Jen Derwingson-Peacock is a Director and Writer. Her recent writing credits include Black Summer on Netflix and Syfy Network’s Z Nation with episodic directing credits on Z Nation, NCIS: New Orleans and Legacies. She is currently developing an Action Drama, a Gothic Horror, and a YA SciFi Adventure based on a popular Australian book series.
Jen primarily writes and direct thrillers, action, adventure, supernatural, SciFi, horror and genre/comedy.
The descendant of Chinese, German, and Dutch immigrants, she grew up in the wilds of Northern California at the foot of Mt. Shasta, mythical home of Big Foot, aliens, the descendants of Atlantis and a panther who turns into Jesus Christ -- so it was probably inevitable that she either join a cult or start telling genre stories. Jen is also a student and teacher of Buddhist meditation. A fellow action director calls her "A Buddhist who likes to blow shit up."
Jen earned a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is also a graduate of the Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship and the CBS Directing Program. She began her creative career as a sketch comedy writer and theatre director while at Stanford and Oxford. She later co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Art Center in Bali, and worked as an Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre in London. Returning to California, she became the Artistic Director for the Freshly Squeezed Theatre Co. in San Francisco, directing productions of several new plays.
Jen moved from theatre to film at USC where her thesis film, Roadside Assistance, played festivals around the world and earned numerous awards including the Student Emmy for Comedy. Her first on-screen feature credit was And Soon the Darkness, released in 2010. More recently, Jen directed the original play EgoManiac: A Poetic Incantation, which enjoyed a completely sold out run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Recent short films include the supernatural thriller The Yellow Wood, the drama Leash, which played at the Cannes Short Film Corner, and Blessed, an award-winning action drama about a female Native American LAPD cop.
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