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A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee Stobby is a literary manager and producer who has learned from some of Hollywood’s greatest minds at Misher Films, Double Feature Films, Industry Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Caliber Media; the lattermost is where he began representing literary clients in 2011. A champion of strong, independent voices and quality cinema, Lee just started his own shingle, Lee Stobby Entertainment, and his clients include: Lindsay Stidham who wrote Sundance hits Douchbag and Spooner; Kate Trefry whose script Pure O made The Black List 2013; Greg Sullivan whose script Erin’s Voice made The Black List 2014; Isaac Adamson who is the author of Tokyo Scukerpunch and other books in the Billy Chaka series published by HarperCollins; and Rodney Ascher whose documentary Room 237 was the talk of Sundance and Cannes and his second feature, The Nightmare, just premiered at Sundance 2015. Full Bio »
Stage 32 is here to give you an honest, no B.S. look at how managers actually approach signing writers, straight from the mouth of a respected Hollywood manager himself. If you’re looking for a sugarcoated opinion on why you haven’t been signed yet, this webinar isn’t for you, but if you’re serious about wanting to take your career to the next level and can handle the blunt and honest truth, buckle up and get ready to learn!
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Lee Stobby will provide insight into how he as a manager looks for material and clients. He will discuss the most common turn offs and red flags that kill his interest, even if he liked your script or writing (such as not in LA, “bad” personality, not having a script that is ready to go, or soft concepts). He will then go over ways to overcome these things and accent your strengths. You will learn what types of scripts play best on script hosting websites, how to utilize coverage services, how to get executives to read your script and subsequently refer to reps, how to write scripts that get attention in contests, other ways to get attention on your script, and why being in the relentless search of representation may not be the best use of your time. You will leave with a clear understanding of the mistakes you’ve been unknowingly making and directions on how to avoid continuing to make them, giving yourself a better chance of finally getting signed!
Your host Lee Stobby has learned from some of Hollywood’s greatest minds at Misher Films, Double Feature Films, Industry Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Caliber Media; the lattermost is where he began representing literary clients in 2011. Lee is a champion of strong, independent voices and has a knack for finding some of the most in-demand spec scripts on the market. Lee just started his own shingle, Lee Stobby Entertainment, where his clients include writers on films that have premiered at Sundance and Cannes, as well as a stable of multiple writers on the Black List. Lee knows what makes a great client / writer and is here exclusively for Stage 32 to partake some of his knowledge, energy and passion to help writers increase their chances of finally getting representation.
Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.
Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.
Q: What are the system requirements?
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.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and 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 rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!
“Excellent: great practical pointers on the re-write process and an honest, uncensored perspective on the industry. Thanks for a truly useful and insightful seminar!” – Terrance T.
“Being a new writer, it's so hard to find someone in the industry who is objective about the writing process…I learned a sheer ton [and] liked that you didn't sugarcoat things and spent the time expanding beyond just the rewriting process and what the expectations are of a new writer. It makes such a difference, and I had no idea about a majority of those things until I took your class! Thank you!” – Aarthi R.
“I think Lee's a great teacher. He touched on some important subjects, like what he looks for in a pitch and how to query. His managerial strength is in how he recognizes great scripts through outstanding characters and dialogue.” - Nicole E.
“Lee Stobby,: the BEST EVER…He was so generous with his comments…Thank you Stage 32 for introducing Lee to us. He was amaziing... Lee definitely knows what he's doing!” – Sylvia L.
4 part class taught by Lee Stobby, literary manager and founder of Lee Stobby Entertainment! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND! Executives are busy. On average, a production company will have 10-30 projects in various stages of development and production. That's why the first 10-15 pages of your script are the most crucial. They must grab the executives attention, or lose it forever... most won't read past page 15 if they aren't sold on the story. Most writers don't have the tools to strengthen their beginning, and their scripts wind up getting overlooked... don't let this happen to you! Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class: How to Hook the Executive in the First 15 Pages taught by Lee Stobby literary manager and founder of Lee Stobby Entertainment. This class will give you the much needed tools to craft a killer opening to keep the executive engaged and excited about your script! Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.Although Lee is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!
To see a video sample of the class, see below! 3 part class taught by Lee Stobby, Manager and Founder of Lee Stobby Management! One of the most challenging parts as a writer is getting your story, ideas and dialogue into a script that is a respectable length. When you're looking at a completed draft that is facing a rewrite, how do you know what to cut? Many times you may think nothing can go without killing the story, but keeping the length is not always a good thing. A development executive's job role varies day to day and with a constant barrage of responsibility, longer scripts usually end up drowning to the bottom of the "to-read" pile. The truth is that executives sometimes even ask how long a script is before committing to read it. As a writer you will lose the battle if turning a page ends up being a struggle for any industry professional. Which brings up the very important question: what can be cut without sacrificing the heart of the script? Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 3 part class: The Rewrite Process – What Do I Cut? taught by Lee Stobby, literary manager and founder of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.Although Lee is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!
We've brought in the Producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO show, "Ballers" to teach you how to master the art of your TV pitch. Who better to teach you than someone who's in the TV trenches every single day? Bret works alongside incredible talent such as Stephen Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Phillippe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. So, you have a great idea for a show, now what? How do you get it to the right people? What to do/how to present it to them? What most people don’t understand, is that once they’re in the door they need to think about the other side of the table. Who they’re pitching to, how many pitches that person reads/hears and how best to position themselves to stand out. Just the right amount. Busy producers and executives get pitched all the time. They can tell an experienced pitcher from a novice immediately. Whether oral, written or Skype, you basically have 30 seconds or the first paragraph to keep them interested. And for both, the format matters! Don’t let your great idea fall on deaf ears or eyes! If you’re a writer or someone who works with writers, you need to know how to orchestrate a good pitch.
Learn directly from Bellevue Literary Manager Jeff Portnoy, formerly from Heretic, CAA and Resolution! Jeff is a leading spec-script seller in the industry with recent press on Deadline here and here. Whether you’re behind the scenes as a writer, director or cinematographer, or in front of the camera as an actor, being great at what you do is only part of being successful. Knowing and honing your craft is only the FIRST step toward working in the industry or continuing to move into different disciplines in the industry. The second step is impressing managers, agents and executives in meetings, whether they are in person or (in today’s new technological world) online. So, what happens when you finally land that crucial meeting? The one that could take you to the next level? Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is excited to present General Meeting Etiquette (in person and online) presented by Jeff Portnoy, Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions. Jeff will discuss the dynamics of industry meetings and you will learn valuable tips that can help you stand out from the crowd. From simple things like understanding eye contact to more advanced things, such as some secret pitch tips for the room so you will feel more comfortable, he will discuss all aspects of a typical “meeting”. Jeff has worked with many writers over his career, but this webinar will be geared towards all crafts and apply to multiple disciplines.
Learn directly from Maren Olson, Producer of Short Term 12, who has represented domestic and/or worldwide distribution rights to over 70 finished films, including Academy Award winner The Secret in Their Eyes and festival favorites such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Natural Selection and Red Flag, and Sundance Audience Award winners This is Martin Bonner, Valley of Saints and Kinyarwanda! "Excellent - informative. Maren brought facts and experience to a very nuanced subject about "Film Festival Darlings - offering an extremely in-depth analysis to the elements of what a writer or producer should consider when moving forward in the Indie film world. My fav Stage 32 webinar so far. Thanks." - Robert G. "Fantastic seminar. Like a good filmmaker, you kept us engaged from opening to close. Thanks again!" - Bob B. "Maren had a lot of practical information and road trap warning for indies. I appreciated the components of a festival face, comps, and specific advice that is useful." - Betty S. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar you will learn what kind of independent film project goes on to become a “Festival Darling” and what you can do to better position your independent film for festival success, from script to screen. Host Maren Olson will deconstruct both the writing stage- from the major components of a festival-friendly story idea, to what to consider regarding location and characters, all the way to how to incorporate thinking about the budget when writing your script- as well as the production stage – from how to make sure your film gets properly considered by the right people, to which festivals you should submit to and when, all the way to the common ways festival friendly scripts turn into a film that no festival wants to play. Maren brings over a decade of experience attending and winning film festivals worldwide to change your perspective on what it really takes to create that festival-friendly script, and ultimately a successful independent film. Maren Olson works in the film finance division of CAA, and was formerly the President of Traction Media, where she was responsible for the creative development, packaging, production, financing and sale of independent films. Olson has represented domestic and/or worldwide distribution rights to over 70 finished films, including Academy Award winner The Secret in Their Eyes, festival favorites such as An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Natural Selection and Red Flag, and Sundance Audience Award winners This is Martin Bonner, Valley of Saints and Kinyarwanda. As a producer, she was responsible for critically lauded Short Term 12, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards. The film went on to win 34 other awards including the Gotham Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Editing. Her 2015 production, Ava’s Possessions, premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.
Most Execs will toss a script if they aren't hooked in the first 5 pages. We challenged you to create or polish a teaser or opening sequence that builds a world, characters, and plot that leave us begging to read more!