as a writers’ assistant on Master of None (Netflix) and Strangers (Facebook). Most recently, she co-wrote the season two finale of Strangers, which will be released later this year. She graduated in 2012 from Harvard College, where she was a varsity rower and a writer for the Harvard Lampoon.
Winner: Myles McDonough - Bardo (Animated Short)
One of the last unenlightened sentient beings in the universe must overcome his poor meditation discipline to attain Nirvana.
Myles McDonough is a writer living in Boston, MA. He graduated from Harvard University in 2015, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee in 2017. His work has appeared at LionsRoar.com, on the YouTube channel Wisecrack, and in The Saturday Evening Post.
Winner: Justin Monticello - City of Angels (Sketch Comedy)
Whether they're practicing mindful goat yoga or attending a celebrity fundraiser hosted by an unvaccinated SnapChat star, Angelenos are just a little more enlightened than other people. City of Angels is a sketch comedy series that satirizes the lives of privileged LA residents.
Justin Monticello is a writer, director, and editor who makes comedy and documentary shorts that have gotten 10+ million views online. He created one of the most publicized viral videos of the 2012 presidential election and his comedy feature was previously selected for the Harvardwood Screenplay Showcase. Justin won the LA Press Club's 2017 SoCal Journalism Award for Best Short Documentary and is a finalist for the upcoming 2018 Awards.
HARVARDWOOD MOST STAFFABLE TV WRITERS
Eric Lu* - Red Market (Pilot; One-Hour Drama)
The promise of saving his father’s life lures a rising transplant surgeon into an underground market for human body parts.
Eric I. Lu, MD, is a Taiwanese-American writer/director with a personal mission to make films that heal. He majored in anthropology at Harvard College, graduated from Harvard Medical School, and moved to Los Angeles to make films full-time. He has started and operated two production companies, creating award-winning narrative and documentary films with over 100 million views and screenings around the world.
Joey Siara - The Bassist (Pilot; Half-Hour Comedy)
The neurotic bass-player of an up-and-coming punk band is forced to reconcile his rock & roll dreams with his regular gig — as a contract killer.
Joey Siara - Yorba Linda Hardcore (Pilot; One-Hour Drama)
Set in the fall of 1993, a conservative Orange County suburb begins to unravel when the dead body of a popular high school football coach is discovered at the Homecoming dance.
Joey Siara grew up in Whittier, California. His dad was a cop and his was mom a teacher. He spent his twenties on tour in a noisy indie-rock band and has seen just about every state in the country through the cracked window of a Ford Econoline. He has an MFA from UCLA and was recently named to The Tracking Board's 2017 Young & Hungry List.