Gesha-Marie Bland, a Black List/Women in Film TV Lab Fellow, and writer of the forthcoming Alexander McQueen - Issie Blow biopic THE RIPPER with Maven Pictures, is a film/television writer from Reed College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and NYU’s Masters Program in Cinema Studies. Represented by Curtis Brown Ltd, she began her film career in Public Relations for the Chicago International Film Festival, and continued at Magic Lantern PR for clients such as Sony Pictures Classics and October Films, as well as an editorial assistant at Scenario and The Independent. Ms. Bland, a multiple finalist in the BlueCat, American Zoetrope and Screencraft competitions, as well as featured in the Black List Industry Report, specializes in thriller, biopic, true-life and literary adaptations, including the feature scripts HEDGED OUT, SELZNICK'S FOLLY, THE WELCOME, THE RIPPER AND HIS MUSE, and pilot scripts including SCANDALGATE, and LEGEND OF A QUEEN. She’s currently adapting SELZNICK’S FOLLY into a miniseries with First Generation Films, as well as other film and television projects.