Jon Hersh is the Manager at Housefire Management, a boutique literary management company based in Los Angeles that represents writers and directors in film, television, and digital content. Housefire specializes in deep development, strong client relationships, and incendiary material that stands out like a house on fire. Jon's client list includes writers and writer/directors for film and TV including emerging writers Hayley Easton-Street, whose project THIS IS AFRICA is in development with Eclipse Films (FINDING YOUR FEET, URBAN HYMN); Casey Giltner, whose project FELIX is in development at Conquistador Entertainment (CAKE, RESCUE DAWN); and Marc Bloom, whose title RUNT is in development at the Traveling Picture Show Company (JOSIE, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES). Jon is also working with a writer he discovered in a pitch session and is setting up his TV series with a major production company he's excited to announce soon! After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Jon Hersh went on to become a full-time story analyst at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). During his tenure there, he evaluated thousands of screenplays, pilots, and books, and gave detailed story notes to high-level clients of the agency. After four years at CAA, Jon moved on to the fledgling mini-studio Broad Green Pictures (THE LOST CITY OF Z, JUST GETTING STARTED) where he helped found a new and innovative Story Department and had a hand in developing a slate of quality projects for the company. Full Bio »
Learn common screenwriting mistakes and how you can avoid them with top literary manager and former script reader at CAA Jon Hersh!
PLUS! You'll receive an exclusive list of Common Screenwriting Mistakes to help elevate your writing!
A great script can open a lot of doors, but mistakes and errors can slam those doors shut just as fast. What if you have an amazing story, but glaring formatting errors? Or emotional character arcs, but gaping logic holes? Executives and reps oftentimes don’t have time to look past simple mistakes and errors. They’d rather just “pass” and move onto the next piece of material. Readers are ALWAYS looking for a reason to pass. So do not give them that chance with unforced errors!
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls that screenwriters make. Not only can these mistakes turn readers off from reading your script, but in the long-run they can even derail careers. These mistakes run the gamut from formatting errors, conceptual problems, bland characters, plot holes, common dialogue issues, and so much more. If you want to have a fruitful career as a screenwriter, it’s critical you are aware of these mistakes so you avoid them in your writing. Let’s work toward eliminating these missteps so that readers won’t get distracted by the little things and can focus on what really matters – your story on the page.
Teaching you all the common screenwriting errors and how to avoid them is literary manager Jon Hersh. Prior to working as a literary manager, Jon was a development exec for 3 years, and a script reader at CAA for 4 years before that. Jon has read and evaluated thousands of screenplays. Some of those were memorable reads that garnered widespread success, like THE BIG SHORT, JOJO RABBIT, and JOHN WICK. But for every big hit, there are countless error-filled screenplays that never got made because the reader couldn’t look past the glaring - yet avoidable - mistakes the writer made.
Jon has compiled a list of the most common mistakes he’s noticed in his many years in the business and is sharing it exclusively with the Stage 32 community. This list not only includes Jon’s pet peeves, but notes he has seen from studio executives, producers, production company executives, agents, directors, actors, and others. When a script really works, you can overlook a few issues here and there. But if enough of them build up, they risk tilting the scales toward the dreaded “pass.”
If you’re looking to get positive reception on your screenplay, get your project made, and build a lasting career as a screenwriter, this webinar is a must!
PLUS! Jon will provide you with his list of Common Screenwriting Mistakes to help you avoid them when you dive into writing your own screenplay.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to speak with such a strong community of writers. Thank you Stage 32 for arranging such a fatsastic forum. I look forward to keeping the dialogue going!" - Jon Hersh
Jon Hersh, Manager
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