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The 2017 Working TV Writers Lab

Happy 2017 everyone! I wanted to announce an exciting new online lab that I'm bringing into Stage 32 this month. I have brought in Spencer Robinson, a literary manager from Art/Work Entertainment to be a mentor for an intensive 8-week working writers lab. Art/Work represents some of the top writers - leading and emerging - talent in the industry today including writers on Arrow, The Last Ship, Chuck & Justified, as well as feature writers like Eric Heisserer who's films include…

Stage 32'er Michel Merkt Wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!

Last night was a very special one around these parts as our good friend Michel Merkt captured the Golden Globe for producing Best Foreign Film winner, Elle. As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Michel has not only been a staunch supporter of all we do here at Stage 32, but he has worked with and mentored so many 32'ers through the years.   Michel was kind enough to invite me to the premiere of Elle at the Cannes film festival last year. To be invited to be part of his tribe du…

2 Stage 32 Members Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Today

I am extremely proud to announce that two members of our global community are nominated for a total of 4 Golden Globes this evening. First up, it’s my dear friend, Michel Merkt. Michel is an enormously accomplished producer who had 8 films at Cannes this year including 4 in competition. Tonight Michel has 3 nominations. In the Best Foreign Film category, Michel is nominated for producing both Paul Verhoeven’s terrific film, ELLE and Maren Ade’s international hit dramed…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 6, 2017)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! A great deal of content this week, not only industry wise but in our listings of popular Lounge conversations and other site happenings. As always, I ask you to share this blog where you can through our trusty social media share buttons above, through email or just by word of mouth. And, of course, I invite you to share your thoughts and musings on any of the content below in our Comments section. Take your time, kick it and enjoy! Have a happy and c…

Stage 32 Success Story: India & Russia Production Shooting Next Month

As we like to say around these parts, creativity is universal. Many of you who have questioned why you would accept a network request from someone residing in another country have heard me preach that no connection is a bad connection.   I'd like to believe the subject of today's success story, screenwriter Chandradeep Das, would agree. Chandradeep is very well connected in India, but it took him connecting with a Stage 32 member from Russia to finally get financing and a producin…

Stage 32 Success Story: US & Netherlands Production Shooting This Month

Our week of Stage 32 Success Stories continues. Today's entry comes from one of our very first members here on Stage 32, Phillip Sedgwick. Phillip's not only a remarkably talented screenwriter, a passionate collaborative and a true gentleman, but someone I'm proud to call friend. One other thing about Phillip: He has a non-stop motor. He's a master networker, a solver of problems, and a creator of opportunities. I thank Phillip for sharing his story with the community.   RB

Stage 32 Success Story: 'What Lies Ahead' Starring Rumer Willis & Emma Dumont

"Does Stage 32 work?" I get this question all the time. My answer is simply, "You get out what you put in." To kick off the New Year, we're featuring a week of Stage 32 member Success Stories to get you inspired and motivated. These are creatives who put in the time and reaped the rewards. Up first is the incredible story of Stage 32 members William J. Vigilone and Rob Gardner. William pitched his screenplay, What Lies Ahead, to Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law through our Stage 32 Happy Wri…

January 5 Is National Screenwriters Day!

Jan. 5th is #NationalScreenwritersDay!   You have a mission! Of course, you are going to make it as a screenwriter, but there is more... At some point, you'll get a movie made. When that happens, you want the world to recognize you and your accomplishment. But the problem is that the public doesn't know much about screenwriters. Let's do something about that! It is time to wake the public up to the value of the screenwriter. Join us …

2017 New Years Resolution Series

Hello 2017!  The New Year is always an exciting time for you as a creative because it's a fresh start and a blank slate to achieve whatever creative goals you have for yourself. For the past four years, one of my favorite things that I get to do is put together our Stage 32 New Years Resolution Series to assist you in achieving your goals.  To help you on your journey, I have brought in some incredibly talented Stage 32 educators to teach about a variety of above the lin…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (December 30, 2016)

Welcome to the last Weekend Blog of 2016! Full slate again this week. Hollywood may slow down this time of year, but the news keeps coming fast and furious. And, of course, as per usual, I have all the tricks and tips plus all the happenings in and around Stage 32. Please feel free to pay it forward and share this blog with anyone you think might find it useful. And, as always, I welcome your thoughts, rants, and musings in the Comments section below. Have a terrific, creative and safe…

Stage 32 Animation Fellowship

Some of the most intelligent and inspirational filmmaking has come to light recently through the incredible work of animators around the world. With recent hits such as Zootopia, Inside Out, Finding Dory, My Secret Life of Pets, My Life as a Zucchini and more winning over global audiences, there is no denying that animation is here to stay. Plus, there is no denying that genius animators are being found from all corners of the globe. With that in mind, we introduce the Stage 32 Animatio…

The 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest Winners Announced!

We’re extremely excited to announce this year’s 3rd Annual Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest Winners! Our industry judges were nearly floored by the talent found in these contest submissions, and we can definitely see why. The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA to meet with financier/producer Franco Sama, The Asylum’s Director of Development Micho Rutare and a special one-on-one meeting with horror-thriller screenwriter and director Chris Sparling and much…