Bobby Gomez is currently a Development Consultant who most recently served as the Vice President and Head of Development of Unscripted Television at Westbrook Studios, the studio arm of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s media company, Westbrook, Inc., where he oversaw the development of original unscripted content and sold projects to Amazon, Roku, Meta, National Geographic/Disney+, Freeform and CNN ranging in genre from documentaries to docuseries to competition formats to game shows. Prior to Westbrook Studios, Gomez was a longtime executive at Critical Content formerly Relativity Television, most recently serving as its VP of Strategic Development overseeing 15 production overall deals and worked on projects such as Celebrity Game Face (E!), Catfish (MTV), Get Organized with the Home Edit (Hello Sunshine/Netflix), The Mysterious Death of Eazy-E (WeTV), Instant Dream Home (Netflix), Buy My House (Netflix), and The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network). Gomez graduated from the University of California – Riverside with a major in Sociology and a focus on Communications with the goal of telling important stories that impact the world. Full Bio »
An Exclusive Stage 32 Webinar
Learn How To Develop Your Unscripted TV Show From A Former Head of Development Of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Media Company Westbrook, Inc.
PLUS! You'll receive an example pitch deck for an unscripted series!
In today’s global content landscape, the demand for unscripted television shows is more robust than ever.
Netflix's QUEER EYE, NBC's THE VOICE, Amazon's LIZZO'S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS, Hulu's THE KARDASHIANS, ABC's SHARK TANK, Netflix's TOO HOT TO HANDLE, Paramount+'s RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE...the list goes on and on and the profits keep rolling in. Unscripted series are huge business and there is no end in sight!
This exclusive Stage 32 webinar is hosted by Bobby Gomez, a Development Consultant who most recently served as the Vice President and Head of Development of Unscripted Television at Westbrook Studios, the studio arm of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s media company, Westbrook, Inc., where he oversaw the development of original unscripted content. Bobby sold projects to Amazon, Roku, Meta, National Geographic/Disney+, Freeform and CNN ranging in genre from documentaries and docuseries to competition formats and game shows.
Prior to Westbrook Studios, Gomez was a longtime executive at Critical Content formerly Relativity Television, most recently serving as its VP of Strategic Development overseeing 15 production overall deals and worked on projects such as Celebrity Game Face (E!), Catfish (MTV), Get Organized with the Home Edit (Hello Sunshine/Netflix), The Mysterious Death of Eazy-E (WeTV), Instant Dream Home (Netflix), Buy My House (Netflix), and The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network).
In this webinar, you will learn how to develop your unscripted series to become the next global phenomenon and how to best position your project in today's unscripted television marketplace.
Unscripted shows can be made quicker, and at a lower price point, than scripted programming. With network and platform budgets getting ever squeezed, unscripted content is filling streaming libraries and network programming schedules. Developing successful unscripted shows is not an exact science, of course, but there are helpful tools and techniques to deploy as you develop your show and get it sold!
By learning some of the processes and tricks used to develop unscripted shows of different genres, this webinar will give you valuable insight into creating shows to feed the demand for fresh and innovative ideas, tap into a growing market, and create the next big hit.
This webinar will introduce aspiring unscripted creators and producers to the development process for unscripted TV series. From identifying compelling stories and finding interesting characters for a docuseries to how to begin creating and structuring the next great unscripted format or game show, you will learn how to successfully bring your unscripted TV shows to the marketplace.
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"I've worked with many talented developers over the years, but Bobby truly stands out. He’s one of the best at identifying compelling stories and interesting characters, as well as crafting unique formats, and developing ideas into successful unscripted television shows. Bobby's passion for this industry is infectious, and his attention to detail and creative vision have made him a valuable asset to many projects. When it comes to developing unscripted television shows, Bobby is simply one of the best."
Learn to Create a Bulletproof Pitch Bible with A Top Producer & Development Executive (Clients Worked with Netflix, AMC, Amazon, Sony, HBO and more) "So informative on the structure of a pitch. What's needed and how to go about dealing with the things that will come up during a verbal pitch or simply in the relationship between those giving a pitch and those receiving one. Well organized Anna, thank you!" - Julia L. Before you can get anyone to consider your series, you need a pitch bible to grab executives’ attention and tell them exactly what you’re selling in just a few, visually impactful pages. But what should you include in your pitch? How do you organize your ideas? How detailed should you be? What exactly do executives look for in a pitch bible? This is where Stage 32 can help. In this Stage 32 exclusive lab hosted by a former network executive and A-List manager, you’ll turn your scripted television idea into a pitch bible that excites the reader through your unique voice while effectively conveying your show. You’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what networks are looking for, including your story engine, the world, the main characters, how detailed you should be, writing effective teasers, and crafting season arcs. Your host, Anna Henry, has over 20 years of development experience as an executive at ABC, CBS, and Nickelodeon. She’s also worked as a representative, helping her clients set up projects at ITV America, Sony, 20th Television, EOne, Starz, Amazon, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and many others. Not only will Anna help you build your pitch bible from the ground up, you’ll even cover how to consolidate your pitch bible down to two pages so that you’re ready to submit to other executives through Stage 32. And Anna will provide sample pitch decks to study, in addition to sample loglines and episodes. By the end of six weeks, you’ll have a pitch bible, vetted by a world-class executive, a short pitch bible for submissions, a verbal pitch to help get you in the door, and ample handouts to continue learning from. With limited spaces available, grab your seat before missing out on this fantastic opportunity to work with Anna and kickstart your television career. Testimonials from Anna's previous Stage 32 Education: "This was by far the best webinar on pitch documents that I have experienced. I've seen others where they give certain advice that she warned not to do!" - Tiffany C. "So informative on the structure of a pitch. What's needed and how to go about dealing with the things that will come up during a verbal pitch or simply in the relationship between those giving a pitch and those receiving one. Well organized Anna, thank you!" - Julia L.
It’s the dream of many to have a career as a working actor, and it’s easy to see why. The ability to support yourself through performing, creating characters and telling stories is incredibly exciting and rewarding. The good news is this is not beyond your reach. Even during COVID, more productions are coming together for more and more networks, studios and platforms, and with them, more opportunities for actors looking to break in. If you’re dedicated, talented, and have a working knowledge of how the entertainment industry works and how you can work within it, you can absolutely find opportunities and ultimately career as a working TV and film actor. First it’s important you learn everything you need to so you can find success. It’s common for new actors to believe that the craft alone will lead them to work and a comfortable career, but there’s a lot more that goes along with this profession. Honing your skill as a performer is paramount, but it needs to be accompanied by strategy, initiative, and an understanding of the industry. So what do you actually need to do in order get a jump start on your acting career? What materials do you need to have ready, who do you need in your corner and how can you make sure you stand out from others? Let’s take a look at what it really takes to get into acting. Taylor Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, theater director and actor with over one hundred credits to his name. He is currently on the Emmy-nominated Hulu show PEN15 and the HBO smash-hit PERRY MASON. Taylor has also appeared on shows such as Emmy and Golden Globe nominated THE WALKING DEAD and PRISON BREAK, the cultural hit DIRTY JOHN, Emmy-winning MODERN FAMILY, 24, Golden Globe nominated THE MENTALIST and many more. In addition to acting, Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker and an experienced producer with feature credits including THE NEXT STEP and CASE 219. Taylor brings to Stage 32 more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and continues to mentor and champion new actors beginning their careers. He’s excited to share with the Stage 32 community the skills and lessons he’s developed throughout his career. Taylor will lay out a realistic and soup-to-nuts approach to how you can start a career as a film and TV actor and pave the way for success. He’ll go into what it actually looks like to be a career actor and what the path to success realistically looks like. He’ll delve into building the prerequisites any actor needs to start, including pictures, a resume, a demo reel and the right attitude. He will discuss where and how to get started and how to take advantage of the right acting classes and theater companies. Next Taylor will share with you the tools you will need for your acting toolkit and will then teach you about acting representation and how to get it for your own career. He’ll delve into the casting process for both TV and film and give you advice on how you can stand out by creating your own content and using social media to your advantage. Finally Taylor will teach you how to treat your career like a business to stay afloat, smart, and successful. Through the lessons Taylor is laying out, you’ll have a comprehensive blueprint you can use to start your career in acting with your eyes open. Praise for Taylor's Stage 32 Webinar "I think this was the most well informed and detailed getting started class I have ever taken"-Cecelia S. "Taylor Nichols gave so many nuggets of wisdom and helpful information about the business and about acting."-Amor O. "Taylor was straight forward and honest. I thought he was very clear on what you need to do to get out there for both experienced and inexperienced actors" -Kelvin H.
Founded in 2011 by Richard "RB" Botto, Stage 32 is the world's largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and new media creatives and professionals worldwide. Stage 32 works with over five hundred industry professionals and executives who provide education, instruction and professional opportunities for members of the platform. Stage 32 currently has over 1,200 hours of exclusive film, television and digital craft and business education in its library. Stage 32 members use the platform daily to build their network, take online webinars, classes and labs, find work and cast and crew their projects. Stage 32 members range from students to Emmy, BAFTA and Academy Award Winners. Over the last few weeks, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that you know that Stage 32 is your online home to stay connected with over 600,000 creatives and professionals from across the globe. Now, we are looking forward to bringing you another virtual event to help you stay up-to-date about the state of the entertainment industry featuring some of the top professionals in the business. In this special event webcast we presented a virtual panel featuring some of the top minds in the Stage 32 community to discuss the current state of the entertainment industry as we are all faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Stage 32 Managing Director, Amanda Toney, hosted this incredible lineup, where you will hear the point of view of a production company (Andrew Fried of Boardwalk Pictures), a lender (Viviana Zarragoitia of Three Point Capital), lender counsel (Carolyn Hunt of Barnes & Thornburg LLP), a talent representative (Tracy Christian of TCA Management), all moderated by producer and production company counsel (Elsa Ramo of Ramo Law PC). Stage 32 is proud to be putting the "social" in #SocialDistancing. Please share this event on your social media and tag @stage32 on Twitter and @stage32online on Instagram.
Only 10 spots available You’ve heard the phrase “the content gold rush” get bandied about these days, but as it relates to TV, it’s never been more true. Drama television is at its peak with such iconic shows like OZARK, KILLING EVE, BETTER CALL SAUL, THIS IS US, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT, STRANGER THINGS, BLACK MIRROR, THE UNDOING and so much more. With the influx of networks and streaming platforms either moving into or expanding their original content libraries, the demand for dramatic TV ideas and pilots has never been greater. Thanks to streamers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max and others, over 600 shows were greenlit last year and some industry experts are predicting we may see as many as 1,000 television shows greenlit per year by 2025. But not only is the quantity increasing, so is the quality, as companies are funneling an unprecedented amount of money, resources, marketing and talent into their shows. And the impact of COVID-19 is even having an impact that could benefit writers all over the world as many shows are planning to implement virtual writer’s rooms. In short, there has never been a better time to write for TV. Now it’s just a matter of breaking in. The opportunities are plentiful and the prospects have never been more exciting, but if you want to write dramatic television you need to prove that you have the chops, and to do that, you better come armed with a great pilot script sample. Something that shows that you have what it takes; something that shows that you understand the structure and craft that goes into a good teleplay; and something that shows off your own unique voice and sensibility. This is your calling card, your way in, the piece of material that will fire you off the launch pad. The intention of this lab is to help you create that piece of material that stands out, gets you the right meetings, and, ultimately, gets you representation, meetings with decision-makers, and/or a coveted seat in a writer’s room. Spencer Robinson is a literary and talent manager at Art/Work Entertainment who's been in the industry for over twenty years. His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski and more. In the TV world, his clients have been regular cast members on shows for Netflix, The CW, Cinemax, CBS, NBC, FX, Starz, Nickelodeon, EPIX, and TBS, to name a few. His writing clients work in both features and television on broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. He currently has a client writing on two Netflix series, and another client who just sold a show to Amazon. He also reps a writer who currently has a project at Aggregate Films, which has a deal at Netflix. Spencer has taught numerous webinars, classes and writing labs for Stage 32 and remains one of our most popular and in demand educators. In this lab, he will be working directly with you in a class setting and also during one-on-one sessions with the goal of helping you write a fantastic, market-ready pilot. To do so, Spencer will guide you through picking a concept, creating engaging characters, perfecting your structure, constructing an outline and, finally, writing your pilot. If you already have a concept or even a completed pilot, Spencer will use the same tools to help you hone and sharpen your material. WHAT TO EXPECT By the end of this 8-week writing lab, you will have a completed drama television pilot script ready to be shown to reps, development execs and other executives and professionals. Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Skype meetings with Spencer. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward. Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process. To see the full writing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn". PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please do book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good. Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information ***This lab is limited to 15 people*** This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate screenwriters looking to build a pilot from scratch or expand on an existing idea or polish an existing pilot.
Almost everyone is at least vaguely familiar with Bollywood, but the Indian film and TV industry is more than just Bollywood, and it’s a multi-billion-dollar industry that just keeps growing. With over 1.3 billion people living in India, it’s no wonder. However, the popularity of Indian movies and TV is not confined to India alone. Thanks to growing accessibility through streaming platforms, popular series like MADE IN HEAVEN and PUSHPAVALLI on Amazon, and movies like GARBAGE and RAJMA CHAWAL on Netflix, plus many many more are gaining wider audiences worldwide. As the world becomes flatter and network and streaming giants are investing more and more into generating country-specific content, this is an incredibly exciting time to find opportunities in the Indian film and TV space. The challenges of breaking into new territory, are knowing what buyers and sellers are looking for, and who all the players are. India may be one country, but it’s made up of 28 states with different languages, cultures, and people. Therefore, there are also many different film and TV industries within India. So, you need to know what Indian buyers are looking for as well as what streamers here will be looking for, which may be different from other content they buy. Knowing all these differences is important for setting yourself up for success in India. With the right guidance, you can be sure you’ll set up a good foundation for your future film and TV endeavors in India. Katharina Suckale is a long-time producer and creator with deep experience creating content for the Indian film and TV industry, including creating the Indian series, BETWEEN WORLDS, which has been picked up by Disney+. She has also directed documentaries, shorts, and experimental films. With a career spanning twenty-four years in the film industry, and experience in both distribution and production, she has a deep knowledge for the landscape of the industry in India, Europe, and the US. In 2003, she founded Suckale Film Produktion, producing projects in Germany, Africa, and India. Producing in India led her to discover her love for India and its rich storytelling culture. She has consulted on and overseen European-Indian co-productions and handled worldwide sales for Yash Raj Films India. Katharina is here to share her love for filmmaking in India and how you can break your way into this bustling industry. She’ll walk you through the main differences between the Indian Market and the European/American markets, including everything you need to know about the difference between film, series, and streaming platforms in India. She’ll also share her insights on how new talent can break into the Indian entertainment industry, and the importance of genre conventions. This is your chance to get to know the billion-dollar industry and find out what it takes to bring your projects there.
The LGBTQ+ market is expanding and it's high time fresh voices are heard. The popularity of recent titles like Netflix’s THE BOYS IN THE BAND, Hulu’s LOVE, VICTOR, and FX’s POSE point to the truth that stories and perspectives from the LGBTQ+ community are finally welcomed and in demand. This in turn is encouraging more buyers to gravitate towards content from queer voices and with queer themes. It’s been a long time coming, and now that we’re here, it’s important to take a look at what exactly is selling and what makes LGBTQ+ content authentic, responsible, and popular. As more voices and stories from the LGBTQ+ community are coming forward, audiences are clearly becoming more open and interested in exploring these themes and characters, but they’re also more discerning about the authenticity and respect queer characters are given. The romantic lead’s sassy and platonic gay best friend doesn’t fly the way it might have in the ‘90s. So what do authentic queer characters actually look like today? How can you avoid clichés and stereotypes and instead craft something complex and responsible? Whether you are queer, straight, or anything else, how can you positively contribute to the LGBTQ+ film and TV market? Devon Byers is a manager, producer, and co-founder of First Friday Entertainment, the industry's top literary management and production company dedicated to finding unique voices focused on diversity and inclusion. His clients are currently working with companies like Issa Rae’s ColorCreative and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, and are staffed on shows such as CBS’s GOD FRIENDED ME and CW’s KATY KEENE. Devon has based his career on championing diverse voices and bringing forward inclusive stories, and he’s bringing his perspective to the Stage 32 community. Devon will lay out what the LGBTQ+ film and TV market looks like today and how best to create your own stories and characters with these themes. He will begin by exploring what LGBTQ+ stories have been done and what you can do to make your own story unique. He’ll then delve into writing LGBTQ+ characters, including how to write them authentically and avoid clichés. He’ll outline the common traps LGBTQ+ characters often fall into and show you how to make sure your unique voice is evident in the writing. He’ll talk about themes that should be explored in this market as well as themes to avoid. Devon will also talk about if it’s okay to rewrite your straight characters for the LGBTQ+ market and whether there are any topics considered too insensitive or taboo. He’ll also discuss whether the market accepts straight people telling LGBTQ+ stories. He will then walk you through what platforms and formats are looking for this material and the most popular genres that are selling. Finally, Devon will dive into specific examples of successful LGBTQ+ projects in film, TV, podcasts and web series, and what makes them stand out. It’s an exciting time as Hollywood continues to become more diverse and inclusive. Let Devon give you the tools and confidence to responsibly contribute to this trend and even elevate it further.