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2021

I am so very excited to have this opportunity to learn and develop as a writer, collaborating and telling stories with my fellow participants.

-Emma Peterson

ShowRunner

Will Pascoe

Executive Showrunner in Residence

Originally from Canada, Will grew up as a science-fiction novel and comic book fan. In high school, he discovered a love for music and old movies and had his first brush for writing narrative fiction. After finishing his Master of Arts, Will’s thesis was accepted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and is part of its permanent collection. After directing several documentaries, Will received his first dramatic writing credit on an infamous episode of Degrassi, starring Drake (before Drake became the international recording artist he is today). During this time, he developed his first feature film script, Charming Grace, with the National Screen Institute.

Will then made the jump to writing one-hour television dramas fulltime, working on the military/medical series, Combat Hospital for ABC/Global TV/Sony. He then went on to work on Fox’s short-lived series, The Finder, and later won a Humanitas New Voices prize and received a blind script deal with Fox to develop his own television show. Will then became an upper-level writer and co-producer on Bell / BBC America’s, Orphan Black. His episode “Variations Under Domestication” won Will a Canadian Writer’s Guild Award and nominations for an Edgar Allan Poe Award and a Hugo Award. 

Other credits include the Bell / SyFy Channel drama, Bitten, the NBC drama series Chicago Med and the BBC Worldwide/Starz historical drama series, Da Vinci’s Demons and the Hulu’s, Shut Eye starring Jeffrey Donovan and Isabella Rossellini. A graduate of the Writer’s Guild of America’s prestigious Showrunner Training Program, Will has developed television series for Fox, Playtone and Universal Studios and recently finished showrunning the third season of Amazon’s hit series, Absentia, starring fellow Canadian, Stana Katic.

participants

▸ Katie Weekley

Twitter: KatieWeekley
Instagram: goonworks

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I have produced a number of films and always secretly wanted to write my own scripts but thought I didn’t have the talent. A few years ago I decided to make a concerted effort to write something I was happy with and finally found my writer’s voice. I have a number of projects in development. This month, I am recording one of my scripts as as a scripted podcast and will release it next year.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m most excited to work with a mentor as talented as Will Pascoe and to meet and work with my Scripted Series cohorts!

▸ Ryan Atimoyoo

Facebook: atimoyoo
Instagram: photoguyinvancity
Instagram: ratimoyoo

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Ryan is a Cree First Nations writer/ filmmaker from Little Pine Reserve and holds a Joint MFA in Screenwriting and Film Production from The University of British Columbia. He has gathered numerous international awards and screenings including being a 2011 Semi Finalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Program. He has won numerous grants and awards for his writing and has recently won a Canada Council grant to direct his feature film “Sipihko–A Cree Ghost Story”. He has recently completed his first vfx, sci-fi short virtual reality film titled “Chord VR” and is looking forward to collaborating with other writers in the Pacific Screenwriting Program.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m excited to work with and learn from our mentor/show runner Will Pascoe as well as my fellow writers. I’m eager to collaberate and discover how to operate in a writer’s room as well how to pitch future projects. All in all, I’m grateful for the opportunity and eager to get started.

▸ Emma Peterson

Twitter: emmafpeterson
Instagram: emmafpeterson

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I have always been in love with stories, a passion which led me to pursue a career as a filmmaker. For the past ten years, I have worked on a number of different productions in Vancouver, both on set and in the production office. At the same time I worked on my own projects, including an award-winning web

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am so very excited to have this opportunity to learn and develop as a writer, collaborating and telling stories with my fellow participants.

▸ Jordan Hall

Twitter: save_my_script
Instagram: savemyscript
Facebook: is.not.that.strange
Website: jordanhall.ca

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Jordan Hall is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work focuses on climate change, the exploration of genre, and feminist representation. Her first full-length play, Kayak, won Samuel French’s Canadian Playwrights Competition, and has been produced to critical acclaim across North America. Subsequent plays include How to Survive an Apocalypse (Flying Start 2016, Samuel French 2018), A Brief History of Human Extinction (with Mind of a Snail Puppet Theatre), and The Cupertino Effect—forthcoming, with support from the BCAC. As a screenwriter, Jordan co-created Carmilla: The Series (Winner: CSA, Digital Fiction) for SmokeBomb Entertainment, and was Carmilla’s lead writer for three seasons and the subsequent movie. She has been a finalist at the LA Comedy Fest, a winner of the Crazy8s Short Film Production Competition, and a 2019 recipient of a Corus Writer’s Apprentice Fellowship at Banff. She teaches screenwriting at Capilano University.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m really looking forward to the room–even if it winds up being a room that exists only in our minds. I’m excited to see a working showrunner in action and to learn everything I can from him. I’m excited for the effervescent sizzle of ideas that happens when you get a group of writers together, and for the sense of purpose that comes from working towards a collective goal. I can’t think of a better way to start 2021.

▸ Norman Yi Li

Facebook: Norman Yi Li

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I am an emerging screenwriter based in Vancouver BC. Prior to film, I went to UBC and graduated with a major in Cognitive Systems – an interdisciplinary science that studies human consciousness and machine intelligence. Although my degree informs my writing to this day, I realized storytelling is my true passion when I audited too many creative writing lectures I wasn’t even enrolled in. Previously I have worked as a BG Casting Associate; now I coordinate background performers on set. Aside from writing, I also direct and produce shorts such as Deep Take (2019) which screened at VAFF and VSFF last year.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am beyond excited to collaborate with a room of talented writers under the guidance of our amazing showrunner Will Pascoe. The idea of developing a brand new show in the span of ten weeks is simultaneously intimidating and thrilling. In addition to honing my craft, I also look forward to getting a taste of how a real writer’s room operates.

▸ Sarah Kelley

Twitter: sarah_j_kelley
Instagram: Sjkelley33
Facebook: Sarah Kelley

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I’m Anishinaabe from Algonquins of Pikwakanagan in Golden Lake, Ontario. I’m an emerging writer and a lover of writing urban fantasy, sci-if and thriller.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m super excited to work with Will Pascoe and my other creative team members on developing a show and getting hands on work experience of what it’s like to work in a professional writer’s room!

2020

I can’t wait to meet, work and learn from the show runner, industry professionals and the rest of the participants!

-Renuka Singh

ShowRunner

Robert C. Cooper

Executive Showrunner in Residence

Robert C. Cooper most recently created, wrote, and directed some episodes, of CBC’s Unspeakable, following Canada’s tainted blood scandal. A lifelong dream project, the mini-series recently won the Leo Award for best dramatic series.

Previously, he served as showrunner of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios, and is probably best known for having been showrunner of the record-breaking Stargate television franchise for MGM. He co-created Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and served as executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes of all three series and two DTV movies.

Cooper has been nominated and won several awards for both writing and directing, including two Hugo nominations and a Canadian Writer’s Guild award for best dramatic screenplay. In 2009, he was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for contribution to the British Columbia television industry.

participants

▸ Jessie Anthony

Instagram: onondagaproductions
Instagram: onondaga.jess

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I am a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, I have been living in Vancouver for the past seven years and in that time I have completed my Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree from Capilano University, Worked as a first assistant director on various indigenous features and series and most recently completed my first feature film titles Brother, I Cry which was funded by Telefilm Canada through Telefilms Talent to watch program.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am excited to learn, meet new people and write!

Anything else you want to tell us?

Love will save the day!

▸ Qaseem Fazal

Twitter: QFazal
Instagram: qaseemf

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I am a Canadian Ismaili-Muslim screenwriter. I am a graduate of the Langara Film Arts program as well as the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. I am also a classically French trained chef and graduate of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. My comedic screenplays The Story of Harper Blair & some other people and The Family Value have placed in and won various competitions around the globe.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m excited to submerse myself in a writer’s room and work with a team of talented and diverse Vancouver-based writers. Also, I’m looking forward to working with a mentor who can help me develop my original pilot and take it to the next level. I think this will be tremendously impactful to my writing and growth as a screenwriter. 

Your PSP Project

What’s Normal Anyway? is a coming of age LGBTQ teen comedy with a supernatural element. An openly gay social outcast with the gift of talking to his dead, meddling Nana attempts to navigate his way through the ups and downs of middle school.

What are you up to now?

I’m writing a new pilot called Penis Cake. It’s a comedy set within a Pastry school in West Hollywood.

▸ Adam Hussein

Twitter: AdamH1102

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Hi! I am a Vancouver based screenwriter and graduate of Vancouver Film School’s screenwriting program. I’ve written the TV movie The Killer Downstairs and sold another TV movie that is in development. I was also selected for the 2019 Praxis/Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab. Prior to film school I had a career as a lawyer that may or may not have been a direct result of watching too many episodes of The Practice when I was younger.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with this amazing group of writers. I am looking forward to learning from our incredibly talented and accomplished showrunner, as well the other writers in the group. The chance to sit with other writers and break story for ten weeks is really all I could ask for, so I can’t wait to get started. With that out of the way, I’m actually just looking forward to getting the answer to the most pressing question of our time: Is it writers room or writers’ room? Also, snacks.

▸ Huelah Lander

Twitter: HuelahL
Instagram: Huelahlander

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I love writing about myself and I’m never sarcastic.

  • Bullet point hype machine says:
  • Recipient of Harold Greenberg shorts to features grant
  • Gold Prize winner at Page and Grand Prize winner at Table read my Screenplay
  • Winner of a Diversity of Voices fellowship to Banff
  • Recipient of a PSP sponsored trip to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference
  • Writers’ Assistant on Season 2 of The Order

I consider bullet point lists to be one run on sentence. I am a chronic sufferer of imposter syndrome.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am so excited to work on Rob’s project in the writers’ room. I think it’s still hush hush but it is so up my alley we may need to call a tow truck. I’m also really excited to meet the other participants and create a network of Vancouver-based creatives. I’m also very excited to meet my mentor for the latter portion of the program and excited/nervous about the opportunity to pitch so many broadcasters and streamers.

Anything else you want to tell us?

My name is weird. I know. Say it however you want. But technically, it’s pronounced Hue (like when you are talking about colours) La (like a musical note).

Your PSP Project:

Adult Education is an hour-long family dramedy. When a former teen mom enrols in the same college as her 18-year-old daughter, it reawakens her long-buried desires and threatens her “good mom” status.

What are you up to now?

In between bouts of existential dread, Huelah is currently reworking and polishing some pilots (as in scripts, not the people who fly planes) and writing the next draft for her Harold Greenberg funded feature. She is also writing a thriller and some kids animated shorts under assignment while story editing a feature that will shoot in the fall.

▸ Steve Neufeld

Twitter: steve_neufeld
Facebook: Stephen Neufeld

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

At 29, I quit my teaching job and moved to unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) to take my Creative Writing MFA at UBC, where I finally watched The Wire, which convinced me that TV was the form for me. After that I wrote (and optioned) several spec scripts and created my own award-winning web series called Coded. After working in my first writers’ room last December, I spent this year writing a science fiction novel and another pilot. I am excited to spend this coming year working with my colleagues and mentors at the PSP!

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am absolutely thrilled to engage in the creative process with my team members, to glean tips, tricks and wisdom from them, to share anything I can, and to work together to craft a compelling, unbearably addictive show. I’m also super pumped to work under Rob Cooper’s leadership and learn from his wealth of experience and success.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I want to thank the PSP and its partners and supporters for making this happen. Furthermore, I’d like to single out Omnifilm Entertainment in particular for being such a supportive and encouraging part of my ongoing creative journey. I also make the best pancakes and waffles in the history of the universe. I defy anyone to prove me wrong.

Your PSP Project:

Title: Between, 1-hour drama
Logline: A brilliant but confused Ethiopian adoptee, caught between two worlds and struggling to come to terms with his complex identity, begins a journey of self-discovery when he abandons the adulthood his white parents had planned out for him.

What are you up to now?

Right now I’m working hard to get all my new projects out into the world. I’m meeting with production companies about my PSP show, Between, but also a few new comedies that the Covid lockdown gave me the time to develop. At the same time, I’m getting ready to pitch Home, a thriller I’m working on with Omnifilm Entertainment and Floyd Kane. To top it off, I just completed a YA Sci-Fi novel and have started looking for a publisher.

▸ Renuka Singh

Twitter: renegade_run

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Renuka is an emerging writer who brings with her the ability to collaborate and strategize on story development with the focus on powerful female narratives. She was a 2019 Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft’s Horror Movie Screenplay and Horror Movie Concept competition and is particularly stoked by horror, thrillers and true crime. Her last project was Associate Producer and co-writer on the film, Past Never Dies.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I don’t know if ‘excites’ is the right word. I’m mostly scared! But I can’t wait to meet, work and learn from the show runner, industry professionals and the rest of the participants!

Your PSP project

Title: I Won’t Eat You
Logline: The lives of two best friends are forever changed when one of them is murdered and returns from the dead as a zombie. Together, they hunt for an elusive killer who has ties to the dark arts.
Genre: Supernatural horror
Length: 8 episodes x 45 minutes

What are you up to now?

Polishing two projects, a tv pilot, and a short horror script while working as a Story Editor for Network Entertainment.

2019

I know how many skilled and talented screenwriters there are in this city, so to get the opportunity to work alongside them in a professional setting is just so exciting.

-Mike Orlando

ShowRunner

Sarah Dodd

Executive Showrunner in Residence

Sarah has written and produced hundreds of hours of television, both hour-long and half-hour, including: Ransom (CBS/TF-1/Corus/RTL), Motive (ABC/CTV), Arctic Air (CBC), Primeval: New World (SyFy/Space), Endgame (Showcase), The Border (CBC), Falcon Beach (ABC Family/Global), Blood Ties (Space), The Shoebox Zoo (BBC One), Beastmaster (Endemol/Tribune), Code Name Eternity (SyFy), and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (CBS/Global).

Sarah has also worked in film. She co-wrote the award-winning short The Sparkle Lite Motel with director Cory Kinney, and participated in the NSI Features First program with her horror feature Extinction. She has story edited numerous features, including DefendorWeirdsville, and Hank & Mike.

Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Creative Writing and History in Art from UVic.

participants

▸ Petie Chalifoux

Twitter: PetieChalifoux
Instagram: petie_chalifoux

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Storytelling has always been a part of my life but it was only once I began my journey in obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Film that screenwriting really stood out for me. I have written a few short films, a feature film that was funded by Telefilm Canada and a proof of concept funded by Telus Storyhive. I look forward to working with this group of writers to learn more and to gain more experience.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am very excited to work in a writer’s room, this will be a first for me and I am looking forward to it. The project that we will be working on is also very exciting!

Project developed in the PSP

Title: Disappearing Moon
Length: a one hour dramatic sci-fi television series
Logline: Morning Star was chosen by a supernatural being known as Kozano to become the messenger between two worlds but when she returns to earth ten years later, she is followed by unexpected extra-terrestrial life force known as the Big Eyes, the battle to save earth has only just begun.

What are you up to now?

I am currently sitting in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta working on my next television concept which is a dramatic crime thriller titled “Woke”. My husband Micheal Auger and I have recently received development funding for Disappearing Moon to be converted into a feature so we are also working on that.

▸ Todd Ireland

Twitter: ToddIreland

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Todd Ireland is a Métis screenwriter based in Vancouver, BC. He is one of the writers of ReBoot:The Guardian Code and Continuum. He is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada Diverse Screenwriters Program.
He is the creator of Indie comics, Outnumbered and Redacted.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am most excited about getting to work, learn and grow with other BC based writers to create a sustainable pool of talent in order to bring more writers rooms to Vancouver area. Working in BC is a dream come true and I want to make sure other writers get to experience it.

Project developed in the PSP

Title: QUANTUM SWITCH
Logline: An Indigenous cop is kidnapped by his corrupt comrades and sent into an alternate dimension where he inhabits another version of himself that has lived a very different life.
Genre: one hour Sci-Fi drama.

What are you up to now?

Polishing an animated feature film and prepping my next project… a heist movie featuring diverse characters.

▸ Corey Liu

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Hello! I’m a writer based in Vancouver and Toronto. I’ve written for shows like Mysticons, The Next Step, and Dino Dana, as well as a few other shows in development. I also like to take those online quizzes that tell you which Golden Girls character you are. I am Sophia.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m especially excited to work in a simulated writers room for a one hour format series. I’d like to learn how to sustain a serialized arc over a season while still keeping the story fresh episode to episode. I’m also hugely excited for stage 2, where we’ll get to work on our individual series pitches. It’s always valuable to get feedback on your samples from industry professionals. And of course, I want to meet the other participants and talk about story with them. I’d love to build a solid network of emerging writers in the west coast!

Project developed in the PSP

Horny Lover Boys (22-minute horror comedy): When his best friend gets possessed by a malevolent force, a teenage introvert joins forces with his school’s Gay Straight Alliance to exorcise it. Love Simon meets Stephen King.

What are you up to now?

I’m a story editor on two fantastic shows: one about Kpop (where I try to sneak BTS references wherever I can) and another more adult show called Family Law (where I try to sneak BTS references wherever I can). Recently, my project Horny Lover Boys won a grant as part of CBC’s Creative Relief Fund.

▸ Mike Orlando

Twitter: mike_works

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Hi! I’m a graduate from UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program and UVic’s Creative Writing BFA program. A year ago I placed in the Top 5 of the Austin Film Festival’s spec script competition, which led to AFF inviting me to read for their competition this year. My debut short film The Yoga Bridge screened at some prominent LGBTQ film festivals in the States, and I’m currently developing a show about the salacious world of professional wrestling.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

It can be really difficult to get in a writers’ room, especially in Vancouver. I know how many skilled and talented screenwriters there are in this city, so to get the opportunity to work alongside them in a professional setting is just so exciting. And then of course there’s the showrunner, who may still be under embargo when these answers go up, so I’ll just say the showrunner is super cool. Like, ultra super cool. But what excites me most is the potential for this program to be a flag staked on the moon of Vancouver’s screenwriting landscape, signifying that there’s real potential here for the film and TV writing industry to thrive.

Project Developed in the PSP

Title: Gary the Great
Log line: After a single parent is diagnosed with ALS, he embarks on a quest of role-playing and demon-slaying by joining a game of Dungeons & Dragons – a journey he hopes will bring him closer to his step daughter before his time runs out.
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy.
Length: 30-minute episodes.

What are you up to now?

Since completing PSP’s inaugural Scripted Series Lab, I’ve had my original project optioned by an LA-based producer and am currently developing its pitch deck to be taken out. I also signed a shopping agreement for a feature I wrote after the program. For work, I wrote original scripts for The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s mobile game, I’ve been writing script coverage for a Vancouver-based production company, and I’ve taught screenwriting courses at Vancouver Community College. For fun, I’ve been playing Animal Crossing, where there’s no pandemic. No pain. Only joy.

▸ Kat Sieniuc

Twitter: katsieniuc
Instagram: katilllac

Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Kat Sieniuc is an award-winning screenwriter who creates well-defined, complex characters. Kat began her career as a journalist covering local politics, crime and the courts in New York City and Toronto. Her legal dramedy pilot GUTS ‘N’ GLORY won the Gold Prize in the Page International Screenwriting Awards and the Grand Prize in the WeScreenplay Television Competition.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

Kat is very excited to meet everyone and solve a crime together.

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