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Media Coverage for #40over40 list!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/08/15


  • Brandchannel: "Forty Over 40: Celebrating Fearless Women Innovators and Disruptors."
  • Working Mother: "Forty Women to Watch Over 40: Forty Over 40's 2015 list of leaders, innovators, disruptors and dreamers shows that sometimes, wisdom really does come with age and experience."
  • PRWeb: "The 3rd Annual 40 Women To Watch Over 40 List Announced: 2015 List Gives Visibility to a Surprising Source of Innovation - Women Over 40."
  • 40/20 Vision: "You Can Start Late and Reset."


Caitlin McCarthy Honored on Prestigious List!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/08/15

Exciting news! Screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy has been named one of 2015's "40 Women To Watch Over 40."

Below is the official press release.

NEW YORK, NY July 8, 2015 

The 3rd Annual 40 Women To Watch Over 40 List Gives Visibility to a Surprising Source of Innovation

Innovation gets better with age. Now there is a list that serves to recognize women who bring this truth to life. This year's honorees bring to life the mission of 40 Women To Watch Over 40. Now in its 3rd year, the list celebrates the achievements of women over 40 who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Christina Vuleta, brand innovator and founder of a cross-generational mentoring network and Whitney Johnson, former Wall Street equity analyst and author of Disrupt Yourself:  Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, founded the list to challenge age stereotypes and raise awareness that "over forty" is in fact when many women come into their most productive era. 

When it comes to disruption, the typical image is an under 30-year-old startup entrepreneur. Yet research finds that Nobel Prize winners' age around a significant breakthrough is about 38 (and not recognized until they're 60) and another posits that a lifetime of learning leads to greater breakthroughs between ages 55-65. Data from the Kauffmann Foundation bears this out as findings indicate people over 55 are almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34.

Vuleta and Johnson want to change that perception. The list aims to inspire 40+ disruptors to continue to reinvent while showing women in their 20s and 30s new possibilities.

The winners, ranging in age from 40 to 70s, were selected based on a rigorous application and judging process that evaluated three criteria:  

  • Impact: Are they creating growth or making an impact in their field of work, community and beyond?
  • Role Model: Is this person a positive role model, through mentoring, leading by example, innovating around work/ life issues or promoting women for leadership, whether in business, boardrooms or through building diverse communities? 
  • Reinvention / Momentum:  Are they engaged in personal disruption, taking on new challenges and harnessing the power of their experiences?

The honorees come from a variety of industries including the arts, healthcare, sports, science, media, business and tech. Some are recognizable names and some less known, but all have more in front of them than behind them. 

Their impact ranges from Laura Gentile -- founder and vice president of espnW who is creating support for female sports through innovative coverage and mentorship -- to Lisa Congdon who changed careers in her 30s to become a successful artist and has since built a platform to help others build their careers as artists.

The full list of winners is listed below.  

The rigorous vetting process includes the participation of a judging panel that spans generations, gender and industry including: Saul Kaplan, Founder of the Business Innovation Factory, Andrea Sullivan, CMO of Interbrand, Tim Brunk, Co-Founder and CEO of USERcycle and Tammy Tibbetts, Founder of She's The First.

The host committee is also diverse with both 20-somethings and 40-sometings. Molly Ford, head of brand marketing at Venmo and founder of and Stephanie Florence, Sr, Account Executive, Edelman PR and editor 40:20 Vision bring a millennial perspective. Completing the team is 40-something Canadian strategy and management consultant Catherine Saul. 

For more information on 40 Women To Watch Over 40, please contact Christina Vuleta or Whitney Johnson at or follow us on Twitter @Fortyover40. 

2015 Honorees: 40 Women to Watch Over 40 

  1. Allison O'Kelly, CEO MomCorps
  2. Ari Horie, CEO, Founder, Women's Start Up Lab
  3. Becky Robinson, Founder, Weaving Influence
  4. Betsy Beers, Producer, Shondaland
  5. Caitlin McCarthy, Screenwriter, DES Activist, Inner City Public HS Teacher 
  6. Charlene Li, Founder, CEO, Altimeter Group
  7. Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen 
  8. Christine Garde, Founder & CEO, CouldYou?
  9. Christine Osekoski, EVP Marketing, Katz Media Group
  10. Diana Verde Nieto, Founder, Positive Luxury 
  11. Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute 
  12. Diane Tuft, Photographer, Global Warming Activist
  13. Didem Gurcuoglu Tekay, Managing Partner, Management Centre Turkey (MCT)
  14. Jane Condon, Comedian
  15. Jeannette Hill, Founder, Spot On Sciences
  16. Jennifer Jako, Principal, fix studio, Creative Director, AIDS activist 
  17. Joan Fallon, Founder and CEO, Curemark
  18. Laura Gentile, ESPN/Vice President/espnW/Women in Sports
  19. Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor Global
  20. Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist, Illustrator and Author 
  21. Lisa Joy Rosner, CMO, Neustar Inc
  22. Lisa Sepulveda, President, Global Client Management, Edelman
  23. Margaret "Digit" Murphy, Co-founder, Play It Forward Sport Foundation
  24. Margit Detweiler, CEO Gyrate Media; Founder and Editor-in-Chief,
  25. Melissa Goidel, Chief Revenue Officer, Refinery29
  26. Nan Forte, Chief Product & Content Officer, LivingHealthy
  27. Nely Galan, Founder, The Adelante Movement and Founder, Galan Entertainment
  28. Nilofer Merchant, The Jane Bond of Innovation
  29. Paula Froelich, Yahoo Travel Editor-in-Chief/Digital Media
  30. Ruthe A. Farmer, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Director, K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)
  31. Sarah Gormley, CMO, Girl Scouts of USA
  32. Sheila Roche, Creative & Communications Officer, (RED)
  33. Sheryl WuDunn, Partner, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, Pulitzer Prize winner, Half the Sky
  34. Susan Cain, Co-founder and Chief Revolutionary, Quiet Revolution; Author, QUIET, The Power of Introverts
  35. Susan Danziger, Founder and CEO, Ziggeo
  36. Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Founder and CEO, BUILD
  37. Taryn Rose, Founder, DRESR
  38. Tereza Nemessanyi, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Microsoft
  39. Tina Fordham, Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citigroup
  40. Tori Lyon, Executive Director, Jericho Project


FREE SKATE highlighted on influential figure skating blog

by Caitlin McCarthy on 06/11/15

Lake Placid Skater, an influential figure skating blog, has published a terrific piece about FREE SKATE. Read the item HERE.

FREE SKATE makes Black List's Top Pilots List!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 06/11/15

The TV pilot and series bible for FREE SKATE has earned its way onto the prestigious Black List's Top Pilots List for June 2015. View the item HERE.

Another amazing Black List review for FREE SKATE!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/30/15

FREE SKATE's pilot script just received *another* fantastic review from the prestigious Black List!

Highlights include:

* With a clearly commercial premise and the creative execution to back it up, this script will likely find plenty of interests from agents and executives alike.

* It's a perfect fit for any of the broadcast networks... and it could also find success on some of the cable channels like USA and ABC Family. 

* This is a uniquely compelling world designed to allow for great character and emotional conflicts, and the pilot does an impressive job of bringing those elements into place so that the rest of the season can shake them up. 

* Despite the touring component, the script finds ways to be budget-conscious with its locations, and it's easy to see how it could be produced even on the small amounts offered by basic cable. 

* The most compelling aspect of this show might well be the world itself, which is one that has, surprisingly, never really been explored on TV before. 

* The setting of the tour bus will be an exciting venue for storytelling, and the pilot shows an awareness for how best to bring out the high-school style conflicts and jealousies for maximum entertainment.

* There's an exclusive feeling to the tour bus that entices viewers to join in, and the nature of skating itself allows for a kinetic energy to the narrative that many dramas lack. 

* Dynamics between the various characters are strong.

FREE SKATE receives eval from The Black List

by Caitlin McCarthy on 05/12/15

The Black List is a prestigious closed network of script buyers, script representatives, and script writers, founded by Franklin Leonard. (For more info, click HERE.)

FREE SKATE's pilot teleplay and series bible just received an amazing evaluation from The Black List website. Below are highlights:

* "There's a lot of potential here--as the bible indicates, this could be the figure skating equivalent of EMPIRE, a glitzy show with the hook of impressive spectacle and soapy drama every week."

*  "The bible is strong, giving an in-depth look at the characters and outlining not only the major elements of the series, but five seasons."

* "Kelly's determination makes her a protagonist who's easy to root for, but it's the fact that she's NOT 'the best of the best' that makes her feel human and compelling: she was never going to have an easy road, but the fact that she's able to pivot in the face of a major crisis and pursue a new goal reveals a real strength to her."

* "The skating sequences are engaging, each of them either moving the story along or delivering a strong character moment."

* "Kelly's first Ice Picks performance is especially memorable, coming across as an even-handed scene that doesn't pull any punches with her skill but lets her finally have a moment of grace." 

Paging Hollywood. Let's make this TV show happen!

#LillyForTarget Tweet Makes E! Online and Perez Hilton

by Caitlin McCarthy on 04/20/15

Caitlin McCarthy's #LillyForTarget Tweet made both E! Online and Perez Hilton. 

Read the E! Online article HERE.

Read the Perez Hilton item HERE.

Caitlin McCarthy in MA Cultural Council's April 2015 Artsake

by Caitlin McCarthy on 04/16/15

From the Massachusetts Cultural Council's April 2015 ArtSake: "Caitlin McCarthy's spec script for 'The Good Wife' is the 1 Hour Spec Winner in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest. Also, she'll be featured in the book "The Top 50 Indie Writers In The World" by Del Weston, Theresa Weston, and Nabi Zee, scheduled for release in mid-2015." Visit the piece HERE.

"The Next Voices in Television" article

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/24/15

Richard "RB" Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32, called Caitlin McCarthy one of the "new voices in television."

From the article: "...our panel of industry experts who judged the final round went out of their way to mention that the winning scripts were on point as it relates to the character, tone, voice and story consistent with current programming. Stage 32 is excited to work with these writers to help get them to the next level." Click HERE for full article.

Caitlin McCarthy's "The Good Wife" spec won the 1 Hour Spec category in Stage 32's inaugural TV Writing Competition. 

"The Good Wife" spec wins 1 Hour Spec Category!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/23/15

Caitlin McCarthy's spec for "The Good Wife," entitled "Those Who Can't, Reform," is the Winner (1 Hour Spec Category) in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest. Click HERE for more details.

"The Good Wife" spec advances to finals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 03/01/15

Caitlin McCarthy's spec script for "The Good Wife" just made the finals in Stage 32's inaugural TV Writing Competition. The winner will be announced on March 23. Learn more HERE.

March 2015 Issue of IMAGINE Mag Spotlights Caitlin McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/28/15

The March 2015 issue of IMAGINE Magazine spotlights Caitlin McCarthy as a writer. View the article HERE

"The Good Wife" spec advances to semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/15/15

Caitlin McCarthy's one hour spec for "The Good Wife," entitled "Those Who Can't, Reform," advanced to the semifinals in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest! Click HERE for more details.

Two scripts make Quarterfinals in Stage 32 TV Writing Contest

by Caitlin McCarthy on 02/01/15

TWO of Caitlin McCarthy's scripts -- "Pass/Fail" (one hour original pilot) and "The Good Wife" spec (entitled "Those Who Can't, Reform") -- advanced in Stage 32's first annual TV Writing Contest! Click HERE for more details.

Caitlin McCarthy in Worcester Telegram & Gazette Article

by Caitlin McCarthy on 01/16/15

Caitlin McCarthy is featured in a Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about "Watching TV Together." Click HERE.

Caitlin McCarthy Featured in "The Top 50 Indie Writers In The World"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/27/14

Caitlin McCarthy will be featured in the book "The Top 50 Indie Writers In The World" by Del Weston, Theresa Weston, and Nabi Zee, scheduled for release in mid-2015. Buy their latest book "The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World Part 1" HERE.

"Pass/Fail" Teleplay Makes Top 40 In Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/19/14

"Pass/Fail" by Caitlin McCarthy and Jim Forbes just made Round Two (Top 40 Teleplays) in the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. 

Semi-finalist (Top 20 Teleplays) notifications will go out early January. 

Note this is the first year Cinequest has a teleplay category.

Final Draft Big Break Top 10! -- and WONDER DRUG Website Redesign

by Caitlin McCarthy on 11/12/14

"Pass/Fail," co-written by Caitlin McCarthy and Jim Forbes, just made the Top 10 (Hour Pilot Category) in the Final Draft Big Break Competition. 

Also, the WONDER DRUG website has been redesigned. Check it out HERE.

Two scripts make semifinals in Final Draft Big Break Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/28/14

"Pass/Fail" original pilot teleplay (written by Caitlin McCarthy & Jim Forbes) and "The Good Wife" spec script (written by Caitlin McCarthy) both just made the semifinals in the 2014 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest!


The semifinalists were recommended through several rounds of judging by professional readers.


The top 10 finalists in features and television will be announced in early November, the top 5 in mid-November, and the winners in both feature and TV in December. The Grand Prize winners in features and TV will be revealed at the 10th Annual Final Draft Awards in February.

McCarthy's spec script for "The Good Wife" makes quarter-finals in the 2014 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/30/14

Caitlin McCarthy's spec script for "The Good Wife," entitled "Those Who Can't, Reform," also made the quarter-finals in the 2014 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest!

Quarter-finalists represent the top 10% of almost 7,000 entries. 

The semifinalists will be announced in late October, the top 10 finalists in features and television in early November, the top 5 in mid-November, and the winners in both feature and TV in December. The Grand Prize winners in features and TV will be revealed at the 10th Annual Final Draft Awards in February.

Photographer: Stacey Doyle