Answering Your Stage 32 Happy Writers Questions
By Richard "RB" Botto

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Hey guys.  First off, thanks to all who have posted and written in with such fantastic and loving comments regarding our acquisition of The Happy Writers.  I know I speak for Joey and everyone here on Stage 32 when I say we're overwhelmed and grateful.
 
While the response has been entirely positive, many of you also had some questions regarding the various offerings we have listed on The Stage 32 Happy Writers.  My plan is to do another On Stage With RB webinar (here's the first one if you missed it!) within the next couple of weeks where I'll walk everyone through the site and answer any and all questions you may have.  But, in the meantime, I figured I'd clear some things up by running through some of the sections of the site.
 
 
Stage 32 Happy Writers Pitch Sessions:  This is where you will find the calendar of available individual pitch sessions.  Usually, but not always, each executive will be available for 15 Skype and 15 written pitches per session.  If you see an executive you'd like to pitch to, simply click on that executive's name and choose your preferred time from the list available. 
 
 
 
Stage 32 Happy Writers Online Pitchfests:  Most of our Pitchfests are themed two to three day festivals.  For example, our next event – Online Pitchfest XV: Horror/Suspense/Thriller – features executives in the market for screenplays in those genres.  All executives and available time slots will be listed on the individual Online Pitchfest page.
 
 
 
Stage 32 Happy Writers Coverage and Services:  We're extremely proud to be able to offer screenplay coverage directly from Hollywood executives.  We currently have 29 executives available to cover your script (we will be adding and rotating executives constantly).  Even better, you can target an executive by the genre of your script.  Coverage packages are available in 1-2 page, 4-6 page, and 6-8 page packages.  This is a unique and exclusive offering.  Never wonder who is reading and covering your screenplay again. Plus, all 29 executives are also available for 1 hour phone consultations!
 
 
 
Stage 32 Happy Writers Classes and Stage 32 Happy Writers Labs - In our effort to bring world class educational opportunities, The Stage 32 Happy Writers will be bringing in the industries most knowledgeable and experienced minds to teach online master classes and labs ranging from 2-8 weeks.
 
 
 
 
Our first two offerings are:
 
 
Lee is one of the most sought after and leading screenwriting coaches in Hollywood.  She has taught optioned and bought screenwriters, working television writers, WGA writers, and Golden Globe and Emmy nominated writers.  Her book, Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide to a Screenwriting Career recently hit #1 on Amazon in the Screenwriting section.  
 
Lee's 4 week master class will not only focus on how to break into the business, but sustaining a screenwriting career.  Everything will be touched on, including landing a manager or agent.
 
 
 
Garrick is the SVP of Development at Bold Films and has produced such movies as DRIVE with Ryan Gosling and 2014 Sundance Winner WHIPLASH.  Garrick has taught this master twice for us by invite only.  In both cases, over 80% of the writers went on to take his Second Level class.  For the first time, he has opened this lab up to the entire Stage 32 Happy Writers Audience.  Still, only 20 writers will be accepted, assuring that Garrick can give each writer the individual attention they deserve.
 
Garrick's 8 week master lab will focus on developing a commercial unique concept and a full, iron clad outline.
 
 
That's quite a bit to absorb, so I'll leave it there except to say that you can view Stage 32 Happy Writers Success Stories here and testimonials from writers AND some of our wonderful executives here.
 
Once again, thank you for the support, the kind words, and the good wishes.  I appreciate you all!
 
RB

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Stage 32 Acquires The Happy Writers
By Richard "RB" Botto

Monday, April 21st, 2014

I’m thrilled (and more than a bit fired up) to announce that Stage 32 has acquired The Happy Writers and has added its Founder, Joey Tuccio, to the Stage 32 family. Joey will serve as President of the new entity, The Stage 32 Happy Writers.

The acquisition combines the strengths of both companies by leveraging Stage 32’s online educational resources and global network of over 250,000 film, television and theater creatives with The Happy Writers expertise in offering an online experience of connecting screenwriters directly with, and providing coverage from Hollywood executives effectively creating the largest online resource for screenwriters on the web.

Joey Tuccio founded The Happy Writers back in 2011 after working as an executive for various film production companies including Bold Films (DRIVE, WHIPLASH).  Joey has always had a soft spot for screenwriters and the myriad of challenges they face in trying to break into the industry.  Similarly, Joey had often heard the plight of many development executives, managers, and agents in the industry who found it challenging to discover quality material and exceptional new talent.  His novel idea to connect screenwriters and executives via Skype was an instant success.

To date, The Happy Writers and the Online Pitchfests in conjunction with Stage 32 has lead to over 100 screenwriters launching their careers by securing representation, being optioned or sold, or landing work writing for either television or film.  The Stage 32 Happy Writers is proud to boast over 250 managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other high-level decision makers in our stable of executives who hear pitches for the company.  Many of these executives also provide coverage services (never guess who's reading your script ever again!), teach classes and labs, and offer mentoring opportunities exclusively for The Stage 32 Happy Writers. 

Simply put, I have never met anyone who cares more about helping screenwriters realize their dreams like Joey.  As a screenwriter myself, I understand all too well how tough it is to go it alone and to make your way in what is a very difficult and competitive business.  Joey's honesty, enthusiasm, and unbridled passion for connecting writer with executive makes the whole process not only easier, but significantly more collaborative.  His track record speaks for itself.  I'm proud and honored to have him as a part of the Stage 32 family.

The Stage 32 Happy Writers will continue the passionate and honorable precedent Joey Tuccio set back in 2011.  We will continue to take you beyond the gatekeepers to the feet of the decision makers. The best is yet to come.

RB


Introducing The Stage 32 Happy Writers:

We've been working to bring you some INCREDIBLE opportunites and right now over at the Stage 32 Happy Writers we have opportunites to pitch to Panay Films, Bold Films, Benderspink, Lawrence Bender Productions, Walt Becker Productions, Boss Media, Ghost House, RatPac, Madhouse Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Zero Gravity and that's just the beginning!

We are also offering the unique opportunity to receive screenplay coverage directly from top industry executives who work for companies such as RatPac Entertainment, Oops Donughts, Ineffable Pictures, Silent R Management, 3311 Productions Magnet Management and many more!

What are you waiting for? Get over to the Stage 32 Happy Writers now!

 

 

From your Stage 32 home screen, there are two ways to access The Stage 32 Happy Writers.

First, from the top menu bar, under TOOLBOX:

 
Second is from the MY TOOLBOX section on your HOME page:

 

Or type in www.stage32happywriters.com

Take a look and poke around at the amazing features we have, click here to go to The Stage 32 Happy Writers


To read the full press release, please click here


 

We request that all Stage 32’ers help spread the word about the Stage 32 Happy Writers through social media, blogs, podcasts, or any other medium! Thanks in advance!


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Richard "RB" Botto is Founder and CEO of Stage 32. He is also a screenwriter, producer, actor, and voice actor.