Pitchfest Schedule

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Ross Putman - Producer (2016 Sundance Winning FIRST GIRL I LOVED),

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Daniel Vang - Manager, Good Fear Film + Management

7 SEP

Joe Russo - Director of Development, Level 1 Entertainment

7 SEP

Elizabeth Grave - Producer, 1212 Entertainment (SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK)

8 SEP

Jared Iacino - Vice President of Film & TV Development, Panay Films

8 SEP

Rachel Berk - Night and Day Pictures

8 SEP

Kelly Hayes - Producer,

Stage 32/Happy Writers Online Pitchfest

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

Stage 32/Happy Writers Online Pitchfest For 2 days, September 7th and 8th, we have lined up executives from some of the largest production and management companies to listen to pitches of your scripts. All of the pitches are done on a one-on-one basis via Skype. If you are unable to participate via Skype, you also have the opportunity to submit a written pitch to our executives. This opportunity is open to ALL writers on Stage 32 from every country, however, pitches must be in English.

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Company Executives

Ross Putman

Ross Putman - Producer (2016 Sundance Winning FIRST GIRL I LOVED),

 

Ross specializes in ALL genres and formats!

 

 
FIRST GIRL I LOVED
, produced by Ross Putnam

 

Ross Putman is the producer behind a number of award winning films including FIRST GIRL I LOVED, which won the Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI, which premiered at the LA Film Festival, also winning the Audience Award. Ross is also a forward thinking in Virtual REeality and produced AN EYE FOR AN EYE: A SEANCE IN VR

Ross is currently in post on IN A RELATIONSHIP starring Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano, and is shooting two films back to back later this year, the offbeat comedy DINNER IN AMERICA with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films, and rom-com PLUS ONE, with Ben Schwartz and Lauren Lapkus starring. He is also in development on the young Emily Dickinson biopic WILD NIGHTS.

Ross is also the scribe behind the industry-popular Twitter @femscriptintros

 


Stage 32 exclusive interview with Ross Putnam

 

Credits include:

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Daniel Vang

Daniel Vang - Manager, Good Fear Film + Management

Daniel is looking for writers of all genres, formats and budget ranges.

He is aggressively seeking material based on KNOWN intellectual property.

 

 
HIDDEN FIGURES
, written by Good Fear client, Allison Schroeder

 

Daniel Vang started at William Morris as a feature film literary assistant where he worked for two years before landing at Benderspink as a literary manager in both film and TV. After BenderSpink's recent split, Chris Bender formed Good Fear Film + Management in May 2016.

 

Good Fear's clients include:

  • Allison Schroeder (HIDDEN FIGURES, "90210")
  • David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)
  • Sharla Oliver ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.",  "Under the Dome")
  • Billy Brown ("How to Get Away With Murder")
  • Eddie Jemison (OCEANS 11)
  • Matt Gerald (Netflix’s "Daredevil")
  • Adam Busch ("Colony")
  • Tiffany Dupont ("Murder in the First")
  • Jordan Ross (CRUEL INTENTIONS)
  • Ashleigh Powell (THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS)
  • Victoria Aveyard (RED QUEEN)
  • Evan Daugherty (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES)
  • Joe Greenberg (MAN ALIVE)
  • Mac Marshall ("The Goldbergs")
  • Isabella Carbonell (BOYS, HITGIRL)
  • Sue Chung ("Agent Carter", "Gotham")
  • Vivien Mejia ("East Los High", "Ugly Betty")
  • Barnett Brettler (MONOLITH).
  • Liz Alper ("House", "Sneaky Pete", "Chicago Fire")

 

Daniel Vang personally represents feature writers working at all the major studios as well as writers that are staffed on shows including "Gotham", "The Vampire Diaries", "Chicago Fire", and "Agent Carter" and more!

 

Daniel has signed 2 Stage 32 writers as a direct result of these pitch sessions. He helped these writers land representation at ICM, get staffed on a TV series for ABC and get a project picked up by ImageMovers (CAST AWAY, FORREST GUMP).

 


Stage 32 Exclusive Interview
with Daniel Vang

 

Company & client credits include:

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Joe Russo

Joe Russo - Director of Development, Level 1 Entertainment

Check out the trailer for Rendition, produced by Level 1 Entertainment.

Joe Russo is the Director of Development for Bill Todman JR's Beverly Hills-based Level 1 Entertainment, a film financing and production company behind films like X-Men (2000), Wild Wild West, and Strange Wilderness.

Joe Russo is the Director of Development for Level 1 and an award-winning filmmaker. He has seen his short films featured in festivals worldwide, garnering praise from top film critics. His years of production experience include work on commercials, web-series, television and feature films for such companies as Nike, FOX, SyFy, A/E, Lionsgate Films and Universal Studios.

Joe has been recognized for developing many acclaimed projects, including Exorcist Inc. and City of Exile, developed with writer Claire Weaver, which were both featured on the 2014 Young and Hungry List, How High the Moon, developed with writer Isaac Adamson, which was featured on the 2014 Hit List and the screenplay Nicholas, developed with writer Leo Sardarian, that was featured on the 2013 Young and Hungry List, the 2013 Hit List and the 2013 Black List - Hollywood’s most prestigious list of the best unproduced screenplays.

Joe is currently producing film and television series with Myriad Pictures, Millennium Films, The History Channel, and MGM. During his last pitch session, Joe picked up a Stage 32 writer's screenplay!

Credits include:

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Elizabeth Grave

Elizabeth Grave - Producer, 1212 Entertainment (SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK)

Elizabeth Grave is a producer at 1212 Entertainment, an independent production company focused on film, television and digital content for international audiences. In the feature space, Elizabeth is a producer on several adaptations of foreign IP, including Lone Wolf and Cub, written by David and Janet Peoples with Justin Lin to direct, an adaptation of Taito's classic video game Space Invaders with Di Bonaventura Pictures and Odd Lot, Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop, and Alvin Schwartz's timeless anthology Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Through a first look deal with Sony Television Networks International, she developed and oversaw the writer room for the ten episode first season of Overnight, an hour long original scripted drama set in the music industry for Sony/AXN Spin network. In branded entertainment space, she developed The Modern for H&M, about six international students chosen to study at a cutthroat design school in Paris.

Prior to forming 1212 Entertainment, Elizabeth was a development executive at independent financier Groundswell Productions and joined the company at its inception in 2006. While there she was involved in the development and production of 8 feature films, including the Oscar winning Harvey Milk biopic Milk directed by Gus Van Sant, Tom McCarthy's Oscar nominated The Visitor, and The Informant from Steven Soderbergh, as well as Smart People directed by Noam Murro, Ed Harris's Appaloosa, Rawson Marshall Thurber's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Todd Louiso's The Marc Pease Experience and All Good Things directed by Andrew Jarecki.

Elizabeth started her career at Creative Artists Agency, working for Roeg Sutherland in the Independent Film Finance Department.

Jared Iacino

Jared Iacino - Vice President of Film & TV Development, Panay Films

Jared is the Vice President of Film & TV Development at Panay Films, a film and television production company whose credits include:

  • Wedding Crashers
  • Van Wilder
  • Serendipity
  • Hit and Run
  • Earth to Echo

In his time at Panay Films, Jared has been involved with the development and production of many projects including the independent comedy Hit and Run (2012) starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, and Bradley Cooper, as well as the forthcoming MGM comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2 starring Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Adam Scott, and the family adventure film Echo on which Jared also served as associate producer that Relativity Media will release this January.

Prior to his time at Panay Films, Jared worked in development and production at Walt Disney Studios, Red Wagon Entertainment, Storyline Entertainment and Fox Studios - affording him the opportunity to work on a diverse slate of award winning and critically acclaimed Film and Television projects including: The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Juno (2007), Hairspray (2007), The Bucket List (2007), A Raisin in the Sun (2008), The Proposal (2009), and The Muppets (2011).

A Seattle native, Jared has a BFA from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

Movies Panay Films has produced:

TIPS ON PITCHING TO JARED:

  • Make sure the character arcs are clear.
  • Focus on the emotionality of the story/characters.
  • Make sure it's clear what's driving the narrative forward.
  • Give away the ending.

Rachel Berk - Night and Day Pictures

Rachel Berk is the director of development of Night and Day Pictures. Credits include the indie break out hit Waitress, Save the Date with Lizzy Caplan and Melonie Diaz, Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan and the latest Joss Whedon film In Your Eyes. Night and Day Pictures' films usually dominate Sundance.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes - Producer,

Kelly is looking for faith-based and comedy features of any rating. No huge tent-pole scripts, sweet spot for budget is $5MM and under.

Kelly Hayes is a producer and development executive working in feature film, scripted and unscripted television and digital series. He has spent the past four years working for The Walt Becker Company as the Director of Development and Production before working as an independent producer.

On the feature side Kelly has been instrumental in the development and sale of the script Boys Are Stupid Throw Rocks at Them at Universal. Leading up to being the DOD at The Walt Becker Company, Kelly was an Associate Producer on the Walt Disney Studios film Old Dogs starring John Travolta and Robin Williams. Walt Becker is currently in production on the Flying Tigers mini-series.

Kelly worked on the sale of numerous TV projects such as Thunderballs at Spike, Black Girls Are Easy at VH1, Sweat at ABC Family, Glory Daze at TBS and Heaven at Starz.

In the unscripted space, Kelly produced and directed the sizzle reel for Jesus Freaks which is awaiting a pilot order at E!, and worked on the development pilot of Work'd at TBS and Spin LA at VH1. Kelly has also sold digital series to Fox Digital Studios that include the animated comedy Thrilla and the live action show Better Off Dad.

Credits include:

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