Festival Speakers

Industry Panel - Saturday, September 9th - 12:45 PM

Janine Sherman Barrois


Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer who has recently signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers Studios to create and develop new series. Currently, she is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Claws, a dramedy starring Niecy Nash that will air on TNT. Barrois has also recently sold the network her suburban family drama Hinges, a project she is executive-producing along with John Wells, Emmy-winning director Anthony Hemingway and his producing partner, Mark Taylor. Previously, she spent five years as an Executive Producer on the hit CBS series Criminal Minds. Prior to that, she was an Executive Producer on ER and worked on the final four seasons of the show. Before ER, Barrois spent five seasons on Third Watch, rising from Story Editor to Co-Executive Producer. She has also written on Eddie Murphy's The PJ's and The Jamie Foxx Show. Barrois got her start on Lush Life, where she was placed after participating in the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. 

In 2014, Barrois won an NAACP Image Award for best dramatic writing for her work on the Criminal Minds episode entitled “Strange Fruit.” Prior to that she was nominated for six Image Awards and a Humanitas Award for her writing. She is also active in the WGA, where she serves in their Mentoring Program, as a judge for their Writers’ Access Project and, recently, on the board of their PAC. In addition, she serves on the board of the William H. Johnson Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to giving scholarships to African-American contemporary artists. Barrois graduated from Howard University. 

Barrois is repped by WME and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek Suddleson Ambramson. 

Sarah Treem

Sarah Treem Headshot_Photo Credit Joe Pugliese (1).jpg

Sarah Treem is a celebrated television writer, producer and playwright. Treem is the co-creator and showrunner of the Golden Globe-winning Showtime drama THE AFFAIR. The series, has received 4 Golden Globe nominations during its run, including wins for Best Television Drama, Best Actress in a Television Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. Additionally, the show has received a Writer’s Guild nomination for Best New Series and was named a finalist for the 2016 Humanitas Prize. 

Previously Treem wrote for and co-executive produced the first season of David Fincher's hit Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS. She also wrote on all three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series IN TREATMENT. Additionally, Treem wrote and produced HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA while under an overall deal at HBO. In addition to her Golden Globe win for Best Television Drama for THE AFFAIR, Treem’s work has earned her nominations for the Humanitas Prize, Primetime Emmy Awards and four Writers Guild Awards, including two wins for New Series for HOUSE OF CARDS and IN TREATMENT.

Treem began her career in the theater, most recently writing WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, which ran in summer 2014 starring Cherry Jones and directed by Pam MacKinnon. Her previous plays include A FEMININE ENDING, THE HOW AND THE WHY, EMPTY SKY, ORPHAN ISLAND, HUMAN VOICES and MIRROR MIRROR. Treem holds a B.A. and M.F.A from Yale University, where she has also taught playwriting. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her children.

Christina Wayne


Christina Wayne is an executive producer and runs Assembly Entertainment, a scripted production company that produces TV series for cable channels and digital platforms, with an overall deal at ITV Studios America. Christina is currently executive producing Showtime’s series I’M DYING UP HERE alongside Jim Carrey, which premiered June 4, 2017. She is also a consulting producer on the TNT series WILL, premiering summer 2017. Christina/Assembly will be executive producing a pilot for Youtube Red this fall. Christina is also currently executive producing a TV series with Jessica Chastain, written by Todd Komarnicki (SULLY). Christina/Assembly has sold fourteen scripted TV series to date to A&E, Amazon, BBC America, Bravo, Cinemax, Showtime, Spike, USA, WGN and Youtube Red. Before founding Assembly Entertainment, Christina was the President of Cineflix Studios, overseeing development, sales and production of all scripted series worldwide. While at Cineflix, she executive produced BBC America's COPPER for two seasons with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

Prior to Cineflix, Christina was SVP of Original Programming at AMC, where she launched the scripted series and miniseries departments. Under her leadership, AMC produced the Emmy-winning hit miniseries BROKEN TRAIL as well as the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD.

In early 2017, Christina launched TelevisionSchool.com, comprehensive online educational courses about the creative and business sides of creating content for television and digital platforms. She began her career in entertainment as a screenwriter and director. She wrote and directed the feature TART for Lionsgate in 2001 and has been a member of the Writers' Guild of America since 1997. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives with her husband and daughter in New York.