Success Stories: JUL'29 SILVER BITELA AGENCY * WGA finds and signs PJ McIlvaine - all because of Stage 32

Babz Bitela, President

SILVER BITELA AGENCY * WGA finds and signs PJ McIlvaine - all because of Stage 32

SILVER BITELA AGENCY * WGA SIGNS PJ McIlvaine - Babz Bitela, President of Silver Bitela Agency met Richard Botto and fell in love with his script THE END GAME and became a fan and friend. Once he introduced her to his site STAGE 32 she'd been shopping for Writers and Scripts she could go out with. Checking in has paid off: last weekend Babz found on Stage 32 PJ and read her script HEAVEN SENT and was blown away. Babz says "You know talent when you read it. You know market ready when you hear it and you know marketable product when you find it. We found all that and more in PJ. A consummate wordsmith, witty and kind, PJ has many genres under her belt. We are already writing a deal for her. We are in debt to Stage 32 in more ways than I can say; THANK YOU STAGE 32!"

Richard "RB" Botto

This is outstanding news, Babz! PJ is a terrific writer and a hell of a networker! Thrilled for both of you. Thank you for sharing the good news! Wishing you both the very best!

Chris Hicks

Don't know PJ personally, but its awesome to read a story like this. This site is a great tool and story's like this are proof positive to that fact. RB, you and your team are doing a great job! Congrats to all involved!

Carla Iacovetti

Always awesome to read something like this. What were the odds? Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your moment.

Babz Bitela, President

We are here to try to help! Thanks all!

Janet Caulfield

Wow! What a fantastic success story. Congratulations to PJ and you Babz.

Chera DeHoff

Excellent! Congrats to PJ and Babz Bitela - onward and upward!! :)

Babz Bitela, President

please get to know some of our other clients, too, all of them are very glad PJ is with us. Pia Cook's got some great stuff out on Netflix and Amazon. Our company is here to find NEW VOICES if possible and help the more seasoned pro like PJ> bb

Michelle Paisley Reed

I LOVE positive stories like this!!! Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you and PJ ALL THE BEST:)

Judith Conway

Congratulations Babz and PJ. What an inspiring story for a newbie like me.

Jaye L Swift

Well done PJ! Must confess I have been so busy I haven't checked in very often, didn't know you were a member. Absolutely stonking brilliant news! YAY!

Sophia Jones

Great job PJ!! Congratulations!

Sandy Corkins-Schmidt

Couldn't have happened to nicer screenwriter. Go PJ!

Claire Elizabeth Terry

Congrats, PJ! That is great news and agree with Sandy - it couldn't have happened to a nicer, more friendly and HELPFUL screenwriter!!

Richard "RB" Botto

Couldn't agree more, Sandy and Claire. Pj embodies the selfless, collaborative spirit that inspires those who float into her orbit. This development is much deserved.

James Holzrichter


Vicky Edwards

Whoa, awesome!!!

Valerie Michele Oliver

Love reading about Stage32 connections and success stories! Congrats to you and PJ. I have my own connection success story from the U.S. to the U.K. that I have shared here on this site with updates to come in the future. Also, thanks for the network connect request. Much appreciated!

Chuck Dudley

Not surprised - PJ's in our writer's group. Her comments/advice are always spot on. A true pro and a great writer! Congrats PJ!

Richard "RB" Botto

I'm not in that writer's group, Chuck. But I also have seen PJ be the first to offer advice or a helping hand to other writers. Selflessness pays off.

Richard "RB" Botto

Valerie - I'd be most appreciative if you would share that story in the SUCCESS STORIES section of the Stage 32 Lounge. Thank you!

Marina Tallent

Stage 32 is a great place to find talented people. Look forward to read more success stories.

Richard "RB" Botto

Thank you for the support, Marina.

Babz Bitela, President

you are all very kind to support her efforts by posting. Thank you so much. I'm here. So hit me with great characters who demand attention. On the page that is, don't act up to me lol; I have my hands full with my Beagle and my husband; BOTH -- CHARACTERS! Hugs! bb

Denise Turney

Networking at quality spots like Stage 32 really pays off!

Caitlin McCarthy

Babz, Beagles rule...although I must admit, my Westie gives Beagles a run for their money in the cuteness department. 8-)

Talus Night


Richard "RB" Botto

My beagle, Penny Lane, concurs.

Brianna Lee McKenzie

I love it when things work out!

Janay Nyesha Jackson

This story is really encourageing

Pj McIlvaine

And we just finalized the option on GINGERBREAD COUNTRY. It's on a fast track, they plan to film in November 2013!

Claire Elizabeth Terry

Hooray!! DOUBLE CONGRATS, Pj! Can't wait to see both of them!! :)

Richard "RB" Botto

Wow! Fantastic, Pj!

Janet Caulfield

Wondeful news Pj! So happy for you, just keeps getting better and better!

Claire Elizabeth Terry

Pj, Have you told Scott Myers (he runs the screenwriting blog of The Black List)? He writes about spec sales as well :)

Pat Savage

Don't know you personally PJ, but its awesome to read a story like this. Congrats! This site is a great tool RB, you are doing such a great thing here dude! "Selflessness pays off" he writes! Congrats to all involved with this yet another positive connection story here at Stage 32! I have my own new connection success story developing right here from my savage jungle studios in Thailand to those dusky LA streets that I will share soon with all here as it happens! Fantastic news and good luck with all PJ it's your day in the sun :) Pat Savage

Richard "RB" Botto

Thank you, Pat. I had "known" Pj from around the web and in certain screenwriting circles and know how hard working and talented she is. This just seemed like the perfect match. All I did was put two people together. Pj's hard work, dedication to the craft, and excellent stories (and execution) won the day.

Pat Savage

Awesome! You Pj and Babz and of course Stage 32! Exciting creative days ahead for us all here :)

Pj McIlvaine

Richard, you are very kind. :)

Richard "RB" Botto

I just speak the truth, Pj! Sometimes the difference between a great writer and a great writer that breaks through is a little support. I always believe that people who pay it forward win the day. Cynics be dammed :)

Claire Elizabeth Terry

Amen, Richard!

Vicky Edwards

Bless you. Richard

Richard "RB" Botto

Thank you, Claire and Vicky...

Pj McIlvaine

And the good news keeps coming. We now have a director on board for GINGERBREAD COUNTRY, couldn't be happier.

Randall Roffe

As Russian and Ukrainian "mafiyah", Chinese Tongs, Japanese Yakuza, Mexican and Colombian gangs, various "black" gangs, and the Aryan Brotherhood move into the relative vacuum created by the decimation of La Cosa Nostra in America, a small group of Italian-Americans and Jews recreate their own group, and battle to regain their grandfathers' turf, according to the old rules: don't touch women or children, don't deal drugs, and don't rat. Are rules meant to be broken?

Richard "RB" Botto

Awesome news, Pj!

Charles Rule

Excuse if you will please, my ignorance. Thought END GAME was by Samuel Beckett? Thanks, CwR

Alexandra Cohler

What a wonderful story! Congrats, PJ and Babz!

Joan Enering

Hi Babz: I have a children's book/play that would be GREAT for the very young children for Christmas. In addition, I've acted in several movies and t.v. shows as a professional extra. I'm available to work in NY, NJ, and PA. Joan M. Enering 570-894-4320

Sy Shanti

Love it!

Pat Savage

again your spamming people

Richard "RB" Botto

Deleted, Pat.

Pat Savage


Suzanne Sadler


Alexandra Cohler

Congrats all!

Steve Spatucci

PJ's awesome - congratulations to you both.

Vicky Edwards


Diane Racine

This is very good encouragement for the rest of us. Thanks.

Julia Parker

Huge Congrats!

Simona Bost


Michael A. Freeman

PJ is LEGEND on DDP Forums and a prolific, illustrative writer -- congrats on the great "get!"

Padma Narayanaswamy

Thanks for the connect . Glad to know you.

Pj McIlvaine

Awww thank you Michael.....

Michael A. Freeman

Most welcome, PJ, because it's all TRUE! Besides I also have to make up for sometimes pedantic writing on DDP posts here! Also, stoked you connected here on Stage32 -- I'll try to keep it concise here, I promise! ;-D

Deborah Weed

Congrats Pj! Your energy flies off the page...

Pj McIlvaine

Thank you!!!

Suzanne Sadler

Very Cool!

Wayne G Sweat

Wow! Congratulations.

Steve Rouse

Nice to know

Bhavnisha Parmar

Fab news!

Richard "RB" Botto

Hey Leon. Never too late to send good vibes into the universe. Thank you.

Cheryll Thompson Ganzel

Congratulations, PJ. I love hearing success stories.

Edward Leech

How wonderful is that PJ... THE END GAME (smells of high concept in the title)... Congratulations. Keep writing.

Aaron Cadam Samuels

Congratulations! Very cool!

Antonia Jones-Hackley


John MacNeil

Great to hear, gives the rest of us something to strive for..

Alex Sarris

Hey Honey !!!! Good to see you pumping the marketing on this gr8 site. When does 031 come out. Did I get a mention?

Bettye Zoller


P.I. Barrington

Congratulations! What a coup!

Thierry Koffi

It helps to be on Stage32,sooner or later!

Reece Elisabeth

Congrats PJ break a leg.

Pj McIlvaine

Update: I am no longer represented by Babz (my decision) and am looking for new representation. I wish Babz all the best.

Karen Sullivan-Thorne

Great to be networked!! Cheers! :)

Greg Rempel

Go, PJ! She's a very talented writer. I know PJ and her work from American Zoetrope.

Pj McIlvaine

Greg, thank you for the kind words. :)

Greg Rempel

You've been at this game a loooooong time. I'm glad to see things are happening for you.

Denise Turney

Such good news! Kudos!!

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