Note: Speakers and schedule subject to change without notice.
Executive Producer/Showrunner, THE GOOD DOCTOR
Originally from Canada, and a former lawyer, David Shore has been writing and producing television for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner on the hit ABC drama THE GOOD DOCTOR. Prior to that, he created the groundbreaking medical drama, HOUSE, which ran on Fox for eight seasons. Shore’s work on HOUSE earned him several Emmy nominations for Producing and he won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series,” as well as the Humanitas Prize and the Writers Guild of America Award.
Shore’s additional producer credits include SNEAKY PETE, BATTLE CREEK, HACK, FAMILY LAW, BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS, LAW & ORDER and TRADERS. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards as a producer on LAW & ORDER and was part of the writing team for the Emmy Award-winning first season of THE PRACTICE. Most recently, Shore received a second Humanitas Prize for the pilot episode of THE GOOD DOCTOR.
Executive Producer, HOMELAND
Chip Johannessen was born in Detroit and educated at Harvard University, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. He later embarked on a short-lived career as a rock guitarist before turning his attention to television. His past writer-producer credits include BEVERLY HILLS 90210, THE X-FILES and 24. He also served as showrunner for MILLENIUM, MOONLIGHT and DEXTER.
Chip completed a J.D. at UCLA’s School of Law and passed the California bar just before joining HOMELAND as Executive Producer. At HOMELAND he’s been honoured with an Emmy, two Golden Globes and a WGA award. During this time he also picked up another WGA award, in long form, for SAINTS AND STRANGERS, a mini-series he created while in law school. Chip sits on the board of the Writers Guild of America, West where he co-chaired the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees.
Award-winning writer/producer Stacy Rukeyser currently serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-nominated and Critics’ Choice Award-winning drama, UNREAL. A senior writer on the series since season one, she has received both a Peabody Award and an AFI Award for her writing on the show.
Rukeyser’s body of work includes Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated series WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS), ONE TREE HILL (The CW), OCTOBER ROAD (ABC) and STANDOFF (FOX) as well as GREEK, THE LYING GAME and TWISTED for ABC Family. She also worked as Glen Mazzara’s (THE WALKING DEAD, DAMIEN) number two on CRASH, the first scripted drama on STARZ and as UNREAL co-Creator Marti Noxon’s number two on GIGANTIC for Teen Nick.
She is currently developing a pilot for A&E Studios and Lifetime and recently adapted PRIVATE, a feature film for Warner Brothers based on the bestselling young adult novel. She has written pilots for Showtime, Lifetime, MTV and Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment. Among her other feature scripts is THE MANXMAN, an adaptation of the epic romance novel by her great-great-grandfather Sir Hall Caine.
Rukeyser began her television-writing career in 2002 when she was one of thirteen writers selected for the Warner Brothers Dramatic Writing Workshop.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her two young sons and her husband, Clark Peterson, producer of Academy Award-winning film MONSTER, DEVIL’S KNOT and KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET as well as the upcoming films IDEAL HOME and REPLICAS. Rukeyser’s late father was Louis Rukeyser, best known as host of WALL $TREET WEEK WITH LOUIS RUKEYSER which ran for 32 seasons on PBS.
Creator/Showrunner, HAND OF GOD
Ben Watkins is a writer/filmmaker/actor from Berkeley, California. He started his career in Hollywood as an actor, playing the “mysterious” Dr. Wesley Carter on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. The transition to writing began in earnest with his award winning short film QUEST TO REF, which he wrote, co-directed and starred in. The film was an official Sundance Film Festival selection and won the American Black Film Festival. Soon after adapting that project into a feature screenplay for Universal, Watkins joined USA Network’s BURN NOTICE. He rose from Staff Writer to Executive Producer, before moving on to create the provocative Amazon Originals series, HAND OF GOD. Through his recently launched production banner, Blue Monday Productions, Watkins has projects in active development for AMC, USA and FX Networks among others. He strives to tell stories that change the way we view the world and ourselves.
Watkins actively supports community programs and people who are looking to improve issues around civil rights, public education and homelessness.
He resides in El Segundo, California. He and his wife, Kandi, have four sons.
Executive Producer/Showrunner, HOLLY HOBBIE, DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS
Sarah Glinski is an Emmy-nominated TV writer/producer currently serving as Executive Producer and Showrunner on the Hulu/DHX/Universal Kids series HOLLY HOBBIE. Previously, she ran DEGRASSI for Netflix/DHX. Over the last decade, Sarah’s produced over 200 episodes of television and 2 MOWs. She has also staffed on LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and BILLABLE HOURS.
Sarah’s been nominated for three Emmys, won three Canadian Screen Awards and was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation. When Sarah’s not brainstorming ways to get characters in trouble, she’s keeping her two young daughters out of it.
Director, WGA Showrunner Training Program
Carole Kirschner is the Director of the Writers Guild of America’s Showrunner Training Program and the creator and Director of CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program. Having worked as a senior level television development executive for eighteen years (including posts at CBS and as head of Steven Spielberg’s first Amblin Television), Carole has heard over 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of projects and was involved in developing dozens of television series.
Now an international speaker and entertainment career coach, she teaches creative professionals how to navigate the often baffling waters of show business. Through her popular workshops, Carole teaches real world strategies so screenwriters and producers can move up and thrive in Hollywood.
Her book, Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment, published by Michael Wiese Publishing, is assigned as a textbook in film/television classes at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
Playwright and Screenwriter
Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. He is also a teacher and mentor for Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab. His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, FX, USA Network, AMC, MTV and HBO. Others have been staffed on such shows as COMMUNITY, JUSTIFIED, BONES,THE MENTALIST, THE FOSTERS, YOUNG AND HUNGRY, PLAYING HOUSE and TREME.