Book-to-Screen: Taking Your Book (or Screenplay) from Proposal to Published to Produced

Hosted by Lane Shefter Bishop, Emmy-Award Winner

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Lane Shefter Bishop

Webinar hosted by: Lane Shefter Bishop, Emmy-Award Winner

CEO at Vast Entertainment

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television. Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects in various stages of development, including feature films: REBOOT (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000, BLOODY MARY;ORIGINS (Neal Moritz/Original Films), THE FALLEN (Film Engine), THE LAST APPLE (Ineffable Pictures), HEMLOCK (Ivan Reitman/Montecito Picture Co.), and THE DUFF (McG/Wonderland – currently in prod) for CBS Films; MOWs: OPERATION MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS [with LeAnn Rimes] for ABC Family, and THE CHOKING GAME for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop also directed, and Television Series: CONFESSIONS OF A SOCIOPATH (Scott Stuber Productions) and DIVE (Doug Zwick/Red Wagon). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co- produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment. In addition to her scripted fare, Ms. Bishop also has extensive experience in reality television. Vast is currently partnered on all non-scripted programming with Bishop- Lyons Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with ITV Studios. To date, Ms. Bishop has directed more than two dozen sizzle reels as well as pilots for BLE, including VISIONARIES (partnered with Left/Right) for AMC, BARBADORO COMPOUND (ITV/MTV) and REINVENTION (Fox TV Studios) – which are going to series. Moreover, Ms. Bishop just finished shooting a pilot episode of the new show GEARS. Ms. Bishop is also a public speaker and author of LOGLINES, THE ART OF SELLING YOUR BOOK IN A SINGLE SENTENCE, which will be published in 2015 by McFarland. Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. She has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures, including THE DAY LABORERS (aka Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward James Olmos' LA Latino Int’l Film Festival , Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through HBO and Blockbuster. Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Emmy Award-winning producer Lane Shefter Bishop!

“Your story/book seems like it would make a great TV series or movie!” Ever heard these words before? If so, join executive Lane Shefter Bishop, as she takes you through the process in this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.

Over the last few years, Lane Shefter Bishop with Vast Entertainment has set up more than two dozen book properties – many of them only book proposals and early partials – with studios, networks and production companies throughout the entertainment industry. Underlying intellectual property is like gold these days. Great projects ‘based on’ or ‘inspired by’ literary material are constantly in demand. And by being in the center of this ‘content is king’ world, only Lane can give you the valuable insights towards making your story more sellable to the industry marketplace.

What You'll Learn

Experience Dealing with Book-to-Screen

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades including an EMMY, 6 Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television. Ms. Bishop is currently the CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects in active development.

How a Book-to-Screen Producer/Director like Lane works

85% of Lane’s projects come in as early ‘sneak-peeks’ at book proposals, stories and partials. Gone are the days when an entire galley was needed to pitch a property. Most of the time, it takes only 50-100 pages, a strong “hook” story and great characters for Lane to make a sale these days. Lane will talk about how someone in her position works:

  • Book proposals
  • Screenplays as book proposals
  • Partials
  • Why only books? – rate of return
  • Why early? – getting around the bestseller and publisher stigmas

The Book-to-Screen Process

Not many folks know about or talk about what the process is really like going from book to screen. Because Lane has been involved from square one – finding the project, then herding it through the screenwriter and director search as well as the development process, all the way through physical production on set – she is able to share her valuable insights into how it all works, what you can expect:

  • The value of underlying IP (Intellectual Property) - % of films now from previous materials
  • Making screenwriter choices
  • The “Creative Control” issue

What is a Book-to-Screen Logline?

A top-notch Logline is a writer’s most important asset – invaluable for query letters, for keeping laser focused on what makes a story unique, and for having the perfect elevator pitch ready to go. Lane is the leading authority on Loglines and her book Loglines: the Art of Selling Your Story in a Single Sentence published by McFarland:

  • Answering “what is your book about?” – elevator pitch
  • Helping your query letter

How to create a perfect Logline?

In writers conference seminars across the country, Lane has imparted her knowledge on how to create a perfect logline. Now she will share some of these secrets with you. Additionally, Lane will walk you step-by- step through sample loglines – showing poor examples, then changing them as you watch and learn:

  • Protagonist
  • Descriptives
  • Uniqueness/Hook
  • Stakes
  • Length

About Your Instructor

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.

Currently, Ms. Bishop is CEO of Vast Entertainment, a book-to-screen company with numerous projects in various stages of development, including feature films: REBOOT (Peter Chernin/Chernin Ent) for Fox 2000, BLOODY MARY;ORIGINS (Neal Moritz/Original Films), THE FALLEN (Film Engine), THE LAST APPLE (Ineffable Pictures), HEMLOCK (Ivan Reitman/Montecito Picture Co.), and THE DUFF (McG/Wonderland – currently in prod) for CBS Films; MOWs: OPERATION MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS [with LeAnn Rimes] for ABC Family, and THE CHOKING GAME for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop also directed, and Television Series: CONFESSIONS OF A SOCIOPATH (Scott Stuber Productions) and DIVE (Doug Zwick/Red Wagon). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co- produced the feature film ASSASSINATION GAMES for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment.

In addition to her scripted fare, Ms. Bishop also has extensive experience in reality television. Vast is currently partnered on all non-scripted programming with Bishop- Lyons Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with ITV Studios. To date, Ms. Bishop has directed more than two dozen sizzle reels as well as pilots for BLE, including VISIONARIES (partnered with Left/Right) for AMC, BARBADORO COMPOUND (ITV/MTV) and REINVENTION (Fox TV Studios) – which are going to series. Moreover, Ms. Bishop just finished shooting a pilot episode of the new show GEARS.

Ms. Bishop is also a public speaker and author of LOGLINES, THE ART OF SELLING YOUR BOOK IN A SINGLE SENTENCE, which will be published in 2015 by McFarland.

Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. She has directed numerous television shows and five feature-length motion pictures, including THE DAY LABORERS (aka Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward

James Olmos' LA Latino Int’l Film Festival , Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through HBO and Blockbuster.

Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Very useful information for authors. This made me change my direction for pitching my newest project.
  • Thank you, Lane!
  • Incredible information. Thank you, Mark Mc Quown
  • Excellent overview. Useful information.
  • You obviously are unaware the book has had its publication held back until May 2016

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  “What’s your story about?” Having a perfect logline ready to answer that question can help give you the best chance of seizing the opportunity when you are asked. Your logline is your most important asset. It's invaluable for keeping you focused on what makes your story unique and for always making sure that you nail the first impression when someone asks you about your work. Having the perfect elevator pitch ready to go can make or break you when the opportunity presents itself. Why do so many creatives struggle with coming up with that one-sentence? How do you get better at honing your logline? Stage 32 is here to help you. We have brought in Emmy-award winning producer Lane Shefter Bishop who has sold over 30 PROPERTIES in the last 6 years - all from pitching just a logline.  Touted as “The Logline Whisperer”, Lane Shefter Bishop has the specific tools you need to help you know how to sell what you write! In this exclusive Stage 32 Webinar, Lane will give you insider information on how you can best position your project to sell your work to agents, editors, publishers and producers. Lane has successfully sold projects to various networks and studios, including NBC/Universal, ABC/Disney, CBS, Lifetime, Sony and 20th Century Fox.   All of these projects have one thing in common – they began with a single sentence, a top-notch logline. After all, you can have the best material in the world but, if you get on the phone or in a room, you need to know how to sell it with your logline! Praise For Lane "Lane made loglines so simple. I'll be able to take the 3 tenents with me for every one of my projects moving forward. I struggled with loglines and this really helped clarify things for me." - Alan B.  

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