amy talkington is an award-winning screenwriter and director living in los angeles. before all that she wrote about music for magazines like spin, ray gun, interview, and seventeen (mostly just as a way to get to hang out with rock stars). as a teenager in dallas, texas, amy painted lots of angsty self-portraits, listened to the velvet underground and was difficult enough that her parents finally let her go to boarding school on the east coast. her young adult novel, "liv, forever" was published by soho teen in 2014 and has since been published internationally, including editions in germany, italy, and china.


amy talkington is a writer and director living in los angeles.

amy has written screenplays for universal, disney, sony, fox 2000, 20th century fox, summit entertainment, walden entertainment and new line cinema. her screenplay for mgm’s "valley girl" is set for a 2020 release. her script "undercover" stars zachary levi and cole sprouse with steve pink directing and will be released in 2021.

in the television arena, amy co-executive produced and wrote the finale of "little fires everywhere" staring reese witherspoon and kerry washington which premiered on hulu in march, 2020. previously, amy wrote "avalon high" for the disney channel, for which she won a 2010 WGA award. she also wrote the abc family movie "brave new girl" which starred oscar-nominee virginia madsen and lindsay haun.

amy wrote and directed the feature film, "the night of the white pants," which stars oscar-nominee tom wilkinson, nick stahl and selma blair. the comedy, which premiered at the tribeca film festival, was released in 2008 and can be rented on dvd or itunes. amy's short films were selected for numerous distinguished festivals including the sundance film festival and received a number of accolades including top festival prizes and the new line cinema award for best director. in addition, her shorts have been released on dvd and acquired by television worldwide, including sales to canal + france, hbo and the sundance channel.

amy was selected as one of filmmaker magazine's "25 new indie faces to watch" and was singled out as one of four up-and-coming female directors by vogue magazine. she has also been featured on mtv, the sundance channel, the independent film channel, cnn, e!, msnbc and the bbc.

before making films, amy wrote about music and film. she has written for vh-1, spin, mademoiselle, college music journal, interview, seventeen and ray gun magazines.

originally from texas, amy graduated magna cum laude from barnard college with a degree in art history. she went on to receive an mfa in film from columbia university's film division.


1) I once wore two different-sized potlids as a top.
2) I used to be obsessed with Marcel Duchamp and Jane's Addiction.
3) I can hold a headstand for 5 minutes. Sometimes.
4) As a kid I went deer hunting with my dad (but never shot anything).
5) I speak a little sign language (my aunt is deaf and has cerebral palsy).
6) I once gave a live interview to CNN atop a yacht in Cannes.
7) I'm a Cherokee (American Indian).
8) During my brief career as a waitress I spilled a plate of spaghetti on a band called Flotsam and Jetsam.
9) Tom Verlaine scored my brother's movie in my old Bowery loft.
10) I have haggled with Gene Simmons... and won.


while amy's primary focus has been on writing and directing traditional narratives for film and television, she is also accomplished as an interactive, new media filmmaker, where she strives to experiment with new kinds of storytelling.

in the early 90s, amy wrote and directed interactive articles for the cd-rom magazine blender. then, in 1996, amy directed "first comes love," which was one of the first online soap operas for pre-streaming video, it told the story through text and still images.

in 2000, amy co-wrote and directed the 360-degree-video short "the new arrival" for which the new york times named her "one of the few women to break out on the internet." critically acclaimed as "ingenious" and "ground-breaking," the short was an online hit and also screened in numerous festivals, including the first-ever sundance online film festival. "the new arrival" eventually landed in a film history textbook as an important example of interactive storytelling.

in 2003, amy directed "our very first sex tape," which was conceived of as a viral internet short, playing on the internet obsession with sex tapes. to date the film (which has no sexual content) has gotten over 2.5 million hits on

most recently, amy created "confessions," an interactive web project which was released on in august, 2007.

"confessions" was selected as an official honoree for the drama series category in the 12th annual webby awards.


columbia university film division, nyc, ny
m.f.a. in film directing, 1999

barnard college, nyc, ny
b.a. in art history, 1993, magna cum laude

vassar college, poughkeepsie, ny
dean's list, 1988-1990

experience as a writer/director:
"saints and sinners," 2020
6-hour limited series
executive producer/creator

"little fires everywhere," 2020
8-hour limited series starring reese witherspoon and kerry washington
co-executive producer/writer

"all night long" (aka "loving ibiza"), 2019

"the ice queens," 2017
6-hour limited series
creator / executive producer
netflix / lifetime / a&e

"dtla," 2017
working title / abc studios

"the fierce rejects," 2016
feature screenplay (original)
brownstone productions / universal pictures

"the ice queens," 2016
feature screenplay (based on a true story)

"sabrina the teenage witch," 2015
feature screenplay (inspired by the archie comic)
columbia pictures/sony

"ever after high," 2015
feature screenplay (inspired by the mattel franchise)
mattel / chernin entertainment

"liv forever," 2014
young adult novel

"liv, forever trailer," 2014
trailer for book

"little horribles: mini bar," 2013 (official selection, SXSW)
episode of the acclaimed web series
barnacle studios

"ungifted," 2012
feature screenplay (book adaptation)
walden media

"hot fuss," 2012
feature screenplay (original)
walt disney pictures

"kicked, bitten and scratched," 2011
feature screenplay (book adaptation)
summit entertainment

"private benjamin," 2011
feature screenplay (remake), anna faris attached to star
new line cinema

"undercover," 2010
feature screenplay, zachary levi and cole sprouse starring

"valley girl," 2009
feature screenplay (remake)

"iolanta," 2009
feature screenplay
writer, attached to direct

"deeply shallow and really fake," 2009
feature screenplay
writer/attached to direct

"confessions," 2007
internet project

"avalon high," 2008
screenplay based on the book by meg cabot
disney channel

"the night of the white pants," 2006
independent feature film
harrison productions/ adirondack pictures

"the devil in the junior league," 2006
feature screenplay adaptation of the book
fox 2000

"chloe kraft: songs to get a new life to," 2005
half-hour t.v. pilot screenplay
regency television

"brave new girl," 2004
t.v. movie
abc family/ lions gate

"our very first sex tape," 2003
short internet film

"queen of the rodeo" a.k.a. "rodeo girl," 2002
feature screenplay
20th century fox/maverick entertainment

"the new arrival," 2000
short interactive movie

"welcome to the johnsons," 2000
half-hour t.v. pilot screenplay
tollin/robbins productions

"diary of a mad freshman" 2000
feature screenplay
redeemable features

"bust," 1999
short film
fxm: movies from fox

"second skin," 1998
short film

"number one fan," 1997
short film