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The Power of "No"

In publishing, you hear the word NO a lot. From your own critique partners and beta readers --"NO, this scene doesn't work." From agents -- "NO, this isn't right for me to represent." From editors and publishers -- "NO, we don't have room in our line for this." Sometimes, NO is a good thing. For example, when your scene could use a little more work or when you're career is heading down the wrong path that isn't right for you anyway. But sometimes, NO has nothing to do with your book and…

The Stage 32 Writers' Room: Learning the Lingo of Script Development

As the Stage 32 Writing Services Coordinator, I spend most of my time talking to development executives, producers, managers and agents about the kind of material they want, specialize in, or think is the next big thing. And I have to admit that sometimes it feels like I need a translator. High-concept? Grounded? Smart? Supernatural... but not horror? A Ten-by-ten? What the heck are these people talking about? Luckily, I've googled my head off, asked a ton of questions, immersed myself i…

Follow our Stage 32 Feature Writing Contest Winner!

Bring out the congratulation banners and the fanfares! This week we bring to you a video made by our one and only 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Contest winner, Jonathan Jordan. Like our previous contest winners, we had him record his journey as he went through his meetings with our illustrious judges including: Rachel Crouch, development executive for Cold Iron Pictures whose line of work includes SWISS ARMY MAN and DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, David Harris, an independent producer…

Optioning My TV Series & Signing a Shopping Agreement From Outside of L.A.

I’m sure many people in this industry outside of Los Angeles wonder a lot about whether or not they should move to the West Coast to make their dreams come true. While I can continue to complain about the fact that my commute to work takes almost 2 hours and things spontaneously combust into flames over here, I completely get it. When you think about L.A., the images of red carpets, talented celebrities, and studios as far as they eye can see come vividly, and it basically is the …

Advice on Pitching from the Producer of an Emmy Nominated Series

With immense pleasure, I am happy to introduce the insanely talented Bret Slater, who is the producer of the Emmy nominated HBO show, "Ballers." Even with being one of the biggest powerhouse producers in the industry, I could tell by meeting him in the Stage 32 office that he was extremely approachable and has a good heart with a love for giving back. Bret has worked through the ranks starting out as the assistant for Stephen Levinson, which eventually turned into him getting approache…

An Easy-to-Read FREE Resource to Help You Create or Improve Your Pitch

Allen here with Stage 32! For those of you that don't know me, I’m the coordinator for Stage 32's writing services and earlier this month I hosted a FREE webinar with fellow Stage 32 crew Nick Assunto, where we discussed all things pitching. We see hundreds of projects pitched on Stage 32 and review the feedback execs give on all of them. We see the good, the bad, and everything in between. We see what gets read and what gets the dreaded pass. What lands on the top of the pil…

Our 2nd Annual Stage 32 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest is LIVE!

After our inaugural Sci-Fi and Fantasy Contest resulted in our winners getting optioned and commissioned to write scripts for major producers, we are excited to bring back this highly popular screenwriting contest! We are on the hunt for our most talented writers bringing us mystical, magical and intergalactic worlds. As with all our writing contests, we aim to provide you with the tools and resources needed to excel in this industry and grow as a professional. We give our writers the op…

Getting into Development with Sony

Just in case you're not aware, every week I've been uploading a new video to the Stage 32 YouTube page in order to keep you up to date with everything that's happening with the Stage 32 community. In this week's video, I'm very excited to introduce the super dope Tiegen Kosiak who will be talking about her recent success story thanks to Stage 32. Tiegen is a producer based in LA and worked as the previous director of development over at Cinestar Pictures (Zoe Saldana’s production …

The Stage 32 Writers' Room: Let's Talk Pitching

Looking to develop your first pitch? Want to improve the pitch you already have? Join Stage 32's Nick & Allen and learn what turns a pitch into a request or meeting!     We see a lot of projects pitched on Stage 32 each week and review the feedback execs give on all of them. We see the good, the bad, and everything in between. We see what gets read and what gets the dreaded pass. What lands on the top of the pile and what gets buried under everything else. And w…

What Happens When You Win a Stage 32 Writing Contest?

Hello Stage 32 family! With our T.V. writing contest coming to a close, we thought it’d be great to revive a video featuring our 2015 feature writing contest winners, Jenna Palermo and Brittni Brown. We follow them on their journey of the illustrious pitch meetings they’ve received as winners at studios such as Lionsgate, Sony, Ineffable Pictures and Universal, while also listening to their thoughts on writing contests and the resources Stage 32 has to offer. Watch the video…

Top 10 Pitching Mistakes & Advice From Shane Black

As part of the writing services team at Stage 32 handling a lot of the pitch sessions, I get a lot of questions about pitching, as well as some pretty keen insight into what executives like and dislike about pitches. Before me, Allen did the same thing and therefore experienced the same growth in KNOWLEDGE (said with an echo). So together he and I came up with a list of the ten most common mistakes we see in the pitches here. We then had a brutal fist fight to see who would have to go on…

The Winners of the 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenplay Contest

The moment has arrived and we couldn't be more excited. It's time to announce the winners of the 2017 Stage 32 Feature Contest! We had a record number of submissions and the remarkable writing this year did not make the job of our judges easy. In short, the competition was fierce and many scripts were in competition until the very end. Ultimately, 3 fantastic scripts have made it to the top....     Congratulations to our 2017 Feature Screenwriting Contest Winners!   …

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