WeForShe is proud to introduce the scripts and writers of the 2017 WriteHer List.

Despite awareness of gender disparity being at an all time high, the stats for women remain stagnant. The 2015-2016 Boxed In Report revealed, “women comprise 26% of creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography working on broadcast network, cable, and streaming programs – no change from 2012-2013.”

WeForShe's goal is to improve the numbers of female storytellers employed in the industry.  By sourcing industry executives for their favorite scripts, we provide the town with a curated list of the best available female-driven scripts. In just a couple years, the WriteHer List has become a go-to resource for industry-vetted, quality female-driven scripts available for television.  We’ve seen writers showcased on our list get staffed, have pilots optioned, find new representation and set up deals at networks. 

 

All levels of writers are represented. The range of stories and voices represented on the list reflect the rich perspectives and experiences that make up our human experiences. Some are funny, some are dark; all are worth your time.

Congratulations to the incredible writers on the list and thank you to those wonderful individuals who participated in the list. Below is the WriteHer List's 17 for 2017.

The 2017 WriteHer List

ADOPTIVE BEHAVIOR 

BY Cindy Fang

A Chinese woman adopted by a white family and raised in the Midwest, has her world turned upside down when her biological mother arrives from China to reconnect.

Contact: Rina Brannen at UTA

Genre: Half Hour

I KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE, BITCH 

By Tess Rafferty

After a feminist ad exec discovers she is inadvertently having an office affair with her college ex-bestfriend's husband, she allows her trainwreck ex-bestie and her two daughters to move in to make it up to them.

Contact: Robin Budd at Viewfinder Management
Genre: Half Hour

BAKED

By Nancy Duff

A recent widow and a society matron, brought together by a secret from their past, realize that in order to survive their golden years, they’ll need to work together and bring a failing marijuana bakery to new heights.

Contact: nanduff@gmail.com

Genre: One Hour

IN REAL LIFE

By Karen DiConcetto

JORDAN, 16, lost her best friend, DAVID, nine months ago in a mass shooting. The series explores how she and her single mom, PAULA, 36, deal with their new reality and struggle to move forward with their day-to-day lives.

Contact: Doug Fronk, Valarie Phillips and Debbee Klein at Paradigm Talent Agency

Genre: One Hour

*Jennifer Lynch is attached to direct and Olive Bridge Entertainment is attached to produce.

BLACKTHORN

By Bianca Sams

BLACKTHORN follows Davion Littlefield, an investigative journalist and tv host, after the suspicious death of someone she loves. Hell bent on finding the truth at any cost, Davion thrusts herself into a dangerous rabbit hole of military secrets and conspiracies.

Contact: Manal Hammad at Abrams Artists and Chelsea Benson at Echo Lake Management

Genre: One Hour 

LIMERICK

By Lorelei Ignas

A Park Avenue OB-GYN whose alcoholism nearly destroyed her career must struggle to stay sober, employed, and sane in the red suburbs of Pennsylvania after accepting a controversial job at one of the few remaining women's health clinics in the country that performs abortions after 22 weeks.

Contact: Garrett Greer at Rain Management Group, Amanda Burnett, Lily Safran, Matt Baldovsky at UTA

Genre: One Hour

BORDERLINE 

By Susan Beavers

In El Salvador, Carmen is a respected physician. In Los Angeles, she's just another underpaid Latina competing for babysitting and cleaning jobs. In Los Angeles, Jamie was a well-to-do mother of two. When Keith left, she was just another divorcee' with court-ordered child support and a non-compliant ex. Carmen is pissed off but needs work. Jamie is broke but needs help. If you overlook culture, ego, personality, and resentment from the kids... it's a perfect fit.

Contact: Jeff Greenberg at Gersh

Genre: Half Hour 

MOLLY 

By Melissa Rundle

When her mother mysteriously disappears, an honor roll student must forge a new path - one that takes her from prep school princess to drug queen pin.

Contact: Amotz Zakai at Echo Lake Entertainment

Genre: One Hour YA

In development at Lifetime

CLEO

By Julia Fontana

 

CLEO is about Cleopatra before Cleopatra. It imagines the Egyptian queen’s teenage years, meeting the most powerful woman who ever lived at the time when she was least powerful. This show is about what doesn't appear in history books: Cleopatra's origin story.

Contact: Elana Barry at Circle of Confusion & Mickey Berman, Amanda Burnett at UTA

Genre: One Hour

MULTIPLES

By Alyssa Hill

A family drama set in an alternative future where the U.S. has established a one child policy, and twins, not exempt from the rule, are split up via a special adoption process.

Contact: Taryn Ariel at ICM, Hannah Ozer at Kaplan Perone

Genre: One Hour 

DJINN

By Tania Lotia

When Ayesha, a young Muslim girl in rural Nevada, is pulled into an FBI investigation of her community, she turns to a demon for help.

Contact: Angela Dallas at CAA, Gerardo Machado at Laurelmont Management

Genre: One Hour 

PRETTY GIRL

By Lorna Osunsanmi

A 15 year old obese teenager uses her sarcasm and dry wit to survive the woes of high school, but that won’t help her stay alive.

Contact: Wendi Niad at Niad Management

Genre: One Hour 

ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE 

BY Shaina Steinberg

Set in the 12th century, amidst endless war and conflict, Eleanor of Aquitaine is destined to become the only woman to sit on the thrones of both France and England. Married against her will, Eleanor is a rebel who will shape her own future and change history forever.  

Contact: Sean Barclay and David Rubin at Gersh

Genre: One Hour

SILO 

By Jacqueline Gould

A viral video, revealing the suicide of a fourteen year old girl, instigates an Interpol investigation. SILO is an international mystery connecting people from all over the world that evokes the examination of the pervasive evils propagated by social media and the internet. 

Contact: Carmen Bonnici at Pacific Artists Management, Chelsea Benson at Echo Lake Entertainment
Genre: One Hour

FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

By Diane Ruggiero

Ex-Olympian Rosalie tends to her injured housebound aunt and finds new purpose in life fighting crime in the neighborhood and driving the local cops crazy in the process.

Contact: Lily Safran at UTA

Genre: OneHour

*UTV attached

STATE OF EMERGENCY

By Annie Brunner

After a devastating earthquake hits Venezuela, Dr. Ellen Bennett and her team of experts put their lives on hold to help save others, but Ellen’s haunted memories threaten to destroy not only the amazing work they’re doing, but her entire world. 

Contact: Zadoc Angell at Echo Lake Entertainment

Genre: One Hour 

GHOSTED

By Melinda Hill

In the aftermath of her boyfriend’s mysterious disappearance, comedian Melinda Hill struggles to get her life back on track with the help of a gratitude coach and a pansexual millennial YouTube star.
Contact: Matt Snow at Paradigm

Genre: Half Hour 

Although there was not room for them on the list's 17 for 2017, the following unique voices and stories are presented for additional consideration.

ANGELICA 

By Eliza Lee

The story of four women in a small Mid-West American town that will soon be left with the only abortion clinic in the state.

Contact: Jonathan Hung of Hung Entertainment

One Hour: One Hour

Co-created with Jen McGowan

MISS/UNDERSTOOD

By Jessica Kardos

When straight-laced Kat Campbell goes off the deep end after the death of her best friend, she lands herself in juvi where her fellow reprobates teach her that life isn't so black and white.

Contact: Ian Greenstein at Gersh

Genre: One Hour

THE LETTERS

By Dani Bailes

After discovering her mother's extensive correspondence with a notorious serial killer, Violet Bryce finds herself entangled in family secrets when a similar murder occurs in her own backyard. 

Contact: Zadoc Angell at Echo Lake Entertainment

Genre: One Hour 

PARISH

By Ashley Sims

When her girlfriend goes missing on the eve of her debutante ball, outsider Maya Bishop must unlock the generations-old secrets of her deceased parents and the dark voodoo underbelly of the town she hates to uncover what happened to the love of her life in this supernatural, multi-generational teen drama.

Contact: Jessica Jordan, Wirehouse Entertainment

Genre: One Hour

MEDIUM WELL

By Christina Brosman

Marjorie has spent the last decade as an assistant to a celebrity chef and a wife to her high school sweetheart. Now in her 30’s, she’s finally ready to admit that she wants a culinary career of her own...and a divorce.

Contact: Merideth Bajana and Laura Leonard at Grandview

Genre: Half Hour 

*Where we were able to confirm additional rights holders, it was noted. Scripts are listed in alphabetical order.

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