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If you have a script or reel (for select sessions only) that you feel is ready to be reviewed by industry professionals for consideration or representation, and you've prepared a professional pitch, Stage 32 Happy Writers provides you a unique way to pitch your screenplay directly to a variety of development executives, producers, managers or agents who are currently in the market looking for new material.
Stage 32 Happy Writers has spent years cultivating relationships with over 300 executives worldwide who work with us to help them find undiscovered material that they normally wouldn't have access to. Writers who have pitched through our service have been signed, optioned, taken into production, put into development or staffed on TV shows as a result. You can read more here, or watch videos from our writers here, here or here.
Live pitch sessions are done face-to-face directly with the executive through Skype and also by written submissions. For pitches, always start with the title, movies to compare it to (ie: "it's DIE HARD meets GOONIES!"), genre, and logline. Talk BRIEFLY about yourself and then dive into the story. Start by setting up the world this takes place in and then the protagonist (name, age, an actor that could play him/her, etc). Be sure to run through your story and character arcs in their entirety. Do not leave out the ending.
For live sessions over Skype, you will have 8 minutes to pitch your material to the executive. We recommend keeping your pitch to 4-6 minutes to allow room for any questions the executive might have at the end. For written pitches, make sure your pitch is 1-2 pages max. These are industry-standard professional pitching sessions so we expect you to be fully prepared.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to WriterHelp@Stage32.com for assistance.
How do I pitch?
Of course! Please keep in mind that the 2 page maximum for written pitches includes such material. Pictures/storyboards included, your written must must not exceed 2 pages.
What if script gets produced as a result of pitching through your service? Will you get a percentage, credit, etc?
No, we will have no stake in the project once we pass it along. We just want to be thanked at your Oscar or Emmy speech!
Has anyone had success with your Online Pitchfests and other pitch sessions?
Can I choose which executive I want to pitch to read my script or pitch my project to?
Of course! For our Online Pitchfests, pitch sessions, coverage and consulting service YOU are the one to choose who will be reading your script, or reviewing your pitch. If you're not sure which executive is right for you, feel free to reach out to us at WriterHelp@Stage32.com.
What if I have more questions?
Feel free to reach out to us directly at WriterHelp@Stage32.com and we will assist you with whatever you need! The Stage 32 Happy Writers is here to help you every step of the way!
What do I do after I sign up for a written pitch?
After you sign up for a written pitch, you will receive an automated e-mail from us with complete instructions on how to submit your written pitch. Please be patient as you might not receive this email immediately after signing up. Be sure to check your spam and/or promotions folder. Please upload your written material as soon as possible. Do not wait until the start of the session. The absolute deadline to submit your material is 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the session. Failure to submit your material on time will result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch. NO EXCEPTIONS.
You do not have to be present at the time of the pitch session if you are turning in a written pitch. Simply turn in your pitch and you will hear from us in a minimum of 7 business days with your report.
When you complete your purchase for a Stage 32 Happy Writers screenplay contest, you will be sent to a screen and prompted to upload your screenplay.
ONLY .PDF FORMAT SCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED. No .doc, .fdx, .celtix, etc.
Can I participate in your live pitch sessions if I do not live in the US?
Yes. You can be anywhere in the world to participate. If you want to do a verbal pitch then you must send in your Skype username, not an international phone number.
What type of report will I get after my pitch session if I get passed on?
Your report will include 2-6 sentences of feedback on how to better your pitch and/or story filled out directly by the executive you pitched to. The report will include a 1-5 grade on multiple categories and a "PASS" or "REQUEST". If you are requested, you will receive an email from us with further instructions on how to submit your screenplay.
When will I hear if my script was requested? When will I hear back on my requested material once it is submitted?
You will hear from a Stage 32 Happy Writers Coordinator 2-3 weeks after your session. Once your requested material has been submitted to us and sent to the executive, you will hear back from a Stage 32 Coordinator in 2-3 months after the executive has had a chance to review your material. You will also receive a Script Request Scorecard complete with feedback from the executive.
Can I pitch a script that isn't completed yet?
Your script must be completed in order to pitch with us. If you do get a request, you must turn in your script 72 hours after receiving the request email, otherwise you forfeit your right to submit your script to that executive and your pitch will not be refunded.
Do you have pitch templates that can help mold my pitch?
Do I contact the executive directly at my designated time?
No. You will be contacted by a Stage 32 Happy Writers Coordinator at the time of your pitch session if you are doing a verbal pitch. Do not call in on Skype as we have several sessions going on at once and it will disrupt other sessions. Please do not reach out to these executives on your own, as they do not accept unsolicited material.
Please know that this is just one person's opinion. Take the feedback constructively and graciously. Tweak the pitch with any notes that resonate. If you get more than 10 pass on your project, then you might want to consider getting coverage as there might be some story issues that are getting in the way.
Congratulations on your request! Yes. You can pitch it to other companies even if it was requested. You can pitch as much as you want until a company has agreed to move forward with it.
If I got a request, can I submit more material than just the script (i.e. a business plan, a show bible, a series overview, a bio, etc.)?
When getting a script request, please only submit the script. Ancillary material not specifically requested by the executive will not be sent. This includes query letters, cover letters, letters of interest, treatments, pictures, outlines, etc. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
It is a good idea to include the list of your ancillary material in your pitch so the executive knows it is available to be requested.
After I submit a written pitch or script to an executive and make changes after the fact, can I turn in revised material?
Revised material may not be submitted. Please review all material thoroughly before submitting.
It's better to keep the focus on each session to one project. Otherwise you will not be able to give each pitch their due diligence. If you would like to pitch more than one project in an 8 minute session or 2 page written pitch, then you must sign up for an additional slot.
What's the difference between pitch sessions and Online Pitchfests?
For our Online Pitchfests, you will be able to submit a logline that will be reviewed by all executives in attendance of the pitchfest. They will review your logline for consideration, after which they have option to request the script.
You will receive a link on how to turn in your logline. You must turn in your logline before the start of the entire Online PitchFest, not just before the start of your particular session. For example, if you signed up for a pitch on Sunday and the Online PitchFest starts on Saturday, then you need to turn in your logline on Saturday so the executives coming in that day can see your logline as well.
If you missed your slot you can not turn in your pitch late or have a make up session. By missing your slot you forfeit your opportunity to pitch to that executive and there will be no refund or credits.
May I include a reel in my pitch?
If you are signing up for a written pitch, please include a link to your reel in the written pitch. Make sure that if there is a password needed that you include that in your written pitch. Your reel should not exceed 4 minutes.
If you are signing up for a verbal pitch, please send us your link to your reel. The executive will watch your reel before the start of your session and then contact you. We deduct the amount of time it took them to watch your reel from your 8 minute session. So if your reel is 5 minutes long, then your verbal session will be 3 minutes long.
In both cases, make sure your reel is on a site such as Youtube or Vimeo. Do not send us a reel as an attachment to download.
Can I pitch a book?
Yes. You can pitch books as long as the genre matches what the executive is looking for. Please note at the top of your pitch that you are pitching a novel.
What is better, a written or verbal pitch? What's the difference?
We have seen success both ways. In our professional opinion and experience, the best verbal pitch trumps the best written pitch every time. However, it's really up to YOU and how you like to convey your story. Some writers feel more comfortable pitching their story verbally and some prefer to write down their thoughts and organize things that way. It depends on you and what you feel your strengths are.
Verbal pitches are 8 minutes long and done face-to-face over skype or over telephone. We recommend keeping your pitch to 4-6 minutes to allow room for questions.
If you signed up for a verbal pitch, please email the following to the Stage 32 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note how you would like to be contacted. Even if you are opting for a Skype session, still provide your phone number and keep your phone near you at the time of your session in case we have to call you. International phone calls outside the United States will NOT be made.
Please put the company you are pitching to in the email subject line.
Written pitches are 2 pages max. Take care to format your document to make sure it is easy to read - do not submit a document that is just a block of text. Remember that a written pitch is, in essence, a miniature writing sample.
Please review our written pitch requirements:
Failure to abide by these stated requirements may result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch.
After I sign up for coverage, when can I expect it returned to me?
You will receive your completed coverage or consult 2-3 weeks after signing up and submitting your material.
I have a script that I want covered but don't know who to pick. What should I do?
Our executives are broken down in terms of the genre they feel the most comfortable critiquing. You can choose the executive you want based on your genre, or reach out to WriterHelp@Stage32.com for a recommendation. Please include your script's genre and logline so we can recommend the perfect executive for your project.
I want to sign up for an executive, but when I click on the coverage or consult option, they don't show up.
Some executives are only available for certain services. Some executives only want to give notes verbally and some only want to give notes in written form. If you sign up for a particular service and the executive you want doesn't show up, that means they are not part of that particular service.
Does the Executive Mentoring Session come with a script read?
Executive Mentoring Sessions do not come with a script read. You may submit ancillary material such as a written pitch or outline, so long as it does not exceed 20 pages.