The Twelve Finalists and Their Concepts for “The Next MacGyver” Contest


“The Next MacGyver” Competition aims to create a show with a female engineer protagonist, one that will encourage women and girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, particularly engineering. The five winners will win $5000 each plus will be mentored by successful Hollywood TV producers in developing their pilot scripts. The twelve finalists have proposed a wide array of shows, historical, science fiction, mystery. They show a lot of promise among them.


“The Next MacGyver” Concepts

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“The Next MacGyver” finalists are:

Kristen BobstMarina Del Rey, CaliforniaDrama / ProceduralDoctor Tailor
Wesley BurgerLong Beach, CaliforniaComedyImagineers
Shane CourtneyFayetteville, ArkansasSci-Fi / DramaKansas
Shanee EdwardsCulver City, CaliforniaHistorical / SteampunkAda and the Machine
Beth KeserSan Diego, CaliforniaAdventure / ProceduralRule 702.
Jayde LovellNew York, New YorkComedy / DramaSECs (Science and Engineering Clubs)
Craig MotlongSeattle, WashingtonSpy / ActionQ Branch
Nao MurakamiSeattle, WashingtonSci-Fi / Crime DramaThe Mind
Sam RuanoOntario, CanadaDrama / ProceduralEnhanced
Miranda SajdakLos Angeles, CaliforniaHistorical DramaRiveting
Daniel WrightQueensland, AustraliaScience Fiction / DramaIsabelle.exe
Judy WuSan Mateo, CaliforniaInteractive Crime Drama@Gnosis


The judges and mentors* for “The Next MacGyver”


•          Wanda Austin, Aerospace Corporation president and CEO; member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

•          Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

•          America Ferrera*, actress/producer (Ugly Betty, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

•          Clayton Krueger*, senior vice president of television at Scott Free Productions (3001: The Final Odyssey)

•          Maja J. Matarić, professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair in Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics; vice dean for research at USC Viterbi School of Engineering

•          Lori McCreary*, CEO and founder of Revelations Entertainment; president of Producer’s Guild of America (Madam Secretary, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman)

•          Gabrielle Neimand*, head of Take Fountain Productions; producer (The Last Exorcism, The Thing)

•          Roberto Orci*, writer/producer (Star Trek, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-O, Fringe)

•          Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox

•          Valerie Weiss, biophysicist; founder, PhD Productions 

•          Lee Zlotoff, MacGyver creator 

•          Anthony E. Zuiker*, creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, including CSI: Cyber



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