Screenplay Incubator - Develop Something New with Ana Sessions (June)

Development Coordinator @ Lionsgate
Sundays 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 & 7/5 @ 11:00am - 1:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Do you feel like you have a whole host of ideas rattling around in your head but have no idea which one to focus on? Do you want guidance and advice as you prepare something new? Do you want a weekly meeting with tailored assignments to hold you accountable as you develop your next project?

If you said yes to any of these, then an Incubator is just what the doctor ordered! This brand new, four-week class will put you through your development paces and ensure that you get writing on the best foot possible.

This Class Will Cover:

  • Story structure
  • Keeping conflict interesting and escalating
  • Crafting satisfying character arcs
  • And more! 

Class Structure:

Week #1 - Writers will submit concept, logline, character breakdowns, and outline prior to the first week's class for this exec to review. Your exec will give verbal feedback this week.

Week #2 - Writers will submit their revised outline prior to this week and this exec will make sure each writer's outline is structurally sound by giving another round of notes to fine tune.

Week #3 - Writers will submit the first act for this exec to give feedback on in this class.

Week #4 - Writers will submit a revised act one and as many pages as they can write prior to this week's class for this exec to review and give verbal feedback on in this class!

About Your Host

Ana Sessions grew up in Seattle, Washington until moving to Los Angeles to pursue a double degree in Business Administration and Critical Studies of Film. Ana then segued into TV when she worked at ICM Partners because of the quality of storytelling and opportunity for rich character development before coming to Lionsgate 3 years ago in 2017. Ana fully transitioned to the TV Development team in May of last year and has served as the development coordinator since.

As an independent studio, Lionsgate has projects in active development or production at almost every broadcast, cable, premium, and streaming outlet. Lionsgate owns premium network STARZ and partners with them often, but the TV division is constantly looking for new outlets to share content with consumers and prides themselves on being entrepreneurial first movers when it comes to taking risks on new platforms. Lionsgate's shows past and present span across all genres, and the TV group has the unique ability to go after projects in all worlds and spaces as no genre is off limits since the team's passion for a particular show drives our ability to find the best home for it.

Lionsgate's projects are set up all around town, with shows at STARZ, HBO, HBO Max, Showtime, Quibi, Hulu, Apple, Peacock, NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, Amazon, Netflix, TNT, TBS, and FX to name a few. Some of the projects coming soon from Lionsgate include LOVE LIFE (HBO Max), FIRST LADIES (Showtime), POWER BOOK II: GHOST (Starz), HEELS (Starz), HIGHTOWN (Starz), SWIMMING WITH SHARKS (Quibi), among many more. The TV team also has numerous production deals in place with pods and companies like 3 Arts, BBC Studios, Point Grey (Seth Rogen), PictureStart, Feig Co. (Paul Feig), The Tannenbaum Company, Megamix (Jonathan Levine), Universal Music Group, End of Episode (Courtney Kemp), Jenny Bicks, and many other talented creators. Lionsgate looks forward to the opportunity to expand their slate with fresh stories from emerging and diverse voices and perspectives.

Online Classes

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

Specializes in:

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • SciFi
  • Thriller
  • Horror
TV Formats
  • Half-Hour Pilots
  • One-Hour Pilots
  • Miniseries
  • Limited Series
TV Homes
  • Network
  • Cable
  • Premium Cable
  • Streaming


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