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Writing for open, interactive worlds is a wholly different enterprise than creating a typical screenplay. This panel will feature writers from television, the web, and feature films and explore the creative process from the writer’s unique perspective. Guests include John Esposito (The Walking Dead), Nick Bernadone (30 Rock); George Strayton (Transformers).
Strayton has written for three Sam Raimi television series, including Xena: Warrior Princess under showrunners Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (writer- producers of Mission Impossible 3, Transformers 1 and 2, Alias, Fringe, Hawaii Five-O and The Proposal). He also penned the screenplay for Dragonlance, starring Kiefer Sutherland, for Paramount Pictures, and in 2010 optioned a script based on the graphic novel Xombie to Kurtzman/Orci. He was a transmedia producer on the films Transformers 1 and 2, Star Dust, and Star Trek (2009). He’s currently adapting a novel by award-winning author Andre Norton (www.andrenorton.com) in conjunction with her estate. Strayton earned an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
John Esposito is an award winning writer/ producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. In 1990, his first produced screenplay, STEPHEN KING'S GRAVEYARD SHIFT, opened at the top of the box office charts. His next feature, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, co-produced by John with a screenplay by the then unknown Quentin Tarantino, featured George Clooney and has since become a cult classic, spawning sequels, video games and comics. John's other writing credits include the fantasy-thriller TALOS THE MUMMY (co-scripted with director Russell Mulcahy), Poe's THE BLACK CAT for ABC, R.L. STINE'S THE HAUNTING HOUR for The Hub and multiple episodes of Warner Brother's critically acclaimed animated series TEEN TITANS. In 2007, John's original teleplay RIGHT TO DIE was produced for Showtime's MASTERS OF HORROR, becoming one of the season's best received entries.
Most recently, John scripted the very first web series based on AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, for which he received the 2012 WGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Derivative New Media. A follow up web series makes its debut this October.
Nick Bernardone is a writer/director that has worked on such TV shows as NBC's "30 Rock", MTV's "I Just Want My Pants Back" and Comedy Central's "Big Lake. Recently, he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the 30 Rock Webisodes. Nick also creates web content with his sketch group HotGarbageVideo, which can be seen featured on Cracked.com, Channel101, YouTube & UCBComedy.com. Using similar resources from his New Media projects, Nick wrote/directed a half-hour pilot, "Classless", on a web-series budget. Nick is currently working on 30 Rock's final season.
Series: NYFF50: Convergence
Venue: Film Center Amphitheater