Guests of Honor are screenwriters whose work has shown exceptional artistic achievement or who have had exceptional recent commercial success, especially in the past year, and directors and producers of high achievements in film and TV.

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of Honor Movies:

Kurt Wimer's Ultraviolet starring Milla Jovovich

Species III, written by Ben Ripley
Immortals, by the Parlapanides brothers



Past Guest of Honor have Included:
William Goldman, Aaron Sorkin, Nancy Meyers, John Cleese, Scott Frank, Steve Zaillian, Paul Haggis, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuae, Melissa Rosenberg, John August, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy, Tim Kring. Bill Lawrence, Danny Cannon, Anthony Zuiker, Alex Kurzman and Roberto Orci, James Manos Jr., Tina Andrews,  John August, Shane Black, Phoenix Pictures President Mike Medavoy,  Kerry Kirkpatrick,  Stephen Susco, and others.

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2011 Screenwriting Expo, Sept. 15-18, Westin Los Angeles Airport
Guests of Honor

Guests of Honor appearing this year include:

(More to be announced -- watch this page)

Kurt Wimmer and Milla Jovovich on the set of 'Ultraviolet'Kurt Wimmer is the writer of the new. Upcoming “Total Recall” starring Colin Farrell.  His other writing credits include: 2010 Salt (written by); 2009 Law Abiding Citizen (written by); 2008 Street Kings (screenplay); 2006 Ultraviolet (at left, with Milla Jovovich, written by); 2003 The Recruit (written by); 2002 Equilibrium (written by); 1999 The Thomas Crown Affair (screenplay); 1998 Sphere (adaptation); 1996 The Wolves (story); 1995 Relative Fear; 1993 The Neighbor (writer); and 1992 Double Trouble (story / written by).  His directing credits include Ultraviolet, Equilibrium, and One Tough Bastard, and he has a producer credit for Law Abiding Citizen.


Alfred GoughMiles MillarAlfred Gough and Miles Millar are a prolific writer/producer team with a string of successful hits on both the large and small screens.  They are currently writing and developing an edgy remake of the 1970s classic series “Charlie’s Angels” for ABC. The one hour drama will be set in Miami.  As creators and executive producers of the critically acclaimed action-adventure series “Smallville,” Gough and Millar played a key role in making it the number one show in the history of the WB Television Network. The series, currently shooting its tenth and final season, is the longest-running comic book-based series of all time.

On the feature side, Gough and Millar are responsible for writing hits such as “Spiderman 2” starring Toby Maguire, “Lethal Weapon 4” starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” for director Rob Cohen. They wrote the screenplay for the hit action-comedy “Shanghai Noon,” starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu as well as the sequel “Shanghai Knights,” directed by David Dobkin.

Gough and Millar met in the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.  After completing the program, the duo teamed up to form production company Millar/Gough Ink.  The company has a first look deal with Walt Disney Studios and produced the hit film “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” based on the hit Disney Channel series starring teen phenomenon Miley Cyrus. The duo is currently writing and executive producing the feature “Upgrade” for Paramount with Michael Bay producing and the musical “Monster High” for Universal Pictures. 

Shane SalernoShane Salerno is the co-writer and executive producer of "Savages, directed by Oliver Stone,  based on the acclaimed crime novel by Don Winslow. "Savages" is currently shooting with an all-star, Oscar-winning cast.  Salerno is also the co-writer of the 3-D re-imagining of "Fantastic Voyage," produced by James Cameron.  Both films are set to hit theaters in 2012.  

He is one of the few screenwriters to have found success in both film and television: he’s the co-writer of #1 blockbusters "Armageddon" and "Shaft," and served as one of the writer/producers of "Hawaii Five O" during its Golden Globe-nominated first season. Salerno is also one of the select screenwriters to have sold both pitches and spec scripts to studios for over $1 million.

Salerno is putting the finishing touches on a seven-year labor of love, as the producer and director of "Salinger," the highly anticipated theatrical documentary on the mysterious life of "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger.  The film features interviews with friends, colleagues and members of Salinger’s inner circle that have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen.

In addition to his own writing, Salerno also runs The Story Factory a company that produces the work of screenwriters and authors.  The Story Factory has projects in active development at multiple studios and networks.

Detour Magazine voted Salerno “one of Hollywood's true shapers of popular culture" and Fade In magazine selected him as one of the "100 people you need to know in Hollywood"
Ashley Miller and Jack Stentz
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been writing partners for almost a decade and were behind two of 2011's biggest blockbusters, X-Men: First Class and Thor. They also currently serve as writers and producers on the Fox show Fringe. Before that, they broke in with the 2003 screenplay for the family film Agent Cody Banks as well as being writers/co-producers on the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

MARK FERGUS AND HAWK OSTBY: (Hawk Ostby was "maybe" as of this posting)
Mark Fergus and Hawk OstbyMARK FERGUS and HAWK OSTBY co-wrote the blockbuster “Iron Man” and were nominated for an Academy Award for their work on the film “Children of Men”.   In addition to their work on “Cowboys and Aliens”, they’ve most recently completed a live action version of the iconic animated masterpiece “Akira”, being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way; an adaptation of James Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” for Arad Productions and Universal Pictures; and they’ve just commenced work on the reboot of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” for producer Graham King.   MARK FERGUS directed Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo, William Fichtner and J.K. Simmons in the thriller “First Snow”, from an original script by Fergus & Ostby.  Fergus grew up steeped in the movies of John Ford and Steven Spielberg -- and to meld those two sensibilities in “Cowboys & Aliens” was not only the creative challenge of a lifetime, but also an immense honor. HAWK OSTBY hails from the dangerous, fish-infested harpoon-happy slums of Oslo, Norway. Deprived of the most basic filmed entertainment, he fled to the United States by way of India, Malaysia and Singapore, in the late eighties. After ‘studying’ in Boston, Mr. Ostby was extradited to New York, where he met co-writer and fellow conspirator, Mark Fergus. In 2010, Mr. Ostby did not win the Pulitzer Prize, and was not recognized by the Nobel Committee. He currently ekes out a Kaczynski-like existence deep in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and only communicates with the outside world through a complex network of bull frogs.
Ben Ripley    BEN RIPLEY , writer of 'Source Code,  grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A cum laude
   graduate of Stanford University and an honors graduate of the University of Southern California’s
   School of Cinema-Television, he sold his first screenplay to Fox in 2002. Since then he has
   worked steadily in the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction. His credits include Species
, Species: The Awakening and Source Code.
Vlas and Charley ParlapanidesVLAS and CHARLEY PARLAPANIDES are a writing team with projects set up at Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Mandate Pictures.  They have been working professionally as writers for nearly half a decade.  ‘Immortals’ is their first produced studio credit.  They previously wrote, directed and produced the indie comedy ‘Everything For a Reason,’ which premiered at the afi international film festival and was acquired for distribution by The Shooting Gallery, producer of ‘Sling Blade” and ‘You Can Count on Me’  Before entering the entertainment industry Vlas worked on Oppenheimer's Foreign Equity Desk while Charley attended Loyola Law School, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class.  The brothers are a part of a large Greek-American family and originally hail from Seaside Park, NJ.  Growing up, they often spent summers in Patras, Greece and took part in both Greek School and Greek Folk Dancing. (interestingly enough they took part in these activities with comedian Demetri Martin, whose father was the priest of their local Greek Orthodox Church)   Both brothers went on to study Economics and Theatre in College.  Vlas attended Villanova University while Charley attended Swarthmore College.