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A Streaming Series

Series Created by Brian Cirulnick and Zareh Artinian

Pilot Written by Zareh Artinian

Based on an idea by Brian Cirulnick

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Initial accolades for América Jonze!

2023 AFF Script Competition Second Rouner Laurels
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Honorable Mention

Quarter Finalist

América Jonze

A Streaming Series

Created by Brian Cirulnick and Zareh Artinian


When América Jonze was seven years old, she covered herself in her classmate’s blood and played dead to survive a school shooting. Despite being shot and left paralyzed from the waist down, she grows up to become the first disabled, female member of Gen Z elected to U.S. Congress. Determined to prevent future tragedies, she must face the greatest obstacle of her life: her fellow politicians. Just how far will she go to get her way? Will she prevent the next act of senseless violence, or will she instigate it?

América Jonze is a political thriller: House of Cards meets Dexter for Generation Z.



From the Blacklist Evaluation of América Jonze


“The premise of a young Congresswoman crusading for gun legislation feels very timely and has a lot of potential. Political dramas are a tried and true genre, and this one feels especially fresh and welcoming of a younger audience. Even before the ending with Bowman, América is a complex protagonist. There are the hours she spent shooting with her grandfather even though she abhorred gun[s], and also her knee-jerk desire to out Bowman. These make her seem human and therefore more interesting than if she were just an angelic crusader for a worthy cause. The flashback scenes are disturbing and very effective, and they serve to remind us what America is fighting for at a pivotal point in the script. Vera is an interesting character; having someone who survived the same circumstances but came out feeling very differently from America creates a lot of opportunity for complex, thoughtful conversations and dynamics.”​

Read the entire script on The Blacklist.


América Jonze boasts a diverse cast of charcters that offers oppotunities for representation of members of the BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and disabled communities, as well as a range of ages, with strong roles for women of various ages. This is a show dedicated to authenticity and respects both the audience and people who make up these communities. Here are just a few of the show’s characters.

América Jonze: Lead, Woman, mid- to -late 20s, Latina / Middle Eastern. When América was 7 years old, she survived a school shooting that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Convinced that she’s always right, her stubbornness may harm her more than her political rivals on Capitol Hill.

Jaime Hernandez: Supporting, Non-binary, mid- to late-20s, Latinx. Openly queer and proud, Jaime has been América’s friend and confidante since they met at an anti-gun violence student group. Jaime acts as a sounding board and is often the voice of reason when América proposes her more outlandish and extreme ideas.

Stephanie Maddox: Supporting, Woman, 60s, Black. América’s mentor and inspiration, Stephanie Maddox is a no-nonsense U.S. Congresswoman from Los Angeles. Her anti-violence initiative became a model for other cities struggling with inner city violence.

Jim Sonderson: Lead, Man, middle-aged, White. The Teetotaler from Texas, Representative Jim Sonderson is América’s greatest political adversary. Sonderson's loss of his father at the hands of an armed robber galvanized his belief that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.

Mallory Prescott: Supporting, Woman late-40s, Any Race. A traditional newspaper reporter for the Washington Herald whose career is waning, she’s hungry to become relevant again in the age of citizen journalism and online reporting.

Sophia Coleman: Supporting, Woman, middle-aged, Any Race. A youthful middle-aged woman, with New Age sensibilities, Sophia Coleman was the last therapist after a long line that América has blown through. Coleman knows all of América’s darkest secrets and could pose a threat to undoing what América is working for.

Vera: Supporting, Woman, mid- to late-20s, Middle Eastern / Other Race. A classmate of América, Vera was also shot and left paralyzed from the waist down. Confined to a wheelchair, Vera harbors deep bitterness and exhibits more explicit signs of PTSD. She favors arming teachers and increased security measures for schools

The Marshal: Supporting, Man 45 - 50, White. A H.S. History teacher and member of the Texas School Marshal program that allows teachers to carry guns in schools, he loves his job because it combines his favorite things: shaping young minds, U.S. History, and guns: the tool that tamed the West.

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