THE TEAM

  • David Beazley
    Founder
    David Beazley
    Founder

    As a writer himself, David’s experienced the ever-increasing difficulties of getting unsolicited work into the hands of agents and production companies. The Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest was set-up in 2012. Starting small, it’s steadily grown into one of the biggest screenwriting contests in the world. No other contest can boast a higher caliber of judges and production companies.

    David has been a script reader for numerous companies and producers. These include Lionsgate, Vertigo Films, The Script Factory, and Amarillo Films. Also a filmmaker, his short films have played at Raindance, London Film Festival, Edinburgh and many others. He’s made films for the likes of the BBC, National Geographic, The Atlantic, Microsoft, Red Bull, Warner Bros, and others. 

    He has two feature screenplays currently under option. His personal website

  • Justine Owens
    Director of Contests
    Justine Owens
    Director of Contests

    Justine has been fascinated by the movie business since childhood and studied Film History at college. Her love of the cinema and television is wide-ranging, though she admits to a particular liking for classic film noir thrillers, sci-fi, high-octane blockbusters, and whimsical period drama. Justine joined Shore Scripts as a reader after working on Slated’s innovative online film financing platform and later, for American Zoetrope Studios. Now as Director of Contests, she enjoys creating opportunities for emerging screenwriters and filmmakers who aspire to tell their stories in an industry that makes magic.

  • Patty Papageorgiou
    Coverage Service Manager
    Patty Papageorgiou
    Coverage Service Manager

    Patty is a Screenwriter, Reader and Script Editor, with a background spanning 20 years of production roles in the UK Film and TV industry. Her work has been shortlisted in the London Screenwriters Festival, Screencraft, and as a Finalist for the inaugural Netflix Screenwriters Fellowship in 2021.

  • Ajit Samra
    Writer Development Program Manager
    Ajit Samra
    Writer Development Program Manager

    Ajit Samra, a Creative Executive and Talent Development Executive, has had the privilege of contributing to the entertainment industry through roles at HBO and PBS. At HBO, he had the opportunity to lead talent pipeline programs, supporting promising writers and directors while also overseeing the development of pilot scripts, with a focus on promoting strong representation of BIPOC talent in WarnerMedia productions. His journey began with a B.S. degree in Film Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, followed by internships at various organizations like BET, FX, and HBO, providing valuable insights into the industry. His decision to relocate to Los Angeles was driven by a deep-seated passion for storytelling. As a Punjabi American, he remains committed to exploring and amplifying unique narratives, whether by championing others' stories or crafting his own. He was selected as a program recipient for Soo Hugh's Thousand Miles Project for screenwriters, an acknowledgment of his dedication to creating content. Ajit Samra's career has revolved around fostering diversity and nurturing talent.

  • Lee Hamilton
    Head of Education & Script Development
    Lee Hamilton
    Head of Education & Script Development

    Lee joined Shore Scripts as a reader in 2013 and has since moved into development. A graduate with distinctions from Screen Academy Scotland’s MA Screenwriting course, Lee also has degrees in Television Media and Fine Art. As well as penning most of our workbooks and eCourses, including ‘Fast Track your First Draft’, Lee is the author of ’The Script Reader’s Cheat Sheet’ and is also a published fiction author, writing under the pen name of Ellis Everley, amongst others.

  • Julia Morizawa
    Short Film Fund Manager
    Julia Morizawa
    Short Film Fund Manager

    Julia Morizawa is a writer/producer with over 20 years of experience in film, television, new media, theater, and fiction podcasting. Original projects include JESUSCAT (OR HOW I ACCIDENTALLY JOINED A CULT) (feature film), SIN & LYLE (short film), TWENTY-TWO (stage), and AMERICAN COMEDY HORROR STORY: ORPHANAGE (fiction podcast). Her most recent project, DRAGONFLY (a short film), was awarded Best Short Screenplay by Scriptation Showcase and Screenwriting Master in 2019. Julia started her career as an actor with credits including JUDAS KISS (feature film), SCANDAL (TV), SEAL TEAM (TV), MASHA NO HOME (stage), STAR TREK: ODYSSEY (new media), and THE BRIGHT SESSIONS (fiction podcast). Julia is also a Script Reader and Content Creator for Shore Scripts and she has also worked as a freelance script analyst for Coverfly, Austin Film Festival, Bluecat, Roadmap Writers, and various independent screenwriters and production companies.

  • Jenna-Leigh Burns
    Social Media Manager
    Jenna-Leigh Burns
    Social Media Manager

    Jenna-Leigh Burns has been an avid cinephile since watching her first film, Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone. After obtaining her BA Degree in Film and Television at City Varsity in Cape Town, she went on to start her career in the film industry at a distribution company, which is where her passion for digital marketing began. She loves pushing pixels around and finding engaging ways for audiences to interact with content! Jenna is also passionate about travel and can be found on her surfboard when she isn't behind her laptop. 

  • Virendra Rathore
    Website Content Manager
    Virendra Rathore
    Website Content Manager

    Virendra Rathore is an accomplished professional with over 18 years of expertise in web content management and software development. Starting as a software developer, Virendra has evolved into a web content manager, excelling in crafting captivating web content that aligns with organizational goals. With nearly two decades of experience, Virendra Rathore is a pivotal figure in shaping the future of web content management, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

  • Sarah Chaisson-Warner
    Content Creator
    Sarah Chaisson-Warner
    Content Creator

    After 15 years of working in state and national politics, and as the former Founder and Editor in Chief of Athena Magazine for Girls, Sarah is now focusing her passion for creative arts through screenwriting. Many of her feature-length scripts focus on the often unseen experiences of gay women throughout American History, and she is currently writing Sci-Fi and Family Entertainment. Her script, Serafina Stavinovna, was placed in "The Next 100" in the 2021 Nicholl Fellowship Competition.

  • Laura Huie
    Content Creator
    Laura Huie
    Content Creator

    Laura Huie is an experienced writer and editor involved in comedy-drama screenwriting, fiction editing, and full-time marketing copy. Laura is also a freelance article writer for Shore Scripts and has worked with Script Pipeline on their live Symposium series. She is one-half of the screenwriting duo, Bloom & Huie. Together, they have written multiple television series as well as a feature-length film. Their mission is to write honest and witty female stories wrapped up in unbelievable worlds.

  • Ella Henke
    Content Creator
    Ella Henke
    Content Creator

    Ella is a lover of all things storytelling. When she’s not conducting market research at her part-time job as a movie theatre usher, she’s working at Shore Scripts or hunched over Final Draft. So far, her scripts tell coming-of-age tales that are seemingly about very little but show seismic shifts in her character’s growing worlds.

SOME OF OUR READERS

  • Roxy Cuenca
    Script Reader
    Roxy Cuenca
    Script Reader

    Roxy is a professional script supervisor in indie feature films & shorts to big-budget features with Disney, Warner Bros & Sony among others. She recently worked as Script Editor on a Netflix feature directed by F. Gary Gray. After 15 years of helping get film scripts ready for production, she is now working in script development.

  • Douglas Clarke
    Script Reader
    Douglas Clarke
    Script Reader

    Doug is a professional script reader and script editor with several years of experience reading for film sales, acquisition, and production companies including Protagonist Pictures, STX International, and Quiddity Films. He has been a development assistant at Parallel Films, working on titles like THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE, MARY SHELLEY, and MARLOWE.

  • Lottie Butcher
    Script Reader
    Lottie Butcher
    Script Reader

    Lottie has a first-class degree in Drama and extensive experience working within the TV and film industry. Her credits include BBC; ITV; Netflix; and, Disney. She has completed several writing courses and was selected for The Other Room Theatre’s Emerging Writers Scheme 2020, sponsored by Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials).

  • Bhairavi Patel
    Script Reader
    Bhairavi Patel
    Script Reader

    Bhairavi is a script reader who works with independent production companies and filmmakers and has read for the C21 Drama Series Script Competition. She has been a continuity and script supervisor since 2011, with credits on a number of projects, including some award-winning features and shorts.

  • Grahame Wood
    Script Reader
    Grahame Wood
    Script Reader
    Grahame's first television pitch landed a network development deal. His novels, The Darkly Stewart Mysteries, have garnered four shopping agreements. Grahame is a voting member of BAFTA and has worked in the film & television industries of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. His onscreen credits include such movies as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE PATRIOT, and FOUR MINUTES.
  • Mpona Lebajoa
    Script Reader
    Mpona Lebajoa
    Script Reader

    Mpona is a script editor for BBC Studios and a script reader with experience reading for BAFTA Rocliffe, Funny Women Awards, and BBC Writersroom. Mpona also reads for independent production companies in the UK. She holds a BA Media and Communications degree.

  • Sean Harris Oliver
    Script Reader
    Sean Harris Oliver
    Script Reader

    Sean Harris Oliver (SHO) is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and graphic novel writer. After graduating from a nationally renowned theater conservatory program in Vancouver, he founded and managed an independent production company for nearly a decade. As a Creative Director, SHO was responsible for programming, developing, and producing an array of scripted narratives for a diverse set of target audiences. He now lives in Los Angeles and is represented by a literary management and production company, where he works to write and develop feature screenplays and television IP.

  • Alessia Galatini
    Script Reader
    Alessia Galatini
    Script Reader

    Alessia Galatini is a script analyst for Netflix International Original Films, Signature Entertainment, BAFTA Rocliffe, and several other production companies and screenwriting contests. She has experience navigating the US, UK, Italian and Greek markets. She holds an MA in Screenwriting and works freelance as a screenwriter and film critic.

  • Stephen Doran
    Script Reader
    Stephen Doran
    Script Reader

    With an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, Ste is a comedy writer with a background in neurodivergent support work and education. In addition to Shore Scripts, Ste works as a Script Supervisor and has experience reading for festivals, writing additional dialogue for music videos, and leading writing workshops. A lifelong sitcom enthusiast, he has worked on scripts for radio, stage, and screen.

  • Jessica O'Donnell
    Script Reader
    Jessica O'Donnell
    Script Reader

    Experience on set as a background actor in major motion pictures and TV with a few roles in short films led to script reading and coverage writing. In addition to Shore Scripts, has also read for Sugar23 and the Austin Film Festival. My goal is to help writers move their screenplays toward production while supporting the script development process.

  • Adam Minneci
    Script Reader
    Adam Minneci
    Script Reader

    Adam has coverage experience for literary management, major film companies including Warner Bros., and top industry contests. As a writer, he has worked with notable film executives.

  • Gethin Dibowski
    Script Reader
    Gethin Dibowski
    Script Reader

    Gethin is a senior script reader for the UK Film Festival and works with independent production companies across the country. In addition, they have read for competitions such as the New Voices Awards and the Golden Script Competition. They hold an MA in Television Drama Production with a focus on screenwriting and non-traditional narratives.

  • Oliver Patterson
    Script Reader
    Oliver Patterson
    Script Reader

    Oliver is based in California and has been fascinated with the construction of stories since the art of Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorcese, and Hayao Miyazaki blew his young mind. When he's not reading scripts professionally, he breaks down TV shows and movies to find lessons in the good, the bad, and the ugly and applies them to his own script writing one scene, line, and word at a time.

  • Kim Parker
    Script Reader
    Kim Parker
    Script Reader

    A versatile writer with experience in a variety of genres and formats, KT is a published author, produced playwright, award-winning screenwriter, citizen journalist and erstwhile blogger. Her writing has been described as displaying “visual inventiveness, imaginative flair and integrity”. She also produces films and plays, and has worked as a free-lance editor and script-reader since 2016.

  • Alex Moran
    Script Reader
    Alex Moran
    Script Reader

    As an experienced reader in film and TV, Alex has covered screenplays with Academy Award-winning and A-list talent attached. As a writer, he has worked in Greek television and for the BAFTA-nominated production company RASP Films. He also works in creative programming at an award-winning London theatre.

  • Michelle Goode
    Script Reader & Proofreader
    Michelle Goode
    Script Reader & Proofreader

    Michelle is a script consultant and editor. Over the past ten years she has read for many companies, competitions and initiatives, including Cannibal Films, New Writing South, London Screenwriters’ Festival, C21 Drama Series Competition, Coverfly, Nevada Film Office & the Nick Darke Award.

  • Ron Praymak
    Script Reader
    Ron Praymak
    Script Reader

    Ron is a screenwriter with a screenplay optioned by Rhino Films. Stan Lee was attached to the project as an Executive Producer prior to his passing. Over the years, Ron has also provided coverage for writers at Triggerstreet, Zoetrope. He has degrees in Education as well as Film and Television Production.

  • Christine Reklaitis
    Script Reader
    Christine Reklaitis
    Script Reader

    Christine has an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University in Southern California. In addition to reading for Shore Scripts, she read for other companies, including Playtone Productions and Focus Features. She has had two feature screenplays optioned.

  • Blaise Hesselgren
    Script Reader
    Blaise Hesselgren
    Script Reader

    Blaise is an optioned and commissioned screenwriter as well as an experienced script consultant. After working at BBC radio for many years, Blaise went freelance as a writer. He has had one feature commissioned and many shorts, as well as a spec feature optioned. He specializes in speculative stories from sci-fi to fantasy to horror and his work encompasses non-linear narratives, technological dystopias, mythologies real and imagined, and a character-based approach coupled with inventive world-building.

  • Alice Clark
    Script Reader
    Alice Clark
    Script Reader

    Alice writes drama for screen and stage. She has worked in writers' rooms on premium shows, her recent play had a sell-out run in Edinburgh, and her work has been selected for Glasgow Short Film Festival. Alice is BBC Writersroom alumni and she was selected for The Writers Lab, a development scheme hosted by Cate Blanchette’s Dirty Films. She has an MA in Screenwriting and also reads for independent production companies. Alice has short film credits and is an experienced animation writer for companies such as Discovery. She believes nothing beats curiosity and a good character. (Alice has also written children's fiction for years, specifically pre-school, and has her own series out with a producer at kidscreen).

  • Tim Berry
    Script Reader
    Tim Berry
    Script Reader

    Tim Berry started his career in Sales and Acquisitions with Focus Features in 2006 before spending seven years in independent film distribution with Network Releasing. In 2014, he trained as a script editor at the National Film and Television School and has read for Shore Scripts since 2015.