Committee

William Jehu Garroutte
Director of Education

William Jehu Garroutte is an enrolled Citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He had an Army brat childhood, and a rural adolescence in a town famed for its cattle slaughterhouses. He didn’t go to college, and taught himself to write in the WGA library. He is an alumni of the Skins Fest Native American TV Writing Lab, NBC’s Writers on the Verge program, and the ABC/Disney TV Writing Program. He is currently staffed on a forthcoming Showtime show.

 

Carlee Malemute
Director of Government Affairs

Born and raised in an Alaskan village of 500, Carlee Malemute is a graduate from USC’s Screenwriting MFA Program and a participant in the 2016 Native American TV Writers Lab and the 2018 Native American Features Lab. She co-wrote three movies for Lifetime, was staffed on Hallmark’s Good Witch, and recently co-ran the writers’ room for a digital Native American series. She enjoys writing stories about complicated families.

 

Cara Jade Myers
Director of Outreach

Cara Jade Myers is a Native American writer, actor, director, and producer. Her writing focus’ on strong women especially as a group and finding a family outside of your own. Her goal is to show Natives in the modern world as strong, resilient, and flawed humans. She especially loves writing stories about paranormal creatures, as Native culture is deeply seeded in cultural myths. Growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father only to be followed up by an abusive, drug-addicted stepfather, movies, books, and TV became her escape from reality. This is why she openly talks about the trauma, assault, marginalization, sexism, poverty, cultural, and generational trauma, and racism that she has experienced. Because these things need to be spoken about to break cycles and heal future generations. Despite all this she loves writing comedy, especially if it is inappropriate and awkward. In early 2019 she was a fellow of the 4th annual Native TV Writers Lab. And later that year became a semi-finalist in the Disney/ ABC’s writers’ program. Currently she is a part of A3 Artists Agency – The Colony program.

 

Ian Skorodin
Director of Strategy

Ian Skorodin is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has worked with numerous tribes to develop the Native American voice in media. Skorodin founded the Barcid Foundation to provide a collaborative partner for diversity and inclusion departments at several networks, studios, and unions. Skorodin has launched groundbreaking initiatives to provide training for Native American writers and filmmakers. He has also provided access for the entertainment industry by creating a conduit to talented Native Americans writers, directors and filmmakers. Skorodin currently oversees a streaming service of Native American content and a database of Native American writers.