The Writers Guild of America, East,
in partnership with the New York Television Festival,



*RSVP REQUIRED (Writers Guild members Only)

Monday, July 16 at 7:30pm

Helen Mills Event Space & Theater
137 W 26th Street, NYC

Join us for a live reading of two scripts, a drama and a comedy, written for the small screen. Two WGAE members will have their previously unproduced television pilots professionally directed and staged  using union actors. The winners and finalists will be Official Artists​ at the festival.
Drama Pilot
1-900-BITCHIN, written by Yael Galena 

Set in 1986, 1-900-BITCHIN follows Debbie, an unfulfilled stay-at-home mother of four, who is forced to work as a phone-sex operator after her husband’s arrest.  Feeling empowered for the first time in her life, she forges a friendship with badass feminist Marlene, and together they start a meaningful side-hustle: an underground advice line for women.

Comedy Pilot
ASSISTANT TO MS. HEIGL’S ASSISTANT, written by Tommy Ruprecht
Ally, a determined young woman, gets a job on the outermost periphery of show business. 
Drama Finalists:  Maggie Greenwald & Marygrace O’Shea, John Petro, Matthew Dixon
Comedy Finalists:  Gordon Rayfield, Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark, Brooke Berman    
The readings will be cast by Caroline Sinclair Casting and directed by Caytha Jentis. Interviews with the writers will follow each reading, and a reception will close the event


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