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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Netflix Script Analyst Michael Schulman! Michael Schulman is a Feature Story Analyst for Netflix as part of its Independent Original Film Division, and his job revolves around evaluating feature screenplay submissions and deciding which ones to pass up to the executives to consider. Prior to his role at Netflix, Michael spent nearly a decade in the story department at CAA where he found projects for CAA clients. Over his storied career, Michael also served as an agent at ICM’s Motion Picture Literary Department and held numerous studio creative executive positions at Orion, TriStar, and Disney where he worked to develop film and television projects with some of the top talent in the industry. Michael is very familiar with what it takes for a script to find its way to decisionmakers since this has been a key feature of his job for over a decade. This was a great conversation with Michael! Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Netflix Script Analyst Michael Schulman!
Michael Schulman is a Feature Story Analyst for Netflix as part of its Independent Original Film Division, and his job revolves around evaluating feature screenplay submissions and deciding which ones to pass up to the executives to consider.
Prior to his role at Netflix, Michael spent nearly a decade in the story department at CAA where he found projects for CAA clients.
Over his storied career, Michael also served as an agent at ICM’s Motion Picture Literary Department and held numerous studio creative executive positions at Orion, TriStar, and Disney where he worked to develop film and television projects with some of the top talent in the industry.
Michael is very familiar with what it takes for a script to find its way to decisionmakers since this has been a key feature of his job for over a decade.
This was a great conversation with Michael!
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"What a great session!" "Thank you Michael!" -Sarah B.
"Wow, this has been so interesting! Thank you, Michael!" -Monica M.
"Thank you so much Michael! Wonderful" -Becky B.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Aimee Rivera, VP of Motion Pictures Development at Skydance Media, which has released TOP GUN: MAVERICK, THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER, THE ADAM PROJECT, SNAKE EYES, THE TOMORROW WAR, 6 UNDERGROUND and many more.
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!
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.
In this Executive Hour we speak with screenwriter Lorien McKenna! Lorien is a former Pixar Story Manager who worked on such features as Oscar-winning UP, Oscar-winning BRAVE, Oscar-winning INSIDE OUT, and THE GOOD DINOSAUR. She also served as a producer for Paramount Animation where she oversaw development for WONDER PARK. Lorien, along with Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve, sold their romantic comedy anthology, THIS THING CALLED LOVE to Hulu with Dan Lin producing; as well as a half hour sitcom, POOG to NBC and WBTV. Lorien also wrote HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY, based on the book of the same name by Jesse Ball, for Straight Up Films. Previously, she served as the Co-EP for Hulu's CURIOUS GEORGE series, and has developed projects for Disney Jr., Funko, and Netflix. She is the co-host of the podcast The Screenwriting Life with fellow screenwriter Meg LeFauve. During the webcast, Lorien discusses her unusual career trajectory, working in the "Brain Turst" on Oscar-Winning animated films at Pixar, battling "Imposter Syndrome", tackling adaptations, writing for television vs. features, how hard it is to take notes even as an established writer, and much more!
This week, Jason speaks with producer Natalie Qasabian, who has forged a successful career producing independent films which have had tremendous commercial success! Natalie began her career producing three films for the indie film duo the Duplass Brothers, including Duck Butter directed by Miguel Arteta, Natalie went on to produce All About Nina starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common. Later, Natalie produced Searching, a thriller starring John Cho and Debra Messing which was acquired by Sony at Sundance in 2018 and went on to gross $75M at the box office! Currently she's producing Run, starring Sarah Paulson for Lionsgate as well as the sequel to Searching for Sony. Natalie talks about starting her career as a Line Producer and Production Manager, and how that allowed her to make independent films for a modest budget. Natalie shares her insights on the effectiveness of proof of concept videos, how first-time filmmakers can attract financing, and the inside story of how she sold Searching to Sony at Sundance!
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Eric Hsiao at Perfect Storm Entertainment, the production company behind such films and series as F9: The Fast Saga, Star Trek Beyond, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and HBO Max’s Warrior, where he has collaborated on the development of projects set up at studios including Universal, Paramount, Sony, Netflix, and Participant. Additionally, Eric oversees Perfect Storm's producing partnership with the Beijing-based film studio CMC Pictures (The Meg).