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. Ms Harris 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. In addition to her duties at Good Deed, Ms Harris has spent time teaching at UCLA Extension, and maintains an active speaking and guest lecturing schedule, having participated in panels, mentorship programs and events at SXSW, Cannes, and LAFF. Ms Harris is an alumna of UCLA where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature Full Bio »
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.
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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 on-demand webinar, 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.
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 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 on-demand 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.
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.
CCO Bradley Gallo and Story Editor Nat Topping from Amasia Entertainment join our Panel as we listen and read your pitches live to help educate the Writers' Room screenwriters on what is and isn't working in their pitch.
Top Gun: Maverick smashed box office records and received 6 Oscar nominations included Best Picture of the Year! Now, exclusively for Stage 32, Skydance Media executive Aimee Rivera and Aimee in here to teach you how to develop a blockbuster movie of your own. Aimee, the Vice President of Motion Picture Production for Skydance (which produced Top Gun: Maverick, and which Aimee was instrumental in developing) will walk you through what it takes to have a successful blockbuster. Skydance is known for its big stories in film and television having recently released THE ADAM PROJECT on Netflix, THE TOMORROW WAR on Prime, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and the 10-time Oscar-nominated, TRUE GRIT.Big blockbusters have always been a fabric of the creative community. Now with more movies being made in the history of cinema, buyers are looking for that next huge splash to hit the big screen. Do you have big ideas in your head? An outline of big action set pieces that captivate a global audience? Look no further, because we're going to teach you how to get it on the page, and what buyers look for when considering movies like this. Only through Stage 32 - the global leader in entertainment industry education - can we get you this close to the executives that make the movies we love and the thought process to how and why they develop them. Don't miss out on this chance to learn from one of the top executives working in the film industry today whose latest blockbuster garnered 6 Oscar nominations!