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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Steve Desmond! Steve Desmond is one of the screenwriters of the upcoming feature film, "A Knock at the Cabin," which comes to theaters this February from Universal Studios and director M. Night Shyamalan. He has a second feature film currently in production at Paramount, which will be released in theaters in 2024. His screenplays have been voted onto the prestigious industry Black List four times, including "The Saturday Night Ghost Club," which he is attached to direct with Brad Fuller ("A Quiet Place") producing. He sold his sci-fi adventure screenplay, "Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers," to Warner Bros in a bidding war, with Oscar-nominated producer Andrew Lazar attached. His short film, "Monsters," which he wrote and directed, has amassed over two million views online and screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide, winning 45 awards. Steve is represented by APA, Entertainment 360, and Ziffren-Brittenham LLP. Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Steve Desmond!
Steve Desmond is one of the screenwriters of the upcoming feature film, "A Knock at the Cabin," which comes to theaters this February from Universal Studios and director M. Night Shyamalan. He has a second feature film currently in production at Paramount, which will be released in theaters in 2024. His screenplays have been voted onto the prestigious industry Black List four times, including "The Saturday Night Ghost Club," which he is attached to direct with Brad Fuller ("A Quiet Place") producing.
He sold his sci-fi adventure screenplay, "Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers," to Warner Bros in a bidding war, with Oscar-nominated producer Andrew Lazar attached. His short film, "Monsters," which he wrote and directed, has amassed over two million views online and screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide, winning 45 awards. Steve is represented by APA, Entertainment 360, and Ziffren-Brittenham LLP.
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"Thanks so much, Steve! This was great. Really informative!" -Cecile
"Thank you, Steve. Your real life comments are very much appreciated." -Laurie W.
"Thanks Steve! Can’t wait to see the film!" -Laurie A.
We're back in the Writers' Room at 4pm (Pacific) for the Executive Hour Webcast with Paramount+ Creative Executive Aaron Kerman. Aaron is a Development Executive in the Originals Content Development division of the recently launched Paramount+. He has worked on series including THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, GUILTY PARTY, and WHY WOMEN KILL, among many others. Aaron has been at CBS Studios for the last three years. Prior to this, he was at WME for two years, working directly with the heads of TV and Talent. His is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Special Guest Casey Malone, Creative Executive behind FINCH, THE WITCHES, and PINOCCHIO! Casey was most recently the Creative Executive at ImageMovers the production company of feature film Writer/Director/Producer Robert Zemeckis. Most recently she's worked on FINCH with Tom Hanks for Amblin Partners, Warner Bros.'s THE WITCHES, NBC 's "MANIFEST", and Disney's live-action PINOCCHIO. She also has several original series and feature ideas in development. Casey meets with writers, directors, actors, producers, and is always searching for new and incredible stories to tell. And with a penchant for horror, she'll never say no to a good ghost story!Prior to working at ImageMovers, Casey worked in production and at CBS Television. She worked at "THE PRICE IS RIGHT" and then made the jump to scripted TV and film at ImageMovers. This was an amazing conversation with Casey sharing her wealth of knowledge!
We’re back in the Writers’ Room for the Executive Hour with special guest Krista Sipp, Manager and Producer at Heroes and Villains Entertainment! She is dedicated to finding unique voices focusing on diversity and inclusion. Prior to Heroes and Villains, Krista was with Circle of Confusion, New Wave Entertainment, and Authentic Talent & Literary Management and will share her background & experience, give advice, and answer YOUR questions!
During this Executive Hour Jason Mirch talks with Mike Disa, the director of the Netflix animated series, "Paradise PD" about his career, working directly for Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, finding a mentor, and how to get a job in a writers' room.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Emmy-nominated and PGA Award-winning Filmmaker and Producer, Rick Rosenthal of Whitewater Films. Best known for helming the hard-hitting drama BAD BOYS, which helped establish Sean Penn’s career, Rick has directed the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Busta Rhymes. Along with his credits directing films, Rick has also worked extensively in television. He directed ABC’s ground-breaking pilot LIFE GOES ON, was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada award for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and served as a Supervising Producer on Amazon’s Emmy-winning series TRANSPARENT for the first three seasons. Whitewater recently premiered their feature Thriller THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR. Their film, THE LAST SHIFT premiered at Sundance 2020 with two time Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins. In 2019, they released STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN starring Billy Crystal & Ben Schwartz with first-time director Matt Ratner. During the webcast, Rick talks about his background in visual storytelling, the inside story of a fix he made in the editing room of his latest film, producing "TRANSPARENT" for Amazon, what the acronyms JKS and NATO mean for him, and a lot more!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Alec Sokolow Alec Sokolow is an Oscar nominated screenwriter, storyteller and character creator who specializes in global branding and franchise creation. Alec regularly works as a screenwriter for all the major studios and various global independent producers. His feature film credits include "Toy Story", "Cheaper By the Dozen", "Garfield", "Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties", "Money Talks", "Evan Almighty", "Goodbye Lover" and "Daddy Day Camp." Alec has also written the meta video game storyline and user interface for Activision's billion dollar franchise "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure" and "Skylanders: Giants" Alec’s character creation and naming includes Buzz Lightyear (and his catch phrase “To Infinity & Beyond”) and Woody. He has also produced feature documentaries, directed animation shorts and written children's books. Alec’s storytelling has created global receipts of over 2 Billion Dollars. He is also currently an adjunct professor at NYU teaching screenwriting. PRAISE FOR ALEX'S LESSIONS: "Thank you for your time today, Alec, your advice was phenomenal!" -Caitlin Cahill "Thank you, Sam and Stage 32, and most of all, Alec, for your writing wisdom." -Tony E. "Thank you Alec, Sam and Stage 32. Fantastic discussions, today. Thank you for sharing your story and journey." -Lyndsay Sinclair "Thanks, Alec! This webinar was EPIC!!!!!" -Bill B.