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Happy Friday Stage 32 Community!
 
I hope this blog finds you safe, happy, healthy, and creative. Like all of you, the Stage 32 team has been diligently rocking that work from home life while in self-quarantine. Fortunately, things have been a little less lonely with the help of our epic Stage 32 community of over 600,000 worldwide (and growing by the thousands every week!). We are incredibly happy to be putting the "social" in #SocialDistancing. 
 
This Monday, April 6th at 1 pm PST, our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, will be hosting a Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers' Room Pitch Tank! No matter what your profession, above the line or below the line, pitching is a vital part of the process. It is important that you understand what makes a great pitch and how to improve your "yes" ratio. Register Here
 
In Stage 32's commitment to bringing you free educational virtual events during the quarantine, we are excited to bring you a special global edition of the Stage 32 Writers' Room Pitch TankWe have brought in the President of Production at Zero Gravity Management, and 3 industry leading literary managers from Circle of Confusion, The Cartel, and Art/Work Entertainment to hear pitches directly from writers across the globe! This is your opportunity to get pitch feedback from major Hollywood players at the top of their game!
 
This will be an exciting hour in which 5 writers from around the world will have an opportunity to pitch their feature or television project LIVE before an all-star panel of industry judges:
 
  • Tai Duncan: President of Production at an A-List management company, Zero Gravity (Tai recently produced Honest Thief and The Marksman, both with Liam Neeson starring. In addition to feature film titles, Zero Gravity also produces Ozark for Netflix.)
  • Zach Cox: Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion (Circle of Confusion is also currently producing the mega-hit THE WALKING DEAD. Zach reps Richard Glatzer (QUINCEANERA, STILL ALICE with Julianne Moore), Brian Duffield (INSURGENT) and John Orloff (A MIGHTY HEART))
  • Audrey Knox: Literary Manager, The Cartel (a premiere full-service management and production company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Golden Globe-winning Californication, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Lucifer, Happy!, Black Lightning, Star Trek: Discovery and more)
  • Spencer Robinson: Literary & Talent Manager, Art/Work Entertainment (His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, and more)

 


Mark your Calendar!

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writer's Room Pitch Tank

Monday, April 6th at 1 pm PST

Register for the FREE Global Writer's Room Virtual Pitch Tank HERE


 

How to Submit YOUR Pitch 

Each pitch will be limited to 5 minutes. The members of the panel will give feedback while critiquing both the pitch and the project! And who knows, there could even be some script requests! This is your opportunity to get your pitch and project in front of A-List industry producers and literary managers!

If you are interested in pitching LIVE on Monday, please submit your pitch to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch via Direct Message on his Stage 32 profile HERE.

Pitches will only be considered when submitted via Direct Message to Jason Mirch on Stage 32. You must have a Stage 32 account to submit. If you are not yet a member of Stage 32 it's easy to join! It takes 30 seconds to set up a profile and start connecting at www.stage32.com!

The deadline for pitch submissions is Midnight on Saturday, April 4th. Those 5 selected for the live pitch will be notified by Jason Mirch on Sunday, April 5th and present their pitch LIVE in front of a global audience and our all-star panel Monday, April 6th at 1pm PST!

 

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

 
 

Meet Your Pitching Panelists:

Tai Duncan, President of Production, Zero Gravity Management

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

Tai Duncan is the President of Production at Zero Gravity Management. Tai recently produced Honest Thief and The Marksman, both with Liam Neesonstarring. Zero Gravity Management is a progressive entertainment company whose strength lies in the development and representation of screenwriters, directors, and actors. ZG maintains a list of some of the industry's most established professionals in all arenas. In addition to feature film titles, Zero Gravity also produces Ozark for Netflix.

Zach Cox, Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

Zach Cox is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion. Circle of Confusion is also currently producing the mega-hit THE WALKING DEAD. Zach reps Richard Glatzer(QUINCEANERA, STILL ALICE with Julianne Moore), Brian Duffield (INSURGENT) and John Orloff (A MIGHTY HEART). Circle of Confusion is one of the leading management companies in Los Angeles. Zach joined Circle of Confusion in 2006 and has worked as a manager since 2011. Zach responds to great character-driven stories regardless of genre and believes great storytelling is a gift that can be honed but not outright taught.

Audrey Knox, Literary Manager, The Cartel

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

Audrey Knox is a literary manager at The Cartel, a premiere full-service management and production company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Golden Globe-winning Californication, The Vampire Diaries, Bones, Lucifer, Happy!, Black Lightening, Star Trek: Discovery and more. Prior to joining The Cartel Audrey worked in development at WME and Lighthearted Entertainment and in the literary department at Gersh.

Spencer Robinson, Literary Manager, Art/Work Entertainment

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

Spencer Robinson is a literary and talent manager at Art/Work Entertainment. His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, and more. Art/Work's literary clients work in both feature and television and include Eric Heisserer (Academy-Nominated screenplay, Arrival), and writers on shows such as Workaholics, Arrow, Justified. Earlier this year, Spencer set up a series at Netflix which has just wrapped production. Another client was just staffed on the live-action Cowboy Bebop for Netflix, while another client just shot her first feature film for Netflix.

 

Your Moderator:

Jason Mirch, Director of Script Services, Stage 32

Special Global Edition of the Stage 32 Writers Room Pitch Tank

Jason Mirch is a feature film and television producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Jason also serves as the Director of Script Services at Stage 32 where he works directly with screenwriters, filmmakers, and leading industry executives.

In addition to his work with Stage 32, Jason runs production and development for a company which produced low-budget genre pictures for an international audience, as well as serves as a business advisor to a successful post production vfx company which contributed to The Peanut Butter Falcon, Crawl, Martin Scorsese's Silence, Arctic, and Let them Talk for Steven Soderbergh and HBO.

Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Emmy-winner Christopher Lloyd, Oscar-winner Mel Brooks, Emmy-winner Kenan Thompson, and Emmy-winner Carol Kane.

Mirch was the Head of Feature and Television Development at Image Nation, a finance and production company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There, he supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Careful What You Wish For, Ghost Rider 2, and 100 Foot Journey.​

Prior to his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at Storyline Entertainment (Oscar-winning Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he developed a slate of feature film projects for New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. He also developed and sold television projects and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and Lifetime.

He has lectured on all areas of filmmaking, speaking on panels at the Producers Guild of America, Austin Film Festival, the Harvard Screenwriting Group, American Film Market, University of Southern California Film School, Chapman University School of Film & Television, NYU, as well as several international film festivals and markets. In addition, he has consulted brands, including Burberry and Creative Artists Agency.

Mirch graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University’s School of Film and Television, where he received a B.F.A., in Film Production, with an emphasis in Writing and Directing. He was mentored by Academy Award Winning Writer/Director David S. Ward and is the winner of Chapman University Student Filmmaker Award, for Best Director for his film Ally.

 

If you missed any of our virtual events during the quarantine, you can find them here:

Live Virtual Table Read & Happy Hour - check out our live table read with Stage 32 members who are actors on Marvel's Agent Carter, Hawaii Five-O, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother and more! See how professionals break down a script in a table read first hand!

Get inspired! Our CEO and fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto answered more than 20 of your entertainment industry questions in his two and a half-hour "Ask Me Anything: Quarantine Edition".

 

 

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