What do seasoned producers look for in a pitch? American Film Market offered up the answer to just that when they invited me to moderate 2019’s Pitch Presentation.
Go beyond the writing: Know how to answer these three questions about your screenplay or TV pilot and impress agents, managers, producers and executives!
Winning or placing in a screenwriting competition can become a career milestone for many an emerging screenwriter or TV writer. But are all screenwriting competitions, and all competition placements equal?
Part 1: Contests & Representation Let’s agree on one thing: When it comes to the film and television industry, everything is possible. Over my many years working with screenwriters in the industry, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen an older gentleman become a staff writer for the very first time,… read more →
Full disclosure: I can be quite the cynic. I probably think that I am more than I actually am, but still… It’s not often that one finds me gushing over anything or anyone unless we’re talking about my kids, my husband or my writers (in that order), so when I… read more →
A few weeks ago I sat down for coffee with a manager friend to do our regular catch-up about all things writers and industry. She reps writers. I work with writers. She even reps a writer I work with. And I genuinely like and respect this particular manager, on top… read more →
If you have been writing screenplays for film or television and trying to break into the industry for any length of time, chances are you’ve entered a screenwriting competition or two in that time. Though many enter, only a few get to have the winning experience. That is, after all,… read more →
Here’s what I sometimes hear from writers contemplating the to-submit-or-not-to-submit question when it comes to screenwriting contests: If you submit your screenplay to a contest, you’re effectively giving the reader permission to steal your work. Screenwriting contests don’t mean anything these days. All screenwriting contests are exactly the same. There… read more →
Ever wander what happened to your favorite mid-size screenwriting contest? The one that got somewhere between 400 and 600 entries every year, and offered a direct line to a handful of reputable, mid-level executives, the ones with name credits under their belt, if not a direct connection to green-lighting power?… read more →
At Screenwriters World a few weeks back, I had the good fortune of being invited to sit on the Pitching panel. You know, the panel that starts out in good enough spirits, but ends up with audience members shifting in their seats, realizing all they’ve done wrong the day prior… read more →