Diego Cantu, Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter and Producer - With more than 17 years Entertainment and Marketing Experience, working with various Fortune 500 clients and Film and TV Studios, Diego made a name for himself in the cut-throat world of advertising, winning prestigious awards as Cannes, Clios and Emmy's. In 2005 he left the world of advertising and became the Head of Content and Marketing for Panamax Latin America where he developed and produced movies like LA MUJER DE ME HERMANO and SALVANDO AL SOLDADO PEREZ.In 2015 he partnered up with Alex García and together they created the TV Division for AG Studios, producing shows like SENOR AVILA for HBO Latin America and DIOS INC for Cinemax. In 2017 he joined Greg Grunberg (STAR WARS, HEROES) and Brad Savage (Universal Studios Vice President of Theatrical Creative) to create production company Bandwagon.Cantu is a member of the PGA Diversity Fellowship and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, his scripts have been showcased on the Blacklist and he has won numerous screenplay competitions including TIFF and Morbido Film Fest. David Zannoni, International Business Specialist, Fintage House David Zannoni is an international business specialist for Fintage House in the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America territories. Fintage House, the world's most respected company for revenue and rights protection for industry professionals and companies. David negotiates agreements for films and television series and is involved in business development and relationship management globally on hundreds of productions. David is continuously present to make deals and speak at international film markets, festivals and conferences, including: the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, the American Film Market (AFM), Ventana Sur, the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and travels regularly to the United States, the Netherlands, Europe, and all over Latin America. Guillermo Olivo, Director and Documentarian Guillermo Olivo is an accomplished, results driven, award-winning director with over 20 years of experience producing television specials for the biggest hispanic TV networks in the U.S. With an eye for original content, he has recently branched out into documentary filmmaking. Currently Emmy award nominated, some of Guillermo's recent projects include the "Nuestra Navidad" Musical TV special at Rockefeller Center, 'Plastic Crack' - a documentary series on Amazon Video about what triggers adults to become toy collectors, and Take A Ride: Miami Edition - a documentary which is slated for release in early 2022. With a proven track record in directing, film and TV broadcast productions, documentaries, live entertainment, broadcast operations, production management, promotional content development and execution. Full Bio »
For Hispanic Heritage Month (or Latinx Heritage Month), it's important to reflect on the contributions made by the Latinx community, consider the progress made and the work that still needs to be done to empower and raise up Latinx voices. This is especially true for the film and TV industry. Incredible work has been done in front of and behind the camera recently that showcases Latinx talent and culture, including films like COCO, ROMA and IN THE HEIGHTS and shows like VIDA, ON MY BLOCK, and more. And as the industry strives for more inclusiveness and equity, this is the time for more Latinx talent to share their voices and their stories around the world.
But more than just celebrating accomplishments, it's important we take stock of where we are today. To continue creating change in the industry, we must review what representation exists and what is lacking, what is being made and watched, both in America and in Spanish-speaking countries, and how Latinx creatives can best find their foot in the door.
Therefore, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, Stage 32 has partnered with some of the industry's top leaders from both the U.S. and Latin markets who are dedicated to elevating the voices of the next generation of Latinos in entertainment. Together, we will be hosting a FREE no-holds-barred panel and discussion where our experts will discuss trends in the Spanish-speaking market, opportunities for bilingual content, language barriers in the U.S. and how to overcome them, and how to shorten your path to success.
Plus we'll have an exclusive Q&A where YOU will have the opportunity to ask any questions you'd like.
We'll see you there!
Diego Cantu, Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter and Producer
Guillermo Olivo, Director and Documentarian
David Zannoni, International Business Specialist, Fintage House
Top Latinx Leaders in Film and TV
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The world of independent horror is like no other arena in the film industry. The appetite for new horror films is strong, consistent, and seemingly endless, as always-hungry audiences continue to seek out new titles. As a result, hundreds of horror films are made each year and the market itself is incredibly profitable. Yet in such a saturated market and with such a volume of horror films being released, it can be very hard to stand out. After all, out of hundreds of horror films, there are always only a couple BABADOOKs or GREEN ROOMs that have real staying power. A lot of people are able to work in the horror space, but staying in and thriving can be a lot more difficult. The challenge lies in figuring out what you can do to make your project and your work stand out. The independent horror film industry can be a difficult world to navigate, fraught with unique challenges and hurdles. Rules and trends that apply to the film industry on a larger scale can often differ when zoomed into just horror. It’s important, then, for filmmakers interested in the independent horror space to understand this market specifically and better operate within it. How do you get meetings, get your work read, create a name for yourself, and get attention? How can you create projects and own your craft to continue to work within the constantly changing space of horror cinema? The horror world does have plenty of obstacles, but there are many steps you can take at any level of your career to get ahead of the curve. Rebekah McKendry was the Editor-in-Chief for Blumhouse Productions as well as the Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment. She is also currently a co-host of Blumhouse’s award-winning Shock Waves Podcast (along with Ryan Turek, Blumhouse's VP of Development) and host of Fangoria’s Nightmare University Podcast. Rebekah now serves as a professor in the renowned University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts Department, specializing in directing and the horror genre. There are few people in the world who understand the world of horror filmmaking better than Rebekah, and she’s excited to share what she knows exclusively with the Stage 32 community. Rebekah will explore how to understand trends and tastes in horror, changes in distribution models and budgets, and how you can prepare for a long career. She will begin with a brief history of independent horror cinema, focusing on how horror tastes have evolved, how the genre has developed, what sort of trends have been created, how distribution models have changed, and social issues and problems that have come along with it. She’ll then delve into the current horror film market. She’ll outline the key players who are producing notable horror films and discuss the successful budget ranges that we are seeing right now. Rebekah will go over the production models that are being used in the horror space, including the conventional “studio” model, as well as the Blumhouse model. Next she’ll get into the microbudget film, what that looks like and what you have to maintain for it to work. Rebekah will then talk about distribution and how to navigate this part of the industry. She’ll teach you about the contemporary trends in horror films, outlining what’s popular and why, and what might be coming in the future. She’ll discuss the specific need and push for diverse voices within this genre and speak to the opportunity for social awareness in these films. Next Rebekah will teach you how to thrive in the horror industry as a filmmaker. She’ll go over how to craft a project, how to generate hype and get exposure for it, how to navigate conventions and festivals and what you can do to help get your script read. You will leave this webinar with a firm handle on this unique and tricky subsection of the film industry. Praise for Rebekah's Stage 32 Webinar: "This was awesome! Succinct but full of up-to-date information and very motivating. I love that she harped on "just make something!" So positive and supportive and I learned a lot!" -Allie R. "This was amazing! I was hesitant about spending $50 on this but it was worth every penny!" -Taylor D. "I thought Rebekah had by FAR the best webinar I have seen yet. She has such passion and coveys it- and she obviously has been in the industry and around it in so many ways her whole career - fantastic!" -Gail B. "This is exactly what I needed to see and hear, and Rebekah provided so much good information that I can apply to my projects." -Irene C.
Learn how to make your acting reel stand out so you book more jobs from Kym Jackson, an actress who has worked on THIS IS US, CRIMINAL MINDS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, S.W.A.T., SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson, FATAL AFFAIR on Netflix, and more! There are only 3 spots left to work one-on-one with Kym in this rare opportunity that guarantees you focused attention. ***Flexible Learning: if you cannot attend any of the sessions live don't worry - you will be sent the links to the recordings of each session within 48 hours of the live session and you will have direct access to Kym on email to ask her any questions so you can keep up at your own pace and schedule.*** Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details As an actor, your acting reel is one of the most important tools in your professional arsenal. Your reel is a short video that encapsulates your craft and career highlights and shows casting directors, directors, and producers who you are, what you can do and what you have done. While creating a well constructed acting reel might seem like a no brainer, there are several imperative elements to consider when making your acting reel. The length, order of scenes, music, and editing of your reel are crucial in helping you put your best foot forward to industry professionals so you can book the job. Oftentimes, casting directors and producers will turn your reel off after just a few seconds if they don’t like what they see, making it essential that you make a strong impression within the first few seconds of your acting reel. Simply put, your acting reel must look and feel professional if you want to be a working actor. In this exclusive Stage 32 2-part lab, you will not only learn how to build a professional acting reel that will get you noticed, but you will also receive personal guidance and feedback on your current acting reel from an acclaimed acting industry expert. If you don’t have an acting reel yet, that’s fine! You will receive the same personal guidance on how you can and should create your reel that highlights your specific and unique abilities as an actor. Taking you through the step-by-step process of building your professional acting reel is Kym Jackson, working actress and author of the book The Hollywood Survival Guide For Actors. Kym is best known for her on-camera work on the hit CBS series CRIMINAL MINDS and NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the ABC series S.W.A.T. and the movies SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson, FATAL AFFAIR on Netflix and countless other projects. Kym is also the founder of the Secret Actor Society. Over two interactive sessions, you will learn the fundamental tools to creating an outstanding acting reel and receive personal feedback on your own acting reel. Kym will review your acting reel (or body of work if you don’t yet have a reel) and will take you through a scene-by-scene analysis of how you can improve or build your reel. You’ll walk away from the two interactive sessions completely familiar with professional acting reel structure and the difference between an average reel and a strong, memorable reel that has an impact on the viewer. You’ll be able to see what is missing from those average reels and what to alter to improve yours. To guarantee all students receive ample one-on-one time with Kym, this course has limited enrollment and there are ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT. This is a rare opportunity to work with Kym on your reel and once spots are filled, they are gone for good! Kym has experienced firsthand the power and impact of an effectively crafted acting reel and she will be working with you to supercharge this most important marketing material that you have as an actor to make sure you and your work get noticed. PLUS! You will receive exclusive handouts to help fine tune your acting reel. Downloads include: Link to strong examples of both working actor and new actor reels List of US acting reel editors List of US acting reel taping companies Fundamentals of an Acting Reel Whether you’re a working actor with an existing acting reel that you are looking to level up or just starting your acting journey and need to build your first reel, this lab is the perfect opportunity to work directly with an industry pro to elevate one of your most valuable resources as an actor! "Stage 32 is the leader in entertainment industry education and I am honored they invited me to join their team of expert instructors. The next Meryl Streep or Robin Williams is out there just beginning their career and I love the idea that I might have the privilege of helping them along their journey!" - Kym Jackson
Bonus! You will receive a download of the TOY STORY script, written by your host, Alec! The biggest global streaming services and movie studios are actively looking for family-friendly blockbusters to fill out their upcoming slates. Why? Because G and PG-rated projects are among some of the highest-grossing films in theaters and these films attract this profitable family demographic to their streaming services. So what are the key points a writer needs to know to craft a blockbuster family film? In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, acclaimed screenwriter and Academy Award-nominee for TOY STORY, Alec Sokolow, will give writers and filmmakers an overview of what a family-friendly blockbuster script needs to sell. Using his screenplay for the first TOY STORY movie as a hands-on guide, Alec will walk attendees through the writing process with a look at the project’s background, plot points, character development, and tone. Next, he’ll delve into what choices he made when writing the original film and most importantly why these creative decisions were made. Writing a family-friendly blockbuster with global appeal is more difficult than it seems but Alec will break down the structure and setting to help any writer feel more confident working in this extremely popular genre. A writer must be able to create imaginative, relatable, and specific characters set in a vibrant world but now, more than ever, must make their scripts feel universal with a global appeal. Writers often get caught up in thinking about the success of their script or of their big plot idea but they really need to focus on the dynamics and success of their characters. Everything is character-driven. If you get the characters and their dynamics right then all of the action falls into place and the characters, themselves, drive the plot. Once you have that concept mastered, your scripts will all feel bigger and more universal, leading to the success you want.
Learn directly from leading creative executive at Mandalay Pictures, Patrick Raymond! Every screenwriter has a goal they set out to accomplish. The mark of a great screenplay usually depends on whether or not this goal was achieved. Aside from being a visually arresting film, 'Ex Machina' stands apart as one of the great recent screenplays and finds its success in bringing forth engaging ideas, strong characterization and lofty goals. What is it about this intriguing and unsettling piece that resonates with audiences across the globe? What makes this ambitious screenplay cinematic as opposed to something we can watch on television or other formats? We are going to dig deep into the pages to identify the mechanisms and components that are utilized by Writer/Director Alex Garland the really bring the pages to life. I'm excited to take this journey with you and look forward to our discussion.
AN IN-DEPTH THREE-PART CLASS (OVER 6 HOURS OF EDUCATION)! The detailed steps you need to get your project made - taught by a producer with over 70 projects produced. As a producer, it’s your job to get a film up and running and to put the pieces in place so cameras can start shooting and something fantastic can actually get made. You might already have a great script that you feel is ready to shoot, but especially for newer filmmakers and producers, the next steps you need to take can feel uncertain. Where are you going to get the money, and how much money do you actually need? Who’s going to direct, who’s going to star, and how can you get each player on board? What materials do you need to prepare ahead of time, and how can you use the connections you have (or make new connections you need) to get what you need going? The path from script to production can feel big, vague, and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it, especially with the right guidance and understanding. Michael Wormser is featured as a "Go-To Producer" by Produced By Magazine and has produced features for Legendary, Lakeshore Entertainment, Netflix, and IFC Films, as well as series for Fox Television Studios, Hulu, FreeForm, Netflix, and 20th Century Digital. Michael’s long, long list of completed projects attests to his honed ability to get projects off the ground, an important talent for any producer and one he is excited to share with the Stage 32 community. In this three-part on-demand class, Michael offers you a comprehensive and intensely helpful guide to the steps you need to take to actually get your project made by using your connections, finding the money, building your team, and closing the deals. He will focus on the steps you should take before “going out” with your script, including beta-testing your script, putting together your materials like lookbooks, budgets, and shooting schedules, and how to package your project. Then Michael will lay out how to actually “go out” with your project, including how to pitch, how to build your network, and how to actually close the deal. PRAISE FROM MICHAEL'S TEACHINGS AT STAGE 32: No matter how experienced you are, getting your passion project made is within your reach. Whether you’re a brand new producer or someone with more experience looking for a refresher or new perspective, Michael will give you the tools you need.
Stage 32 is dedicated to diversity and toward seeing that the imbalance of female creatives finding work changes permanently. That is why we are proud to present our Women In The Room series and the first installment Breaking In As a TV Writer! You can join this live webinar for FREE! It continues to be Stage 32's mission to give you access to this incredible information and talent working in the industry. Hosted by the Script Coordinator for FOX's Shots Fired, Courtney Smith, Women In The Room - is designed to show you how to break in and get paid as a television writer. Joining Courtney will be Sonia Kharkar, Showrunner's Assistant of such acclaimed programs as FOX's The Mindy Project and NBC's The Blacklist, Nicole Ranadive, Staff Writer for TNT's The Librarians and Script Coordinator for FOX's Sleepy Hollow, Solange Morales, a Writer's Assistant on FOX's Shots Fired, and Nicole Brides Ockman, a Script Coordinator for FOX's Blindspot If you’re interested in taking the first step toward landing a job in a TV writer’s room these ladies will give you advice on breaking in, breaking story and navigating the politics and personalities. We’ll go over what to expect once you’re in an assistant or script coordinator role – the good, the bad and the sleepless – straight from the dynamic ladies who help keep the train on the tracks. Plus, we’ll open up the floor so you can ask questions during a Q&A session at the end. With more television being created just about everywhere, this is actionable information for everyone, no matter where you live in the world! Your accomplished instructors are: Sonia Kharkar - Showrunner's Assistant - FOX's The Mindy Project - NBC's The Blacklist Sonia began her career at WME and moved on to be a showrunner's assistant for ABC's The Blacklist and now is a showrunner's assistant for Mindy Kalig on The Mindy Project. Nicole Ranadive - Staff Writer - TNT's The Librarians, Script Coordinator - FOX's Sleepy Hollow Nicole has been active in the TV industry for years having worked in various writing positions on 24, Everybody Loves Raymond, Hawaii Five-O, Smallville and Dawson's Creek. Solange Morales - Writer's Assistant - FOX's Shots Fired Solange is currently a writer's assistant on FOX's Shots Fired. She started at Fox Searchlight Pictures as an assistant to screenwriters, producers and directors for the feature films Notorious and The Secret Life of Bees. Her next stop was the world of documentaries, casting her as associate producer of ESPN’s One Night in Vegas, a doc chronicling the parallel lives of undisputed heavyweight boxing champ, Mike Tyson and iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur. Melissa Brides Ockman - Script Coordinator - NBC's Blindspot Melissa is currently the Script Coordinator for NBC's Blindspot. From New York, Melissa graduated from City University of New York-Hunter College with a Bachelor's degree in Film, Cinema and Video Studies.