- Sep. 9, 2021

Join Film Fatales and WIF on Friday, September 17th at 2pm PT for a case study on adaptation with the creative minds behind the hit Netflix show SHADOW AND BONE.

We'll explore the steps of translating a written work to the screen with series writer Leigh Bardugo, producer Christina Strain, and Executive Producer Shelley Meals. Moderated by Film Fatales and WIF member Drew Denny.

Together we will learn more about the ins-and-outs of developing movies and television that respect the original work while rebuilding it in a new medium. This conversation will tackle the things you need to know about the adaptation process when working with pre-existing IP like books, documentaries, short films, podcasts, articles, and more. If you're the creator of an original IP or are a filmmaker with questions about the roles of production companies and distributors, tune in to this fascinating panel to learn what makes for a successful adaptation.

This event is open to the public and will be accessible with live captioning.


Born and raised outside an Army base in Seoul, South Korea, Christina Strain moved to the U.S. at eighteen to attend Louisiana State University. Shortly after graduating (BFA Graphic Design) Christina started coloring comic books for Marvel, working on titles like: Runaways, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Thor, World War Hulk, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Shortly after creating the Shuster Award winning webcomic The Fox Sister, Christina was accepted into AFI's screenwriting program. There, she wrote a pilot adaptation of The Fox Sister, which kick started her career by getting her staffed on SYFY'S The Magicians. Since, Christina's gone on to work on several shows including Netflix's SHADOW & BONE and a few others she's not allowed to talk about. Her first feature, FINDING OHANA, premiered number 1 in the world on Netflix in January 2021. Most recently, Christina served as a Co-Executive Producer on season 2 of SHADOW AND BONE.

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times-bestselling author of Ninth House and the creator of the Grishaverse, which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy (now a Netflix original series), the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology, The Language of Thorns, and The Lives of Saints--with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Leigh grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Shelley Meals is a producer and writer. She has written and co-executive produced such hits as the Netflix TV shows Shadow and Bone and Sweet Magnolias, Apple TV's See, Chicago Med, Stitchers, Witches of East End, Hawthorne, and more.

Named "an auteur to watch" by The Advocate, Drew Denny is passionate about representing women and LGBTQ+ characters on stage and screen. Harper's Bazaar called her one woman play turned Academy Award nominated podcast Asking For It "a Fleabag fix in a post-Fleabag world," and Marta Kaufman's shingle OK Goodnight is producing a narrative television series based on her documentary Queer Habits- following drag queen nuns who save a rural homophobic community from ruin. Her first feature The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On won Best Feature, Best First Feature and Best Cinematography in its 50-festival run and her most recent narrative film Momster, starring Amanda Plummer and Brianna Hildebrand, premiered in Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019 where it was selected for their debut Pride program and called "Tarantino and Nicolas Refn's queer feminist love child." Denny earned a BFA in Cinema and Television Production from USC, an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from California Institute of the Arts, and is the creative director of Allies in Arts, a 501c3 non-profit that supports artists who are women, BIPOC and LGBTQ+. She is currently creating a queer rom com musical with producer Jaclyn Moore (Dear White People, Queer As Folk), directing a documentary about feminist bonobos and sex changing fish, and writing a Title IX comedy.

Women In Film (WIF) Founded in 1973 as Women In Film Los Angeles, Women in Film advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries—in front of and behind the camera, across all levels of experience—to achieve parity and transform culture