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Eight Writers Named Finalists in Women in Film/Black List TV Lab

Women in Film and The Black List announced today the eight finalists and instructors for their inaugural Women in Film/The Black List Episodic Lab, announced back in March.

The finalists include Erica Bardin and Susan Graham, Erin Weller and Kate Heckman, Gesha-Marie Bland, Denise Jaxon, Jean Lee, Jamie Mayer, Colleen McAllister and Jeane Wong.

“The participants and instructors for this inaugural WIF/Black List Episodic Lab exemplify an incredible wealth and range of talent,” said WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer. “This group of instructors, on top of their extraordinary qualifications, are passionately dedicated to helping women writers succeed in television and to raising the number of women working in writers rooms and running shows.”

“It was exceedingly difficult to narrow the hundreds of worthy scripts and writers to our final eight,” said Megan Halpern, events director of The Black List. “The bright side of such a difficult process is that it further proves the point that there are many talented women currently going unhired in this industry for reasons unrelated to their talent and writing.”

The Lab will emphasize both craft and professional development, in order to equip participants with the knowledge on how to build and sustain their careers, through programs on script development, work-shopping sessions and master classes with established writers and industry executives.

The instructors include: Cindy Chupack, “Sex and the City”; Mara Brock Akil, “Being Mary Jane”; Melissa Rosenberg, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”; Glen Mazzara, “The Walking Dead”; Stacy Rukeyser, “UnReal”; Monica Beletsky, “Fargo”; Lauren LeFranc, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”; and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, “Sweet/Vicious.”

The Lab will run for eight weeks beginning in August.

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