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Dona Cooper

School: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)
Field of Teaching: Screenwriting
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Major Achievements: Author of the book “Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV” based on her lectures while teaching in the MFA screenwriting program at AFI, Cooper has spent more than twenty years as a creative executive working as the network liaison between producers, directors and writers on dozens of television shows.

Cooper began her career as a free-lance story consultant for HBO and later became the head of NBC’s Story Department. Cooper was then promoted to Director of NBC’s Prime Time Dramas working on shows such as L.A. LAW and QUANTUM LEAP before becoming Vice President of Scripps Howard Productions. Cooper then joined ABC as Sr. Vice President of ABC Daytime overseeing storylines for shows like GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN and continued worked as a story consultant for that network after joining the faculty of UNCSA. She currently free-lances as a story consultant on feature and television projects.




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