Gil Hizon is a half-hour writer who was born and raised in the Philippines. A serial monogamist and a child of divorce, Gil is drawn to stories about how people cope with relationship issues. For instance, he believes that people find out who they really are when trying to pick up the pieces after a breakup. The comedies Gil writes tend to be unapologetic, grounded and emotional. Gil has BA degrees in Psychology, Theater and TV Writing/Producing. He’s also a self-proclaimed astrology expert. He’s a graduate of Fairfield University and Columbia College Chicago, and is thrilled to be a part of the 2017-2018 CBS Writers Mentoring Program.
"You write what you wanna see on TV. That's it."
Morgan Dover-Pearl was born in Austin, Texas but thanks to her adventurous parents spent her early formative years in Spain and Argentina. Morgan’s love for storytelling was first ignited by Argentina’s abundant power outages. She wrote, or more accurately one should say dictated (because let’s be honest, at seven her writing skills were limited) plays for her and her little sister to perform while they waited out the hours of darkness. If only her time in Argentina had been solely plays and power outages, but unfortunately her father was targeted by the corrupt Argentinian government and falsely held captive for two and half years. Despite the severity of the situation, Morgan’s mother worked incredibly hard to make sure that her daughters had a normal childhood. Through her mother’s example, Morgan was fortunate to learn at a young age the power of resilience, that optimism is a courageous act and that there is humor to be found even in the darkest moments. That outlook on life informs who Morgan is as a person and who she is as a writer.
Morgan received a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Acting from Brown University. After years of perusing acting while also working as an interior decorator, because a girl’s gotta eat on a consistent basis, Morgan decided she was ready to return to her storytelling roots. Her debut as a writer came in the form of a short film that had its World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival. Leaving that experience encouraged and inspired she made the decision to fully shift her focus to writing. She is also an alumna of the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop.
"It's not lost on me for one second that writing is an art form, that it's a craft, and there are things to be learned."
• Morgan's AFF short film Lunch Break