WGA South Asian Writers List
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Name Sample links/Wga pageGenre LevelBioCreditsDevelopment/ Projects Sold Contact Info Ethnicity Languages Spoken Social Media
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Devanshi Patel https://directories.wga.org/member/ef32717c-715f-4361-9f4b-5664a51c61a01/2 hr ComedyExecutive Story Editor Spawned from an Indian conservative family with a penchant for Bollywood, I actually thought babies were conceived via musical interludes. I never sang until I was 22. Raised on a healthy dose of Monty Python and Nintendo, I performed stand up comedy in New York, on tour, and in Australia, while juggling a job in Finance and sleeping in subway platforms, in between performing 20-25 shows a week and playing ultimate frisbee. I am versatile in writing different genres, but love writing from a comedic perspective, even when writing dramas (The Sopranos was a really funny show. I would be happy to discuss this with you.)Blackish, God Friended MeMake Divya Great AgainAlex Hertzberg: 323-653-4800IndianHindi, Gujarati, Italian
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Geetika Lizardihttps://directories.wga.org/member/6dfa7a23-8081-42c2-97f4-a16d72b3ef9a1/2 hr Story Editor Geetika is a comedy/dramedy writer who loves writing multi-generational family stories. She had the honor of winning the WGA Writer's Access Project twice in a row, in Drama and Comedy. She left a successful MBA job working at Microsoft to pursue her dream of being a writer. Her first feature film won a number of awards before being optioned, and her first TV spec landed her a staff writing job on NBC's "Outsourced" where she participated in writing all 23 episodes and wrote an influential editorial in the LA Times defending the show from accusations of racism. Geetika hails from a crazy, big, Indian family and she married into an even crazier, bigger, Mexican American family. 17 moves around the globe and 3 kids later, she has an abundance of material draw from. Her dramedy pilot, SOFA KING, is loosely inspired by her status as an outlier in her (extremely wealthy and incredibly status-oriented) extended Indian family. Staff writer full seasons on NBC Outsourced (1 credit) and Disney’s Mira, Royal Detective (15 credits when it airs in 2020)JANE, feature biopic Mkrell@3arts.comHindi, Punjabi
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Raj Desaihttps://directories.wga.org/member/8adca0a0-ee68-4336-be69-3d36062868f3Comedy + VarietyStaff WriterBeen doing stand-up for years (including a few TV credits), grew up one of the few Indian-Americans in Arlington, TX making for a unique experience, have a Biochemistry undergrad degree and a law degree, love all kinds of music with my favorite being Bruce Springsteen, probably would be a jazz musician if I had the ability.Emmy Nominee, Writers Guild Award-Winner, currently on "Good Talk w/ Anthony Jeselnik" for Comedy Central; also on: "I Love You, America w/ Sarah Silverman" for Hulu, 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Election Series for Hulu.Anne Hong, Mosaic, ahong@mosaicla.com, 310-786-4961Indian-AmericanGujarati
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Rishi Chitkarahttps://directories.wga.org/member/4098775e-43ca-441d-a00e-9159960727c9Comedy, DramedyStaff Writer• Born in NYC, 1st generation. Parents immigrated from India. • First member of his family to attend university. • Undergrad from Northwestern. Economics/Business. • Masters from UCLA. Screenwriting. • Licensed EMT-B (only valid in NJ). • Started career in unscripted physical production for All3Media. Credits include Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. • Turned down a full ride to Rice's MBA program in 2010. • Accepted into the DGA Assistant Director Trainee Program in 2011. • AD’d for New Girl, The Mentalist, Hello Ladies, and Pretty Little Liars. • Has produced two low budget direct to DVD/VOD genre features. Eligible for membership with the PGA. • Worked in the Social Work division of UCLA Hospital to pay for grad school. • Developing an app for selling home cooked meals in California and reduce food waste. • Understands Hindi & Punjabi. Semi-conversational in Spanish. • Selected for the 2019 DreamAgo writing residency in Switzerland. • Is allergic to cats, but my wife still has one. It’s adorable. • Met said future wife while interning for Bryan Singer in 2006. n/acodename: SANTA (USA/UCP)rishi@rishi.bizIndianHindihttps://twitter.com/rishi_chitkara
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Shilpi Royhttps://directories.wga.org/member/758999bf-cb26-43b8-a06b-b06166840b90Comedy, DramedyStaff WriterI am an Indian-American who grew up in North Carolina. I write about being brown in a black and white world (based on my experiences in the South). I am married to a white guy and I have two cats. I love to read. I also love being in Nature. It's my church! Hiking, camping, backpacking, I'm there! I also love to travel, like, everywhere. The more undeveloped the country, the more likely it is I'll be there. Team KaylieBrown Girls - Freeformshilpi.p.roy@gmail.comIndianBengali
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Skander Halimhttps://directories.wga.org/member/44d43129-55ad-4b94-bf56-b63f9f2199f51/2 hr ComedyStory Editor Skander Halim is a Bangladeshi-Dutch-Canadian. His sweet spot is dark, provocative comedy, but he can temper things to serve corporate masters. To keep the comedy muscles sharp, Skander writes and performs live sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater with his all-South Asian team The Get Brown.Murphy Brown (CBS), Bunk'd (Disney Channel), Pretty Persuasion (feature, Samuel Goldwyn)Domestic Surveillance (feature, Carsey-Werner); 40 Watts From Nowhere (feature, Focus Features)Sheree Guitar, manager / 310-286-1900 / sheree@shereeguitarent.comBangladeshi-Dutch-Canadian@skanderhalim
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Vidhya Iyer https://directories.wga.org/member/cbbabd15-7e16-4126-b721-20bda0b5e3881/2 hr ComedyStaff Writer Vidhya was born and raised in Nigeria. A child of Indian parents she was sent to India at the age of 12, to live alone in an apartment with no adult supervision. With no one to stop her from living her best life, she did the one thing she could never do with her parents around - she watched a fuck ton of TV. She is a computer engineer and managed an Italian restaurant, all while continuing to watch a fuck ton of TV. She then made the natural transition to screenwriting.Mira: Royal Detective, Lil Voice WedlockedPeter Meyer Management/ 805-716-3330 | peteywho@mac.comIndian born and raised in NigeriaHindi, Tamil @okvidhya
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Keshni Kashyap https://directories.wga.org/member/d5b23aad-9fcc-4538-a480-f859125bd8261/2 hr Comedy/ DramedyStaff WriterFood nerd, Sartre-quoting, former awkward teenager, Keshni Kashyap is also a screenwriter and award-winning author and, most recently, the creator of the graphic novel TINA’S MOUTH: An EXISTENTIAL COMIC DIARY that was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book was placed on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List and won the APALA Best Young Adult Book of the Year (2013). Keshni was born in Singapore, raised in the Midwest and Los Angeles to Punjabi Indian parents. She likes to write comedy and dramedy that is high stakes yet grounded and hilarious mostly set in worlds full of immigrant Americans. She is working on a new comedic novel as well as several TV projects, including a dramedy set in Orange County with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UnREAL).TINA'S MOUTH (for Jenna Santoianni at Sonar Entertainment)Haven Entertainment / Jesse Hara jh@haven.la and Rachel Miller rm@haven.la / 323-272-3433IndianHindi, Punjabi
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