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Mattie Bayne is a comedy writer and director from Baltimore, Maryland.
She is currently a program writer in the Disney General Entertainment 2022 Writing Program.
Prior, she was the Writers' Assistant on the Netflix comedy, NEVER HAVE I EVER. She was Showrunner’s Assistant to Kourtney Kang on Disney+'s DOOGIE KAMEALOHA, M.D., and Producer's Assistant on Netflix's PRETTY SMART. Mattie also worked as an Assistant in the Motion Picture Literary Department at United Talent Agency.
A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where she received a BFA in Film and Television Production, Mattie has held internships at THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, ShivHans Pictures, and Pacific Electric Picture Company.
Her full-length play titled, “No, Love Me”, was featured in The Blank Theater's Living Room Series in the fall of 2019. Her USC Senior Thesis Film, PRACTICE FUNERAL, debuted at the Los Angeles Short Film and Script Festival and was featured in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. An ovarian cancer survivor, Mattie is passionate about the representation of women and BIPOC in comedy, and she strives to tell stories that bring people together.
Mattie continues to pursue her love of performance by taking improv classes at the Upright Citizen Brigade theater.
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Disney General Entertainment has selected the 12 participants for its 32nd annual Writing Program.
The one-year initiative offers promising young writers the chance at staff writing assignments on a DGE series. Participants are also provided with mentorship, professional development opportunities and access to DGE’s network of executives, producers, showrunners and alumni.
The program also provides participants with salary and benefits, and writers who are staffed on a DGE scripted series will be compensated at WGA scale, according to Disney.
“The Creative Talent Development & Inclusion team is proud to launch this extremely talented group of writers into the next phase of their career,” said Tim McNeal, senior vice president of Disney’s CTDI team. “The flagship Writing Program is one of the critical ways CTDI connects creative talent to opportunities across Disney and continues to fuel our company’s staffing pipeline specifically for emerging, diverse TV writers. We look forward to seeing this cohort shape the next generation of producers and showrunners.”
Disney Writing Program alumni include many prominent and award-winning series creators, producers and showrunners such as Zahir McGhee (“Queens”), Saladin Patterson (“The Wonder Years” and “Dave”), Peter Saji (“mixed-ish”), Anthony Sparks (“Queen Sugar”) and Ayanna Floyd Davis (“The Chi”).
Last year’s participants secured writing jobs on shows such as ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” “Queens,” “Station 19,” “Maggie,” “The Conners” and “Home Economics,” as well as Disney Branded Television shows “Raven’s Home,” “Big Shot” and “BUNK’D,” among other shows.
Mattie Bayne, “Never Have I Ever” writers’ assistant (Baltimore, Md.), who was also named Disney Branded Television’s Eunetta T. Boone Comedy Writer Scholar.