Unexpectedly

The first Screenwriters Room Challenge: Five Hollywood screenwriters and one Skrawl winner compete to write the script that will be turned into a short film. Ultimately you will help decide what happens next!

The premise and Opening Bit is by Carl Gottlieb, the writer behind Jaws, its first two sequels and The Jerk.

The Hollywood Screenwriters

Carl Gottlieb

Carl Gottlieb

Veteran screenwriter Carl Gottlieb is serving as Skrawl’s Honorary Writer in Residence. He is the writer of Jaws and its first two sequels, as well as The Jerk, Doctor Detroit, and Which Way is Up? He got his start writing comedy for TV, contributing to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Odd Couple. Gottlieb is also the author of The Jaws Log and two best-selling books with iconic musician David Crosby, 1989’s Long Time Gone and 2006’s Since Then.

Gottlieb will present the premise and logline for the short film and suggest an opening scene to launch the challenge for the other writers.

Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards is an Emmy nominee, the writer of two Oscar nominated films, a husband, a father, a genius – See this is what happens when you let a writer write his own bio.

Rob wrote his first professional teleplay before his 21st birthday. Since then he’s written for such TV shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, In Living Color and Studio 60 and such feature films as Treasure Planet and The Princess And The Frog (both films were nominated for Academy Awards).

Amiira Ruotola

Amiira Ruotola

Amiira Ruotola is a New York Times Best Selling co-author of It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken, It’s Just a F***ing Date! and the forthcoming How To Keep Your Marriage From Sucking. Along with her husband (and co-author) Greg Behrendt, she has taught a Life Class with Oprah, appeared on many morning television shows, and created numerous television pilots that weren’t picked up to series for Fox, CBS and NBC and screenplays for Oddlot and Red Hour Films.

Amiira continues to be challenged by the endlessly puzzling “development” process in television and film but like the bad gambling habit that show business is, Amiira continues to double down. Yay her!

Greg Behrendt

Greg Behrendt

Greg Behrendt is a stand up comedian and the New York Times Best Selling co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You, It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken, It’s Just a F***ing Date! and the forthcoming How To Keep Your Marriage From Sucking.

Greg was a consultant for numerous seasons on the HBO hit series Sex And The City, had numerous development deals with HBO, NBC and CBS and has written feature films for New Line and Oddlot and television scripts that will never see the light of day. Greg continues to be prolific in that genre. Thanks show business! Greg can be seen doing stand up in a town near you soon. His hobbies are cold coffee, guitar, Fargo and sweaters.

Jenna Laurenzo

Jenna Laurenzo

Jenna Laurenzo is a writer/director/actor based in NYC. She most recently wrote, directed, and starred in her short film Girl Night Stand which was released on After Ellen. The short has reached nearly 200k views and been featured on Huff Post Live. The short serves as a prequel to her feature Lez Bomb which she'll be shooting this spring. Lez Bomb was selected to participate in Big Vision Empty Wallet's Kickstart Diversity Program.

Jenna created the web series Parker & Maggie and the pilot presentation Water with Lemon. She is currently a digital producer at Watch What Happens LIVE with her partner in crime, Gabriel Stanley. Jenna loves to laugh, will never turn down a coffee, and has a serious maple syrup addiction.

Jess Kedward

Jess Kedward

Jess Kedward is an active TV and film writer, writing often for the toughest audience: preschool. Yes, Jess and her writing partner, Kirsty Peart, have worked on internationally recognized family shows such as: "Casper Scare School", "Angelina Ballerina " and "Thomas the Tank Engine". She is currently working on a new TV series, "SuperBuilders" for Planet Nemo and recently wrote on the pilot for AstroBoy Reboot for Caribara Animation. Their screenplay "Cow On The Run" was shortlisted for the German Oscars. Yes that is a real thing. Jess loves spending time with her family and at her local beach in Santa Monica. Having grown up in the foggy climes of England - can you blame her?

& Introducing…

Brea McCoy was chosen by Carl Gottlieb as the 6th writer after winning one of three Writing Room Skrawls.

Brea McCoy

Brea McCoy

Brea McCoy, a horror writer from Nebraska, attended Doane College for Theatre and English. Short stories, screenplays and theatrical scripts make up her repertoire.