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Aimee Rivera is the Vice President of Motion Picture Development at Skydance Media. Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. Skydance released TOP GUN: MAVERICK, THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, THE ADAM PROJECT, SNAKE EYES, THE TOMORROW WAR, 6 UNDERGROUND and many more. Skydance has previously released a number of major motion pictures including ANNIHILATION, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, GEOSTORM, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD and the 10-time Oscar-nominated, TRUE GRIT. Skydance Television's current slate includes Emmy-nominated shows on networks including Netflix, Amazon, AT&T Audience Network, ABC, and AMC. Skydance Interactive creates and publishes original and IP-based virtual reality experience and video games and debuted its first original title, ARCHANGEL. Prior to joining Skydance, Aimee worked with Amazon Studios, SONY Entertainment and Cindy Cowan Entertainment. Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Aimee Rivera, VP of Motion Pictures Development at Skydance Media, which has released TOP GUN: MAVERICK, THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, THE ADAM PROJECT, SNAKE EYES, THE TOMORROW WAR, 6 UNDERGROUND and many more.
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Aimee, I LOVE your story. So honest! And I’m a firm believer in “willing” what you want into existence. ~ Monica M.
This webinar is full of truths that ring clear as a branch full of bells on a windy day - truly and cumulatively inspiring. I feel just that more ready to send that cold-call query email, to keep writing podcast work without pay or audience, to keep working out ideas while grinding away at tasks we'd rather not do. Thank you very much indeed! ~ Steve W.
Thank you Aimee. Your comments about taking the book from a straight forward delineation of events to flushing out Chickie's perspective and character journey were very helpful. ~ Laurie W.
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Alec Sokolow Alec Sokolow is an Oscar nominated screenwriter, storyteller and character creator who specializes in global branding and franchise creation. Alec regularly works as a screenwriter for all the major studios and various global independent producers. His feature film credits include "Toy Story", "Cheaper By the Dozen", "Garfield", "Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties", "Money Talks", "Evan Almighty", "Goodbye Lover" and "Daddy Day Camp." Alec has also written the meta video game storyline and user interface for Activision's billion dollar franchise "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" and "Skylanders: Giants" Alec’s character creation and naming includes Buzz Lightyear (and his catch phrase “To Infinity & Beyond”) and Woody. He has also produced feature documentaries, directed animation shorts and written children's books. Alec’s storytelling has created global receipts of over 2 Billion Dollars. He is also currently an adjunct professor at NYU teaching screenwriting. PRAISE FOR ALEX'S LESSIONS: "Thank you for your time today, Alec, your advice was phenomenal!" -Caitlin Cahill "Thank you, Sam and Stage 32, and most of all, Alec, for your writing wisdom." -Tony E. "Thank you Alec, Sam and Stage 32. Fantastic discussions, today. Thank you for sharing your story and journey." -Lyndsay Sinclair "Thanks, Alec! This webinar was EPIC!!!!!" -Bill B.
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Anna Henry. Anna Henry is a Producer and Development Executive who has worked at CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, as well as multiple production companies and in literary management. Her clients have worked on shows such as THE DEUCE, VINYL, SEVEN SECONDS, VIDA, CHICAGO FIRE, and THE FLASH, and have set up projects at Netflix, AMC, Amazon, Starz, HBO, Sony, EOne, Corus, and others. PRAISE FOR ANNA'S LESSIONS: "Thanks for spending so much time with us, Anna, and sharing your valuable insights!" -Martha C. "Thank you Anna for your time and insights." -Andrea P. "I've got to go now, but it was great. Thank you, Anna, and thank you Kay and Ashley for the commentary!" -Steven G. "Thank you so much for your time and wisdom. Much, much appreciated!!" -Alkemaize M.
During this Executive Hour we welcome special guest AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS filmmaker Doug Atchison! AKEELAH AND THE BEE was released by Lionsgate and starred Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. His script for AKEELAH has recently been adapted into a stage play which is being performed around the country. Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, which was produced by previous Writers' Room guest Amy Baer, released in August of 2019, and for which Doug won the 2019 Humanitas Prize. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, and Morgan Freeman.During this webcast Doug discusses writing AKEELAH, working as an independent writer/director, how he gets hired for screenwriting assignments, what most writers struggle with when writing a screenplay and how to approach writing a true story!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour Webcast with Head of Literary Department at The Dragonfly Agency, Ben Pitts. Ben Pitts is currently the head of the literary department at The Dragonfly Agency. He has worked in film and tv for over 15 years both in New York and Los Angeles. Since moving to LA in 2020, Ben has been representing both theatrical and literary clients. His client, Carson Higgins, just had an amazing supporting role as Lloyd the sound engineer in BABYLON. On the literary side, Zack Ford wrote and produced the 2022 Sundance hit, WATCHER, which is currently playing theatrically worldwide. Previously, in New York, he worked with high level talent such as Marisa Tomei, Tracy Morgan and Robert De Niro as a coordinator and in development.
We're back in the Writers' Room at 4pm (Pacific) for the Executive Hour Webcast with Paramount+ Creative Executive Aaron Kerman. Aaron is a Development Executive in the Originals Content Development division of the recently launched Paramount+. He has worked on series including THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, GUILTY PARTY, and WHY WOMEN KILL, among many others. Aaron has been at CBS Studios for the last three years. Prior to this, he was at WME for two years, working directly with the heads of TV and Talent. His is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
This week, Jason speaks with producer Natalie Qasabian, who has forged a successful career producing independent films which have had tremendous commercial success! Natalie began her career producing three films for the indie film duo the Duplass Brothers, including Duck Butter directed by Miguel Arteta, Natalie went on to produce All About Nina starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common. Later, Natalie produced Searching, a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing which was acquired by Sony at Sundance in 2018 and went on to gross $75M at the box office! Currently she's producing Run, starring Sarah Paulson for Lionsgate as well as the sequel to Searching for Sony. Natalie talks about starting her career as a Line Producer and Production Manager, and how that allowed her to make independent films for a modest budget. Natalie shares her insights on the effectiveness of proof of concept videos, how first-time filmmakers can attract financing, and the inside story of how she sold Searching to Sony at Sundance!