Talk Title: You Never Stop Breaking In: Writing for TV in a Digital World
Date and Time: Saturday June 18th @ 10am PST
Sarah Carbiener landed her first writing gig at Longtail Studios, a video game studio subsidiary of Ubisoft in Prince Edward Island, Canada. She spent two long, cold years writing story and dialogue-based games such as Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game. In 2009, she vowed to never see snow again and moved to Los Angeles, where she soon
began working with her writing partner Erica Rosbe. 28% of married couples meet in college; there are no current statistics regarding writing partners. Carbiener and Rosbe met at NYU while stage-managing a student production.
They went on to start a small theater company, writing and producing plays Off-Off-Off-Broadway. After working together at Longtail Studios, they collaborated on a snarky one hour teen dram about a modern day, female Edgar Allan Poe. They haven’t looked back.
Their first feature, the family film Return to Nim’s Island about a young, determined environmentalist trying to save her island home from poachers, premiered on the Hallmark Channel and had a theatrical release in Australia. They’re currently working with Mazur / Kaplan on a feature adaptation of Haley Tanner’s novel Vaclav & Lena, the story of a boy magician and his lost love. Their screenplay received a Cinereach Fellowship through the Sundance Institute.
Sarah was thrilled to finally put her years of playing video games badly to use developing her and Erica’s latest feature, a comedy called The Sparkle Panthers, in Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab. Carbiener and Rosbe’s most recently wrote for Amazon’s Just Add Magic, a live action half hour about three best friends who use a magical cookbook to save their small town from disaster. They’re currently writing on the third season of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.
Erica Rosbe was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and grew up in California, Michigan and New York, where she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a lucrative degree in playwriting. After college, she wrote dialogue and storylines for video games at Longtail Studios, a subsidiary of Ubisoft, working on games geared towards women like Grey’s Anatomy, The Video Game.
With writing partner Sarah Carbiener, Erica wrote the family film Return to Nim’s Island, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2013 and in theaters in Australia. Also in 2013, Erica and Sarah’s GIRLS spec script won the sitcom category at the Austin Film Festival where they tried every variety of queso known to man. Working with the Mazur/Kaplan Company, they received a Cinereach Fellowhip through Sundance to develop their feature adaptation of Haley Tanner’s debut novel, Vaclav and Lena, about a teenage boy in Brighton Beach who sets out to find his long lost love and put on a magic show. In 2014, Erica and Sarah workshopped their latest feature, a comedy about a team of female gamers called The Sparkle Panthers, in Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab.
Last year, they got into in Fox’s Writers Intensive, where they developed a dark comedy about the first Mars colonists and Erica got to geek out about hanging in the “Fox Mulder” room. During the program, they got staffed on Amazon’s Just Add Magic for which they wrote two episodes and are currently working on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty.
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