How to Get a Screenwriting Manager – Examples & Resources

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Conrad Sun

Webinar hosted by: Conrad Sun

Manager at Meridian Artists

Conrad is currently working as a TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists, a literary management company with offices in Canada and the United States. Originally from Canada, Conrad made the move to Los Angeles over five years ago where he attended the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program. After attaining his masters in film & TV producing, Conrad went on to work in both TV lit management at New Wave Entertainment, and TV production at Motion Theory Films. Conrad currently heads the Los Angeles offices of Meridian Artists and reps TV writers in both the comedy and drama space. Conrad boasts a successful short, Giri, starring Lauren Mary Kim (Star Trek), in which he produced and wrote. Conrad is also the founder of the popular website www.filmescape.com, an online resource and encyclopedia for learning anything related to the film and television industry. FilmEscape is deigned to give people a go-to place online to answer all their questions pertaining to the entertainment business. Full Bio »

There is a lot of information at your fingertips on how to approach a screenwriting manager, but how do you know if your approach works? What if you have the chance to pull back the curtain back and hear directly from a literary manager what makes them interested? 

Stage 32 has brought in literary manager Conrad Sun from Meridian Artists for an advanced look into a manager’s mindset when considering a new writer. Conrad manages writers working in film and TV including BLINDSPOT, BOJACK HORSEMAN, 2 BROKE GIRLS, MOTIVE, SLASHER.

In this jam-packed 90-minute webinar Conrad will give an overview of the screenwriter/manager relationship. But, more importantly, he will be sharing real-life examples of writing samples, queries, competitions and pitchfests that have caught his eye. You will even see his client’s writing sample – the TV pilot script for BLINDSPOT – which is now a show on NBC. Plus, you will get a list of resources to help on your journey.

This is a go-to guide to refer to when you need to do a double check on your approach when engaging representation.


What You'll Learn:

What is the role of a manager?

  • Career vs Art vs Money

Manager vs. agent

  • What’s the difference?
  • Who should you seek out first?
  • Do you need both?
  • What they do (and don’t do) for their clients

Literary Managers: What they do (and don’t do) for their clients

  • A day in the life of a manager

How To Get The Attention Of A Lit Manager

  • The importance of your writing samples
    • The best litmus test for your sample (How I receive samples)
    • Utilizing writers groups
    • The psychology of the reader
    • INCLUDED EXAMPLE: Breakdown of the pilot for BLINDSPOT, written my by client to demonstrate what makes a good writing sample.
  • Query Letters
    • Are they a waste of time?
    • Tips on writing a query letter
    • Example of a mock query letter to demonstrate what makes a good query letter.
  • Screenwriting competitions
    • Are they a waste of time?
    • Which ones should you submit to?
    • Is the Blacklist helfpful?
    • Examples of contest lists that I receive and talk through how or why they are or are not effective
  • Pitchfests
    • Are they a waste of time?
    • Which ones should you attend?
    • Examples of pitchfests
  • Finding managers to reach out to
    • Which ones to reach out to first
    • How to reach out
    • The power of a hungry assistant
    • Resources - I will provide a list of resources to refer to.
  • Focus your brand - Know what your brand is.

Q&A with Conrad!


About Your Instructor:

Conrad is currently working as a TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists, a literary management company with offices in Canada and the United States. Originally from Canada, Conrad made the move to Los Angeles over five years ago where he attended the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

After attaining his masters in film & TV producing, Conrad went on to work in both TV lit management at New Wave Entertainment, and TV production at Motion Theory Films. Conrad currently heads the Los Angeles offices of Meridian Artists and reps TV writers in both the comedy and drama space. Conrad boasts a successful short, Giri, starring Lauren Mary Kim (Star Trek), in which he produced and wrote.

Conrad is also the founder of the popular website www.filmescape.com, an online resource and encyclopedia for learning anything related to the film and television industry. FilmEscape is deigned to give people a go-to place online to answer all their questions pertaining to the entertainment business.


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Testimonials:

"The topic covered exactly what I need to know at this point in the development of my career. Conrad's take was extremely helpful and insightful, he was able to convey not only the manager's perspective but industry executives' in general. I will definitely revisit the recording over the next few weeks." - Ian K.

"Conrad was very clear and easy to understand." - Betsy G.

"Very proficient and informative speaker." - Mary G.

"Always outstanding." - Kirk A.

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