TV Series Pitch Deck Writing Lab

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Class hosted by: Ewan Dunbar

Development, Sales, Acquisitions at Disrupting Influence (UK-based)

Ewan has over 12 years of experience in the industry and works in development, acquisitions, and production at Disrupting Influence with titles including the latest installment of the successful Cities of Love franchise, BERLIN, I LOVE YOU starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. Working closely with writers and creatives, Ewan has developed scripts and pitching materials that have gone on to secure development deals with co-production partners, independent production companies, and secure meetings at various broadcast partners, distributors, and streamers including Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon. Ewan’s other credits include ZERO TOLERANCE starring Scott Adkins, TV series DEEP CUTS, LAUDA: THE UNTOLD STORY, WORLD WAR Z, 360, CHATROOM, and RUSH. Disrupting Influence provides production, financing, and sales services for commercially unique theatrical, VOD, and television content. In addition to working with established filmmakers, DI consults and works with several groups to provide guidance and support to up and coming talent. Our approach is to provide them with the tools to get their projects off the ground while at the same time providing a positive experience that gives them a road map to tackle their next project. Full Bio »

Summary

Only 2 Spots Remain - This Lab Starts Saturday

Exclusive TV Lab, including One-on-One Mentoring with a Veteran TV Executive

Develop a Polished TV Pitch Document for Your Own Project in 8 Weeks

This is the golden age of television, and the appetite for content has never been greater. What does every network and streamer want? Fresh, unique, authentic voices with never-been-told stories. While the door is open to new writers, the competition is fierce. Of course, you need a very strong finished script, but before that will be read, you need to be able to communicate what makes your show stand out from the crowd, what will make people want to watch it, and why you are passionate about writing it. You need a blueprint of what the series will be beyond one episode.

That's where a pitch deck comes in.

Whether you are selling your show verbally, sending the pitch to a potential producer, or applying for a fellowship, a pitch deck carries the weight of your imagined world with all its inhabitants and stories.

That's a tall order! So, where do you begin?

In this lab, you'll delve deep into writing an effective pitch deck for your scripted television idea - one that will clearly communicate your intentions, excite the reader, and convey your voice and your passion.

World-class pitch deck creator Ewan Dunbar from Disrupting Influence, who has developed scripts and pitch decks with writers and creators that have gone on to secure development deals at various broadcast partners, distributors, and streamers, including Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon, will take you on this journey.

In this lab, you will be working directly with Ewan in a virtual class setting and also during one-on-one online sessions to put together a great TV pitch deck to help you communicate your show and get execs and buyers interested.

Whether you have a comedy or drama series, 30 minutes or 60 minutes, Ewan is here to help. Ewan will walk you through communicating your show's world, creating your characters, and how best to convey your story within the bounds of a TV pitch deck.

After two months of intense work on your pitch deck, you’ll have the vital pitch materials you need to take your project to the next level and the skills to market any new project you put your passion behind with a pitch deck.

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Ewan as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you develop your pitch deck.


PRAISE FOR EWAN'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION:

"Ewan’s presentation was excellent I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He is truly an expert." -- Margaret M.

"I've taken many years of webinars, gone to many conferences, and taken many courses on feature script writing... Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have ever taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do." -- Roberta P.

What You'll Learn

During this 8-week lab, Ewan will work with you on your pitch deck so it will demonstrate to executives what about your show, its characters, and the world will stand out from the crowd and keep audiences entertained, as well as ways in which writing your deck will help to improve your pilot episode and project overall.

Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Skype meetings with Ewan.

Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.

Week 1 – Introduction

This session will introduce you to the course. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What is a pitch deck, and what is its purpose?
  • Knowing more about your reader
  • Learn about how a reader at a company uses your pitch deck
    • What they are looking for from it
    • How to get them on your side
  • Overview of a pitch deck structure

Q&A with Ewan

Week 2 – Your Deck’s First Impressions

This week we will be looking at the first crucial pages of the deck that will form the reader’s first impressions of your show. We will discuss:

  • The layout of the information
  • Crafting and re-crafting your logline
  • About your show (why should the reader care and invest in your show)
  • Building and conveying the world of your show
  • Nailing your tone and themes

Q&A with Ewan

Week 3 – Who? Making your Characters Stand Out

Now the reader understands the premise and wants to find out more, this week we will be discussing how to showcase what will make your characters stand out to a reader and how to condense this into your deck by:

  • Making the most of the space allowed in the deck
  • Finding what will make your characters stand out
  • How to show what will keep audiences coming back for more
  • Discuss unique story elements and how to convey this in your deck

Q&A with Ewan

Week 4 – Story Overview

This week we will discuss how to tell your season’s story. This section can either make or break your pitch, so we will go over how to most effectively tell your story to the reader.

  • Building on what you have done so far to take the reader on a journey and show them what makes your show compelling
  • Use your characters and themes to entertain the reader and keep them hooked
  • 4 different structures to use and consider
  • How writing your pitch deck will improve your project

Q&A with Ewan

Week 5 – Refining What You've Done So Far

Now that the big questions about your show have been asked, we will discuss how these can be refined so that your deck isn’t just informative, but also entertaining to read.

  • How to make your deck an extension of your creative voice
  • How to make your deck flow well

Q&A with Ewan on your progress so far

Week 6 – One-on-One Consultations with Ewan – No Group Class

Now you have the key pillars for telling your story in the deck, we will go over your deck’s copy and discuss your work so far.

Week 7 – Presentation – Easy Tips and Tricks

You don’t have to be a photoshop wizard to make your deck look great! This week we’ll discuss some simple ways you can use your layout and visuals to enhance your pitching materials. We’ll cover:

  • Good tricks you can use to visually enhance your deck
  • Things to avoid
  • Writing additional material (about yourself, writers, producers, and other key crew members)
  • Teasing where your show can go after season one

Q&A with Ewan

Week 8 – One-on-One Consultations with Ewan – No Group Class

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 8-week lab, you will have a polished pilot pitch deck for your television project
  • This lab is designed for writers and producers of all levels interested in turning their television series idea into a polished pitch deck
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***Only 2 Spots Still Available***
  • Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Zoom meetings with Ewan. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV deck development process.

Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information

About Your Instructor

Ewan has over 12 years of experience in the industry and works in development, acquisitions, and production at Disrupting Influence with titles including the latest installment of the successful Cities of Love franchise, BERLIN, I LOVE YOU starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley.

Working closely with writers and creatives, Ewan has developed scripts and pitching materials that have gone on to secure development deals with co-production partners, independent production companies, and secure meetings at various broadcast partners, distributors, and streamers including Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon.

Ewan’s other credits include ZERO TOLERANCE starring Scott Adkins, TV series DEEP CUTS, LAUDA: THE UNTOLD STORY, WORLD WAR Z, 360, CHATROOM, and RUSH.

Disrupting Influence provides production, financing, and sales services for commercially unique theatrical, VOD, and television content. In addition to working with established filmmakers, DI consults and works with several groups to provide guidance and support to up and coming talent. Our approach is to provide them with the tools to get their projects off the ground while at the same time providing a positive experience that gives them a road map to tackle their next project.

Schedule

Saturday, January 7 – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, January 14  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, January 21  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, January 28  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, February 4  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, February 11  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, February 25  – 9am-11pm PST

Saturday, March 4 – 9am-11pm PST

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer

Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

Testimonials

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! The presenter delivered more in 20 minutes than other presenters do in an hour, and it NEVER felt rushed and he was always easily understandable. I cannot wait to get the handouts!

-Bob S.

 

Ewan’s presentation was excellent I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He is truly an expert.

-Margaret M.

 

"Very good, very knowledgeable and very organized. Great presentation and webinar. I walked away with lots of ideas about polishing my pitch decks to make sure they stand out."

-James B.

 

"I've taken many years of webinars, gone to many conferences, and taken many courses on feature script writing. I've won a Grand Prize in a major festival for a screenplay. And I'm old enough to be an honest critic. Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have ever taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do, and wasn't making an obvious pitch for himself as a consultant --although I'd call on him anytime"

-Roberta P.

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