Zach Ayers is a writer—mostly in drama, mostly in television. Zach’s TV credits include American Soul (BET), Siren (Freeform), State of Affairs (NBC) and A.N.T. FARM (Disney).
He’s also sold and developed several projects across genres, including the drama Snowblind (Sony) and the comedy Need to Know (WBTV/CBS) and the dramatic podcast The Mine (Sony).
Before moving to Los Angeles, Zach’s previous career was as a writer/director of top-secret training films at the Central Intelligence Agency, which is an actual job he actually held in the actual US Government.
Zach is an alumnus of the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, Second City and Ithaca College. He grew up in rural Alaska and suburban Seattle, and has now settled down as a city kid on the eastside of Los Angeles.
Zach is represented by Matt Horwitz at Echo Lake, Ian Greenstein at Gersh, and Arine Harapeti, esq. You can find him @ZachTellsLies.
Zach is an awesome instructor who shows genuine care for his students and their ideas. He gives constructive and helpful advice along with tons of encouragement and support. It’s the best mix for anyone trying to break into an industry notoriously filled with rejections. He is absolutely tuned in to each students’ pitches and ideas and makes the whole process from pitch to outline a lot less painful than it can be otherwise. A total must-take instructor!
Zach’s class on outlining so impressed me that I went on to his Draft Intensive. Both classes were integral to the final pilot that has producers reading. Zach has a format created by Script Anatomy that far exceeds any prior class I’ve taken. He adds examples of real scenarios from our homework, wit, and personal anecdotes to make the classes fun and informative. He hit it out of the park. The packed sessions had so much content my typing speed went up. He worked on our projects in his lectures and you could tell all of our work was important to him. I’m up for any writing classes he teaches.
Zach brings a wealth of real world experience, energy and creativity to class. He knows just how hard to push to get the best out of students, and his weekly notes during the Televisionary Workshop have been priceless. Zach helped me to go from a foggy idea to a solid outline in 5 weeks, and I’m truly amazed at the progress I’ve made.