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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​VH1 And WeForShe Honor The Writers Of The 2016 WriteHer List

At A Celebration Sponsored By VH1 Scripted Programming In Los Angeles Wednesday, April 27


New York, NY (April 28, 2016) – On Wednesday, April 27th, WeForShe and VH1 partnered to celebrate the publication of The 2016 WriteHer List.   The WriteHer List was started by WeForShe as an effort to bring attention to great unproduced television scripts by female writers.


The event took place at a private residence in Los Angeles and was attended by honorees and nominators of The 2016 WriteHer List as well entertainment industry executives & influencers. In a speech to assembled group, WeForShe board member Katy McCaffrey addressed the lack of gender diversity in television despite increasing awareness of the issue. McCaffrey reiterated the WeForShe organization's core mission to translate awareness into change through action, and thanked VH1 for the network's emerging role as a key agent for change in the fight for gender equality in television.  


Since the list's publication, honorees of The 2016 WriteHer List report that their scripts have seen increased interest and awareness, raising their profiles within the industry.  Several writers have signed with new representation, and several more are now developing their pilots with a producer attached.


VH1 and the network's Scripted Programming division are proud to support WeForShe on the WriteHer list early in its formation and will continue to work with WeForShe to achieve gender balance in television.  From its start, VH1 Scripted Programming has always prioritized hiring women as show creators, pilot and episodic directors, writers, and producers – from its first dramatic hit series "Single Ladies" created by Stacy Littlejohn with a pilot directed by Tamra Davis and produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, and Maggie Malina to its most recent series pickup "Satan's Sisters" written by Amy & Wendy Engelberg and produced by Suzanne DePasse, Star Jones, Josh Berman, and Susan Levison.  


WeForShe works within the industry to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television and encourages some of the most influential industry executives and content creators to put forth under-recognized female talent. The organization then works to create tools and programs that raise the profile of those women in the industry and make it easier for executives and creators to hire them. To this end, for the second consecutive year, WeForShe has published The WriteHer List - a go-to resource for the top female-driven scripts available in television:


The 2016 WriteHer List Includes:

"The Chosen" by Julie Richardson
"The Dark Pieces" by Naomi McDougall Jones
"Diary of a Sociopath" by Valerie A. Brotski
"Dickinson" by Alena Smith
"Disciples" by Blair Butler
"Douglass Heights" by Leah Keith
"Dust" by Joy Blake
"Harmony" by Sara B. Cooper
"How to Hate Yourself" by Laura House
"The Hunter and the Mystic" by Whitney Hamilton
"Lineage" by Marlana Hope
"Maybe Tomorrow" by Hayley Tyler
"Rabbit Warren" by Vivien Tse
"Red Line" by Caitlin Parrish & Erica Weiss
"We Peaked in 8th Grade" by Julia Lillis
"Yank" by Marin Gazzaniga


Ones To Watch:
"Free Skate" by Caitlin McCarthy
"Royally Screwed" by Ari Berkowitz
"Shadow" by Yvonne Slaten
"Sundown" by Scarlette Bennett Tapp & Nikki Braedlin
"Unique State of Mind" by Thembi Banks & Rochee Jeffrey
"Verbatim" by Sydney Mitchell


About VH1:

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About WeForShe:

We For She is an organization formed by women in media for women in media. In the fall of 2014, the four partners of WeForShe conceived the WriteHer List. The program started with the simple desire to bring female-driven content to the forefront of development in Hollywood. Unproduced television scripts were nominated and voted for by some of the most successful names in development. The inaugural WriteHer List was released in January 2015. Upon its release, several writers on the list gained new representation, many development meetings came out of the list, two writers on the list were hired, and one of the unproduced scripts was optioned and is in development. For more please visit, or the We For She Facebook page. Follow us on twitter @We4She.


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