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Sasha Nonas-Barnes is a producer working alongside producer Tiegen Kosiak on a new slate of projects, including a script discovered through a pitch on Stage 32. Before breaking out on his own, Sasha was the Development Executive at Ineffable Pictures, a full-service production company led by Raphael Krysek (THE ROAD WITHIN). Ineffable was founded in 2010 with recent credits including ARMED RESPONSE with Alan Arkin, Clea DuVall and Ethan Embry; and LATE BLOOMERS with Maria Bello, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons. Allen James Roughton is the Stage 32 Script Services Coordinator, a screenwriter, reader and development researcher who has consulted on over 100 projects, scripts, books, comics and films and conducted research on life stories, exposés, professions and locations for development at major production companies. Nick Assunto is part of the Stage 32 script services team and a screenwriter himself. He was previously a reader for the Austin Film Festival, a writer for the 2017 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, co-host of the Sunday show B.Y.O.T. at UCB, and dabbled in acting, having been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, an eHarmony commercial directed by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst (for real), and is infamously known as Tony, the annoying party member from the 'Four Friends' Elder Scrolls spots. Full Bio »
Producer Sasha Nonas-Barnes joins our Panel as we listen and read your pitches live to help educate the Writers' Room screenwriters on what is and isn't working in their pitch.
We take a look at live and written pitches for a short romance film, a swashbuckling female-led feature, and a supernatural procedural.
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We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Creative Executive Thomas Pettinelli at Branded Pictures Entertainment. Their previous credits include BOTTLE SHOCK, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 from Aaron Sorkin, and THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT among others. Thomas has personally contributed to THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, WHEELMAN on Netflix.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Josh Zakaria. Josh Zakaria is a film and TV Literary Manager and Producer who launched Zakaria Entertainment, which represents literary clients. Zakaria Entertainment is a unique entertainment company that utilizes a holistic approach when working with storytellers and creators on projects. Josh focuses on building strategic partnerships for storytellers that are necessary for getting these stories told in the appropriate format. Since then, Josh has built a roster of clients who have worked with Kevin Hart's HartBeat, Participant TV, Red Crown Productions, CBS Comedy, Amazon Studios, Mandeville, and more. Josh specializes in identifying and working with writers, directors, and filmmakers who are able to weave unique, authentic, and interesting characters into commercially conscious stories. He began his journey in entertainment at top management companies like Mosaic, Benderspink, and Anonymous Content.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Producer & Development Executive, Anna Henry, who has worked at CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, as well as multiple production companies and in literary management. Her clients have worked on shows such as THE DEUCE, VINYL, SEVEN SECONDS, VIDA, CHICAGO FIRE, and THE FLASH, and have set up projects at Netflix, AMC, Amazon, Starz, HBO, Sony, EOne, Corus, and others.
The Cartel Manager Corey Ackerman joins our Panel as we listen and read your pitches live to help educate the Writers' Room screenwriters on what is and isn't working in their pitch.
In this Pitch Tank webcast, we welcome producer Aimee Schoof of Intrinsic Value Films. Aimee has produced more than 35 feature films! Of those, 10 have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 4 at the Tribeca Film Festival, 3 at SXSW, and one each at LA Film Festival, Toronto, Venice, New York FF, New Directors/New Films, and Berlinale. Among many of her notable films, she produced TESLA with Ethan Hawke, AMERICAN SATAN with Malcolm McDowell, MARJORIE PRIME with Jon Hamm, EXPERIMENTER with Peter Sarsgaard, BLUE CAPRICE with Isiaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, DEATH OF A DYNASTY with Kevin Hart and Rashida Jones, and XX/XY with Mark Ruffalo. She has expanded into television and currently has a slate of scripted and unscripted projects and feature films in all phases of production. And on top of all of that, Aimee is also a partner in the comic book publishing company Red Giant Entertainment, developing comic book properties for film and TV! During the webcast, we hear pitches that range from Sci-Fi to Supernatural in both film and television! Aimee provides some incredible insights and provides her 2 key pieces of advice to keep in mind while pitching!
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, former Disney+ Executive Sam Mannetti!Sam is a producer and executive with over five years of successful experience in the Entertainment Industry. Sam specializes in providing educated, creative and analytical insights into the scripted film and series development and production process, while working closely with top names in the industry across studios, networks, and agencies. A former Creative Executive on the Disney+ Original Content team at The Walt Disney Company, Sam was responsible for identifying and developing series, feature films, short form content and other high-quality entertainment formats for the service. Reporting to Agnes Chu, SVP of Content for the service, Sam worked alongside Agnes to lead the Disney+ Originals teams for scripted and unscripted programming partnering closely with Disney-owned internal content creators, including The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.