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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Special Guest Matt Ember - the Screenwriter behind GET SMART, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, and WAR WITH GRANDPA! Matt is a Screenwriter and Producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including "THE CONNERS" on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more. This was an amazing conversation with Matt bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Writers' Room! Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Special Guest Matt Ember - the Screenwriter behind GET SMART, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, and WAR WITH GRANDPA!
Matt is a Screenwriter and Producer who has worked on over 20 feature films and television shows including "THE CONNERS" on ABC, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA with Robert Deniro, GET SMART with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, FAILURE TO LAUNCH with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.
This was an amazing conversation with Matt bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Writers' Room!
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"Thank you, Matt, Jason, and Kay for a truly educational and interesting session. I really enjoyed it." -John
"Matt was a sweet guy. grateful for his time and to you all for making it happen" -Frank I.
During this Executive Hour we welcome special guest AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS filmmaker Doug Atchison! AKEELAH AND THE BEE was released by Lionsgate and starred Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. His script for AKEELAH has recently been adapted into a stage play which is being performed around the country. Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, which was produced by previous Writers' Room guest Amy Baer, released in August of 2019, and for which Doug won the 2019 Humanitas Prize. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, and Morgan Freeman.During this webcast Doug discusses writing AKEELAH, working as an independent writer/director, how he gets hired for screenwriting assignments, what most writers struggle with when writing a screenplay and how to approach writing a true story!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Mark Simon. You are going to learn about the producing and development process as a writer directly from someone who has pitched and sold more than 35 production deals from his original ideas - this is access and opportunity you will not get anywhere else! Mark Simon is a Producer, Director and Story Artist with over 35 years of experience and over 6,000 production credits. He's worked on such hit series as Stranger Things, Dexter, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, FBI, and The Walking Dead as well as over 60 feature films like The Waterboy and Father of the Bride. He's also pitched and sold more than 35 production and distribution deals for his original concepts, and worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, The Golf Channel, HSN and other networks pitching in-house productions. He has owned two animation studios and has produced animation of Disney’s iconic Tinker Bell. He also produced the animation for Fox’s film Tooth Fairy 2, starring Larry the Cable Guy and is the animation producer on Universal’s Little Rascals and How High 2 movies. Timmy’s Lessons In Nature, the animated shorts which Mark Simon developed, directed and produced, won Grand Prize in Nickelodeon’s first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival. He has won over 200 awards for projects he’s written and directed. Mark consulted with the Toon Boom software team which won the Prime Time Engineering Emmy for the Storyboard Pro software. He was also inducted into the DAVE SCHOOL (Digital Animation & Visual Effects School) Hall of Fame, where he is known as the “Godfather of Storyboarding” . Mark was also a 2nd unit director for Nickelodeon and on Steven Speilberg’s seaQuest DSV as well as working as a Special Effects Supervisor for NBC and Fox network shows.
We're excited to bring you another riveting Executive Hour with the Senior Vice President of Development at The Wolper Organization, Kevin Nicklaus! The Wolper Organization has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. which covers all divisions, including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. Kevin has been integral to the early development and sales of "BATES MOTEL" for A&E, the 2016 Emmy-nominated "ROOTS" for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. The Wolper Organization has been responsible for over 500 films, which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabody’s. During the conversation we discussed developing "BATES MOTEL", how Kevin finds new material, what writers can be doing to break out in this market, and much more!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Daisy Hamilton Risher! Daisy Hamilton Risher is the SVP of Acquisitions for TriCoast Worldwide where she has acquired over 100 packages and titles. TriCoast is run by Strathford Hamilton and is a full service media company committed to acquire, develop, produce, market and distribute audio-visual content. Hamilton also founded Rock Salt Releasing as a boutique production company and US distribution outfit. Rock Salt Releasing follows a 50/50 gender parity on all the films it invests in, acquires, or distributes. Daisy co-founded a new AVOD platform called Dark Matter TV, focusing on curating libraries of sci-fi and elevated genre films and series. She has acquired over 600 hours of content for Dark Matter TV, the app is available to download across all platforms in the USA. Daisy’s Producing & EP Credits Include: Vice:Versa Presents CHYNA, Ivan Sen’s LOVELAND with Hugo Weaving & Ryan Kwanten, HICKOK with Luke Hemsworth & Bruce Dern and SMITTY, with Mira Sorvino & Peter Fonda. PRAISE FOR DAISY'S LESSIONS: "Incredible! Thank you Daisy and Kay" -Lyndsay S. "Thank you very much for giving us your time!" -Stephen C. "Thank you Daisy and Kay. A most interesting morning." -Ingrid W. "Thanks for that answer Daisy! A great webinar and very encouraging" -Angela F.
Jason Mirch interviews Alexia Melocchi, a producer and film executive with more than more than 25 films and series credits to her name! With more than twenty years in the industry, Alexia has worked in nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry. Working at Little Studio Films since 2000, Alexia serves as Partner and Producer, involved in all aspects of company operations, including distribution and co-production deals, managing production activities, and film and television marketing. Little Studio Films, created by Alexia and Alexandra Yacovlef, is a multilingual boutique consulting, distribution and production company with an extensive background in all areas of the Entertainment Business. It provides services to a variety of clients including producers, production companies, authors, screenwriters, directors, international distributors and Wall Street Companies.During the webcast, Alexia and Jason discuss her career, the state of the global markets, what types of scripts writers should be in the current market, how to find a producer and if the "dollar option" is really a good idea.