(July 22) TV Pilots Resurrected

June 26, 2014

The Writers Guild of America, East presents
In partnership with New Wave at the Film Society of Lincoln Center


Tuesday, July 22
6:30pm Doors / 7pm Event

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, NYC


Join us for a live reading of two scripts, a drama and a comedy, written for the small screen.

FLICKER by John Gray
A grifter and former con-woman, Ivy Pelham has used those skills to make an unlikely rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain as the first female owner of a movie studio. Dealing with corporate espionage, L.A.'s political corruption, and attacks from other cutthroat Hollywood moguls will pale in comparison to the threat that emerges as her dark past comes back to haunt her. Oh… and the year is 1925, the height of the multi-billion dollar a year silent movie industry.

RUSHING IN by Martha (Marty) Johnson and Mark Odlum
A PBS historical reality program about the Gold Rush goes off the rails when its mix of highbrow and lowbrow cast members create an educational disaster.

The screenplay readings will be cast by Caroline Sinclair Casting and directed by WGAE member Robbie Chafitz. WGAE President Michael Winship will introduce the evening and moderate interviews with both writers. A reception will conclude the evening.


Brooklyn born John Gray is a New York based writer/director. Among his credits are WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, an indie feature which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, as well as movies and miniseries for television such as MARTIN AND LEWIS, HELTER SKELTER, and THE HUNLEY. He is currently the producing director on the new CBS series RECKLESS, and he created and directed the CBS supernatural series GHOST WHISPERER. His wife Melissa Jo Peltier is his producing partner, and author of the novel REALITY BOULEVARD.

Martha (Marty) Johnson and Mark Odlum are writer/performers with backgrounds in sketch and improv. Together they wrote a pilot for NBC after their comedy won Best Film in the NBC Short Cuts Festival. Marty's writing for FlackCheck.org garnered a Telly Award for political satire in 2012 and her independent shorts have screened in the New York Television Festival, Austin Film Festival and others. Her two-woman sketch show ran at the UCB Theatre and was a two-time finalist in the Friars Club national Sketch Competition. Marty teaches and performs for the Improv Asylum Theater, and works in documentary television.

Mark Odlum co-created the comedy group, The Smart Department.  His shorts have been featured on The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and are currently touring the world with the Banff Mountain Film Festival.  Mark has arrested people for shoplifting on soap operas, appeared in national commercials and is a card-carrying member of WGA, SAG & AFTRA.  He is currently "finishing" his first book, a comedic memoir called "Last Run of the Day."