Stage 32 + Netflix Present: Television Pitch Workshop

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Christopher Mack

Webinar hosted by: Christopher Mack

Director, Creative Talent Investment & Development for Netflix International Originals. at Netflix

Christopher Mack is Director, Creative Talent Investment & Development for Netflix International Originals. He was previously Senior Vice President of Scripted Content for Stage 13, overseeing all of the brand’s original scripted series and development slates across multiple genres, including Emmy nominated Netflix series’ SPECIAL and IT'S BRUNO. Before Stage 13, Chris headed the Warner Bros. Workshop, the writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. Over a period of 10 years in this role, Chris curated a roster of close to 100 writers and 50 directors representing the breakthrough emerging voices working on high-profile television shows today. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris has covered hit shows such as TWO AND A HALF MEN and SMALLVILLE for the Current Programs department. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Chris spent seven years writing on various one-hour dramas including ER, THE PRACTICE and THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Chris got his start in television at NBC Studios as an associate and he quickly rose to becoming an executive. During his time at the newly created NBC Studios, he oversaw a varied list of shows including: THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and IN THE HOUSE, among others. Full Bio »

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Stage 32 + Netflix join forces to bring you an exclusive television pitch workshop

Learn best practices to make your pitch work and what your pitching document should look like

You do NOT want to miss this! 

 

 

For many, the holy grail of television has become Netflix. It’s a titan in the industry, and with over 200 million subscribers worldwide, no one can put out content quite like them. Just look at the recent hit show BRIDGERTON, which has already been seen by a massive 80 million households (!!) since its release. If you’re a writer or creator, getting your series onto Netflix’s platform can spell success in a big way. But first there’s the matter of getting your series in front of them and pitching it effectively.

It should be a comfort to know that you’re not the only one who wants your series on Netflix. Netflix wants that too! Netflix execs are constantly on the lookout for exciting new voices and new series to fill their slate. Yet it takes more than just a good series or a good pilot script to get on Netflix’s radar; you need to be able to communicate it well and pitch it in a way that will get their team excited. This certainly takes some work, but it’s absolutely achievable. If you’re interested in getting your show on Netflix, it’s time to learn directly from the source what it will take to make that happen.

In an effort to reach more writers and find more content, Netflix has joined forces with Stage 32 to present a FREE and invaluable workshop on what it is that they’re looking for in new shows and how you can best pitch your series to their executives. In Stage 32's continued effort to help level the playing field for content creators worldwide, we felt it's important that we help you get tools you need to be able to make sure that you can pitch effectively.

Kicking off the workshop will be Stage 32 CEO, Richard "RB" Botto (@rbwalksintoabar), and hosting this presentation will be Stage 32's Managing Director Amanda Toney with Netflix’s Director of Creative Talent Investment and Development for International Originals Christopher Mack. Christopher was previously Senior Vice President of Scripted Content for Stage 13, overseeing all of the brand’s original scripted series and development slates across multiple genres, including Emmy nominated Netflix series’ SPECIAL and IT'S BRUNO. Before Stage 13, Chris headed the Warner Bros. Workshop, the writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. Over a period of 10 years in this role, Chris curated a roster of close to 100 writers and 50 directors representing the breakthrough emerging voices working on high-profile television shows today. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris has covered hit shows such as TWO AND A HALF MEN and SMALLVILLE for the Current Programs department.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Chris spent seven years writing on various one-hour dramas including ER, THE PRACTICE and THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Chris got his start in television at NBC Studios as an associate and he quickly rose to becoming an executive. During his time at the newly created NBC Studios, he oversaw a varied list of shows including: THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and IN THE HOUSE, among others.

In this exclusive Stage 32 workshop, Christopher will delve into what exactly makes a television pitch work at Netflix. He’ll discuss the essentials you’ll need to catch Netflix’s eye and will zero in on how to write an effective pitch document. He’ll pose questions you be able to answer and communicate for your series and give you ideas on how best to communicate your show’s overview, world, tone, and characters. Christopher will then discuss how season summaries should be built and give you ideas on how to think about and present potential episodes. Finally, you will have the invaluable opportunity to ask Christopher your own questions. You will leave this presentation with the understanding of how to structure and present your series, not in theory, but directly from the source.

What You'll Learn

We will be referencing BREAKING BAD and UNORTHODOX, please familiarize yourself with these pilots and shows.

  • Introduction
  • Some Thoughts Before We Start
    • You will learn about:
      • What to Pitch
      • Netflix Essentials
      • How to write a pitch document
  • Brainstorming - What To Pitch
  • Netflix Essentials
    • Character Driven
    • Teasers
    • Narrative Drive
    • Cliffhangers
  • How To Write A Pitch Document
    • Story Questions
    • Overview
    • World
    • Tone
    • Character
    • Season Summaries
    • Potential Episodes
  • Story Questions
    • Who is the hero?
    • What do they want?
    • Why do they want it?
    • How do they get it?
    • What are the Central Conflicts?
    • What are the stakes?
    • What are the themes?
  • Overview
    • Synopsis
    • Why this series?
  • World
    • Where
    • When
    • Hero’s profession
  • Tone
    • What the audience will feel
    • Theme may drive the tone
    • Director’s vision
    • Movie, television and pictorial references
  • Character
    • Root-worthy Characters
      • Etsy Case Study (unorthodox)
    • Backstory
    • Traits
    • Arc
  • Season Summaries
    • Godfather Reference
    • 3 Act Story application to season
    • Story Circle Analysis - You, Need, Go, Struggle, Find, Suffer, Return, Change
      • Season analysis
      • Pilot analysis
  • Potential Episodes
    • What are the mini goals?
    • What are the barriers?
  • Summary
    • Story is about emotion
    • Make you characters suffer
  • Q&A with Christopher

About Your Instructor

Christopher Mack is Director, Creative Talent Investment & Development for Netflix International Originals.

He was previously Senior Vice President of Scripted Content for Stage 13, overseeing all of the brand’s original scripted series and development slates across multiple genres, including Emmy nominated Netflix series’ SPECIAL and IT'S BRUNO. Before Stage 13, Chris headed the Warner Bros. Workshop, the writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. Over a period of 10 years in this role, Chris curated a roster of close to 100 writers and 50 directors representing the breakthrough emerging voices working on high-profile television shows today. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris has covered hit shows such as TWO AND A HALF MEN and SMALLVILLE for the Current Programs department.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Chris spent seven years writing on various one-hour dramas including ER, THE PRACTICE and THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Chris got his start in television at NBC Studios as an associate and he quickly rose to becoming an executive. During his time at the newly created NBC Studios, he oversaw a varied list of shows including: THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR and IN THE HOUSE, among others.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • I am new to television and found this extremely interesting and inspiring.
  • Gotta go with five stars. There is a mountain of information here. I've watched the seminar, and now I'm going to watch it again and document the information. I will also annotate the narrative with my own analysis and comments. That will allow me to return to the information again and again, using it as a jumping-off point to further expand my education in this very complex field of endeavor.
  • You will certainly learn a great deal from this webinar. Christopher Mack knows his stuff.
  • A good presentation.-
  • it is a very interesting webinar and I would say essential for those who want to present, like me, projects to netflix.
  • Blake Ridder, E'mya Greene, Sonia Sawkar, Anthony Jones, Christian Verschaeren, Capriolo Maria Teresa, Archie Goldsmith, Linda Elsdon, Anne Alexander Sieder, Andres Granadino, Victoria U Bell, NaTasha Williams, , On the right side bar, under the green square written Already Purchased is a text, under this text is a 3 line option written in light grey. Click on Watch the webinar, it will take you there.
  • Does anyone have the link to the webinar ? I'm really interested in finding out what i may be missing before i present a pitch very soon.
  • This is could not be better! Thank you
  • Just incredible. I've searched for a long time to get this information and I have never found anything so concise, detailed and trustworthy. Absolutely Brilliant
  • This webinar was EXCELLENT. I didn't know what to expect at first, but as we dug in I just found that all of the information (and the way it was presented) to be profound. I also enjoyed the fact that we received some "insider tips" relevant to the Netflix platform, as well as any other platform or outlet. I also appreciated how long the exec stayed with us. I had to leave about 1.5 hours in, but I think it turned out to be a 3 hour long presentation. Wow! So happy I attended, even happier that I have it accessible for 1 year to reference at a later time. Invite him back!
  • Like many others, the session appears to be missing in action.
  • 5am Sunday morning
  • Christopher Mack changed my life with his section on themes. I admit to raising my hand when asked, "How many of you just sit down and write a story? My pitch and synopsis went from trash to treasure. Thank you.
  • One thing I have to say- an amazing webinar! Being an Industry veteran myself and educator here I would like to personally compliment @Stage32 and Christopher for giving it his all. One of the first things I learned when starting out was NEVER STOP LEARNING. It never ends, people. Even when you become successful at your craft that will be always someone who knows more, better, or has another angle. There are a purpose and reason for this awesome community of experts on this platform. I heard some new perspectives myself and got some valuable new hacks because my mind is always open to more knowledge. Make the most of it!
  • I signed up to watch the recording but dont know where to find it
  • Excellent!
  • So where is the webinar?
  • Wow, as I watch it over and break down everything as I'm redoing my show bible through this lesson. it was an amazing webinar. The question I have is IP stands for intellectual property?
  • IT WAS PHENOMENAL!!! Christopher Mack was excellent, and really answered every question I would have wanted to ask before I even knew I wanted to ask them. I learned loads! Thank you Stage32.
  • With numerous show ideas to be explored and developed, and new ones forming all the time, I've constantly felt lost on how to proceed at a certain point. Endless internet searches never lead me to the guidance I needed to take action on my ideas. That changed when I attended the Television Pitch Workshop by Christopher Mack. I learned how to properly do what I knew was needed and discovered numerous other processes and information necessary to effectively pitch a show. I have wanted to return to the entertainment industry for a while; now, I feel prepared to make that move thanks to this webinar.
  • Brilliant! Answered so many questions I had.
  • This was a fantastic Zoom webinar—extremely well organized and highly informative. Very impressed with how Stage32 handled this.
  • This was such a fantastic, clear description of how to devise, structure and pitch a show. Practical, insightful, invaulable - loved it. Thank you Chris and Stage 32!
  • This was a brilliant and inspiring webinar. Chris was engaging and insightful. Doesn't pull any punches.
  • Thank you for this very useful and amazing webinar.
  • Amazing tips!
  • Chris Mack is simply wonderful. The most powerful takeaway: "Tell me -- what's your story about without telling about plot." Some would call this theme.
  • I am anxious to learn more about how to pitch for Netflix. But I have not received the zoom invite.
  • Where do we receive the zoom link? I REALLY want to be apart of this! Thank you!
  • Hi, no Link yet. Hope all is well.
  • Hi I will have to catch-up on the replay as I never received the zoom link thank you Linda
  • No zoom link received... would love to see this seminar! @rbwalksintoabar
  • Este seminario es real? me inscribí con tiempo y hasta ahora no recibo ningún acceso a zoom, y la supuesta hora de inicio se nos muestra con un counter que tiene otra medida de tiempo distinta a la que conocemos.
  • Patiently waiting for the link :)) So excited for this webinar!! <3
  • I am so excited about this webinar. i have registered but haven't received the zoom invite. How do I get in to take advantage of this great information?
  • All set and ready to see where NetFlix is now with new content considerations. Thanks Richard for the invite.
  • Awesome... Already done it. Thanks to @Richard Botto who invited me...

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If you’re a writer, producer or other aspiring creative with hopes of one day actually getting behind the camera and directing your own project, taking the first step can be daunting. Where do you even start? And how can you be sure you know what you need to in order to take that plunge? Now you can under the guidance of Oscar-nominated director/producer Rick Rosenthal. Over the course of 9 weeks, Rick will guide you through actually prepping, shooting and editing your first project as a director in a supportive and encouraging environment - best of all? You can do all of this in the comfort of your own home. Even better? You don’t need any special equipment to participate. All you need is a cell phone that records video, a computer, and editing software that you will download for free. You will leave this lab with real world, valuable practice in putting a project together, and the knowledge and skills to direct the next project on your own. Rick Rosenthal is an Oscar and Emmy nominated director/producer and the CEO of Whitewater Films, which is known for many feature film hits that have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, and more. Through his film directing background, Rick has directed the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, John Lithgow, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Along with his credits directing films, Rick has also worked as a producer on Amazon’s Emmy-winning series TRANSPARENT for the first three seasons, along with directing and producing credits on countless other shows. When Rick launched Whitewater Films as a production company, he committed to helping up-and-coming filmmakers and offering them the advice and assistance he never had. Furthering his drive to give back and educate burgeoning filmmakers, Rick also served as the chair of the Directing Program at the American Film Institute. Through his decades-long career Rick has become well versed in diverse genres of filmmaking and has specialized in educating and empowering new voices, which he is bringing directly to the Stage 32 community. Through this lab, you will have the opportunity to prep, shoot, and edit two scenes from a script that Rick will provide you. You will learn camera placement, camera movement, blocking a scene, all from different points of view--single character, multiple character, and omniscient. Rick will bring in a special guest editor to teach you the basics of editing a scene through the free software DaVinci Resolve, which is quickly becoming an industry standard. Through Rick's mentorship, you will walk away confident to take these skills and apply them to your own directing project, whether that's a short film, feature film, or web series.   PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 students and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a practiced director and expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good. Payment plans are available - please contact Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information   WHAT TO EXPECT This lab is designed for writers, producers, or other aspiring creatives interested in becoming a director and looking for actionable skills, practice, and guidance to make this transition. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar. ***Only 10 Spots Available*** This class will consist of six weekly sessions. There will be an additional week where you will sign up for an extensive one-on-one mentoring session with Rick. In addition to the lessons where Rick teaches the class, you will have the opportunity to ask him questions during each session as well as multiple chances to speak with him directly about your specific project. Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process. To see the full directing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

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“Hey! You should be a voice actor!” Has anyone told you that you have a voice that would be perfect for commercials, animated films, or radio? With the new content explosion, especially in animation and documentary filmmaking, the need and market for voice over actors has never been higher. That also means the competition is more intense! So how do you stand out? Don't be intimidated. We've got you covered! Voice over is a fascinating and fun industry that gives you the flexibility to be your own boss and, thanks to the affordability of recording equipment, can allow you to work from home.  When you think “voice acting” you may think cartoons, commercials, or video games, and while that is part of the industry, there’s also documentaries, IVR (phone systems), corporate and medical training, e-learning, presentations, mobile games and apps, etc. What used to be a world closed to those who weren’t “in the know” has opened up to everyone who has the talent and drive to do it. But many people who think they have the talent feel that the path to getting started is too overwhelming. That's simply not the case. Tara Tyler has been working in the voice over industry for 10+ years and was the Head of Communications for one of the largest V.O. sites on the web. Exclusively for Stage 32, Tara will teach you everything you need to know to turn your fantastic voice into monetary success. From building an affordable home studio to finding and training your voice to making a demo to submitting your demo on and offline and much more, Tara will demystify the myths, tell you the real truths and get you up, running, and working in no time!   "I went from "this is impossible" to "I need to do this" in 90 minutes. I've already ordered some equipment and have begun training. I need more Tara in my life!" - Rashida H.

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