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L.T. Verrastro is a seasoned entertainment industry development executive and producer. He has helped developed and produce films for Laurence Mark Productions (Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets, Julie & Julia) including The Greatest Showman, Flatliners, and Lady Chatterley's Lover. In television, he worked in production and in the writers rooms of series including Portlandia (IFC), Man Seeking Woman (FX), Moonbase 8 (Showtime), Made for Love (HBO Max), and Baskets (FX). As an executive producer, L.T. most recently co-created and developed an upcoming show for Disney Channel. In addition, he is pitching a new comedy series with the producers of Ginny & Georgia (Netflix). He has optioned a feature script to Star Thrower Entertainment (King Richard, The Post) and developed it with Oscar-winning director Ed Berger, and he has written a puppet-based holiday movie for the Jim Henson Company and Universal. L.T. has also worked as a staff writer on HBO Max's reboot of Degrassi, as well as with writers like Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show), Patrick Somerville (Station 11, The Leftovers), Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale), Jonthan Krisel (Portlandia, The Kroll Show), Karen Kilgariff (My Favorite Murder, Ellen), Lara Azzopardi (The Bold Type, 9-1-1), and Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas (Raven's Home, Day of the Dead). L.T. began his career at ICM. He has also worked at CAA and in commercial production (including spots for Dr. Pepper, Fruit of the Loom, and Spotify). Full Bio »
We breakdown produced screenplays focusing on a different aspect of writing every webcast.
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"Thanks, L.T. for this fun and educational breakdown!" -Martha C.
"Thank you, L.T. This was really helpful. Interesting and informative. The comparisons were really fascinating." -Cecile G.
"Thank you L.T. - wonderful to share your real journey and writing to film." -Debbie J.
"This was fascinating, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us!" -Ingrid W.
We're kicking off the first Writers' Room of 2020 with a deep dive into antiheroes - one of the most difficult character types to write. During this supersized 90 minute webcast, Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch explores the complexities of characters from some of our favorite films and television series including Joker, Kill Bill, The Social Network, The Irishman, "Fleabag", "The Sopranos", "Sherlock" and more to find out what makes them tick...and why we love them. We discuss the how screenwriters craft compelling antiheroes and I will give you specific types of antiheroes to consider when writing as well as tips on how to write them!
We're back in the Writers Room for The Breakdown Webcast: Special Summer Series: Developing a Healthy Mindset for Screenwriters with Special Guest Jasmin Bristow, Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness Coaching. Join us as we finish our summer series with Dr. Debra Holland, Psychotherapist, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authorA writer’s life has its own special stresses, especially dealing with rejection, the criticism of our heartfelt work, and juggling a fluctuating (and often low) income. Dr. Debra will present strategies for boosting mental health and enhancing motivation. All are welcome!
We take a look at how writers put together montages to explain complex plots in V for Vendetta, makeover a character in Crazy, Stupid Love, bring levity and character to the dark comedy of Groundhog Day, make working out interesting in Rocky, drive home a theme in The Godfather, and tell us an entire, moving prequel in Up.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the The Breakdown Webcast: Breaking Down "The Queen's Gambit" Pilot Script. "The Queen's Gambit" was watched by a staggering 62 million households in the first 28 days of release and won 15 awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series. During the webcast we break down the first episode of the series using excerpts of the book and the teleplay, as well as clips from the episode. Download Episode One of "The Queen's Gambit" by clicking here. During the webcast we discuss: The introduction and setup of the main and secondary characters The structure of Episode 1 and why it works perfectly to establish the foundation for the series How tone and theme are captured in Episode 1 Why THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT may be based on a novel, but the structure can be applied to any fiction pilot How to apply these principles to your own writing
As we enter the final month of 2021, it seems appropriate that we breakdown the final of the three acts. The Third Act can make or break your story. During this webcast we will use clips and scripts from your favorites to uncover what makes a 3rd Act work.
Love is in the air in the Writers' Room! We are kicking off a brand new month this week with the Breakdown Webcast: Writing Romantic Comedies! Jason was speaking with a Senior Vice President of Development at an A-List production company who said, "Every studio executive is asking me for Rom Coms!" If you look at recent trends, it is clear they are on a come back. We will break down the beats of a Romantic Comedy so that you as a writer approach writing without falling into the trap of tired cliches. We will also explore how to take the storytelling conventions and turn them on their head. We will examine films and series including When Harry Met Sally, 500 Days of Summer, The Apartment, Knocked Up, What Women Want and more to find out what makes these projects work and how we can apply those same principles to our writing!