Special Guest For Ep. #47: Screenwriter & Producer PHIL HAY!!


The Cinema Squad is very excited to welcome a new special guest for Episode #47:

Screenwriter & Producer PHIL HAY!!   Let’s meet him:

Phil Hay (@phillycarly)

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With three #1 hits and a pair of critically acclaimed dramas to their names, PHIL HAY and screenwriting partner MATT MANFREDI have established themselves as one of screenwriting’s most versatile duos, moving fluidly among comedy, intimate drama and large-scale action, sci-fi and fantasy projects that feature their character-driven signature.

The dramatic thriller “The Invitation” marks their return to independent filmmaking. Written & produced by Manfredi & Hay and directed by Karyn Kusama, “The Invitation” debuted at SXSW in 2015 and went on to play to great acclaim at film festivals around the world, including Europe’s most prestigious genre festival, Sitges, where it won Best Picture. The film was released by Drafthouse Films in April, 2016.

On the studio side, Hay & Manfredi wrote the record-breaking action comedy “Ride Along,” which spent three weeks at #1 in 2014, as well as its hit 2016 sequel, “Ride Along 2,” both starring Ice Cube & Kevin Hart. Before that, they wrote the 2010 remake of “Clash of the Titans.” One of the year’s biggest hits, “Clash” grossed nearly $500 million worldwide.

The pair made their screenwriting debut in 2001 with the critically acclaimed, enduring drama “crazy/beautiful,” which starred Kirsten Dunst. Manfredi wrote and, with Hay, co-directed the 2002 comedy “Bug,” which won the Audience Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Hay & Manfredi also wrote the science fiction epic “Aeon Flux” and the action comedy “R.I.P.D.,” starring, respectively, Charlize Theron, Ryan Reynolds, and Jeff Bridges.

Hay & Manfredi both reside in Los Angeles with their families.

Be sure to tune into this week’s Podcast which is set to drop on Sunday, April 23rd.  We’ll give you all the latest movie news covering everything from script to screen.

And you can catch us on iTunes as well!

As for the rest of the Cinema Squad, we have the usual suspects:

Sean Wathen – Creator & Moderator  (@Cinema_Squad)


Sean Wathen is a screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a writing career. While working in production offices such as “House, MD,” “24,” & MTV Studios, Sean pursued his love of writing. In 2016 his screenplays “Iron Dragon” & “Timegate” were optioned to Fotocomics Productions, and his contained horror/thriller script “The Gotham Hotel” was optioned to Anacapa Pictures.  In 2015, his screenplay “The Field” was optioned to Dune Entertainment & Stormchaser Films, his screenplay “ALICE” was optioned to Array Pictures, and his screenplay “Second Shot” was optioned to Status Media & Entertainment. In 2014, he was named on Tracking Board’s ‘Young & Hungry List – Top 100 Writers on the Verge,” and he was hired to adapt graphic novels for State & Cabrillo Productions, Inc. as well as Solipsist Films.

Skye Wathen – Show Host  (@1blueskye)


Skye Wathen has been working in production for both television and film since 2006. Her credits include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, “The Revenant”, and “MONEYBALL”. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Skye’s love of all thing Hollywood began at a very young age. She enjoys all things nerdy and crafty and is the proud fur-mom to Bruce, a shar pei mix puppy.

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