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Online Pitchfest V: Literary Managers

Online Pitchfest V: Literary Managers

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

Online Pitchfest V: Literary Managers Stage 32 and The Happy Writers are excited to offer a unique opportunity to our screenwriters! We have lined up some amazing literary managers who will be listening to pitches of your scripts in one-on-one pitch sessions. These pitches can be done via Skype or, if you are unable to use Skype, can be submitted as a written pitch. ### Why should you pitch your script? All screenwriters are keenly aware of the dreaded "no unsolicited material" policy enforced by most prestigious management firms. It's not easy to get past the ivory gates without a referral. Due to our relationships, we are able to deliver to you the opportunity to sit one on one with some of the top literary managers around town each of which is looking for new writers and material! These pitches are one-on-one with the manager. You are in full control. It's your turn to shine! ### What screenwriters should be pitching? Any Stage 32 member with a screenplay they feel is ready to share with a professional literary manager. Anyone who is interested in pursuing management or representation as a professional screenwriter.

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Company Executives

Jarrod Murray

Jarrod Murray - Manager, Epicenter

Jarrod Murray is a partner at Epicenter. His clients have sold pilots to Fox, CBS, CW, Spike, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Netflix. He also has clients staffed on Once Upon a Time, Nashville, and Rush Hour. Before opening up his own management company, Jarrod was the head of development at PCH Films, where he oversaw the production company's slate. He also served as the creative executive of Adelstein Productions where he set up spec script Hanna at Focus Features and The Necklace at Fox Searchlight.

Jarrod has clients staffed on:

  • Rush Hour (CBS)
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC)
  • Nashville (ABC)
  • Lab Rats (Disney XD)
  • Criminal Minds (CBS)
  • Crowded (NBC)

Jarrod is currently pitching a project with Amblin Entertainment, and they have a pending series pickup at Netflix. Director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) is attached to direct an animated pilot of one of his clients. Rough House is attached to produce a feature from one of his clients as well. Their client Owen Egerton’s script The Boy was on this year’s Black List.

Here are some projects that Jarrod's clients are working on:

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TIPS ON PITCHING TO JARROD:

  • Make sure your characterization is clear and layered. 
  • Highlight the distinctive quality of your story.
  • The hook must stand out. Spend a bit of time at the beginning succinctly clarifying what the hook of your story is. 
Jennifer Au

Jennifer Au - Manager, Untitled Entertainment

Jennifer is a literary manager at Untitled Entertainment. Prior to working at Untitled Entertainment, Jennifer was a manager at Caliber Media. She spent four years at Untitled Entertainment, first as an assistant and then as a junior literary manager. Jennifer began her career working at an independent production company followed by time at The Firm and CAA. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Untitled Entertainment's clients include Emma Watson, Alexandra Daddario, Natalie Dormer, James Franco, Gal Gadot, and Eddie Redmayne.

Company credits include:

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Tips on pitching to Jennifer:

  • Make sure the emotionality of the characters are clear. That should be in the forefront of the pitch. 
  • What makes your story stand out? Highlight specific elements that gives your story distinction. 
  • Use actor comps when setting up main characters and use movie or TV comps when setting up the tone at the beginning. 
Kendrick Tan

Kendrick Tan - Manager, Madhouse Entertainment (PRISONERS)

Kendrick Tan is a Manager at Madhouse Entertainment. Madhouse Entertainment is a production and literary management company that works with screenwriters and writer/directors in the areas of film, television and new media.

Madhouse's focus is guiding the careers of it's clients from a creative standpoint, providing them with feedback from its many years of development and production experience as it relates to your current projects, future work, and assisting you in navigating the ever changing landscape of the entertainment industry. Its clients have projects in various stages of development at every studio and network, as well as in the increasingly viable world of independent film and cable TV.

In addition to managing its clients, Madhouse also produces. They have many projects in various stages of development in both television and film. Last year they released PRISONERS starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal which won critical acclaim. MURDER OF A CAT starring Fran Kanz and Nikki Reed is currently in production. Their feature GLIMMER with DreamWorks, starring Jeremy Allen White and Dylan O'Brien will begin production in 2014. They are also currently developing ROME, SWEET ROME set up at Warner Bros with SafeHouse and HGP; BLACK BOX with Stuber and Universal; THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE with Warners and Atlas.

Past productions include SAFE HOUSE starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, THE BOUNTY HUNTER starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, CHRISTMAS DO-OVER starring Jay Mohr, FIRST SNOW starring Guy Pearce, Piper Perabo and William Fichtner and BLOOD CREEK starring Dominic Purcell and Henry Cavill was released by Lionsgate in 2008.

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