Online PitchFest XXIII: Screenwriters and Filmmakers

Pitchfest Schedule

18 OCT

Sarah Patzer - Assistant to Lead Executive, Right of Way Films (Jason Reitman's Company)

18 OCT

Michael Poisson - Development Executive & Writer on Netflix's Raising Dion,

18 OCT

Crystal Guetterman - Assistant to Literary Agent, Principato Young Entertainment

19 OCT

Morgan White - Vice-President of Production and Development, Sundial Pictures

Online PitchFest XXIII: Screenwriters and Filmmakers

Entry Fee (Skype or Written): $45 per session

Online PitchFest XXIII: Screenwriters and Filmmakers If you can believe it there is less than 3 months left before the end of the year! With only a few Online Pitchfests left, we want to make sure as many of you as possible are connected with production companies and managers before the year's end. It's a thrill to see writers finally achieve the traction they deserve and we want to continue opening doors for all of you. We love being able to connect you into the heart of Hollywood and it's your success stories that keep us going every day.

We're excited to introduce Online PitchFest XXIII! We are looking to give ALL of our screenwriters and filmmakers an opportunity to pitch their material to executives we work with on a daily basis. No matter what the genre and format you write, this online pitchfest has an executive for you! On tap we have Bold Films, Magnet Management, Sundial, Right of Way Films, Silent Machine Entertainment and Principato Young Entertainment. This is a mixture of new executives that we are working with us for the first time, plus some returning companies that have new representatives. All are eager to find material and know that the Stage 32 Happy Writers are uncovering some of the best talent! We will be sending out mailers to let you know what they are looking for. 

Please be sure to check out some of our recent successes from our online pitchfests below, and in our success stories section. Also, read what our executives and writers are saying about these groundbreaking Stage 32 Happy Writer Online Pitchfests here!

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Company Executives

Sarah Patzer

Sarah Patzer - Assistant to Lead Executive, Right of Way Films (Jason Reitman's Company)

Sarah grew up in Dayton, Ohio and studied religion and American politics at Pomona College.  Though all her siblings work in progressive politics, she wanted a more creative career (and a professional justification for her Netflix addiction). After graduating in 2012, she moved to L.A. and began working in the books department at CAA for an agent who represented book, article, and life rights for adaptation in film and television. In March of 2014, she moved over to Right of Way Films to work for Helen Estabrook. She is responsible for reading all incoming submissions. Right of Way Films is led by producer/director/writer Jason Reitman (WHIPLASH, YOUNG ADULT, UP IN THE AIR, JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME and JUNO). Right of Way Films is currently producing the dramedy DEMOLITION starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal. 
Michael Poisson

Michael Poisson - Development Executive & Writer on Netflix's Raising Dion,

Michael is a veteran television development executive who also writes for NETFLIX's Rasing Dion and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. Michael’s first industry job was at CAA where he broke the glass ceiling for men everywhere and became their first male receptionist ever (before then, CAA had segregated based on sex: guys in the mailroom and girls in reception). From there he worked his way up to Rick Lefitz’s desk in TV Packaging, before jumping to Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s TV pod, DarkFire TV, for two years. He moved on to work as the Director of Development at Krysten Ritter’s company, Silent Machine Entertainment, where he worked closely with writers to develop their ideas to pitch to studios and networks.

On the writing side, Michael co-wrote the comedic-musical stage show: ARMAGEDDON: A Night of Laughs and Pleasant Songs, which enjoyed a sold-out run in the LA Fringe Festival in 2011. He had a spec pilot, Alien Nation, in development at DarkFire TV in 2013, and currently has an animated show in development with Dark Trick Films. Michael is also a comic book geek and wrote the graphic novel “The Arcs” which was published by Fanboy Comics and premiered at the Comikaze Expo in November of 2013. He is re-teaming up with artist Matt Jacobs on a second volume which they hope to release within the year. http://www.thearcscomic.com/

Michael grew up in Harrisville, Rhode Island during the 1990’s NBC sitcom boom and WB teen dramedy craze, which should explain his obsession with comedic angst. He attended Emerson College in Boston where he majored in Visual and Media Arts with a concentration in Television.

Michael’s goal is to keep working in the entertainment industry without becoming jaded.

Michael Poisson

Tips on pitching to Michael:

  • Make sure you talk about what the TV series will look like, not just the characters' backstories.
  • Include Episode examples of what future episodes might be.
  • Make sure to include interesting and complex female characters.

 

Crystal Guetterman

Crystal Guetterman - Assistant to Literary Agent, Principato Young Entertainment

Crystal Guetterman, a Fullerton College graduate, began her career in entertainment as a production coordinator for local cable programming and talk shows.  Guetterman would go on to work at Principato-Young Entertainment assisting Rebecca Rosenberg in the emerging talent department. In the past three years she has grown with the company and is now collaborating with colleagues including literary managers for both motion picture and television.  Crystal currently handles a variety of TV and film writers.

Principato-Young is a well-rounded company representing actors, writers, directors and producers.  They produce film and television as well as having one of the most successful and prolific digital production divisions in the business.  PYE represents the writers of The Descendants, Thor, X-Men First Class, Night At The Museum, Wanderlust, The Way Way Back, The Break Up and Role Models amongst many other independent films as well as producing TV shows such as Black-Ish and Key and Peele.

Crystal enjoys all genres and formats but absolutely loves finding a good graphic novel or pilot!
Morgan White

Morgan White - Vice-President of Production and Development, Sundial Pictures

Morgan is looking for thriller, drama and contained sci-fi feature screenplays. She's focusing on feature scripts that can be made for under $5MM.
 
Check out the trailer for Sundial Picture's Obvious Child!
 

Sundial Pictures is one of the entertainment industry's premier independent film production and distribution companies. Sundial works in all stages of the filmmaking process, from development to distribution. Sundial is the driving force behind critical hits such as Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Obvious Child, Pariah, and Welcome to Leith.

Morgan White is the Vice-President of Production and Development for Sundial Pictures. Morgan is responsible for acquiring, developing, and seeing projects through the development and production process. Morgan is focusing on expanding Sundial's studio presence as producers, while continuing to feed Sundial's independent film pipeline. She is aggressively seeking to expand her development slate with strong writers and stand-out scripts.

Morgan previously oversaw Production and Development for Caliber Media, and as a coordinator in the feature film division for 20th Century Fox working on movies such as The A-Team (2010), X-Men: First Class, Night at the Museum, and Unstoppable (Denzel Washington, Chris Pine).

She produced films like Dark Was the NightMartyrs with Blumhouse and 20th Century Fox, Jack of the Red Hearts, commercial spots for Beats by Dre, and most recently, Youth in Oregon with Christina Applegate. Morgan started her entertainment career at The Weinstein Company, working in publicity on films like Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse, Rob Zombie's Halloween, and George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl.

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