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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.
The Executive Hour
One of the most respected agents in the business, Adam Van Dusen of Gersh will discuss the agent/screenwriter relationship, how to break in, industry trends and more! Live Q&A to follow!
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.
Sebastian is currently a partner in Circus Road Films after working in development at Paramount, and at Touchstone, the TV division of Disney and ABC.We'll discuss the business + a live Q&A!
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!
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!
Jason got his start with Evolution Entertainment, moved into Studio Development, and now independently producers and writes. We discuss what makes a project marketable, how to push your career forward industry trends, & more, plus a live Q&A!