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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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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 Television Director and Executive Producer Russell Fine. Russell Fine is a Television Director & Executive Producer whose previous credits include "AMERICAN GODS" for AMC, "BULL", "QUANTICO", "SLEEP HOLLOW", and "THE WIRE". His latest series is "JIGSAW" for Netflix.
In this big, bonus episode of the Executive Hour we are joined by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve! Meg is the brilliant screenwriting mind behind critically acclaimed films including INSIDE OUT (which earned her an Academy Award nomination, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2016), THE GOOD DINOSAUR, and CAPTAIN MARVEL. She has also contributed to Pixar films including FINDING DORY and INCREDIBLES 2, as well as the 20th Century Fox animated film SPIES IN DISGUISE! Prior to her career as a screenwriter, Meg ran development for actress and filmmaker Jodi Foster. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, Emmy Award (as a producer), NAACP Image Award, and BAFTA Award, with a total of 24 award nominations and 8 wins! During the webcast, Meg's discusses her career at Pixar, how she is adapting and working in the current quarantine situation, what writers can be doing during this time, what types of scripts and projects she thinks will be in demand once this quarantine is over, and so much more!
During this Executive Hour we welcome special guest AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS filmmaker Doug Atchison! AKEELAH AND THE BEE was released by Lionsgate and starred Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. His script for AKEELAH has recently been adapted into a stage play which is being performed around the country. Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, which was produced by previous Writers' Room guest Amy Baer, released in August of 2019, and for which Doug won the 2019 Humanitas Prize. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, and Morgan Freeman.During this webcast Doug discusses writing AKEELAH, working as an independent writer/director, how he gets hired for screenwriting assignments, what most writers struggle with when writing a screenplay and how to approach writing a true story!
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 excited to bring you another riveting Executive Hour with the Senior Vice President of Development at The Wolper Organization, Kevin Nicklaus! The Wolper Organization has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. which covers all divisions, including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. Kevin has been integral to the early development and sales of "BATES MOTEL" for A&E, the 2016 Emmy-nominated "ROOTS" for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. The Wolper Organization has been responsible for over 500 films, which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabody’s. During the conversation we discussed developing "BATES MOTEL", how Kevin finds new material, what writers can be doing to break out in this market, and much more!