Our most celebrated panel from last year brings back some wise and insightful Black genre TV writers working in the genre space. It'll be a frank discussion about nearly everything under the sun, including career advice, breaking in, writing craft, reps, favorite genre tv/films, and of course, what it's like being Black and a genre tv writer. to share their insights and wisdom
Bianca Sams (Charmed, Don't Look Deeper, Titans, The Originals, Training Day)
Brandon Schultz (Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Short Treks)
Christina M. Walker (Flash, October Faction, Salvation, Still-Star Crossed)
Lamont Magee (Green Lantern, Black Lightning, The Quad)
Natasha M. Hall (Saint X, Virgin River, AfterShock Comics)
Co-Moderators: Aadip Desai and James Moorer
Bianca Sams is a Writer/Actor hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work spans different genres and mediums (plays, television and feature films). Her original pieces are often described as lyrical investigations of found stories out of today's headlines or the pages of history, that ask audiences to face their own complex love affair with misery. She’s drawn to stories that question the roles of women, ethnicity, and family in modern society. Her work often deals with the search for “self” in the collective identity and also explore the underlying connective threads of mankind. She recently finished her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University. She received her BFA from New York University's Tisch School, where she earned the distinction of being Tisch's first ever Triple Major (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Africana Studies). Awards and honors include Ingram New Works Fellow (Nashville Rep), Warner Brothers TV Writing Workshop, KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place), Rosa Parks Award (2nd place), Kennedy Center/Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference fellow, Jane Chambers Student Playwright Award/Athe (2nd place 2013 & 2014), Scott McPherson Playwright Award, The Playwright Center Core Apprentice (2014), Playwright Foundation BAPF (finalist), Eugene O’Neill NPC (semi- finalist), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University, and T. S. Eliot Acting Fellowship, Tracking Board 2016 Young & Hungry List, WriteHerList 2017 and Tracking Board HIT LIST 2018. She previously worked as a writer on Training Day on WB/CBS TV starring Bill Paxton, The Originals on the CW with Julie Plec & Jeffrey Lieber and Titans for DC.com/WB/Berlanti. She’s currently a Supervising-producer on Charmed for CW. Bianca is represented by Echo Lake Management and Verve.
Brandon Schultz is a writer for Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Short Treks. Before writing on ST: Disco, Brandon was the writers’ assistant! He wrote and produced "Blood Thirsty," an animated short featured on New Line Cinema's "Blade Trinity" DVD release, wrote a 1-shot comic book for Marvel Comics and Atlantic Records, and co-wrote and developed the breakthrough award-winning comic book "Blokhedz.” Brandon is also the President, Co-Founder, and Producer for Street Legends Ink, a busy animation and design studio with clients including brands like Disney, Paramount, New Line Cinema, Image comics, Simon & Schuster, Adidas, Carhartt, Gatorade, Nestle, Nike, BWA/Chiat-Day, Cartoon Network, Jive Records, Def Jam, and more. He has also created programs for high school youth, acted as a jurist for Pan African Film-Fest, and has spoken on writing for animation, hip hop and comics, and Black masculinity in fiction at USC School Of Cinema/TV, Georgia State University, and Brown University. Brandon is co-producing the reboot of the classic Hip Hop film Krush Groove in collaboration with Warner Bros. He’s a proud graduate of Morehouse College.
Christina M. Walker
Born on a Naval base in Japan and raised in the military town of Virginia Beach, Christina always knew her life would take her to incredible places. After living abroad for three years in Naples, Italy, she returned seeing the world through a different set of eyes. She obtained a degree in Mass Media from Henderson State University, and told stories by working in television news for each of the major affiliates across the U.S.. However, yearning to return to her true passion, writing, she studied Screenwriting in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles.
In 2016, this passion assisted in earning her a slot with the Disney/ABC Program staffing on the Shondaland show Still Star-Crossed. This break gave her the unique opportunity of writing in NYC for the show, and traveling to Spain to produce two episodes of the series. Since the program Christina staffed on CBS’s Salvation, Netflix’s October Faction, and freelanced on BET’s Tales. Most recently her talents have put her in the high-concept and action space working on Seasons 8 of CW'S The Flash.
Lamont Magee is a consulting producer on the just-announced Green Lantern series set to air on HBO Max. Prior to Green Lantern, Magee served as a writer/producer on the CW’s Black Lightning for the duration of the series’ four season run and is currently developing a live-action streaming series for DC Comics. Magee has written for Dreamworks, Marvel, Disney, and LucasFilm Animation in the animation space and is currently developing a trio of comic books for the Mad Ghost banner. Magee has penned several theatrical projects which are in varying stages of development including BUFFALO FLATS, a film directed by Emma Westenberg, co-written by Magee, and produced by MGM, which is set to ramp up production later in the 2022 calendar year. Magee is also an executive producer on the Array/Netflix release DEFINITION PLEASE starring Sujata Day and Ritesh Rajan and executive produced by Datari Turner, Mindy Kaling, and Ava DuVernay. Magee is repped by manager Adam Robinson at The Rookery, Adam Levine, Kyle Jensen, Rich Rogers and Melissa Darman at Verve and attorney Matt Rosen at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
Natasha M. Hall
A bicultural, first-generation American, Natasha’s family immigrated from Barbados to New York City where she grew up straddling two worlds. One was a strict, traditional Caribbean household, and the other was Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn during the crack epidemic. The two were so different, they often seemed like surreal fantasies. As a result, Natasha now writes 1hr. dramas and fantasies about characters struggling to define themselves, about belonging and love. Currently co-developing a graphic novel for AfterShock Comics and writing a drama podcast for iHeartRadio, Natasha recently finished a Story Editor position on HULU’s upcoming drama, SAINT X. She wrote for season four of NETFLIX's VIRGIN RIVER. She is AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL’s 2020 AMC ONE-HOUR PILOT WINNER, is an alum of the 2020-2021 ViacomCBS WRITERS MENTORING PROGRAM, and her work has been recommended by Showrunners Jenny Klein, Declan de Barra, and M. Raven Metzner, as well as Liz Benjamin, and Writer/Director, Sofia Alvarez. Repped by Industry Entertainment and UTA, and once part of HBO’s original series team, Natasha is a graduate of Syracuse University and Teachers College at Columbia. During the latter, she also taught English through Teach For America in the South Bronx.
James Moorer, Director of Writer Outreach & Diversity Initiatives @ Roadmap Writers
James is a best-selling author, working screenwriter, producer, director, and motivational speaker who loves to find a way to succeed. James has also worked as an actor and voice talent on numerous projects. His company, Hammerjaxx Films, sponsors one of the prizes in Roadmap's Diversity Initiative. He's passionate about finding the story within the story and helping writers find both their voice and their own given greatness. His other passion is being the San Fernando valley's expert on PANCAKES. James is also the host of the popular Name of the Game webinar at Roadmap.
Aadip Desai, Director of Marketing & Brand Management @ Roadmap Writers
Aadip is an Indian American screenwriter, professional chatterbox, and Air Force Brat who has written for THE GOLDBERGS, MIRA ROYAL DETECTIVE, SHARKDOG, and DEW DROP DIARIES. He’s an alum of BAFTA Breakthrough US, Disney TV Writing Program/Fellowship, UCBTLA Diversity Scholarship Program, and AFI dropout. When he’s not writing, working at Roadmap, and parenting two kids and a chug, Aadip is an Advisor/Instructor at the Sundance Institute, runs the LA TV Writers Facebook Group (17.5K members), and serves on several BAFTA juries. He honed his moderating chops as a former co-host/producer of the On the Page screenwriting podcast, President of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, and by speaking at AFI, NYU, UCLA, USC, BAFTA, WGF/WGAw, CAPE, Humanitas, Final Draft, AFF, podcasts, and more. According to Chef Bobby Flay, Aadip is considered The Worst Cook to appear on Worst Cooks in America.