Ewan Dunbar has extensive experience in development, international sales, acquisitions and production. Ewan has worked closely with TV creators and filmmakers over the last few years at Disrupting Influence, which released the latest installment of the successful Cities of Love franchise, Berlin, I Love You starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. Ewan has produced, developed and sold over 30 titles including ZERO TOLERANCE starring Scott Adkins, TV series DEEP CUTS and LAUDA: THE UNTOLD STORY. Ewan has also appeared on judging panels at film festivals, mentored for a number of programs for both new and established content makers and was named in The Business of Film’s International Village of Independents. Before moving into development, sales and acquisitions, Ewan worked on titles including WORLD WAR Z, 360, CHATROOM and RUSH in production management, assistant directing and aerial location services. At Disrupting Influence, Ewan works closely with content makers and specializes in developing scripts and pitch materials to best showcase their projects and get the production off the ground. Company bio: Disrupting Influence provides production, financing and sales services for commercially unique theatrical, VOD and television content. In addition to working with established filmmakers, DI consults and works with several groups to provide guidance and support to up and coming talent. Our approach is to provide talent with the tools to get their projects off the ground while at the same time providing a positive experience and giving them a road map to tackle their next project. Full Bio »
Learn how to make your pitch deck stand out to executives at streamers and networks so your project can get a green light!
Pitch decks are a mystery. Why? Because no two pitch decks are the same.
But there are crucial elements that separate a professional deck from an amateur one. A solid pitch deck will get those executives on your side and show them how exciting and marketable your idea is. It can be what stands between you and that green light.
But what does a great pitch deck even look like, and do different approaches work better for broadcast networks than streaming services? What do streaming executives want to see and what should you steer clear of at all costs?
To guide you on your process of creating an effective pitch deck is Ewan Dunbar who serves in Development, Sales, and Acquisitions at Disrupting Influence, recently announcing BERLIN, I LOVE YOU, starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. Ewan has produced, developed and sold over 30 titles. Having been in many rooms with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streamers, Ewan specializes in developing decks to best showcase a project and make it stand out.
Plus, Ewan has insight into a streaming platforms' processes once you pitch your show.
In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, Ewan will cover what executives are looking for in a deck, what you do and don’t need to include, presentation tips and how to keep acquisitions executives interested in your material. He’ll go over how to keep your audience entertained and simple formatting tips and tricks you can adopt that can make all the difference. Ewan will also discuss how best to present your plot, characters, and world, and how you should adjust your deck specifically for streaming networks as opposed to broadcasters, sales agents, or financiers, and ways to adapt depending on what genre your series most closely aligns with. He’ll also teach you how to bring all your materials together for your final pitch.
PLUS! Ewan will go over successful example pitch decks and give you a handout that shows you a guide of what you need in your own deck.
Praise For Ewan's Teaching:
"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! The presenter delivered more in 20 minutes than other presenters do in an hour, and it NEVER felt rushed and he was always easily understandable. I cannot wait to get the handouts!" -- Bob S.
"Ewan’s presentation was excellent I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He was truly an expert." -- Margaret M.
"Very good, very knowledgeable and very organized. Great presentation and webinar. I walked away with lots of ideas about polishing my pitch decks to make sure they stand out." -- James B.
"Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have ever taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do." -- Roberta P.
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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! The presenter delivered more in 20 minutes than other presenters do in an hour, and it NEVER felt rushed and he was always easily understandable. I cannot wait to get the handouts!
Ewan’s presentation was excellent I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He was truly an expert.
"Very good, very knowledgeable and very organized. Great presentation and webinar. I walked away with lots of ideas about polishing my pitch decks to make sure they stand out."
"I've taken many years of webinars, gone to many conferences, and taken many courses on feature script writing. I've won a Grand Prize in a major festival for a screenplay. And I'm old enough to be an honest critic. Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have every taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do, and wasn't making an obvious pitch for himself as a consultant --although I'd call on him anytime"
Create your series pitch deck with expert guidance from a development professional who has set up shows at Netflix, Amazon/MGM and Disney+ There are only 10 spots to work one-on-one with Ewan in this rare opportunity that guarantees you focused attention. ***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 Ewan on email to ask him any questions so you can keep up at your own pace and schedule.*** Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details What does every network and streamer ultimately want? Fresh, unique, authentic voices with never-been-told stories. While the door will be open to new writers, the competition is fierce. Of course, you need a very strong finished script, but before that will be read, you need to be able to communicate what makes your show stand out from the crowd, what will make people want to watch it, and why you are passionate about writing it. You need a blueprint of what the series will be beyond one episode. That's where a pitch deck comes in. Whether you are selling your show verbally, sending the pitch to a potential producer, or applying for a fellowship, a pitch deck carries the weight of your imagined world with all its inhabitants and stories. That's a tall order! So, where do you begin? In this exclusive Stage 32 interactive 8-part lab, you'll delve deep into writing an effective pitch deck for your scripted television idea - one that will clearly communicate your intentions, excite the reader, and convey your voice and your passion. Guiding you through your pitch deck creation is world-class development consultant Ewan Dunbar from Red Stag Entertainment. Ewan has developed scripts and pitch decks with writers and creators that have gone on to secure development deals and meetings at various broadcast partners, distributors, and streamers, including Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon. Over 8 interactive sessions, you will be working directly with Ewan in a virtual class setting and in one-on-one online sessions to put together a great TV pitch deck to help you communicate your show and get execs and buyers interested. You will work with Ewan to create your pitch deck that demonstrates to executives what about your show, its characters, and the world will stand out from the crowd and keep audiences entertained, as well as ways in which writing your deck will help to improve your pilot episode and project overall. Whether you have a comedy or drama series, 30 minutes or 60 minutes, Ewan is here to help. Ewan will walk you through communicating your show's world, creating your characters, and how best to convey your story within the bounds of a TV pitch deck. After two months of intense work on your pitch deck, you’ll have the vital pitch materials you need to take your project to the next level and the skills to market any new project you put your passion behind with a pitch deck. Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Ewan as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you develop your pitch deck. You will walk away from this lab with a completed pitch deck for your series that has been vetted by an industry expert. Stage 32 stands firmly with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. This is a good time to focus on your craft and your work and prepare yourself for when the marketplace is looking for fresh ideas and voices and this lab is one way to do that. Praise For Ewan's Work and Teaching “ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Ewan delivered more in 20 minutes than other presenters do in an hour, and it NEVER felt rushed and he was always easily understandable. I cannot wait to get the handouts!” --Bob S. “Ewan’s presentation was excellent! I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He is truly an expert.” --Margaret M. "Very good, very knowledgeable and very organized. Great presentation and webinar. I walked away with lots of ideas about polishing my pitch decks to make sure they stand out." --James B. "I've taken many years of webinars, gone to many conferences, and taken many courses on feature script writing. I've won a Grand Prize in a major festival for a screenplay. And I'm old enough to be an honest critic. Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have ever taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do, and wasn't making an obvious pitch for himself as a consultant --although I'd call on him anytime." --Roberta P.
Learn everything you need to know to build a world-class pitch deck from an executive who has sold shows to Netflix, Disney+, Amazon/MGM and more! With the global television business continuing to expand the demand for new and exciting shows from fresh voices has never been higher! With companies demanding more new content than ever before and spending billions in the search for shows that will keep audiences hooked, writers and creatives need to know how to show decision makers that their show has what it takes to impress their audiences. But with so much new content being developed to such a high quality, what do executives need to know about your show to demonstrate how it will stand out among the thousands that get submitted every year? What can you, the writer and creator, do to make your project the most appealing to executives and buyers? Here to teach you the tools you need to know to get your narrative television show pitch deck ready to sell to streamers and networks is Ewan Dunbar. With over 12 years experience in the TV and film industry, Ewan works with writers and creatives to elevate their pitching materials for the new “golden age” of television. Ewan has played a pivotal role in helping creators sell their shows to independent production companies, broadcasting partners and streamers including Netflix, Disney +, Amazon/MGM including the latest installment of the successful Cities of Love franchise, Berlin, I Love You starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. In this exclusive Stage 32 4-part on-demand class, Ewan will give a rarely seen deep-dive into the fundamentals of what your pitch deck needs to contain, how these pitch elements can be used to demonstrate what makes your show stand out from the crowd, what you don’t need to include in your deck, formatting tips and tricks, and what your acquisitions executive wants to see from your work. Ewan will also discuss how best to present your plot, characters, and world to buyers to demonstrate why audiences will want to see your show. Ewan’s insight into what happens at these companies once you have pitched your show is immensely valuable to all creatives looking to get their show on a major network or streamer. At the core of Ewan’s work is making sure people’s pitching materials demonstrate to executives what will make their show a hit with the most important client of all – their audiences. PLUS! Ewan will provide you with exclusive handouts to use for your current and future projects. Downloads include: Structure For Your Pitch Deck Logline Essentials Character Layout Worksheet Story Structure Worksheet If you’re looking to get your show made with one of the major network or streaming services clamoring for content right now, then this class is a must! Praise For Ewan's Work and Teaching. “ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Ewan delivered more in 20 minutes than other presenters do in an hour, and it NEVER felt rushed and he was always easily understandable. I cannot wait to get the handouts!” --Bob S. “Ewan’s presentation was excellent! I learned so much from him and now feel 100% confident in creating a pitch deck. He is truly an expert.” --Margaret M. "Very good, very knowledgeable and very organized. Great presentation and webinar. I walked away with lots of ideas about polishing my pitch decks to make sure they stand out." --James B. "I've taken many years of webinars, gone to many conferences, and taken many courses on feature script writing. I've won a Grand Prize in a major festival for a screenplay. And I'm old enough to be an honest critic. Ewan Dunbar's webinar was one of the best I have ever taken! Organized, filled with useful information, he sounded like he really cared about helping the audience be better at what they want to do, and wasn't making an obvious pitch for himself as a consultant --although I'd call on him anytime." --Roberta P.
Learn how to utilize the camera to bring your creative vision to life from an accomplished cinematographer who was shot for Vice Media, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Facebook and more! This Webinar has a 100% Satisfaction Rating! It’s common for creatives to not concern themselves with how cameras work and leave it all to the Director of Photography to understand, but this is at the filmmaker's own peril. Having a fundamental understanding of how exactly the machine you are using to capture images to create your project is crucial, even if you have a trusted DP on your side. And, if you are a creative who is looking to take your first leap into cinematography, it's important you know the fundamentals before you start shooting. Understanding at least the basics will help make sure you can speak the same language as your DP, can give you new ideas as you plan out your shot list and production, and can help you discover new approaches that you might not have even known were possible otherwise. In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, Cinematographer Daniel Brothers gives you the rundown much more quickly and for a lot less money than a traditional film school. Daniel Brothers is an accomplished and in-demand cinematographer who has traveled around the world shooting projects for companies like ViceMedia, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Facebook and more. Daniel serves as Director of Photography for Discovery+'s TRIXIE MOTEL and the popular Facebook interview series RED TABLE TALK with Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith and continues to consistently shoot documentaries, feature films, and TV series. He also teaches the art of the camera in schools and works to mentor and support budding cinematographers and is prepared to bring his lessons and perspective to the Stage 32 community. Make sure you know what you’re talking about and have a sense of what each camera is doing before you start your next project. Whether you’re a director, actor, producer, or writer, Daniel will give you the tools and knowledge you need. Praise for Daniel's Teaching: "Wow, what a fantastic webinar. As a filmmaker who knew very little about some of the technical aspects of the camera, I now feel equipped to translate my vision to my DP to make my next film the way I envision it." -- Chris B. "I can't stress enough how important this webinar is for creatives in all facets of the industry. From directors to writers and even actors, it is so important learn HOW the camera works so you can work WITH the camera team to make the best possible product. Daniel is just fantastic." -- Samantha B. "Take this webinar!! If you're a creative looking to be on set in any capacity, this is a must." -- Nicholas M.
Learn how to effectively network to improve your career as a screenwriter from Steve Desmond, the screenwriter of M. Night Shyamalan's KNOCK AT THE CABIN and a writer on the upcoming TRANSFORMERS ONE for Paramount Pictures! Plus! You'll receive a query letter template you can use to help you make the most out of networking! You want to be a professional filmmaker, but how do you make connections to get your foot in the door? We’re all in the business of telling stories, but we’re also in the business of building relationships. Without those relationships, the entertainment industry can seem daunting. So how do you meet new people and make meaningful professional connections? In this webinar, we’ll throw the stereotypical “networking” pretenses aside, and focus on what it takes to begin crafting real partnerships and collaborations, with the hopes of elevating each other’s careers. The old adage holds true - it’s not just about what you know, it’s about who you know too… But who you know is ultimately up to you. This is an industry that is built on relationships. But far too many aspiring filmmakers don’t spend nearly enough time meeting new people and building those relationships. Just like writing, meeting people takes time, effort, and focus. The onus is on you to reach out and stay in touch. It’s not just about meeting people who want to do the same thing as you (i.e. writers meeting other writers). It’s about meeting people that can be helpful to your career, and who you, in turn, can be helpful to theirs. The bottom line is that your chances of success improve exponentially when you combine skill with a network of like-minded colleagues. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn the skills and tools you need as a screenwriter to network effectively and build and maintain long lasting business relationships to help you shape your career. Teaching you everything you need to know about networking as a screenwriter is Steve Desmond. A longtime member of Stage 32, Steve co-wrote KNOCK AT THE CABIN, which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released theatrically by Universal Studios. It opened at # 1 at the box office, and subsequently #1 on VOD on Peacock. Steve is one of the writers on the upcoming Transformers franchise prequel, TRANSFORMERS ONE starring Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth, which will be released in theaters in fall, 2024 by Paramount Pictures. His screenplays have been voted onto the prestigious industry Black List four times, including THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB which he is attached to direct with Brad Fuller (A QUIET PLACE) producing. He sold his sci-fi adventure screenplay, HARRY’S ALL-NIGHT HAMBURGERS, to Warner Bros in a bidding war, with Oscar nominated producer Andrew Lazar attached. His short film, MONSTERS, that he wrote and directed, has amassed over two million views online and screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide, winning 46 awards. Steve is represented by APA and Ziffren-Brittenham LLP. In a information-packed webinar, you will learn how to make the most out of in-person and virtual networking events, how to utilize social media for networking purposes, and strategies to maintain relationships once you make them. Steve will teach you who you should be targeting when networking (hint: it’s all about who can actually buy your script!) and how you can research and get in touch with writers, producers, and reps in an organic way. PLUS! You'll receive a query letter template you can use to help with your own networking! In today’s ever connected world, it is easier than ever to network to improve your career, you just need to know how! Praise for Steve's Stage 32 Teaching "No wonder Steve's career has taken off. It's clear he has a strong sense of how to write and also how to handle the business of the industry. Learned a ton from him." - Anthony M. "Incredibly valuable webinar for everyone to take - not just writers. Networking is a tricky thing that I've never felt comfortable with, but Steve's approach and recommendations honestly make it way less daunting." - Laura L. "It's the well known truth that you have to network to make it in the film industry. But even approaching networking is a hard thing to do. Steve broke it down in a sensical and practical way that I think can work for everyone." - Matt C.
As a filmmaker, you know that every opportunity to shoot your story is precious. The days when your team is working, your cameras are rolling and your actors are in hair and make-up are days of golden opportunity. But they can also be days of stress and frustration if you haven't prepared properly during pre-production. We want you to have the best shoot days possible and that's why this webinar is invaluable for filmmakers. In this webinar, accomplished director Heath Cullens shares his process of preparing for a shoot exclusively with the Stage 32 community. As a filmmaker, the importance of preparation during pre-production cannot be overstated. Here is your chance to learn how best to prepare from a world-class director. Heath Cullens is a director best known for directing IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, AP BIO, GREAT MINDS WITH DAN HARMON, and FX’s YOU’RE THE WORST. Currently, he is directing MYTHIC QUEST for Apple TV. A good filmmaker is a prepared filmmaker. Filmmakers must focus on getting the story they envision onto the screen, but that vision will unravel if you don’t prepare before. However, if you do prepare properly, you give your film the best chance for success. You’ll receive a step-by-step approach to utilize on your projects to ensure a smooth, productive, and creatively rewarding on-set experience for you and your production team. You’ll cover how to: Hire the best team Communicate your vision Prioritize what you need to shoot Structure your shoot day Create a strategy with your DP Properly use rehearsal time and table reads And much more By the end of this webinar you’ll have a process you can use - and the ability to revisit the lesson on Stage 32 - to ensure the confidence to lead your team as a filmmaker. PRAISE FOR HEATH'S TEACHINGS: "I thought it was on point and very informative. Heath was great." -Frank L.
With more and more content being created and more avenues for films to be seen, the overall distribution market is changing at a rapid pace. But, the classic in-theater experience is still alive and well – if you have the right type of film and you understand how tailor your approach to the market. Don't think for a second that your film is not a fit for theatrical distribution or that all theaters and screens are controlled by the studios. There still IS an opportunity for a film to be distributed to the US market in theaters. Independent film acquisitions with the intent to distribute in the US theatrical market still make up a profitable part of today’s film business. Unfortunately, many filmmakers aren’t aware of the elements a film must have to be considered for theatrical distribution. Understanding everything from where your content fits to how to put your film in the best position to be acquired is absolutely necessary in order for you to give your project the best chance to attract a buyer and give you the opportunity to have your masterpiece, the film you worked so hard to make, seen in a theater. Jason Resnick is the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions for Aviron Pictures and has had decades of experience in theatrical distribution on films of all budget levels. He Jason was formerly the GM of Worldwide Acquisitions for the Universal Pictures Group and in charge of all acquisitions for Universal, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures and Universal Home Entertainment. Now, exclusively for Stage 32, he'll go over what the current US theatrical market looks like for film acquisitions. And, it's more accessible than you think! To fully understand how the market has shifted and how the old thinking has become obsolete, Jason will break down the last 10 years of theatrical distribution to show you what's still working and what has dramatically changed. This information alone will give you a competitive advantage in the space and make you more attractive to buyers. He will also make you understand limited, wide, and day-and-date releases and identify the key players in each. He will show you the proper way to approach these reps and buyers so you stand out in a competitive market. Most importantly you will learn how a film is acquired for US theatrical release and what can hurt and help your chances of getting acquired. You will walk away knowing exactly makes your film look attractive for an acquisition for the US theatrical market. "I learned a lot. Really appreciate Jason's experience and expertise. Jason's presentation was considered, articulate, to the point and very informative. Was well worth the class fee." - Rebecca D.