How Women Writers Have Changed Our Screens

Event Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 || Speaker: Jacque Edmonds Cofer & Kellie Griffin  || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

The nature of storytelling in both Film and TV demands a wide range of voices to keep audiences interested. This discussion will address whether the situation is changing and where women writers can find writing opportunities, support and motivation to increase their standing in the industry.

**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.


Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm. 

No Refunds. No Credits.

Jacque Edmonds CoferJacque Edmonds Cofer attended Princeton University, graduating with an A.B. in Politics, with certificates awarded in Urban Studies, Political Economy, and African-American Studies. She also earned an M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School.

After her graduation from HBS she left corporate life to become a television writer and producer. Her first network television-writing job was on “Martin.” Within two years, she had risen to supervising producer. After “Martin,” she was the co-executive producer of Fox’s “Living Single.” While there, she produced and developed several pilots of her own. Ms. Cofer then joined UPN as the executive producer of “Moesha” and the co-executive producer of “Abby”. Jacque was also the co-executive producer of the WB’s “All about the Andersons,” shot a pilot for Paramount Studios based on the Latina singing group “Soluna” and was co-executive producer of the UPN comedy “Cuts.”

Currently, Jacque is the creator and executive producer of “Let’s Stay Together,” BET’s first original scripted comedy. The series led the rebranding of BET as a network for sophisticated, aspirational, urban adults. Its premiere was the fifth most-watched cable tv sitcom in history with 4.4 million viewers.

Cofer Entertainment Group, which Jacque runs with her husband, James Cofer, Jr. is developing live theater and feature film projects geared towards Christian audiences. Their instructional video, “The Business of Acting: Getting Paid,” will be available through their website,, in the fall of 2013.

Kellie GriffinKellie R. Griffin, creator/producer/writer, a native of Philadelphia, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work, both from Howard University, Kellie decided to make a drastic career change and enter the world of entertainment. Within eight months of moving from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, she landed a job as a receptionist on UPN’s hit show, “The Parkers.” And in the show’s fifth and final season, Kellie was awarded a freelance episode.

During the show’s hiatuses, she worked in a variety of production staff positions on several TV shows and feature films, and produced a few stage plays, including the “The Vagina Monologues,” which also marked her directorial debut. Her pivotal career break, however, came when she was referred to write a spec script for Tyler Perry, which resulted in her becoming the Head Writer for his sitcom, “House of Payne,” where she simultaneously ran two writers’ rooms, in Los Angeles and Atlanta, as they wrote a mind-blowing 100+ episodes in less than a year. A few years later, Kellie created “Reed Between the Lines,” starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, which ran for two seasons on BET.

Join us on the Second Saturday every month at:

**Same Location – new name…

Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm


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