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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
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!
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.
During this Executive Hour Jason Mirch talks with Mike Disa, the director of the Netflix animated series, "Paradise PD" about his career, working directly for Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, finding a mentor, and how to get a job in a writers' room.
This week we welcome playwright and TV writer who is the author of over forty plays! His television credits include Executive Story Editor on Season 2 of the Starz drama "MAGIC CITY", and serving as Executive Story Editor on two seasons of the HBO television show "HUNG". He wrote and directed the film EXILES IN New York, which played at the A.F.I Film Festival, South by South West, The Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Latin American International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba. He has also has sold his original television projects to Starz, Amazon and AMC, among others. During this incredible Executive Hour, Eduardo talks about working with Oscar-winner Al Pacino on the film SCARFACE in his early 20's, how to write compelling characters for stage and screen, what it is like being in a writers room for HBO, and offers a exercise in breaking character and story that brought one of our members to tears!
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!
In this Executive Hour webcast, the Writers' Room welcomes the President of Gidden Media, billion dollar producer & executive Amy Baer! Amy's experience in the entertainment Industry spans major studios, independent financiers, and producing. Collectively, the films she has supervised and/or produced have grossed nearly $2 billion in worldwide box office. Before starting Gidden Media, Baer served as President & CEO of CBS Films, launching the division for CBS Corp. In 2012, Baer raised a 7-figure development fund and launched Gidden Media, a content incubation and production company. Its first film was the romantic drama MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning. Amy spent the previous 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw such hit films as MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, Oscar nominated ADAPTATION, S.W.A.T., SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, which earned Will Smith an Oscar nomination. She also developed the 2011 Oscar-nominated Sony hit MONEYBALL starring Brad Pitt. Amy became Board President of Women in Film in June 2018, stepping into the role at a critical juncture in Hollywood. During this webcast, Amy talks about the changing landscape of development and production in the industry, including what helps get a film made, the genres that she chooses to focus on, stories from developing MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING and other Sony classics, and how writers can gain momentum in a highly competitive business!