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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Talent Manager and Co-President of Fourth Wall Animation at Fourth Wall Management, Alison Mann. As an artist, Mann always knew she wanted to work in animation. She began her career at Nickelodeon as a finance department intern while attending Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating, she was offered the amazing opportunity to continue working with Nickelodeon/MTV as their recruiter/coordinator of talent relations. Through her 17 years in the industry, she gained experience in TV, film and gaming while working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive, Paramount Pictures Animation, and Illumination Entertainment. Full Bio »
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Talent Manager and Co-President of Fourth Wall Animation at Fourth Wall Management, Alison Mann.
As an artist, Mann always knew she wanted to work in animation. She began her career at Nickelodeon as a finance department intern while attending Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating, she was offered the amazing opportunity to continue working with Nickelodeon/MTV as their recruiter/coordinator of talent relations. Through her 17 years in the industry, she gained experience in TV, film and gaming while working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Zynga, Disney Interactive, Paramount Pictures Animation, and Illumination Entertainment.
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"Thanks Alison. Great information on animation." -MB Stevens
"Thank you Alison for an interesting and inspiring session." -Ingrid W.
"SO helpful! Thanks for your authenticity, Alison! It inspires me to be equally honest!" -Kay R.
Justine Wentzell, former lead of MarVista's Acquisitions & Co-Productions team, will discuss the current feature market, including alternative avenues like TV movies, plus a live Q&A!
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 David Brownfield. David Brownfield is currently an independent television producer, developing both hour and half-hour scripted series. He served as Senior Vice President of Current Programming at CBS Television for nine years. He was responsible for overseeing the creative development of over 20 scripted series per season, including CSI, NCIS, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother. In addition to supervising the creative process, David was intricately involved in all aspects of ongoing series, regularly interfacing with senior management for the network’s Scheduling, Marketing, Casting, Digital and Business Affairs departments. He then worked as an executive and producer at Dick Wolf Entertainment, the company behind the LAW AND ORDER, ONE CHICAGO AND FBI franchises. He led creative and production teams for 7 primetime series, while also working on development projects to grow the Wolf brand. Prior to joining Wolf, David was an executive and producer at Entertainment One Television (2016-2018). He oversaw creative and production on Current Series and had several hour and half-hour projects in development. David was also Executive Producer at Eleven Stitches Productions, CBS Television Studios. During this three year production deal, he developed and sold multiple dramas and comedies to broadcast, cable and streaming networks. Before joining CBS, David worked as a comedy writer on several series, including Boy Meets World and The Drew Carey Show.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Emmy-Nominated Producer Brad Carpenter. Brad Carpenter is an Emmy nominated producer who for over fifteen years has built a stalwart reputation as one of television’s most sought after and effective producers specializing in post-production. Brad has overseen a slew of massively successful series including HBO behemoths BOARDWALK EMPIRE and SEX AND THE CITY, Showtime’s hit NURSE JACKIE, USA Network’s critically acclaimed THE SINNER, FX’s Emmy-winning FOSSE/VERDON and most recently LITTLE VOICE for Apple TV with executive producers J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles. His latest project is JIGSAW for Netflix.
Jonathan is known as "Oleg," the hilarious sex-crazed Ukrainian cook, opposite Kat Dennings & Beth Behrs on the CBS hit comedy, "2 Broke Girls." He's been in a number of notable supporting roles, including CBS's "NCIS."
Art/Work Manager Spencer Robinson will discuss the differences between managers and agents, how to grab a manager's attention, working with a manager and what he currently is seeing in the industry.