Online PitchFest XXVI - Managers

Online PitchFest XXVI - Managers

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

Online PitchFest XXVI - Managers The end of the year is always a time of reflection. Were your goals accomplished? Did you get signed, optioned, produced? Do you need representation to help move the needle? We wanted to give you all one more opportunity to make some traction this year by bringing you another ManagerFest. The last ManagerFest resulted in multiple meetings, managers signing writers and coming on as producers to writers' projects. The last ManagerFest brought our writers a lot of success stories so we wanted to bring it back to get even more of you signed. 

Our Online PitchFest XXVI ManagerFest has on tap Magnet Management, Marc Manus Entertainment, BenderSpink, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Manager Grace Ledding, Principato Young Entertainment and New Wave Entertainment.

Plus, we have 2 additional high profile managers taking private pitch sessions. All you have to do is email Joey to find out more about them (

All of the managers we are working with have either met with, come on to produce or signed our writers through previous pitch sessions. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO GET IN FRONT OF THEM. As the business closes for the year, the executive's free time to read scripts increases. There's a reason why we are seeing a surge of meetings take place now and it's because the executives have more time! 

Please be sure to check out some of the recent successes we mentioned 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

Marc Manus

Marc Manus - Marc Manus Entertainment

Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy-Award winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief foray into independent producing Marc held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros.' comedy Three to Tango. He then partnered with talent manager Jamie Gold for a couple of years, until he ventured out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Marc now has a well-respected roster of up-and-coming writers and directors who have been involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Anchor Bay, Escape Artists, IFC Films, Lionsgate and Syfy. A few of his recent client projects include the original spec screenplay Cornered, in active development with 1821 Pictures, a remake of Phasma Ex Machina set up at Universal Pictures and Crawl to Me, an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel, set up with Rodar y Rodar (The Orphanage). Marc most recently served as co-producer on the micro-budget horror-thriller Delivery, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival and is due for release in early 2014.

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!
Grace Ledding

Grace Ledding - Manager,

Grace is an independent literary manager and producer who began her career in entertainment ten years ago.

Her diverse client roster includes a spectrum of established and up-and-coming writers, directors, animators, and video game creators. Best-selling novelist, Steven-Elliot Altman just wrote Pearl's Peril, a social media game for Wooga. Zach Guerra is a prot'eg'e of Joe Carnahan who is producing an unscripted series for Vice and making his feature debut this Spring. Amalia Levari and Dominic Bisingano are an animation team who just sold their first series to Cartoon Network. Kyle Higgins is a comic book creator whose short film, The League, is being adapted into a comic for Image and a digital series. And Beth Rigazzio and Patrick Clifton, writers of Raising Helen, have just completed a new feature for Drew Barrymore's Flower Films.

Before founding Agile Entertainment, Grace was most recently Vice President at Cerenzie-Peters Productions. Working with veteran producers, Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters, Grace oversaw all aspects of the creative process, from identifying new material and setting up projects with studios, to helping raise development and production financing. She also helped develop a diverse slate including a bio pic on Steve McQueen, written by Jesse Wigutow, a true crime drama, Black Mass, written by Jim Sheridan and Nye Heron, an adaptation of Kate Jacobs' novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, with Universal Pictures and Julia Roberts' company Red Om, as well as a one-hour series for CBS Studios and CW Network, The How-To Girl, with producer Lynda Obst, based on her film, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days.

Before joining Cerenzie-Peters, Grace was at Intermedia Film, where she was hired as assistant to Scott Kroopf and promoted to Creative Executive. She worked on several projects including Billy Ray's film, Breach, starring Chris Cooper, Laura Linney and Ryan Philippe, The Hunting Party, written and directed by Richard Shepard, starring Richard Gere, Terrence Howard and Jesse Eisenberg, and a Japanese horror remake, One Missed Call, directed by Eric Valette, starring Shannyn Sossamon and Ed Burns.

Grace Ledding began her career as a trainee at the William Morris Agency, working as an assistant to prominent film and television agents including Steve Dontanville, Michelle Bohan, Alan Gasmer and Aaron Kaplan.

She is an alumnae of Barnard College in New York City.

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