Anthony Shields, a 2007 Pelham High School graduate and a former assistant manager of The Picture House, recently clinched a spot on the 2017 Young and Hungry List of Hollywood’s top 100 new writers. Writers were selected based on their impressive body of work and were carefully voted on by the industry’s most experienced professionals, including producers, directors, executives, agents, and managers.
Shields graduated in June 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where he won numerous awards, including being a winner of UCLA’s Screenwriters Showcase for his TV comedy pilot script called Juveniles.
Juveniles is a coming-of-age story about a Black honor roll student who was convicted of drug dealing and is sent to a very rich, very white reform school in rural Massachusetts. Juveniles was named a semifinalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
While at UCLA, Shields was also awarded the 2017 NAACP-NBC Universal Television Fellowship. He was selected from a group of finalists submitted by members of UCLA’s screenwriting faculty for review by NBC and the NAACP. The $20,000 fellowship is awarded annually to a UCLA Screenwriting graduate student with primary consideration given to those students with unique and original voices who further the interests of underrepresented minorities in the entertainment industry. Four African American women who have achieved successful careers in the entertainment industry — Felicia D. Henderson, Gina Prince Bythewood, Sara Finney-Johnson and Mara Brock Akil — have also teamed up to help students in UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, and Shields was also a beneficiary of the Four Sisters Scholarship in Screenwriting in 2017.
His pilot, Fraud, was named the top selection of UCLA’s Initiative with Sony Crackle and is being considered for development at Crackle. Fraud was also a semifinalist in the 2017 Austin Film Festival Script Competition. As a finalist in the 2017 Sloan Film Fellowship competition, Shields has shown that he can create believable and dramatic art that explores science and technology themes with originality and accuracy. His comedic neo-noir, Murder 101, expresses the importance of investing in our public school system and also demonstrates that learning science can be cool and exciting.
To learn more about Anthony’s body of work, contact him at email@example.com.