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Adam Van Dusen is an Agent at The Gersh Agency, a talent and literary agency with offices in Beverly Hills and New York. They are considered to be one of the "7 Major Hollywood Agencies", representing over 2,000 clients including heavyweights on-screen talent like Sam Rockwell, Kristen Stewart, Laura Prepon, Winona Ryder, Dave Bautista, and Adam Driver as well as clients working on the page and behind the camera on projects including "The Handmaid's Tale", "MEN IN BLACK, JACK REACHER, "Longmire", "Billions", and "The Newsroom". Richard “RB” Botto founded and runs Stage 32, the world’s largest platform for connecting and educating film creatives and is also a working actor, producer and screenwriter. As a producer, his films have played at dozens of festivals including Sundance and include the award winning feature, “Another Happy Day,” “Crutch,” and shorts, “All Things Hidden” and “TAXII.” His latest screenplay, “The End Game,” was purchased and is in development by Covert Media. RB is also the author of the groundbreaking and best-selling Focal Press/Routledge book – The American Film Market Presents: Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd. A sought after speaker and mentor, RB has been a keynote speaker and panelist at such festivals and conferences as Cannes, Venice, AFM, Tribeca, Raindance, SXSW and Winston Baker, and has taught at institutions such as Harvard and Columbia University on the subjects of filmmaking, producing, film finance, screenwriting, social media, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship and business. Full Bio »
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!
Stage 32 CEO, Rich "RB" Botto leads a 1 hour conversation with Adam Van Dusen exploring the role of a literary agent in a screenwriters career, when and how to look for representation, and much more before taking live questions from the Writers' Room members.
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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.
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.
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!
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 for the Executive Hour Webcast with Netflix Script Analyst Michael Schulman! Michael Schulman is a Feature Story Analyst for Netflix as part of its Independent Original Film Division, and his job revolves around evaluating feature screenplay submissions and deciding which ones to pass up to the executives to consider. Prior to his role at Netflix, Michael spent nearly a decade in the story department at CAA where he found projects for CAA clients. Over his storied career, Michael also served as an agent at ICM’s Motion Picture Literary Department and held numerous studio creative executive positions at Orion, TriStar, and Disney where he worked to develop film and television projects with some of the top talent in the industry. Michael is very familiar with what it takes for a script to find its way to decisionmakers since this has been a key feature of his job for over a decade. This was a great conversation with Michael!
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!