Panel: The Screenwriter/Agent Relationship - Sept 11

Launching Your Career Panel (Screenwriter & Agent)

When: Monday, September 11, 2023 - 5:00-6:15 pm CT

Please join us for a panel with Davia Carter (Tulsa King), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston) and Cindy McCreery (RTF Interim Chair, Honey Girls) in which they discuss their career trajectories, the scope of their work, and their views on the current state of the media industries.

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Speaker Biographies 

Davia Carter, (Tulsa King, Snowfall)

Davia Carter discovered her passion for writing while growing up in a military town nestled in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. Much of her writing pays homage to her small-town upbringing. Carter has an affinity for stories about people exploring their identity and coming of age. Her pursuit of a career in television led her to the University of Texas at         Austin, where she studied film and screenwriting. Carter is currently a writer/producer for the Sylvester Stallone-led series, Tulsa King. Her other credits include FX’s Snowfall, USA’s Queen ofthe South, and the CW’s Katy Keene


Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston)

Jim Ehrich started his career at boutique management company Hofflund/Polone, where he rose from receptionist to manager.  While at Hofflund/Polone, he worked with both feature and television writers and directors.  After Hofflund/Polone, he joined Writers & Artists Agency as a literary agent, where he specialized in crossing over playwrights into the feature business.  Jim joined The Rothman Agency in 2003 as a literary agent and later became a partner in the agency.  He works in film, television and IP representing both writers and directors.  


Cindy McCreery (RTF Interim Chair & Associate Professor)

Cindy McCreery was a Walt Disney/ABC Feature Writing Fellow and has since sold feature and television projects to New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Films, Warner Brothers, MGM, Branded Entertainment, Lionsgate, SyFy Channel, Disney Channel, NBC, TNT, Televisa USA, Universal Television and AMC’s Shudder. Most recently she has produced the fictional podcast, Quaranteen’d, and just finished writing a feature film for Sony Pictures called The Honey Girls. Cindy lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Paul McCreery and their two children Charlie and Finn. She's a member of The Writer's Guild of America and is the Interim Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Sept. 11 - Launching Your Career, Screenwriter & Agent

Guests: Davia Carter (Tulsa King), Jim Ehrich (literary agent, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston) & Cindy McCreery (RTF Interim Chair, Honey Girls)
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Oct. 23 - Christopher Casanova

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Oct 25 - Emerald Fennell

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