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Posted by Erik Grossman

Hello friends and fellow creatives!

Erik here from the Stage 32 Happy Writers. We at the Happy Writers want to strive to give writers some insight into how our system works and how well it's working.

In the past, we opted to respect the absolute privacy of those who were requested and landed meetings with executives through our pitch sessions. We wouldn't share their success without their permission (not everyone wants to be rich and famous, most would just settle for being rich... until they realize they're writers in Hollywood, at which point they settle for just being).

However, it's recently come to my attention that that's not really fair to everyone else... it's good and reassuring to know that the system works, it instills faith that screenwriting is a very real, very tangible and attainable career - something worth dedicating your life to and something you can actually accomplish with enough persistence, grace, and humility.

Now I won't be putting up their names, script titles and who they landed meetings with or script reads from, but Amanda Toney told me I thought it might be nice to sit back and have a look at the numbers. So... let's do just that!

The following was taken over a 30-day period between August 28th - September 26th, 2016

In that period, Stage 32 Happy Writers hosted 32 pitch sessions... perhaps illustrating why I chose August 28th as a starting point instead of September 1st,  because that gave me the extra 2 pitch sessions for me to be cheeky with numbers. Huzzah! Over this period, 11 sessions were held on weekdays, and 21 sessions were held on weekends. Saturday was the most popular day with both executives and writers. Executives requested an average THREE script reads per session.

In that same 30 day period, Stage 32 secured 104 script reads and 18 meetings, phone calls, and follow-up reads from executives across the industry for writers pitching through our service.

Stage 32 Happy Writers  September 2016 Progress Report

Congratulations to all the Stage 32 Happy Writers who landed script reads, meetings and phone calls with executives from RatPac Entertainment, Principato-Young Entertainment, UTA, Gersh, APA, Innovative Artists, Art/Work Entertainment, Whitewater Films, Energy Entertainment, LD Entertainment, Ensemble Entertainment, OddLot, Circle of Confusion, Informant Media, Ghosthouse, Bigscope, And So It Begins, Lincoln Square Productions / ABC, Cold Iron Pictures, and numerous independent Producers! 

You could be next! Click here to check out our roster of upcoming pitch sessions!

A few notes:

  1. The Vice-President of Film Packaging and Sales at Ramo Law PC, Tiffany Boyle requested to meet with six writers over the phone after reviewing their material.
  2. Justine Patrick, a Creative Executive from The Koch Company requested to read 9 scripts, and Jesse Karlan, the Assistant to a Literary Agent from Abrams Artists Agency requested to read 7 scripts. Excluding these two sessions, executives averaged 2.6 script reads per session.
  3. I started with August 28th because the most recent sessions on September 28th haven't been concluded as of yet. I wanted to pull numbers from a 30 day period complete with pitch sessions. There were two pitch sessions on 8/28, and two on 9/28 with none in-between 8/28 and 9/1, so I simply shifted the dates.
  4. Executives have 2-3 months to read the material they request from pitch sessions. The meetings secured in this 30-day period range from scripts originally requested back in June, to the most recent which was a meeting request from a pitch session on 9/17.
  5. Of the 18 meetings, 6 were "follow up" reads - that is, the executives read the screenplay requested and asked to read another script the writer had. This is indicative of the "what else do you have?" question you'll often hear from executives following a general meeting or introduction.

This was a great month for Stage 32 and our very happy writers, and we will continue to publish these reports!


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