International Women's Day 2022: Stage 32 + Female Voices Rock Celebrate Women In Entertainment

Hosted by Top Female Leaders in Entertainment

FREE

On Demand Webinar - Available for immediate viewing and unlimited access.

Start Learning

Please make sure you use the same email address as the one you use to sign in to Stage 32, otherwise you won't have access to your webinar.
Overlay Icon

Stage 32 Next Level Education has a 97% user satisfaction rate.

Top Female Leaders in Entertainment

Webinar hosted by: Top Female Leaders in Entertainment

Robyn Watson - VP of Corporate Comms, Gannett Board President Women in Film & Television, Atlanta (WIFTA) Robyn Watson is Vice President of Corporate Communications at Gannett. Prior to that, Robyn was director of communications for WarnerMedia Distribution, based in Atlanta. Previous to that, Robyn was the principal owner of Watson Media Ventures (WMV), an entertainment consulting firm that advised on film, television, digital media productions, and entertainment events. Prior to WMV, she spent over 17 years as a corporate communications executive at Verizon and Time Warner Cable. Robyn has been involved in the Women In Film organization for over 10 years having served on the board of directors for New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Women In Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA). She is also on the board of Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) where she serves on the Knowledge, Advocacy, and Activism Committee. Robyn graduated from Emory University and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University.   Amanda Toney - Producer & Public Speaker Managing Director, Stage 32 As Managing Director for Stage 32, Amanda oversees operations and partnerships for the global business. She has curated over 1,500 hours of online education created exclusively for Stage 32 and works with hundreds of entertainment industry executives from around the world to serve as educators and mentors. She has spearheaded partnerships with such prestigious organizations as the Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film, American Film Market, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, PGA, WGA, and DGA, as well as brands such as AT&T, Peerspace, Pond5, Mandy, Bondit Media Capital, and her personal favorite partnership, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is the official vodka of Stage 32. As a film producer, Amanda has worked on the psychological thriller What Lies Ahead starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont, Metaphorms, a Hungarian film, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival and Dolphin Girl which premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival. She has also helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, and Bella Thorne, and 10-31 which is being produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures. She is an Executive Producer on Vagic with Amy Baer at Gidden Media, as well as My Clone's an A*Hole with National Lampoon. As a television producer, she recently sold an unscripted show to a major US network. Amanda has spoken all over the world at the Cannes Film Festival (France), Hollyshorts Film Festival (US), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Hamburg Film Fest (Germany), Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission (Trinidad), Fest Festival (Portugal) and Harvard (US) on the business of the entertainment industry.   Catherine Delaloye - Director, Producer, & Writer Founder & Executive Director, Female Voices Rock Film Festival Catherine Delaloye is a director, producer, and writer, who is passionate about social impact and dedicates her work to empowering diverse voices. Her credits include WHERE TO NOW?, THE WITCHES OF BUSHWICK, THAT PART, and the feature film SLEEPAWAY CAMP, starring Antoni Porowski (QUEER EYE). Growing up between Europe and the US, Catherine has a global perspective that she uniquely brings to each film and project she is a part of. This, along with her avid attention-to-detail, valuable direction, and impressive verbosity, has gained recognition in the film community. Catherine founded Female Voices Rock, an organization that aims to increase the female presence in the film and TV industry. Through her organization, Catherine has raised a substantial amount of money for various film projects, creating a substantial platform for underrepresented filmmakers in the industry. The annual Female Voices Rock Film Festival is currently ranked one of the top 100 by Film Freeway, showcasing quality short-form content and screenplays by emerging and international filmmakers.   Kimberley Browning - Filmmaker & Programmer Head of Programming, Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest) Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker & film festival professional based in Los Angeles. Originally from the Washington DC area, Kimberley studied music performance and film at USC, then began her career working in production at Disney's Touchstone Television. Her film credits include Archie’s Final Project, which world premiered and won the Silver Bear Award at Berlinale in 2009, Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance which premieres on HBO Max in Feb 2022, and the upcoming feature Acting Like Nothing is Wrong. Additional credits include All Hallow’s Eve 2, Certified, Room 19, and Earbuds: A Podcasting Documentary. Episodic credits include programming for HBO, A&E Networks, CBS, NBC, ABC Signature, Rollingstone.com, People.com, Warner Brothers TV, Comedy Central, and RealNetworks. Kimberley is the Head of Programming at the Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest) and is an Associate Short Film Programmer for Tribeca Film Festival. She is the Founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, launched in 1998. She was an Associate Short Film Programmer at LA Film Festival, and the Short Film Programmer at Guadalajara International Film Festival - Los Angeles. She is the Program Advisor at Tribeca's Untold Stories feature film grant program and previously was the Executive Producer of HBO Access.   Moderated by Kay Ross - Screenwriter, Producer Founder of The Victory Round & Co-host of The Coverage Report Kay Ross is a producer, screenwriter, and actor who started her career immediately after high school in professional theatre in her hometown of Washington, D.C. After attending Colorado Film School and receiving her B.F.A. in Film and Video Production, she worked in production for various networks, including REELZ, Investigation Discovery, Food Network, and BBC America. While training to become a production manager, Kay never stopped writing and producing short films. She relocated to Los Angeles to change her career projection to creative producing.Since moving in 2019, she has written several short films, developed two pilot scripts, worked on a dozen television shows, two feature films, and launched "The Victory Round", a weekly live event to help professionals gain confidence by celebrating their victories. Currently, Kay co-hosts The Coverage Report with Lit Kilpatrick in the Stage 32 Writer's Room, is producing the short film "Sanctuary" with her creative partner, and is available for script coverage through Stage 32 as an industry reader. She loves opportunities to work with inclusive, diverse, and driven professionals, especially on projects based on true events or scientific research. As the Community Manager for Stage 32, Kay has published almost 50 blogs on networking, mentoring, mental health, and celebrating diversity in the industry. She loves to connect creatives to resources, upcoming opportunities, and other potential professionals through the Stage 32 lounges. She may even have a thing or five to say about film production. You'll find Kay in the Acting, Animation, Filmmaking, Producing, and Transmedia Lounges most frequently. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

In Stage 32's continued effort to democratize the industry, we have partnered with Female Voices Rock for another thrilling virtual event to shine the light on women in the entertainment industry. On March 8, International Women's Day, some of the industry's female leaders came together to host an inspiring webcast celebrating women in entertainment. The panel features four powerhouse female voices of entertainment, including:

  • Robyn Watson - VP of Corporate Comms, Gannett & Board President of Women in Film & Television, Atlanta (WIFTA)
  • Kimberley Browning - Catalyst Content Festival, Head of Programming
  • Amanda Toney - Stage 32, Managing Director
  • Catherine Delaloye - Female Voices Rock, Founder & Executive Director

 

Please note: This panel will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and you will receive your link to log in the morning of the panel. 

What You'll Learn

After our live panel, join us for an exciting networking happy hour! We will break off into smaller groups and meet and toast your fellow female filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, production designers, and entertainment creatives & professionals from all over the world!

This is a global event and we encourage you to join us in making some noise! Take our #internationalwomensday challenge on social media!

  1. Share a photo & caption on your social media answering the question "I felt empowered when…”
  2. Nominate three of your fellow female filmmakers to join the challenge
  3. Tag @stage32 and @femalevoicesrock
  4. Hashtag #iamstage32 #womensupportingwomen #femalevoicesrock #internationalwomensday

Regardless of whether you identify as female or not, we'd still love to have you help us celebrate women in film, television, and media!

About Your Instructor

Robyn Watson - VP of Corporate Comms, Gannett

Board President Women in Film & Television, Atlanta (WIFTA)

Stage 32 Female Voices Rock Present 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Robyn Watson is Vice President of Corporate Communications at Gannett. Prior to that, Robyn was director of communications for WarnerMedia Distribution, based in Atlanta. Previous to that, Robyn was the principal owner of Watson Media Ventures (WMV), an entertainment consulting firm that advised on film, television, digital media productions, and entertainment events. Prior to WMV, she spent over 17 years as a corporate communications executive at Verizon and Time Warner Cable.

Robyn has been involved in the Women In Film organization for over 10 years having served on the board of directors for New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Women In Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA). She is also on the board of Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) where she serves on the Knowledge, Advocacy, and Activism Committee.

Robyn graduated from Emory University and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University.

 

Amanda Toney - Producer & Public Speaker

Managing Director, Stage 32

Stage 32 Female Voices Rock Present 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Entertainment

As Managing Director for Stage 32, Amanda oversees operations and partnerships for the global business. She has curated over 1,500 hours of online education created exclusively for Stage 32 and works with hundreds of entertainment industry executives from around the world to serve as educators and mentors. She has spearheaded partnerships with such prestigious organizations as the Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film, American Film Market, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, PGA, WGA, and DGA, as well as brands such as AT&T, Peerspace, Pond5, Mandy, Bondit Media Capital, and her personal favorite partnership, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is the official vodka of Stage 32.

As a film producer, Amanda has worked on the psychological thriller What Lies Ahead starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont, Metaphorms, a Hungarian film, which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival and Dolphin Girl which premiered at the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival. She has also helped incubate Chick Fight, starring Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, and Bella Thorne, and 10-31 which is being produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures. She is an Executive Producer on Vagic with Amy Baer at Gidden Media, as well as My Clone's an A*Hole with National Lampoon. As a television producer, she recently sold an unscripted show to a major US network.

Amanda has spoken all over the world at the Cannes Film Festival (France), Hollyshorts Film Festival (US), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Hamburg Film Fest (Germany), Trinidad & Tobago Film Commission (Trinidad), Fest Festival (Portugal) and Harvard (US) on the business of the entertainment industry.

 

Catherine Delaloye - Director, Producer, & Writer

Founder & Executive Director, Female Voices Rock Film Festival

Stage 32 Female Voices Rock Present 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Catherine Delaloye is a director, producer, and writer, who is passionate about social impact and dedicates her work to empowering diverse voices. Her credits include WHERE TO NOW?, THE WITCHES OF BUSHWICK, THAT PART, and the feature film SLEEPAWAY CAMP, starring Antoni Porowski (QUEER EYE).

Growing up between Europe and the US, Catherine has a global perspective that she uniquely brings to each film and project she is a part of. This, along with her avid attention-to-detail, valuable direction, and impressive verbosity, has gained recognition in the film community.

Catherine founded Female Voices Rock, an organization that aims to increase the female presence in the film and TV industry. Through her organization, Catherine has raised a substantial amount of money for various film projects, creating a substantial platform for underrepresented filmmakers in the industry. The annual Female Voices Rock Film Festival is currently ranked one of the top 100 by Film Freeway, showcasing quality short-form content and screenplays by emerging and international filmmakers.

 

Kimberley Browning - Filmmaker & Programmer

Head of Programming, Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest)

Stage 32 Female Voices Rock Present 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker & film festival professional based in Los Angeles. Originally from the Washington DC area, Kimberley studied music performance and film at USC, then began her career working in production at Disney's Touchstone Television. Her film credits include Archie’s Final Project, which world premiered and won the Silver Bear Award at Berlinale in 2009, Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance which premieres on HBO Max in Feb 2022, and the upcoming feature Acting Like Nothing is Wrong. Additional credits include All Hallow’s Eve 2, Certified, Room 19, and Earbuds: A Podcasting Documentary. Episodic credits include programming for HBO, A&E Networks, CBS, NBC, ABC Signature, Rollingstone.com, People.com, Warner Brothers TV, Comedy Central, and RealNetworks.

Kimberley is the Head of Programming at the Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest) and is an Associate Short Film Programmer for Tribeca Film Festival. She is the Founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, launched in 1998. She was an Associate Short Film Programmer at LA Film Festival, and the Short Film Programmer at Guadalajara International Film Festival - Los Angeles. She is the Program Advisor at Tribeca's Untold Stories feature film grant program and previously was the Executive Producer of HBO Access.

 

Moderated by Kay Ross - Screenwriter, Producer

Founder of The Victory Round & Co-host of The Coverage Report

Stage 32 Female Voices Rock Present 2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Entertainment

Kay Ross is a producer, screenwriter, and actor who started her career immediately after high school in professional theatre in her hometown of Washington, D.C. After attending Colorado Film School and receiving her B.F.A. in Film and Video Production, she worked in production for various networks, including REELZ, Investigation Discovery, Food Network, and BBC America. While training to become a production manager, Kay never stopped writing and producing short films. She relocated to Los Angeles to change her career projection to creative producing.

Since moving in 2019, she has written several short films, developed two pilot scripts, worked on a dozen television shows, two feature films, and launched "The Victory Round", a weekly live event to help professionals gain confidence by celebrating their victories. Currently, Kay co-hosts The Coverage Report with Lit Kilpatrick in the Stage 32 Writer's Room, is producing the short film "Sanctuary" with her creative partner, and is available for script coverage through Stage 32 as an industry reader. She loves opportunities to work with inclusive, diverse, and driven professionals, especially on projects based on true events or scientific research.

As the Community Manager for Stage 32, Kay has published almost 50 blogs on networking, mentoring, mental health, and celebrating diversity in the industry. She loves to connect creatives to resources, upcoming opportunities, and other potential professionals through the Stage 32 lounges. She may even have a thing or five to say about film production. You'll find Kay in the Acting, Animation, Filmmaking, Producing, and Transmedia Lounges most frequently.

FAQs

Q: How do I watch my webinar live?
A: If you received a confirmation that your webinar is on Go to Webinar, you will receive an email from Go to Webinar with further instructions for participating in the live webinar. You can also access your webinar link in your purchase history located under settings in the top right-hand corner of your Stage 32 profile.

If you received a confirmation that your webinar is on Zoom, you will receive a separate email from Zoom with further instructions for participating in the live webinar. Your login link will not be in your Stage 32 profile. If you did not receive your link via Zoom please email support@stage32.com.

Q: How do I watch my webinar on demand?
A: You will be able to watch your webinar on demand as many times as you’d like inside your Stage 32 profile. The recording is processed and posted between 24-48 hours after the webinar concludes. You can follow the instructions below.

YOU MUST HAVE A STAGE 32 PROFILE TO WATCH YOUR VIDEO – STAGE 32 IS FREE TO JOIN If You Already Have a Stage 32 Profile:

  1. Log into your Stage 32 profile
  2. Click "Settings" in the top right-hand corner (gear icon)
  3. Click "Purchase History"
  4. Choose this webinar and click the link to view
If You Do Not Have a Stage 32 Profile:
  1. Go to www.stage32.com
  2. Create a profile using the SAME email address you used to sign up for this webinar. The email addresses must match in order to watch the webinar.
  3. Once you have your profile set up, you can view the webinar by clicking "Settings" in the top right hand corner (gear icon)
  4. Click "Purchase History"
  5. Choose this webinar and click the link to view

Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute educational broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32. Your webinar will be taught by a working industry professional with in-depth teaching on a topic. If you are able to attend live you will be able to ask your Stage 32 Educator questions during Q&A.

Q: What are the system requirements to watch my webinar live?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.

If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.9 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live webinar. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer.

Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you cannot attend a live webinar or purchase an on demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to re-watch?
A: Yes! Like all Stage 32 education, after the purchase of a live or on demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the recording.

Q: How do I get a copy of the handouts provided?
A: If the webinar you take included handouts you can find them as downloads underneath your on demand video. You must be logged into your Stage 32 profile to view the video and get the handouts by clicking settings in the top right hand corner, then clicking purchase history.

Q: What if I need accessibility and accommodations?
A: Email support@stage32.com to request accommodations.

Thanks for your loyalty to Stage 32 Education. We value having you in the Stage 32 community.

If you have any further questions, we are always happy to help. Please contact Stage 32 support at support@stage32.com.

Questions?

If you have a generic question about Stage 32 education you can take a look at our frequently asked questions section on our help page, or feel free to contact support with any other inquiries you might have.

Other education that may be of interest to you:

How to Write a Flawless Horror Script - 4 Part Class

Learn how to write a great horror script or improve one you've already written with the support and guidance of horror expert David Ian McKendry who's worked with Blumhouse, Universal, Fangoria and More!   From classics like PSYCHO and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, to newer and highly acclaimed films like A QUIET PLACE, GET OUT, and SMILE, there is a worldwide audience that loves a good scare! Horror is consistently one of the most popular and sellable genres. This is an exciting space to be in for a writer, because there are endless possibilities for storytelling and production. Yet not just any horror script is going to find success. Writing a great horror screenplay is surprisingly hard and requires the writer have a handle on many important elements. David Ian McKendry is a professional screenwriter and filmmaker who has worked for Blumhouse, Universal, Lifetime Networks, and The Hallmark Channel as well as numerous independent production companies. He began working in the entertainment industry for Fangoria Entertainment before later putting together his own horror films, including the recent ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, starring Constance Wu (CRAZY RICH ASIANS). He also produced the Nerdist's BLOOD AND GUTS with Scott Ian.  Through his vast experience in the industry as well as writing, producing and directing horror films, David has a keen sense of what makes a script successful in the horror genre and will be sharing what he knows exclusively with the Stage 32 community. David is going to take you through the elements of any good horror screenplay and walk you through how to improve your own by focusing on characters, setting, and each act. In this 4 session on-demand class you will: Learn all about story and building your iconic protagonist and villain. Learn to build a strong foundation in Act One and hook audiences in within the first few minutes. Learn Act Two and building out the story and your protagonist’s journey. Learn how to keep audiences guessing at your ending throughout Act Three and write mind-blowing endings. At the end of this class, you’ll be able to deliver a fresh scare with unforgettable characters.   Case Studies for This Class Include: HELLRAISER AMERICAN PSYCHO BLACK SWAN JENNIFER'S BODY SCREAM   Praise for David's Previous Stage 32 Webinar "Excellent presentation, easy to follow examples, real advice, and I felt hope after listening and participating." -John M. "Such a fantastic deconstruction of the way to construct a horror story." -Shrader T. "David was really great and well-versed. He confirmed I was on the right path for some of my storytelling methods and I became aware of areas I need to work on." -John R. "David was extremely knowledgeable, well prepared, articulate and enthusiastic. His answered during the Q&A were honest and not sugar-coated yet supportive." -Margaret M.

Voicing Commercials - Part 2

Your host David H. Lawrence XVII received an overwhelming 100% satisfaction rate from Voicing Commercials - Part 1 and we are thrilled to have him back exclusively for Stage 32 to continue your education with Voicing Commercials - Part 2! Learn directly from David H. Lawrence XVII, VO and screen actor with over 50 film and TV credits, including Heroes, Lost, CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Men In Black III, Iron Man and more! "He certainly knows the business very well, I likes the way he breaks things down , it makes it easy to remember and therefore to apply to our work". - Nicolette M. "This was such an awesome webinar, especially for the price point - I learned a lot that I can take directly to my next auditions." - Stephanie M."Excellent info! Very clearly presented!" - Brad V. "This is information I am in need of and believe it or not, it's not taught by all coaches I have met. Please do more!" - Steve L. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will continue your education on the most common category of voice over auditions and performance: radio and TV (and now web!) commercial copy. Using what you learned in Voicing Commercials - Part 1 about auditions, equipment and slating, you will dive into the structure of copy, looking at lists, setups, payoffs, dialogue reads, and endings. This webinar will round out your education on how to connect with a listening and viewing audience on a visceral level, taking your execution of commercial VO to a deeper and more satisfying level! You Will Leave This Webinar Knowing: How to keep your sentences tightly woven. How to perform excellent dialogue and couple reads. What are voicing lists and how to use them? Setups and payoffs in commercial VO. When to start acting and when to stop. Endings - conclusions, questions and wistfulness Plus much, much more!  After a 30 year career in radio, your host David H. Lawrence XVII moved to television, and has been seen (and heard) on ABC's epic series Lost, CBS' legendary CSI, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist and military thriller The Unit, NBC's spy comedy Chuck, Good Luck Charlie and ANT Farm on Disney, Bella and the Bulldogs on Nickelodeon, Touch and The Finder on FOX, and is best known as the creepy evil puppet master Eric Doyle on NBC's smash hit Heroes. His film career includes on-camera and VO work on Men in Black III, Pizza Man, The Changeling, The Hulk, Iron Man, Percy Jackson, Unstoppable, Too Big to Fail, A Special Relationship and countless others. Lawrence has also voiced over 100 audiobooks. He is one of the top VO actors and instructors in the business, and we are thrilled to have him back to teach with Stage 32! PRAISE FOR DAVID'S TEACHINGS: "He certainly knows the business very well, I likes the way he breaks things down , it makes it easy to remember and therefore to apply to our work". - Nicolette M. "This was such an awesome webinar, especially for the price point (very affordable) - I learned a lot that I can take directly to my next auditions." - Stephanie M."Excellent info! Very clearly presented!" - Brad V. "This is information I am in need of and believe it or not, it's not taught by all coaches I have met. Please do more!" - Steve L. "Nice job. Easy to follow. Great anecdotal explanations. Arthur Godfrey, indeed!" - Ryan C.

Introduction to Film Directing: Pre-Production, Physical Production and Post-Production

So you want to direct. You've been bitten by the filmmaking bug and now all you can think about is making a film. You've got a script (or the concept for one) and have envisioned exactly how you want to see it on the screen. And, now more than ever, with equipment more accessible, the costs of shooting affordable, the barrier of entry lower than it's every been, and the options for distribution growing seemingly by the minute,  you know the path from script to screen has never been more viable. We get it. As a director you are the lynchpin of a production and the commander of a creative army in service of your vision. But, in order to truly realize that vision, you have to know everything there is about development, pre-production, physical production, and post production. Even though you can clearly see the film in your mind that's only a small part of the process of being a director. It takes hard work, discipline, and wearing many hats to be able to execute every aspect of developing and filming a movie - and to do it in a way that holds the entire production together. What you do (or don't do) in pre-production will set the tone for the entire shoot, good or bad. How you command the set on the first day will determine whether your cast and crew put forth their best effort or zone out. You have to be cognizant of shooting time/days, your budget, and assuring that your are delivering on every promise. But you're not done when you shout "That's a wrap!" There's still more to do when you get to post-production, working hand in hand with your editor, colorist, sound designer and more. It sounds overwhelming, but we're here to tell you it's not only a manageable environment, but one you can thrive in. Stacia Crawford started as an actress, but had the overwhelming desire to manage and film projects. So, she moved into producing and directing. Last year alone, she had two feature films that premiered on Netflix and Lifetime. With the success of those films, she has been hired to direct two more features this year. Stacia has worked with NBC, The History Channel, A&E, AMC, Spike and more, and has used her experience to make sure she runs a tight and efficient set. She's a pro at managing a project from the script phase through seeing her work on screen and beyond. Stacia will guide you through the entire directing process so you can understand what your responsibilities will be through pre-production, physical production and post-production. She will help you understand what to look for in your contract before you even get hired. She will teach you best casting strategies, how to find and enlist the help of your creative departments, and how to choose the right DP and AD (beyond important!) You'll also learn how to prepare your shot list and how to confidently run your set by learning how to work with actors, producers and your crew and keep them all happy. She'll teach you about your dailies and picking up scenes if the schedule shifts. Finally, she'll take you through post-production and how to work seamlessly and diplomatically with your editor, composer and your color and audio team.    You'll be well-armed with all the pertinent and vital information you need to manage every aspect of being a film director. Stacia will remove your anxiety and fears by giving you the tools to succeed, thrive and have your cast and crew looking to work with you again and again. PRAISE FOR STACIA'S TEACHINGS: "If you are thinking of going into the industry it was amazing, hit all the points, and she went above and beyond when she expanded on a lot of her points...like making sure you get your insert shots (which I've been a victim of.). Overall she was great, clear and to the point." - Ryan H. I'm a screenwriter and always wanted to direct, but found the idea of it daunting. Stacia not only lifted my fears, but gave me so many "I can do that!" moments that I'm already kicking myself for not doing it sooner. She's a marvel. - Monica R.

How You Can Become A Development Executive In Entertainment

How you can land the coveted role of Development Executive at a streamer, studio or network from an executive who's worked with HBO, Paramount, Hallmark, and more! PLUS! You'll receive exclusive handouts to help you get ahead in your job search.    Who picks what scripts get produced and become your favorite films and television shows? This role belongs to the Development Executive. The best development executives know how to spot a great script or book that can become a successful film or TV show. They nurture relationships with top talent. They shepherd projects from inception through development and into production managing the creative process while keeping the business side on track. It's all about finding and connecting the right people and helping mold a great script and package that companies want to make and audiences want to see. In this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar, you’ll see exactly what being a development executive is all about and how you can land this creative and often lucrative position through both traditional and non-traditional routes. This webinar will flatten your learning curve and get you closer to stepping onto the development executive ladder. You’ll cover everything from how to find scripts to giving notes to landing the development jobs themselves.  Your host, Kelly Edwards, is a former HBO executive who teaches a top-tier leadership program for creative executives, and now she’s sharing her fantastic insight on how to be a development executive with you.  Kelly has worked with every major studio and her new book, THE EXECUTIVE CHAIR: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO TV SERIES DEVELOPMENT is a bestseller available in stores and online. She’s also responsible for the success of LIVING SINGLE, GIRLFRIENDS, CLUELESS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, and a host of other television series. In addition to Kelly’s incredible knowledge, she’s providing you with sample coverage, a list of ways to get your foot in the door, a sample resume, and more. When you’ve finished your webinar with Kelly, you’ll know what it takes to be a successful development executive and how people in the industry land these coveted positions. Put yourself ahead of the competition in your job hunt by snagging a spot with Kelly today. PRAISE FOR KELLY'S WORK AND EDUCATION: "Candid, witty, and extremely knowledgeable, she gets straight to the point which is so helpful for everyone - it’s a masters class on the business and TV in particular." -- Rona Edwards, writer/producer and author of l Liked It, Didn’t Love It (Screenplay Development from the Inside Out) "One word -- AMAZING! Kelly left our entire group feeling newly inspired not only about their writing but also about living their best selves. We will definitely be having her back!" -- Lynelle W. (TV writer, BLACK LIGHTNING, Z NATION, ARMY WIVES) "Kelly delivers an essential guide to necessary skills that every writer needs to successfully navigate the entertainment industry. She is a fantastic, knowledgeable presenter who will help you step up your career game." -- Katherine Craft, writer  

Independent Film Acquisitions - How to Get Your Film U.S. Theatrical Distribution

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.  

How to Bring Authenticity and a Unique Voice to Your Screenwriting - With 12 Script Downloads

Learn how to make your unique voice shine in your writing from a Creative and Production Executive at a top production company! We have found ourselves in an age of content overload. As audiences, everywhere we turn we are inundated with stories online, on screen, in podcasts and on the radio. And these are just the stories that make it to these platforms. Script readers and producers are going through much, much more, often reading hundreds of screenplays a month. And yet, with so much content out there, scripts still rise to the top. It’s not theme or content matter that achieves this; it’s authenticity. The industry is changing, but this simple truth never does. Executives, producers, studios, and audiences will always seek out authentic voices. The question, then, is what exactly is authenticity and how does it read on a page? Adding authenticity to your work is a lot harder than adding, say, character headings. It’s not a switch to turn on and it’s not something that can be easily engineered. Cultivating an authentic voice is a challenge every writer faces and takes years of honing your craft. However, there are things you can do right now to better zero in on your own voice and show it off to executives and other gatekeepers. Better understanding what authenticity looks like on a page, how executives identify it, and the steps writers with strong authentic voices take before approaching a script will give you the best possible chance of your project standing out, continuing into production and ultimately premiering to the masses. Sarah Cornelius serves as Creative and Production Executive at award-winning Whitewater Films, helmed by director-producer Rick Rosenthal (HALLOWEEN II, BAD BOYS, TRANSPARENT). This approach has resulted in Whitewater producing numerous notable films which have won Independent Spirit Awards, the Sundance Directing Award, a Primetime Emmy, as well as collecting nominations for an Oscar and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Whitewater has produced projects for Paramount Classics, Netflix, Showtime, IFC, Samual Goodwyn Films, The Orchard, CNN Films and more. Whitewater Films recently completed their feature STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN starring Billy Crystal & Ben Schwartz with first-time director Matt Ratner. Their film, THE LAST SHIFT premiered at Sundance 2020 with two time Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins. In addition they produced FIRST GIRL I LOVED (Sundance winner), HALFWAY THERE (Sundance Episodic Showcase winner) and SMALL ENGINE REPAIR (SXSW premiere). Sarah has been involved with development on each of Whitewater's projects and has the ability to communicate conceptual notes in a direct and effective manner. Sarah will use her extensive experience evaluating scripts and discovering talent to delve into what goes into finding your authentic voice and how to bring it into your script. She’ll begin by discussing the main questions you should ask yourself before writing a script, including how to prevent writer’s block, how to anchor your concept, and the three ‘whys’ you must address before getting started. Sarah will then approach the concept of authenticity from the point of view of an executive, and what specific things they look at to identify a writer’s voice. She’ll speak to format and clarity, imagery and action, dialogue, point of view, and creativity and risk-taking. Sarah will even teach you how to retain your authenticity past the writing phase. She’ll discuss how to ask for and incorporate feedback while still holding on to your voice and how to pitch what you wrote with authentic confidence. Finding your own authentic voice is never easy, but Sarah will give you the tools you need to better understand how to bring your voice forward and hone in on it with more confidence. Plus, you will receive 10 downloads of notable screenplays that exhibit an authentic voice (and 2 downloads of scripts without an authentic voice) that Sarah will use to  demonstrate how authenticity reads on the page: Jordan Peele's US CAPTAIN FANTASTIC THE SHAPE OF WATER PARASITE AMERICAN BEAUTY RESERVOIR DOGS WHIPLASH HARRIET TRAINSPOTTING APOCALYPSE NOW SHOWGIRLS CATWOMAN   Praise for Sarah's Stage 32 Webinar: "Sarah was incredible! Loved her teaching style and insight. Great webinar!" -David P. "Very informative, well worth it!" -Caroline B. "Great webinar - loved the use of scripts and clips. Wonderful speaker!" -Ron H. "Sarah Cornelius was wonderful. Time well spent today." -Brian B.  

register for stage 32 Register / Log In