Tiegen Kosiak is a film, TV, and digital producer as well as the co-founder of The Young Hollywood Mafia, an entertainment networking group with 150+ members currently working in the industry. Tiegen is currently partnered with an A-list actress on a hit Netflix family comedy series. Additionally, Tiegen is producing the $3MM thriller BORREGO, which she discovered in a Stage 32 pitch session last year. The project is incubating at a major studio with a high-level cast attachment. She is also producing RAVENOUS, another feature she found in a Stage 32 pitch session. Tiegen is the former Director of Development for Zoe Saldana's Cinestar Pictures ("Rosemary's Baby", QUANTUM IS CALLING, THE HONOR LIST) where she navigated the first-look deal with Lionsgate and Televisa as well as an additional digital production deal with AwesomenessTV. Before Cinestar, she was the Executive Assistant to the President of Production & Literary Management at Untitled Entertainment (client credits include WONDER WOMAN, "Game of Thrones", GONE GIRL). Full Bio »
You know what you like to write, but do you know your personal brand as a writer? Branding yourself as a writer is an integral part of your strategy toward getting read, securing representation, attracting development executives and producers, and, ultimately, securing a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. Should you write in a variety of different formats or stick to one? Should you settle in on a tone or style or show your versatility? All of these questions (and many more) will factor in to how you brand yourself as a writer. Your brand is equal parts preferred medium, chosen genre(s), and personal voice/style. Once all of this is determined and developed, it will become easier to for you, your representation team, and/or your production company to sell/produce/finance your material.
There are more screenwriters than ever looking to secure and maintain a career writing for film, television, and now, digital content. But with so much talent vying for limited opportunities, it’s important to find a way to stand out from the crowd. And because there are very few new stories, only fresh takes on proven formulas, a writer’s unique voice and style are paramount when creating and selling content. This voice/style combined with preferred genres and mediums make up a writer’s brand, and cultivating that brand is instrumental in selling yourself and your material in Hollywood. And you don’t need representation or a production company behind you to do it! Developing your brand as a writer starts and ends with you. Once you fully understand, determine and develop your brand with confidence, you’ll find that many more representatives, producers, and other buyers will be willing to jump on your bandwagon.
Tiegen Kosiak began her career working with, among others, the Academy Award-winning writers of BIRDMAN and the creator of STEP UP and SAVE THE LAST DANCE. While working in management and development Tiegen recognized how integral a writer’s brand was in submitting material, setting meetings, and pitching clients for open writing assignments. Prior to her new role working with an A-list actress who has a producing deal with Netflix, Tiegen worked for Cinestar Pictures, Zoe Saldana’s production company. In these roles Tiegen uses branding every day to option material, sell screenplays, and attach writers to projects. She'll help you understand how you can stand out, get read and get sold!
Tiegen will teach you the tools needed to craft your brand as a writer and how to use that brand to sell yourself and your material to representatives, producers, and other content buyers in the entertainment marketplace. No matter if you're writing for features or television, Tiegen will show you how to rise above the competition by finding your lane and using this focused strategy to get reads and get you in rooms that matter. Whether you're looking for representation or searching for new representation, Tiegen will teach you 9 invaluable tips on approach that won't make you "just another writer" in the eyes of a rep. She will teach you how to choose the right representation (so important). She will explain and help you navigate where to find work, how to handle, general, pitch and network meetings, and how best to approach producers. In short, she will give you all the tools to help brand you and your writing so executives, reps, and decision makers want to read you and work with you from the jump!
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I found it very helpful and entertaining. I was shocked at how fast the time went. Tiegen packed a lot of great information into the 90 minutes. I know this is a webinar I will listen to again.
- Cam C.
This was an EXCELLENT webinar! Useful, unique information. Tiegen generously shared an enormous amount of information. Writing is a strenuous, though rewarding endeavor, and her detailed observations and vigorous, yet concise, genotype theories, as it were, have inspired my work ethic. And triple thank you for mentioning there are management companies with offices in NYC, not far. I don't live in LA, and have been worried for ages about that geographic block. Thank you Tiegen, and Stage 32.
- Gerri G.
Understand the Hollywood Landscape and its Players
What Should You Write and How Do You Brand Yourself?
Where to Find the Right Representation and How to Approach Them
Matching Your Writing to the Right Production Company
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Great webinar - lots of great useful info - Thanks! ~Ron H.
Very informative. ~Vicki V.
I think Tiegen was absolutely wonderful. I would love the opportunity to have coffee with her one day. I learned a great deal from a really appealing and knowledgeable woman. ~Simone Y.
I found it very helpful and entertaining. I was shocked at how fast the time went. Tiegen packed a lot of great information into the 90 minutes. I know this is a seminar I will listen to again. ~Cam Clark
This was an EXCELLENT webinar! Useful, unique information.Tiegen generously shared an enormous amount of information. Writing is a strenuous, though rewarding endeavor, and her detailed observations and vigorous, yet concise, genotype theories, as it were, have inspired my work ethic. And triple thank you for mentioning there are management companies with offices in NYC, not far. I don't live in LA, and have been worried for ages about that geographic block. Thank you Tiegen, and Stage 32. ~Gerri George
4 part class taught by Producer Michael Wormser, whose online distribution projects have reached over 30 million viewers! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND! Have you ever wondered how so many people have films, trailers, shorts and webisodes online that have achieved massive fan bases and are making millions of dollars? Well the truth is they aren’t any different than you, and in today’s world you have the same resources available that they do. There are many outlets to reach an audience, but how many of these are effective? In this course, you'll find out the best ways to not only reach an audience, but to engage and successfully grow an audience online. Stage 32 Next Level Classes is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class: Zero to Hero: How to Build an Online Audience taught by Michael Wormser, who brought the viewership content of Maker Studios from 40M to 250M monthly! Learn how you can see success in this competitive directly from an executive who's mastered it. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.Although Michael is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!
One of the weakest elements in screenwriting is story momentum. Without story momentum, pacing drags, plots lose focus, second acts die, and story climaxes are – anticlimactic. Achieving story momentum is not addressed often enough in screenwriting classes. Nor is the direct correlation between dramatic tension and the cause and effect elements needed to link scenes and scene sequences. This relationship is the cornerstone of achieving dramatic tension and mastering story momentum. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Max Adams, a 20-year working screenwriter and acclaimed author who has worked with Columbia Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Tri-Star Pictures, will explain why linear plotting fails and will give you practical tools and techniques you can immediately apply to you writing. You will leave this webinar knowing how to fix story holes, correct pacing, create driving story engines and achieve rising story momentum to maintain a feature film script straight through to a riveting story climax! PRAISE FOR MAX'S TEACHINGS: “I’ve taken all of Max’s classes and quite simply, her focused methods and attention to detail blow every other screenwriting class out of the water.” ~ Jules Howe, Best Comedy Screenplay, Austin Film Festival “If you want someone to challenge you to dive deep and pull the BEST out of yourself, Max is that whip-smart coach, teacher, and mentor.” ~ Ana Maria Montoya, Winner Sundance Latino Screenwriting Project “Max Adams is one of the most knowledgeable and talented people in screenwriting that I know, all writers need to hear what Max Adams has to say.” ~ Kerry Valderrama, Winner, Best Director, Independent Television & Film Festival “Max Adams is the kind of smart, engaging teacher that made me want to be a better writer — and she helped me do it.” ~ Alvaro Rodriguez, writer - Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Work One-on-One In An Interactive Zoom Classroom With A Producer Of Short Form Projects For Hulu's Series Bite Size Halloween And Over 70 Projects For Netflix, Fox Television, Legendary, IFC Films ***Flexible Learning: if you cannot attend any of the sessions live don't worry - you will be sent the links to the recordings of each session within 48 hours of the live session and you will have direct access to Michael on email to ask him any questions so you can keep up at your own pace and schedule.*** Many notable filmmakers and content creators started off making short form content that helped launch their careers. Short form content includes everything from scripted short films to branded content for companies, documentary shorts, commercials, sketch comedy shorts, sizzle reels, and social media videos. Household names like Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Michael Bay, and Jordan Peele (just to name a few) all started making short form content. It can be a great calling card for up-and-coming creatives, as well as a perfect way to hone your skills behind the camera. Not to mention, short form content can even lead to successful larger productions, as was the case with the short films that we're developed into hit feature films such as SMILE, WHIPLASH, LIGHTS OUT, BOTTLE ROCKET, DISTRICT 9, THE BABADOOK, SAW, and others. In this exclusive Stage 32 4-part class, you will learn how to produce, distribute, and capitalize on your short form projects. Teaching you everything you need to know about short form content is veteran producer Michael Wormser, co-founder and producer at Cinemand Films. Michael has produced over 70 projects in his career and has made features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital. Michael has also produced short form content for the Hulu series BITE SIZE HALLOWEEN. You will learn how to go about producing high quality short form content, how can you produce your project on a shoestring budget, and what types of stories work best for short form content. You will discuss how and where to distribute short form content and, more importantly, how can you leverage your short form project to further your career. Producing Short Form Content is an exciting venture for top-tier filmmakers, working filmmakers, and up-and-coming filmmakers alike. It’s an opportunity to tell a story at almost any budget level. You will walk away from this class with a keen understanding of how to make high quality short form content to showcase your creativity and further your career! PLUS! You will receive an exclusive handout to help you produce your next short form project. Downloads include: An exclusive Resource Guide with production tips Praise For Michael's Teaching On Stage 32 "I'm so glad I got to work with Michael. I thought I knew everything there was before making my first film but boy was I wrong. He really helped me get my production in shape before we started shooting. Thank you!" -- Caroline R. "Michael's expertise and knowledge really comes out in his class. If only all producers can be as resourceful as him!" -- Mark H.
In this Executive Hour we welcome the President of Amasia Entertainment, producer Bradley Gallo. Bradley is a co-founder and the President of Film & Television at Amasia Entertainment. He has over 20 years of media and entertainment industry experience including film, television, commercials and journalism.Amasia recently acquired the rights to and will be producing the beloved GREEN HORNET AND KATO franchise, set up at Universal, and will also be producing the highly anticipated DARK SHADOWS: REINCARNATION sequel series. Bradley also produced John Patrick Shanley’s upcoming WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken, the 2019 Sundance and SXSW selection THEM THAT FOLLOW starring Jim Gaffigan, MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.During the webcast, Bradley's talks about his career at Amasia, what he looks for when developing new material and working with screenwriters, how he takes a project from script to screen, what types of scripts and projects he thinks will be in demand once this quarantine is over, and so much more!
Films and shows of all genres and varying budgets have found success on streamers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ and Hulu. Everybody wants a streaming deal for their project — but what does that actually entail? Outside of streamers, what are the other distribution options for films? In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar you will learn how the money flows and is actually dispersed from such a deal, and the different types of deals you can expect from different distribution options, depending on size, genre, and reach. We will explore what different distributors are paying out now, what to look for in such a deal, and which distributors make the most economic sense for your specific project. To help break this down for you, we've brought in Tiffany Boyle who is the President of Packaging and Sales at Ramo Law, who has worked on hundreds of film and television projects. In her day to day she works hand in hand with creators, networks, studios, financiers and streamers on a variety of deals. In this information-packed webinar Tiffany will help you peak behind the curtain to understand the true economics of how a distribution deal flows through with a streamer. PRAISE FOR TIFFANY'S TEACHINGS: "Tiffany's knowledge is impressive. It's amazing how many facets of the industry that she knows about. Excellent presenter." - Mike D.
A New Exclusive Webinar! Learn the key components for your script that will attract top talent from a WME executive who's worked with Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jr., and more. Do you want to see your script on the big screen? Do you want to write the kind of script that makes A-list actors wants to attach themselves to? A script that agents and managers fight to represent and sell? Then you need a commercial script. WME executive Chris Lockhart has read thousands of scripts and has been tasked with finding the next hit project for talent like Denzel Washington, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jr., and many more. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, he’ll show you the key elements he believes need to be in a script to know if it will grab the attention of executives and talent and how to utilize these elements correctly. You’ll cover what a commercial script is, the concepts that sell, how to write this type of script, and how to bring your voice into the script so that it reads like an exciting and fresh piece of material that only you could have written. Chris will be using the script from Top Gun: Maverick as his main example to further dissect these critical elements. Plus! You will receive a download of the Top Gun: Maverick script. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from one of Hollywood’s top talent influencers and story editors as you develop your next hit commercial script. Praise for Chris's previous webinar with Stage 32 "Amazing seminar loved it. It was the best I have ever watched or ordered!" - Robert M. "Chris was clear, concise, helpful, and focused. Loved his enthusiasm and humor." - Lori H. "Oh my god, I was laughing all the way through. In between writing about 10 pages of notes. SO much fun and a wealth of knowledge." - Denise G.