Joseph Mwamba


Joseph Mwamba is a media professional in the entertainment industry, who writes Young Adult/New Adult TV dramadies. He’s currently a Writers’ PA for the Apple TV’s murder mystery comedy The Afterparty.

Born on the outskirts of the University of Notre Dame, Joe was raised in Northern Indiana. After receiving his B.S. in Finance from Indiana University back in May 2013, he won a fellowship with the International Radio and Television Society which brought him to New York City for an MTV internship. This led to 4 years working for MTV/VH1 in their programming department as an assistant, and eventually coordinator. In March 2015, he founded Telemazing, where he assembled a team of correspondents and created videos, podcasts, and articles about TV shows. He executive produced, directed, and edited over 240 videos and 50 podcasts over 2.5 years.

In August 2017, Joe ended Telemazing and left VH1 to attend graduate school at Chapman University in Orange, California. There, he produced 2 mini-short films, 2 short films, and a thesis short, managing a budget of $15,000 while shooting on location in Wilson, Kansas. Over his two years of graduate school, he was a UPM for multiple short films and attended various internships in Los Angeles at FOX Broadcasting Network, Echo Lake, Plan B, Legendary, and United Talent Agency. When Joe received his M.F.A. in Producing in May 2019, UTA hired him to assist two TV Lit agents.

IMG_8277During the Coronavirus pandemic, Joe took a step back to finally pivot towards joining a writer’s room by focusing on his networking and writing. He enjoys writing about Gen-Z characters who’ve completed their coming-of-age story knowing what they want and passionately go after that want at full-speed – which can lead to grand success or their own destruction…or both. Creating alternative modern realities with slight yet grounded world-building, Joe wants to write Young Adult/New Adult shows similar to how The West Wing was written for politics: wouldn’t the world be better if these characters really existed? In a TV market saturated with Y.A. content trying to be relatable, Joe wants to write Y.A. shows that are aspirational.

His Y.A. action-adventure script The Knight’s Phoenix earned eight accolades in the last year, including being selected into Roadmap Writers‘ BIPOC Initiative. He’s written six scripts in the last year, including Y.A./tween adventure script The Treehouse and post-college Y.A. dramedy Santa Monica. His most recent script is a Y.A. mystery dramedy Finding a Lost Pen, which just became a Quarterfinalist in this year’s WeScreenplay TV Pilot and Diverse Voices competitions.

While busy writing, Joe became a mentor for the Indiana University Media School’s Semester in LA Mentorship, a mentee of the 2021 HRTS Mentorship Program, and a script reader for the 2021 Diverso Minority Report Fellowship Program. He also runs a Young Adult Writer’s Group, a Writer’s Accountability group, and co-runs the #WGAMix Discord server (of over 1700 writers) with its monthly virtual mixers.