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The Chicago Screenwriters Network has
announced their new President and Vice-President as well as their new board of directors.
Colin Costello, a former advertising creative director/copywriter, and now a screenwriter, was elected President from 2012 - 2014. Christina Wollerman, who currently works at Leo Burnett, was also elected Vice-President of the volunteer organization.
"We have some very big shoes to fill," said the new president. "But as a group we are very excited to take the organization to new levels. We have new challenges and new ideas." Wollerman added, "I’m extremely honored to be chosen as Vice- President of CSN. I have studied its history and am scared and proud to now be an integral part of it."
Colin worked in the advertising industry as a creative director, writing and helping develop award-winning campaigns for clients such as Gatorade, Budweiser, McDonalds, Nike, Toyota and Fox Sports. He also helped launch Spike Lee’s ad agency, SpikeDDB. His first feature, "A Miami Tail," starring rapper, Trina, was released by Lions Gate in 2003.
Before coming to Leo Burnett, Christina was an actor in New York City, where she performed in over twenty staged productions. In 2002, she founded the multiaward winning Invisible City Theater Company. Since coming to Chicago, she has focused much of her energy on screenwriting.
Joining them will be Julie Glassman, an advertising copywriter and novelist, as treasurer. She is joined by Judy Alexander, who has come aboard as secretary. Judy enjoys being a part of a homegrown community of creative and thoughtprovoking minds that CSN offers.
Rounding out the rest of the board of directors is an exciting group, consisting of:
Linda Frothingham who will join the board as VP of Events and Speakers. Linda is an accomplished artist, writer and entrepreneur and is owner of Frothingham Communications, a marketing and creative service company.
Rick Watkins and Michael Kandarev will be CSN's VPs of Contest. Rick is a current board member and has a bachelor's degree in theater. He is a founding member of the MECCA Performing Arts Troupe where he was a playwright and actor. He has written a number of screenplays which have placed in the Austin and Slamdance contest finals. Mike is a graduate of both UCLA's Professional Program in screenwriting and The Second City's writing program. He recently started "Angry Chow Writing" helping writers take their writing to the next level.
Michael DeRosa is a returning board member and has managed and/or developed IT projects for almost twenty years in his day job. He will be CSN's "web guy." He is also a formally trained screenwriter with two completed featurelength scripts to date.
Denise O'Neal and Leyla Arsan will be VP’s of Communications. Denise is a current board member and has been screenwriting for a number of years with four finished scripts under her belt. She is a published freelance writer with articles appearing in For the Record, a weekly medical journal and Mushroom Printing an online rant publication. Leyla has an impressive resume which would take a few pages to fill but she is a native Chicagoan, a lifestyle marketer, social media strategist, event producer, and blogger with a thirst for new media, technology and pop culture. Leyla’s integrated marketing/communications experience started at DDB Chicago where she worked on event marketing, promotional marketing and music sponsorship campaigns for Fortune 500 brands.
Last but not least, Rosa Antoniou comes aboard as VP of Education. Rosa spent 8 years as an advertising producer at agencies such as Bayer and Bess and Burrell. She also produced a sitcom pilot called "With Friends Like These."
CSN members and the public will have a chance to meet Colin, Christina and the rest of the CSN board at their monthly meeting, this Sunday, December 4th at The Lincoln Diner. For more information, go to chicagoscreenwriters.org.
An interview with screenwriter Russell Meyer regarding the Chicago Screenwriters Writing Competition.