Talented writers on the rise

A sampling of scribes having a solid year

While television production hit a bump in the road last fall with the Writers Guild of America strike, it hasn’t stopped some talented scribes from having a fruitful year that might position them for greater success in TV as well as film. Here’s a sampling:


  • NBC’s Thursday night comedies have a number of rising stars. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupinsky, supervising producers and four-year vets of “The Office,” penned the Judd Apatow-produced/Harold Ramis-directed comedy “Year One” for Sony.

  • “My Name Is Earl” producer Hilary Winston, who shared in the show’s 2006 WGA nominations for new series and comedy series, has an overall deal with Sony.

  • Matt Hubbard, who found his way to “30 Rock” after leaving the ill-fated “Joey,” has written standout episodes like “MILF Island” and received a 2008 WGA nomination for the episode “Negotiation.”


  • On the procedural front for CBS, “CSI” producer Dustin Abraham has written some of the series’ most acclaimed episodes, including the “Cockroaches” seg that William Friedkin directed.

  • “Cold Case” consulting producer Liz Garcia has developed the pilot “Surf City” with her fiance, Josh Harto, while also getting a greenlight on her first film, “1% More Humid,” which she will also direct.

  • Byron Balasco (“Huff”) was recently bumped up to supervising producer on “Without a Trace,” where he’s been for three years.


  • A number of writers are segueing nicely from show to show, as evidenced by Jenna Bans, who will be a supervising producer on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” after three years on “Desperate Housewives.”

  • In addition, Liz Sarnoff is building a nice resume, serving as supervising producer on “Lost” after stints on “Deadwood,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “NYPD Blue.”


  • Executive story editor Michael Alaimo of TNTdrama “The Closer,” was singled out for a 2008 WGA nomination for the episode “The Round File.”
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