Blackmagic Collective has named six writers and six directors for its inaugural “Future Women of TV” initiative. The 1-year program is a career accelerator that engages top-level TV executives as “Champions” who advocate for and help participants navigate the path to their first scripted TV credit by the end of this year.

“The women we’ve selected don’t need another mentorship program – they are skilled, working professionals who just haven’t been given the opportunity to move into the scripted TV space,” explained Blackmagic Collective’s John Parenteau. “They need someone to open the door and allow them an opportunity to put their skills into action. We’re hoping to facilitate that.”

Major brands are already championing the participants. Blackmagic Design and Final Draft* have committed to in-kind support spanning equipment, software, and beyond.

Participants were selected from an expansive pool of nominees based on their impressive body of work and numerous recommendations from respected industry professionals.

Sarah J. Eagen: Humanitas New Voices semifinalist; Head Writer for Voxx Studios’ The Veil
Elisa Manzini: two feature films; Comedy Central (Italy)’s Spam; Harper Collins published author
Mona Mira
: A Little Late with Lilly Singh; NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop 2019
Kenyetta Raelyn
: Meryl Streep’s The Writer’s Lab NYC 2019; Telly Award winner

Rund Shami: multiple digital series including Meme Boy and UMTV’s Student Emmy-winning Off The Wire
Camille Tucker: Queen Latifah’s The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel; Sundance competition film Sweet Potato Ride


Iram Parveen Bilal: three features; 2020 SXSW Narrative competition: I’ll Meet You There; two-time WIF Fund Recipient
DG Brock: Misadventures of the Dunderheads (Alison Brie, Olympia Dukakis); digital series The Sexual History of Women
Kate Rees Davies: feature film Altered Perception (Jon Huertas); several distributed short films
Sharon Everitt
: NBC’s World of Dance; Comedy Central’s The High Court; three-time Emmy nominee
Soma Helmi: Snapchat’s The Dead Girls Detective Agency; Amazon New Voices Top 10’s In Case of an Emergency

Jenn Page: twelve digital series; six feature films including Playing with Beethoven (Shannon Elizabeth, Kadeem Hardison)

The “Future Women of TV” initiative was created to address the real access barriers highly qualified women face in the entertainment industry. To become a Champion or learn more about the women selected for the 2020 program click here.

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