Stage 32’s Women In The Room - Breaking In As TV Writer!

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Courtney Smith

Webinar hosted by: Courtney Smith

Script Coordinator, FOX's SHOTS FIRED

Your Moderator, Courtney A. Smith has recently completed work as a script coordinator on FOX’s upcoming limited series SHOTS FIRED under Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood. She was a staff member on Baz Lurhman and Shawn Ryan’s THE GET DOWN for Netflix. She spent four years as a Sony term deal assistant for Patrick Massett & John Zinman, who she met while working on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. She has worked in both television and feature films and had her work under contract with IM Global and Sony International. Courtney’s television pilot, HIGHER, was recognized by the Austin Film Festival in 2015. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is originally from Northern Virginia. Full Bio »

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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. 

 

 

 

What You'll Learn

Here’s what you can expect to learn from this talented panel of ladies:

- Specific examples and resources you can use to break in.

- How to write something to get you noticed

- Why breaking in as an assistant is a great way to get started.

- Pitfalls to avoid in the interview and on the job.

- What you don’t know (and no one ever tells you) before you start.

- How to handle the inevitable politics that can take over a writer's room

- What to expect on a typical day

- How to get your ideas heard.

- How to stay the course and get yourself in a position to run your own show

Plus - - Each panelist will provide 2 resources – A book or website that will benefit your career. A conference or festival to make the most of your networking.

About Your Instructor

Your Moderator, Courtney A. Smith has recently completed work as a script coordinator on FOX’s upcoming limited series SHOTS FIRED under Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood. She was a staff member on Baz Lurhman and Shawn Ryan’s THE GET DOWN for Netflix. She spent four years as a Sony term deal assistant for Patrick Massett & John Zinman, who she met while working on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. She has worked in both television and feature films and had her work under contract with IM Global and Sony International. Courtney’s television pilot, HIGHER, was recognized by the Austin Film Festival in 2015. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is originally from Northern Virginia.

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