The Stage 32 Happy Writers offers one on one online pitch sessions, coverage, consultations, classes and labs with managers, agents, producers, directors, directors of development and other industry executives. (For more about who we are, click here.)

For our pitch sessions, all writers will pitch directly to the executive listed. You will never pitch to anyone other than the executive you signed up for. Additionally, should an executive request your script, The Stage 32 Happy Writers works on your behalf to follow up with the executive who requested the material. We are invested in helping all writers further their careers by landing representation, optioning or selling their work, or securing meetings with industry decision makers.

Below are dates, times and locations for upcoming sessions. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT - Los Angeles, CA) unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Pitch Sessions

Pitch Samantha Schoen (Thursday, July 2nd 2015)

Samantha Schoen Production Coordinator, Mad Riot Entertainment

Thursday, July 2nd · 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM PDT

Looking for character driven dramas, thrillers, actions, historical pieces, comedies, animation (no horrors).

Sam began working for Mad Riot Entertainment in September of 2014 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with a degree in Television, Radio & Film, with concentrations in Music Industry and Theatre. She got her start in the entertainment industry while in college...

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Pitch Jordan Barel (Thursday, July 2nd 2015)

Jordan Barel Development , Paul Scheer's Company/Abominable Studios

Thursday, July 2nd · 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

Looking for sci fi and comedy TV

Jordan Barel began his career as a short filmmaker before creating his own entertainment company, Loaded Barrel Studios, publishing graphic novels. His work has won numerous international awards, including the Independent Publishing Book Awards (2012, 2013), The LA Book festival, the Geekie Awards ®...

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Pitch Gersh (Friday, July 3rd 2015)

Gersh Gersh, Gersh

Friday, July 3rd · 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT

Looking for all genres and formats.

This is with the literary department of the prestigious Gersh Agency. Writer client credits include The Expendables 2, Beasts of Southern Wild, Night of the Living Dead, Revolution (TV), Supernatural (TV).

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Pitch ICM (Sunday, July 5th 2015)

ICM ICM, ICM

Sunday, July 5th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for all genres and formats.

Pitch to the literary department at ICM. ICM is one of the top literary agencies in the industry. Client credits include Venus in Fur, Beautiful Mind, Carnage andChoke.

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Pitch Jeff Culotta (Sunday, July 5th 2015)

Jeff Culotta Producer

Sunday, July 5th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for all genres and formats.

Jeff Culotta graduated from Texas State University and immediately afterwards moved to Los Angeles to work with Richard Kelly and Sean McKittrick on their follow up film to Donnie Darko, Southland Tales. After Darko Entertainment formerly opened its doors in 2007, Culotta oversaw productions for The...

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Pitch Brandon Hill (Sunday, July 5th 2015)

Brandon Hill Production & Development Director, Good Deed Entertainment

Sunday, July 5th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for comedy and horror (feature and digital series)

Good Deed Entertainment is a new production company and have so far produced four films and a digital series, including Tomorrow You're Gone starring Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan and TAKEN AWAY, which recently premiered on Lifetime Movie Network. Lenny Shapiro is the president and has been in...

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Pitch Beth Bruckner (Sunday, July 5th 2015)

Beth Bruckner Director of Development (looking for actions and thrillers- features only), Millennium Films

Sunday, July 5th · 3:30 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

Looking for action, sci fi and thriller features.

Originally from Los Gatos, California, Beth moved down to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where she earned her degree in Psychology. After graduating, Beth worked on numerous film sets in physical production, performing tasks as a production assistant, assistant locations manager and even as a stand in...

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Pitch Sierra/Affinity (Sunday, July 5th 2015)

Sierra/Affinity Sierra/Affinity, Sierra/Affinity

Sunday, July 5th · 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

Looking for action and thriller features.

Sierra/Affinity is a busy production company/distributor/sales agent with around 100 credits including Drive, Nightcrawler, Enders Game, Whiplash, The Age of Adaline, The DUFF, Oculus and Rabbit Hole. Upcoming movies include Mr. Right with Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, Demolition with Jake Gyllenh...

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Pitch Tiffany Boyle (Wednesday, July 8th 2015)

Tiffany Boyle VP of Packaging Sales, Ramo Law PC

Wednesday, July 8th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for: all types of features under $20M. Also open to scripted and non scripted TV.

Tiffany Boyle has been with Ramo Law since 2009, where she works with the attorneys to review, collaborate, develop, submit and supervise creative materials on behalf of clients within the firm. Boyle actively works with clients in connection to production and distribution opportunities that bring t...

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Pitch John Doherty  (Thursday, July 9th 2015)

John Doherty Creative Executive, Cross Creek Pictures

Thursday, July 9th · 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

Looking for broadly appealing, studio-level, wide release style projects that can pre-sell foreign distribution rights to help raise the budget. Dramas, Thrillers, Action, Biopics, Science Fiction or Horror

John Doherty, Creative Executive of Cross Creek Pictures, brings veteran development, production and financing expertise to Cross Creek Pictures with the goal of producing thought provoking and commercial films in a filmmaker friendly environment.

Joining Cross Creek in 2010, Doherty worked under Pr...

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Pitch Drew Smith (Thursday, July 9th 2015)

Drew Smith Creative Executive , Unique Features

Thursday, July 9th · 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PDT

Looking for actions, thrillers and horror.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Drew developed a passion for films at an early age. Upon graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he started his career as a post production assistant on the Miley Cyrus romance drama “The Last Song”. Having learned the editorial process, he then sought to un...

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Pitch Ryan Levee (Friday, July 10th 2015)

Ryan Levee Coordinator , APA

Friday, July 10th · 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM PDT

Looking for comedy and drama features.

Ryan graduated with honors in English Literature. Since then he has had nearly every entertainment industry job in Los Angeles from acting to entertainment marketing. He is now working in APA’s Feature Literary department where they represent directors and writers. All of his experience has made him...

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Pitch Melissa Daykin Cassill (Saturday, July 11th 2015)

Melissa Daykin Cassill Vice President , State Street Pictures

Saturday, July 11th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for comedy, thriller and romance features and TV.

Melissa Daykin Cassill is Vice President of State Street Pictures (FASTER, BEAUTY SHOP, BARBERSHOP, NOTORIOUS, NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS) . She began her career at The Firm and Creative Artists Agency where she worked in the Motion Picture Literary Department. She went on to Miramax as a Creative Ex...

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Pitch Patrick Raymond (Saturday, July 11th 2015)

Patrick Raymond Creative Executive , Mandalay

Saturday, July 11th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for all genres and formats!

Patrick Raymond is a Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, Peter Gruber’s decades-old production company responsible for films such Sleepy Hollow, The Score, The Jacket, Into the Blue, When the Game Stands Tall and Horns. At Mandalay, Patrick gets to work on his passion every day: cultivating ama...

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Pitch Matt Kniaz (Saturday, July 11th 2015)

Matt Kniaz Manager , Industry Entertainment

Saturday, July 11th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for period pieces, comedy, drama, sci fi, thrillers (features and TV).

Matt Kniaz came to Industry Entertainment from CAA after working in the talent/television packaging department. Before that he was at ICM in the motion picture talent department. A lawyer from Boston, he received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

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Pitch Laurie Cook (Tuesday, July 14th 2015)

Laurie Cook Producer/Head of Development , Bigscope Films

Tuesday, July 14th · 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

Looking for horror, thriller, sci fi and action features.

Laurie began life in the film and TV industry as an assistant director, working for the BBC and Sky productions. In 2007 he moved over into script development and began worked as a script reader for Brilliant Films, Working Title, Qwerty Films and Element Pictures.

In 2010, producer Jason Newmark hi...

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Pitch Tatiana Kelly (Tuesday, July 14th 2015)

Tatiana Kelly Producer , Serena Films

Tuesday, July 14th · 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

Looking for scripts based on underlying material such as books, bio pics, dark comedies, romantic comedies, thrillers, sci fi with an sellable hook.

Tatiana Kelly’s first film “Wristcutters: A Love Story” starred Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Will Arnett, John Hawkes, Shea Whigham, and Tom Waits. It premiered at Sundance in 2006, was released by Lionsgate, earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations, was screened in over thirty film festi...

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Pitch Jennifer Cron (Tuesday, July 14th 2015)

Jennifer Cron Creative Executive , Virgin Produced

Tuesday, July 14th · 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

Looking for comedy, thriller and sci fi features.

Jennifer Cron, Creative Executive, is the first point of entry at Virgin Produced for any feature script, literary work or shower thought. After (pretentiously) begging for an agent for Chanukah at age 7, Jennifer quickly cultivated an interest in entertainment. She eventually left the mean streets...

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Pitch Sophia Marcyes (Tuesday, July 14th 2015)

Sophia Marcyes Creative Executive, Occupant Entertainment

Tuesday, July 14th · 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT

Looking for Thrillers, Horrors, Comedy, Dramas & All Types of TV.

Occupant Entertainment is an independent film production and financing company based in Los Angeles, founded in 2005 by Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. The company's first film "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane," starring Amber Heard, was one of the hot titles at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was...

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Pitch Farrell Ingle (Saturday, July 18th 2015)

Farrell Ingle Creative Executive (Looking for Tentpole, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi, High Concept comedy, Spy, Buddy Comedy, high concept drama. No horror, spoof comedy, and small indie dramas.), Zucker Productions

Saturday, July 18th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for Tentpole, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi, High Concept comedy, Spy, Buddy Comedy, high concept drama.

Farrell Ingle is a creative executive at Zucker Prodcutions, Jerry and Janet Zucker's production company. Primarily a movie production company, ZP is known for such hits as Ghost, My Best Friend's Wedding, Airplane!, Rat Race and Friends With Benefits. Recently they have delved into television with...

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Pitch Aimee Rivera  (Tuesday, July 21st 2015)

Aimee Rivera Creative Executive , Cindy Cowan Entertainment

Tuesday, July 21st · 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM PDT

Looking for sci fi, thriller, horror and faith based features as well as TV projects of any genre.

Aimee is currently a Creative Executive at Cindy Cowan Entertainment ("Red Lights", "Smiley") Previously, Aimee worked at Amazon Studios in feature development where she helped build their film department and develop upcoming projects on their slate. Prior to Amazon Studios, Aimee spent several year...

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Pitch Sara Rastogi  (Saturday, July 25th 2015)

Sara Rastogi Creative Executive, Ridley Scott Films

Saturday, July 25th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for all genres for features (no religious/Biblical as they just made on in this genre. Commercial projects only).

A Texas native, Sara Diya Rastogi graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where she began her filmmaking career in production design. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sara has pursued her passion as a film producer. An experienced development executive, Sara has formed extensive relationships i...

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Pitch Nish Panchal (Sunday, July 26th 2015)

Nish Panchal Agent, Curtis Brown Group

Sunday, July 26th · 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

Looking for Thriller, Sci Fi, Action and/or projects with police elements (features & TV).

In 2007, shortly after completing a BA in English Literature and Film Nish Panchal joined BBC Films where he worked as Development Assistant across a slate of award-winning feature films and BBC Four single dramas, including An Education, Brighton Rock and ToastHe moved to Curtis Brown in 2011 to...

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Pitch Jason Benoit (Sunday, July 26th 2015)

Jason Benoit Coordinator , Aversano Films/ Additional Dialogue

Sunday, July 26th · 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM PDT

Looking for comedy, action, smart sci-fi and strong thrillers (studio features) and TV with international appeal (no period and no children's programming).

After graduating from the DGA honored Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, Jason moved back to Los Angeles where he cut his teeth under Debbie Liebling at 20thCentury Fox, slaved away in the ICM mailroom, and most recently worked with former MTV Films/Nickelodeon President and Pr...

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Pitch Corey Trent Ackerman (Monday, July 27th 2015)

Corey Trent Ackerman Manager/Development Executive (Looking for TV pilots (all genres) and features (sci-fi, character-driven stories, inspirational and sophisticated comedies!), FreshMaker Media

Monday, July 27th · 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

Looking for sci fi, sophisticated comedies, character driven stories, inspirational/feel good features and all types of TV pilots.

Corey Trent Ackerman is a seasoned producer, manager and development executive. He has a proven track record for identifying and developing film and television projects that attract top level talent. Ackerman is the driving force behind management/production outfit FreshMaker Media, and is also enga...

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Upcoming Online Pitchfests

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Happy Writers History

Joey Tuccio founded The Happy Writers back in 2011 after working as an executive for various film production companies including Bold Films (DRIVE, WHIPLASH).  Joey has always had a soft spot for screenwriters and the myriad of challenges they face in trying to break into the industry.  Similarly, Joey had often heard the plight of many development executives, managers, and agents in the industry who found it challenging to discover quality material and exceptional new talent.  His novel idea to connect screenwriters and executives via Skype was an instant success.

In 2013, The Happy Writers joined forces with Stage 32 to host a number of Online Pitchfests giving screenwriters the opportunity to pitch to a variety of executives over the course of a single weekend.  The sessions were an instant success.  In April of 2014, Stage 32 acquired The Happy Writers and named Joey President of the (now titled) Stage 32 Happy Writers - a division of Stage 32. 
 
To date, The Happy Writers and the Online Pitchfests in conjunction with Stage 32 has lead to over 100 screenwriters launching their careers by securing representation, being optioned or sold, or landing work writing for either television or film.  The Stage 32 Happy Writers is proud to boast over 250 managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other high level decision makers in our stable of executives who hear pitches for the company.  Many of these executives also provide coverage services (never guess who's reading your script ever again!), teach classes and labs, and offer mentoring opportunities exclusively for The Stage 32 Happy Writers. 
 
Simply put, I have never met anyone who cares more about helping screenwriters realize their dreams like Joey.  As a screenwriter myself, I understand all too well how tough it is to go it alone and to make your way in what is a very difficult and competitive business.  Joey's honesty, enthusiasm, and unbridled passion for connecting writer with executive makes the whole process not only easier, but significantly more collaborative.  His track record speaks for itself.  I'm proud and honored to have him as a part of the Stage 32 family.
 
The Stage 32 Happy Writers will continue the passionate and honorable precedent Joey Tuccio set back in 2011.  We will continue to take you beyond the gatekeepers to the feet of the decision makers. The best is yet to come.
 
Richard "RB" Botto
Founder & CEO
Stage 32

 

 
Joey Tuccio
President - Stage 32 Happy Writers
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Stage 32 Happy Writers FAQ

Who are you?

The Stage 32 Happy Writers is a division of the Stage 32 social network and educational site. If you do not have a Stage 32 account, you can sign up for free at www.stage32.com.

What do you do?

The Stage 32 Happy Writers gives screenwriters and filmmakers the opportunity to get beyond the “No solicited material” rule enforced by so many production companies, managers and agents by providing direct access to Hollywood decision makers through our enormously successful Online Pitchfests and individual pitch sessions.

Our roster of over 250 managers, agents, directors, producers, directors of development, and other industry executives is without parallel.

Many of our executives also offer coverage services. You no longer have to wonder WHO is reading your script. The executive you choose is the executive that provides the coverage.

We also offer a wide ranging lineup of classes and labs designed to help hone your craft, navigate the waters of the Hollywood system, and enhance your chances of becoming a successful, working, paid screenwriter.

How do I pitch?

We offer two ways to pitch to an executive, through Skype or by submitting a written pitch. To learn more, visit Pitch Sessions or Online Pitchfest.

Can you guarantee that my script will be passed along to an industry contact?

If you have a good script then YES! Understand, that if we feel that your script is not ready yet...don't fret! We are here to help either way. Feel free to contact Joey Tuccio anytime before or after our consultation. The best part about the Stage 32 Happy Writers is that we want you to be...well...happy! And don't forget, our analysts are all ACTIVE industry players, so you will at least have one professional looking at it.

What if you pass my script along and it gets made? Will you get a percentage, credit, etc?

We just want to be thanked at your Oscar or Emmy speech. No, we will have no stake in the project once we pass it along.

Has anyone had success with your Online Pitchfests and other pitch sessions?

Well over 150 writers have been signed, bought, optioned, or placed in the television or film workspace due to their pitches with our company. You can read some of our Success Stories here. You can also read testimonials from our writers and our terrific executives here.

What if my script is not ready? Then what?

Every case is different. Some are THIS close, some need work and some, unfortunately, are doomed from the start. Our goal is to never have a writer feel lost after a consultation. If a month goes by and you have a question, email us and ask! We are here for YOU.

Can I choose which executive I want to pitch to? Can I chose with executive will read my script?

Of course! For our Online Pitchfests and other pitch sessions, feel free to tell Joey a little about your project and he will help you find the right consultant based on tone and genre. As it relates to our Coverage Services, the executive you choose to cover your script is guaranteed to be the person who will read and provide coverage.

Any more advice?

Whether you use our service or not, just be wary while exploring other services. Some key elements to look for is that the company is located in Los Angeles or New York, the readers are active industry players (having one credit in 1985 does not count) and be sure that they will be able to answer your questions even after the consultation is done. So many services will charge for every minute that they talk to you. These people are just in it for the money.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to call or email Joey with ANY other question you have at Joey@stage32.com. The Stage 32 Happy Writers is ultimately here to help you, so take advantage of the hospitality!