007: Pitching, Selling, Writing and Making Your First Network TV Show (Guest: Shilpi Roy)
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Shilpi Roy is a film & TV director and writer who sold her first show without having an agent. She is currently a staff writer on a Netflix show and has a few more shows in the pipeline.

Host Jenn Page and Shilpi Roy dive into how she sold her first show to ABC Family (now Freeform) without having an agent, what it was like writing and filming that show, what she does to keep getting work, and how she utilized her time and connections while in the studios’ diversity programs.

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Hailing from North Carolina, Shilpi Roy comes from a traditional Indian family and grew up watching only the song-and-dance numbers from Bollywood movies. Roy sold her first television show, BROWN GIRLS, to Freeform TV. Working with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment (AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS), Nastaran Dibai (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO JIM), and Mark Cendrowski (THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON), Roy co-wrote and co-executive-produced the pilot. Roy was also the showrunner of MATCHELORETTE, a CMT pilot for SoulPancake (a division of Participant Media). She currently writes on the Netflix Original Series TEAM KAYLIE and is developing a show for The Disney Channel with Lilly Singh’s (A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY) company Unicorn Island.

Roy began her career working for Warren Littlefield, executive producer of TV’s FARGO and THE HANDMAID'S TALE, as well as the former head of NBC Television. Roy then attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts and received an MFA in Film Production where she was the recipient of an Annenberg Scholarship. She has also participated in the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women Program, as well as Universal Studio’s Directors Initiative.

Shilpi began her career writing and directing the award-winning comedy web series HIPSTERHOOD, which won multiple awards across two seasons. She then produced and directed the magician-comedy series DISILLUSIONED, which garnered a Best Comedy Web Series Award from the HollyWeb Festival. She has also directed episodes of the Emmy®-winning web series EMMA APPROVED.

Roy lives with her husband, cinematographer Anthony C. Kuhnz, in Los Angeles with 2 cats.


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