TAWNYA BENAVIDES BHATTACHARYA, Founder & CEO
Currently the Co-Executive Producer of Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), Tawnya has been a screenwriting teacher for the past 13 years. She launched Script Anatomy in 2011 just as her career was taking off, specifically to use her experience building a TV writing career to help others do the same..
Her unique writing curriculum with its trademark tools for development, writing and rewriting, have helped hundreds of students become TV writers, find representation, or sell pilots, screenplays and novels.
As a guest instructor, Tawnya has brought the Script Anatomy method to the Disney | ABC Writing Program, the Producer's Guild (PGA) Power of Diversity Workshop, the Willamette Writers Conference, ISA (the International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32 and the TV Writers Fund. She has mentored for ISA and CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. Her column “Your TV Guide“ can be read in Script Magazine.
Prior to Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), she and her writing partner (and Script Anatomy instructor) Ali Laventhol have written on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA).
They are former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, and were semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship before getting a job that took them out of the running. Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow where her semi-autobiographical pilot was optioned. Prior to that, Tawnya studied acting and playwriting at Cornish College of the Arts Conservatory, and interned with playwright, Marie Irene Fornes and New City Theater in Seattle. She has performed in Seattle, Chicago, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and LA.
Tawnya and Ali are repped by Industry Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
LORELEI IGNAS (Creative)
Raised in Philly, Lorelei was a feminist from an early age, which did wonders for her social life as a teen. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, produced a number of off-off Broadway plays and then moved to LA to take the UCLA Professional Program for Television Writing. She also took classes at Script Anatomy.
Her work explores the darker side of human nature through a feminist lens. And lately, it’s been getting attention. In 2016/17, she became an NBC Writer on the Verge. She’s also been a finalist for the PGA Diversity Workshop and the Disney/ABC Writing Program. Her one-hour pilot Limerick was named to the 2017 WeForShe WriteHer List (the top unproduced pilots written by women), and the 2018 Bitch List, (the top unproduced scripts that pass the Bechdel Test). She currently has a pilot in development with AppleTree Pictures and A&E Studios. Lorelei is repped by UTA.
NATASHA M. HALL (Admin)
Brooklyn-bred but Barbados-baked, Natasha is an award-winning filmmaker and writer who explores the human psyche through magical surrealism and the supernatural.
She dual-majored at Syracuse University in Television and English Textual Studies. After a stint with the AmeriCorps Program teaching English at a failing Bronx middle school she won a scholarship through Script Magazine to attend Vancouver Film School’s one-year writing intensive, and currently works at HBO as support to all their programming.
Since moving to LA in 2012 and taking classes with Script Anatomy, she has placed in several writing competitions—2nd round of the Disney Writing Program 2013, semifinalist of PAGE 2015, winner of Scriptapalooza 2015 and several others. Most recently, she won Gold at the 2017 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest for her Stranger Things/Supernatural crossover spec.
She is repped by Brandy Rivers at Industry Entertainment.
JACKIE PENN (Event Planning)
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Jackie grew up fascinated with TV and storytelling. She graduated from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school. After several years as a Spanish teacher, Jackie left teaching to pursue a career as a TV writer.
Now an LA based dramedy writer, Jackie’s work focuses primarily on women as major characters. Her Blackish TV spec “Downsizing” was a semifinalist for The Breakk Screenwriting Competition. Jackie currently works as a writer’s assistant on an upcoming series for a streaming service. Her prior work experience includes set production assistant on Grimm, line producer’s assistant on season one of For The People, and she was a writers’ PA on The Fix and the second season of Siren.
GREG PAYTON (Creative)
The Kal-El of Crooklyn, Batman from Brooklyn, Greg Payton is a director, photographer and writer born out of New York City’s “School of Hard Knocks”. Through sheer force of will he went from the drug riddled streets, to NYU where he studied under Spike Lee, Sam Pollard, and Reed Morano.
His cut his teeth among the creatives of advertising giant, Havas, before joining the Mayor of New York’s office, creating content about the city’s tourism, cuisine and lifestyle. Upon moving to LA, he executed a digital series with reality series pioneer Bunim-Murray called Look Book, displaying the fashion and unique identities in New York, San Francisco and L.A..
He then teamed up with the mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, for whom Greg helped to launch a new era in music television, Revolt T.V. Working with Queen Latifah, Common, Mary J. Blige and Chadwick Boseman, he also won his first Key Art Award for his work with musician, Gary Clark, Jr.
Greg created Script Anatomy’s sizzle reel on the home page. And he continues to collaborate with artists, telling stories, and building brands directing short films and web series, and writing T.V. pilots.
SAMANTHA PENNINGTON (Social Media and Web Manager)
While studying for her BS in Innovation & Leadership from Southern Oregon University, Samantha discovered she had a serious knack for technology and communication. Being a Michigan native that moves 2-3 times each year, finding work that is mobile was very important so she began freelancing remotely after college.
She's now the sci-fi & fantasy novel obsessed, revolutionarily inclined, and oh so queer entrepreneur behind Oree Virtual. Feeling in her bones how badly the world needs more women, more people of color, more LGBTQIA+ folks, and other underrepresented people in positions of power, she decided to create and dedicate a business to that endeavor. Her full-service digital agency works to create change by helping others build powerful brands that serve meaningful missions.
After redesigning the Script Anatomy website, Samantha became a more permanent member of the Script Anatomy community as our social media and website manager.