Demystifying the Agency World

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Morgan Long

Webinar hosted by: Morgan Long

Coordinator in TV Literary at "Big Six" Agency

About Your Host Morgan Long, a coordinator at one of the big six Hollywood agencies: Morgan Long is a Coordinator in the TV literary department at one of the "Big Six" agencies in Hollywood. Morgan has a passion for development and loves assisting writers and creatives achieve personal and professional success in the fast-paced agency world. A native Texan, Morgan got her start in television at Televisa USA. While at Televisa USA Morgan worked in scripted development, where she worked closely with Lionsgate on shows like Devious Maids and Chasing Life. After years with Televisa USA, she moved to the representation side of the industry at one of the "Big Six" agencies in Hollywood. She and her department represent TV writers, directors, and non-writing producers. Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Morgan Long, a coordinator from one of the big six Hollywood agencies in the TV literary department! She'll give you specific insider knowledge of the agency system and what it takes to get their attention.

There is a cloud of mystery surrounding one of the biggest and most fundamental components of the Hollywood industry – and that’s the agency. Whether you’re a writer, director, non-writing producer, actor – and the list goes on to cover even the most obscure type of talent imaginable– it’s pretty basic knowledge that representation is necessary to launch your career.

In this jam-packed Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Demystifying the Agency World, Morgan will take you inside the walls of a premier Hollywood agency to shed light on the inner workings of how deals get made, how agents think and ultimately, how you can take steps in your career towards securing the holy grail that is representation.

You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • The types of representation
  • The different departments within an agency and how they work together and function independently.
  • The types of jobs for TV clients
  • Identify the players we sell to
  • What sells in the marketplace?
  • What is packaging?
  • An agent's day-to-day
  • What agents want in potential clients (the brutal, honest answer)
  • Finding representation
  • Moving forward without representation.

What You'll Learn

What You Will Learn:

  • The types of representation
    • Agents
    • Managers
    • Attorneys
  • The different departments within an agency and how they work together and function independently.
    • Focus on TV Lit
  • The types of jobs for TV clients
    • Writers
    • Staffing
    • Development (crossover with features)
    • Directors
    • Pilots
    • Episodic
    • Non-writing Producers
    • Development
  • Identify the players we sell to
    • Producers
    • Studios
    • Networks
  • What sells in the marketplace?
    • Advice on staying current and relevant.
    • How to be one step ahead of the trends.
    • Importance of IP
    • Importance of international market
    • Importance of knowing your niche
  • What is packaging?
    • Review how departments work together.
    • Define packaging and why this benefits you in some cases
    • Some agents are specifically packaging agents
  • An agent's day-to-day
    • Outline staff meetings here and how we work for our clients
  • What agents want in potential clients (the brutal, honest answer)
    • More bang for their buck
    • Current credits
    • Pre-established connections
    • Diversity
    • Women
    • Talent
    • (Unfortunately in that order)
  • Finding representation
    • Let's review the types and what you actually need
    • Connections
    • How helpful are query letters? (only some management companies actually find clients through these -- ex: Circle of Confusion)
  • Moving forward without representation.
    • contests that get agents' attention
    • the importance of being local
    • continuing to hone your craft

LIVE, in-depth Q&A with Morgan - bring all your questions!

About Your Instructor

About Your Host Morgan Long, a coordinator at one of the big six Hollywood agencies:

Morgan Long is a Coordinator in the TV literary department at one of the "Big Six" agencies in Hollywood. Morgan has a passion for development and loves assisting writers and creatives achieve personal and professional success in the fast-paced agency world. A native Texan, Morgan got her start in television at Televisa USA. While at Televisa USA Morgan worked in scripted development, where she worked closely with Lionsgate on shows like Devious Maids and Chasing Life. After years with Televisa USA, she moved to the representation side of the industry at one of the "Big Six" agencies in Hollywood. She and her department represent TV writers, directors, and non-writing producers.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • I feel much more prepared in approaching agencies and understanding the system itself. I have a clearer picture of the process and the expectations.
  • Morgan was very warm and friendly in her execution of the material and is a wealth of knowledge. A great webinar taught by a great person!

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