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Published on October 8th, 2019 | by Crystal Willis

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Create The Writers Room Celebrates Diversity With Inclusive Screenwriters Competition

Rickey Castleberry of 19f Productions launched a new initiative to celebrate marginalized creators and foster young screenwriting talent at its recent ‘Create The Writers Room’ event at North Hollywood’s WACO Theater in partnership with Deadline.com.

The event which seeks to empower emerging creators, provided a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion with industry executives from various film companies and television networks moderated by Deadline editor, Dino Ray-Ramos. Panelists included Ty Bristol (BET), Kelsey Jackson (ACE Entertainment), Liliana Granados (JuVee Productions) and Heather McKay (Rich Youth).

Writers were asked to submit a three-page script, and finalists were required to produce a short visual trailer to express their vision. The three finalists chosen below will get the opportunity to pitch their project idea to the panelists, and one winner will receive a new HP Laptop and Final Draft 11 software.

The top three finalist chosen are:

Plump by Antoine Tate and Tiffany Parker

Triggered by Tracy Lincoln, Adrienne Reed and Jalen Blot.

Overqualified by Jerry Madison Jr, Portia Lewis, Briana M. Hill, Demetrius Roberts-Taylor and Malik Sulieman.


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About the Author

Crystal Willis is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Entertainment Publicist and CEO of The Omni Firm. She is also a Transformational Life Coach and Founder of The Crysalis. Her personal story has been seen by millions of people on media outlets like Marie Claire Magazine, PBS, Blaze TV, Daily Signal and more.


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