CHICAGO — Entertainment industry executives will bring their
experience and expertise to the annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference,
hosted by DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. Considered one of the
premier screenwriting events in the Midwest, the Sept. 30 conference will take
place in downtown Chicago at 247 S. State St. on DePaul’s Loop Campus.
“There are many conferences and festivals that feature
actors, directors and producers, but very few that exist solely to serve
screenwriters,” said Brad Riddell, an assistant professor of screenwriting and
cinema production in DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts.
“Our faculty and students work hard every year to draw
A-list talent to Chicago so that our burgeoning creative community can benefit
from the experience and insight of those who have achieved great success as professional
content creators. I count our faculty moderators among them, as well, as each
has an impressive record of writing for film and television. We’re proud to
serve as one of the nation’s most prominent venues for discussing the art and
craft of screenwriting,” Riddell said.
The Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will be held from
noon to 7 p.m. and feature a series of panel discussions. Admission is free and
open to the public, but seats are limited.
The Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will be streamed
live on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2pPc9Gzl1ryFr7nVxyNmCA). Follow the conference on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/C12Conference/)
This year’s panels include:
The State of
Streaming Media – Noon
David Tochterman, an Emmy-nominated producer, will discuss
streaming media in the 21st century with Chris Parrish, a screenwriter who
teaches television writing at DePaul. Tochterman is the co-founder of Canvas Media,
and previously served as executive vice president of the Carsey Werner Company,
where he played an integral role in hit shows including “That 70’s Show” and “3rd
Rock from the Sun.” He was also an executive producer of “Grace Under Fire.”
“Brown Girls”: From
the Web to HBO – 1:30 p.m.
Sam Bailey, who produced and directed the web series “Brown
Girls,” and Minita Gandhi, a cast member on the show, will discuss the show and
its move to HBO. “Brown Girls” presents the intimate stories of two young women
of color. Anna Hozian, an assistant professor of screenwriting and directing at
DePaul, will moderate.
On the Black List – 3
Tom Dean, a DePaul alumnus, will discuss his experience with
the Black List, a prestigious Hollywood ranking of the best unproduced
screenplays. Dean made the list in 2016 for his feature screenplay “The Time
Traveler’s La Ronde.” He will discuss it with Matt Quinn, an assistant
professor of screenwriting at DePaul.
On Staff and Working
the Room – 4:30 p.m.
Writers Jalysa Conway (“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”),
Jenna Richman (“Designated Survivor,” “Limitless,” “Allegiance” and
“Mistresses”) and Sarah Tarkoff (“Arrow”), will discuss what it takes to get
staffed and work in a writers’ room. Riddell will moderate.
Storytelling in the
Digital Era – 6 p.m.
Mary Coleman, head of creative development at Pixar
Animation Studios, and Scott Myers, an assistant professor of screenwriting at
DePaul, will explore how Pixar has been at the forefront of storytelling in the
More information about the School of Cinematic Arts in the
College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University is online at http://bit.ly/SCA_c12.