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Christopher Cantwell ’04 will direct the upcoming feature The Parts You Lose, starring Aaron Paul. The film tells the story of a young deaf boy and his unlikely friendship with a fugitive.

Steven Caple Jr. ’14 has been tapped to direct Creed 2 starring Michael B. Jordan, the sequel to the Rocky Spinoff. The film is set to begin production in March 2018.

Steven Chbosky ‘ 92, will write and direct Disney’s live action feature Prince Charming based on characters from classic Disney features such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

Justin Chon ’03 after the success of his debut feature Gook, Chon will direct a feature for MACRO, the production company behind Mudbound, Fences and Roman J. Israel Esq.

Chris Coggins ’02 has moved to Heroes and Villains Entertainment to join its roster of managers. She was most recently at Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp.

Akela Cooper ’06 will act as showrunner for Netflix’s new show Charmed, which has received a ten-episode series order.

Bard Dorros ’99 will executive produce for Anonymous Content and Netflix, an animated feature from Oscar winning director Patrick Osborne and acclaimed writer Emma Needell.

Tim Doyle ’87 is writing and executive producing an untitled single camera comedy, about an Irish-Catholic Family in the 1970s, for ABC.

Megan Ellison is set to produce Carrie Brownstein’s feminist punk rock TV series Search and Destroy for Hulu.

DeVon Franklin will executive produce the upcoming TV series Spirit of the Law based on the life of Pastor and DOJ Agent Kalvin Kressel. Franklin has also partnered with Holly Carter to produce a hybrid musical series for Fox’s new family division called Music To My Ears.

Grant Heslov ’86 along with George Clooney will adapt Joseph Heller’s landmark novel Catch-22. The high profile series has received a six episode straight to series order with Clooney and Heslov set to direct and executive produce. They are also developing a potential new series on Watergate for Netflix.

Angela Kang ’09 has been promoted to be the new showrunner on AMC’s blockbuster TV series The Walking Dead.

Aaron Kaplan ’90 has inked a deal to produce the upcoming TV series Shining Vale. Sharon Horgan and Jeff Astrof write the horror/comedy show, which has received a pilot commitment from Showtime. Kaplan is also set to executive produce a new thriller series for NBC, The Kill Book. Kaplan has also landed a straight to series order from CBS All Access for Tell Me a Story a series that gives classic fairytales the dark treatment. For CBS, Kaplan is executive producing a new multi-camera, female focused comedy. Written by Corinne Kingsbury as well as two other comedies Fam and Here Comes the Neighborhood. YouTube Red has also given Kaplan the green light for a dark comedy pilot from the writer behind Santa Clarita Diet. At Warner Bros. TV, Kaplan has inked a deal to produce a new comedy 20/40 from the team behind Me, Myself and I. NBC has also bought Love After Love, based on the Argentinean show of the same name, which Kaplan is slated to produce.

Nahnatchka Khan ’94 and her production company Fierce Baby will produce a pilot for The Greatest American Hero, at ABC. The show is a reboot of the 1981 cult classic with an Indian-American woman as its new protagonist.

Ken Kwapis has teamed up with Double Nickel Entertainment to adapt Every Second Counts as a TV series about the world’s first human heart transplant. Kwapis is set to direct.

Shawn Levy ’94 after the runaway success of Stranger Things, Levy has made a multi-year deal with Netflix for his company 21 Laps Television.

Katie Lovejoy ’09 is writing an upcoming hour-long drama Dead Inside for The CW. The show follows an underachieving beat cop who sees the ghost of her dead hot shot detective brother.

Anthony Mandler ‘96 has signed on for his second feature titled Man of Cloth, set to film in Australia this summer. His first feature Monster had its World Premiere at Sundance.

Andrew Marlowe ’92 will executive produce the straight to series crime procedural Take Two for ABC.

Neal Moritz ’85 and his company Original Film are producing a new legal drama J.S.I.D for NBC.

Ben Proudfoot ’12 and his production company Breakwater Studios was recently purchased by MWM. Breakwater Studios was founded in 2012 and found great success in short documentaries.

Jason Reed ‘95 has been given a pilot order at ABC for False Profits, a comedic soap that is described as Desperate Housewives meets Glengarry Glenn Ross.

Matt Reeves ’88 has set a first look deal with Netflix for his company 6th and Idaho.

Marc Smerling has made a deal to write Crimetown for FX, based on the podcast of the same name.

Nick Stanton ’02 and Devin Bunje ’02 are set to write and produce the upcoming Netflix series The Prince of Peoria. The 16-episode live action, multi camera comedy is part of the network’s big push into younger programming.

Tim Story has reteamed with star Kevin Hart to direct My Own Worst Enemy for Universal. This marks the seventh collaboration between Story and Hart. Story has also named Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as President of Production at The Story Company.

Danny Strong ’96 will write a musical version of Oliver Twist for Disney.

Suzanne Todd after producing Bad Moms, Toddis set to produce Revenge Wedding for CBS Films. Cheryl Hines directs the upcoming comedy.

Pam Veasey has received a pilot order for her untitled new Holmes’s Sisters show, following the lives of five African American sisters who are officers at the NYPD. Veasey is also executive producing and writing the TNT show East of Jingletown, a multigenerational female driven drama.

Robert Zemeckis ’73 is set to produce the pilot for Manifest, a drama for NBC, a high concept mystery/thriller about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and its reappearance. He also is working on the live action reboot of the classic animated show The Jetsons at ABC.

Will Znidaric ’96 recently won two Eddies at the 68th ACE Editors Awards. He won for Best Edited Non-Theatrical Documentary for Netflix’s Five Came Back (Episode 3: The Price of Victory). His second award was Best Edited Feature Documentary for Jane.

SCA Alumni Sundance Winners
Special Jury Award — Outstanding First Feature
Monsters and Men
Julia Lebedev, Producer

NEXT Audience Award
Aneesh Chaganty ’13, Director
Aneesh Chaganty ‘13, Sev Ohanian ’12, Screenwriters
Sev Ohanian ‘12, Natalie Qasabian ’14, Producers

Amazon Studios Producers Awards
Narrative Feature
Sev Ohanian ’12, Producer

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize
Aneesh Chaganty ’13, Director
Aneesh Chaganty ‘13 and Sev Ohanian ’12, Screenwriters

Special Jury Award
K.D. Dávila, Screenwriter

Recent Movies (Oct-Jan)

A Bad Moms Christmas
Suzanne Todd, Producer

Blade Runner 2049
Doug Hemphill, Sound Re-recording Mixer

Call Me By Your Name
James Ivory ’57, Writer/Producer

Lee Unkrich ’90, Writer/Editor/Director
Steve Bloom, Editor

The Commuter

Ryan Engle ’01, Writer

Megan Ellison, Producer


Lori Forte, Producer

David Ellison, Producer

The Greatest Showman
Jon Poll ’81, Editor

Kevin Greutert ’87, Editor

Justice League
Chris Terrio ’02, Writer
Charles Roven, Producer

The Phantom Thread
Megan Ellison, Producer

The Post

Gary Rydstrom ’81, Sound Designer

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Todd Black, Producer
Robert Elswit ’75, Director of Photography

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson ’96, Writer/Director
Steve Yedlin ’96, Director of Photography
Bob Ducsay ’86, Editor


Grant Heslov ’86, Producer
Robert Elswit ’75, Director of Photography

Thank You For Your Service
Jason Hall, Writer/Director

Thor: Ragnarok
Kevin Feige ’95, Producer

Stephen Chbosky ’92, Writer/Director

New TV Shows on the Air

Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

The Chi
Rick Famuyiwa ’96, Director
Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

Bard Dorros ’99, Executive Producer

Josh Schwartz, Writer/Executive Producer

Neal Moritz ’85, Executive Producer

Me, Myself, & I

Aaron Kaplan ’90, Executive Producer

The Punisher
Michael Jones-Morales ’05, Writer/Supervising Producer

The Resident
Elizabeth Klaviter ’00, Writer/Co-Executive Producer
Sam Friedlander ’06, Associate Producer

Josh Schwartz, Writer/Executive Producer
Kevin Feige ’95, Producer

Aaron Thomas ’02, Writer/Executive Producer
Neal Moritz ’85, Executive Producer
Michael Jones-Morales ’05, Writer/Co-Executive Producer