Sundance Advisor-in-Residence

Kelly Edwards

Tarzana, California, United States

Former executive and current producer, tv writer, and book author Kelly Edwards has developed shows like Living Single, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Clueless, Two Guys and a Girl, as well as a tv drama series, a Hallmark movie, and award-winning shorts for HBO. For seven years, she served as the head of Talent Development for HBO, launching the careers of emerging artists before herself becoming a Sundance Episodic Lab fellow, releasing her Amazon bestselling book The Executive Chair: A Writer’s Guide To TV Series Development, and staffing on Our Kind of People. Edwards holds a B.A. in Theater from Vassar and an MFA in Writing for TV and Film from Emerson College. She has been a member of the Annenberg Inclusion Board, the ATAS Diversity Committee, the United Negro College Fund Leadership Council, and a NALIP trustee. She has also served as President of her non-profit, Colour Entertainment, which has provided mentorship and leadership opportunities to creative executives for over twenty years. More

Past Advisor Studio Sessions

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Sep

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Thursday | September 29, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: How to Create a Pitch Deck with Jess Devaney and Mallory Schwartz

10:00AM - 11:00AM (PDT)

Jessica Devaney

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Jul

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Tuesday | July 26, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Negotiating Strategies for Creators with Victoria Cook

10:00AM - 11:00AM (PDT)

Victoria Cook

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May

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Tuesday | May 31, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Geeta Gandbhir on Documentary Interview Techniques

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PDT)

Geeta Gandbhir

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Apr

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Friday | April 22, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Matt McCormick & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck on Distributing Your Short

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PDT)

Matt McCormick

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Mar

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Wednesday | March 23, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Kisha Imani Cameron on Navigating Imposter Syndrome & Building Confidence as an Artist

2:00PM - 3:00PM (PDT)

Kisha Imani Cameron

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Feb

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Thursday | February 17, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE on the Art & Craft of Film Editing

11:00AM - 12:00PM (PST)
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Jan

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Wednesday | January 19, 2022

Advisor Studio Series: Director Jamila Wignot & Producer Lauren DeFilippo on Prepping Your Documentary

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PST)

Jamila Wignot

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Dec

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Thursday | December 02, 2021

Advisor Studio Series: Suzanne Lyons on the Art of Networking

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PST)

Suzanne Lyons

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Nov

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Wednesday | November 17, 2021

Advisor Studio Series: JaNeika & JaSheika James on Breaking In and Sustaining a Successful Career in Television

11:00AM - 12:00PM (PST)

JaNeika & JaSheika James

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Oct

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Friday | October 15, 2021

Advisor Studio: Avy Kaufman on Casting

10:00AM - 11:00AM (PDT)

Avy Kaufman

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Sep

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Thursday | September 30, 2021

Advisor Studio: Simone Ling on Navigating Labs, Grants and Resources in the Independent Film Space

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PDT)

Simone Ling

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Aug

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Wednesday | August 18, 2021

Advisor Studio: Kelly Bush Novak on Developing Your Personal Brand

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PDT)
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Jul

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Thursday | July 29, 2021

Advisor Studio: Natalie Metzger on Finding and Building a Successful Production Crew

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PDT)

Natalie Metzger

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Jun

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Wednesday | June 23, 2021

Advisor Studio: Kevin Iwashina on the Business of Filmmaking Post-COVID

4:30PM - 5:30PM (PDT)
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May

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Thursday | May 20, 2021

Advisor Studio: Justin Chon on Directing Actors

2:30PM - 3:30PM (PDT)

Justin Chon

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Apr

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Thursday | April 22, 2021

Advisor Studio: Allison Carter on the Essential Skills of a Successful Producer

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Allison Rose Carter

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Mar

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Thursday | March 18, 2021

Advisor Studio: Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres on Shooting & Editing THE FIGHT

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Elyse Steinberg

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Feb

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Thursday | February 25, 2021

Advisor Studio: Writer/Director Nijla Mu'min on the Power in "Personal" Storytelling

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PST)

Nijla Mu’min

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Feb

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Wednesday | February 03, 2021

Advisor Studio: Nanfu Wang on Documentary Filmmaking

12:00PM - 1:15PM (PST)

Nanfu Wang

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Dec

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Thursday | December 03, 2020

Advisor Studio: Rafael Agustín on Pitching a TV Series

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PST)

Rafael Agustín

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Nov

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Thursday | November 12, 2020

Advisor Studio: Sydney Freeland on Directing Features vs. Television

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PST)

Sydney Freeland

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Oct

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Wednesday | October 14, 2020

Advisor Studio: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera on Making THE INFILTRATORS

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Cristina Ibarra

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Sep

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Wednesday | September 09, 2020

Advisor Studio: Sheldon Candis on Finding Your Voice and Visual Style

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Sheldon Candis

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Jul

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Thursday | July 23, 2020

Advisor Studio: Edson Oda on Making Your First Feature

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Edson Shundi Oda

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Jun

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Wednesday | June 17, 2020

Advisor Studio: The Black List's Franklin Leonard on Building Your Career as a Screenwriter

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Franklin Leonard

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May

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Thursday | May 21, 2020

Advisor Studio: Trey Ellis on Building Your Storytelling Toolbox

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Trey Ellis

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Apr

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Thursday | April 30, 2020

Advisor Studio: Josh Goldenberg on Breaking into the Business and Building Your Career

8:30AM - 9:30AM (PDT)

Josh Goldenberg

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Mar

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Thursday | March 19, 2020

Advisor Studio: Éva Gárdos on the Editing Process

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Éva Gárdos

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Feb

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Thursday | February 13, 2020

Advisor Studio: Angela Tucker on Writing and Directing

12:00PM - 1:00PM (PST)

Angela Tucker

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Jan

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Wednesday | January 15, 2020

Advisor Studio: Todd Louiso on Acting and Directing

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PST)

Todd Louiso

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Dec

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Thursday | December 19, 2019

Advisor Studio: Natalie Qasabian on Producing "Searching"

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PST)

Natalie Qasabian

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Nov

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Thursday | November 21, 2019

Advisor Studio: John Lopez on Writing for TV

9:00AM - 10:00AM (PST)

John Lopez

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Oct

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Wednesday | October 30, 2019

Advisor Studio: Peter Biegen on the TV Writers' Room

11:00AM - 12:15PM (PDT)

Peter Biegen

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Sep

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Thursday | September 26, 2019

Advisor Studio: Alix Madigan on Producing

1:00PM - 2:00PM (PDT)

Alix Madigan

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