Have you dreamed of creating dynamic stories for television, but unsure where to start? Join the founder of In the Cut, Rae Benjamin, as she presents networking tips, strategies, and advice for entry-level jobs in the tv industry and as a creator of content. We'll then take a personalized look at life as a writer through conversations with a talented roster of professionals including Diane Ademu-John (Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire, The Originals) Janet Lin (Bridgerton, Bones, The Orville), and Jelani Johnson (EVP, Macro).

Topics presented will include:

  • Getting started as a writer and setting expectations
  • The process of television writing
  • Transitioning into the industry
  • Effective networking strategies
  • Landing an entry-level job
  • Gaining Representation
  • Development Process


Download the list of resources from In The Cut and Sundance Collab

This event is presented by In The Cut:

ITC works with industry professionals to create inclusive learning spaces. In the Cut was established to help bridge the knowledge gap and spread information for the Black community and other groups who have been historically shut out by traditional Hollywood “gatekeepers.”

Through research, experience, and network, ITC has created a space to learn from real, industry professionals and receive actionable, thoughtful advice on how to advance your career. Learn more here: https://inthecutla.org/

All Sundance Collab webinars are recorded and will be available for all registrants after the live event. Please allow up to 24 hours after the live event for the recording to be posted.

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Rae Benjamin is a comedy writer and Los Angeles native. Her mother encouraged her writing from a young age and gave booklets of her poetry and short stories as Christmas gifts each year. This was either super cute or super cheap, depending on who you ask. Rae is the founder of In the Cut, an organization dedicated to increasing transparency for Black creatives and other marginalized communities. more...
Diane has been writing very grisly tales for a very long time, working for over a decade on morgue-based crime dramas like CROSSING JORDAN (NBC) and BODY OF PROOF (ABC), then jumping to the supernatural realm with MEDIUM (CBS) for five seasons. More than anything, she loves telling tales of really disturbed families who kill or die for one another, be they the world’s oldest vampires (THE ORIGINALS on the CW) or Chicago drug-dealers-turned-music-moguls (EMPIRE on FOX). more...
Jelani Johnson serves as MACRO’s EVP of Content Strategy and Senior Partner at M88. Most recently, Johnson spent 4+ years as a Motion Picture Agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). While at CAA his clients included: Melina Matsoukas, A$AP Rocky, Cheo Coker, Jesse Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Storm Reid, Angel Soto, Solvan “Slick” Naim, Gina Rodriguez, Virgil Williams, Mara Brock Akil and André Holland amongst others. more...
Janet Lin grew up in Southern California, but left the west coast to go to Amherst College. She lived in NYC for several years, riding the internet wave at the turn of the millennium. Soon after 9/11, while reconsidering life, she moved back to LA to attend USC Film School. She slipped directly into television work, writing on shows such as BONES, THE NIGHT SHIFT, FOREVER, ORVILLE, CURSED and BRIDGERTON. more...

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