DENISE HARKAVY is a first-generation Iranian immigrant who currently serves as Supervising Producer on Kurt Sutter's new Netflix show THE ABANDONS. Prior to that, she ran the writers' room for the fourth season of the Netflix show, HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (FAST). On the development side, she has been tapped to adapt former FBI spy Emad Salem's bestselling autobiography UNDERCOVER into a TV show for Gaumont.
• She previously served as Producer on the CW’s BATWOMAN, Co-Producer on Netflix’s MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES, Executive Story Editor on Amazon’s critically acclaimed Sci-Fi series THE EXPANSE, Story Editor on NBC’s military action series THE BRAVE, and staff writer on Ava DuVernay’s Southern family drama QUEEN SUGAR as well as the final season of FRANKLIN & BASH for TNT.
• In addition, Denise wrote a spy drama called NUKE for 20th TV, CALL OF THE CROW, a crime drama set inside a refugee camp, for Aaron Kaplan at Kapital Entertainment, and a female-driven TV adaptation of the film WOLF with Hank Steinberg and Erwin Stoff.
• On the film side, she wrote the reboot of the cult classic film THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN for SONY PICTURES. She has also worked extensively as a writer and story consultant on video games including MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR, RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER and CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE.
• Denise’s parents were political activists in Iran, where they fought against Khomeini’s regime. Facing execution, the family escaped to Germany, where Denise resided until she moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in UCLA’s TV Writers’ Program.