Diversity Initiative Competition

August Winner!


Jennifer Irons

Jennifer Irons

Jennifer, a writer and producer, sold her healthcare company in 2012 to pursue her love for telling stories. She moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting, and soon after began writing and producing full time. She’s  produced shorts films, digital content and a commercial. Her first taste of success was a Doritos commercial she wrote and produced for a filmmaker competition. She didn’t win, but afterwards, she licensed her commercial to Frito Lay.
After meeting several Canadian producers at the American Film Market, and learning how much cross-collaboration there is between American and Canadian producers, Jennifer flew to Toronto Canada to pitch TV projects she had in development. It wasn’t long before Jennifer was legally able to work in Canada. Being an American-Canadian writer producer has proven to be a huge benefit, allowing Jennifer to work in both markets. For instance, Jennifer was hired by a three-time Emmy-winning director to write a dramatic feature, produced and filmed in Los Angeles, but was also recently staffed on a Canadian one-hour drama co-produced with NBCUniversal.

Jennifer was recently named one of Canada’s top 20 emerging filmmakers of color, and looks forward to writing and telling stories that showcase her unique voice, in both the American and Canadian markets.  In addition to having a passion for smart, one-hour dramas, Jennifer is equally passionate about telling stories that portray Black male and female characters as complex, multidimensional heroes.

Each month, Roadmap selects one diverse screenwriter to participate in the Pitch Prep Program (Step 1 of our Career Writer Program) for FREE!

The lack of diversity and representation in Hollywood has been at the forefront of the national conversation for a while now. At Roadmap, we want to do our part to help bring more diversity to the big screen (and the small)! For us, that starts with the screenwriters.

Winners will also receive a 30 minute call with Daniela Gonzalez, literary manager at Circle of Confusion. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the industry and learn how you can best position yourself for success.

Lastly, winners will also be invited to participate in a free “Real Talk with Nita” session via Zoom with Roadmap's Access Programs Coordinator, Adquanita Curtis, and an industry executive of color. During this candid session you will be able to chat with Adquanita about your specific goals, and needs, as a writer of color and how we here at Roadmap can best help you achieve these goals. There will also be a guided Q&A session with the guest executive!

That's why we are proud to sponsor the Roadmap Writers Diversity Tribute!

We launched this initiative in memory of Roadmap Writer Coletta Preacely-Garcia, who passed suddenly in 2016. Coletta was an extremely hardworking writer who was always working to better her craft, tirelessly writing, rewriting, and taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her to gain skills, make connections, and polish her screenplays.

Who should apply? This program is for diverse screenwriters with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the marketing aspect of their career and start getting their work out there!

How to Enter

To apply for this tribute, please submit in PDF format:

  1. A one-page statement highlighting your diverse background and why you would be a valuable and hardworking member of the Career Writer Program.
  2. A scripted writing sample (Pilot or Feature).

The deadline for entries is on the 25th via the Submit with Coverfly link below.

Past Tribute Winners