Shaz Bennett took tickets for Sundance at 14, later became a programmer for the film festival, and has gone on to be selected for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and other prestigious initiatives. She wrote for Bosch, directed the award winning feature Alaska is a Drag in 2017, and directed on both Billions and Queen Sugar, where she just wrapped as writer and director on Season 6, and is now attached as executive producer and writer on the new series Sovereign.
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Siân Heder is the writer and director of the highly anticipated new film CODA, coming to theaters and on Apple TV+ on August 13th. The film, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance, was the first in Sundance Film Festival history to win all four top prizes in the US Dramatic Competition Category. Apple recently made an exclusive overall deal with Heder for series written and developed by her and a first look on feature films. Her debut feature film, TALLULAH, starring Elliot Page and Alison Janney, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released as a Netflix original. Currently, she is an executive producer and co-showrunner on the series LITTLE AMERICA for Apple TV+, which has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and is in pre-production on its second season. She previously was a writer and producer on three seasons of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, for which she received multiple WGA nominations, and a writer on MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, which earned her a Peabody Award. She has directed episodes of Netflix’s GLOW, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Hulu’s THE PATH, and LITTLE AMERICA.
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Christina M. Kim is an award-wining television writer and producer. In 2005, she joined the writing staff for Lost, advancing first to story editor then to executive story editor over the course of her tenure on the show. She has produced and written episodes for NCIS Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, and Blindspot. Christina was born in Chicago but spent half of her childhood in Seoul where she learned to speak Korean fluently. She returned to the States to attend high school at Phillips Exeter Academy, then went on to major in English at Georgetown University. Kim moved to LA to pursue a career in screenwriting and received an Masters in Fine Arts from USC Film School. She received a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Series for her work on “Lost” and was nominated for Outstanding Dramatic Writing for an episode of “Lost” that she wrote in the show’s second season.
A supporter of gender-balanced and inclusive casts and crews, she is creator of The CW’s series Kung Fu, tv’s first drama series starring an all-Asian cast. Kung Fu has been renewed for a second season.
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Kate Herron is an award-winning writer/director who created a number of shorts before helming episodes of Daybreak, Five by Five, which starred and was executive produced by Idris Elba, and directed the second half of the series, (episodes 5-8) of Sex Education. Using her talent, experience, a lifelong passion for sci-fi, and love of Loki, she created a no-holds-barred pitch powerpoint that landed her the job as director and executive producer of Marvel’s Loki on Disney+, a show that has been highly praised by critics and has broken records for worldwide viewership.
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Ebony Adams is a writer and podcaster whose work foregrounds the lives and work of Black women in the diaspora. She currently oversees public programming for WIF, as part of the organization's efforts to support female filmmakers through film screenings, masterclasses, workshops, and panel discussions. She is the co-author of History vs Women, a middle-grade non-fiction work that aims to recover the stories of some of history’s most dynamic (and devilish) women. In her spare time, she co-hosts several pop culture-focused podcasts for Feminist Frequency.
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