Ariel Sayegh is a nationally-recognized writer-director exploring infamous characters, outrageous real-life stories, and control freaks who've lost all control.

She has developed screenplays with New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, 3311 Productions, CrossCheck Studios, and Roth/Kirschenbaum Films. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America West.

Ariel's screenplay FRENEMY landed on the annual Black List, an industry insider poll of the best un-produced scripts currently floating around Hollywood. The potential of the script (and its comedic take on Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton's feud) drew solo coverage in W, Vice, Dazed, and PAPER Magazine, which dubbed it "one of the buzziest entries on the list."

Previously, Ariel won the Bluecat Screenplay Competition. Her other screenplays have reached the finals in Final Draft's Big Break Competition (top 3) and Script Pipeline (top 10.) Additionally, she was named a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.

As a director, Ariel has won multiple grants and awards, including funds to live and shoot in Beijing and a Chinese Academy Award for Documentary Film. (She almost got detained by the regime in the process.)

Ariel graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which awarded her a full-tuition Trustee Scholarship. As the first student admitted to both their Writing for Screen & Television and Film Production programs, she won the Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Writing and the Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award. 

Today, that kind of ambition drives Ariel to defy her wheat intolerance and eat large amounts of penne ala vodka.