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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 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!
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."
Rebecca FinkI sent my script to Agustine Calderon from RatPac Entertainment because I had reached a point in the rewrite process where I felt like I was too close to the project to make any substantive changes in my script. I needed a new set of eyes, and I loved the idea of being able to send my script to a working executive who knows what Hollywood is looking for and would be able to critique me based on that. I figured whatever feedback I got from him would be invaluable going forward with my future drafts. While I kind of felt like I was on the right track with my script (I think sometimes you just know when things are finally coming together), I was floored by the positive notes I received from Agustine. He expressed an interest in talking with me, and after a great conversation, I walked away feeling like I might actually be good at this! While my script might not be right for his company, we've spoken a few times since, and he's given me some great direction, with the script itself and where I could go from here. Despite how busy he is, he really does seem to be interested in helping however he can. I haven't worked with the other executives, but if they're anything like Agustine, I think we Stage 32 writers have a pretty good shot!
Michael WormserTeaching for Stage 32 has been an amazing opportunity all around, from collaborating with ambitious filmmakers that are constantly looking to sharpen their skills, to networking on Happy Writers with some of the brightest talent in the business. And on top of that the Stage 32 team are the most amazing people ever - how you gonna go wrong!
Howard Rosenman- Producer (FATHER OF THE BRIDE, SPARKLE, FAMILY MAN, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)"Listening to Stage32 Happy Writers pitches is a refreshing, new way to get connected with up and coming talent. The unique way they conduct the pitch sessions keeps the execs and the writers at ease. It's simply the next way writers will connect with execs that might have not been able to before."
Jarrod Murray - Manager at Epicenter"Stage32 Happy Writers is by far the best experience I've had in terms of pitch sessions. Stage 32 makes it fun for the executives, and I continue to be impressed by the quality of writers who pitch me."
Meredith Wieck- Film Development at K/O Paper Products (NOW YOU SEE ME, ENDER'S GAME, EAGLE EYE)"Stage32 Happy Writers is the best pitch and script consulting service I’ve ever worked with and it’s in most part because of the staff at Stage 32. It is obvious from working with them and hearing pitches, that they care deeply about all their writers and help guide them on how to prepare a professional pitch. I’m always incredibly impressed by the quality of the pitches I hear. The discipline and polish the writers exhibit is on par with top screen and television writers. I fully recommend Stage32 Happy Writers to any executive or manager/agent looking to find new and unique voices with inspiring and original material. For aspiring writers, I recommend Stage32 Happy Writers as it is a fantastic way to ease into the business in a nurturing, comfortable and constructive environment, led expertly by Richard "RB" Botto."
Kelly Hayes- Producer"The staff at Stage 32 are tireless professionals with a keen eye for material. They have the know how, experience and contacts to get your project to the best shape and in the hands of the best industry professionals. I definitely recommend using their service."
Theresa Won- Manager of Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures (THE ENGLISH TEACHER, MARGIN CALL, BEING JULIA)"I love working with Stage 32 Happy Writers! There's such a talented pool of undiscovered writers and aspiring filmmakers out there, and it has been nothing but a great experience so far. Stage 32 Happy Writers is great because they really care about both executives and talent and carefully vets everyone to make sure you find the right match. Five stars!!!!"
Marc Manus- President of Marc Manus Management"Whenever the staff at Stage 32 inquires about fielding pitches from their Happy Writers, I can't help but feel an increased spring in my step. The process is smooth, the writers are personable and always high energy. It's an overall rewarding experience."
Michael Flavin- Director of Development at Cider Mill Pictures"As Hollywood expands its reach and becomes less of an "insular" place, Stage 32 Happy Writers provides a terrific link between entertainment professionals and undiscovered writers whose fresh voice and storytelling ability are a welcome attraction."
Rick Bitzelberger- Creative Development at Informant Media (CRAZY HEART, HYSTERIA)"Check any producer's office or email in box and you'll find it crammed with scripts waiting to be read. On many levels, there just isn't enough hours in the day. That is why it is so important for anyone in development to have a someone who can filter through the stacks and find quality scripts. That doesn't seem to be a problem for the Stage 32 Happy Writers. Every script and/or pitch that has come from Stage 32 has been professional and high quality. Those projects might not always be right for our company, but I know it's never a waste of time when Stage 32 has something to share. Quality matters and that is what I've come to expect from the Stage 32 Happy Writers."
Stephanie Marin- Owner of El Camino Entertainment (FALLEN STARS)"Stage 32 Happy Writers is simply amazing. There are many things that set it apart from other online pitchfests: top level executives, established writers and a comfortable environment for both parties to interact. Stage 32 cares about each writer and wants everyone to be successful. Their enthusiasm for new talent and finding the right home for projects is tangible and what keeps driving writers and executives into this program. I have heard some incredible pitches and read wonderful material because of Stage 32 Happy Writers. I recommend this program to writers that I know and am constantly telling Executives to listen to the pitches."
Sophia Dilley- Director of Development at Route One Films (A WALK IN THE WOODS w/ Robert Redford, THE LAST KNIGHTS w/ Morgan Freeman)"Stage 32 Happy Writers has been a great way for me to find undiscovered budding talent outside of the industry norms. I have really enjoyed hearing the pitches and reading the material that has caught my attention from each pitch session I have taken part in. Furthermore, I have been continually impressed with the quality of ideas that have been presented to me. Stage 32 Happy Writers individually organized pitch format is one that rivals most other Pitchfests as it works to match up both sides of the table as opposed to a free for all where everyone pitches ideas to everyone. As I am currently working with two writers that I discovered from Stage 32 Happy Writers, I am confident that the specific and individual format in which the right type of material is matched with the right company or executive is an innovative and successful conduit for new and up and coming writers to find the right home for their work in the industry. I hope to participate again."
Garrick Dion- VP of Development at Bron Studios (WELCOME TO ME, RUDDERLESS)"Stage32 Happy Writers is by far the most effective, smoothly run and, from both a writer's and executive/rep's perspective, productive set-up for the analysis, pitching and sharing of scripts I have yet to come across in Hollywood. In the nearly two decades I've been in the development game, I have participated in dozens of "pitchfest" scenarios, each with varying degrees of success for both me as an exec and in terms of how the participants stack up or how well their money is spent. From organizational efficiency to the personal care taken with each writer client to the quality of the material, Happy Writers trumps them in every respect. True to their name, the Happy Writers strives to foster a real sense of confidence in each writer, while also fulfilling the promise of connectivity with a wealth of genuine professionals from top agencies, production and management companies."
Jim Young- President of Animus Films (THE WORDS, LOVELACE)"I have been working with Stage 32 Happy Writers for over a year now, and had a number of pitch sessions with writers during that time. I have met so many talented people, including working on a couple of projects with writers I met in the process. Happy Writers is, by far, the best company I've come across for finding great talent and hearing pitches tailor-made for what we are looking for."
Dan Scheinkman- VP of Production and Development at Le Vision Pictures USA"Stage 32 Happy Writers is a fantastic resource for writers to connect with active Producers and Hollywood Executives who can help them to get their projects moving forward. At the very least, I like to provide feedback and notes to writers on their pitches and concepts in order to help them improve. I'm not aware of any other forum where writers can find such real-time, face to face access with their potential buyers. "
Ross Putman- Owner of PSH Collective"Stage 32 Happy Writers is a breath of fresh air in an industry where people can often become very cynical. Hearing new voices, unique ideas, and energetic pitches from all over the world not only reinvigorates my belief in the creative process, but has yielded me some intriguing potential projects as both a development executive and independent producer. For me, whether or not a project is viable comes down to one thing more than anything else: the script. If the proof is in the pudding, then nothing else matters. And Happy Writers’ focus has always been getting it right on the page."
Daniel Vang- Manager at Benderspink (WE'RE THE MILLERS)“Execs in the development community are always on the beach with our metal detectors, searching for some treasure. Stage 32 Happy Writers is a great and easy platform for us to connect with writers from around the world. They bring the gems to us. I’ve found some amazing projects through it already!”
Daniel Kendrick- Creative Executive at Chatrone (THE BOOK OF LIFE)"Stage 32 Happy Writers is a great way to meet fresh and undiscovered new talent. During pitch sessions, they take great care to match executives with talent that fits the with their mandate and company culture. I have met many great writers through Stage 32 who would have been otherwise inaccessible, and I look forward to meeting many more!"
Mary Cybriwsky- Manager at Truth Magician"Always a pleasure hearing pitches and reading scripts from Stage32 Happy Writers - they're professional and their material is unique. Already working with one of their writers -excited to find more great clients and projects! "
John Murphy- Creative Executive at Vanguard Films (HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER, VINYL, THE TUXEDO)"Stage 32 Happy Writers provides their community with opportunities to get their stories in front of entertainment professionals. I always go to them as a great resource for finding material outside the routine studio system."
Beth Bruckner- Director of Development, Millennium Films (THE EXPENDABLES, THE PAPERBOY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN)“Stage32 Happy Writers has given me access to writers that I never would have met; writers without representation who have amazing talent and unique stories. I’ve now formed working relationships with brand new rising talent that wouldn’t have been on my radar.”
Jon Oakes- VP of Development at Bold Films (DRIVE, NIGHTCRAWLER, WHIPLASH)"Stage 32 Happy Writers pitch events are by far the best. The difference between them and the others I've attended is that they work with the writers before hand, using their experience in the Entertainment Industry to shape the pitches so they fit my needs as a producer. This is why I end up accepting more screenplays than at any other event. In fact, Stage 32 Happy Writers is the only pitch event I attend any more."
Taylor NicholsAfter teaching a few classes at Stage32 I am consistently impressed with how serious, prepared and professional the students are. It is a pleasure to share my experiences in this business with such a creative and diverse group of like-minded individuals.
Brian Bull[Anna Henry’s TV Drama Pilot Lab] finished a month ago and I am so much better off for having taken the class. Anna's instructions and notes were spot on. I pushed myself to finish my pilot by the deadline which I am proud to say I did. Writing a pilot is no simple task I will attest to that but Anna gave me the tools and the guidance to do just that. I wish I was a more seasoned writer but I figure that of course will come with time. Anna Henry was a wonderful instructor and I will be taking another class of hers again in the near future if the opportunity presents itself. She gave me very detailed criticism on my script which I will try to incorporate in the second rewrite - positive criticism by the way - as I don't take it personally because I know she was only pointing out the flaws to help me improve my script and make it more marketable - which is the ultimate goal. I would like to thank Anna Henry and Stage 32 for offering this class. It has helped me better understand the nuts and bolts of writing the TV Drama Pilot. Thank you X 1,000.
Abdur MohammedI recently pitched my project to Mr. Andrew Kersey, and I have to say, his pitch feedback was THE BEST I've ever received. There was zero attempt to blow smoke up my tail-pipe, or stomp on my hopes and dreams...rather, it was an honest, viable, workable, and instructive paragraph, which gave me hope for my next pitch session. If you haven't guessed it yet, he passed. But, I am now able to fine-tune my materials, to project a cleaner, better product, and I am inches away from success. Thank you Andrew Kersey and Stage32.
Graham WhiteFeedback, Upstart & Rummage. Exec: Private 1146_I remember when I was starting out as a technical illustrator, I was given a simple piece of advice that transformed my capabilities overnight. From that moment on I knew what I was doing and got a long career from it._Your advice has been very reminiscent of that. I am nowhere near being an adept screenwriter yet, but you have certainly pointed me in the right direction. It may not have seemed much to you to have made a few comments, but (without being too dramatic) for me it was one of those moments._Thank you for sharing your invaluable knowledge, I am in your debt._Graham White
Michael MarkowskiRachel Crouch was fantastic! Excellent feedback... Extremely useful notes... A bundle of energy... Easy to talk to... A very positive experience... I highly recommend her...__Rachel consulted me on my script Beach Bomb Bingo... Logline: A rebellious high school senior and his friends, feeding off the energy of Woodstock Nation, mock all authority, as a war they don't believe in and strict abortion laws threaten to disrupt their lives. An episodic, slice of life, coming of age story set in 1970.__Thanks Stage 32 for the connection..._Michael Markowski__
Naomi KuagbenI joined Stage32 during the Covid19 lockdown and find it to be a very welcoming and positive community during these challenging times. Even though I am still waiting for my circumstances to improve, reading about what other people are getting up to, their new projects and ideas, really inspire me and bring me some positive light. Just knowing people are out there ploughing on and not giving up encourages me too.
Carl LordBecause my experience with Stage 32's script consulting program has been so positive and well-worth the investment to polish my screenplays, I once again utilized this feature, and chose Julia Verdin to review my drama
Nick BrownI was hired for the screenwriting job posted by Jordan Bryon in early May. It's no longer up so I don't know the actual title. Jordan is happy for this to be announced in Stage 32 job alert
Christina PatjensI did reach out to Jason for the Webcast for Pixar. He was Incredible fast with his reply and send me all details I needed. Thx so much, Stage32.
Sally OsborneThank you for recommending Joe. His comments and generosity went beyond what I was expecting. He recommended some re-working of my manuscript and then to pitch it again to someone who can give me more feedback on the writing. I will be looking for someone on Stage 32! Stage 32 is amazing. There is so much useful information and so many helpful people. I haven't posted much so far as I don't have any experience in the industry, but I hope that will change moving forward!
Tiago FerreiraSharp presentation, clarity of thought and the message was well received. Good job on Action scene selection. Great work Allen and Stage 32.
Suzanne LutasI'm grateful for all the sensible and well-grounded feedback that were given so benevolently. They will definitely put me on the right track. I realise how lucky I am. Again, a million thanks.
Christel JanssenLoved the enthusiasm of the presenter, who painted a clear picture. I got a lot out of it, especially understanding the difference between managers and agents
Petula MillerI loved the 'table read' for so many reasons. It makes participation less awkward, along with all the typical benefits of hearing your work read aloud. I will definitely apply all the tips. I'm so excited for the next one!
Michael RogersWhile pitching last night, it felt like I had two people already in my corner (RB and Allen) which allowed me to go off book and relax. I felt I could open up with Brad more than I would have if it were just a one on one pitch session.
Laurie AshbourneAllen did a great job, he was prepared, had perfect visual reference of script and screen. And is the only person I've ever seen correctly cover idiosyncrasies such as spacing and punctuation for cadence.
Kimberly EvansOur hosts are outstanding! Couldn’t ask for better mentors! I felt it was an incredibly important experience and crucial to further my writing ability.
Sarah Gabrielle BaronJust keep it coming guys. I’m so happy to be invited to the Writer’s Room. I truly (finally) feel like I might have a shot in this industry. I’m writing every night after work until 11:00 (or later). Thanks x a billion.
Holly JurbergsAllen and Nick are great.A weekly creative meeting is so motivating as a writer.
Denise DaVinciI appreciate the clarity, honesty and overall inspirational tone of the webcasts that you guys provide. I always leave feeling a little smarter, and slightly less terrified:)
Crispin LittlehalesStage 32 presentations are genius at covering what is important and doing so in a way that is inspiring. I couldn't ask for more.
Angie WallsThis session was incredibly valuable, since I had the chance to see a variety of pitches in action, and the reactions in the room, to help me better understand what to tackle next in my revision process.
Michael LedererJust want to go on record saying how helpful, knowledgable, and kind Miguel Valenti was! I’ve had such positive experiences recently through Stage 32, with Justin Ross and Sarah Cornelius. Berlin feels less far away thanks to you guys.
Matt O'ConnellI didn't so much have a question, as I wanted to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the coverage I have received on my script! I had purchased the 'Standard Script Coverage' twice now and have found the honest and constructive critique to be really invaluable for rewriting my scripts -- I had gotten to the point on a current screenplay where I knew it wasn't working, but I just couldn't put my finger on what it was... The revelations that the readers gave me into what I was missing were so (face-palmingly) spot on! It was exactly what I was needing! Big thank you to both readers! I very much appreciate their time and effort!
Sean EllisI recently submitted a written pitch via Stage 32 and although the company passed, the scorecard I received was very positive, along with concise, written feedback from the executive. I would recommend the pitch service highly to anyone wanting to test their pitch and their story, and gain access to the top companies in Hollywood. As I'm based in Australia, Happy Writers gives me access I wouldn't have otherwise. Thanks to Stage 32 for creating a valuable portal to the studios.
Danielle R ErlichHi Everyone, I just wanted to share how fantastic Stage 32 is! Being able to pitch over the phone is a brilliant idea, and the notes you get back could not be better. This past Sunday I pitched the first installment in my multi-award-winning "LEGACY" saga to a producer through Stage 32. He was only my second professional pitch. Yesterday, I received an email requesting my script! I am so excited. What a brilliant idea you had creating these pitch sessions Stage 32! Thank you, and my fingers are crossed!
Cheryl RaeHere is the thing... I've paid for a FEW different pitches on here. and have gotten some good information, but when I sort of upgraded to a consult with Stacey Stanley - it was a whole level more GREAT than anything else I've paid for. She was fabulous. She actually read the script TWICE! And was able to give me concrete ideas on what I should pay attention to next to make the script as tight as it could be. She was honest and yet encouraging. Just really appreciated her skill set and presentation. I highly recommend that if you aren't satisfied with the two-three sentences you get from the regular pitches that you try here - upgrade yourself to the script consulting package. (and Stacey Stanley too) It was totally worth it. 5 STARS
Danielle R ErlichHi Everyone, I just wanted to share how fantastic Stage 32 is! Being able to pitch over the phone is a brilliant idea, and the notes you get back could not be better. This past Sunday I pitched the first installment in my multi-award-winning "LEGACY" saga to a producer through Stage 32. He was only my second professional pitch. Yesterday, I received an email requesting my script! I am so excited. What a brilliant idea you had creating these pitch sessions Stage 32! Thank you, and my fingers are crossed! Best, Danielle R Erlich
Robert La RoccaSpencer gave me very helpful and detailed notes on how I could improve my script, and he spent much more time with me than the allotted 30 minutes. I really appreciated his enthusiasm and sincere desire to work with new writers like me. Getting an experienced manager's take is going to help me a great deal in my next draft of my screenplay. My thanks to Spencer and Stage 32 for your help.
Sylvia Marie LlewellynCharlie Reeves, Thank you so much for your time and the absolutely fantastic Notes you sent. Honestly, I am so impressed with the professional feedback I received from you and the way you organized it was so easy to follow. Amazing. The best I've ever received. Ever! I've reread the extensive Notes several times... and I get it. Thank you. Wish I had signed on through S32 with you much earlier in this process of this particular story. The 'inspirational' Notes you wrote... Thank you so much... I will work hard to accomplish them, one pass at a time. Absolutely fantastic Notes. I'm so happy I chose you for this.
Dr. Martin BlinderMy Script Consultation was insightful, incisive, instructive, and inventive!
Rick S.Wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I found the feedback in the coverage Stage 32 provided for 'West of Earth' was insightful and actionable. Much appreciated!
Sabrina L WrightI really just wanted to say thank you to Stage 32 for providing a platform to reach out to studio executives. Even though I haven't been successful yet, at least I've got good sound feedback and some have even been encouraging. I've learned a lot about what type of content is attracting the attention of readers and producers. Without Stage 32, I can't imagine how any of us who are not coming into Hollywood the conventional way, can even catch a break. I feel my time is coming, with all the advice I've gotten.
Anthony DonnellyI was a little nervous talking to a development exec. for the first time and not sure what to expect. Sarah Cornelius put me immediately at ease. It was obvious from the outset that she had not only read my script, but had actually put considerable thought into our consultation.Her input was friendly, thorough, informative, and invaluable. Thanks to Sarah I have plugged the flaws in my script, and look forward to editing it into something much more commercially viable.I would recommend Sarah to everyone! It was an invaluable experience.
Bill JohnstonI wanted Sarah Cornelius to know and see how much she has helped me take this script to the next level. Each set of Development Notes (in addition to our phone meeting) gave me such great advice and I enjoyed the rewriting process knowing how much better the story would be. I can't say enough good things about her professionalism and creative insights. It was my pleasure working with her and a great educational experience. If I have any future success with REQUITED, I want her to know she was a big part of making it so. Her encouragement and comments were well received and much appreciated. I look forward to working with her again on any future scripts I write as well as others I am rewriting (two also based on her great notes). Sarah is the best and I want her to know that I too am a fan of hers!
Sasha Nonas-BarnesStage 32 is a fantastic resource for people looking to break into the industry! As a Producer, I find that making relationships is key to moving your career and projects forward, and Stage 32 really does a great job at putting people in those positions for success. I personally love the opportunity to engage with newer writers, and it’s especially rewarding to help someone craft the story they’re itching to tell.
Julie CameronBased on my First 10 Pages, Shamil Erfanian from IMI requested a meeting and we talked for over an hour on the phone! He was really helpful and wants to read my full script when it’s completed. We’re now working on a couple of things and plan to keep in touch. He’s also going to pitch another one of my projects to a director in his company. I’m super excited!
Nadia MaddenI have addressed the notes that Theo Salter had suggested from my pitch session and feel my pilot script is stronger for it. In fact, I entered the current version into fellowships and so far, it is now a HUMANITAS FINALIST and a SUNDANCE EPISODIC STORYLAB FINALIST!
Elisha BarnesMy script consulting call with Sarah J Cornelius was another winner! She's precise, with an impressive attention to detail, friendly (important!), and has a heightened sense of formatting. All this would mean nothing if she wasn't very articulate too. All in all, I don't regret a single cent I have spent on her consultation. I feel she improved my screenplay tenfold, if not a hundredfold!
David Street"I got in touch with [the executive]. Will have a phone meeting on Wed. Thank you so much! Nothing's set in stone yet, but you guys at Stage 32... I can't put in words how amazing you all are. Your Site. Your Services. Thank you for the opportunities you've created!"
David Harris"Stage 32 provides me great exposure to a treasure trove of writers that I'd otherwise not get an opportunity to connect with. Having so many up and coming writers directly pitching their stories, I'm able to not only find compelling new content but also to build long lasting working relationships. I'm quite fortunate to have been connected with Travis O. as he's delivered an excitingly original action script oozing with style and an authentic voice." - David Harris, independent producer behind Security (Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley).
Travis Opgenorth (Los Angeles, CA)For the money, why enter into a screenplay contest hoping your script will appease a series of judges before getting into the hands of an industry pro when you can put it in front of a pro yourself? One of my scripts was entered into eight different contests. It placed in six of them, and from those I received three read requests from industry pros. I pitched that same script to six industry pros through Stage 32's online pitches, and I've received three read requests and signed a shopping agreement with one of those producers. Bottom line, with Stage 32's online pitches, the only person judging your script is the pro you're sending it to, and dollar for dollar, you can get more movement pitching directly than you can through most screenplay contests.
Matt Kniaz - Manager at Industry EntertainmentAfter hearing dozens of pitches through Happy Writers, I was fortunate enough to speak with writer/director, Caytha Jentis, and the connection was immediate. Caytha’s script and personality drew me and she is living proof that hard work and patience can lead to great things. Happy Writers is a great resource to help writers filter their ideas through knowledgeable executives looking for the next great story.
Antonio Washington"My call with Agustine Calderon went very well. The one-on-one's with consultants is definitely worth the money. His critique was objective and extremely welcoming and pleasant. After I make the necessary revision's, I'll shoot him another draft. Thanks again for the amazing opportunity that Stage 32 provides."
Lisa Garvey"I had my call with Natalie C. and wanted to praise her thorough feedback and style. She is a wonderful communicator and offered great insight into the things I can do to make my script better...Big Thank You to Stage 32 and the Happy Writers."
Jim Eckmann (Del Mar, California)Through Stage 32 I was able to pitch my one-hour TV pilot drama, and other scripts, to several producers, agents and managers. First, the feedback received a few days after each pitch was extremely helpful in evaluating my "style" as well as the merits of the premises, characters and other story elements. Second, in several cases the scripts were requested and again the feedback was invaluable. Finally, through such pitch sessions a law firm became interested in the pilot, read the script, sent back notes, the teleplay was revised and the law firm recently sent the latest version to nine production companies whose previous successful TV series evidence a skill and interest in the genre and the world of my pilot. Fingers crossed!
Zlatan MustaficaI just wanted to let you guys know that my meeting with Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law PC went great! She obviously sees the potential and I couldn't be happier! Thank you so much for all that you do and keep doing it!
Joey HargroveI am so excited for this amazing opportunity from Stage 32 and cannot wait to get started. Stage 32 has developed an incredible online community of creatives allowing us to connect and learn from one another. I never would have had this opportunity to work with 13 great agencies on my script if it weren't for Stage 32. Thank you!
Phil Howe (London)"The Happy Writers' pitch sessions truly offer scribes, from anywhere around the world, meaningful face time with real industry players genuinely seeking fresh new talent. Being based in Europe, the odds of me acquiring L.A representation always seemed incredibly unlikely to impossible. Turns out, the team at Stage 32 are specialists in making incredibly unlikely and impossible things happen! I don't know of any other trusted force in the industry capable of connecting unknown outsiders with known insiders, that more frequently than not results in genuine and meaningful success stories and new professional relationships. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you! Just bring your best work to the table, listen to the Happy Writers' too-good-it-shouldn't-be-free words of wisdom, and go pitch already!"
Kendrick Tan- Junior Manager at Madhouse Entertainment (PRISONERS)" The Stage32 Happy Writers team are amazing at what they do. Real professionals with terrific insight into the marketplace and always helpful with spotting great new voices."
Russ Troutt (Paso Robles, California)"Stage32 Happy Writers is such a fitting name. Since working with and getting to know Richard "RB" Botto and the entire staff I've never been happier as a writer. Through the guidance of everyone at Stage32 Happy Writers I have learned all of the do's and don'ts of pitching and have gained an immeasurable amount of confidence. I can tell you first hand that as hard as you have worked on your script, Stage32 Happy Writers will work even harder to get your script into the hands of Hollywood's biggest executives, managers, and producers. When I first discovered Stage32 Happy Writers I was just a small town boy with big dreams and thanks to one of my pitches with Stage32 Happy Writers I now have a script that has been optioned. My sincerest thanks goes out to RB and everyone at Stage32 Happy Writers for all you have done for not only myself, but all writers out there. Stage32 Happy Writers is the new standard for pitching in Hollywood today."
Julie Livingston (Los Angeles, CA)"Working Stage32 The Happy Writers has been a fantastic experience. The managers and execs who hear pitches are very receptive and almost always offer constructive feedback, even if a project is not right for them. Stage 32 is a joy to work with. They really care about writers and they offer a unique way for helping them make connections and break into the business."
Michael A. Wright (Toronto, Canada)"My experience with Stage32 Happy Writers, from classes to pitches to one-on-ones with executives has been nothing less than fantastic. I couldn't recommend a better service for newer screenwriters who dream of turning pro!"
Laurie Ashbourne (Jensen Beach, Florida)"I started using Stage32 Happy Writers because I liked the notion of being face to face with decision makers. I was immediately impressed with how easy and fun the experience is. Stage 32 genuinely cares about the success of the writers. I couldn't be happier with the connections I've made and the trajectory my life and career are on. Stage32 Happy Writers truly lives up to it's name. I'm obsessed!"
Kathy Schenfelt (Argentina)“I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for all the amazing possibilities Stage32 Happy Writers have brought me. I never thought they would have such a big impact on my life. Being so young and from a far away country made things seem impossible at times, but Stage32 Happy Writers have opened so many doors for me and they’ve given me all the tools and support I need to perfect my writing and put myself out there. To me, what makes Stage32 Happy Writers different from any other company is that they care. It’s very hard to find such a human group of professionals in Hollywood, and having that kind of people working with you and helping you achieve your professional goals is simply priceless.”
Betty Sullivan (Burbank, California)"I have been an avid user of Stage32 Happy Writer's services. During the last month I've gotten a production company developing one of my scripts that I pitched to move forward with it, a WME rep that read my script, liked it and told me to call anytime, another person I pitched to read two of my scripts and is referring one to a production company he thinks will like it. Lastly I am attending a scriptwriting class taught by Garrick Dion who's very attentive and wise. In four years I haven't had this much activity in my career. Thanks to Stage32 Happy Writers and their personal attention to their clientele."
Laura Brienza (New York City, New York)"Four months ago, I took a chance and signed up for my first pitch session with Stage32 Happy Writers. Now I am a happy writer. It all started with an eight-minute Skype call, when I met my future manager in pixelated form. Fast forward four months, and I am a represented screenwriter who's met with and pitched to the people behind some of my favorite TV shows and movies. Stage32 Happy Writers connected me to a manager that believes in me and my voice, and whose connections are literally changing my life. I would recommend Stage32 Happy Writers to any screenwriter who's looking for his or her break, and I will be forever grateful to The Happy Writers for giving me mine."
Gavin Dorman, Producer"Stage32 Happy Writers program offers a great service to those looking to connect with industry insiders. Every time I participate in one of their pitch sessions, I walk away with insight into numerous emerging writers with quality screenplays at the ready. I would most definitely recommend their services to anyone looking to get their material into the hands of Hollywood's finest, and to anyone in the industry looking to find the next golden nugget."
Michael Madden (Stanfordville, New York)"I was fortunate enough to win The Stage 32 Happy Writers Working Writers 2013 competition, and the enthusiastic endorsement of Stage 32 captured the attention of an outstanding managing agent. The agent read my script, offered representation, and soon thereafter I became a staff writer on the ABC drama, Black Box. It’s apparent that Stage 32 is widely admired by agents and producers for their discriminating eye, and their recommendations are held in the highest regard. The success I‘ve enjoyed would not have been possible without the support and commitment of the staff at Stage 32 Happy Writers, and I’ll always be grateful."
Geraint Jones (Hollywood, Los Angeles)"I recently secured representation through the pitching process here at Stage 32, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you. First of all, why put yourself through the agony of unanswered query letters, and the awkwardness of cold calls, when Stage 32 can put you straight in front of execs from some of the biggest and best companies and agencies in LA? The pitching process itself will teach you more about the industry than you will pick up in any handbook, and Stage 32 will go the extra mile in chasing down feedback on your work. It's one thing hearing thoughts on your writing from an anonymous reader, and another to hear it from a creative exec at a company who turn out $100m movies. If you want to find your script a home, or gain representation, then you can't afford not to use The Happy Writers."
Sherrie Sanet (Dallas, Texas)"Don't waste your time or money with other classes or courses on screenwriting. The Happy Writers is one stop shopping for all your script needs. As a USC alumnus and a seasoned veteran of the film business, I gained more from Stage 32 than all my years in school or work. This is the only place I would ever consider getting coverage on my scripts. Their coverage is always smart, insightful, and spot on. But it's not only about the writing. You need to learn how to pitch, too. Listen to Stage 32, do what they say... you will find success. They are a tireless champion for writers and the name of the company says it all...I know I'm one Happy Writer."
Christine Koehler (Green Bay, Wisconsin)"Pitching to Executives has been a very stressful and costly way of marketing my screenplays. That is, until I joined Stage 32 and the Stage 32 Happy Writers. In the comfort of my home, and at a minimal cost, I've met, and pitched to, top professionals from around the world via Skype, and have had the honor of meeting some of the most compassionate people I've known, handpicked by the Stage 32 team. I'm very proud to be a member of his fast growing community of successful writers."
Lyse Beck (Wellington, New Zealand)"The best way I've ever seen to pitch is via Stage 32 Happy Writers Skype pitch sessions. It's incredibly well organized and for anyone outside of LA, it's a unique opportunity. S32THW have taught me how to hone my pitch, watch the reactions and field questions from industry professionals. Plus it's a chance to be personal, unlike an e-query, and pitch in a calm environment, unlike the madness of a one-off pitch fest. It's from these pitch sessions that I am now in development with a fantastic producer, and am in talks on another script. Best thing I've done to get traction for my career."
D A StenardThis is the first time I have gotten coverage for a script of mine from Stage 32. I just have to say, whoever you had review my script, was WONDERFUL. The notes are exactly what I needed to clear the cobwebs from my brain and show me how to proceed. I had reached an impasse and was just stuck in my own head, not knowing where to go from here. The clarity I have now really excites me and I just want to thank the person and tell them that they (he
Fritz-Alain MoiseStage 32 doesn't disappoint. Best consulting services for upcoming writers looking for that initial feedback on new projects. I've hopped on calls with a couple of producers over the past few years and the feedback has been amazing. Best part
Martin ReeseThe Script Coverage through Stage 32 has been invaluable in developing my script. I got 3 levels of coverage. I did the First 10 pages to see if I was headed in the right direction. I then did the Industry Reader Coverage to see if my story held up. Then I did the Premium Coverage from an Executive to get feedback from someone who develops and produces films in my genre.. The notes at each step were so helpful. Did I agree with everything
Martin ReeseThe Script Coverage through Stage 32 has been invaluable in developing my script. I got 3 levels of coverage. I did the First 10 pages to see if I was headed in the right direction. I then did the Industry Reader Coverage to see if my story held up. Then I did the Premium Coverage from an Executive to get feedback from someone who develops and produces films in my genre.. The notes at each step were so helpful. Did I agree with everything
Wesley Lawrence Curry III came to know about Stage32 recently. 3 years ago I decided I was going to concentrate on composing music for Film. ( I had been concentrating on Classical Pianists before that, trying to get my Solo's performed by touring Concert oriented performers, and had some good luck in getting noticed by Henry Fogel, whom has been the President of both the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) But his advice to me was simple....I was good....but for every possible commission in the Classical Business, there were at least 1000 composers trying to get the commission. Still, I am a determined man, and simply moved my concentration to the love of mine, movies. My family, friends, acquaintances all thought I was crazy, and gave little or no support for my endeavor. Perhaps the Glittering Stories of Possible Success just seemed to far out of reach for anyone to them. But not to me. I only have one life on this earth, and a belief that what I do helps create peace, and joy, for people. 2 years into the 'move to film' I was still out of work. Living in a $500 a month 'Room" on the North Side of Chicago near Wrigley Field. I managed to put together an art exhibit ( Having left a fruitful career as a visual artist I thought I could make enough to get the equipment I needed for scoring films) And suprisingly all the works in my art fair exhibit sold, and with the proceeds bought a Mac Book with GarageBand, and a keyboard Controller. And then I went into the wood shed and simply started conjuring scene ideas and scoring them musically. Letting the Family hear the pieces, they thought me daft and could not fathom what I was trying to accomplish. One day, as I was on a bus going to the grocer, I passed a location shoot taking place at Ann Sathers on Broadway in Chicago. I hopped of the bus, as I always do when I see a film being made, and introduced myself to the crew. Before long, I was standing next to one of the producers and getting a little insight into the film and the production frames. Telling the Producer I was once a Music Director in The Second City certainly helped. And it got me 2 minutes with the very busy Director