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Jo Ann is a multi-award-winning screenwriter for film and television. She writes dynamic, character-driven stories about misfits and miscreants as they struggle to find their place in unfamiliar or unforgiving worlds. Her stories focus on people who empower themselves and deal with the consequences of their choices... as we all struggle with on a daily basis.


Optioned and contracted for hire by producers in both the US, UK, and Australia, JoAnn has numerous projects in various stages of development. Her scripts have garnered interest from several major production companies, including Netflix, Muse Entertainment, Estuary Films, and Tubi TV. Currently, she has several projects being packaged through MARVISTA Entertainment, Evolutionary Films, and Worldwide Entertainment & Media. 

As the Creative Executive for LONDON ANGEL FILMS (AUS), JoAnn is responsible for the development of the company’s slate of films working closely with the Production team reading, providing coverage, and rewriting scripts to ready them for production. She is also part of Disney’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion team (CTDI) which connects creative talent with diverse stories to opportunities across Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE).


She has an innate ability for taking a producer/director's original concept or adapting IP and translating it into a workable screenplay and as such has collaborated on several projects. Notably, her film, COOKSTER: The Darkest Days is currently in post-production.


Her scripts have placed in numerous, prestigious award competitions including PAGE Awards, Final Draft’s BIG BREAK, Austin Film Festival, London Film Awards, New Hope Film Festival, and is a prestigious Torino ScriptLab selectee, one of only eight projects chosen each year.

As an Army brat and Navy wife, JoAnn has lived and traveled all over the world giving her a unique perspective of culture, a sense of adventure, and an understanding of the threads of connection that bind us all together. 

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