TV Writing Virtual Summit
FREE WEEKEND: August 3-4, 2019
This year's free screenwriting summit is dedicated to the craft and business of television and serial content. Now's your chance to learn from top TV screenwriters, showrunners and literary managers. The best part? You can do it in your underwear — because it's all online!
Expand your knowledge of the industry from top TV writing professionals – FREE for two days!
The Script Lab’s free weekend virtual summit is back, and this time it’s all about TV writing!
Join us online for an inspiring weekend of lectures and interviews with award-winning TV writers, showrunners, creators, and literary managers! The free weekend is open to anyone who registers – and after the free weekend, all video content will be available exclusively on our year-round subscription service TSL360.
Join us for this free online event – all from the comfort of your living room. All you need is a simple internet connection – and the curiosity to learn from some of Hollywood’s leading award-winning TV writers and producers.
The free summit weekend will last for 48 hours from 12:01 AM PST August 3rd to 11:59 PM PST August 4th.
Register for the free weekend: August 3rd – 4th, 2019
Meet a few of our 2019 speakers
Showrunner / Executive Producer / Screenwriter
Mixed-ish, Sister Act 3, Star, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, House of Lies, Girlfriends
Karin Gist, has been one of the most singular and powerful voices in the TV and film industry, is serving as showrunner and executive producer of the highly anticipated BLACK-ISH prequel series MIXED-ISH for ABC which will tentatively be released in Fall 2019. She is also unique in that she has crossed over in both showrunning and script writing in both the comedic and dramatic genres. She has created a range of culturally, ethnically and sexually diverse characters that have helped contribute to equal representation within the industry.
She recently wrote the upcoming SISTER ACT 3 for Disney Plus. Previous credits include: showrunner of Fox’s STAR for 2 seasons, writer/co-executive producer for 2 seasons of GREY’S ANATOMY, writer/co-executive producer for 2 seasons of REVENGE, writer/co-executive producer for 2 seasons of HOUSE OF LIES, and writer and supervising producer of 5 seasons of GIRLFRIENDS.
Karin practiced family law before becoming a writer.
Executive Producer / Showrunner / Director / Writer
Legacies, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment, Roswell, New Mexico, The Vampire Diaries, Riverdale, Kyle XY, Dawson’s Creek, The Tomorrow People
Julie Plec is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of “Legacies” on the CW, a spin-off of her series “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”. Plec also developed and executive produced “Containment,” which aired as a limited series on the CW and is an executive producer of “Roswell, New Mexico” on the CW, for which she directed the pilot. Along with directing multiple episodes of “The Vampire Diaries,” Plec directed an episode of the CW’s hit series “Riverdale” last year.
Plec got her start as a television writer and co-executive producer for the series “Kyle XY,” which she produced for the show’s three-year run. Other television credits include “Dawson’s Creek,” on which she collaborated with creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson, and “The Tomorrow People,” on which she collaborated with fellow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer.
Award-winning Writer / Director / Producer
Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?, Survivor’s Remorse, Head of State, Down to Earth, Pootie Tang, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson
Ali LeRoi is an Award- winning writer/director/producer best known for his work on the critically acclaimed series, CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris”, TBS “Are We There Yet?” and the breakout Hit for STARZ, “Survivor’s Remorse”. Ali’s major motion picture credits include producing and co-writing “Head of State” and “Down to Earth,” as well as producing cult-favorite, “Pootie Tang.”
He has also served on the Board of the Producer’s Guild of America, as well as holding the current chair as President of The Humanitas Prize, a non-profit organization that awards and promotes the craft of television and film writers. Ali has five Emmy nominations as well as one win, he’s a two time winner and five time nominee for NAACP Image Awards, as well as scoring several nominations from the Golden Globe, WGA, and others. Originally from Chicago, Ali LeRoi currently is working on several projects under his CBS Deal and in Post-production on his Indie Feature Film Directorial Debut, “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson.”
Susan Hurwitz Arneson
Screenwriter / Executive Producer
South Park, The Tick, Preacher, Bordertown, Mr. Robinson, Malibu Country
Susan Hurwitz Arneson is a Writer and Producer best known for her work on six seasons of SOUTH PARK. She was with the show through three Emmy wins and one memorable death threat. Most recently she worked as a Writer and Co-Executive Producer for two seasons of THE TICK and the yet to be aired final season of PREACHER. In the past Susan has written for Seth MacFarlane’s BORDERTOWN, MR. ROBINSON starring Craig Robinson and MALIBU COUNTRY with Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin. Susan has also developed series for Fox Television Animation, MTV, Comedy Central and others.
She received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.
Founder, Lit Entertainment Group / Executive Producer
Prisoners, Christmas Chronicles, Free Guy, Ghost Draft, Raised by Wolves
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, a newly launched literary management and production company based in Century City, CA. Previously Kolbrenner co-founded Madhouse Entertainment and is a member of the PGA.
Kolbrenner produced Oscar-nominated film, Prisoners, for Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment. Kolbrenner also executive produced Netflix’s recent holiday film, Christmas Chronicles. Kolbrenner is next producing Fox’s Free Guy, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Kolbrenner is also producing Skydance’s Ghost Draft, an original sci-fi tentpole film written by Lit client Zach Dean. Kolbrenner also will serve as executive producer on the recently ordered TNT/Scott Free sci-fi series, Raised by Wolves.
On the Lit management side, Kolbrenner reps top creators and filmmakers in the industry, including Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane); Craig Doyle (Grown-ish); Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, Raised by Wolves); Matt Lieberman (the upcoming Addams Family and Playing with Fire); Justin Marks (Disney’s Jungle Book, Top Gun 2 and Starz’s Counterpart); Sascha Penn (Creed 2); and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and writer/director of The Slows)
Award-winning Showrunner / Executive Producer / Writer
Friday Night Lights, Pure Genius, Rise, The Path, Away, The Vow, The Pallbearer
Jason Katims was executive producer and showrunner of the critically acclaimed drama “Friday Night Lights,” for which he received numerous accolades, including the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, the Peabody Award, and Humanitas Prize. In addition, Katims created and executive produced “Pure Genius” on CBS. He most recently created and served as showrunner on the NBC drama “Rise,” along with executive producing “The Path,” which aired its third and final season on Hulu last year. He recently signed an overall deal with Apple, and currently has projects at Fox, Amazon, and the series “Away” at Netflix.
His film credits include “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, and “The Pallbearer,” starring David Schwimmer and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The summit is FREE to access for the initial free weekend (August 3-4). To access the content all throughout the year, the all-access pass is available to paying members of TSL 360. As a member, you’ll have access to 100+ interviews and lectures with some of Hollywood’s leading screenwriters, studio executives, managers and producers – as well as last year’s content! Anyone, anywhere in the world is welcome to join this online event, from the convenience of your own living room. All you need is a simple internet connection.
If you sign up now, you’ll receive a welcome email and instructions to access the online event starting at 12AM Pacific Time August 3rd and ending at 11:59PM Pacific Time on August 4th, 2019.
Yes, anyone from anywhere may register for this online event. All lectures and interviews will be in English.
While most of the lectures and interviews are pre-recorded, there will be some opportunity for interaction via live Twitter Q&A. Additionally, if you’re local to Los Angeles, be sure to sign up for The Script Lab’s newsletter to receive notification of in-person events with industry mentors throughout the year.
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