THE WRITERS ROOM 5050
The Writers Room 5050 mentors storytellers, writers, directors and producers for next-level success in television, streaming and film. Develop your pilots, pitch your TV series, run the writers room and direct episodes. Our alumni are in demand and getting hired. We aim to level the playing field in entertainment for underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQA+, indigenous, disability, veterans, age, and woke men. Be part of our Inclusion Revolution!
Storytellers can join us for live sessions or they can participate remotely using Zoom.
Writing Lab Modules
THE DIRECTORS CHAIR 5050
The Writers Room 5050 directing track… The Directors Chair 5050 is designed for storytellers wanting to work in television, streaming and feature films. Our directing labs give storytellers the tools to develop, finance, and produce their short film or series episode. We offer two directing labs to: 1.) produce an episode an anthology series; or 2.) produce a stand-alone project.
Directing Lab Modules
ABOUT THE FOUNDER & INSTRUCTOR
Evette Vargas is an award-winning writer, director, producer and immersive storyteller. Named by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Vargas’ has produced series for Amazon, MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; and interactive content for Fast And Furious, Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Madonna. Vargas executive produced, wrote and directed her digital series Dark Prophet, starring Henry Rollins, which was in contention for two Emmys. Vargas sold her drama series, Muses, to TNT. Vargas is creating a drama series for MGM Television with Marc Guggenheim and Rosario Dawson serving as executive producers and penning the Mix Master Mike feature biopic. Vargas wrote The Current War VR Experience, a companion piece for the film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. A staunch activist for inclusion and equity, Vargas founded The Writers Room 5050 to mentor storytellers and create opportunities for their next-level success. A member of the Writers Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Producers Guild of America, Vargas was born in the Bronx and learned to tell stories at the dinner table where the imagination ruled. Vargas collects action figures, typewriters and shoes; has past lives as a DJ, a fashion designer and is a recovering New York City advertising Art Director.
Roberta Marie Munroe has produced and/or directed over 30 award-winning shorts film and several features for companies such as Fox Searchlight, AT&T and the United Nations (UNFPA), that have played at festivals worldwide, (Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and Tokyo Short Film Festival), won many “Best Of” awards, and/or enjoyed a theatrical release and television broadcast. For a complete list: IMDB LINK. Ms. Munroe produced a series of films with for the 2017 AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program: an emerging filmmaker partnership where she was a creative mentor alongside Octavia Spencer, Shelby Stone (Freedom Road Productions), Common, Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and James Lopez (Will Packer) and she also moderated their BFF Summit 2017 panel: Sending The Elevator Back Down, and The Blackhouse @Sundance 2018 panel, Hustle, Strategy & Perseverance: Make It Permanent. One of the projects, The Lost, won an Artios Award for Best Short Film casting (Lessall Casting). Ms. Munroe is the author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer, (Hyperion 2009), which has been translated in several languages including Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Her latest book, How Not To Sign A Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To, provides indie filmmakers with an overview of film industry contractual law. Roberta is a Co-Founder of The Blackhouse, an educational and celebration space for Black filmmakers and their supporters at Sundance, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As a film festival consultant & programmer, Roberta spent 5 years programming film for the Sundance Film Festival helping to launch the careers of Aurora Guerrero (OWN’s Queen Sugar), Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beast Of No Nation), the Duplass Brothers (Togetherness, Room 104), Tiffany Shlain (The Tribe, Connected), Taika Waititi (Jo Jo Rabbit, Hunt For The Wilderbeast, Thor), and many others. In addition, she has programmed film at IFP New York (No Borders co-production section), Tampa LGBT Film Festival, Sundance, and the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF). She was Sales & Industry Theatre Manager at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Managing Director of the Niagara International Film Festival (NIFF – Niagara on the Lake).
THE WRITERS ROOM 5050 IN THE NEWS
INCLUSION REVOLUTION NYC 2020 LABS
The Writers Room 5050 is coming to New York City in July 2020 with two bootcamps -- Pitching the TV Series and Writing the TV Pilot. Hit us up for the details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilliard Guess' Screenwriter's Rant Room Podcast
Episode #297 "Writers Room 5050" bit.ly/SWRR-297
The Writers Room 5050 is coming to New York City in June 2020 with two bootcamps -- Pitching the TV Series and Writing the TV Pilot. Hit us up for the details at email@example.com
Episode 279 - THE WRITERS ROOM 5050
In this episode, hosts Hilliard Guess and Chris Derrek sit down with activist, series creator and uber-hyphenate, Evette Vargas, and talk about her amazing, new workshops for diverse, LGBTQ and “woke” male writers who truly get the current culture we live and work in today!
You always know you’re doing something right when you get a shout out from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
There’s a new organization in Hollywood offering workshops for writers with diverse backgrounds looking to break into the television industry. The Writers Room 5050 was created by award-winning writer-director-producer Evette Vargas, in order to provide a clearer path for minority and female writers in the industry.
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