The Writers Lab is supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey, and is produced by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon with New York Women in Film & Television. It is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, with in-kind support from The Black List, Falco Ink, Film Fatales, Filmarket Hub, Relativity Ventures, Roadmap Writers, Stony Brook Manhattan Center for Creative Writing & Film, and Untamed Stories. A special thank you to Final Draft for their product contribution.
Our Leadership Team includes:
Elizabeth Kaiden, Co-founder of The Writers Lab, has also served as Head of Development for Tangerine Entertainment, an independent production company that produces films directed by women. She began her career in theater as a dramaturg, and became a theater and film critic for, among others The Straits Times of Singapore, American Theater,
Stagebill, The Forward, and others. In 2005, she launched Two Rooms on the Upper West Side of NYC, a non-profit facility offering childcare and workspace to parents who work freelance. A graduate of Princeton and the Yale School of Drama, she lives in New York with her family and is finally writing again.
Co-Founder, The Writers Lab
Nitza Co-founded The Writers Lab in 2013. In the years before that, Nitza was an actor, journalist, and magazine and book editor. She earned her BA from the Annenberg School of Communications at UPenn. In addition to her work supporting women in film, Nitza is a writer and voice actor. She lives in New York City with her family.
Co-Founder, The Writers Lab
Cynthia López is an award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she implemented strategies to support film and TV production throughout the five boroughs. López is the recipient of many coveted industry awards including: 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, three Peabody Awards, and two duPont-Columbia Awards. In addition, she received the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Commitment to Corporate Diversity. Prior to working as Commissioner, López was Executive Vice President and co-Executive Producer of the award-winning PBS documentary series American Documentary | POV, and was involved in the organization’s strategic growth and creative development for 14 years. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work. Notable partnerships include: New York Times, Reuters, Al-Jazeera Network, Discovery Communications, The Moth, Story Corps, Harpo Studios and ABC News, NIGHTLINE with Ted Koppel. López is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), and is proud to have spent her career collaborating with independent filmmakers across all portions of the film and television industry. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center, NYC & Company, Museum of the Moving Image and the Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Fund Advisory Board. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Latino Public Broadcasting, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Hunter College IMA Program.
Executive Director, New York Women in Film & Television