2019 Writing Fellowship
Your Story Begins Here
The HBOAccess® Writing Fellowship provides mentorship for up to 8 diverse, emerging storytellers. Following a one-week intensive of master classes, participants are immersed in 8 months of mentoring by HBO creative executives, as each participant develops a script suitable for HBO® or Cinemax®.
Melody Cooper is a genre writer/director and is currently a staff writer on a CW horror TV series. She won the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Film Festival with her thriller NORTHERN CROSS and is the recipient of fellowships from AMC Networks Shudder Labs, NY Stage & Film, and the Writer’s Lab, and won the Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship from Stowe Story Labs. Her supernatural feature script THE SOUND OF DARKNESS was a 2018 Athena List Finalist, and the short she directed based on it was a Semi-Finalist at the 2019 Women in Horror Film Festival. Her short documentary, DETAINED, was winner of a 2018 IndieFest Award of Recognition. Melody has also been tapped to write the Humanoids comic book OMNI for Mark Waid, with issues starting in February 2020. Also an award-winning playwright, her short play STAGECOACH MARY (OR F*CK YOU ALL) will be produced by SLAMBoston in Spring 2020.
Lucy Luna is a Mexican writer and director living in Los Angeles. Her horror short film, WE’RE ALL HERE, found success in the festival circuit with garnering six awards to date. In 2019 Lucy won the ScreenCraft Fellowship and made the Young & Hungry List. She penned a horror feature script for Mexican producer Gerardo Gática, and landed her first TV gig in the CW’s series TWO SCENTENCE HORROR STORIES. Lucy also signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and APA.
Danielle is a graduate of the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television MFA program at USC where she was a Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellow and hand selected participant in a one-time Development Master class with Brian Grazer. She’s a 2019 Universal Writers Program Finalist, a 2018 Fox Writers Lab Finalist, a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder, and has made the 2018 Young & Hungry List and Hit List. Danielle has worked as a Writers’ PA on ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY and a WGA Writers’ Trainee on AppleTV+ series, SWAGGER. Currently, Danielle is a Staff Writer on MARVEL’s MOON KNIGHT.
Elaine is currently staffed on the new GOSSIP GIRL reboot for HBO Max, premiering in late 2020. She is humbled to be a fellow in the HBO Writers Program, chosen for the CBS Writers Program, and a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab. Additionally, Elaine is grateful to have been named on the Young & Hungry List and as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019. She has had scripts place in the world-renowned PAGE Awards (Silver Prize), Austin Film Festival (3 times), Final Draft Big Break (Top Ten), Tracking Board Launch Pad (Top 50), and the ISA (Grand Prize). She wrote/directed the short form series DOXXED, which won Best Short Comedy at Catalyst (formerly itvfest) and Best Achievement at Raindance. www.doxxed-series.com On a personal note, Elaine was born in Singapore, grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and then moved to Massachusetts. She does not speak any Chinese, loves Wendy's junior bacon cheeseburgers, and can solve a Rubik's cube in less than two minutes.
Eddie is a Cuban-American actor, writer and Emmy-winning producer from Miami, Florida. An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Eddie’s credits include the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase, the 2017 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop and the 2018 NBC Spotlight Showcase. He has produced content for Broadway Video’s MÁS MEJOR and curates HERALDO PRESENTA, a monthly all-Latinx variety show. His short films have received critical acclaim; DREAMER was named one of Vulture’s Best Comedy Videos of 2018 and UNO POR UNO: THE CUBAN MISSLE Crisis won Best Web Series at HBO’s NYLFF and Cine Sony’s “New Voices” competition.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Ivan Tsang is an MFA Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Screen and TV Writing. Ivan originally moved to LA to work with the rising movement of Asian American influencers and subsequently wrote for Wong Fu Productions, KevJumba, Jubilee Media, Fung Bros. Comedy, Jeremy Lin, ISA TV (among others) where as a result, his work has been viewed over 100 million times. Ivan's feature script FINDING CUMBERBATCH won the 2019 Screencraft Comedy Competition and he also most recently closed a deal to develop his pilot STEALING STANFORD into a feature film. He is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and is also the proud owner of a Pug named Russell.
The winner of the 2019 WarnerMedia/ABFF Writing Contest for his dramedy script “LYZ,” Darnell Brown began his storytelling career publishing a book of thought-provoking, socially-conscious poetry. A native son of Chester, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of The University of the Arts, Darnell writes both comedy and drama. In 2018, he was a finalist for Issa Rae and BET’s “Script to Screen” TV writing contest during The American Black Film Festival and was featured on the 2020 Bitch List with the top pilot. Darnell also worked as a WGA Writers’ Trainee on season two of the BET drama, “AMERICAN SOUL.”