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Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as the VP of Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award-nominated TO DUST, and the Academy Award-nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin has also taught at UCLA Extension and maintains an active speaking and guest lecturing schedule, participating in panels, mentorship programs, and events at SXSW, Cannes, and LAFF. Full Bio »
Ever wonder what shows development execs at different networks or platforms are hungry for? This webinar shows a top-line overview of Hulu’s evolution, business model, and what they’re buying from writers.
Every network and streaming platform has its own unique approach to filling its development slate. Usually, that information is passed around within the industry, making it challenging for emerging writers to know and prepare themselves for what executives need.
If you’ve ever wondered what award-winning streamer Hulu, and its sibling platforms Disney+, ESPN+, and NatGeo, are looking for from writers, this is the webinar for you.
In this Stage 32 exclusive, you’ll see exactly how the entertainment industry is shifting from studios to streamers and how this impacts what they’re buying. You’ll learn the history of Hulu, its subscriber demographics, its business model, and what the decision-makers at the streamer are looking to buy.
You’ll also study the ins and outs of what Hulu is currently producing and licensing, how to connect with the right team for your project, what to consider when you pitch them, and even what you need to know when it’s time to negotiate your deal.
Taking you behind the scenes of the television development space is Kristin Harris, a seasoned entertainment executive with 15 years of experience. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group.
Kristin currently serves as the VP of Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award-nominated TO DUST, and the Academy Award-nominated LOVING VINCENT.
With network mandates in constant flux with market demands and consumer behavior, it’s imperative to stay informed on industry needs to get your foot in the door. After diving into this webinar, you’ll understand how to approach buyers at Hulu, what they’re buying and producing, and how to negotiate your deal.
How Did We Get Here
Who Are Hulu Subscribers?
Closing the Deal
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The SVP of Production and Development at Vertical Entertainment will show you how to pitch a film or series project to Amazon Prime and navigate negotiations. From award-winning dramas to binge-able comedies to watercooler actions, Amazon Prime has a show for every audience, including THE BOYS, MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, REACHER, HANNA, BOSCH… the list goes on and on. As broad as the platform’s tastes may appear, there is a clear strategy behind-the-scenes, and if you want to see your project streaming on Prime, you’ll need to know what Amazon is looking for to tailor your pitch and close a deal. Creators might not get too many opportunities to pitch a major streaming platform. What are they looking for in a show or film? How does revenue impact their choices of which projects to produce? And how do you make sure that when you do sell your show, you get paid as well as any other creator? With this webinar exclusively available through Stage 32, you can set up your pitch to succeed when it’s your turn to pitch. You’ll learn what Prime is producing and licensing, how they bring in revenue, the best teams to connect with for your project, and how to negotiate your deal effectively. You’ll also cover how Prime has chosen shows in the past and where they’re headed. Taking you behind the scenes of this online shopping conglomerate-turned-award-winning streamer is Kristin Harris, a seasoned entertainment executive with 15 years of experience, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Vertical Entertainment. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin previously held the role of VP of Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversaw all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award-nominated TO DUST (currently included on Prime), and the Academy Award-nominated LOVING VINCENT. With this insider look at Amazon Prime’s streaming business, you’ll be able to develop a strong pitch for your project that fits the streamer’s needs while ensuring you make a great deal for yourself and your team. With the television landscape changing rapidly, this webinar will keep you ahead of the creators looking to sell to Prime and show your ability to keep up with industry needs. Praise for Kristin's Stage 32 Education: "Well-timed, instructor is knowledgeable, engages the audience. Informative." -Shelly B. "Kristin was amazing! So knowledgeable and articulate. I learned so much." -Maggie G.
Theater closures brought on by the global pandemic are now leading exhibition and distribution communities to work together and think outside-the-box in order to preserve the arthouse theatrical landscape. Imagine a world without arthouse theaters. It’s a bleak concept for cinephiles and filmmakers alike. In a world where landing a traditional, theatrical commitment from a distributor is like winning the golden cup, what are our options when none of those theaters are open? More so, how do we keep independent theaters, already operating on thin margins, alive to fight another day and provide filmmakers, producers and financiers viable options to make profits on their films? Thankfully, there's a new an exciting option to explore. Navigating a successful theatrical release is an enormous challenge, in and of itself, when exhibition is operating normally. Add in a global pandemic and those challenges rise even higher. What are the options? Does your distributor simply claim force majeure and rush you into the home entertainment landscape? Will the home entertainment revenues be hurt by the lack of theatrical exposure? How do theaters survive and make money when they can’t have patrons at their physical locations? In times of crisis, it’s always impressive to see innovation born of necessity. Behold the birth of the "virtual theatrical" release, which has emerged and become a key player in these virtual times. But what is that exactly? How does it work? Can you make money and are other digital platforms willing to accept theaters playing in their sandbox? It’s the new Wild West. Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award Nominee, TO DUST, and the Academy Award nominated, LOVING VINCENT. Kristin has been at the forefront of this emerging distribution option "virtual theatrical" and will bring her experience to the Stage 32 community for you to understand what it is, how you can make money for your film from it and if it's right for you. Kristin will go over the current theatrical distribution landscape which has been affected by the COVID19 pandemic and discuss current available options for your film's distribution. She will introduce a brand new type of distribution, virtual theatrical, and break down the players, how it works from a macro and micro level and how it makes money. She'll go over how to navigate this new reality and how virtual theatrical folds into traditional and non-traditional release plans, reporting and logistics. She'll go over the pros and cons of a virtual theatrical release and help you decide if it's the right thing for your film. She'll also discuss what the future holds for distribution and buying habits in the current environment. These are challenging, yet exciting times for the industry and especially for those working in independent film. Kristin will give you all the current information and guide you through all scenarios including virtual theatrical to assure that your film has the best chance at profitability. Praise for Kristin's Stage 32 Webinar "Very informative and have learned a great deal. Will definitely put to use for our Feature Film Projects. Thank you!" -Haskell A. "The webinar was cutting edge and valuable information" -Angela G. "Very good practical information detailed enough to get the lay of the land on this topic." -James P. "Great info in a new age." -Mary M.
Netflix raised the bar in original programming almost ten years ago, forever changing the television landscape. Since then, Netflix has maintained its status by growing globally, investing in quality, adapting to its audience’s needs, and often setting the trends. Many creatives strive to launch shows with this streamer, and this webinar will show you exactly what Netflix is buying and how to close the deal. When it comes to streaming and “bingeable” television, no platform or network comes to mind faster than Netflix. Netflix has been the home to some of the most-watched original series for almost a decade, including SQUID GAME, BRIDGERTON, STRANGER THINGS, MURDERVILLE, THE CROWN, GINNY & GEORGIA, and countless others. Netflix stays ahead of the curve in television programming by hunting for new voices, unexplored worlds, and backing a wide range of genres and formats. Their needs are constantly changing and largely only known to those close to the platform. So, if you want to know where Netflix is heading next, you’ll need insight from a current industry executive. Taking you through Netflix’s distribution plans is Kristin Harris, SVP of Production at Vertical Entertainment. Kristin has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. She is also the former VP of Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversaw all aspects of the company’s distribution arm and managed the release slate, which included EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award-nominated TO DUST, and the Academy Award-nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin is sharing her insight into the streaming giant exclusively in this Stage 32 webinar. She’ll take you through where Netflix has been and where they’re headed, showing you its current operations and business model. She’ll also cover originals vs. licensed content, release windows, how to effectively tailor your pitch to their brand, and what you need to know about deal structures so you can navigate negotiations. This webcast gives you a new approach to understanding and pitching, and the knowledge needed to close the deal with one of the world’s leading streaming entertainment service. Praise for Kristin's Webinar "Kristin is amazing! She is so knowledgeable and I learned so much today. She is realistic and honest and I so appreciate that!" --Maggie G. "Awesome amount of information and very helpful. Thank you!" -- Jody C. "Great insight into how distribution works." -- Lisa M.
The landscape of distribution has shifted dramatically over recent years and continues to change in this post-pandemic world. While there are more places than ever to go to for distribution, there’s also more competition for your project to be noticed by distributors and, once distributed, for viewers to decide to watch your film over the other thousands at their fingertips. Moreover, with so many companies and services in this space, it can be difficult to determine which companies are actually on the up-and-up and which will treat your film with the respect it deserves. If you’re trying to get your film picked up right now or hope to have your feature project distributed in the future, the most important step is to understand what the landscape looks like today and what your options actually are. Let’s break it down for you. Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award Nominee, TO DUST, and the Academy Award nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin will teach you how film distribution currently works today, what options are currently available to you and your feature film, and how to best navigate this world to ultimately get people to watch your project. Making decisions regarding distribution for your film can be a daunting task, but Kristin is going to give you the most up-to-date and comprehensive breakdown of what distribution looks like today so you can be armed with facts and strategies when finding the best release strategy for your own film. Praise for Kristin "Very informative and have learned a great deal. Will definitely put to use for our Feature Film Projects. Thank you!" -Haskell A. "Very good practical information detailed enough to get the lay of the land on this topic."-James P. "Great info in a new age." -Mary M.
Feature films, documentaries, biopics, book adaptations, and sequels/prequels are all very different from each other, but they share a fundamental legal necessity: the need to acquire certain intellectual property rights in order to make the film. Whether it’s a fictional character or a real-life person; a novel, play, comic book, movie, TV show, or web series if you don’t own or control the underlying rights your film may end up in litigation rather than the theaters. This webinar will introduce you to basic intellectual property concepts and walk-through the key agreements and licensing language you will need when you are making a film based upon somebody else’s property or persona. Too often filmmakers “shoot first and get permission later.” This might be fine for scenes which can be cut if you can’t get the rights but is disastrous when your entire movie depends upon a copyright or life story that you have not effectively licensed. Intellectual property can be complex, and confusing, and the failure to include the right licensing language may result in a film that can never be distributed. To make matters even more complicated, conscientious producers often pull forms from the web that are not designed for their particular projects. In this webinar you will learn from one of the top entertainment attorneys in the industry, Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. A former television producer and director of development for STN, Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. He has worked with clients who have had deals with TLC, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, the Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women's Entertainment Network, The Science Technology Network, IDW Publishing, and Sony Entertainment. His clients' work is seen in the pages of Marvel and DC Comics and on movie, TV, computer, and mobile screens across the world. He will teach you how to spot problems with licensing agreements, learn what agreements are needed in order to license copyright and “life rights,” and learn how to investigate and correct breaks in a film’s “chain of title.” You will walk away feeling confident that you have the correct copyrights in place for your project!
Learn everything you need to know to produce your feature film from an acclaimed producer who has worked with Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films and more! PLUS! You will receive a budget and call sheet template to use on your own projects! Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details Are you planning to produce a feature film anytime soon? If so, this exclusive Stage 32 4-part class is for you! Producers wear multiple hats at all times. From spearheading development on the script and casting to ensuring things run smoothly on set during production and maintaining quality control in post-production, a good producer is a leader for the film from both a creative and business perspective. There are countless things a producer should prepare for before, during, and after making a film. However, there is a steep learning curve for producing. Almost all first time producers have no way of knowing what to prepare for until they are deep in the trenches of making their film and putting out fires left and right. This inevitably leads to problems on set and in post-production that cost the production more money and results in a lesser quality film. That's where Stage 32 comes in. This interactive 4-part class will teach you everything you need to know before producing your film so you can avoid all the mistakes and pitfalls that producers fall into when making a film. Here to guide you through the ins and outs of producing is veteran producer Michael Wormser, co-founder and producer at Cinemand Films. Michael has produced over 70 projects in his career and has made features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital. Instead of going into your film with limited experience, you’ll be armed with all the lessons Michael has learned on the many projects he has produced and he'll share the warnings of what to look out for! This will put you much further along in the process, meaning your first film will be the very best experience it can be and get the results you want. The first challenge to producing your film is starting off in pre-production by planning the right steps. The next challenge is effective leadership and execution in production through the delivery of the film. These fundamentals collectively make up the craft of filmmaking. Learning the functions and rules of each step will be essential to a successful film. You'll walk away from this 4-part class with the skillset to effectively produce your feature film and an understanding of how to lead a production, what common producing mistakes to avoid, and how to put your project in the best position possible (both creatively and financially) to succeed! PLUS! Michael will provide you with exclude handouts to help you produce your film! Downloads include: Call Sheet Template Feature Film Budget Template **You will be connected directly to Michael via email for the duration of the class to answer any questions you have about your feature film projects.** Praise For Michael's Teaching on Stage 32 "I'm so glad I got to work with Michael. I thought I knew everything there was before making my first film but boy was I wrong. He really helped me get my production in shape before we started shooting. Thank you!" -- Caroline R. "Michael's expertise and knowledge really comes out in his class. If only all producers can be as resourceful as him!" -- Mark H.