Join WeScreenplay for Cocktails & Conversations, a casual virtual series where we sit down with some of our esteemed contest Jurors to chat about their journeys in the industry, specifics of the business, and advice they have for writers. Grab your favorite libation and plop down in front of your computer to attend this live-streaming event!

Up next, we’re chatting with President of Tracy Yvonne Productions Joy Ganes on Tuesday, October 13th at 5pm PDT. Joy currently sits on the jury for our Diverse Voices Contest.

Joy Ganes is President of Tracy Oliver‘s production company, Tracy Yvonne Productions (FIRST WIVES CLUB) which specializes in film and television development and production. Prior to that, Ms. Ganes was the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at BBC Studios, where she supported the production and development departments of the scripted and unscripted teams in all linear and digital matters.  Ms. Ganes was also Head of Production at OWN Studios where she helped manage productions and content creation on both the OWN network and www.oprah.com. As an attorney, she was active in pro bono matters that included negotiating screenplay options extensions for small budget films.

She has produced a number of shorts, but most recently produced the feature film PREMATURE released by IFC in February 2020 and I’LL MEET YOU THERE which was set to premiere at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Ms. Ganes’ passion in independent producing stems from developing projects that allow her to tell universal stories that are both entertaining and socially relevant. She seeks to create art that demonstrates that we are more alike than we are different.

Grab your own cocktail, coffee, or beverage of choice, and join us!

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Join WeScreenplay for ACTIONS FOR POSITIVE CHANGE, an ongoing virtual series where we explore specific ways to amplify diversity and inclusion in screenwriting.  With accomplished guests who can speak directly from experience, we’ll examine the history that has resulted in underrepresentation, discuss visions for the future of Hollywood, ask speakers for their challenges to the industry at large, and close each conversation with concrete steps YOU can take to help move the needle.

These topics may be challenging at times, but we hope you’ll bring your ideas, personal insights, and willingness to grow as we hold space for these essential conversations. Together, we can help foster a more inclusive entertainment industry and elevate our craft at the same time.

Join us on Friday, September 4th from 4-5pm PDT for

“Embracing the Nuanced Latinx Experience” 

Our guest speakers:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific writer best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning producers of LOST, and as creator of the comic book and ABC Family television series THE MIDDLEMAN. Javi’s current credits include co-executive producing the Jim Henson Company’s THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE and COWBOY BEBOP – both for Netflix – as well as writing and producing for the first season of BLOOD AND TREASURE at CBS.

Javi has also sold original pilots to CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, The WB, Sci-Fi (and SyFy), and TNT, worked as writer, or writer/producer, on THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, THE 100, HELIX, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, MEDIUM, THE PRETENDER, CHARMED, and more, and written scripts for LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, THE DEAD ZONE, and DARK SKIES.

Evangeline Ordaz is an attorney turned film and television writer and producer, known for her work as the Co-Executive Producer of 13 REASONS WHY, VIDA, and QUEEN SUGAR, Producer/Writer of EAST LOS HIGH, and more. A native of East Los Angeles, Ms. Ordaz is also a playwright whose plays have been developed by Center Theater Group (Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson/Kirk Douglas Theater), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Hedgebrook. She also has multiple productions to her credit at theaters in Los Angeles, San Jose, and Tucson. She is an alum of UC Berkeley’s School of Law.

Jenny Lorenzo is a Cuban-American actor, writer and content creator who became a viral sensation with her beloved Abuela character that has garnered millions of views online along with her relatable, Latino-based content seen through the comedic and nostalgic lens of a 1st generation Cuban-American. She won “Best Character” for Abuela at the Tecla Awards 2018. In 2017, Lorenzo was a participant in the Women in Comedy program at YouTube Space LA in partnership with Elizabeth Banks and WhoHaHa. She was selected out of 12 women for the program and then chosen to be personally mentored by Elizabeth, herself. You can catch Jenny in the recurring role of Lupe on Cartoon Network’s VICTOR & VALENTINO.

Joshua Noble is a Puerto Rican writer, actor, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his career in TV and film, he is a founding producer of The American Playbook, a series of conversations and new works highlighting historically underrepresented voices, and currently serves as Director of the National Actors’ Retreat. Joshua received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Join us for a chat about the importance of authenticity over stereotyping to facilitate inclusive storytelling!

This event has concluded, but don’t worry! You can see a recap here.