2016 TV Writer Access Project

DRAMA

Adrian Alejandro Cruz
Minority

Adrian Alejandro Cruz was born to a Puerto Rican father and Scottish mother and has lived all over the world, from Nairobi, Kenya, to Rio, Brazil, before finally settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Film and Theater and cut his teeth in the L.A. theater scene as director and actor. But when Adrian began working in the comic book industry first as editor (working with such authors and artists as Alan Moore, Alexandro Jodorowsky and Travis Charest) he truly discovered his love of writing. Striking out on his own with his graphic novel series Seed, Adrian went on to create his own comic book/film production company where he wrote and produced Splinter starring Edward James Olmos and Tom Sizemore. Eventually he discovered TV writing where he, and his then writing partner, sold pilots to FOX, Warner Bros., NBC, ABC, and USA networks before finally creating Ascension, starring Tricia Helfer, for the Syfy Network, Lionsgate, and Blumhouse. He was a semi-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship with his script Alibi Guys, was listed in Writers on the Verge’s “Young and Hungry” list, went through the WGAW’s acclaimed Showrunner Training Program, and the directing mentorship program with Billy Ray. He has recently produced and directed the indie film Eat Me, written by and starring acclaimed playwright Jacqueline Wright (due late 2016) and is actively developing groundbreaking virtual reality serialized content with an eye toward the future.

CONTACT: Shan Ray, Kaplan-Stahler; Amotz Zakai and James Engle; Echo Lake Entertainment; Mark Wetzstein c/o Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP, (310) 248-5100

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