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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.
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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.
In the first Executive Hour of 2021, we're bringing in Multi Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Shane Stanley! Shane has worked in almost every capacity on and off the set with hit shows like "SEINFELD" and producing films like Sony Pictures’ GRIDIRON GANG starring Dwayne Johnson. For three years, Shane was Vice President of Sheen/Michaels Ent. where he produced several motion pictures starring Marlon Brando, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Hayden Church, Donald Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, and John Travolta. During the webcast we discuss Shane's time working on - and getting fired from - "SEINFELD", producing for Dwayne Johnson, developing features with Charlie Sheen, and much more!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with David Woods! David Woods is a Producer/Director/Writer, who lives and works in New York. Currently David is Co-Producer on "The Bear", Producer on "American Sports Story: Gladiator", and developing projects as Independent Producer with an interest in helping to realize original, authentic, character-driven content that speaks to the challenges and the possibilities of our divided world. David has served as a Producer, working closely with the Showrunners to help bring to life over two hundred episodes of television across a wide range of storytelling worlds, including: the Emmy-nominated Comedy series "The Bear", the Emmy-nominated, Peabody and Golden Globe Award winning Drama series "The Americans", the Golden Globe-nominated and NAACP Image Award winning Comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris", the NAACP Image Award winning Drama series "P-Valley" as well as "Red Oaks", "Sweetbitter", "Genius: Aretha", "The Girlfriend Experience”, and "Up Here". He has also served as Post Production Supervisor on various projects, including Steven King’s Emmy Award-winning Mini-Series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" for TNT, "The Good Wife" for CBS, "Big Love" for HBO, and the Jon Reiss feature documentary BOMB IT, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He's worked with industry notables such as Ryan Murphy, Stuart Zicherman, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Christopher Storer, Joanna Calo, Steven Levenson, Thomas Kail, Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green and Josh Senior. As a Writer-Director, his short films, SECOND THOUGHTS and BIRTHMARK, have screened at many prominent film festivals, including Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Savannah Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, and Sapporo Short Fest as well as special program screenings at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and the Director’s Guild Theater in Los Angeles. He also produced the feature film, DEEP DARK, and short film, KITTY KITTY, for Writer-Director Michael Medaglia, which have screened at Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Waterfront Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, and the Dead by Dawn Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Jason & Jamie Neese - the Co-Executive Producers of the #1 Netflix Series, "THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY." Jason and Jamie will be here to talk about world-building, producing for Netflix, their rise in the industry and taking your questions LIVE! You don't want to miss this!
We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with Michael Besman. Michael Besman is a prolific executive and producer with decades of experience. He joined Roger Birnbaum’s company in 2019, where he recently produced Thug, starring Liam Neeson as well as set up a trio of horror films with 50 cent and Eli Roth. Besman began his entertainment career assisting director Michael Wadleigh on the horror film Wolfen, and then producer Aaron Russo on the Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places. He became a production executive at Paramount Pictures in 1983 where he worked on such films as Witness, Beverly Hills Cop, Summer School, Adventures in Babysitting and Star Trek 4. Besman joined The Guber-Peters Company as a vice-president in 1987, where he supervised the blockbuster, Batman. Besman followed the producing duo to Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was promoted to executive vice-president of production for TriStar Pictures. He supervised such films as Remains of the Day (nominated for eight Oscars), Sleepless in Seattle (Oscar nominee, best screenplay), Single White Female, Jumanji (another billion-dollar franchise), Devil in a Blue Dress, Frankenstein, Mrs. Winterbourne and As Good As It Gets (Oscar nominee, Best Picture and Screenplay, Winner Best Actor and Actress). Besman began producing in 1997 with Jean-Jacques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt. He followed up with Don Roos’ The Opposite of Sex. It opened at the Sundance Film Festival, won honors at the Venice and Deauville Film Festivals, earned Independent Spirit awards for best first feature and best screenplay, and appeared on many ten best lists. Besman re-teamed with Roos on Bounce, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. His next film, About Schmidt, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival. The film won two Golden Globes and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Both the London and Los Angeles film critics voted it best film of 2002. Besman also produced the Garry Marshall film, Georgia Rule, which starred Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan, the indie Careless, with Colin Hanks, and ratings perennial, Loving Leah for CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame. He ran Caryn Mandabach’s (Cosby, Nurse Jackie) company for four years and worked on the BAFTA award winning Peaky Blinders.