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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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In the final Executive Hour of 2020, the Writers' Room members welcome Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning writer Vijal Patel who has written for comedy series including ABC’s BLACK-ISH, THE MIDDLE, and currently is the Co-EP on SCHOOLED with Tim Meadows. He also writes and develops feature film projects for DreamWorks and has a development deal with Sony Pictures Television. Vijal has built his career on writing comedy and using it to explore race, family, religion, politics, and class struggle. During this webcast, we discuss how Vijal entered the industry without going to film school, how he landed his first agent and manager, his thoughts on writing compelling dialogue, characters, and comedy, along with a lot more! It is one of the best Executive Hours of 2020!
What an awesome Executive Hour to kick off 2020 with Development & Production Executive Sarah J. Cornelius of Whitewater Films. Despite fighting a cold, Sarah powered through and gave us some awesome insights about the business, the inside story of how their film, Standing Up, Falling Down came together with Billy Crystal, what she looks for in a screenwriter, and the best (and worst) advice she ever received in show business!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Special Guest Matt Ember - the Screenwriter behind GET SMART, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, and WAR WITH GRANDPA! Matt is a Screenwriter and Producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including "THE CONNERS" on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. This was an amazing conversation with Matt bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Writers' Room!
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.
Zero Gravity Management is a progressive entertainment company whose strength lies in the development and representation of screenwriters, directors, and actors. ZG Management maintains a list of some of the industry's most established professionals in all arenas.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Jason & Jamie Neese - the Co-Executive Producers of the #1 Netflix Series, "THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY." Jason and Jamie will be here to talk about world-building, producing for Netflix, their rise in the industry and taking your questions LIVE! You don't want to miss this!