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Date:

Wednesday, July 17th

Time:

1-2pm PDT or via link anytime after the event

Duration:

60 minutes – 45 min discussion, 15 mins questions from audience

Description:

A script is never quite finished. Even after being sold, it continues to change and evolve throughout the development and production phases. So sometimes it can be difficult to know when you should continue rewriting a spec and when it’s time to embark on the next project. Pro writers discuss their rewrite process and how they determine when to move on. 

Panelists:

PATRICIA VERDUCCI wrote and directed the feature film TRUE CRIME, a coming-of-age  thriller starring Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Dillon, for Trimark  Pictures. She has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures,  Witt-Thomas Productions, Disney’s animation division, and has served as a  story consultant at Disney/Pixar. She also co-produced the recent award winning documentary SOMEWHERE BETWEEN. Pat is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and teaches screenwriting in UCLA Extension’s Creative Writing Program.  

BRYAN DICK was born and raised in Oklahoma. He attended the University of Southern California and received a Critical Studies degree from their film school. Bryan began his career as an executive assistant at Rat Entertainment, Brett Ratner's production company. This led to his first writing assignment as the story editor for MTV's reality show Fear. Later, he moved on to work under Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. In 2011, Bryan attended the Cinestory Retreat which helped him land his first writing assignment with Mar Vista Entertainment. Gone Missing is set to air in Summer 2013. In January 2013, Mar Vista hired Bryan for a second assignment and this summer, Bryan's original screenplay Lion's Den is set to be shot in Canada.

July Webinar
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COST:

$25

Description:

Often  the last thing on a writer’s mind, a logline is not only an essential  tool for marketing your screenplay, it can also tell you whether your  story is on track or needs work. In this session, two industry pros will  discuss the art of a great logline and look at practical examples.  Participants will be able to submit loglines in advance for analysis and  get advice on potential pitfalls.

Panelists:

Development  Executive LEAH ESTRIN is a film & television consultant for writers  and production  companies. She most recently worked for Disney Channel  Original Movies.  While at Disney Channel, she helped to bring in new  material and set  up multiple projects including MY INVISIBLE SISTER and  ALEX UNLIMITED.  Previously, Leah spent 10 years at Imagine  Entertainment. During her  time at Imagine she worked on a number  of films, including INSIDE  MAN, FUN WITH DICK & JANE, INISIDE DEEP  THROAT and set up the  projects THE KNIFE and DUDE I LOVE YOUR MOM. Leah  holds a BFA, Film  Production from Chapman University and an MFA from  UCLA’s Producing  Program.

GREGG  GOLDIN is currently Director of Development of original series   for  Cartoon  Network.  Most recently he was the Executive Producer for    Cartoon  Network of the hit live-action series LEVEL UP.  He also    oversees the  CG animated series DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK.     He  previously developed CN's highly successful first  original all-CG    animated adventure, FIREBREATHER.  He also developed  the most-watched    television movie event in its history, SCOOBY DOO! THE MYSTERY BEGINS,    and the second highest-rated live-action movie, BEN 10: ALIEN  SWARM.    Previously, Gregg served as  Director of Development at MTV Films.     During his eight year  tenure, he  developed feature films such as AEON    FLUX, COACH CARTER,  THE LONGEST YARD  and the movies in the JACKASS     franchise. 

June Webinar
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COST:

$25

Description:

When  a scene is clicking, it practically writes itself. But what do you do  when it isn't working? What tools can you use to tackle problem scenes?  In this webinar two pro writers discuss practical examples of how they  resolved story issues. Participants will be provided with 'before and  after' examples of scenes to study ahead of time.

Panelists:

GLENN GERS graduated from Yale. For television, he wrote episodes of CYBILL and BECKER and was on the staff of THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW. In theaters, he wrote (with Dan Pyne) the courtroom thriller FRACTURE (2007) and the caper-comedy MAD MONEY (2008). In 2008 he wrote, produced and directed the independent feature DISFIGURED. His latest studio project, ZORRO REBORN, is currently in pre-production.

PATRICIA VERDUCCI went to U.C. Berkeley where she received the University’s prestigious Eisner Award for Highest Achievement in the Arts. Pat wrote and directed the feature film TRUE CRIME, a coming-of-age thriller starring Alicia Silverstone and Kevin Dillon, for Trimark Pictures.  She has written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Witt-Thomas Productions, Disney’s animation division, and has served as a story consultant at Disney Toon Studios. Pat is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and teaches screenwriting in UCLA Extension’s Creative Writing Program.

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COST:

$25

Description:

How do you know when your script is ready for the marketplace? If you don't have representation, what are some of the best ways to get your material noticed? How do you work with a manager to maximize your potential for success? How many market-ready scripts do you need before you become attractive to a manager? How does the manager-writer relationship differ when it comes to working in film and TV? Two working literary managers answer these questions and more!

Panelists:

David Baird began his career working as an assistant to the producers of the Ace Award winning television series “The Hidden Room” on Lifetime, and subsequently worked as an executive for literary manager/producer David Rotman at Fox, as well as for feature producers Marc Shmuger at Sony and Lynwood Spinks at Universal. In 2003 David started literary management company Kinetic Management, where he works with both film and television writers.

Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist, Marc attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Oscar-Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. He held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment. In 2004, he ventured out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Marc's clients are currently involved in film and television projects at 20th Century Fox, Disney, HBO, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Marvel, Silver Pictures, Syfy and Universal Pictures.

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COST:

$25

Description: 

We all hear of million dollar spec sales and six figure deals, but what are the realities of today's marketplace? Is there still a spec market? How has the marketplace changed since the beginning of the recession? What steps can every writer take to give him or herself the best possible chance of succeeding in this highly competitive field?

Panelists:

LEAH ESTRIN was a freelance Development Executive For Disney Channel Original Movies at Disney Channel. From 2001-2011 she worked for Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer's production company, Imagine Entertainment, where she rose to the position of Creative Executive. During Leah’s tenure, she worked on such films as Inside Man and Inside Deep Throat. A graduate of Chapman University is a BFA in Film Production, Leah then went on the get an MFA from UCLA’s Producing Program.

MICHAEL SALORT began his career as an award-wining journalist. In Summer 2009, he was the Interim Executive-In-Charge and the General Manager of Media & Entertainment for Tyra Banks' Bankable Enterprises. Michael is credited with positioning Bankable for explosive growth and preparing it to take advantage of the digital revolution overtaking Hollywood. His CineStory award-winning feature script, HIDDEN CAMERA, was produced in 2007. He is also the writer of The Reincarnation for Sanford-Pillsbury Productions, the spec features, Money To Burne and Roses in December, as well as the television pilot scripts Smoke & Mirrors and They’re Perfect. Michael founded Symbiotic Entertainment to participate in what he viewed as a seminal period in digital entertainment. His company is currently developing the feature film, Devil’s Wind, the TV series Smoke & Mirrors and the media technology platform called Transactive Television that will serve as the digital distribution platform for Jackie Chan’s feature film, CZ-12, as well as Chinese language versions of Glee and Gossip Girl.

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