2018 Finalists Announced For From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More

June 28, 2018


Announcing the finalists for the 2018 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our single or multi-camera series long form pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions Inc. in conjunction with the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP). Our five finalists are:

* Adriano Valentini, The Age Of Insecurity
* David Taylor, Barnum
* Joe Abel and Dwayne Perkins, Black Republican
* Leslie Rathe, Tethered
* Stefan Brogren and Michelle Shaughnessy, Spinsters

About the Teams and Their Projects:

The Age Of Insecurity: Adriano Valentini (Creator)
Synopsis: Twenty-something siblings, Alfi and Alyssa, struggle with love, work and self-worth as they navigate back and forth between New York City and their hometown, Yonkers.

Bio: Adriano Valentini is a writer, director and producer. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Adriano was raised in a big Italian family. He studied film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received an MBA at Ryerson University. After graduating, Adriano worked as a Video Journalist at Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and took part in the Bell Media/Writer’s Guild of Canada Diversity Writing Program. In 2014, his short film Beanie Bros. was selected as a Top 10 Finalist for HBO’s Project Greenlight. In 2015, Adriano won the NBC Playground Competition, which led to writing and directing his first network comedy pilot for NBC, Sunset Ppl, produced by Will Packer Productions. Adriano recently completed work on the new digital comedy series, Little Italy, Los Angeles, for Adaptive Studios. He is currently developing an original series for NBCU and Snapchat.
Adriano is based in Los Angeles and is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.


Barnum: David Taylor (Creator)
Synopsis: James Barnum is a divorce attorney​ who thinks he knows it all… until he is faced with the reality of his own divorce. Barnum is a dark, single-cam half-hour. Similar to British television in look and feel, the show is set in Los Angeles.​ However, Barnum‘s LA isn’t the glamorous seductress that made you want to move. Barnum happens in the Los Angeles you were surprised to find when you arrived.

Bio: David Taylor is an Emmy-nominated and WGA award-winning writer for Hulu’s Triumph Election Watch, and for Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne and The Jeselnik Offensive. A regular at The Comedy Store, David has also contributed​ to numerous award shows, including The ESPYs and MTV Movie Awards; had a script deal with FXX; written for publications such as Paste Magazine; and hosted the acclaimed podcast “Until I Lose Interest.” David has acted in FXX’s The League and ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats, and in commercials for companies including Toyota, State Farm, and Pepsi. He has also appeared as a talking head on the 20 Most series on CMT. David has degrees in Chemistry and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and was​ a Silicon Valley software millionaire until he gave it up to become a comedian​.


Black Republican: Joe Abel (Co-Creator) and Dwayne Perkins (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: A small government Black Republican navigates the unseemly waters of modern day conservatism, where he finds that the greatest threats to his party are coming from within.

Bios: Joe Abel is a comedy writer based out of Los Angeles. Joe grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, then graduated from Lehigh University in 2004 with a B.A. in Journalism. He quickly realized two key facts: 1) Print journalism was a cantankerous geriatric being kept alive on a ventilator 2) The most resonant stories of our time are often works of fiction. He has the good fortune to be the literary Robin to the comedic Batman of Dwayne Perkins. Brooklyn native, Dwayne Perkins, is a vet in the comedy game. His one-hour comedy special: Dwayne Perkins: Take Note debuted on Netflix to rave reviews and instantly became a fan favourite. Dwayne has earned a spot in today’s elite class of stand-up comics with several appearances on Comedy Central and Conan. He was a 1999 Just For Laughs New Faces of Comedy and appeared at last year’s festival. Dwayne is the author of the book, ‘Hot Chocolate For The Mind’, a collection of humorous essays. He co-wrote and starred in the feature film Dying To Kill (now on Amazon), where he plays a stand-up comic who has to get laughs or die trying. His recurring piece on The Jay Leno Show, “Great White Moments in Black History” was a viewer favourite. Dwayne’s Comedy Central half-hour special was voted one of the top 25 Comedy Central specials of all time. It showcases his unique way of looking at life and his unparalleled ability to convey it in a hilarious manner.


Tethered: Leslie Rathe (Creator)
Synopsis: You Can’t Run From Yourself: Fleabag meets Catastrophe in this unflinchingly original “traumedy” about a new mom suffering an identity crisis after giving birth to her son and her alter ego — a rebellious headstrong younger version of herself who refuses to let go of the past.

Bio: Leslie Rathe is a bold new voice in film and television having worked out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. An honours graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her films have screened with Gen Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and IFC. Leslie currently lives in Los Angeles where she is developing original TV series across all platforms having worked with Pulse, Blackpills, and Conde Nast Entertainment. She is also writing a dark comedy series for JAX Media and developing a mini-series for Kids At Play. Tethered was a recent participant in the IFP Screen Forward Lab and is currently being developed as a half-hour serialized dark comedy.


Spinsters: Stefan Brogren (Co-Creator) and Michelle Shaughnessy (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Two sisters put aside their long running feud to run a successful fitness studio, which dissolves into a flocking ground for misfits and outcasts. A workplace comedy… with a SPIN.

Bios: Stefan Brogren is best known for his work in the Degrassi franchise. Starting in front of the camera as the beloved Archie “Snake” Simpson”, Stefan then found his love for working behind the scenes and went on to direct over 60 episodes of the iconic series. Stefan has three nominations and two wins at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Direction. He won a Directors Guild of Canada Award in 2015 and received his fourth nomination in 2017. Stefan is also an accomplished producer, receiving four Emmy nominations for his work. This year Stefan has been working on a new series for Hulu, Hollie Hobbie, as a Director and Co-Executive Producer. Stefan recently had a hilarious cameo in the newest Drake video, I’m Upset, and likes to think that gives him the hip hop cred he’s been so desperately wanting his whole life. Michelle Shaughnessy is comedian, actor and writer. She has had numerous appearances on CBC, The Comedy Network, Bite TV, The W Network and MTV. Her 2017 album ‘You Know What You Know Did’ hit Number 1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts, and she has fast become one of the most in demand comedians in the country. In 2015, she was part of the New Faces line-up at the JFL42 Festival in Toronto, and in 2017 she was a finalist in Sirius XM’s Top Comic competition. Michelle has written for CBC’s Still Standing and wrote last summer’s WE DAY for the CTV network.



Don’t miss this live pitch event!
From Set To Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD & More takes place, Friday, July 27 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of a full day of panels, podcast tapings and showcases. From Set To Screen is presented by Project 10 Productions Inc. in conjunction with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). Admittance to this live long form pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

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