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2019 Finalists Announced for From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More! Presented by Project 10 Productions Inc.

July 17, 2019

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 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.

Our five finalists are:

  • Ron Eigen, Groceries
  • Andrew Kimler and Keisha Zollar, Scoutmasters
  • Nimesh Patel and Mookie Thompson, Young Money
  • Darrell Dennis and Katya Gardner, Big Game
  • Blair Socci, Back Doors

 

About the teams and their projects:

 

Groceries, Ron Eigen (Creator)

Synopsis: Groceries follows the exploits of neurotic grocery bagger Harold Field, his diverse and lovable colleagues and the eccentric customers that frequent the quirky grocery store. 

Bio: Ron Eigen is an experienced director, writer and editor. Originally from SoHo, NYC, back when it was gritty and weird, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kim and pet fish Monty. Most recently, Ron edited Jasper and Errol’s First Time for Viceland, You Can Do Better on truTV, and a soon-to-be released feature documentary about comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, produced by Rock Paper Scissors. Ron has directed commercials for Herbal Essences, Bushmills, Western Digital, Sprint, Sizzler, The Natural History Museum and Captain Morgan. His short films have screened at the London Film Festival, Los Angeles Shorts Fest, New Zealand International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival. While growing up, Ron religiously watched The Simpsons every Sunday night, which began his passion for animation. Ron regularly posts comics to his Instagram account, @eigencomics. Groceries is his first animated show.

 

Scoutmasters, Andrew Kimler (Creator/Writer) and Keisha Zollar (Writer/Producer)

Synopsis:  A group of reluctant scoutmasters struggle to teach and maintain antiquated scouting values in their dysfunctional troop.

Bio: Andrew Kimler is a writer, producer, and performer whose work has been seen on Comedy Central, NowThis, IAF.tv, Fast Company, Glamour Magazine, and more. He’s contributed to Vox, Comedy Cake, and ManCaveDaily.com, and Funny or Die. He also co-created and produced the topical news podcast, Applying It Liberally of which he was also a host as well as developed two properties with American Sports Network as an Executive Producer and writer. Andrew has performed comedy in NYC at the UCB and PIT including the monthly topical sketch show, Sktch Show and has had several appearances on the Emmy Award winning digital docu-series {THE AND}. 

Keisha Zollar is an actress-comedienne who is currently a Writing Supervisor on Busy Tonight. Previously, she was a staff writer on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central. Keisha recently wrapped her third Comedy Central digital series as an actor and writer. She served as co-creator/producer for the socio-political podcast Applying It Liberally. As an actor Keisha has been seen on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Comedy Central, Nightcap, Middle of the Night, The Today Show, CollegeHumor, TVLand, and many more. In addition, her comedy group Astronomy Club has a digital series with Comedy Central (Vulture Best New Comedy Series 2018). She has been featured by Glamour magazine, Fast Company, Paste magazine, etc.

Young Money, Nimesh Patel (Co-Creator) and Mookie Thompson (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: Young Money is 30-minute single cam comedy in which a finance wunderkind takes in his delinquent best friend and they combine their opposite worldviews to try and join the ranks of the super-rich by chasing a series of insane investment opportunities. Think Billions meets Broad City.

Bios: Nimesh Patel is a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer based in NYC. He is a former writer for SNL & worked in hedge funds, investment banking, and private equity before pursuing stand-up and writing comedy full-time. He has also written for the White House Correspondents Dinner hosted by Hasan Minhaj, The Oscars hosted by Chris Rock, the New York Times, and many others. 

Mookie Thompson is a New York native stand up comic, writer, actor and underground gambling “aficionado”. He was recently featured in the series “Rel” on Fox, and can be seen starring in the Complex produced prank show “Everything’s For Sale” on Hulu. Mookie performs stand up in the upcoming Comedy Dynamics series “Coming To The Stage”, and can be seen on tour as a feature act with the Lucas Brothers.

Big Game, Darrell Dennis (Co-Creator) and Katya Gardner (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: A hustler afflicted with“Unipolar Mania”returns to his poverty-stricken Indian reservation to start a casino in his brother’s garage and becomes an unlikely messiah to his people.

Bios: Darrell is aFirst Nations actor, writer, comedian and director. His feature film “Tales of an Urban Indian”was recently awarded production funding by Telefilm Canada.A TV pilot based on “Tales” aired on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network.Darrell was the head comedy writer on the TV show, “Buffalo Tracks”. He also wrote the pilot “Moccasin Flats” which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Showcase Television.Darrell was the first ever Native cast member in the “Second City NationalTouring Company”. He has performed stand-up in televised galas at the “Winnipeg Comedy Festival” and “Just for Laughs”.On CBC Radio, Darrell co-wrote and hosted “Revision Quest” which won the prestigious New York Festival Award.Darrell is currently a writer on the TV mini-series “Little Bird”. He was recently the director, writer, and cast member of the comedy/variety series “The Guilt Free Zone”.

Katya Gardner has been a film and television actor for over 20 years. She has played a wide range of roles with credits ranging from “The X-Files”, “The Outer Limits”, “The City” and “Odyssey 5”. Katya has also starred with Charisma Carpenter in “Cheaters Club” and Rob Lowe in “Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming”. Currently she is enjoying success as a screenwriter. She had a development deal with CBC for a ground-breaking legal drama, had a TV Pilot place in the finals of a US TV Writer competition, and a feature film that was awarded production funding from Telefilm Canada.Katya was recently one of the comedy writers on APTN Comedy/Variety series “The Guilt Free Zone”

Back Doors, Blair Socci (Creator)

Synopsis: When Frankie’s uncle dies and leaves her his famed shop against her wishes, she must decide if she will leave her new life in New York and return to the world of surfing and hometown of San Clemente she so vehemently turned her back on.

Bio: Blair Socci is a Los Angeles-based comedian who recently moved back to her native state after 5 years in New York City. Her stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central,Last Call with Carson Daly,and Kevin Hart’s Lol Network. She was a breakout “New Face” at the 2017 Just For Laughs Montreal Festival and was also named to Bustle Magazine’s 2017 class of Comedians to Watch. You may know her from starring in the popular MTV series,Ladylike, or her from her writing and appearances on MTV’sGuy Code vs. Girl Code. Blair is the co-creator and star of the acclaimed digital series,Blair’s Lair,which follows amillennial agoraphobe with questionable morals and has been written up in Vulture and Paste Magazine. She is the co-host of The Blair and Greta Show every Tuesday in West Hollywood and the creator and host of the monthly talk show, Dear Owen Wilson. She also wants you to know that she has a masters in creative writing from The New School because she accidentally thought she wanted to be a novelist and also that she played volleyball at UCLA (class of 2018, she is so young).

Don’t miss this awesome pitch event! From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place, Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Doubletree by Hilton Montreal. From Set to Screen is presented by Project 10. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. Click here to purchase your pass today.

 

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