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Writing team JD Wallace and Jennifer Donohue have found representation through Stage 32! They have signed with Holloway Literary after connecting with Nikki Terpilowski through Stage 32. Nikki is now managing Jennifer's novel, as well as four scripts written by the team. Congratulations JD and Jennifer!
P.A. Lopez's script is moving forward at Ian Bryce Productions! He met with Will McCance, a producer at Ian Bryce, through Stage 32. Will is now showing P.A.'s script, Cyberpink, to his superiors at the company to discuss. Congratulations!
Gina is currently working with independent producer Will Rosenfeld on her screenplay! Gina met will through a Stage 32 Script Consultation, and he is interested in moving forward with her script. Congratulations Gina!
Josh and Jamie Cootner have optioned a screenplay through Stage 32! Josh and Jamie met with Mike Diaz of ATN Entertainment through a Stage 32 Script Consultation to talk about their screenplay, and Mike responded with enthusiasm. After meeting the team at ATN, the husband and wife writing team agreed to option the script with them. They're currently working with ATN to get their film made - congratulations Josh and Jamie!
Writer Dave Miller recently signed a shopping agreement with Dan Sheldon at Alta Global Media! Dave's pilot, Office 39, caught Dan's eye during a Stage 32 Pitch Session. Congratulations Dave!
Alex signed a shopping agreement for his project, Motel Paradise, after connecting with Sarah J Cornelius of Whitewater Films through a Stage 32 Pitch Session! Congratulations Alex!
Congratulations to Timothy Ramirez and his wife and writing partner, Carol Frazier! After pitching their True Crime Dark Comedy script through Stage 32, they connected with Tiffany Boyle at Ramo Law PC. They are now signed with Ramo Law and are working on packaging and development with Tiffany!
Heidi Lux had her first feature film CRUSHED premiere on Tubi in April 2022! The script was found by Literary Manager Audrey Knox at The Cartel during a Script Read & Consultation Call with Heidi. Audrey loved the script and took it to the production division of The Cartel. The project was produced and acquired by Tubi! And it all started with a connection made through Stage 32!
Mitchell V. Slan recently signed a shopping agreement with Whitewater Films! He was introduced to Sarah J. Cornelius through a Stage 32 pitch session. She then signed a shopping agreement with him for his script, La Burra: Legend of the Donkey Lady. Congratulations Mitchell!
Mirella Muffarotto was recently signed by Little Studios Films after a pitch session with Alexia Melocchi! Mirella is a Stage 32 writer from Italy. Alexia decided to represent her after reading her script, Be You. Congratulations Mirella!
Stage 32 writer Dave Miller is working with Dan Sheldon at Alta Global Media to sign a shopping agreement for his pilot! Dave and Dan connected through a Stage 32 pitch session and have been working together since. As VP of Development at Alta Global Media, Dan knows quality when he sees it, and was excited about Dave's pilot, Office 39. Congratulations Dave!
Stage 32 writer Sean Farley is working with Literary Manager Chris Bellant to produce two features! The two connected through Stage 32, and have been working together since. One of Sean's projects has a director attached and is being looked at by two production companies. Chris is currently meeting with possible directors for Sean's other project. Congratulations Sean!
Christopher Murray is packaging his limited series after connecting with Alexia Melocchi and Little Studio Films through Stage 32! His pitch session with Alexia turned into a partnership, and they are now working on his 6-part limited series, CALLAS, about Opera legend Maria Callas. Christopher credits his Writers' Room colleagues and the Stage 32 team for helping him reach this milestone. "I am most grateful to RB, Jason, Amanda, Angela, Kay Ross, Brooklynn Fields and Molly Peck for their wonderful support and encouragement for CALLAS, plus my steadfast supporters in the Writer’s Room: Nicole Thompson, Rebecca Glazer Greene, John Mezes, Jill Hargrave, Louisa Kendrick and Carol Ryavec," he wrote. Congratulations Christopher!
In addition to recently winning our 1st Annual Action/Thriller Screenwriting Contest, Gregg Guest has also booked a writing job through Stage 32! After responding to a post looking for a writer for a sports biopic, Gregg connected with Stage 32 writer Marcia McNair over Zoom. He was hired for the job shortly after - congratulations Gregg!
Stage 32 member Krista Crawford has successfully optioned a script with Lauren Whitelaw, head of programming at OutTV! Lauren and Krista connected through Stage 32, and are working together to get Krista's feature, OH DEER!, produced. Lauren will be Executive Producing the project, and is in talks with a Canadian production team to begin filming. Congratulations Krista!
Stage 32 member Justin Ballheim connected with producer Matthew Goldberg through Stage 32 Script Services. Matt recently ventured out as a producer and quickly started collaborating with LIT Entertainment - the producers of THE TOMORROW WAR with Chris Pratt and FREE GUY with Ryan Reynolds. Justin connected with Matt through a Stage 32 Script Service consultation on his script THE APPLICANTS. Matt loved Justin’s script and, after their initial consultation, immediately went to work. Matt attached Ricardo De Montreuill, who directed LOWRIDERS in 2016 for Blumhouse Productions.
Author and screenwriter Bill Walker has recently signed a shopping deal with Majestic Productions! He and his writing partner, Brian Anthony, developed a series called STARRING...JOHN DILLINGER based on their novel of the same name. Bill met with Cindy Villarreal through Stage 32 to discuss the pilot, and she thought it was "ready to go." She, Brian and Bill have now signed a shopping agreement, and Cindy is working on getting the pilot produced. Congratulations Bill and Brian!
Kawan Glover recently signed with Tessa Shaffer of Corviserio Literary Agency after connecting on Stage 32! Tessa will be representing Kawan's memoir, FAVOR, and his script based on the memoir, THE RISE. Kawan said, "An enormous thank you [to Stage 32] for making this possible! This opportunity has genuinely started a change in my life that's set up a bright future for me. I cannot be more pleased, and I look forward to sharing my progress with you all!" Congratulations Kawan!
Writer John Mezes has optioned two scripts through Stage 32! He found the educational webinars and practice pitch sessions to be an invaluable resource. After having his script passed to a producer through a contact on Stage 32, it was optioned last August. Chris Place, an actor/producer at Odessa Film Studio, asked for John's other work, and optioned his second feature, called TWO. He is currently working on a new pilot. Congratulations John!
Layla O'Shea not only won the Stage 32 6th Annual Television Writing Contest, but she also booked a writing job in a meeting through Stage 32! After winning the contest, Layla was flown to LA for meetings with the contest judges. Her meeting with Boman Modine, an Emmy and BAFTA nominated writer/director, became a career milestone when he asked if she had any interest in script doctoring. Layla booked a job with a European writing team through a meeting set up by Boman, and became a script analyst for their drama series. Congratualtions Layla!
After joining Stage 32 to find some new connections, Pennsylvania based script consultant James Papa has optioned his first script! He connected with Julia Verdin, a writer/producer at Rough Diamond Management and Productions through Stage 32 and the two began collaborating. Julia is a veteran writer, director and producer, and frequently judges Stage 32 screenwriting contests as well. James is currently co-writing the script, SURVIVING THE STREETS, with Julia. Congratulations James!
Journalist, writer and actress Danika Maia sold her first feature film to Goldilocks Productions after meeting with an executive through Stage 32! A former reporter for Vice, Danika threw caution to the wind in 2018 when she quit her job to focus on writing. She pitched her pilot, EASY MONEY, to Kristen Lucas through Stage 32, and the two began working together. Danika rewrote the pilot as a feature film at Kristen's suggestion, and EASY MONEY is now in production at Goldilocks. Congratulations Danika!
Former commercial director Keith Rivers has signed with a management company to do what he really loves - writing. Keith found success through Stage 32 when he scheduled a 60-minute talk with an executive who liked his script. After directing over 300 commercials, Keith decided to switch career paths and follow his passion for writing. He found Stage 32 during the pandemic when networking in person became impossible - and never looked back. Congratulations Keith!
Writer Brent Beebe credits Stage 32 with landing him a job! He's spent many years networking through Stage 32, and found luck at a production company, WBT-TV, in the Bay Area. Brent first spoke to the producers at the company on Stage 32! He wrote a feature screenplay for them, and now works on a serialized audio drama at the same company. Brent's other work has come very close to being produced a number of other times as well. Congratulations Brent!
Longtime Stage 32 member Tom Stohlgren has landed representation through Stage 32! Tom has written over 60 scripts over his long journey towards becoming a screen writer. He recently signed with a literary and talent manager through Stage 32 and has since optioned four scripts. He currently has one script being produced by Jihane Mrad, and two more in pre-production with a different producer. Tom counts many of the producers and directors he's met through Stage 32 to be his real friends. Congratulations Tom, we can't wait to see what you do next!
Jeffrey Thompson - the winner of the 1st Annual Diversity Springboard Contest - was set up on a general meeting with Sony. During the meeting, the Sony executives mentioned they were interested in developing a series based on the Sony Music catalogue. Jeffrey maintained contact with the executives and is going back in to pitch his ideas for a project! And it all started with a meeting set by Stage 32!
After using Stage 32's resources for four years, Byron Q found representation at Housefire Management! He used many of Stage 32's educational resources as well as coverage and consultation services. Byron connected with Juan He at Housefire Management, who signed him after reading his pilot, TINO 99. Through Housefire Management, Byron has had lucrative meetings with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He has since written and directed two feature films and one documentary.
Writing team Jonathan Benecke and P.T. Hylton were signed with Mike Diaz of ATN Entertainment after connecting through Stage 32! The writing team had previously published nine novels, which sold over 200,000 copies. Hylton had previously been passionate about filmmaking, but never quite got his company, Plethora Films off the ground. Benecke and Hylton are very excited about having a manager and beginning this new phase in their careers!
Adam Etheridge, a writer based in Bristol, UK was recently signed with ATN Entertainment after connecting with a manager on Stage 32! He met with Mike Diaz, a seasoned literary manager currently at ATN, in a Reel Review & 30-minute talk with an Industry Executive session. Adam sent Mike a proof of concept short film he had written as a follow up, and then signed with ATN. The short film, POACHERS, was also a semifinalist in the Stage 32 Short Film Contest.
Christina Patjens and Carina Burns are adapting a novel into a screenplay together after connecting on the Stage 32 blog! Germany-based screenwriter and Stage 32 member Christina Patjens recently wrote a Stage 32 blog called "When Life Gives You Lemons, Open a Lemonade Company - How to Use Struggles as Creative Fuel". Northern California based Author and Stage 32 member Carina Burns read Christina's blog and hired Christina to adapt her novel The Syrian Jewelry Box into a screenplay! They are now working together across time zones and international waters to bring this story to life on screen. Congratulations Christina and Carina!
Donnie Hobbierecently connected with Will Raynor, the Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, during a Stage 32 script read and consultation call. After years of hard work, Donnie's script 99 Dreams Neon has been officially optioned by Mandalay Pictures. Congratulations Donnie!
Ghana born, Montreal-based filmmaker Will Niava was one of our 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest winners for his film Zoo. Producer Jason Resnick (Serenity, After, Destination Wedding) saw Will's film in the Stage 32 Short Film program and hired Will to work on co-directing a feature film with another European filmmaker he's working with! Congrats Will!
Director Gwenn Joyaux won the grand prize in the 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest for her film Tomorrow Island. Through winning our short film contest, Gwenn was signed by Le'Ander Nicholson from Believeland Management. They are working together to help Gwenn continue to grow her career internationally. In fact, he already got her a meeting with Amazon Latin America! Congrats Gwenn!
Long-time Stage 32 member, blogger, author, and screenwriter, Shannon K. Valenzuela has signed with manager Spencer Robinson from Art/Work through Stage 32 education! "It’s fitting, I suppose, that my Stage 32 success story came through the education services. And even though my dream of becoming a professional writer is so close, I’m still focused on what I can learn and how I can improve," says Shannon. Congrats!
Miami-based Alex Moreno was hired by LA-based producers, Absurd Hero Productions, after connecting through Stage 32. The initial connection came through an ad that the principals of Absurd Hero Productions placed on Stage 32! Good luck, Alex!
Since winning Stage 32's 5th Annual Comedy Writing Contest with her pilot LOVE, CHELSEA, Jenny Rauch has had meetings with all of the contest judges, including an Associate Producer on "WORKIN' MOMS", the Head of Film and Television at Panay Films (WEDDING CRASHERS, CHiPS, VAN WILDER), and actor Jonathan Kite (TWO BROKE GIRLS, DAD STOP EMBARRASSING ME). Those meetings resulted in some great connections for Jenny who is based in Chicago. Two literary representatives requested to meet with Jenny for potential representation off of her script. Good job, Jenny!
Jeffrey Thompson, the winner of Stagre 32's 1st Annual Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest has been meeting with mentors from CBS, NBCUniversal, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Artists First Entertainment and more through Stage 32. "At first, the Stage32 Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest was just another contest in a long list of submissions from last year, but I realized pretty quickly the uniqueness of the opportunities that Stage32 presented. Jason did a great job of checking in during the process, I remember the first time I got an email from him which said 'I gotta be honest, I am super pumped to write this email! I just saw that GILMAN has officially been selected as a Semifinalist in the Stage 32 1st Annual Diversity Springboard Screenwriting Contest!' I assumed that it was just a mail merge, copy-paste yadda-yadda, but then I realized as I read the email that it wasn’t. From the beginning, Jason was invested in my script’s story and in me as a writer. It felt good to get that acknowledgement after years of work poured into my craft (I love when people refer to it as 'the craft')," says Jeffrey.
Lynne Logan connected with Brad Wilson of Higher Purpose Entertainment through Stage 32 when he read her script, A RELATIVE UNKNOWN, and asked Lynne to do a 'work for hire' script on a faith based biopic. Congrats on the gig, Lynne!
Ohio-based screenwriter Mark McKee has optioned a script POST HUMAN after pitching it for feedback to Chayah Masters, Head of Motion Picture & TV Literary at Aligned Stars Agency, through a Stage 32. Way to go, Mark!
Filmmaker Donnie Hobbie had his screenplay optioned by Mandalay Pictures after connecting with Will Raynor, the Creative Executive at Mandalay Pictures, during a script read and consultation call. Congrats, Donnie!
Writing team Alex Montilla and Kheireddine El-Helou landed a shopping agreement with a major international sales agency after submitting their feature script HIDEOUT to the Stage 32 7th Annual Search for New Blood Contest. Congrats Alex and Kheireddine!
Ireland-based writer Ronika Merl optioned her first screenplay through Stage 32! Congrats, Ronika!
Stage 32 member Justin Ballheim connected with producer Matthew Goldberg through a Stage 32 Script Service consultation on his script THE APPLICANTS. Matt loved Justin’s script and is now attached as a producer. “[Matt] called me and said he wanted to make it. He had some notes, so I canceled my plans for the weekend to address them. A few days later, he brought another producer on, and then a director," says Justin. Way to go, Justin!
Los Angeles-based writer Alex Clavijo has a project in development with Whitewater Films after connecting with Sarah J. Cornelius through Stage 32! “We are several meetings in on [Alex's script Motel Paradise] and we’re working on attaching a Director and continuing to package it," says Sarah. Congrats, Alex!
Writer Kacee DeMasi has a project in development with Whitewater Films after pitching Sarah J. Cornelius her unscripted project during a Stage 32 pitch session! “I started pitching by cold-calling producers in July 2020,” Kacee says, “then did verbal pitching on [Stage 32] after thorough research of producers.”
Writer Robert Levering's feature script, DISCREDITED CITIZEN is now in development with John Goldwyn Production after connecting through consultation at Stage 32! Very exciting, Robert!
UK-based Adam Etheridge signed with Mike Diaz from ATN Entertainment after connecting on a 30-minute consultation. Adam’s short film, titled POACHERS, was also a Semi-Finalist in the Stage 32 Short Film Contest. Congrats, Adam!
Writer/director Byron Q has landed representation with Juan He of Housefire Management through Stage 32! "Finally, four years since my first paid service with Stage 32, I found a manager, Juan He from Housefire Management who responded to a pilot I wrote called TINO 99. We began working together this year and I've been sent on a round of general meetings with some of the biggest production companies in town.
"I'm extremely grateful for Stage 32 to offer this platform where I could connect with my manager in a way that would've been very difficult by blind query letters (which I've tried countless times before)," says Byron.
The film Katakata, a Nigerian and U.S. collaboration, was born on Stage 32! Stage 32 members Newton Barabar and Art Thomas worked together on the film despite being separated by 7,000 miles and a seven hour time difference! "Statistically, it is proven that most people who meet in a business setting seldom reconnect, despite their well-intended overtures. However, that was not true in our case. It appears as if my Stage 32 membership and interest along with Newton’s interest and subsequent membership exemplified our commitment to global storytelling," says Art.
Filmmaker Mariannjely Marval was able to self-produce her first short film thanks in part to Stage 32! Mariannjely says the insights and motivation she received from the producer's lounge and webinars helped give her the motivation she needed Mariannjely also connected with fellow Stage 32 member Chaun Lee, who directed and acted in the film! Way to go, Mariannjely!
Tom Stohlgren landed a literary agent through networking on Stage 32! Tom has been a Stage 32 member since 2016 and says, "I received helpful feedback from Stage 32 connections in the form of logline reviews and over 950 private messages. I wasn’t shy about asking for helpful advice. There is always something to learn, especially from Stage 32 CEO RB's Coffee and Content segments. But, most importantly, I kept writing scripts." Way to go, Tom!
Screenwriter Brent Beebe was hired for a job through networking on Stage 32! "I’ve always believed that getting to know people is the fastest road to success. It’s how I got most of my work. Including the aforementioned gig on Stage 32. I was living in the Bay Area at the time (yes, there are jobs to be had everywhere, not just L.A.) I found a production company (WBT-TV), and got to know the two fellas behind it," says Brent.
Keith Rivers signed with an A-list management company after connecting through Stage 32. Keith says, "I needed time to build trust with Stage 32's platform, and that meant not doing anything on it. Finally, I bit the bullet and purchased half a dozen 10-minute pitches and a couple of 60-minute talks, one with a manager who liked my screenplay, and instantly we gelled, talked strategy, and set goals. We immediately got to work on our first project and I've been grateful to see doors open week after week. This slight momentum shift has caused me to work even harder." Congrats, Keith!
Danika Maia had her script EASY MONEY optioned by Producer Kristen Lucas of Goldilocks Productions after connecting through a Pitch Session on Stage 32! Danika says, "Kristen's respect and interest really has meant so much to me as a new woman in the entertainment industry. After she read the TV Pilot we decided that the story would be better told as a feature length film, so after speaking together about once every two weeks for 4 months and getting some development calls with Kristen and other writers she works with, I had a new outline for a feature length film and that's when we made the agreement official."
Mike Diaz of ATN Entertainment just signed the writing team of Jonathan Beneke & P.T. Hylton via a connection made through Stage 32! Congratulations, Everyone!
After signing up for a Reel Review and submitting his proof of concept to Mike Diaz of ATN Entertainment, Mike signed Bristol, UK-based Adam Etheridge! It is also worth note that Adam was a Semi-Finalist in Stage 32's Short Film Contest. Congratulations, Adam and Mike!
Wes Ambrecht the Vice President of Development & Production at Foundation Films asked to meet Rene Thomas Rodriguez after providing notes on Rene's project, CIGAR CITY through Stage 32 Script Services.
The feature film CHICK FIGHT starring Bella Thorne, Malin Ackerman & Alec Baldwin is now in theaters... and it all started from a writer who lives outside of Los Angeles who pitched it on Stage 32, Joe Downey. Joe works a corporate job in Pennsylvania and has never had any formal training or schooling or connections within the industry until he turned to Stage 32. Joe simply wrote a tremendous script and it found its champion by way of a Stage 32 executive, Tiffany Boyle, president of packaging and sales for Ramo Law. Through a tremendous effort on Tiffany's part, including working with 6 executives in the Stage 32 community, CHICK FIGHT was born. Prepare to be inspired and do your fellow Stage 32ers a favor and tune into watch CHICK FIGHT on VOD. (click here to continue reading the whole story)
Scott Cronan is the producer of the film ECHOES OF THE INVISIBLE which won the Zeiss Cinematography Award at SXSW. With SXSW getting cancelled his team elected to NOT screen his film on Amazon with the deal SXSW provided, and instead decided to screen their film on Stage 32 Screenings and through our platform their feature film has been picked up for international distribution by Glass House Distribution!
No Stopping Stage 32 Writers! Over 66 Executive Meetings Requested through Stage 32 this Fall! In 2020 alone we have had over 1,500 script read requests!
All of these connections came as a direct result of Stage 32 Script Services which allows for direct access between content creators to decision makers in the entertainment industry. Please join me in congratulating these incredible Stage 32 members on their continued success through the platform!
Christopher Morrison has spent years looking for ways to break into a highly competitive industry. He has invested in film-related books, courses, pitches, and more in an attempt to improve his craft and get the "big break." Well - spoiler alert - the hard work and dedication paid off!
Christopher is now in development on a project with Robert Cort Productions after connecting with their Creative Executive Erin Larsen through a Stage 32 Pitch Session! Erin was a producer on the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic, ON THE BASIS OF SEX and is next producing THE SECRET with Katie Holmes. Robert Cort also produced films in the TERMINATOR franchise and the original JUMANJI!
As Christopher explains, he and Erin hit it off during the pitch and Christopher submitted the script to Erin! She then shared the script with the rest of the team at Robert Cort Productions and they are no in active development on the project. Christopher just updated use that he on on his latest draft with Erin for Robert Cort.
Alex Moreno is based in Miami and has been a part of the platform since 2015. In late October Alex let us know that he had been hired to be a writer on the 2021 slate of Absurd Hero Productions. The initial connection came through a job post that the principals of Absurd Hero Productions placed on Stage 32!
Alex had already been utilizing Stage 32 Next Level Education to improve his pitch deck! As Alex says, "From my Pitch Deck class I took with Ewan Dunbar, this company [loved] my idea and we are negotiating our next steps. Super exciting!"
And beyond that, Alex has been using Stage 32 to make connections with other writers as well as producers. He is part of a writers group of which 4 of the 6 members were found on Stage 32. Alex is not based in LA, and works primarily outside of the entertainment industry. But using the power of Stage 32, Alex is now working with a production company looking to develop and produce his material! It is just more proof that the power to break into the industry is largely in your hands, no matter where you are in the world.
Eric Jeske - the winner of the Stage 32 5th Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest - is now represented by First Friday Entertainment - one of the leading boutique management companies in the business! First Friday Entertainment was co-founded by Krista Sipp and Devon Byers, who dedicated themselves to showcasing fresh and unique voices!
Eric says, "Stage 32 stayed involved, set me up with new meetings, introduced me to a producer who is interested in optioning. Stage 32 kept in contact long after they had any obligation to. They kept passing Avalanche around, championing it on my behalf. This led to a meeting with First Friday Entertainment, who were sent the script, read, and loved. Both parties felt the vibe and they are now my representation."
Stage 32 member Nick Brown, a UK-based novelist and screenwriter was hired by Stage 32 member Jordan Bryon, a filmmaker based in Kabul, Afghanistan, to write an action script, SHEEN. Nick has previously written a series of historical novels – Agent of Rome – first published in 2011.
Nick says, "I’m really grateful to her for hiring me and to Stage 32 for providing the platform for us to connect. I have made several other valued contacts via Stage 32 and will be keeping an eye out for more screenwriting jobs. To my fellow writers, I would say don’t be disheartened if you apply for writing posts here (or indeed anywhere) and don’t hear back. You only need one positive response and that could be the opportunity that really moves things forward for you. As I’ve learned over the years, connections are essential in the film business and Stage 32 is the ideal place to make them."
Screenwriter and Stage 32 member Amy Amani landed her agent Anouk van Ghemen of One Four Films in Germany after they connected following a Stage 32 Next Level Webinar that Anouk hosted. Amy was very impressed by Anouk's breadth of knowledge and obvious passion on the subject, so she contacted her. Anouk requested the script and pitch deck which Amy sent right away. A couple of weeks later Anouk emailed Amy back asking to meet.
By the end of the conversation Anouk agreed to represent Amy and her script ‘When in Rome’ and possibly other projects.They’ve signed a contract, had a notes meeting and set out a plan of action. Amy says, "Anouk is lovely and driven and a joy to work with! I look forward to working with her for a very long time to come."
Jonathan Jordan - the winner of Stage 32 3rd Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest - landed his first paid feature screenwriting job after being signed by Verve Talent & Literary Agency through Stage 32.
Jonathan Jordan the winner of Stage 32 3rd Annual Feature Screenwriting Contest
Jonathan says, "The fact that there are resources like Stage 32 that can help you bring your work in front of real industry insiders, get real pitch meetings, get real agents and managers in your corner is practically miraculous."
Seoras Wallace in Scotland connected with LA-based producer Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films through a Stage 32 Pitch Session! Alexia is now representing his Wallace, Legend of Braveheart book series!
Seoras Wallace and Mel Gibson on the set of Braveheart
Seoras said, "I signed contracts with Alexia, who is now acting as my worldwide manager and representative, with Little Studio Films prepping the background work to produce and bring Wallace, the Legend of Braveheart to our screens as an epic television series! My advice to anyone out there who feel or believes that they have a good story to tell, then Stage 32 has to be your first choice mentor into the industry. If you follow their advice, take up the opportunities that they provide, get your project analyzed then listen and adapt to what is required, there is no reason why these unique opportunities should be missed that could propel your project forward. Stage 32 provides an invaluable service, be it to aspiring writers or top industry professionals seeking new material, I can only say that I am so glad that I ditched my skepticism and took up the opportunity. What Stage32 provides for the industry is very affordable for the individual, but in the end, priceless... in my opinion."
Justin Calen-Chen met with Ramo Law during a pitch session, they picked him up and he has now signed with CAA and Grandview Management. He's been hired to adapt the best selling novel for Wendy Heard and THE FOSTERED ONE now has C. Fitz (QUEEN SUGAR) to direct! He participated in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Impact 2 alongside producer Stephen Love and overseen by Sascha Penn.
When Stage 32 member Joey Madia wrote his first Escape Room narratives for an organization, it was in 2017. He wrote them for two 5-star escape rooms on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Those rooms are still active today. Not long afterwards, he wrote and published a blog post right here on Stage 32 called Seven Steps for Writing Escape Room Narratives (And How to Find Opportunities to Write Them!). It told screenwriters how he got the job, and what they needed to do land their own work writing escape room narratives. But what he garnered from writing that post was far more than he expected.
"That Stage 32 blog post netted an offer to write an article on the thriller elements of Escape Room narratives for Creative Screenwriting Magazine that was published. Not long after, that same Stage 32 post led to meetings and an agreement with a Las Vegas Escape Room company that I will be writing narratives for by years end," Madia said.
But the best part?
That same Stage 32 blog post just landed him a contract with a Bed and Breakfast cottage in southwest Scotland! "We're using the first floor of the cottage to start off a game weekend for guests where they have to solve the Escape Room narrative in order to release the cottage owners from the Fairy Realm so they can get their keys and go to their rooms. The Escape Room will use a combination of Scottish fairy lore, key events, and historical personages to lead players into the Celtic world of the supernatural. We're also in talks for me to design a murder mystery game featuring my Scottish pirate character, whom I have written about on Stage 32 in other blog articles." A mighty big congratulations to Joey! And a massive thank you, too, for his regular contributions to our blog. We are humbled to have you among our membership and are excited to learn more about your Scottish adventure! Read more here.
Jack Cusick was the winner of the Stage 32 + Gidden Media Movies for "Grownups" Screenwriting Contest and won $7,500! He is now in development with legendary producer Amy Baer and Vice President Chris Ceccotti of Gidden Media on his winning screenplay, I'M NOT JACK.
As Jack said, "I'm overwhelmingly grateful (and proud) to be named the winner of the Gidden Media/Stage 32 contest, and I look forward to working on script refinements in the coming weeks. This is going to be exciting!"
He continued, "Ms. Baer...Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and your team. While my long term goal is to become a successful screenwriter...I am very much looking forward to working with you, Chris, and [the rest of the team]."
Braden Chase developed his project, IN COUNTRY with Development Executive Anna Henry, who worked with him to redevelop the entire pitch bible and pilot script. The project is now with Jim Young, the producer and principal of Animus Films (THE CATCHER WAS A SPY, LOVELACE, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY), who heard the pitch responded very favorably to it. A
s Jim said in his feedback to Braden, “I honestly thought this was excellent. Super impressed with how well-thought out the pitch was...Please send the script over.” Jim requested the script and is going to see if he has a potential showrunner to pair Braden with in his rolodex of contacts!
Braden says, “Jason was gracious enough to put me in touch with Anna Henry who is a real development executive with an amazing resume,” Braden says, adding, “with her help, I reworked my entire pitch bible and pilot script into the polished gem it is today. Hence, why it has captured the attention of buyers at every major studio. What's more is through Stage 32, Jason has put me in touch with a number of literary managers and producers who have heard my pitch and provided invaluable feedback to make my oral pitch really standout. All this amazing input and direction at a very affordable price and amazing convenience thanks to Stage 32.”
Screenwriter and Stage 32 member Stephen Potts had his screenplay, HANEEN, requested by Literary Manager Zach Cox at Circle of Confusion (AMC's THE WALKING DEAD) during the Global Pitch Tank Event on Stage 32!
UK-based screenwriter Paul Mendelson had his screenplay, A MEETING IN SEVILLE, requested by Tai Duncan the President of Production at Zero Gravity Management (Netflix's "OZARK", THE ACCOUNTANT) and Literary Manager Zach Cox at Circle of Confusion (AMC's THE WALKING DEAD) during the Global Pitch Tank Event on Stage 32!
Stage 32 writer Christina Pamies, the winner of the 5th Annual Stage 32 Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest has been hired by StudioCanal to adapt the feature length adaptation of the horror short Baghead (Hollywood Reporter)!
As a result of Stage 32 sending Christina on over a dozen industry meetings, she met with uber-manager Jake Wagner who signed Christina in the room! Jake previously sold the spec Snow White and the Huntsman for a whopping $3m to Universal, and represents A-List screenwriting clients across film and television. Jake’s clients have written some of the most popular recent horror films including POLAROID and CRAWL. From there, Jake worked to get Christina a literary agent at Verve Talent and now, her first paying studio writing job!
Screenwriter Kevin Bachar signs with Zero Gravity Management, attaches director and BAFTA-Award winning DP to his script!
As the saying goes "The dream is free. The hustle sold separately." It takes an incredible amount hustle to move a project forward, as evidence by everything we share here on Stage 32. Today I wanted to share with you a video from Kevin Bachar, who was the winner of our 4th annual Search for New Blood screenwriting contest for his incredible script THE RELATIVE. After Kevin won the contest, we flew him out to LA and set him up on a slew of meetings all around town with people who are interested in his project. It takes a ton of work to get yourself out there. As a result of his endless drive (as you'll see in this video), he now has attached director John Poliquin (GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2) and BAFTA winning Director of Photography, Paul Atkins ASC who has worked with Terence Malik to shoot it. We couldn't be more excited for Kevin and THE RELATIVE. Please congratulate Kevin, your fellow Stage 32er!
Through Stage 32 Script Services, we connected Aaron Benjamin to veteran literary manager Jon Hersh at Housefire Management. Aaron pitched Jon his screenplay, The Bastard of Robert E. Lee, for feedback. But the connection resulted in a lot more than Aaron was expecting. Jon loved Aaron's pitch so much he requested the script. We facilitated the connection between Aaron and Jon and a short time later, Jon signed Aaron as a client! Since signing, Jon has taken 2 of Aarons scripts out and set him up on a ton of meetings. Here's the story from Aaron and Jon themselves:
“I had submitted a written pitch to Jon for The Bastard of Robert E. Lee, which was my first feature,” Aaron told us. “Jon and I connected after he read my submission - and he also read the Busing Crisis script as well.”
“Since signing Aaron, his two spec features - Maverick and Saturday Night Massacre - have been championed by major production companies and sent to dozens of studio buyers,” Jon further explained. “He now has fans all over town, and has been focusing on pitches for studio writing assignments,” See the full story here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Monday-Motivation-Stage-32-Writer-Lands-Representation
Here's a story that proves you don't have to be in LA to make big things happen, especially for those working with Stage 32 Script Services. Brent Kado left LA and moved to Chicago, but kept working with Stage 32 Script Services. Brent chose to work with Angela Malloy from WEtv and received feedback on his unscripted idea. Angela loved the idea, helped Brent hone and fine tune it and took the project on! As a result, Brent, with Angela's help, just optioned his project to INDIGO FILMS an independent television production company with a long-standing reputation for developing and producing exceptional programming across a wide variety of genres. Networks produced for include Investigation Discovery, Nat Geo WILD, Travel Channel and LMN. The project pitch is now in its second round of executive reviews at Amazon! It's also worth noting that Brent is a long time member of the Stage 32 platform and has built big time relationships that have led to even more success. He's leaving no stone unturned and controlling his career!
Christi Corbett, a Stage 32 and Writers’ Room member, worked with Brad Wilson of Higher Purpose Entertainment to help get coverage on a screenplay adaptation she wrote based on her screenplay A Mountain Man's Redemption. As Christi refined the screenplay, now called Along the Way Home, Brad fell more and more in love with it. So much so, he's now optioned it! We're thrilled that we were able to make this relationship happen. Christi has worked so hard on her material and deserves every success. Here's the full story of Christi's journey: https://www.stage32.com/blog/How-I-Got-My-First-Option-Agreement
Congratulations to Donovan Cook who was signed by literary manager Daniel Kendrick from Chatrone after meeting through a Stage 32 pitch session. Donovan is now a Supervising Producer at DreamWorks Animation and has worked on a Netflix and Disney show Daniel set him up on!
Our Comedy Contest winner Diana Wright has signed with literary manager Audrey Knox at The Cartel and with Abrams Artists Agency after meetings Stage 32 set her up on! Through connections made through Stage 32 Diana also met with HBO producer Bret Slater, development executive Sarah Cornelius at Whitewater Films, Heather Johns, the VP at Lionsgate's LOL Network, manager Spencer Robinson with Art/Work Entertainment, and the EVP of Development for Michael Shamberg's company, Ameet Shukla and Jared Iacino with Panay Films. And, after we sent out her script to our executive roster companies such as Gersh requested to read!
Producer Daniel Herther, a studio executive from Proxima Media has hired our Fantasy & Sci-Fi Contest winner Ben Gross to write a spec script for his production company, plus Ben is now developing script ideas with Manager Daniel Vang from 3 Arts Entertainment, all who Stage 32 set him up on meetings with!
Congratulations to Christine Torres, the grand prize winner of the 4th Annual Stage 32 TV Writing Contest, for signing with Manager/Producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment! Brooklyn Weaver is a manager and producer who has produced smash hits including Run All Night with Liam Neeson, Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana, and The Number 23 with Jim Carrey! Brooklyn was sent Christine' script by Stage 32 Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, and loved Christine's writing! They met and instantly connected. Read the full story here!
Greg Mania - the winner of the 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest - signed with Laina Cohn & Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after meeting them through a meeting set by Stage 32! As part of his winning the contest, in October, Stage 32 sent Greg on about a dozen meetings with literary managers, television producers, and development executives. It was during one of these meetings that Greg met with Literary Manager Jon Taub who works with Literary Manager & Partner Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management.
Laina Cohn is a prolific talent and literary manager who represents clients across film and television, including Alita: Battle Angel, Bad Moms, The Good Lie, and series for ABC, Fox, Netflix, USA, Disney Channel, and more. Leonard Torgan, her partner at the company, produced the hit series “In Treatment” for HBO and also represents clients across features and television.
Toby Tate's feature film, They Who Walk Among Us, is now in pre-production with Executive Producer Charles Stiefel (SUPER TROOPERS 2, A VIOLENT SEPARATION), Director Jon Keeyes (DOOM ROOM, THE HARROWING) and visual effects supervisor Richard Clabaugh (THE PROPHECY, PHANTOMS, CRYPTO, BURN) on board!
Toby utilized Stage 32 Script Services including Script Read & Consultation Calls with Spencer Robinson and Jason Mirch, and Stage 32 Next Level Webinars like "Financing Independent Films and Breaking Even Before Its Release," hosted by Jason Mirch and "How to Attach A-List Actors to Your Film," hosted by Franco Sama, among others.
"I know I wouldn't have gotten this far without investing in Stage 32. I have never been to film school, so they are my film school," Toby says. "They have been and continue to be a crucial asset to my chosen career of filmmaking. It's definitely an uphill climb, but I feel like they are an important part of the fuel that powers my engine."
My Clone’s an A-Hole, a comedy written by Julie Ann Wight was offered a $5,000 option by National Lampoon through the Stage 32 + National Lampoon Search for Comedic Gold Contest (Deadline)!
“We’ve admired Stage 32’s mission to help creatives from all over the world gain the knowledge, access and support necessary to succeed in this competitive industry,” National Lampoon co-CEOs Raj Singh and Kevin Frakes said. “Additionally, Stage 32’s talent pool is undeniably the deepest anywhere online. We’re thrilled to join forces with them to honor our mission in finding and cultivating the next great comedic voices.”
Vagic, a romantic comedy written by Stage 32 member Julie Ann Cross, received a $7,500 option with legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group through then Stage 32 + Gidden Media Rom Com Contest. "We are excited to announce that VAGIC by Julie Cross is the WINNER of the Gidden Media/Stage 32 Romantic Comedy Contest," Amy Baer said. "Julie has written an R-rated, laugh-out-loud, feminist romantic comedy in which the heroine learns to "own" her power - romantically, professionally... and sexually! It's a very surprising premise and a fresh, modern spin on the romcom genre. Stage 32's very own Amanda Toney and Nick Assunto did an incredible job setting up the contest, along with an intricate system of dedicated readers."
Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joseph Downey is in post-production with director Paul Leyden. Joe connected through a Stage 32 pitch session with Stage 32 Educator Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law who packaged the project with Stage 32 Educator Jordan Levine of Yale Productions. You can read more about the project here on Deadline.
Laurie Ashbourne's script 10-31 which was developed through a Stage 32 online writing lab is going into production in 2020 with Horror legend Eli Roth producing through his company The Arts District and female filmmaker, Gigi Saul Guerrero directing! The film will be distributed by Orion and United Artists Releasing. Read more about the project on Deadline by clicking here! Laurie is a Co-Producer along side Eli Roth and Roger Birnbaum.
The plot follows a young woman who takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.
Congratulations to writer Juhani Nurmi, from Finland, who is now optioned and in development with producer Jason Piette on his Victorian Gothic Horror TV series. They met in a Stage 32 pitch session! Creativity is Universal! Jason Piette is a producer and film financier with over 50 movies and TV series to his name, including The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, Head In The Clouds starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, the $33m "Napoleon" TV series for A&E, Perfect Creatures for Twentieth Century Fox; Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You for Magnolia Pictures and Iron Sky for eOne. To read the whole story, click here.
"I wanted to let you all know that despite living far away from Hollywood and not being a spring chicken anymore (53-years-old), you can get Hollywood players interested. It’s all about the right pitch and finding that right person, which in my case is Jason Piette.
Remember that a writer writes -always - and never give up on your dreams. Many thanks to Richard ”RB” Botto, Jason Mirch, Nick Assunto and the rest of the Stage 32 staff – keep up the stellar work!" - Juhani Nurmi
Producer Jared Ferrie requested to meet with Pierre Chambers for his project, Solace!
Sarah J. Corenlius of Whitewater Films asked to connect with Einar Gunn for the project Surviving Sally and Bruce Kalish for his project As Dead as it Gets.
Executive and Producer Kevin Christoffersen is working with Terence Brody on his project, The VR (another Sci-Fi Contest Finalist!) and wants to discuss a new spec version of it.
Justin Ross of Bohemia Group Originals asked to read The Last War by Carroll Brown, June Rose by Kathryn Machi, Riding on Duke's Train by Ken Kimmelman.
Stacey Smart Stanley who just launched her next venture, The Smart Stanley Group, requested the project Indigo Child by Coco Elysses.
Producer and sales executive Cody Lyons of The Octoberists met with PB Barr as a result of reading the project Talking Stick.They are going to meet and talk other projects!
Producer and development executive Tiegen Kosiak asked to connect with Sarah Johnston for her project, Vacant. Tiegen also requested to connect with Romén Rivero Gallardo for the project Night Birds, and Peter Petrucci for Devour.
Development specialist Anna Henry - who has sold and developed projects with ABC, CBS, Fox, Showtime, HBO, and Starz - asked to meet Elena Melener for the project Closer to Cuba.
Executive Joseph Ferrante is taking the project Compass Murphy by Stephen Potts to his partners at his production company for potential development and production!
Producer and executive Nick Fullen-Collins, of Artistic Vision Entertainment, requested the projects Sugar by Lauren Hawkeye, Evangeline by Robert Vink, Last One Standing by Brianna Coyle, The Warrior by Toby Tate, and The Towpath by Cassandra J Wells!
Producer Graham Bradstreet requested to read the project Shooting Stars by Michael Lederer after connecting through a Pitch Session. Graham read the project and loved it! Well done Michael!
Congratulations to writer Juhani Nurmi, from Finland, who is now in development with producer Jason Piette on his Victorian Gothic Horror TV series. They met in a Stage 32 pitch session! Creativity is Universal! Jason Piette is a producer and film financier with over 50 movies and TV series to his name, including The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, Head In The Clouds starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, the $33m "Napoleon" TV series for A&E, Perfect Creatures for Twentieth Century Fox; Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You for Magnolia Pictures and Iron Sky for eOne. To read the whole story, click here.
Whitewater Films is already busy premiering a new Pilot at Sundance and shooting a new comedy feature, but Production Executive Sarah J Cornelius managed to find another great script through a pitch session and is meeting with Kevin Karp, to discuss his story, Touch the Fire.
After Amasia launched a television division earlier this year, Josh Sathre discovered Debbie Viguie’s Witch Hunt through a pitch session. Debbie is meeting with their Television team soon to discuss the project.
Art Thomas (US) met Marc Greenland (Zimbabwe) met through Stage 32 and made the film THE LAST SALUTE, which premiered at the LA Film Festival and was featured on Urban Culture. To read more, click here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Crossing-The-Creative-Divide
Michael Tapia, Producer for Facebook's Paging Dr. Patel, requested a meeting with Aaron Shaw for his script CHIBA after reading it for Premium Script Coverage. He signed on to a rewrite and Michael!
Christian Taylor from Taylor Lane Productions, who released Measure of a Man in theaters last year, took a meeting with Sara Dahmen after giving her pitch feedback on her script KATIE SIOUX and with Lionel Lober for his script LONG SHOT.
Jeff Singer, Producer at Stowaway Films has taken a meeting with Rolando Gomez for his script 12 DEAD MEN after a Stage 32 pitch session.
Becca Cammarata the Director of Development at Stay Gold Features requested a meeting with Gus Avila after reading his project Kingwood from a Stage 32 Pitch Session.
Sarah J. Corenlius the Creative & Production Executive at Whitewater Films requested a meeting with Fred Sprock for his project Vespern Stox after she read it while doing Stage 32 Premium Coverage.
Craig Waladenziak co-wrote DESOLATION, directed by David Moscow and produced by David Harris and Todd Remis, and was released in 2018. Craig met David Harris through feedback on a pitch on Stage 32. Stage 32 also got Craig a feature in Robert McKee’s STORY Magazine for this film. Listen to Craig's success using Stage 32 here:
Justin L. Ross of Bohemia Group Originals has exclusively taken on William Holden's project FORBIDDEN SCIENCE and is currently out to production companies.
Alyssa and Griffin Devine sign with HG5 Management and released their film RECOVERY in 2018!
Jonathan Jordan, the winner of our 4th Annual Feature Contest, signed with Verve Talent & Literary and Byron Austen Ashley who has his own company Settebello Entertainment. He just beat out two Nicholl finalists for a writing assignment to pen a sports drama feature for an international producer and is going in for a 2nd pitch to one of the largest studios in the industry. Stage 32 Feature Contest Winner Update (Signed to Agent & Manager!) from Stage 32 on Vimeo.
Manager and Producer Daniel Kendrick from Chatrone signed Stage 32 member Donovan Cook, who was staffed on the Nickelodeon show Adventures of Kid Danger and on the Disney show Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Producer Christopher Ufland met with Eric Carlson after giving feedback on his pitch and reading his script FIRST AROUND.
Manager David Chien from Art/Work Entertainment requested a meeting with Steffen Andrews after giving feedback for his pitch AURORA!
Catherine Keithley, the Director of Development for Brian Graden Media took a meeting with Tamara Hudson for her project SOLO after she gave feedback on her pitch!
Bob Demars’ project PRAY FOR DEATH was submitted for Premium Script Coverage by an Executive and Rick Bitzelberger is now pitching the script to his bosses at Informant Media. Good luck Bob!
Teng Ky-Gan from Malaysia is now packaging his script with Ramo Law. “Ramo helped me develop it,” Teng continued. “We did 3 major drafts in about a year. Their notes made my script 10 times better. They have fantastic insights on what's sellable.”
“Once Tiffany from Ramo felt confident that the script was good enough, she pitched it around,” Teng told me. And because of their hard work and tenacity, the reception was fantastic! She attached 2 directors and a producer after a couple of months. I signed the option for the script in Dec 2018!” Read more about this here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Meet-a-Talented-Writer-Who-Found-His-Champion
Writer Christina Pamies has signed with Jake Wagner and Scott Stoops from Good Fear Film + Management. Her script is being produced by Jake Weiner and Chris Bender! To read the full story click here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Big-Month-of-May-for-Stage-32-Writers
Samantha Schifrien from Rosey TV took a meeting with Peter Malone Elliott after she met him during a Stage 32 pitch session and she is now helping him find a manager and try to get him repped for staffing season or find a writer's PA gig!
Jeff Singer, Producer at Stowaway Films has taken a meeting with Rolando Gomez for his script 12 DEAD MEN after giving feedback for it in a pitch session.
Julia Glausi from Endgame Entertainment requested a meeting with Kris Lippert for his script BLACK TALON after she read it doing Stage 32 Premium Coverage
The story comes from writer, and Stage 32 member, Aaron Benjamin, who recently connected with veteran literary manager Jon Hersh at Housefire Management. Aaron participated in a Stage 32 pitch session with Jon to receive feedback on the pitch for his feature project, The Bastard of Robert E. Lee, which was previously a quarterfinalist in the 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Competition. But the connection resulted in a lot more than Aaron was expecting. Jon signed Aaron!
“I had submitted a written pitch to Jon for The Bastard of Robert E. Lee, which was my first feature,” Aaron told us. “Jon and I connected after he read my submission - and he also read the Busing Crisis script as well.”
“Since signing Aaron, his two spec features - Maverick and Saturday Night Massacre - have been championed by major production companies and sent to dozens of studio buyers,” Jon further explained. “He now has fans all over town, and has been focusing on pitches for studio writing assignments,” See the full story here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Monday-Motivation-Stage-32-Writer-Lands-Representation
Manager and Producer Julia Verdin has requested more materials from Sergio Caballero and will watch his short film after hearing a pitch for I Am Ana.
Writer Stephen Wallenfels received a meeting request from producer Tiegen Kosiak (the former head of development for Zoe Saldana's production company) after reviewing his First 10 Review submission.
Producer Regina Lee has requested to meet with writer Brent Beath and writer Monique Patterson after reading their scripts during a First 10 Review.
We're excited for Caytha Jentis as her Amazon series THE OTHER F WORD, starring Alysia Reiner & Gilbert Godfried is one of the top streamed on Amazon and part of the $1 Million prize! She met her manager, Matt Kniaz, from industry entertainment on Stage 32 through a pitch session, and they are now packaging the show and going out to networks to pitch as a traditional series!
Writer Kelly Lamphear Dash is connecting with financier Todd Remis who has requested updates on Kelly’s project as it goes through the development process.
Writer Jeannette Cormier submitted her script, Sitting Duck, for coverage with producer Tiegen Kosiak. Tiegen wants to package the project and take it out to financiers.
Our 2nd Place Winner Fantasy & Sci Fi Screenwriting Contest winner, Ryan Lee, writer of TOWER 9 was optioned by studio producer Mitchell Peck.
After placing as a finalist in Stage 32's TV Screenwriting Contest and the finalist's look book was sent out, Duane signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment. Read the full story here: https://www.stage32.com/blog/TV-Contest-Finalist-Signs-with-Kaplan-Stahler-and-Heroes-and-Villains-Entertainment
Justin Callen Chen met with Ramo Law during a pitch session, they picked him up and he has signed with CAA and Imagine Lab!
Joe Downey attached Ramo Law to package his script. Ramo sent the script to an award-winning producer who immediately signed on. The producer attached an up and coming indie director and brought in one of the “Alphabet Agencies” to cast the film. Currently, there are multiple A-List acting attachments and offers out to more.
Heidi Nyburg, winner of the Stage 32 4th Annual TV Writing Contest signed with Sonia Gambaro at ESA.
Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh won our comedy contest and met with Amasia Entertainment, Art/Work Entertainment, Romark Entertainment, Lionsgate and more. They have just wrapped on filing their feature film mockumentary MARATHON and have been sent to APA as an agent and Zero Gravity for management! Stage 32 Comedy Contest Winners Hollywood Meetings from Stage 32 on Vimeo.
Just want to go on record saying how helpful, knowledgeable, and kind Miguel Valenti was!
I’ve had such positive experiences recently through Stage 32, with Mandalay, with Justin Ross, and Sarah Cornelius. Berlin feels less far away thanks to you guys.
Shortly after Russell pitched his script "'Til We Meet Again" to Kevin Christoffersen, he requested the script. Kevin enjoyed reading the script in its entirety and suggested a Skype meeting. Halfway through the meeting, Russell was offered an option for his script!
After pitching my screenplay "Legacy" to Miguel Valenti, he requested
to read it. After he finished reading it, he offered to get a cup of
coffee with me. He wanted to speak to me about the script and how to
make it even better. I will be meeting with him in April when I am in
LA for the Beverly Hills Film Festival where I'm an Official
Congratulations to James Dalessandro for getting a meeting with producer Jim Young (Catcher Was a Spy, Wristcutters, The Words) after Jim gave him feedback on a script pitch - Good luck!
Terez Koncz is the winner of our 3rd Annual Short Film Contest for her short film THE LETTERS, which we screened at the Raindance Film Festival and the Hollyshorts Film Festival. Since we screened her, she's had meetings with Jonathan Halperyn, the founder of Hero Squared in Budapest, Hungary. Jonathan is the former Managing Director of Focus Features International and continues to work with Terez. In addition, she met with producer Nick Oleksiw, who used to run development at Reel FX and now is producing with Pascal Pictures, Amy Pascal's production company. Plus Terez is now in talks with Good Fear Film + Management for US representation!
Congratulations to Mark Rashid for landing a meeting with Rob Marglies from Different Duck Films after getting pitch feedback for his script One Twenty and Change!
Congratulations to Jesse Harris for landing a meeting with Andrew Kersey from Karsey Management after getting pitch feedback for his script Borrego!
Congratulations to Javier Dampierre for landing a meeting with David McInerney from MaCromanagment after getting pitch feedback for his script The Silence of Marco Tranner!
Congratulations to Jeremy Enis for landing a meeting with Cody Lyons from the Octoberists after getting pitch feedback for his script Mean Machine!
David Harris requested my Action Adventure Feature Film screenplay THE LAMP after a Stage 32 Skype pitching session. After that, we had a phone meeting where David asked about my other scripts and we brainstormed for a long time. David's a great guy, generous with his time, full of amazing industry insights for writers and is one of those great producers with an encyclopedic knowledge of films. Bravo to Stage 32 for a superb platform where writers can meet industry pros!
Congratulation to Mike Samonek on landing a meeting after his script was requested by Jeff Faehnle at Nasser Entertainment following a Stage 32 Pitch Session!
Congratulations to Jon O, Marc Z, Alex W, Santrise N, and Rick D for all landing meetings from a recent Stage 32 Pitch Session with Jordan Garrett, Head of Development at Buffalo 8!
David Harris requested my Action Adventure Feature Film screenplay The Lamp after a Stage 32 Skype pitching session. After that, we had a phone meeting where David asked about my other scripts and we brainstormed for a LONG time. David's a great guy, generous with his time, full of amazing industry insights for writers and is one of those great producers with an encyclopedic knowledge of films. Bravo to Stage 32 for a superb platform where writers can meet industry pros! - Mark Laing
Congratulations to Darryl Anka on landing a meeting with Devon Byers at Ideate Media after his script, "Nautilus" was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Screenwriter Duane Piedmont from Studio City, California was a finalist in our 2nd Annual TV Contest for his TV spec "Savages" and today we're proud to announce that he has officially signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment.
Congratulations to Jeremy Dorfman on landing a meeting with Joshua Cohen from Big Beach after pitching his script When a Boy Becomes a Man through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Steve Feld on landing a meeting with Casey Bond from Higher Purpose Entertainment after pitching his script, Always Picked Last through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to David Captria on landing a meeting with Justin Schwartz from FX Networks after getting his script read through our First 10 Pages Program!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Lionel Lober on landing a meeting with Nick Watson from Artillery Creative after pitching his script The Big Bang during one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Sam Kite on landing a meeting with Sarah Batista-Pereira from Epicenter after pitching his script, Party Lines through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Sid Grey on landing a meeting with Jairo Alvarado after submitting his script Faking the Funk for a 30-minute consultation!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member A.W. Scott on landing a meeting with Sarah Cornelius from Whitewater Films after pitching his script, At Last through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Amanda Keener on landing a meeting with Rachel Crouch from Cold Iron Pictures after pitching her script, Fireflies through our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Tony Moore on landing a meeting with Darren Kwan from Red Apollo Group after pitching his script Uncanny Valley through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Kris Lippert on landing a meeting with Darren Kwan from Red Apollo Group after pitching his script The Sculptor through our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Ryan Chong on landing a meeting with Darren Kwan from Red Apollo Group after pitching his script The BLVD through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jim McQuaid on landing a meeting with Darren Kwan from Red Apollo Group after pitching his script Nixie through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Heather Farris on landing a meeting with Sarah Cornelius from Whitewater Films after submitting her script, Ripple for feedback through our First 10 Pages program!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Shruti Saran on landing a meeting with Justin Schwartz from FX Networks after pitching her script, Before Mars!
Congratulations to Cassia Jones on landing a meeting with Justin Schwartz with FX Networks after pitching her script, Beverly Hills School Nurse!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Chris Crowley on landing a meeting with Katie Politanoff from A Really Good Home Pictures after pitching his script, Mother Up!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Micah Delhauer on landing a meeting with Manager Daniel Kendrick from Chatrone after pitching his script, Strange Aeons!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Ross Raffin on landing a meeting with Dan Ingram from De Laurentiis Company (NBC's Hannibal) after pitching his script, Syringes.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jeff Affrunti on landing a meeting with Robert Beaucage from Array Entertainment after pitching his script, Survival of the Fittest.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Ann Kimbrough on landing a meeting with Robert Beaucage from Array Entertainment after pitching her script, Lesser of Two Evils.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Lauren Hoekstra on landing a meeting with Robert Beaucage from Array Entertainment after pitching her script, Rosy Hue of the Dying Day.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member CJ Wells who landed a meeting with producer/manager Jennielyn Abrot (LOVELACE) after pitching her script, Hookman through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Mark V. Bedard on landing a meeting with Morgan Long from The Gersh Agency after pitching his script, NIGHTHAWKS!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Renee Bernard who lands a meeting with Morgan Long from The Gersh Agency after pitching her script, THE IMBALANCE.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member M. Cristina Beato on landing a meeting with producer David Harris after pitching his script In the Voodoo Parlour of Marie Laveau through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Sam Tahhan on landing a meeting with producer David Harris after pitching his script Object of My Abduction through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Dominic DeJoseph on landing a meeting with producer David Harris after pitching his script No Direction Home through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Sid Grey on landing a meeting with Producer Dylan Mulick after pitching his screenplay, Faking the Funk through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Michael Atkinson on landing a meeting with Ryan Levee from Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) after pitching his script, Blood Rose through our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Sherryle Jackson who landed a meeting with Catherine Keithley from Brian Graden Media after pitching her project, Learning Landscapes through one of our online pitches sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jeremy Enis who landed a meeting with Catherine Keithley from Brian Graden Media after pitching his project, Wild Hog through one of our online pitches sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Devin Comiskey who landed a meeting with Sasha Nonas-Barnes from Ineffable Pictures after pitching his script, Petz Ahoy through one of our online pitches sessions!
Congratulations to Eric Rudnick on landing a meeting with Mark Finley from Metric Talent & Management after his script, Incoming was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Ilyse Mimoun who landed a meeting with producer/financier Todd Remis (Tracktown, Always Shine) after his script was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Brian Ellis who landed a meeting with producer/financier Todd Remis (Tracktown, Always Shine) after his script was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 members who scored a meeting with Sasha Nonas-Barnes, a Coordinator with Ineffable Pictures (The Late Bloomer, The Road Within) after pitching their material through one of our pitch sessions! Congrats to Chas Fisher, Carolyn McCray, Devin Comiskey, James Hoey, Sharon Turner, and Sid Grey.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member George Spicer on landing a meeting with producer Tiegen Kosiak after she requested to read his script, Birthday Magic during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jesse Harris on landing a meeting with producer Tiegen Kosiak after she requested to read his screenplay, Borrego during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 writing team Myles Warden and Capri Samson on landing a general meeting with producer Regina Lee (The Good Shepherd, American Wedding, Curious George, Seabiscuit) after pitching her through one of our online pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Paul Puri on connecting with manager Daniel Vang from Good Fear Film + Management to discuss his script, Master Minds after pitching it through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Greg Derochie who landed a meeting with producer Sev Ohanian to discuss his script The Masquerade after pitching it through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Matt Coleman on landing a general with producer Sev Ohanian to discuss his script, Deterrent after pitching it through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Michael Mohoric who landed a general meeting with producer Derek Gordon to discuss his reality show, Animal Healer after pitching it through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Shiv Sudhakar on landing a general with producer Derek Gordon to discuss her reality show, Admissions after pitching it through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Justin Calen-Chenn who's script Metal & Dust was passed on to the development team at Bigscope Films after pitching to their Head of Development, Laurie Cook!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Alicia Lomas-Gross who landed a general meeting with Sam Shaw from Principato-Young Entertainment after pitching her script during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Joseph Downey who signed with Tiffany Boyle from Ramo Law PC after pitching his script! Tiffany has since helped Joseph attach a major three-letter agency and an A-list actress to produce his film! Check out our blog post detailing his success here!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Heath Woodlief and his writing partner Spencer Willis on signing a shopping agreement with Agustine Calderon from RatPac Entertainment after pitching their script, Sebastian of the Apocalypse!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Mary Albanese on landing a meeting with producer Trevor Seeley after her script, Hush House was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Debra Kirschner on landing a meeting with manager Mark Finley from Metric Talent & Literary Management after her script, Mallwalkers was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Paul Cunningham who lands a meeting with manager Christopher Petryk from Metric Talent & Literary Management after his scripts Pervingtons, The Hometown Question, and Renegade Cabbies were requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Chris Crowley who lands a meeting with producer David Harris after his script MOTHER UP was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Travis Opgenorth who lands a meeting with producer David Harris after his script RANGER CREED was requested through one of our pitch sessions.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jeff York on landing a meeting with producer David Harris after his script, INCURABLE was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Brett Goldman on landing a meeting with Tiffany Boyle and her colleague for his script, Guest!!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Eli Samuel who lands a general meeting with producer Kate Sharp (Behind the Mask, Madame Bovary) after she requested his material through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to James Lewis who landed a meeting with a producer after his script, Brooklyn Daley was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Christie Dawson who landed a meeting with a producer after he script, Life with Kate was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Britt Wynn who landed a meeting with a producer after his script, Just Shoot Me was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Jeanette Villafane who landed a meeting with a producer after her script, Sidewalk Prophets was requested through one of our sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Cybil Lake who landed a meeting with a producer after her script, Central Park Dark was requested through one of our sessions!
Congratulations to Mark Stouffer who landed a meeting with manager Matt Kniaz from Industry Entertainment after his script Collision was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Kathi Carey who landed a meeting with ICM after her script, Because I'm Here With You was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Dane McCauley who landed a general meeting with ICM after his script, Keys to the Kingdom was requested through one of our pitch sessions!
In our most successful pitch session yet, congratulations to the following writers who landed meetings with Tiffany Boyle from Ramo Law PC:Sid Grey (Kind of Like A Dope), Karin Partin Wells (The Last Holiday), Gabe Tullier, Chris Crowley, Carmealette Smith (When King Came Back), Nadia Huckeba (Path of Will), Marni Sullivan (Syvertsen's Complex), Bill Johnston (Requited), J. M. Hall (Birdie), Doug Dilg (The Exhale), James Lewis (Brooklyn Daley), Justin Calen-Chenn (Lone Pine), Kate Jay (Freedom Summer), Kathleen Knox (Ellsworth), Michele Cannon (Poochie and Lil Bit), Sharon Ekstrom (Commerce) and Zlatan Mustafica (Just Breathe).Congratulations to them all!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Craig Berger who lands a meeting with Erin Smithey at Tom Welling Productions after he submitted his script, Diana's Coven to her via our First 10 Pages program!
Congratulations to Scott Mulligan who lands a meeting with Drew Smith from Unique Features after his script was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Dan Southard on landing a meeting with Michael Poisson from Silent Machine Entertainment after his script Butterfly was requested!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Yolanda Powell on landing a meeting with Michael Poisson from Silent Machine Entertainment after he requested her script Good Grief through one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Christina Berlin for landing a meeting with producer Kate Sharp during her pitch session!
Stage 32 Member Mike McLaughlin scores a meeting with Devon Byers from Ideate Media after pitching his script, Malice!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Aaron Wroblewski on landing a meeting with Devon Byers from Ideate Media after pitching his script, Enera.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Ross Mihalko on his meeting with Dan Ingram at The De Laurentiis Company after Dan requested and read his script, Graves.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Heather Faris on her meeting with Jarrod Murray from Epicenter after he requested and read her script, Ripple.
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Julie Livingston on scoring a meeting with Sam Schulte from Abrams Artists Agency after he requested and read her script, Self Help!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Keith Betts on his meeting with Erin Smithey from Tom Welling Productions after pitching his script, Polar Bare!
Congratulations to Stage 32 member Michael Morra on scoring a general meeting with Dan Ingram from The De Laurentiis Company as a result of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Sharon Cooper for landing a general meeting with Nikki Levy from DreamWorks TV after one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Joel Fishman who landed a meeting with Elissa Dauria, a Creative Executive from Maximum Films & Management NY after one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Julie Livingston on scoring a general meeting with an executive from Project 10 Productions after her script was requested during one of our pitch sessions!
Congratulations to Mark Stouffer (Los Angeles) who lands meeting with John Doherty from Cross Creek Pictures!
Congratulations to Nicholas Johnson (Los Angeles) who scores general meeting with executive Daniel Kendrick from Chatrone.
Congrats to Eleanor Morrison (Los Angeles) who lands general meeting with manager Daniel Vang from BenderSpink.
Congrats to Shannon Forth Davies (Oklahoma) who secures writing assignment for producer Luke Edwards!
Great job to Kristen Demaline (New York City) who gets general meeting with agent Sean Berard from APA!
Great job to Effie-Michelle Metallidis (Los Angeles) who gets general meeting with executive Ghislaine Devoy from Pico Creek Pictures!
Congrats to Becky Fink (Philadelphia) who scores general meeting with Agustine Calderon from RatPac Entertainment after he reviews her script from our Coverage Progam!
Congrats to Barbara Jackson, Paul Baiguerra, Talece Brown, Victor Maxson, Pidge Jobst, Jeff Warrick, Jack Matosian, William Viglione, Terrance Thibodeaux, Laura Cross, Jim Eckmann, George Spicer, Brandon Rosin, Andrew Riley and Dianna Cobbold who all scored general meetings with Tiffany Boyle from Ramo Law PC!
Congratulations to Jae Bernard (Los Angeles) who's TV pilot gets picked up by WeTV after pitching it in an online pitch session!
Congratulations to Nicholas Johnson (Los Angeles) who lands general meeting with Creative Executive Farrell Ingle from Zucker Productions!
Congratulations to Mark Stouffer (Los Angeles) who gets general meeting with Creative Executive Patrick Raymond from Mandalay Pictures!
Congratulations to Jonathan Katz (Virginia) who lands general meeting with production company Intrigue after pitching to the Creative Executive Joe Wiggins!
Congratulations to Trish MacEnulty (Charlotte, North Carolina) who just attached producer Gavin Dorman (former Creative Executive of Vertigo Entertainment) to her TV pilot!
Congratulations to Ross Raffin (Los Angeles) who signs with manager Mark Finley from Metric Talent & Literary Management!
Congratulations to Benji Smith (Los Angeles) who signs with manager Conrad Sun from Meridian Artists!
Great job! Rebecca Benzell (New York) gets general meeting with exec from Lionsgate after Rebecca participated in our Secret Roster Coverage Program.
Congratulations to Marc Warzecha (Los Angeles)! Production company Intrigue just brought Marc on board to adapt a project for their company.
Brendan Gore (Australia) lands general meeting with agent Nish Panchal from the Curtis Brown Group (UK) after a pitch session!
Congrats to Eli Samuel (New York) who lands meeting with an agent from ICM after a recent pitch session!
Michael Ryan Assip (New York) and Peter Lancucki (New Zealand) ordered coverage from manager Mary Cybriwsky at Truth Magician Management. Mary was so impressed with their voice that she asked to develop the script with them and, after a couple of polishes, Mary is now shopping the script around!
Mark Stouffer (Los Angeles) lands general meeting with manager Seth Nagel from Infinity Management International after Seth read Mark's script from a general meeting.
Congrats to Keith Betts (Florida) who gets meeting with producer Kate Sharp after she requested and read his script from a pitch session.
Congrats to Ward Parry (Boston) who lands general meeting with Dan Ingram from the Dino De Laurentiis Company!
Congrats to Benjello Jacob, Michael Shapiro, Mark Stouffer and Julie Livingston for getting a general meeting with Dorian Connelley from Apex Entertainment!
Congratulations to Natalie Hanson (Seattle, Washington) who had her script requested from Zero Gravity Management and Anonymous Content from our October Coverage Recipient Logline Blast (the 3 top graded scripts from our Coverage Program for the month of October and their loglines sent to our roster of executives).
Marni Sullivan (Los Angeles) lands writing assignment with Apex Entertainment (Secretariat, Invincible, Million Dollar Arm).
Congratulations to Leah Waller (Tennessee) who signs shopping agreement with producers Damon Lane and Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) for her TV pilot.
Congratulations to the Top 3 Graded Coverage Recipients for the month of October (Justin Dmitruk, Barbara Albers Jackson and Andy Froemke). As always, we send out the top 3 scripts' loglines to 30 hand selected, high profile companies. As a result of this logline blast, these writers garnered script requests from Unique Features, ShowKat Productions, RatPac Entertainment and Zucker Productions.
Congratulations again to Heather Ostrove (Los Angeles). An agent from ICM discovered her in a pitch session, sent her script to The Montecito Picture Company and they requested a general meeting with her immediately after reading her script!
Congratulations to Eli Samuel (New York) who lands meeting with UK agent Nish Panchal from Curtis Brown Group after discovering this writer in a pitch session.
Congratulations to Emma J. Steele who recently came to Los Angeles and had meetings with Escape Artists, Gotham Group, Meridian Artists, FreshMaker Media, Marilyn Atlas Management, Circle of Confusion and BenderSpink. These execs all wanted to meet with her after we personally pitched her and her stories and read her beautifully written TV pilots.
Congratulations to John F. Covarrubias (Los Angeles)! Earlier this year he utilized our coverage program to perfect his 1 hour TV pilot. He later submitted his 1 hour TV pilot to the WB Fellowship Program and won!
Last year, Laura Brienza (New York) met her future manager through our pitch sessions and signed with Allison Doyle from Project D Media. Through Allison's guidance, Laura perfected her pilot and just won the Lifetime Writers Project Fellowship!
Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Glenn Forbes (Toronto) who just got his winning script optioned to Glider Films with the help of his manager Seth Nagel from Infinity Management International. Seth signed him after Glenn won our contest.
Great job John Covarrubias (Los Angeles) who got meetings with Magnet Management, Lee Stobby Entertainment and Epicenter after Joey sent his TV pilot to these managers for possible representation.
Congrats to Kristen Demaline (New York) for getting a general meeting with Elissa Dauria from Maximum Films and Management after reading her pilot that was requested from a pitch session.
Congratulations to Frank Ponce who signs with a manager from 3 Arts Entertainment! Frank won our Search for New Blood Contest last year.
Congrats to Christopher Hruby (California) who scored a general meeting with a rep from MGM after his scripts was requested from a recent pitch session!
Congrats to Colin Watts who scored a general meeting with a rep from MGM after his scripts was requested from a recent pitch session!
Craig Walendziak (Boston) got the attention of producer David Harris through one of our pitch sessions. Earlier this year David hired Craig to co-write a thriller that wrapped production a few months ago. David just recently hired Craig to co-write another feature that just wrapped shooting!
Frank Ponce (Los Angeles) scores meetings with Justin Littman from Gotham Group and Robert Lazar from The Shuman Company. After Atlas Entertainment signed a shopping agreement with one of Frank's scripts, Joey wanted to keep the traction going and set up Frank with these meetings to help him land representation .
Congratulations to Frank Ponce (Los Angeles) who gets meeting with Justin Littman (manager at Gotham Group) after reading Frank's feature!
Erik Grossman (Los Angeles) scores general meeting with Lea Dizon from Writ Large after she requests his script from a recent pitch session and liked the writing.
Bianca Gray (Australia) utilizes Drew Smith from Unique Pictures from our coverage program and gets a general meeting with Drew after he reads her script and connects with her fresh voice.
Robert Attenweiler (New York) gets meeting with producer Jonathan Shukat of ShowKat Productions after Robert's script was requested and read by Jonathan.
Great job to Bill Lundy (California) who submitted his script for coverage to Drew Smith of Unique Features. Drew was so impressed with the writing that Drew set up a general meeting and requested 3 scripts for possible production consideration.
Congratulations to Benji Smith (Los Angeles) who scores meeting with Conrad Sun (Meridian Artists) after Conrad read his TV pilot.
Congratulations to Ian Simpson (New York) who was signed by Industry Entertainment after they discovered him in a pitch session.
Bob Winston (Minneapolis) lands meeting with production company Intrigue after they read his TV pilot from a pitch session.
When Nickelodeon was searching for up and coming talent, they asked Stage 32 to help them with their search. Our writers sent them samples and three writers were chosen to get a one-on-one general meeting with their creative executive to discuss projects they could collaborate on. Congratulations Amanda Keener (North Carolina), Benji Smith (Los Angeles) and Benjamin Grund (New Jersey) on your meetings!
Nicholas Johnson (Los Angeles) lands meeting with the creative executive of Ineffable Pictures. The exec was so impressed with Nicholas that he passed his script to an agent at APA.
Ian Simpson (New York) lands back to back meetings with director Scott Coffey (Adult World, Ellie Parker) and a manager from Industry Entertainment after being discovered in a recent pitch session.
Heather Ostrove (Los Angeles) lands meeting with producer Jeff Culotta (Bad Words) after he requested and read her script from a recent pitch session and asks to option her script. Heather also lands general meetings with ICM, Dimension Films and the Dino De Laurentiis Company. The execs from ICM and Dimension Films sent her script to Lionsgate who also requested a general meeting with her after they read (and loved) her script. Rock on Heather!
Congratulations to June's Top Three Coverage Award Recipients for getting their scripts requested by Writ Large, Circle of Confusion and Lee Stobby Entertainment.
Congratulations to Naomi Lamont (Australia) who just had her drama/thriller feature optioned by producer David Harris!
Congratulations to Michael J Shapiro (Ojai, California) who just signed a producing agreement with producer Marilyn Atlas! Marilyn discovered him during a pitch session and fell in love with his story. Great job!
Congratulations to Sean Plemmons and Jeff Hassen (Tennessee) who got their script optioned by producer Kristian Brodie. Kristian is the head of development at Agile Films. Great job guys!
Congratulations to Robin Scmidt (London) who just signed with manager Brian McCurley. Brian discovered Robin through these pitch sessions. Also through these sessions, Robin has received meetings with ICM, Occupant Entertainment and Bigscope Entertainment to name a few. We are thrilled for this extremely hard woking, professional and talented writer/director.
Congratulations to Frank Ponce (Los Angeles) for signing a shopping agreement with Atlas Entertainment (AMERICAN HUSTLE). After Frank was named our second place winner for our Search for New Blood Contest, Joey set up a meeting between Frank and an executive at Atlas Entertainment. Frank pitched another script he had and after some development, Frank signed a shopping agreement with Atlas!
Director, writer and producer Caytha Jentis (New York) used the Stage 32 Happy Writers Coverage Program to have a one-on-one consultation with Matthew Kniaz who at the time worked at CAA. Together they went through her career thus far and discussed one of her target scripts. After that consultation Matthew worked with Caytha on her script and when he moved over to powerhouse management company Industry Entertainment as a manager, Matthew signed Caytha as a client.
Congratulations to Jennifer Taylor-Whitehorn (Colorado). Jennifer submitted her script for an hour consultation with executive Nikki Levy. Nikki saw much potential with the project and reqeusted for Jennifer to send a revised script directly to her. After reading the second draft, Nikki is now producing her animation project, DERBY!
Congratulations to Craig Walendziak (Massachusetts) for landing a writing assignment to co-write A DYING ART with Matthew McCarty for producer David Harris (UnLTD Productions). David Moscow (BIG) will make his directorial debut. The Hollywood Reporter reports that they are eying a February start for shoot date in Louisiana. Craig has also been hired for two other writing assignments through David.
Kieron Holland (Australia)'s scripts, PERCIVAL GREY and ASTERION, are now being shopped in the UK market by the Curtis Brown Group (London) after Kieron was discovered in a pitch session.
Congratulations to Craig Walendziak (Massachusetts) for getting signed to Kailey Marsh Management! Craig's script stood out in our "Search for New Blood" Contest and caught the eye of Kailey Marsh, which led to her signing him.
Congratulations to January's Top Three Coverage Award Recipients for getting their scripts requested by Lee Stobby Entertainment, BenderSpink and Lantica!
Congratulations to Benjello Jacob (California) for getting his script, NOMADS, shopped around by agent, Adam Parry, at APA who recently had two scripts on The Black List! APA discovered Benjello in one of our pitch sessions.
Juliet Bergh (New Zealand) signs with manager Mary Cybriwsky from Scooty Woop Entertainment. Mary discovered Juliet through our Exclusive Coverage Program.
Ken Krauss (New York), THE UGLIEST MAN IN PICTURES, signs with manager John Ferraro (Valleywood Entertainment)! Knowing what John is looking for and knowing Ken's portfolio, Joey was able to pass along one of Ken's script which led to John signing him.
Congratulations to our December "Coverage Recognition" Top 3. The writers who received the highest marks on their coverages done through us had their loglines sent to over 30 high profile companies and have garnered script requests from BenderSpink, Lee Stobby Entertainment and Intellectual Property Group.
Congratulations to Benjello Jacob (Los Angeles) who is now working with APA! Benjello was discovered through our pitch sessions!
Glenn Forbes (Canada), our Search for New Blood Contest Winner, signs with Seth Nagel from Infinity Management International!
Congratulations to our September "Coverage Recognition" Top 3. The writers who received the highest marks on their coverages done through us had their loglines sent to over 30 high profile companies and have garnered script requests from Serena Films, Benderspink and Scooty Woop Entertainment to name a few!
Kevin Morales (New York) now has producers Damon Lane and Mary Jane Skalski (WIN WIN, THE VISITOR) attached to his TV pilot!
Leah Waller (California) asked to develop project with manager Damon Lane (Zero Gravity)! They met in a pitch session and after Damon read a few of Leah's scripts, he found one to develop together for possible production and representation!
Congratulations to our August "Coverage Recognition" Top 3. The writers who received the highest marks on their coverages done through us had their loglines sent to over 30 high profile companies and have garnered script requests from Benderspink, Meridian Artists and Rumble Media to name a few!
Congratulations to our July "Coverage Recognition" Top 3. The writers who received the highest marks on their coverages done through us had their loglines sent to over 30 high profile companies and have garnered script requests from Level 1 Entertainment, Resolution, Producer Stephanie Marin and Indomina Group to name a few!
Craig Mack (Boston) signs shopping agreement with producer David Harris after they met in a pitch session. David has been an executive for years at places like Paramount and has recently set up another project at Nu Image.
Benjello Jacob (California) asked to develop project with Daniel Vang, manager from Benderspink (WE'RE THE MILLERS).
Barry Shurchin (Venice, CA) gets meeting with Indomina Group after they read and loved his script from a pitch session.
Robert Attenweiler (New York) gets meetings with managers Jennifer Au (Caliber Media) and Pete Letz (Cousin Pete Productions and Management) after they read his script from a pitch session.
Mark Simborg (San Francisco, CA) gets meeting with Marc Platt Productions (WANTED, LEGALLY BLONDE) after the creative executive read Mark's script from a pitch session.
Mike McLaughlin (Los Angeles) pitched to manager Grace Ledding. She gave his script to her Oscar Nominated director client and now Mike and the director are working on the script together. Way to go!
Michael Madden (Los Angeles and New York) signs with Benderspink and ICM and is now a staff writer on ABC's new series Black Box, which premieres April 24. Congratulations Michael!
Ward Parry gets director Anand Tucker (LEAP YEAR, SHOP GIRL) attached to his character driven drama!
Sherrie Sanet (Seattle, Washington) attaches iconic producer Howard Rosenman (FATHER OF THE BRIDE, FAMILY MAN) to her hilarious comedy! Awesome job!
Anya Camilleri (Rome, Italy) gets meeting with Yari Film Group (CRASH) and Route One Films about her flawlessly written script.
Christine Koehler (Green Bay, Wisconsin) gets meeting with Jarrod Murray from Epicenter (management).
Dianna Zimmerman and Brad Jost (Ann Arbor, Michigan) get casting director Valorie Massalas (OBSESSED, THE CLIENT LIST) attached to their thriller.
A.W. Scott (Los Angeles) gets meeting with Ineffable Pictures after a pitch session!
Ryan Lee and Erik Howard's (Los Angeles, CA) comedy goes into development at RatPac Entertainment (HORRIBLE BOSSES, TOWER HEIST).
Doug Krintzman's (Los Angeles, CA) action script gets picked up by Jon Kanak (CE of Tapestry Films)!
Michael Aronson (Los Angeles, CA) lands meetings with Bold Films (DRIVE, LEGION) and Lawrence Bender Productions (PULP FICTION) after showing his powerful dramatic reel in our pitch sessions.
Henry Fosdike's (London, UK) chilling horror script goes into development at Level 1 Entertainment (RENDITION, GRANDMA'S BOY).
Jack Moxey (Australia) gets signed to Scooty Woop Entertainment! Great job Jack!
Melissa Emery's (Los Angeles, CA) hilarious comedy script goes into development at Panay Film (HIT AND RUN).
Betty Sullivan (Maryland) gets producers Sophia Dilley and Jessica Kardos attached to her powerful drama.
Ward Parry (Boston) gets signed to Jennifer Au at Caliber Media. He also attaches producers Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly (LOVELACE, THE WORDS) to his script. Way to go!
Jon Vandergriff (Pasadena, LA) signs with manager Allison Doyle and then gets signed with powerhouse agency Gersh.
Laura Brienza (New York City) gets signed with manager Allison Doyle in only 2 months after doing her first pitch with us!
Lyse Beck's (Wellington, New Zealand) script goes into development with Night and Day Pictures (WAITRESS).
Mark Casadei and Anna Casadei's (Rome, NY) script goes into development with Tapestry Films (WEDDING CRASHERS).
Michael Davis, independent director, (SHOOT 'EM UP) attached to direct Sherrie Sanet's (Seattle, Washington) comedy project (UNCUT).
Nika Apriashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) gets meeting with producer Michael Wormser (SMILEY) 3 days after they met in a pitch session.
Phil Howe (London, UK) gets signed with Code Entertainment (YOU KILL ME, KILL THE IRISHMAN).
Geraint Jones (Hollywood, CA) gets signed with manager Daniel Vang from Benderspink (WE'RE THE MILLERS). His project goes into development with ImageMovers, Robert Zemeckis's company (FLIGHT, CAST AWAY)! Awesome job!
Nitara OsbourneI had the amazing opportunity to have a consultation meeting with Segolene Zimmern regarding my TV pilot half hour dramedy series "Chosen?" Not only was she down to earth and very thorough with her feedback, she asked my permission if she can pass along my project to a few of her contacts. She genuinely wants to see the project get produced, despite the fact that it wasn't the right fit for her particular streaming service. She sincerely wanted to help me as a writer and move the project along. Authenticity and integrity go a long way with me. Segolene definitely represents those qualities. Thank you for referring her to me, Jason Mirch! I appreciate you and the whole Stage 32 community.
Daniel StuelpnagelI was very glad to schedule a consultation recently with Kristina C. of Sunswept Entertainment, regarding one of my feature scripts, and I can definitely recommend her as an insightful consultant for those writers looking for tangible feedback from an industry pro. She provided a very thorough analysis of the character web and story elements, in fact we had a great discussion and she went into so much detail that it was abundantly clear that she had read the complete script and spent time developing thoughtful critique, I find this service very valuable and worth the investment. We talked about the story itself and also ways in which it could be brought through a rewrite to be perhaps more coherent and marketable, inevitably her feedback led me to more thinking and the realization that the script is somewhat uneven in tone, it's funny how when you follow some notes they lead you to deeper revelations that might not yet have surfaced. So I'm well into a rewrite and thankful for the catalyst of having such an enthusiastic and fast-paced discussion with a highly-intelligent professional through the Script Services available here on Stage 32!
Marcia RothschildJust want to say WOW! I'm only in day 1 of Kate Sargeant's mock writers room, and I am psyched, nervous, and already learning loads. HIGHLY recommend for others wanting to be staffed or just learn more to sign up for the next class.
Stephen MetelskyA few weeks ago I registered via Stage 32 to do an 8-minute pitch with producer Tessa Shaffer, as it pertained to promoting my book as a true crime docuseries. Since my pitch, I received a scorecard and favorable feedback from Tessa - including a follow-up request for additional information about my book. I aimed my pitch to be within the timeframe of 5-6 minutes, to allow some time at the end for questions, answers and feedback with Tessa - which was very valuable. Overall, an awesome experience. I highly recommend signing up for a session to promote and pitch any written projects you have on the go!
Martin ReeseTotal transparency. I am an advocate of Stage 32 Script Services. I have used them and they have helped me improve my writing and even led to me winning a script contest. Even so I was skeptical of using the Script Consulting Service. I just didn’t know what I could get out of it that I couldn’t from script coverage. Finally I decided to take the plunge and scheduled a consultation for my TV Pilot MAJK with Cindy Villareal on a 30-minute call. I am glad I did. She gave me insights on how to improve the script. Not only that but she gave me insights on a multi-pronged approach that will make the series more appealing to executives. She really changed my perspective. I have to have more of an entrepreneurial approach to my project. It’s very competitive out there so you have to really find ways to standout. You have to make the executives see how valuable your project is. She pulled no punches. There's a lot more work to do, but she saw the project as viable. I took a lot of notes and I’m already working on the things she recommended. I am no longer skeptical of Script Consultation. It is worth the investment. Not only do you learn how to move your project forward from someone who is in the industry, buy you're able to cultivate a future relationship. This is, after all, a relationship business.
Steve MaidmentI had a 60 minute phone consultation with Michael Schulman through Stage 32. He gave me some great insight on how to make, what he thought was a good script, even better. I found his ideas very helpful.
GW AllisonI just had a consultation with Spencer Robinson and he was great. Spencer had thoughtful questions, keen insights, and pretty good ideas. On top of all that, he was a pleasure to speak with for 60 minutes. Highly recommend.
Eric ChristophersonSo here's what's working for me at Stage 32: Pretty much everything. And I think it's useful to know what's possible here. I've been using the "premium" coverage service so that I can choose the exec who provides me coverage. It's always a good idea, I think, to select someone from a company that produces in your genre. I've received good to great notes each time, and I've had my script passed along for consideration within my reader's company several times. Recently one such script resulted in a multi-year option offer. Twice my scripts have made the Stage 32 LookBook, which is blasted out every so often to industry execs with info on the scripts that have earned a double recommend or, as I believe is now the case, at least one recommend and one consider. I've had a total of three script requests via the LookBook, including from an A-list manager and an A-list production company. More recently, I joined the Writers' Room, which offers a smorgasbord of activities and opportunities (that I would particularly recommend to writers at an early stage and those at later stages with a lot of time to devote to screenwriting), and have begun submitting to the Open Writing Assignments, or OWAs, that spring up fairly regularly now. An A-list production company recently requested one of my scripts. Bear in mind I've been at this game for a while now, and I have a half dozen scripts under my belt already, so your mileage may vary.
Bohdan TurokStage 32 has earned the trust of industry professionals who can make a difference. I have recently pitched to Disney Streamers producer Carver D. who was extremely encouraging, perceptive, and above all, helpful. He has requested to read the screenplay. I know that this service at Stage 32 didn't happen overnight, so a big thank you for all the hard work to the team! I see you!
Kevin FelixAfter a successfully written pitch, my screenplay was requested by Alexia Melocchi with Little Studio Films, which proceeded with an exciting phone call about my screenplays prospects and future development with me attached as a screenwriter. Never give up!
Brian StreatyStage 32 is a fantastic online social platform connecting me to other professionals working in the entertainment industry. In March 2022, I met a brilliant and dynamic Producer, Writer, & Showrunner. I currently have a TV Series and film in development at this world-renowned production company.
Simon HartwellJust wanted to share. Last night I received feedback on my Pitch to Michael Collins and whilst it was a Pass, Michael took the time to provide AMAZING in depth feedback as to what I needed to change, how and why. I was blown away. Whilst the trend for me this year has been all down hill so far, it was a boost to connect with an Exec who cared enough about the craft to take the time to explain what worked and what didn't. Thank you, Michael.
Donnalyn VojtaHey, screenwriters! I just wanted to tell you that I had a 30-minute call with Michael F. about my new thriller movie. It was obvious that he read the script carefully when he gave me his praise and criticisms. He not only told me what to strengthen in our short call, but he allowed plenty of time for me to ask questions. I left the call excited to apply his clear advice to my script. I definitely recommend him!
Ricki LinksmanI had a 60-min script consult with Will McCance on one of my feature film scripts which was encouraging, inspiring, and motivating. I also took his webinar and based on those interactions I signed up for and just completed his Pitch Like a Pro lab class. Will's insights and suggestions are priceless. I am now taking his advanced lab class for Pitch Like a Pro in which he teaches not only pitching but crafting a strong script. He is not only talented and knowledgeable but a caring person who creates a safe environment for students to share their works. I highly recommend Will's classes, webinars, and consults.
Mirella MuffarottoI just signed an Artist Management Agreement with LITTLE STUDIO FILMS in Beverly Hills after connecting through a Stage 32 pitch session. I couldn't be more honored and excited and thankful. Breaking in, hanging in and making it in show business is about having the right screenplay in the hands of the right industry professional. I've been so lucky to meet my accomplished, dedicated Manager, Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films. A successful entertainment industry professional and a courageous visionary dreamer, able to make dreams reality. I can't thank Alexia enough for believing in me even though I live outside of the United States and I'm a first time writer, for providing me with all sorts of ways to kick open Hollywood's door, some kind of superhero costume to break into the film industry as a screenwriter.
Matthew CarpenterStage 32 has been a great place to interface with writers from outside our standard ecosystem, and hear their diverse stories. I've had the chance to speak with writers from around the globe, and it's been great to learn about the worlds they are passionate about. I would have found a place like Stage32 to be a great resource back when I was finding my way into the industry, and I have enjoyed helping writers advance their craft.
Donnalyn VojtaHey, screenwriters! I've had several consulting calls on my scripts via Stage32, and they have been worth the price and more! One consultant, Shaun O. actually gave me scripts notes IN my script doc and emailed them to me. He went above and beyond. Other consultants have been great about giving me feedback and answering my questions in under 30 minutes. Thanks, S32!
Kevin NicklausStage 32 has done a great job bringing quality, diverse writers to the attention of Tapas Media.
Laura VorreyerIf you're on the fence about paying for feedback, rest assured, it's completely worth it. I opted to have Liz Dickler speak with me about my deck and she gave me great advice and a few trims to make my deck even better. Liz and I really hit it off, I enjoyed talking with her and am grateful for her for sharing her experience and expertise with me. Liz was honest, encouraging and thoughtful, she gave me actionable next steps to sell my show. I got off the call feeling invigorated and even more excited about my project than ever before. Great experience altogether, thanks Stage 32.
Monika Moreno-LappAfter submitting my 80s comedy feature TOTALLY AWESOME ALLY to Stage 32 for coverage & notes, so excited to share that my screenplay is now being read by an A LIST production management company! Can't wait to hear back from them. I've learned investing and believing in my work and taking the next step -- Stage 23-- is vital to building my career. Highly recommend to everyone.
Eddy SanchezI was fortunate enough to have a consultation with David Harris. He went above and beyond in our consultation, he gave me invaluable feedback on my work. I would definitely recommend the career development call or script consultation.
Sean Francis EllisI submitted my screenplay for the "Feature Script Read Studio Level 60 Minute Talk with an Executive" and chose Will McCance, of Ian Bryce Productions. The one hour consultation call was just what I needed at this stage of my writing process. Will was impressed with my screenplay and offered several notes while asking questions, so he could offer guidance that was considerate of my objectives. have a fresh perspective on certain characters and themes, and I'm eager to incorporate his notes as I develop the current draft. I recommend this service to anyone getting ready to pitch or submit their script to contests, managers or producers. Will was recommended by Stage 32 because of his experience within my genre (Horror).
Andrew KerseyI am always excited to read new, fresh voices and Stage 32 is amazing at introducing me to these talented writers.
David TilsonWorking with Stage 32 is like having my own development team on my side who feeds me material, opens doors and introduces me to a diverse pool of writers from around the world. I've discovered some pretty weird yet exciting stuff from this platform, something I wouldn't be able to find elsewhere. It's been an invaluable resource for me and my company.
TJ KeenanAfter meeting though Stage 32, screenwriter TJ Keenan has been signed by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films in LA. Alexia will represent TJ as a Literary Manager for all his projects and act as a consulting producer on TJ's Kit Marlowe biopic INFINITE RICHES: THE STORY OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE; the first ever biopic on Marlowe!
Tessa ShafferWhether it's providing coverage notes or pitch feedback, I'm always happy to make time for Stage 32 writers who are invested in their growth. Just because it's a pass on one particular script or pitch doesn't discount the connection that Stage 32 provides. There are so many writers I'm rooting for and hoping to see more from in the future! I've found so many great writers through Stage 32. Whenever I have room in my roster Stage 32 is the first place I go to for talent.
Todd RemisRB and Amanda, and the entire Stage 32 team have built an amazing organization which does an outstanding job of providing an unparalleled resource by connecting entertainment professionals and company executives from around the world. Everyone in the industry should be a member of the Stage 32 platform.
Rishi K GallionRecently had an hour long script consultation with J.M. on my 60 min TV pilot 'Ulterior Motives' J.M. was well familiar with my pilot (so I know it was thoroughly read) and he was able to succinctly address everything that worked and didn't work with it. Since he was able to provide the script coverage quickly, we spent the majority of the call discussing ways I could successfully navigate the business. A very important take away from the call was that as a screenwriter, your geographical location does not matter. I've heard it time and time before but I've always had some doubt as I reside outside of the U.S. J.M. helped to put that doubt to rest and let me know to just keep writing.
Mike KalvodaI can't speak highly enough of Sarah J. Cornelius (Whitewater Films). She's a total professional: sharp, savvy, smart, a people person. She's also amazingly supportive and encouraging. We're 2 for 3 on Read Requests. Even on the pass, she goes out of her way to impart encouragement ("another great pitch", "you are a consummate storyteller"). We'll find the right project, I'm confident. In the meantime, I look forward to that 15-30 second check-in at the top where we break a little ice and joke around.
Thomas PembertonWhat I most like about working with Stage32 is finding new writers. We have optioned three projects that have come through Stage32. Two from the pitch sessions and one from the lookbook. The range and variety of material is amazing, so whatever you are looking for they have got something for you.
Christina PickworthConsulting for Stage 32 has been a wonderful way to be introduced to new voices, and I’ve even signed a writer who’d booked in for a 10 page read!
Liska OstojicI’ve been impressed at the variety and quality of scripts I’ve read. In the 6 months or so I’ve been taking pitches and reading scripts for feedback, I’ve continued a working relationship with a least half a dozen writers to one degree or another. I love the “best of” lists we’re sent every couple of months or so, especially by genre. The more social media side of it seems quite useful for online networking.
Julia VerdinStage 32 is a great resource. I am currently working with a couple of writers I found on the site. I have been impressed with the level of talent.
Charles FullerWorking with Stage32 is very refreshing! It’s great to be able to work alongside such a great team that is very involved with what’s happening in the industry and are always willing to help facilitate when needed. They have such a large audience and it makes finding new material or creatives a breeze. These guys are a diamond in the rough for sure!
Charles Lee CavanaughDear Stage 32, I wanted to let you know that I am extremely pleased with producer Julia Verdin's review of my synopsis. Knowing she is very busy, she still took the time to highlight what worked in the synopsis and what was lacking, giving an ample explanation of both. It was a valuable lesson that inspired to revise all my synopses. The lesson learned was to make sure ALL key elements in your script are in the synopsis. I was following the "keep it lean" philosophy of query letters and thus omitted important elements of the story. Thanks again, Chuck Cavanaugh
Carole FieldDear Stage 32 friends, I just wanted to tell you I just heard the Jake Wagner webinar on What managers look for in a horror screenplay. I wanted to tell you (and him) how much I learned and enjoyed the webinar. It was wonderful and it really streamlined my queries in that genre. Thanks very much.
Daniel TurkewitzIn February I had a 30 minute TV script consult with Spencer Robinson, and it was the best of the numerous consults I’ve had. Many consults, it feels like the person doesn’t have nearly enough to fill the 30 minutes. They spend a big chunk of time asking me about myself, my life, my writing history, as a cheap way of burning through time. There’s been consults where I feel like I’ve done more talking than they did. Robinson did the exact opposite. He got right to my script, was well prepared, and had more than enough to say to fill the half hour, even speaking quite fast. He had valuable feedback, in both general big picture stuff and act by act notes, something not everyone does. It was one of the few 30 minute consults I've had where I wish I sprung for the full hour. I had a writer friend who had a consult with him who had the same feedback, placing him at the top of her consults. I would recommend him.
Meredith BoswellI have learnt an extraordinary amount from pitch sessions. The professionals have been polite and detailed in how I need to correct my pitches and I am so grateful for the opportunity and their knowledge. I recommend pitch sessions to move your work forward.
Petrina HullWorking with Stage 32 has helped me discover exciting new writing talent and material that I would otherwise not have had access to. Similarly, for writers, it gives them the critical access they need to producers, agents and executives that can help champion their work, and move the needle on their projects. It really is a win-win for all involved and I love being involved. I especially enjoy the collaborative approach behind everything Stage 32 do, and I'm thrilled to be working with them!
Anna EliasI had an amazing, insightful and informative Career Dev. Call with Sam Sokolow. He is so steeped in TV and answered so many questions that helped me with the two pilots I'm writing. Jason recommended him to me, and I highly recommend him to anyone else who is serious about their projects, pitching, the marketplace, current development climate, etc.
Steve VinsonI recently had a Career Call with Scott. It was fantastic! I could tell right from the start, he is genuinely interested in helping a writer like me. He had gone over the info I submitted and had quality answers ready. He was also tremendously encouraging. Additionally, he was realistic about how things work in the industry. A great balance. ... Another great Stage 32 resource!
Jonathan BarkanStage 32 is an incredible platform that has led to me meeting some truly incredible writers. The material they provide proves that there is a wealth of talent just waiting to be tapped into and Stage 32's system gives access to that very pool.
Sarah J. CorneliusStage 32 is full of hidden gems! And Stage 32's platform makes them- well, unhidden gems! It's such a delight to educate writers who are learning to flex their skills. But I must confess, I've learned as much or more from the emerging artists I've coached, as they have from me! Shh...it's my best kept secret. Thanks Stage 32 creators for letting me be part of the community and camaraderie!
Rufus ChaffeeI enjoy working with Stage 32 because it gives me direct contact with writers and projects they are working on. This allows me to give quick and honest feedback that they hopefully find useful. Helping a writer create the best screenplay they can is one of my favorite parts of the development process and Stage 32 allows me to do that on a larger scale.
Nicole McLendonStage 32 introduced me and my team to a wide breadth and diversity of writers who each have something unique to say. Through the pitch sessions we’ve been able to discover new stories with new perspectives, and see the talent that’s out there.
Catherine KeithleyWorking with Stage 32 to hear new pitches in the unscripted space has been a lovely experience. I’m always in awe of the smart producers that come my way from Stage 32 and the fresh ideas they dream up! I have optioned a handful of projects and hope to continue to sell one soon to a major network.
Thomas CrowellStage 32's dedication, expertise, and passion for the filmmaking community are second to none. Their commitment to professional education has done so much for filmmakers, showing them how to become their own best career advocates. It's what keeps me coming back as a lecturer. --Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., entertainment attorney and author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers.
Alexia MelocchiStage 32 has raised the bar on discovering upcoming writers and filmmakers that actually are willing to put in the work and continue to get better at it. Because of their educational platform, the level of content creators that have pitched us has become of very high quality. Almost every time we put out an inquiry for stories, we discover someone wonderful, be it an author, producer, filmmaker or writer. We have entered into many creative collaborations as a result of Stage 32.
Stuart ArburyThe Stage 32 team has blazed trails for new talents to learn about the entertainment industry and give them the best chances at connections with appropriate partners. I’m thrilled to see how the company has grown, and how it has helped a launch an ever increasing number of successful ‘alumni’. As someone who has worked at a number of companies in different capacities over the years, my relationship with Stage 32 has been a constant – they do a great job for both executives and writers.
Felicia VillarrealStage 32 has been my go-to platform when it comes to finding hidden gems! I have read countless incredible scripts and everyday look forward to connecting with someone who could be Hollywood's next big writer!
Dan StoneMichael Schulman's suggestions regarding structure were valuable, specifically his concerns about presenting the protagonist's initial circumstances and challenges with more clarity. His notes sat with me for several days, then things moved quickly in my thinking and on the page. The hour with Michael was time (and money) well-spent. Highly recommend.
Rashidah De VoreFor anyone on the fence about booking a consultation with Scott Schulman, particularly if you have a project you think may be more on the cerebral end than most are used to - please don't hesitate to go for it. I learned first hand that the reviews listed with Scott's bio are the real deal, and he has single-handedly restored my faith in lit managers (a feat I thought not possible until our call.) His feedback on my pilot was beyond thorough, insightful, and filled with actionable gems and takes that I can utilize in not only rewrites of the project I submitted - but can keep in mind for future works as well. He picked up on layered elements and potential twists for my series that no other exec noticed in their readings of it. He also showed a deep understanding of the process of developing a rich, character driven piece amidst a complex world. "Passionate" does not begin to describe Scott's approach to helping writers develop themselves and their craft. I cannot sing his praises enough. Individuals like him are what make the Stage32 platform one worth using.
Queila DoyleJust wanted to give a quick recommendation here as I had the most amazing script coverage service by Ewan Dunbar. He read my sci-fi Aurora and he gave me the answers to everything I was looking for. I am working on all his notes now and almost ready to finish the script for good. Keep going everyone!
Dennis J Hamilton JrAfter working this past couple of years with very informative Stage 32 script consultants, and doing necessary script revisions with a most cordial executive producer through Stage 32's Mentorship Development Program, my screenwriting and script project went from pass to consider.
Micky LevyStage 32 gave me the opportunity to speak about my journey with film and television adaptations. They gave me creative freedom while providing guidance and helpful tips. The webinar's moderator was great, and my students asked insightful questions. I will not hesitate to work with Stage 32 again. Micky
Bob CanningI had three great consultations on my screenplays with Will McCance, who is the ultimate professional. He is kind, supportive, knowledgeable, and has a terrific knack for coming up with ideas and suggestions that are both painless and practical. While my scripts were not a good fit for Ian Bryce Productions, I nevertheless have three screenplays that are far better than when I first introduced them to him. I can't recommend Will McCance more highly!
Elia AndriolettiI had a career development call with Doug Draizin last week, and It was incredible. We talked about the steps to take forward my career. Now I know exactly what to do. I'm excited for what’s to come. Thanks again, Doug.
Don ThompsonI had a very positive experience speaking with Josh M. after he gave my script a read. He provided great insights into my script as well as how the dynamics of the manager-writer relationship works. He is definitely at the upper-tier of the industry spectrum and I would recommend giving his 60-minute consult script read service a try.
Heath CullensTeaching through Stage 32 has been an immense pleasure. The students have been energetic, engaged, and incredibly passionate. Stage 32 makes me very very supported as an educator.
Tiffany BoyleThrough Stage 32 I have found some of my favorite clients. They care about their community and are in it for the long haul with their creators. Stage 32 thinks outside of the box and fast, and can be a true ally for industry vets and newcomers alike. - Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales, Ramo Law
Dr. Rebekah Louisa SmithWorking with Stage 32 was a dream. The team were very supportive, professional and enthusiastic. The event was very well organized, promoted and the communication crystal clear. I've given many Masterclasses and this one was one of the best.
Trina SpillmanI just wanted to give a huge shout-out to the team at Stage 32 and let the community know of the tremendous customer service I recently received. My phone, and maybe universal powers, prevented a call from an agent I was scheduled to pitch. I sent a desperate email to the support email address and received a prompt reply resulting in the individual I was pitching to call back. The pitch ultimately resulted in a pass but did give Stage32 a green light in terms of exceptional customer service. Thank you, Stage32!
Matthew RossHello everyone! My name is Matthew Ross, and I have been a member of Stage 32 since last year. About a month ago, I submitted my screenplay for the First 10 Page Review. After reading the notes made by Jason Mirch, I made those changes and resubmitted the script to be read by another executive. With much excitement, my scores ended up improving in many of the scorecard topics! Even though I do have a long way to go, it truly feels great to get an inch closer at achieving my dream of finishing this story!! I definitely could not do it without the support from people like Jason Mirch, RB, and Angela from Stage 32!! They are such an encouragement to many, and I hope they know how much the Stage 32 community appreciates them!! I hope all of you are doing well and staying safe!! Fellow screenwriters, keep writing and never give up!!!
Melton CartesI had a fantastic conversation with Will McCance of Ian Bryce Productions. He gave me 2 basic broad brush notes and made them very clear to me. I am really grateful that he took it seriously and really got the point of the script (not that he wouldn't, but you know). So much so that he gave me an idea of how to achieve his main note. We sort of spitballed it together without setting out to do that. It actually gave me goosebumps. I revised my script, trimmed the first 50 pages by 10 and brought a major revelation 10 minutes sooner, which actually allowed me to add a new "apparent defeat" scene within the new page count of 90. Thank you, Jason and everyone at Stage 32.
Arial BurnzI had my TV Pilot read and evaluated by Jaime Becker. She was SUPER fast. I was a week late submitting my script because I was in the middle of a rewrite and expected it to take her longer to get back to me – but BAM! She was on it. But she was patient with my submission. Two days after I submitted the script, we were on the phone with my evaluation, and she sent notes. Jaime was encouraging and motivational. The notes were quick and bit a blunt, but thorough and honest, which is exactly what I needed.
Valerie ConnellyI enjoyed a script coverage with Michael Schulman today, and I want you to know of all the coverages I’ve had through Stage32 and other sites as well, his grasp for my complex film idea was by far the most genuinely insightful, helpful, collegial and encouraging of them all. Because of Michael’s diligence, I now have a very good sense of the genre, Supernatural Musical. He spoke frankly and clearly about how important it is to write the protagonist into every useable scene and then how to modify, replace or remove the scenes and characters that will no longer fit. Valuable and actionable advice.
Keith WigginsThe coverage service for my script, A Stable Life, provided excellent feedback which was both encouraging and informative as to the next steps for my rewrites. The script had made the quarterfinals of the Stage 32 Comedy Feature Contest, so I am excited to use the coverage service notes to make this script even better.
Paul MattaI just want to thank Stage 32 for opening opportunities for up-and-coming-goal-is-to-be-produced screenwriters, such as myself. Among the wonderful career services offered by Stage 32, there's also now screenwriting contests. I recently submitted a script to Stage 32 for the 1st Annual Family-Friendly Screenwriting Contest, and my script, THE LADY IN BLUE, advanced to the Semifinalist round. I'm very proud of this accomplishment. It only motivates me to continue writing my stories. This company is worth the investment. I believe Stage 32 is on the side of Creatives like you and me. This platform allows up-and-coming writers the chance to get their work seen. I'm very proud to have stumbled upon this site. And I look forward to the many services offered by Stage 32.
Kathleen McGeeThis week, I had two really great feature script consultations with Jason Mirch and Scott Schulman. I was blown away by the energy, focus, and story insight that both Jason and Scott brought to each session. The two consultations complemented each other perfectly and have helped me to develop a clear revision strategy that focuses on story and elevating my concept so that it stands out in the market. Thanks so much Jason and Scott!
Michael Eric RossMy recent meeting with Will McCance of Ian Bryce Productions, a one-hour consultation, went very well. Will, whose enthusiasm was infectious from the start, inspired confidence by recalling specifics about my WWII drama on the Red Ball Express, calling the script "page-turning" and "well-written." Later he was less praising, but no less insightful, about what the script needs for improvement, item by item. I've been working on rewrites to Acts I and II since then. I'm amazed at the things Will noticed in my script that I never even imagined. The value of another viewpoint in this process, other experienced eyes, is inestimable. This is for me what makes Stage 32 such a valuable asset: its proven ability to find industry executives like Will, ready to make a difference in creative lives. So: After discussing the script in granular detail, Will requested my pitch deck for the project, and said he would be taking the current script to his boss, Ian Bryce, for his opinion. And Will asked to see the rewrites as well. It was my second great meeting in as many months, via Stage 32. Thanks S32, for all your help.
Dan StoneI just concluded a second consultation with Michael Wormser - his notes on both scripts were first-rate, based on in-depth reads of the material and a genuine concern for the writing process; he has an excellent eye for missing
Barbara LauriaI can't say enough about my consultation session with producer Christian Taylor. Christian's valuable guidance on my script and our professional discussion went above and beyond my expectations. He took the time to dive deep into my script, to understand my characters, the world I created, and the history surrounding them both. As we talked, it seemed as if he knew my characters as real people. Above all Christian, gave clear, sound guidance with many actionable comments on how to develop critical elements into the story to make it feel grounded and unified. We discussed where the project falls in terms of budget and where it needs to land so that it will, hopefully, find a home some day. For anyone seeking recommendation of a script consultation, I highly recommend Christian Taylor and I will likely book a session again with him in the future.
Michael GriceI had a fantastic (pitch) experience with Ms. Carli Haney today. I would like others to know that if they have any doubts put them aside and connect with her. She obviously has a great personality, laughed easily, got everything quickly, was positive in her comments - overall an 11 on a scale of 10. People need to connect with her! I would also like to compliment your support person, James, who helped me with a different pitch yesterday. I had never done this before, and I was suddenly travelling on an unplanned trip, so I did not know if it were something on my end or something else. He helped me throughout and I wish to commend him to you as well.
Kelly NameyI was honored this morning to be the first consult with Stage 32 new execs, Tim Clague and Danny Stack. Wasn't sure which one I'd get to talk to...AND GOT BOTH! Whaaat! Come on people, where else can you get two great award winners helping little old you, than Stage 32! Being screenwriters themselves, they were so insightful. They both read, I mean really read, the animation and sort of tag teamed ideas. I thought I'd died and gone to screenwriting heaven. Anyone out there working in the family genre need to book a consult with these guys. Like.... right now! Thanks, Tim and Danny! And of course, Stage 32!
Roy HsuShaun (O'Banion) was one of the most thorough reviewers I have had for my script. He went into great detail about the issues with specific examples on how to fix dialogue and plot points. His stress on clarity of intent was invaluable to make sure key elements of my complicated story are understood. I have had other reviewers help, but his thoroughness helps make certain a script is at the best place it can be before showing development executives. Use him as an objective review if you feel you can’t see the forest from the trees anymore.
James CafferyWe are all trying to find our way through this roller-coaster maze of the business of Hollywood- and like most of you, I am looking for guidance. For direction and understanding, for a light in the fog AND most importantly, to know if I am on the right track, or the wrong one. So like most of you, I too dove into the Exec Consulting waters:) And at first I thought I was drowning, or at least, stuck. Each consult yielded greater and greater clarity to the point where I needed REAL business answers: where was I professionally and what can I do with my ever-revising script. This is when I met MICHAEL BLUTSTEIN. As with EVERY Stage 32 Exec, Michael was both kind and professional and 100% supportive but where Michael excelled was in giving real-time analysis of both the market AND HOW I FIT INTO THAT MARKET. It was the first call where I had clarity not just with improving my script (which he did)..but WHAT I COULD ACTUALLY DO WITH IT. This wasn't a pie-in-the-sky promise, but an honest assessment of my skills as a writer, how far I had come AND..how much more work lie ahead of me. I think some writers hope for that magical SALE moment where your script is whisked away to some imaginary DreamWorks and you're left with a check in your hand. This isn't what Mike left me with and it isn't what most writers really want to hear; that to get to that next level requires EVEN MORE WORK, DETERMINATION and SWEAT. What Mike gave me was the TRUTH. That I have something that can sell, and now I need to work just as hard to bring it to MARKET. It was without a doubt, the best Exec consult I've had yet. I have an open door with most of the execs I met with and I now have a roadmap for what to do NEXT. And i will absolutely be calling Mike for round two. Thanks to everyone for reading this, for Stage 32 staff and good luck writing!!
JD WallaceAs a person who works for Amazon in a group that parallels Studios (writing coverages, etc.) and am returning to the screenwriting world after a 20 year hiatus. I have seen a number of sites that... tell. Stage 32... shows... with its ability to introduce--those truly motivated--to people within the industry who are willing to help the ingénue through pitches, coverages, and seminars... and... and...In my first pitch experience, I drew upon the knowledge and energy of Alexia Melocchi, who has a long list of credits and experiences. She listened, let me drive the first part of the pitch-intro, logline, then closed with a 2min pitch paragraph. I clapped my hands twice and my mouth shut, then listened. As my grandfather (RIP) used to say, "You have two ears and one mouth. Think about it." She asked great questions, gave great feedback, and asked for my script. Clap twice... out. Thank you, Jason, Kay, and RB.
Melissa CaudleI had my session with Mike Blutstein - where he reviewed my screenplay to give me feedback, etc... WOW! He is THE BEST! Not only is he attentive, but also pays attention to details and really hones in the script with both positive critique and constructive criticism for improvement. Then, he took the time to make real suggestions on how I could move forward to secure financing for my film and connect to an A-list director. Even though we lost connection during our phone call, I didn't expect him to call me back; however, he did and our conversation continued. His questions about my characters, plot, and my pitch deck were so profound. I couldn't be happier.
Otto D'AgnoloRegina (Lee)'s feedback was incredible. It was obvious that she was reading with intention. ...She laid out her feedback as if I were a pro and it really helped me see the distance between where I am as a beginner and where she needs me to be if I'm really going to be able to take advantage of her time and talent. I think that was incredibly kind and above and beyond what I've experienced in previous reviews.
Rebecca BenzellI wanted to share my session with Michael (Schulman) was incredibly helpful. I sent him a script I'd been having a lot of difficulty with. I knew it wasn't working, but I'd rewritten it too many times to see it as a whole piece rather than a collection of parts. His notes not only helped me see more clearly why it wasn't working, they also helped me uncover what it wanted to be. He had a great understanding of what I was interested in exploring thematically -- and he gave me a ton of fantastic ideas on how I could adjust both the scope of the project and its storytelling to give those themes more weight. I especially appreciate his encouragement to indulge my more personal, quirkier instincts. Unlike others I've chatted with about this project who encouraged me to mold the story to fit genre beats, he seemed to truly be invested in uncovering the heart of what wanted to be told, and in helping me craft a piece for my portfolio that I can actually do something with in the here and now. There are a lot of voices in this industry giving advice out there, but Michael's notes really elevated the project. He discussed the script and the narrative tools I was using up to the very last minute of our hour consultation. I left that call with a renewed enthusiasm for a project I'd been thinking of giving up on. I cannot thank him enough. :)
Frank VespeHaving another set of eyes, besides my overly critical, fact-checking daughter, from a a seasoned, non-partisan reader, is extremely helpful in revealing hidden, sometimes obvious corrections in your script, and thankfully, those set of eyes belonged to Liz Dickler, whose insightful Feedback I warmly embraced and tweaked my MOBNOXIOUS script, which was just awarded Semi-Finalist in Creative World Awards contest, as well as Official Selection in SOCAL Fest and Selected in New York Venture True Fest. I truly look forward to thanking Liz one day on the Red Carpet.
Susan Lori FrankHey Community, Just wanted to acknowledge that in the last couple months I have some made huge leaps in my understanding of how this crazy industry works. I have completed my first pitch and I am rewriting a Pilot that was critiqued by a real industry insider. Whoa!! I have a long way to go on my journey, but I am blown away at how much I have been able to progress with the help of Stage 32 professionals. This is for real by the way. I reread and it sounds like an ad. But nope, its just me feeling really grateful for what I am able to access from my little laptop out in the boonies of Tucson AZ. Thanks and special thanks to Jason Mirch for actually personally answering my emails along the way. Your personal touch makes all of the difference!!
Kyle O'ConnorI did some development notes with TIM HEBARD. Actually really pretty great notes. The revisions he suggested are very doable. So I’m excited to rewrite some scenes and do exactly that. I'm starting to get into the revisions he suggested for me and once I'm done I'll book more time with him to resubmit.
D A StenardIf you have a crown or gold stars or a big bouquet of flowers that you can hand out, please give all of them to Tara Joshi. I apparently had a pitch booked with her today WHICH I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT. Not only did she call me, but she CALLED ME BACK WHEN I DIDN'T PICK UP. She talked me down off the ledge, told me to take my time, listening to me do my pitch and then asked really pertinent and smart questions,, which proved she was really listening. I don't know if this is ultimately something she will want to move forward with, but WHENEVER I have a script that is something she might like, I am certainly going to book another pitch and try and make her laugh again. Seriously, she was kind and wonderful and make me feel like I don't have to kick myself for the rest of the day. Thank you, Tara and thank you, Stage 32. I promise I'll write things down!
Evelyne GauthierI recently got my first logline review from Christian Sander, and it's really great! His comments were so helpful and positive, and the new version of the logline that he suggested is absolutely amazing! I just love it! I really want to thank Stage32 and Christian Sander for the help. I appreciate it so much. Thanks again!
Rebecca Glazer GreeneI have had several consults with Mike Blutstein. He's not only an effervescent personality but his coverage is top notch. Twice now (once on a feature and once on a TV Pilot) he gave me pivotal notes. I had gotten notes beforehand on these scripts, but he gave actionable ideas to elevate my scripts. He shares his expertise with a generosity that is unparalleled. If you want a thoughtful script coverage session, sign up with Mike.
Sherry BerkinI just completed my 2-hour power session with [Literary Manager] Scott Schulman, and it was absolutely mind-blowing. After the total 2 1/2 hours I spent with Scott, I felt like he really helped take me writing, pilot and pitch to the next level, along with my confidence. Wow! Truly life changing, all within a few hours. I have spent a lot of money over the years on various conferences, classes, consultations, etc. but this was really money well spent. I'm truly thankful to Jason Mirch, Scott and Stage 32. Thank you! I booked one more half-hour session with Scott to polish my pitch even more so looking forward to that. Thank you!
Jon HillI had some minor issues with a couple of pitches recently (not the fault of Stage32), and was helped out by Angela Cristantello. I have to say, she was superb. Faultlessly helpful as well as very pleasant to deal with.
Rebecca Glazer GreeneAngela Cristantello has been fantastic in helping answer my questions and navigate the purchasing process whenever I run into difficulties. I often make mistakes, and she always helps me whenever she is able to do so. I can almost hear the smile on her face even though we've only ever interacted via email. She is kind and helpful. In a world where people love to complain, I often find it twice as necessary to send the positive feedback out to recognize when people go above and beyond. Angela is that person, and Stage 32 is lucky to have her working there in my humble opinion.
Martha CaprarottaMy 60-minute Mentoring Call with screenwriter/director Doug Atchison blew me away. I had submitted loglines for my four (unfinished) screenplays and one finished TV drama series, and was amazed at how insightful and helpful his comments were. We also briefly discussed each project and he gave his estimation of how “marketable” each one was. (This was one of the questions I wanted him to address.) He advised which screenplay concept was the strongest contender and why (i.e., low budget, high concept, and original idea). He also suggested a different comp to use for it, thinking its theme might work with my concept. It’s a comp I hadn’t thought of and it does add a new dimension to my story’s theme, so I’m elated! Now I’m I concentrating my efforts on completing that screenplay. Receiving Doug’s professional advice was worth every penny. He obviously gave serious thought to what I had submitted and it felt like we were collaborators for that one hour. I chose a mentorship call with Doug because I found him to be an excellent instructor during his screenwriting class thru Stage 32. I admire his films and hope to emulate his quality screenwriting. My only regret is that Doug doesn’t do any script reading services, as he’s too busy writing his own marvelous scripts! I will certainly use Stage 32’s mentoring services again.
Rangeley WallaceShaun (O'Banion) reviewed a very early draft of a WWII pilot based on a true story. He discussed his observations with me and even sent a rewrite of a few pages, so that I could see in detail where he thought I should go. His observations about a better way to introduce this complex, ensemble war story led to a more polished draft. His insights were valuable, and I will reach out to him with other scripts in the future.
Paul O’BryanShaun (O'Banion) did a fantastic job reviewing and critiquing my pilot pitch deck. From broad strokes to fine details, he offered great insight on how to make my deck tighter and better. Starting with my cover image and title font, and moving through the entire contents and sequence, his advice and suggestions were spot on. Our conversation flowed easily, with Shaun going through the deck page by page (and later sending me his marked-up copy). He was generous with his opinions and time, and I'm glad I got a chance to work with him. I've already booked him for a script consultation.
P.A. LopezCarmen Knox was absolutely fantastic! She went above and beyond to help me with my project, her notes were stellar and her encouragement was priceless!
Rebecca Glazer GreeneI spoke with Ewan Dunbar yesterday about my feature script. He was helpful and positive and gave me actionable notes to help move this draft of my script forward. He took a macro approach (his words) which helped me look at my themes and strengths in the script and figure out how I might move to the next draft. His extensive knowledge of the industry and current and past content served as a great reference point for our discussions.
Mark LaingI spoke with Scott Schulman regarding my script last night (Saturday, June 5th, 2021) and he was superb. Scott read the whole script super fast (I mentally checked off some obscure plot points and he definitely read the whole 94 pages ;) ) He didn't rush me and was even generous enough to let me slip a few minutes over our allotted hour. Great guy! Scott's notes were super insightful and useful, and yes, I scribbled and I scribbled. He picked up on at least six things that no other Manager or Producer has noticed before (even at Stage 32) so he's definitely in my "rock star" book from now on. I feel energized, enlightened, and enabled. I'm jealous of anyone who has the good fortune to have Scott at their side in a pitch or rep meeting - he's dah bomb.
Rebecca GreeneI just wanted to take a minute to tell you about my two executive script consults with Scott Schulman. I sent him two of my thirty minute pilots to discuss. Scott is a consummate professional. His breadth of knowledge of both the industry and his love for all things television and film made him the ideal person to discuss my pilots. Throughout the thirty minutes, he gave me thoughtful feedback and helped me navigate ways to move my projects forward. My only hesitancy in telling you this is that when I need to sign up for another consultation with him, he may be booked. :)
Samantha LeeHad some great feedback from an Industry Professional, as a newbie didn't know what to expect but the advice pointed me in the right direction and some great encouraging words to say I am on the right track with my story.
D A StenardI am working through my fear of pitching live by taking advantage of the written pitches with various professionals. I was smart enough to book a written pitch with SCOTT SCHULMAN. I sent my written pitch and received my response today. To say I was happy with his response and notes would be an understatement. While my script was ultimately not right for him, I will absolutely come back with my next script when I feel it is ready. If you want a thoughtful, interested and KIND exec to review your script and give you his ideas on your work, you can't do better than Scott.
D A StenardI was lucky enough to snag a spot in order to pitch my holiday comedy to AARON DANIEL JACOB. I sent in my written pitch and received back his thoughtful and kind notes. I say kind, because I have gotten some harsh notes from other people, that don't do anything except shrivel my soul a tiny bit. But Aaron Daniel was enthusiastic and insightful and gave me the path in order to fix my pitch. And I'm confident that the next time I pitch him, which I most certainly will, I'll get all 5"s and a recommend. Thank you again, Aaron Daniel. You really were a help. And thank you, Stage 32, for bringing him on board.
Matt FriedmanI just wanted to let someone at Stage 32 know about my experience with a 60-minute call with manager Scott Schulman. Scott not only provided great insight and guidance, he was extremely encouraging and passionate. He's the kind of no BS guy that goes above and beyond what might be expected. Scott wants you to win. Overall, he was specifically helpful in helping craft a better pitch after he read our script. Scott made us (the writers) feel even more excited and prepared. Thank you to everyone at Stage 32 for providing the opportunity for us to speak with a seasoned pro like Scott. It was an invaluable experience.
Lisa GarveyI had a 30 minute call with the prolific multi-hyphenate Julia Verdin to discuss my feature. Not only did she provide honest critical feedback, she gave me excellent marketing advice and suggested a director she thought might be interested in my script. Very grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with her. Thank you Stage 32 and thank you Julia for sharing your knowledge.
Amy VolkerI had a consultation with Christina Pickworth and she couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. She thought my script was lovely and fun to read and told me that I should be very proud of myself especially since this is only version 2! She had great notes and made me feel so motivated on making my baby even better. I highly recommend on having a consultation with Christina and really hope to work with her again.
Robin BradfordI had the pleasure recently of speaking with Christina Pickworth for an hour consultation. It was obvious that she read my script with great care, as she well understood the story, its theme, its through line, and all the characters and their plights and quirks. Christina is an intelligent and thoughtful person who was candid in her feedback, and generous about complimenting the work, while offering suggestions that made perfect sense and were easy to integrate into the script...and gave it a little snap
Jack PoloJust wanted to say that I had a tremendous meeting w/ Ashley Henderson. Her comments were spot on, highly professional and very insightful. On points that weren't clear in my script we talked and after I explained my goal, we both spitballed ideas that will make the script that much stronger on rewrite. Want to improve? Go w/Stage 32. And if you can, work w/Ashley.
Renee N. MelandI just had a fantastic call with Julia Verdin regarding one of my scripts. She gave me very specific, actionable notes (including page numbers! I'm a big fan of page numbers partially because it lets you know that the person reviewing your work really took the time to go through it carefully) and clued me in on some aspects of the business that I was not aware of that could help me in the future. Highly recommend!
Robert R. SmithI had an excellent one-hour script consultation with Scott Schulman. He constructively counseled me to lengthen my script and further develop my characters. Scott was warm, encouraging, and inspiring. In addition to personal suggestions for pitching, he recommended I get on board pitching my project at Stage 32 pitch sessions. He was very generous with his time and his helpfulness.
Terry LynamHi, Jason - I had the hour-long phone call with Mike Sammaciccia for my script Horse Up a Tree and another hour for my Ajeeta the Invincible. Mike came well prepared to each call, having given each tale a careful read and thorough analysis. He made many excellent suggestions for each story. Thank you. Sincerely, Terry Lynam
Matthew WalshI recently purchased a consultation, from Stage32, for a script read and 60-minute conversation with Scott Schulman. __Scott's excitement and energy after having read my script was infectious and truly hyped me up even more about the caliber of my writing and storytelling. His guidance and suggestions for "what's next," not only for my script but also for me as a writer, was extremely insightful and personable. I feel stronger and more confident about ... really everything, after speaking with Scott. __In short, I had a very wonderful and productive session and I would absolutely recommend this service, and Scott if he's available, for any other writer looking for advice and experience that will shape their future. __Thank you for reading my testimonial!
Manoj RaoHad an appointment with Janean Jeffries from ViacomCBS Streaming service after submitting my pilot for her review. Session was great and ended with Janean asking for a pitch deck, and a series bible so that she could pass it along for consideration. I wouldn’t have been prepared to give either of those documents if I didn’t go to every stage 32 class available to me over the last 2 years. Don’t know how it will end for my project (fingers crossed), but this is the closest I’ve ever been. Here’s hoping it will get picked up so I can be a bonafide Stage 32 success story and share my experiences through them for others to learn from. Thank you Stage 32.
Michelle AldridgeJust had my first ever script consultation with Scott Schulman! He was so encouraging, gave excellent feedback, and had some of the best advice I've ever received about writing and pitching for television. He is a champion for writers and really celebrated my script, which has LGBTQIA storylines, a female lead character, and themes around mental health. I left the call feeling more encouraged than I ever have before about my writing and about my vision for my series. Thank you Stage32 and Scott!
Courtney KingI spoke to Colleen Marshall who had very thoughtful and knowledgeable feedback on my screenplay. She was very professional but also just an awesome human to speak to. I feel like she’s set me on the right path for the future of my project. Thank you Colleen and thank you Stage 32 for creating a bridge to great industry pros like her.
Kristy EllingtonI purchased a Pilot Read 60 Minute consult with Kevin Nicklaus a few weeks ago and it was the best money I ever spent. I knew going into it that Kevin was an industry veteran (25 years of experience and a first-look deal with HBO), but I wasn't totally prepared for how generous he would be with his insights and feedback from a development perspective. At one point I had to just put my pen down and be present for his feedback because it was truly priceless. __Kevin gave me some hard truths alongside some encouraging words, and got me hyped for a rewrite which I'm almost done with. In fact, I'm planning on grabbing another session with him for this version because his POV was so helpful. _
Katharina Mag.art.KahlerI have watched a webinar about RomCom by Jason Mirch lately. I was very impressed and really grateful for the clear and detailed hints on how to construct a RomCom in this webinar. It is a brilliant webinar and I would recommend it to every writer interested in that genre. I have seen most of the films that are shown as examples, only two of them I did not see (I will order the film "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" at Amazon.) It is interesting to see the first film where a "Meet Cute" was defined as term in screenwriting. The film examples are well chosen between classics and modern cinema. Jason´s explanations about their detailed construction open a wider horizon about this genre. Take a look at this webinar by Jason Mirch if you are a true fan of RomCom like me! (Link: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/An-Inside-Look-of-the-Stage-32-Writers-Room-Writing-Romantic-Comedies)
Jack VandagriffI continue to be impressed by the talented people you bring into Stage 32. I had my conference with Drew Gatto last evening and he more than lived up to my expectations. He not only knew my screenplay, he had great suggestions on how to improve it. You're doing a great job bringing in quality people to aid us in our screenwriting careers. Thank you!__
Jack VandagriffI continue to be impressed by the talented people you bring into Stage 32. I had my conference with Drew Gatto last evening and he more than lived up to my expectations. He not only knew my screenplay, he had great suggestions on how to improve it. You're doing a great job bringing in quality people to aid us in our screenwriting careers. Thank you!
Tony GermannI recently had the pleasure of a 30 minute Script Consultation with Colleen Marshall and I could not be happier. Colleen was focused, professional, and very quick with her critique of the script. We had a robust discussion about how it could be improved and how to bring more focus to the key points of what is already there. She was really excited about the story and provided fantastic insight into what it could become. __Big thanks to Jason Mirch and Nick for all of their support in Script Services. And to everyone at Stage32 for creating these great opportunities for writers to establish meaningful relationships with executives. Writing may be lonely work, but this community definitely makes the rest of the process a collaboration. Cheers!_
Drew NelsonI received some very thoughtful and insightful feedback from exec. Shannon Looney on the first 10 pages of my fantasy drama pilot LOST ONES. I highly recommend reaching out to her and taking advantage of Stage 32's coverage service. To have this kind of access to top industry players working TODAY, you won't regret it ! __
Wanda McCormickThe presentation with Netflix was well organized and so interesting, I was glued to my computer screen. It was brilliant! Thank you Stage 32.
Arthur PayneI very recently ordered and received coverage from Stage 32 on one of my screenplays and I am really happy with the results. The coverage was very thorough, thoughtful, and helpful. And, I did not have to wait a long time to get it. I have ordered coverage from other services in the past- and some was good and some was bad- But this coverage was really excellent. One of the things that was really a plus for me was the fact the reader did not just point out some areas where things could be improved, he also gave some very good suggestions about dealing with those areas that needed work. I am impressed and will order more coverage from Stage 32 in the future.
Sean Francis EllisI received a "First Ten Pages Review" from Thomas Pemberton (Development Executive, Mind's Eye Entertainment) via Stage 32, which gave me several key insights into my feature screenplay's set up. I chose Thomas because of his preference for Thrillers, Suspense, Action & Sci-Fi (my screenplay combines these genres) and his experience with international co-productions (I'm an Australian). __Having just completed a rewrite of my Thriller, "Shadow Men", I wanted to know if I had established the mystery in a compelling way, and the feedback confirmed what I was hoping, but also suggested several ways to improve it by holding back on a certain reveal. A scorecard also ranked the First Scene, Set Up of Character(s), Set Up of World, Clarity of Tone, Originality of Concept, and Strength of Voice. __I recommend this inexpensive service as a way to not only test your first ten pages, but also help you decide which executive to go with when you're ready for development notes, consulting or mentoring services. I look forward to sending the completed draft to Thomas for the "Feature Script Read and Talk", soon.
Mark A McKeeHello!__I wanted to make you aware that after meeting Chayah Masters through a Stage 32 pitch session, that she recently optioned one of my stories and it is now in the development phase.__Thanks for helping me make this connection!__-Mark
Brent BeebeFelipe Machado [of Raimi Productions] has supplied me with the most specific notes of any reader in my 30+ years of writing. Anyone looking for helpful notes in this genre would be a fool not to take advantage of his assistance. I’m currently working on rewrites of my script based on his notes and plan on re-submitting to him on it’s completion.
Bobby ChaconI recently signed up for a "Tv Pilot Read + 30 Minute Talk With An Executive" (with) Scott Schulman and couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only did Scott contact immediately to arrange our phone call, he was genuinely interested in getting his hands on and reading my pilot script. He also read the script quickly and setup our call within a day or two of our initial contact. On our call it was obvious Scott had not only read my pilot script but also understood the world I was going for. He used his keen insight and expertise in the business to point out a few things that will make my script better and one major issue that will make my script absolutely sought after. I am currently rewriting and instituting the changes Scott recommended. I have no doubt my pilot script will be much better and stand a far greater chance of getting sold once I incorporate Scott’s expert and insightful notes.
Jack VandagriffJust had my session with Michael Ewing [of AGC Studios]. Michael is insightful and to the point with great suggestions on how to improve the script. I greatly appreciate his insight and wanted to pass along to you on what a great asset Michael is for Stage32 and all of the budding writers.
Robbie RobertsonJust wanted to say that Drew Gatto was the most inspiring consult I have had with Stage 32. It was very obvious that Drew took the time to fully analyze my pilot and had plenty of questions, comments, and guidance on even the smallest of details. He also gave me a lot of inspiration and encouragement on my current draft as well as recommendations on what steps to take next. As a customer (and a writer), the experience was phenomenal and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with a real pro like Drew.
Nancy MilhollandIn the last few months I purchased feedback from: Jalessa Jones, Kevin Nicklaus, Sara Ray and Janeen Jeffries. It is so important for me to share with you how invaluable these sessions/written feedback was. I could tell that each one of them had REALLY READ the material ( Jalesa had notes per page! ) - they took my work seriously and really committed to helping me improve on my ( ok - I know it ) already great show idea. What was interesting to me was that there was a through line in terms of my areas needing improvement that they all touched upon - so obviously - I had a few blind spots. Pretty much all of their notes resonated with me and I understood where they were coming from. I did not have resistance to any of their questions/observations/concerns. Jalessa in particular asked questions that I could not answer: that told me a lot about my preparation and my writing- it also told me that just because I SEE IT - doesn't mean that the reader does. Just wanted to give feedback on what I think is really important work that [Stage 32] is doing. Thank You.
Lonnie MartinI just had an excellent phone call with Ken Korba Jr. [at Universal Pictures] who had a lot of interesting insights about my script. He had some really great suggestion about how I can raise the stakes for my main characters. He immediately understood the marketplace for it and gave me some great advice as to what I can do to move forward. And thank you for the coverage and consultation services you provide.
Conrad VernonI've taught a masterclass on animation and was on a panel with two other artists/friends in the industry at Stage 32 and the experience, depth, professionalism and most of all FUN I had working with these fine people could not have been better! Amanda is supportive and enthusiastic and the site friendly and easy to use especially for a non-tech savvy grunt like me! What a great service and place to meet other artists in the community. Bravo! -Conrad Vernon, Director, Addams Family, Shrek 2, Sausage Party
Gerry YukevichI had a strong, very helpful, chat with Drew Gatto about my script “Death Dose.”Thanks for setting it up. He was incisive and succinct. I highly recommend him to other writers. He clearly had studied my work carefully, and he was sharp on many details of dialogue, character, and flow of the plot.Bravo to Drew and Bravo to you for setting up the interview! Very helpful and supportive!Keep up the great work!
John TaylorI was having a difficult time trying to decide which executive to send my script to for a read and consultation, so I reached out to Jason Mirch for suggestions. He could not have recommended a better individual than Brad Wilson. Brad not only provided constructive and thoughtful feedback concerning my project, but he was just a delight to speak with, period. I couldn't be happier with the experience and can't thank Brad and Stage 32 enough for providing me the opportunity.
Andrea ZastrowAs someone who has purchased coverage for my comedy/romantic comedy script, Parallel Proposals, from several services, I can’t tell you what a relief (and joy) it is that my script landed on the desk of someone who truly connected with my characters and understood the message. The reader clearly gave my script a thorough read—that doesn’t always happen! While I’ve been able to find nuggets of valuable information in most of the other feedback I’ve received, I’ve also had way too many head-scratching moments. Not one with the Stage 32 reader, whose comments were very insightful throughout. Her comment summary beautifully summed up the messages I had hoped to portray, which fed my soul. The suggestion she had is a good one, and I’m looking to where I can incorporate it in my script. A big thanks to Stage 32!
Cameron JohnsonScott Schulman is incredibly passionate about what he does. He offers practical advice and truly cares about your success. He helped me completely change my strategy of being a writer. He is the one who taught me that it is more than just writing a good script. He taught me that being a great writer is only a quarter of the battle. It is about selling yourself and having something significant to say. Once I was able to change my way of thinking, I know that played a significant part in my success.
Kelly NameyHi everyone! Just finished my second marketable script with the one and only Sarah Cornelius. I seriously doubt there's a master class in the world that better equips a writer than working with a consultant like Sarah. Her love for the art comes through in her incredible insight, attention to detail, and willingness to really read your script. Listen guys, I'm no spring chicken. I know valuable a great mentor is. I'm telling you, full stop, Sarah's talent in getting to the heart of your story and flushing out the clutter is priceless. There's no better way, in my opinion, to excel as a writer, than working with an amazing exec like Sarah!
Frank MendicinoThank you Stage32 for giving me the most helpful and best coverage I have received to date. It was truly inspiring. Your team is awesome!
Bob CanningWhen Angela at Stage 32 asked me if I wanted to write a testimonial about my experience with Producer Will Raynor at Mandalay Pictures, I did it in a New York second (a minute was too long a wait). My consultation with him was one of the most pleasant and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had with someone in that position. First of all, allow me to tell you about our first scheduled appointment. Will had to cancel as something major came up, and instead of just letting Stage 32 let me know, he not only called me himself, he sent me an email explaining and apologizing. I was quite surprised and appreciative that he took the time to do that. (I should note here that at around that same time, I had experienced not one but two no-shows for a consultation by another producer without any notice or apology. He just blew me off!) So for Will to do this was a very simple, very classy thing. Will loved my script – a 1940s screwball comedy in the Preston Sturges vein – he said, “It was incredibly satisfying,” especially now that period pieces are hot. He had five notes/suggestions for me, which were absolutely, positively, 100% perfect, and asked me to resend the screenplay when I had it ready for him to see. I asked him to give me a month. Well, his ideas worked so well, and the rewrite went so easily, I sent the Second Draft back to him a week later. And now I wait for his response… But in the meantime, let me tell you: Will Raynor is KING OF THE WORLD!
Angela VanZandt-BumpassStage 32 has proven to be a fertile ground for my screenplay efforts. The help I have received here through the notes of the accomplished producers has been invaluable. The structure of the company allows writers to have control over their destiny. I have had two good agents in the past in Hollywood but feel Stage 32 is equally great in their investment in my future. They seem to want to see me succeed and perhaps together with one mutual goal success will happen. Take their notes seriously because they know how to do this. I feel the best value is the 30-minute consultation after a script read. I have loved my 10- minute pitches, too. I am working multiple scripts. Thank you to all on Stage 32!
Stefania LicariI had a consultation Skype call with executive Bret Slater. Saying I was overjoyed afterwards is an underestimation! Everything was absolutely worth it. First of all, Bret's inputs on the actual work in terms of ideas and narrative adjustments are absolutely priceless. Second, he is very approachable and friendly to talk to and made me feel very comfortable to openly talk about my goals. I came out of the call feeling over the moon: encouraged, uplifted, full of ideas and with a much clearer plan of action ahead. I am now looking forward to a potential follow up call. Thank you Stage32 for facilitating this service! It is outstanding.
Riley FullertonIf you're considering investing in Stage 32's Premium Coverage from an Executive service, I highly recommend requesting Ms. Carli Haney to read your script. Ms. Haney provided thorough, thoughtful feedback on my dark comedy pilot. She dug into the core of my story, highlighted my story's strengths, and she carefully examined areas where my pilot could use polishing. Her notes were honest, and they allowed me to view my pilot (and my own abilities as a writer) in a new light. Ms. Carli Haney has inspired me to be confident and fearless with this rewrite, and she can do the same for you. Ms. Haney -- Thank you.
Dirk PattonWanted to share some thoughts for the other writers out there. I currently have three different scripts I'm pitching and over the past six months have purchased a LOT of coverage from a variety of the services out there. I won't mention any specific companies as I'm not here to bad mouth them, but suffice it to say that every service I've used has been a well known name._To my point. Coverage is only good if there is relevant and actionable feedback, with a justification for why the reader feels how they do about a script. I've received coverage where the reader couldn't get my character names right. I've received coverage where the reader got the setting wrong. Like, really wrong. Like the script is set in Texas and they wrote that I shouldn't have chosen Ohio. I'm not kidding._I've received coverage from a couple of readers who were blatantly personally biased against the story and that's all they could focus on. I've also received coverage where it was obvious that the reader, at best, skimmed the script or at worst didn't even finish reading it. I've received coverage that was glowing, though painfully vague, then gotten to the bottom to find that the reader recommends a PASS. Huh? If you're passing, then why is there not one single critique of anything in your comments? I'vereceived multiple coverages that appear as though the reader threw them together in ten minutes. BTW, any coverage readers out there... If you're going to critique a writer's comma placement, of all things, you might want to proofread your own feedback for typos and poor grammar. Regardless, if I wanted a proofread of my script, I would have selected that particular service. The common thread here is that the feedback was useless and a waste of my money. Well, I did get rid of a couple of commas, so there's that. Throughout all of this, only one service has consistently provided coverage that I felt was worth every penny I paid, and that is Stage32. NOT because I always agree with the readers, but because they have stated their case clearly and offered suggestions and insights on how to improve. That allows me to learn and grow as a writer. THAT'S what coverage should be and an example of a true professional reader. So, kudos to Stage32 Script Services! You've assembled an impressive team of readers who actually care about helping writers improve their craft. No, I'm not being compensated in any way for saying this, nor am I affiliated with Stage32 or related to anyone who works there.
Abdur MohammedI was in that realm of indecision - do a pitch or full executive consult? I opted for a "First 10 Page Review" and I could not be happier. I got a consult with Ms. Carla Westlund from Cake-studios and her feedback was outstanding. I am pleased to say I received a "Consider," and by doing so, Ms. Westlund has renewed my fever to see my story on screen. I highly recommend seeking Ms. Westlund's brilliance for your project. Best of luck to all.
Pidge JobstIt is true, there is no set-formula concerning breaking your content into the entertainment industry. Yet, with Stage 32, there is indeed one available to rising industry persons, whether you are an actor inquiring about self-tape format, an aspiring screenwriter seeking representation and desiring access to managers, film studios heads, or TV show acquisition executives; or even a veteran director/producer-type looking to build your Master Crew List for an upcoming shoot, it's all here! -- via mentorship programs, coverage, community support, and more. While some do indeed get repped through the forum's available pitch sessions, while others receive a "Pass" first time around, it's all about building relationships. And more than anything, relationship-building is what Jason, Richard, and their Stage 32 team provides. Recently, Ramo Law, P.C.'s President of Sales & Packaging Tiffany Boyle signed on to one of our projects via Stage 32 and began a working relationship with us. The project was then submitted to HBO. There's just so many growth areas and opportunities that Stage 32 makes available.
Dennis J Hamilton Jr.This service is incredible! I have been writing screenplays for the past thirty years, and with consultations with the pros on Stage 32, you're never too old to learn something! My consult with Steve B., was not only informative, but gave me the confidence and resolve to understand the tough business of submitting successfully scripted material to industry insiders. We should commend Jason M. and Stage 32, for helping us cut through the red tape and get good material to the industry. They have been incredibly helpful all the way!
Greg WombleRachelle David's class taught me more about how a writer navigates the business of television than any book or workshop ever has. Her gentle approach and caring manner does not dull her sharp-as-a-knife expertise and insider perspective on how to go from idea to sale in the TV biz.
Florin DeleanuRaquelle David from Elevate Entertainment's Writing Lab has been one of the best experiences in my life. Raquelle is marvelous teacher, offering so much information while making you feel at home, encouraging you to strive with your artistic visions while giving pointers on making them sellable.
Lee TidballA HUGE thank you to Tyler Winther of Aaron Sims Creative for the massive amount of insights, information, and enthusiasm he shared with me in my recent feedback conversation with him. __First of all, it’s just amazing to have someone react enthusiastically to my concept and story, a big world-building family sci-fi action-adventure
Katherine SchimmelHello, I recently connected with Audrey Knox of Cartel Entertainment and had only 1 hour to solve a major problem. My goal for the mentored meeting was essentially this: to be released of a long-standing, incredibly bothering writer's block which I knew was a symptom of not knowing the answers to some questions relating to the script's development. Or put another way, I had found it absolutely impossible to finish the script (85 pages in) without just the right guidance. __Well, in walks Audrey (metaphorically speaking of course) and then everything changes. From the moment she started speaking, I knew instantly that she had something special to offer. It was as though she had waved a magical wand or was in the possession of some rare superpower. Essentially I think it all boils down to this: Audrey has, what is in my opinion, an exceptionally uncanny intelligence for intuiting what needs to be done but also how best to do it. How best to do it is key here. And as I've learned in life, these are most uncommon qualities. For as I listened to her cogently explain how to solve my various obstacles, I was left to ponder, "why didn't I think of that?"
Ms. Christopher CallenLove this Site and the Positive Creative Community here__I have been a new member here for the last 6 -7 months...I so appreciate the top level participants in the various webinars and forums ( Free and reasonably fee'd) . There are so many programs it is hard to keep track of them ( a good thing) ! I find this community to be inspiring, informative , smart ---and Positive. That last element perhaps the most important to writers ---at least this writer. I am delighted to find a forum established help get art "birthed" and help (experienced and novice )writers get better and better. I also want to give a shout out to Jason who exemplifies that attitude of positivity whenever he is moderating a pitch session or webinar ---as do all of the staff here. It is a lovely home to belong to and I look forward to taking even _ more advantage of what is offered...as I proceed on my own writer's journey . It is a great touchstone where creativity and art can occur. I find myself recommending it to all writers with whom I cross paths. Grateful.
Gayle Herbert RobinsonI am thrilled by my recent Stage 32 screenplay coverage of my romantic dramedy, _Coffee, Love Du Jour. It was very constructive and encouraging. In fact, he was concerned that I might be discouraged from some of the comments. It was the opposite. It fueled me for the re-writing task ahead. Each constructive feedback was followed by encouragement and praise. He led me in a direction, I had not considered, which I believe, (if done skillfully) will make it highly marketable, which is the goal. He uncovered another genre I hadn't considered. I see it now, and I'm going to run with it.__Stage 32 Coverage is wonderful! I highly recommend it. Your eyes and the eyes of friends and family members are not enough. You need a Stage 32 reader, like mine, to triage your script, so you can transform it into a strong, viable story that impacts the reader
Brian StreatyAfter speaking with Boman Modine and Daniel Kendrick, I am convinced that Stage 32 is the #1 way to connect with Directors, Writers, and Producers that are currently making successful movies and TV shows. The invaluable feedback and notes provided are the rocket boost; all writers need to gain confidence and hone their craft instantly.
David PageWill Raynor gave me excellent notes on my action-comedy SMALLWOOD. I had several smack-myself-in-the-forehead moments when I thought, “Of course, that will make the script better.” Now I’m forging ahead with the rewrite. Thanks, Will. And thanks to Jason and the whole Stage 32 team.
Micael E. RossIt was so unusual, a way of passing on useful information without the snark and bite we get accustomed to. I'm referring to the results of my recent Stage 32 Pitch Session with Ewan Dunbar of Disrupting Influence. I've had my share of Passes for different scripts; that's a rite of passage in the industry, let no one tell you different. Ewan passed on the pitch for my modern family business drama AMERICAN KUSH some weeks back. In the process he gave me serious notes on improving the pitch, but it wasn't delivered in the dry, airless, by-the-numbers style of many execs. Ewan provided encouragement and what felt like real empathy about the writing process and how much work it is. He praised the pitch's strong points, and was just generally a Class Act. It won 't make the work of writing (and re-writing) any easier. But it's just refreshing to get useful advice in a way that doesn't make you feel useless. Thanks.
Wendy JonesHaving had my confidence knocked severely, it was with great trepidation that I submitted this summer and I was so pleased with the response. Not to say it was a glowing report, fairly mediocre in fact, but so kindly written and encouragingly done. _It showed me exactly where I'd been going wrong, made sense and inspire me to jump back in and make it better. I've taken a week out now to think it over, jotting down all my ideas as they come and can't wait to get back on the horse. Would definitely recommend.
Todd RoyalOff Jason Mirch's recommendation I have pitched two producers my original one-hour television series -- The President's Club. Both went great, and the feedback has been invaluable. What I find at Stage 32 is a positive, can-do attitutde that encourages everyone to make the best content possible and put it out into the world. Thank you to Stage 32. This is an amazing resource.
Joshua MaheuThe coverage service offered by Stage 32 is absolutely worth-while. By receiving outside perspectives on our projects, this service allows us to gain additional insight to further maximize the quality of our scripts. The feedback is clear and concise while offering solutions to help us out with problem solving. I definitely recommend everyone to try it out!
Matthew J. BeierOn the day of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in California, I drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where I had rented a room in hopes of spending more time near the entertainment business and building my network. Less than 40 hours later, I realized that the timing couldn't have been more terrible, and I drove back home to Northern California, wondering how I would ever get my projects off the ground, let alone seen by reputable industry executives. __Within two weeks, however, one of my TV pilots, via a Stage 32 script consult, earned a "double recommend" from a TV Lit Coordinator at a prominent agency in Los Angeles. Two weeks after that, a 2-page pitch for the same show earned me a meeting with a literary manager at another prominent company. In the months since, my project has been shopped around to some of the most influential production companies in the business. It also recently earned a very exciting read request after being included in Stage 32's "Double Recommend" Lookbook. On top of this, multiple executives have read a different feature script that I'm equally passionate about. While it hasn’t yet sold, I’ve used the feedback I gained from Stage 32 connections to rewrite it and make it far, far better than it was. __All in all, Stage 32 has saved my 2020. If you’re approaching this business from the outside with no industry contacts to speak of, it can be a godsend. And if you’re on the fence, don’t fear. Just don your thick skin, put your best work out there, and be ready for whatever opportunities it might bring.
Mary LissoneThe Stage 32 professional coverage series is great resource for writers because it allows the writer to choose the most specifically qualified reader possible! I read through countless daily offering and suddenly one day - I found the person I thought would be an ideal reader. My genre is Sci Fi - and specifically I needed someone with hands-on CGI proficiency to tell me if any of what I had written would be possible. I jumped on it that same day and am happy I did. I received thoughtful and insightful coverage. I had many worries aboutthis process, but what I feared most was that the coverage would either be opaque or brutal. Instead, I found good news and good advice - and confirmation of my own thoughts. I was truly impressed by the obvious time my reader took with the script. Thank you Stage 32 - I plan on using the service for upcoming TV projects.
Garcia SistersA very big thanks to the whole team at Stage 32. We highly recommend filmmakers and writers to join Stage 32 and connect with like-minded people. We have used their educational webinars and pitching services:both have been great! We have learned so much from perfecting our pitches thanks to their feedback. Stage 32 is a great platform for writers and filmmakers to learn and launch their career. Thank you Stage 32!!
Robin BradfordI just had a fantastic script consultation with Boman Modine. Not only was he insightful about the strengths of my script, but offered excellent advice for making it better. He's very easy to talk to, is a great listener, and had creative suggestions I'd not thought of. His presentation style is both kind and candid. __Thank you, Jason and everyone at Stage 32 for giving people the opportunity to talk with someone of Boman's capability and professionalism. I definitely got more than I expected from this satisfying conversation.
Kim Strickland-SargentI've learned so much from Stage 32! I had put my TV pilots on hold to focus on other writing projects early in the pandemic, when I received the free Writers Room email and joined in time to watch the Pitch Session tutorial. It changed my writing life. When I heard the execs talking about how, with no production going on, everyone in Hollywood was reading scripts, it caused me to refocus on mine. I engaged with Anna Henry, who is nothing less than a script magician. Via her insightful suggestions, two drafts later the strongest of my Pilot scripts and I received Double Recommend Coverage from Stage 32!_And I must also add, Conrad Sun's webinar on the TV world was fantastically informative. I've watched it several times. Excited to see what happens for me next! Thank you, Stage 32!_
Joseph E PezzulloA real taste of what to expect from the industry! No matter what you're using Stage32 for, it's the perfect place for networking, interacting with industry professionals, and gauging reception on your projects. If you're scared to make that first submission, don't be! The community is helpful and friendly! I'm only using this website to a FRACTION of it's potential, and I'm the only one holding myself back. I challenge you to be better than me; DO NOT hold back! This is the place to give it all you've got.
David PageI've been impressed with the consults I've received from Stage 32. Case in point: Julia Verdin. She gave me excellent notes from her "First 10 Pages" read of my thriller LIKE AN ANIMAL. And she apparently went beyond the call of duty, because she pointed out a typo on page 41. Thanks to Julia, and Jason, and the whole Stage 32 crew.
Donnalyn VojtaI can't say enough good things about exec Laurie Cook. I purchased a script read and 1-hour phone conference for his expertise, and he did NOT let me down. He was in touch with me right away to schedule a time to talk. He read my FULL feature script over two days, and then we talked on the third day. He had an outline of exactly what I needed to know when we spoke, so the conference was extremely efficient and packed with valuable tips SPECIFIC to my script. I HIGHLY recommend seeking advice and feedback from Laurie Cook if you're looking for meaningful script coverage. Way to go, Stage 32!!
Dash RiprockI had a couple of things that bothered me about my horror script. I submitted the script to Stage 32's Coverage and within 48 hours I received my feedback. __The reader not only provided what worked but what didn't work, AND HOW TO FIX IT.__Both of my concerns were addressed (without me even asking or pointing them out) and both were give instructions on how to make it better.__Hands down the best coverage I've ever received._
Elizabeth GuestI truly enjoyed working with the whole team at Stage 32. It's an amazing organization that does a superb job of bringing people in all areas and levels of the entertainment industry together. I'm very grateful to now be part of the Stage 32 community. - Elizabeth Guest, Actress (Netflix's REAL ROB, Emmy-winning CALIFORNICATION, NBC'S REAL ROB, CBS's THE MENTALIST and more.)
Angela RomeoTatiana Kelly - what can I say I walked away with valuable information. Her feedback, with both positive and negative, was like fuel to help the rewrite in a very different manner. WOW.
Brad WilsonAfter all of my years making films one of the great blessings came to me when Stage 32 came into my life. By becoming a mentor with them I have been able to meet wonderful, sincere, talented writers I would have never met otherwise. I've read some wonderful scripts, some of which I've actually optioned and are moving ahead to produce. I'm so grateful to be a part of this great and professional organization and to have my world open up even more because of it.
HB DuranI obtained a 60-minute mentoring call with Spencer Robinson and am so glad I did. As someone who writes a LOT both creatively and for a living, I came to Spencer desperate for guidance on next steps to get a manager. He quickly helped me identify my goals and strengths, and offered valuable advice on how to maximize them. By the end of my call, I had a solid plan for obtaining representation. Spencer is a tremendous resource and I cannot recommend his guidance enough. Thank you so much!
Toby TateI've learned more from webinars and blog posts on Stage 32 in the last few years than anything I could have learned outside of film school or working on an actual film set. And now, thanks to you guys (and plenty of self-motivation, of course) I am co-producing my own film projects! Yes, it can be done!
McKinley ParkerTalking with [Literary Manager] Scott Schulman was great and really motivating! His feedback reassured me the my instinct as a storyteller is moving in the right direction with the script, and he squashed my concern that might be too dark. He felt I was holding back a little and trying to have a broader appeal than I maybe need too. He kept saying “get darker man!" He really felt it would resonate and be an important story to tell. Overall it was a motivating and fun call!
Bill AlbertHad a script consultation, only the 2nd time ever with Thomas Pemberton of Mind's Eye Entertainment, and it went great! One of the constant suggestions I've been getting was the need to introduce the main character sooner but I'd always been worried about how to do that without giving to many secrets away. Thomas and I worked through that enough that the character makes her appearance right away and it even adds to the mystery. He asked me lots of questions and I was able to give him so many detailed answers about where the series would go, that by the call ended, he let me know he was going to recommend the idea to a production company! Waiting now, hoping he gets them excited. It's the closest I've ever been! It gave me so much confidence that, even if they aren't interested, it gave me a big boost of confidence.
Dirk PattonI wrote a TV pilot that recently received a Double Recommend from Stage32 Industry Reader Coverage! Besides a huge ego boost, that also gets your logline and bio sent out to all of Stage32's industry contacts. Mine went out about two weeks ago. My script has, so far, been requested by Zero Gravity, Polaris Pictures and Mind's Eye Entertainment. AND, I just scheduled a meeting with Mind's Eye! I'm excited, to say the least, and had to give a shoutout to Stage32 for helping me take the next step!
Melinda L HicksStage 32 really does put writers together with industry who can help move their career along. I booked a script read and call with Brad Wilson of Higher Purpose Entertainment to discuss my faith feature and got a glowing review! "One of the best scripts he's read in a long time." This is the first step. From here, we see where we can take it but it all starts with perfecting your script and putting yourself out there - and Stage 32 is such a great platform from which to launch. I'll continue to use it and recommend it. Thanks, Stage 32!!
Acoryé WhiteI must say I’m glad I decided to get back on Stage32 after putting it off for 4-5 years to pursue my acting career. Finally, I decided to come back and pitch a screenplay to Sarah J. Cornelius of Whitewater Films. She loved the pitch and a few days later I received and email informing me that she had requested the script! After about a week or two of sending the screenplay, she reached out to me requesting a meeting. She loved the script as well! We just had our first meeting and I’m feeling really good about her and her company. I’m hoping this works out and that we can reach a deal. Looking forward to keeping you all informed! Thanks Stage32 for creating this platform!
Hagop Kane BoughazianI just wanted to say that I had the most amazing script feedback session I've ever had. I submitted my script for Hidden Gems for feedback to Boman Modine through Stage32 and the feedback he provided was extremely valuable and beneficial. I couldn't believe how well he understood the core premise of my screenplay and how thorough his thinking was. I believe I will be able to really deepen the narrative of my story, better flesh out the world, and push everything - including my characters - to the next level with his feedback. He really understood the story and provided feedback that was on point. Anyway, I couldn't be happier with this service so wanted to mention it and say thanks! __Peace,_Kane
Robert F RossettiI would like to give a big, gigantic, Thank You, to Stage32 and it's vast array of dedicated and truly genuine managers, executives, and producers who were so gracious with their time and so forthcoming with their thoughtful and honest feedback. Thanks to utilizing the Script Reads with a 30min Phone Call, I was able to make huge breakthroughs with both of my scripts, so much so that one placed as a Semifinalist in the Comedy Competition and the other is still in the running as a current Finalist! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Stage32! I can't wait to finish another script and get it read! The best part of Stage32 is that it gives someone like me, a regular person with a dusty film degree and a demanding day job, a chance, a light at the end of the tunnel, a Rita Hayworth poster on the wall, that feeling that if I write it they will come...that maybe someway, somehow, someone, will read something and..."Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies." Thanks for the help and thanks for the hope, Stage32! Best of luck to all the Finalists in the Comedy Competition and best of luck to everyone on Stage32! __
C.D. PetersonI had another great session with Joe Ferrante. It's sort of helpful when someone points out what's wrong, but it's really helpful when someone suggests how to fix it - that's what Joe does. Best of all, Joe gets into the script. He gets to know the characters. He understands what I'm trying to do, my "world." THE LAST ONES is getting ready to show off. C. D. "Pete" Peterson
Dorothy HarrisStage 32 truly Rocks. Jason Mirch is the best. I sent him my query letter and he helped me to write a better logline. Although He is a busy man, It didn't take him weeks to respond back. Now my letter is sent to the companies who were interested. What I love most is that everyone is eager to help because they genuinely want you to succeed. Stage 32 is THE BEST COMMUNITY FOR WRITERS. I give it 4 thumbs up.
P.A. LopezStage32 employs an amazing team of CARING individuals! Although their services are second-to-none, the people are what really make Stage32 such an amazing resource!
Priscilla BerringerI wanted to say a huge thank you to [Stage 32 Industry Reader] Allen Roughton, [UK-based literary agent] Christina Pickworth, and [FOX producer] Regina Lee, for such helpful notes on my scripts so far. Between them, it has made a huge impact on my work so far, in formatting initially, but afterwards in content to make sure the reader is gripped in the first ten. I have felt hugely encouraged and gently guided where improvements are required. I feel I am really getting a picture of how the industry works and how I will get a sale of my two features and which of my shorts to focus on making myself when lockdown ends.
Anthony SmithMy meeting(s) with Scott Schulman were very inspiring, and provided the positive kick in the butt I needed in order to continue believing in my work and refining the craft. Scott has great energy, much to say about the business of film and TV, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. I plan to consult with him again in the future. Thanks!
Martin ReeseI've been a member of Stage 32 since 2014. I've participated in The Writer's Room learning how to improve my writing and pitching (written and verbal). I recently submitted a written pitch for my horror screenplay The Eye of Owuo to Thomas Pemberton of Mind's Eye Entertainment during one of the Stage 32 pitch sessions. He read it and then asked for an introduction and the script. I submitted it. He responded that he enjoyed it and would be recommending it to Anita Elsani of Elsani films. She specializes in high end female driven genre films. I know that this is only the beginning and this industry is a rollercoaster ride, but I couldn't be more thrilled with my experience with Stage 32. The difference with this community verses numerous other "on-line film communities" is you actually feel like you are part of the industry. You get real access. Before this I just hoped to enter contests and get a win or try to get that friend in the industry to somehow get my work in front of somebody. Stage 32 has definitely been to a boost to my creative endeavors.
Ell ConardAs it is in entertainment, there are ups and there are downs. I have seen this business through many eyes, none more skeptical than my own. My dad is a rockstar, my son is an actor, I’m surrounded by success! But, when I decided to pursue my own dreams, I was lost. When I found Stage32, I was a speech writer and a choreographer who wanted to break into script writing. Thanks to Jason Mirch and his team of super-humans, I’m now having my scripts read by incredible producers and actors. Thanks to Jason, my faith in this process has been restored! Through Stage32, I have received the advice and the moral support I needed to keep going. Joining Stage32 was the best career decision I ever made!! Thank you Jason and all of the wonderful people who, through this platform, help make people see that their dreams can become a reality.
Andi BeeI’ve had great coverage from with Stage32. This as my first coverage experience. My anonymous reader gave me extremely thorough feedback with useful suggestions, setting a high bar for coverage. I then obtained coverage from several other industry sources to see if there were patterns of critiques, but the thoroughness of coverage didn’t come close to Stage32. Many edits and rewrites later, I requested from Nick Assunto to send my coverage to the same anonymous reader and Nick made it happen. And I just got my first double recommend! I also accepted Jason Mirch’s invitation to try out the writers room and it really is a great value to those new writers, or just writers who want to connect with other hungry writers in a super supportive setting. Thank you Stage32 for providing this space for creatives.
Tripper ClancyIt's a cool experience working with Stage 32 and getting to share insight from my experiences with writers from around the globe. Based on the quality of the questions from those writers, it’s clear that Stage 32 has attracted a diverse range of creative minds who are willing to put serious time and energy into honing their craft.
Aimee RiveraI've been working with Stage 32 for over 5 years and it continues to be a wonderful and rewarding experience! I recommend their program to all industry execs and aspiring writers!
Frank PeretoreJust had a script consult with Scott Schulman. His review was quick, calling me within 48 hours of my submission. His comments were insightful and incredibly well informed and his recommendations were inspiring. He was practical yet passionate. I would have happily paid a good deal more for Scott’s time, knowledge and expertise.
Sara Elizabeth TimminsMeeting the Stage 32 team and seeing their dedication to filmmaker’s success is truly inspiring. They each truly care and walk the talk which is refreshing in this industry. As I have had an opportunity to work with filmmakers through consultations and reads, I am greatly impressed with the level of talent and passion and leave every call more inspired as a creative. It has been a pleasure getting a chance to work with Stage 32 and meet so many talented filmmakers and fabulous projects along the way.
Jeffrey MilneThanks for the opportunity of watching the Pitch tank webcast. Appreciate the update. That was great and I hope to participate in that experience in the future once my project is ready. It was great insight on feedback given from the producers you had on the panel. Joining stage 32 has been beneficial to me to learn more about this exciting business.
David ChesterThis is a shout out to Jason Mirch, Director of Script Services. I got to know Jason several years ago via a different company. He thoroughly read my scripts and gave me great notes. Recently I found an opportunity on Stage 32 to submit to an exec that I felt would be an excellent fit for my current script. Problem: the pitch session was closed. But Jason took the time to listen to why I felt the exec would respond favorably to my script. With his help, she agreed to read my written pitch. This industry often just slams doors in the faces of the people it needs the most -- writers. But Jason here at Stage 32 went the extra mile and helped facilitate an opportunity for me. I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
Michael WenigBeing new to Stage32 at this writing, I was dubious as to what kind of feedback I would receive on my script. I couldn't have been more pleased. First, the response was earlier than promised. Second, the feedback was constructive insightful and very encouraging. I can't wait to get started on the rewrite, having the information to truly move forward not only on the script but as a screenwriter. Thank you!
June CarrylLouise Munson was incredibly encouraging and supportive and gave such great detailed notes. She really took the time with me and even had suggestions for places to approach about the script. It was a great experience.
Alex MossI took advantage of a consulting call with Lit Manager, Scott Schulman, to get his thoughts on my Sci-Fi TV Pilot. Scott was amazing - high energy, full of ideas on where my project could fit into the marketplace, and above all was super encouraging, with advice on what I should consider to push my writing career forward. Recommended!
P.A.Stage32 is staffed by good-hearted, genuine people you can TRUST to help you take your career further. :)
Kit Leonard DennisThe development of my script "Feartown" has been hugely aided by readers and execs I've connected to via Stage 32. Most recently I had an awesome phone-convo with Jalessa Jones, which turned into more of a brainstorming session on how best to take the script forward. She said she did not want to have a "fake conversation" with me - that she wanted to really, honestly, get into the details of what works, and what doesn't, about the story. And she did! We did. Out of that has come a whole new view of the story and how to tell it. Never a bad thing.
Antoine AllenStage32 is the best way to pitch your film projects. I pitch my female boxing feature film to an well establish film producer on Stage32 pitch sessions. I signed an distribution shopping agreement and currently pitching my feature film for distribution to networks. Thank you guys for all the incredible work you do for filmmakers.__Antoine Allen_www.antoineallenfilms.com
Joey MadiaFor the past 30 years I have been blessed with a great acting and writing career. But this week things went next level. A project I spent a year on as story analyst and co-writer was just submitted to Sony and Viacom through the client's agents. For the past several years, Stage 32 has been immensely helpful in making connections, building credibility, honing my craft, and staying Motivated and Inspired. I have been a regular blogger here for over a year now and I have received a commission to write for leading industry publication, several story analyst contracts, and even an Escape Room narrative and design deal in Scotland as a result!
Jake WagnerStage 32 is a great way of connecting industry professionals to fresh, new voices and talent. I found a writer through Stage 32 who’s script went on to make the Blacklist and booked her first open writing assignment for a studio. If you take the time to use Stage 32, it works.
Tiffany BoyleThrough Stage 32 I have found some of my favorite clients. They care about their community and are in it for the long haul with their creators. Stage 32 thinks outside of the box and fast, and can be a true ally for industry vets and newcomers alike.
Carl LordFor those of you who are apprehensive about Stage 32 and their wide-range of options to help aspiring screenwriters, please reconsider. For the last 15 years, I have written several screenplays, which have done well in screenplay contests, but I always hit a massive brick wall in trying to have my material taken seriously by the film industry. Enter Stage 32. I decided to take a chance and signed up script coverage. Although this was more of an investment than a screenplay competition, I chose to go for it! Sure, some of the industry coverage executives initially rejected a couple of screenplays, but I listened, edited, and resubmitted. As a result, I now have two well established film producers for two of my screenplays who are interested in helping me! As we all know, nothing is guaranteed until contracts are signed, but I truly believe that Stage 32's film industry connections are the fastest way for a screenwriter to find potential success. Jason Mirch has gone out of his way to guide and help me to stay in contact with those two un-named producers I previously mentioned. Jason is passionate about the role he plays at Stage 32, and is so unselfish! He is a warrior on behalf of writer. I'm so appreciative of him. Fellow screenwriters, start submitting!
Regina LeeJason Mirch, thank you for inviting me to hear a few pitches in the Stage 32 Writers' Room. It's really fun and invigorating for producers like me to meet new writers and feel their excitement. It was also inspiring to witness your Writers' Room writers cheering each other on as they pitched. There was nothing but positivity in our session. __It's great to see how you've created the Writers' Room and assembled such a promising group of emerging talent! Keep it up! - Regina Lee, Producer & Executive, 20th Century Fox TV
Julia VerdinStage 32 Script Services is a great way to meet fresh and undiscovered new talent. During pitch sessions, they take great care to match executives with talent whose work is a good fit for the type of projects we look for. I have met many great writers through Stage 32 who would have been otherwise inaccessible, and I look forward to meeting many more! I really enjoy working with writers using the skills I have developed to help them improve their projects and make them viable in the current market place. I have been very impressed with the level of writing and interesting stories I have found and have found some great writers to work with and some interesting projects as a result.” -Julia Verdin, Rough Diamond Productions
Bruno AmatoReceived my producer coverage from Brad Wilson. The most thorough coverage I've ever gotten!... with some invaluable ideas to help me get it sold. There's no better feeling than having someone of Brad's stature, express how much he loved your script. And knowing all those late nights writing would someday pay off. I've gotten reader coverage from Stage 32 in the past and that feedback helped me get the polished script I have today. Thanks STAGE 32!
Braden ChaseI am extremely grateful to Jason Mirch and the team behind Stage 32 for helping me get the TV series I developed in front of all the major studios in Hollywood. I've been developing the concept for the past 3 or so years and while my package was good I was struggling to get it to where I felt it needed to be to make my pitch irresistible to the buyers in Hollywood. Having never written or produced a project before, I found it extremely frustrating trying to navigate my way through the process of taking an idea and developing into a great pitch. Let alone getting my pitch heard by buyers. Anyone who has attempted this journey knows that there is no linear path forward. Each successful project has its own unique journey to getting picked up. However, there are definitely steps every writer must take to prepare them for what's to come. When Jason first reached out to me shortly after I signed up for Stage 32, my project had stalled. I felt I did as much as I could on my own. Figuring out the next steps had eluded me. The advice I was getting from others within the industry wasn't very helpful. Worse is I was given ridiculous quotes from "consultants" in the industry who said they could help me advance my project to the studios. The quotes varied from a $20k to $60k US to revamp my package, which I was told was already better than most. Jason was gracious enough to put me in touch with Anna Henry who is a real development executive with an amazing resume. With her help, I reworked my entire pitch bible and pilot script into the polished gem it is today. Hence, why it has captured the attention of buyers at every major studio. What's more is through Stage 32, Jason has put me in touch with a number of literary managers and producers who have heard my pitch and provided invaluable feedback to make my oral pitch really standout. All this amazing input and direction at a very affordable price and amazing convenience thanks to Stage 32. I encourage anyone who is looking to advance their film
Eric WaltersAs an amateur television writer, I have been extremely reticent to seek out feedback on my work. I have a fragile ego! As such, my writing doesn't improve and I stay stuck in a world filled by overly expository writing paralleled with stories that lack conflict.__I spoke with Anna Henry and it was one of the best decisions I have made. She spent an hour on the phone with me. She was blunt and direct and honest - and I so appreciate that. And she was supportive and reassuring. In our discussion, she helped me uncover a more interesting and compelling story than what I had written. Plus Anna gave me some exercises to complete in watching other shows, and some solid suggestion on how to improve my pilot script. __I can' t thank Anna enough for her insights, expertise, professionalism and commentary. I may never win an Emmy but I feel more confident in the direction I'll be taking.
Patricia A. CrawfordI had an exceptionally wonderful script coverage consultation with [Private Producer 1184], an established industry professional. As I have written and produced for top industry companies, I think I was just expecting more of a refresher and another set of eyes on my script. BOY was I surprised!!! She was excellent - not only in her input in my script, but also her hands-on knowledge of the industry enabled her to provide excellent suggestions to guide my project to its fruition!! Thank you!! And thank you Stage 32!! Bravo!!!!
Drew Warren DelainePersonally for me I've had nothing but a positive experience with Stage 32 script services, the feedback, analysis and suggestions from plot errors to character arc and development have been extremely helpful. I will continue to promote these services with fellow writers.
Joe ThayerMet with Jason Mirch for a one hour script consultation. I would highly recommend Jason and the script consulting package to anyone who has a well baked script that needs a critical eye. The ability to talk to an executive and drill into their notes, ask questions and discuss solutions was exactly what I needed. This was far more useful than a standard coverage. Jason came very prepared and knew my script well. He was able to pinpoint some key issues and work with me on potential solutions. I felt Jason was invested in the script and my success. I left charged and with a clear plan for the next draft! Thanks Jason.
Zorrawa Emily Ann JeffersonLaura Woodworth gives amazing coverage. ;)
Gustavo SampaioI've been using the Pitching service for a while now and it has been hugely helpful for me to hear such great and elaborate feedback from industry professionals. The vast majority tend to be very insightful and often offer ideas on how to better present or communicate your story. Many of them have a personal and warm tone so it feels friendly and it helps to feel simply judged. I recommend this service to all!
Frank D'Angeli (aka Douglas Wentworth)A producer once read a manuscript of my horror novel, and suggested a major change. I thought about it, reworked the story, and that book took top honors in a competition and was optioned. I learned that if someone provides thoughtful incite, a writer should be thankful, not hurt. A few days ago, I received feedback, for my sitcom pitch, from Nick Oleksiw. The pitch had generated favorable feedback from others, but Nick's feedback pointed out a small detail, that should've been expanded upon, as without it, the pitch was generic. Suddenly, I saw what the story was missing! Without Nick's feedback, I never would've had that 'Eureka' moment. Thanks to Nick and Stage32, I can now send out a much improved pitch.
Angela Anjii BryersI recently had a pitch session with Erin Larsen of Robert Cort Productions. The feedback from her reading my script was excellent! Clear and to the point, she gave me the pathway forward. I have already added a great detective tracking our serial rapist, and Erins feedback on a need for the bad guy to be held more accountable has been accomplished with his capture and arrest, bringing the screenplay beautifully up to 90 pages. Thank you so much Stage 32, and your producers who take the time to offer exceptional insight and years of experience to guide us onward. I highly recommend the pitch sessions as valuable and useful tools in developing your screenplays.
Suzanne LutasI'm very grateful to Courtney Miller Jr. for having recently reviewed my TV Pilot. I’m so amazed at the thorough analysis and the generous notes he gave me that I can only recommend the high quality level of his coverage which reflects a deep intuitive understanding of the craft. He definitely put me on the right track.
Tasha LewisI joined Stage 32 three weeks ago. The article today "We are all in it together" echoes how I have felt since I joined. The community is so supportive and encouraging. RB and Amanda have been kind and provided invaluable feedback.
Brian StreatyThe Stage 32 expert consultations, script coverage services and webinars have been absolutely invaluable in helping me to continually improve my writing skills. Thank you all so much and talk with you soon about my Stage 32 TV Pilot Contest award winning script.
Michael J. ShapiroJust received my script coverage from Stage 32 filled with such "to-the-point" and specific, constructive critiques while also containing a very generous amount of encouragement for my story telling. Considering the coverage was provided by a "reader" who also works with The Austin Screenwriting Festival (one of the best and most prestigious in the industry) my Stage 32 screenplay's coverage is highly valued by me and I can't recommend it enough for anyone else who wants to take their project to the next level of achievement. Thanks, Stage 32! Michael J. Shapiro
William GunnRecently Matt Carpenter gave me some excellent advice regarding how to improve my screenplay MARS GENERAL. His comments and opinions were very insightful. Matt was a total Professional in his role of Consultant. He was polite and quite pleasant to talk to. He was always a real Gentleman during our conversation. The fact that he specializes in Science-Fiction is a major plus as well! He really knows his stuff. He gave me some ideas that I'd not thought of before in order to make the screenplay much better than it was before. I gave myself a deadline of 4-6 weeks to do a rewrite based on his call. I'm really looking forward to working with Matt again in the near future, I highly recommend any Stage 32 Member who's serious about their craft to utilize the Consulting Services and other aspects of Screenwriting that Stage 32 has to offer. Considering I've only been a Member for slightly over one year, I've learned so much about the "Science" of Screenwriting. I also realize I still have a long way to go. Hopefully I'll be in the position one day to assist someone else. If I am I'll always try to be as respectful and professional as Matt Carpenter was to me. Thanks, William Gunn
Rich MaloryI recently thanked Stage 32, and two of the fine executives they helped me connect with. However, I neglected to thank one of the hardest working people in the industry, the key, the nexus, to making these great meeting possible. When I stated "… dedicated to the growth and evolution of it's members." I was in fact talking about Jason MIrch. Jason works tirelessly to provide us with these exceptional opportunities.
Ron MondzAnna Henry is a fantastic script consultant. Not only does she have an uncanny ability to identify problems that others miss, but she provides the encouragement you need to find the solutions on your own. If you’re looking for real-world experience, honest opinions and true guidance, then Anna’s the one for you.
Bill WalkerThe notes I received from Christian Sander for my thriller "D-Notice" were nothing short of fabulous. They were clear, concise, and very useful. I'm already hard at work implementing his practical suggestions. Thanks, Christian and Stage 32!
Dennis MurphyMy 30-minute consultation with Sissy Denkova yesterday went extremely well. She was very pleasant and helpful. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how I look at it), I'm faced with a major rewrite, a fact I would not have recognized had it not been for her guidance. I'm excited because I think I know what needs to be done. Thank you, Stage 32, for enabling me to obtain her advice.
Rich MaloryI would like to thank Stage 32 for all the really great things you've done; in building such an amazing community of people, all dedicated to the growth and evolution of it's members. And personally, I'd especially like to thank you for providing me the opportunity to have both Laura Woodworth, and Brad Wilson, read my script, and then spend 30 minutes sharing their priceless insights on how to make it the best it can be. Not only was I fortunate enough to have these fine executives read and discuss my script, they really cared about my project, me personally, and my ultimate success. Flatly stated, they were GREAT, and I could not possibly have hoped for, or gotten better service, or results. So, thank you Stage 32, and Laura Woodworth and Brad Wilson, for getting my year off to an amazing start.
Jeffrey V.D."I found the development notes from Rick Bitzelberger to be outstanding. Highly critical, thoroughly detailed and extremely helpful."