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Happy Wednesday Creative Army!

As you know, Stage 32's continued mission is to democratize the entertainment business and the industry is taking notice in a big way. In addition to our previous coverage in Business Insider (check out the articles here and here), Senior Entertainment Business Reporter Diane Haithman from industry leading publication The Wrap recently watched our Stage 32 + Netflix TV Pitching Webinar with Christopher Mack and wanted to dive into what Stage 32 has been doing over the last 10 years to help level the playing field for creatives and professionals worldwide. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at length about, the overall growth of the platform, why more and more professionals and executives are turning to Stage 32 to find new talent and content, and how we're contributing to the industry as a whole while shining the light on this amazing community in the process.

In this comprehensive article, Diane also places the spotlight on some of Stage 32's recent member and executive success stories from Laurie Ashbourne, Joe Downey, Elsa Ramo, Erik Jeske, Jordan Yale Levine, Steff Monsalve Reed and more.

Most of all, Diane caught the energy and spirit of the mission of Stage 32.  And for that, plus her time and interest, I couldn't be more grateful.

When one of us in our community wins, we all win. So, please congratulate your fellow Stage 32'ers who are featured in the article. And when you get a moment, please share this on all your social media as well. We're all in this together. 




The following is a reprint of Diane Haithman's article from The Wrap Pro. If you are not subscribed to The Wrap Pro, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here



In the News How Netflix Tapped LA Talent Incubator Stage 32 to Pull in Global Creatives

How Netflix Tapped LA Talent Incubator Stage 32 to Pull in Global Creatives

by DIANE HAITHMAN | March 1, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

"The purpose of doing this... was to help people realize their pitches for serialized storytelling," Netflix's Christopher Mack says.

An L.A.-based social network for film, tv, and theater creators has seen a huge spike in interest and membership since the company partnered with Netflix to help people prepare pitches rooted in stories around the world.

Richard “RB” Botto, founder and CEO of Stage 32, a 750,000 member hub for creators all over the world, said continuing response from old and new members to the Netflix workshop has accelerated the 10-year-old company’s mission to “democratize” entertainment industry access and opportunity for global creatives by fostering foot-in-the-door connections with high-level decision-makers and financiers.

"One thing I noticed back in 2011 was, we were headed towards an era where content was going to be produced on a mass level, not just at the studio level but with the proliferation of streaming platforms," Botto told The Wrap. "And with some of the premium cable companies -- HBO, Showtime -- moving further and further into prestige original content, it just seemed to me there was going to be a need for content all over the world, and a need to discover content creators all over the world."

This is a re-print of the original article on The Wrap, credit to Diane Haithman. 

Thank you, again, to Diane and the entire press team at The Wrap for sharing the Stage 32 mission. If you are not subscribed to The Wrap Pro, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here



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