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Justine Wentzell is the former lead of the acquisitions and co-productions team at MarVista (A Deadly Adoption, Bitch, Most Likely to Die) Amanda Toney is the Managing Director of Stage 32, the world’s largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives and is also a working actor, producer and screenwriter. Full Bio »
Justine Wentzell, former lead of MarVista's Acquisitions & Co-Productions team, will discuss the current feature market, including alternative avenues like TV movies, plus a live Q&A!
Stage 32's Amanda Toney leads a 1 hour conversation with Justine Wentzell, former lead of MarVista's Acquisitions & Co-Productions team, discussing writing voice, cultural representation in writing, the new TV movie landscape, and much more before taking live questions from the Writers' Room members.
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In the first Executive Hour of 2021, we're bringing in Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley! Shane has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like "SEINFELD" and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG starring Dwayne Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Ent. where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, and John Travolta. During the webcast we discuss Shane's time working on - and getting fired from - "SEINFELD", producing for Dwayne Johnson, developing features with Charlie Sheen, and much more!
This is a chance to get your questions answered and share observations about the film industry with CEO, Rich "RB" Botto & Managing Director Amanda Toney who have first-hand experience in multiple facets of the industry and have worked on films from Sundance to Studios.
During this Executive Hour Jason Mirch talks with Mike Disa, the director of the Netflix animated series, "Paradise PD" about his career, working directly for Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, finding a mentor, and how to get a job in a writers' room.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Talent Manager and Co-President of Fourth Wall Animation at Fourth Wall Management, Alison Mann. As an artist, Mann always knew she wanted to work in animation. She began her career at Nickelodeon as a finance department intern while attending Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating, she was offered the amazing opportunity to continue working with Nickelodeon/MTV as their recruiter/coordinator of talent relations. Through her 17 years in the industry, she gained experience in TV, film and gaming while working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive, Paramount Pictures Animation, and Illumination Entertainment.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Nathan Varni the Director, Current Programming, Disney-ABC Television Group. Nathan oversees all creative on ABC series including the hit Grey’s Anatomy and General Hospital. He as also worked on How to Get Away with Murder, The Conners, Grand Hotel, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, and The Middle. Mr. Varni oversees all creative and day-to-day management on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, The Conners, Grand Hotel and long running daytime drama series, General Hospital. In past seasons, Mr. Varni served as the covering executive on Once Upon A Time, Scandal, The Middle, Greys Anatomy, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and the revival of Roseanne. Mr. Varni joined ABC in November, 2006 as an assistant in comedy current programming and also spent time working as a coordinator in comedy development and current programming working on a vast number of both comedy and drama series including According to Jim, Samantha Who?, Better off Ted, Cougar Town, Castle, V, 666 Park Avenue and three seasons covering Happy Endings.
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour Webcast with Mike Diaz. Mike Diaz is an accomplished Manager and Producer at Citizen Skull Management - where he represents Writers, Directors, and Producers. Previously, Mike was at ATN Entertainment a boutique management company founded in 2015 by Jennifer Aurianna Dare. Previously, Jennifer was at Bohemia Group, one of the top talent management companies in the industry, as Executive Vice-President. The goal of ATN Entertainment is to create and contribute to the success, livelihood and happiness of her clients, while servicing them with the highest level of integrity. Prior to that, Mike was at The Coronel Group, a boutique entertainment management company that takes a well-rounded approach to representing actors, writers and directors for the longevity of their clients' careers. The company manages both emerging talent as well as A-List Actors including Alan Tudyk (Disney Animated Films), Adan Gillen ("GAME OF THRONES"), and Robert Patrick (TERMINATOR Franchise). Mike focusses on project development for Coronel Group's Writers and Directors. Mike has a demonstrated history in development and talent management with several projects in in development across, TV, Film and the Podcast space. He began his career at Principato-Young and then moved to the Coronel Group in 2014.