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Friday, October 30 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Hybrid Writers: Diversifying Your Portfolio

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Join these writers for a discussion on diversifying your portfolio, producing or directing your own work, and the role of hybrid-writer in film and television.

Moderators
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Alisa Perren

Moderator
Alisa Perren is Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. She is author of Indie, Inc.: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s and co-editor of Media Industries: History, Theory, and Method.  In addition, she... Read More →

Panelists
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Michael Peterson

writer/executive producer/co-showrunner Bones
After a successful feature career, Michael Peterson transitioned to television by selling his first spec pilot, “Smooth Criminal,” to 20th Century Fox. In 2009, he began working on BONES, where he has since risen from staff writer to executive producer/co-showrunner. Peterson... Read More →
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Nancy Pimental

writer/executive producer Shameless; writer South Park, The Sweetest Thing; showrunner The Most Popular Girls In School
Nancy M. Pimental got a degree in chemical engineering.  She then did what all engineers do.  Moved to LA to perform comedy. Her writing career began with a spec of South Park, a screenplay The Sweetest Thing, and a pilot starring Jenny McCarthy. Nancy was nominated for 2 Emmys... Read More →
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John Swetnam

writer Step Up: All In, Evidence, Into the Storm, Breaking Through
John Swetnam was an "Air Force Kid" and grew up all over the world. He sold his first spec script EVIDENCE to Bold Films, which was released in 2013. His next spec, INTO THE STORM, was setup at New Line Cinema with Broken Road producing and was released August 8th, 2014. He was brought... Read More →
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Stu Zicherman

writer/co-executive producer The Americans; writer/director A.C.O.D.; writer Elektra
Stuart Zicherman is a New York based filmmaker who is currently a Writer and Co-Executive producer of FX’s acclaimed series “The Americans.”  He also just completed the new pilot “Casanova” for Amazon Studios, directed by the acclaimed Jean-Pierre Juenet and starring Diego... Read More →


Friday October 30, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

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