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Devon Byers is the manager and co-founder of First Friday Entertainment, a management company dedicated to showcasing fresh and unique voices. Their talented client's have landed on the YOUNG & HUNGRY list, been staffed on network series, won Streamies, and worked on dozens of amazing projects. Devon was previously the Development Coordinator at Ideate Media, the film and TV production company behind the BBC America adaptation of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" starring Elijah Wood. 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. Full Bio »
Devon got his start as a Development Exec at Ideate Entertainment before launching the management company, First Friday Entertainment, last year with Krista Sipp. We discuss what makes a writer stand out to reps, trends in film and TV, writer voice and standing out, & more, plus a live Q&A!
Stage 32's Allen Roughton leads a 1 hour conversation with Devon Byers, Manager and co-founder of First Friday Entertainment, discussing what makes a manager see potential in a writer, the important of unique voices and perspectives, trends to pay attention to in film and TV, 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 Vice President of Production for Ian Bryce, Will McCance! Will is currently Vice President of Production for Ian Bryce, producer of blockbusters like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, ALMOST FAMOUS, the TRANSFORMERS franchise, and most recently Michael Bay's SIX UNDERGROUND for Netflix. At Ian Bryce Productions, Will oversees the company's entire development slate. Will entered the entertainment industry as an Agent Trainee at United Talent Agency, supporting UTA in the Motion Picture Lit group, as well as in the Motion Picture Talent department. After UTA, he moved into development at Original Film's TV department, working on hit shows such as THE BOYS (Amazon) and PREACHER (AMC), as well as on SWAT (CBS) and HAPPY! (Syfy).Will has produced films such as the upcoming LOLA JAMES, starring Nicola Peltz and Oscar-Nominee Virginia Madsen, BERNARD AND HUEY, starring Jim Rash, David Koechner, and Mae Whitman, as well as Belarus's 2018 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Film, CRYSTAL SWAN, along with Vice.This was a great conversation with Will!
Art/Work Manager Spencer Robinson will discuss the differences between managers and agents, how to grab a manager's attention, working with a manager and what he currently is seeing in the industry.
We're back in the Writers' Room with for the Executive Hour Webcast with Producer Mike Sammaciccia, who produced the Emmy-nominated project, "SURVIVE" for Jeffrey Katzenberg, which starred Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins. He was SVP of live-action movies and series for Nickelodeon for many years, producing 4-5 live action and animated movies per year. This content consistently broke audience benchmarks and propelled the careers of many young stars. Mike was very generous with his knowledge and insights, and the questions from the group were fantastic and thought provoking!
We're back in the Writers' Room with for the Executive Hour Webcast with Sony Pictures Animation Feature Director Maggie Kang! Maggie has been working as a storyboard artist for over 15 years at various feature film studios including DreamWorks, Blue Sky, Illumination, and was Head of Story at Warner Animation Group for LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE. She is currently directing her first feature film K-POP DEMON HUNTERS at Sony Pictures Animation. During the webcast, Maggie shares her experiences of working inside some of the biggest studios in Hollywood!
Jon got his start with CAA, before moving to Broad Green Pictures and then striking out on his own with Housefire Management. We discuss screenplay structure, boutique management, industry trends, & more, plus a live Q&A!
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.