Stage 32 in the News

Festival-Bound Filmmakers' New Dilemma: Screen Virtually or Wait for Another Market?

The Hollywood Reporter, 6/24/2020

After the cancelation of SXSW and postponement of the Tribeca film festival due to the coronavirus pandemic, a slew of once festival-bound indie features are working to not get lost in the shuffle.

Two SXSW-Awarded Films Among 70 From Canceled Festivals To Be Screened For Sales Agents, Distributors By Stage 32

Deadline, 4/20/2020

Online platform Stage 32 is rolling out a screening series starting Tuesday to highlight filmmakers and films impacted by cancellations or postponement of festivals to a network of industry executives and professionals. The 70-plus films include with Maggie Gyllenhall and documentary Echoes of the Invisible , respectively the Final Draft Screenwriting and Zeiss Cinematography Award-winners from SXSW.

The Pandemic Is Hitting One Part of Hollywood Especially Hard

The Atlantic, 3/23/2020

"It's like, we're never going back. Things are never going to be the same." Kate McLean and Mario Furloni have been working on Freeland, their first narrative feature film, for almost a decade.

Spotlight: U.S. entertainment industry reels from industry-wide impact of COVID-19

China, 3/23/2020

by Julia Pierrepont III LOS ANGELES, March 22 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is delivering blow after blow to the beleaguered U.S. entertainment industry, as movie releases, film and TV shoots are being postponed or canceled across the country and internationally.

5 Ways Entertainment Companies Are Doing Business During Coronavirus

Variety, 3/11/2020

Entertainment companies are doing business online while the world confronts the epidemic. Online film fest Online film platform Stage32 is inviting filmmakers who were accepted to SXSW to screen films via their platform, saying it will promote the titles to its community of more than 600,000 creatives and industry executives.

SXSW May Be Canceled, but There's Another Way to Screen Your Film on Stage 32

No Film School, 3/10/2020

COVID-19 has shut down SXSW 2020, so where can you watch the films and read the reviews? SXSW was canceled last week over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. It was a blow to indie filmmakers everywhere. Lots of people were waiting to have their life's work debut there.

Films Set to Screen at Canceled SXSW Offered New Platform Stage 32

CNN, 3/10/2020

An online community for entertainment creatives is offering filmmakers affected by the cancellation of South by Southwest a chance to give their movies some exposure, free of charge.

Films set to screen at canceled SXSW offered new platform Stage 32

Nbc-2, 3/10/2020

"As filmmakers, producers, screenwriters and actors ourselves, all of us at Stage 32 are devastated for everyone impacted by the cancellation of SXSW. Given the sad reality that the Coronavirus will likely cause more festival cancellations, we want to assure that these filmmakers and their connections get the exposure their work and efforts so richly deserve," said Richard "RB" Botto, CEO of Stage 32.

Films Set to Screen at Canceled SXSW Offered New Platform Stage 32

ABC, 3/10/2020

"As filmmakers, producers, screenwriters and actors ourselves, all of us at Stage 32 are devastated for everyone impacted by the cancellation of SXSW. Given the sad reality that the Coronavirus will likely cause more festival cancellations, we want to assure that these filmmakers and their connections get the exposure their work and efforts so richly deserve," said Richard "RB" Botto, CEO of Stage 32.

Film News Roundup: Stage 32 Sets Online Screenings After SXSW Cancellation

Variety, 3/9/2020

Social network-educational site Stage 32 will offer SXSW filmmakers a showcase for their projects beginning in April. The site made the announcement on Monday, three days after the film festival was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. Filmmakers and content creators accepted into SXSW 2020 are welcome to submit their pics for screening.

Film News Roundup: Stage 32 Sets Online Screenings After SXSW Cancellation

Yahoo, 3/9/2020

FILM FESTIVALS Social network-educational site Stage 32 will offer SXSW filmmakers a showcase for their projects beginning in April. The site made the announcement on Monday, three days after the film festival was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. Filmmakers and content creators

US industry explores virtual solutions to coronavirus outbreak

Screen Daily, 3/9/2020

On Monday Stage 32, an LA-based social network platform that connects film, TV and digital creatives and professionals, said that starting next month it would showcase select films from the recently cancelled SXSW on its platform. The company’s community includes distributors, buyers and sales agents, as well as managers, agents, financiers, development executives and producers.

Stage32 Streaming Platform Offering to Play SXSW 2020 Selected Movies Starting in April - IMDb

IMDb, 3/9/2020

Since SXSW 2020 was canceled last week due to coronavirus concerns, filmmakers hoping to show their movie to an audience for the first time and possibly land a distribution deal have been left out in the wind. However, a streaming platform called Stage 32 is offering them the chance to get their movies in front [...]

Stage 32 Microbudget Horror Competition Offers Film Option, Production Mentoring, Greenlight Eligibility

Deadline, 1/18/2020

Online film networking and education platform Stage 32 has partnered with Trick Candle Productions and Glass House Distribution to launch a Microbudget Horror Script Competition for 2020. The winning script will receive a $5,000 option and be entered into a mentorship program with the film's producers, and be eligible for a production greenlit for up to $100,000 by Trick Candle and Glass House.

Stage 32 at the Hamburg Germany Film Fest - Transatlantic Empowerment

Screen Daily, 10/4/2019

Stage 32, founded eight years ago by Rich Botto, is dubbed a “LinkedIn” for film, television and theatre creatives. It has 500,000 members, split 60% in the US and 40% international, and is a partner with both the Cannes Marché and the American Film Market (AFM).

Speaking in Hamburg, Toney highlighted some of the platform’s recent successes in bringing together directors, actors, technicians, financiers and writers.

Film Experts From Stage 32 Give Advice at Trinidad and Tobago Workshop

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, 9/6/2019

THE Business of Film Workshop which began on Thursday at the CreativeTT office in Port of Spain, attracted a number of people in the film industry, given the calibre of international facilitators in TT for the event. At the opening session, presented by the TT Film Company, the topic was "From script to screen: Understanding ...

National Lampoon & Stage 32 Launch Comedy Screenwriting Competition

Deadline, 5/31/2018

National Lampoon has partnered with online film and TV creatives platform Stage 32 to launch the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition, with the winning script to receive a $5,000 option of 18 months by NL and the winning writer or writers placed into its mentoring program.

Bondit Media Capital, Stage 32 partner on masterclass series (exclusive)

Screen Daily, 10/25/2017

Bondit Media Capital and Stage 32 have partnered on a four-part online masterclass about film financing featuring Bondit CEO Matthew Helderman and experts that include producer and co-founder of Fortitude International and e2b Capital, Robert Ogden Barnum. The two other expert speakers are Yale Productions president and ...

Have a Short Film Script? Here's Your Chance for $20K and a Production in Florida

No Film School, 9/23/2016

You've got the perfect short film script. You just need money and a crew. Well, how about $20,000, for starters, and some professional gear and mentorship? In an industry that has only a few opportunities for short films, you shouldn't pass this one up. Stage 32 has partnered with St.

Stage 32 and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commisison To Offer $20,000 Grant To Shoot in Florida

Indiewire, 9/8/2016

The online platform Stage 32 has announced a partnership with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission to provide a filmmaking contest where one writer and director will be flown to Florida and given a $20,000 production grant to film a short film in St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

6 Places to Find Video Editing Jobs

Premium Beat, 3/15/2016

Sure, the job market is crowded, but if you've got polished video editing skills, there's work waiting for you out there. Let's take a look at six online resources that can help you find video editing jobs and get your name out there.

The successful social network you haven't heard of yet - with Richard Botto - Mixergy

Mixergy, 2/5/2016

My goal is to find out about the kinds of companies that you don't see on TechCrunch... I want to find out about the kinds of people who don't get to the top of Hacker News because, frankly, I feel like there's a world of successful companies out there that we're...

Silicon Beach LA - Blog View - Meet The Founders: Richard "RB" Botto (Stage32)

Siliconbeachla, 11/2/2015

Yesterday we had a chance to chat with Richard "RB" Botto, the Founder of LA's Stage32, "The online platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater creatives worldwide." As one of LA's fastest growing entertainment startups we were excited to catch him between his whirlwind film festival and conference schedule.

Raindance: Stage 32’s Richard Botto on Social Media, Education Site’s Short Film Competition

Variety, 10/3/2015

In the first of what is planned to be an ongoing series of collaborations with the Raindance Film Festival, L.A.-based multi-media creative website Stage 32 used this year’s event as a launch-pad for their first-ever shorts competition. The result of a meeting with Raindance founder Elliot Grove in Cannes earlier this year, the program is intended as an annual platform for new and low-budget filmmakers.

Stage 32 Fills Short Film Category for the 23rd Annual Raindance Film Festival

Indiewire, 9/22/2015

Richard "RB" Botto, CEO of Stage 32, will also join the Raindance's Grand Jury and host an expert panel on crowdsourcing. READ MORE: 2015 Raindance Web Fest Announces This Year's Slate, Along With Raindance Independent Series Award Nominees The Raindance Web Festival kicks off tonight in Leicester Square, London.

Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

Tech.Co, 9/21/2015

LinkedIn is by far the world's largest professional network with more than 380 million members in over 200 countries and territories. But it isn't meeting the needs of everyone, leading to the creation of several sites positioning themselves as the go-to professional network for niche industries. If you work in hospitality, you've got Industry.

What is Stage 32, Anyway?

Indiewire, 6/8/2015

Richard Botto's three and a half year old site Stage 32 is a social network and educational hub for the entertainment industry. I'm sure I'm not the only who has been wondering exactly what website Stage 32 is all about.

Stage 32 and PGA Women's Impact Network Launch Pitching Event for Female-Centric Scripts

Indiewire, 4/3/2015

Female protagonists at the movie theater are becoming an endangered species. To help tell more relevant and interesting stories to girls and women -- an audience that has proven itself loyal and reliable -- the entertainment-industry social-media hub Stage 32 and the PGA Women's Impact Network will host a two-weekend educational panel and pitching event to find female-centric stories and projects for film, television, reality, and new media.

The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community

The Huffington Post, 12/14/2014

I'm not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. -- RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32 It's tough to make a living as a creative.

Blood List Names 'Bird Box' Best 2014 Genre Script; Adds Pilots, Books

Deadline, 10/31/2014

This year's Blood List has named the 13 best genre scripts around town, and in its sixth year the annual screenplay contest is expanding its scope to include hot books, TV pilots, and young scribes ripe for signing.

'Bird Box' Claws its Way to the Top of the 2014 Blood List

The Hollywood Reporter, 10/31/2014

To honor its sixth year, the Blood List has added additional lists for Top 6 TV pilots as well as Top 6 horror books and also a New Blood contest, presented with Stage 32.

Stage 32: Lynda.com Meets LinkedIn For Film, Television And Theater Creatives

Forbes, 7/9/2014

Some business ideas come in a flash; a moment of inspiration when all other mental chatter falls to the wayside, and the path forward becomes immediately clear. More often, however, they take the form of a perfect storm – an accumulation of observations over time that reveal a business opportunity worth pursuing. Those are the stories I like to tell, aiming to inspire readers to heighten their awareness to what key lever points may exist within their own lives, and might eventually lead them to take a creative and/or entrepreneurial risk. So when I find one of these “perfect storm” stories that hooks my interest and hasn’t been told before, like recently when I was introduced to founder and CEO of Stage 32 Richard “RB” Botto, it feels like winning the editorial lottery – a mini “aha moment” that leads me to quickly scheduling an interview.

Stage 32, The Blood List Launch Screenplay Contest to Discover New Writers

TheWrap, 5/20/2014

The "Search for New Blood" aims to open doors for undiscovered dark genre writers Stage 32 and The Blood List have partnered to find undiscovered genre screenwriters via the new screenwriting contest "Search for New Blood," it was announced Tuesday by The Blood List founder Kailey Marsh and Stage 32 founder/CEO Richard Botto.

What is 'Stage 32'?

Daily Actor, 11/27/2012

Let's say you are looking to connect with a writer for a film project or maybe you're in need of a director of photography who has their own camera package to shoot your project, you might want to look at Stage 32.

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