A Staffing Season Panel & Mixer

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March 05, 2020

About The Event

Governors Judalina Neira and Regina Hicks, along with the Writers Peer Group Executive Committee, invite members and a guest to attend:

A Staffing Season Panel and Mixer

With network staffing season starting earlier than ever, join us for an informative and highly motivational panel that will address what showrunners and executives are looking for in a potential hire, offer networking and online resource tips, and offer staffing season do's and don'ts. The panel will be followed by a mixer where attendees can mingle and share insights.


  • Tawnya Bhattacharya, Writer/Producer, Ginny & Georgia, A Million Little Things and Script Anatomy founder


  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Writer/Producer, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Cowboy Bebop, Blood & Treasure, Lost, The 100, and co-host Children of Tendu podcast
  • Asher Landay, Manager, Scripted Programming, Keshet Studios
  • Stan Pham, Vice President – Current Programs, CBS Entertainment
  • Luvh Rakhe, Writer/Producer, Dave, A.P. Bio, New Girl, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and WGA Board Member
  • Brandy Rivers, Manager, Industry Entertainment
  • ... and more

Refreshments will be served following the panel

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Members are encouraged to bring a fellow Writer as their guest to share the wealth of information.

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Only Television Academy Members with valid membership cards. Seating is subject to availability; first come, first served. Admittance is not guaranteed.


Tawnya Benavides-Bhattacharya is a writer/Co-Executive producer, and the CEO & Founder of the TV Writing School, Script Anatomy. With her writing partner, Ali Laventhol, she has worked on Netflix 's upcoming Ginny & Georgia, ABC's upcoming A Million Little Things, Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). The duo are former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows. Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer's Intensive alum. The team are repped by Industry Entertainment, Verve and Morris Yorn.


Asher Landay is the Manager of Scripted Programming at Keshet Studios, the U.S. – based arm of Keshet International, a global distribution and production company. In its first six years, the company has produced five series including: Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for The Bone Collector (NBC), The Baker & The Beauty (ABC), Our Boys (HBO), Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS), and The Brave (NBC).

Previously he served as the Scripted Coordinator at TBD Entertainment, a television production company formed in June, 2011, with an exclusive overall deal at Universal Television. In its first four years, the company produced eight scripted pilots and two series including: Manhattan Love Story (ABC) and Do No Harm (NBC).

Asher started his career an Agent Trainee at ICM Partners and assisted agents in the Television Literary, Talent, and Motion Picture Literary Departments over the course of his employment.

Asher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Claremont McKenna College.


Stan Pham is a Vice President of Current Programs at CBS. In this role, he serves as a network creative executive for scripted series airing on CBS, as well as a studio creative executive for shows produced by CBS Television Studios for various outlets.
Prior to CBS, he worked for over a decade at The Walt Disney Company, beginning as an assistant in business and legal affairs. He rose through the ranks in departments including non-scripted/alternative development, drama development, and current programming.
He is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.


Brandy Rivers is a literary manager and producer with Industry Entertainment where she represents writers, authors, playwrights and directors in film, television, and digital. She got her start in the entertainment industry with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions where she worked on more than 450 hours of network television and engaged in all levels of production and postproduction for shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and Amazing Race. After Bruckheimer, she went on to work for the head of production at Summit
Entertainment, now a part of Lionsgate, where she participated in the development of such feature projects as the Twilight series, Red and Knowing.
Brandy first entered the representation world as an agent with Gersh and then ICM, working in their TV Literary Departments before transitioning into management. She currently represents such showrunners, creators and feature writers as Jane Espenson, Emily Fox, Amy Berg, Michael Brandt, Patrick Massett & John Zinman, Tawnya Bhattacharya & Ali Laventhol, and Valerie Armstrong, the creator of the upcoming AMC series Kevin Can F*+k Himself. Brandy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a white husky named Sansa.

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This event is presented and hosted
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March 05, 2020
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7:00 pm to 9:30 pm PST



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at Saban Media Center
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