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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.
Our Comedy Contest winner Diana Wright has signed with literary manager Audrey Knox at The Cartel and with Abrams Artists Agency. 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!
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.
Brent Kado left LA and moved to Chicago, Brent was able to maintain his industry contacts through the Stage 32 site, and has just optioned his series and signed a shopping agreement with Indigo Films with the help of WEtv after receiving constructive advice through our Stage 32 pitching feedback services! INDIGO FILMS is 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!
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 CAA 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!
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."
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."
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