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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.
The Executive Hour
Christian Sander is The Director of Development for Pensé Productions - we have a fun hour long conversation with Christian about the craft and business.
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!
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.
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!
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!