Advisor Studio sessions feature intimate, moderated conversations with Sundance Advisors who are working artists and media industry professionals that contribute their expertise to the Collab community via courses, classes, office hours and events. In the Studio events, Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film.

Many of us dream of having a wildly creative, fulfilling and lucrative career in television, but the road to breaking in and sustaining success is not without its challenges and tough decisions. Twin sisters JaNeika and JaSheika James worked their way up from staff writers to supervising producers on Fox’s hit series, EMPIRE; and now serve as co-executive producers on HBO Max’s GOSSIP GIRL, and the upcoming FRESH PRINCE reboot, BEL-AIR. Join us as JaNeika and JaSheika James take us inside the world of television through a transparent account of their journey behind the scenes. We’ll discuss how they got their start, get insight into their writing process, and explore the creative choices that helped them climb the ladder. This conversation will take an honest look at a writer's life -- and how JaNeika and JaSheika navigated the ups and downs, the glamour, and the difficulties of building a career in television. 

JaNeika and JaSheika rose up the ranks from Staff Writers to Supervising Producers on Fox’s groundbreaking hit series, EMPIRE. They also served as Co-Executive Producers on Netflix’s limited series, TRUE STORY, starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes, and HBO Max’s GOSSIP GIRL, and are currently working as Co-Executive Producers on Peacock’s BEL-AIR. more...

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