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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! Here’s the link to Shane’s book again if anyone wants to bookmark it: https://amzn.to/3qEogsh Full Bio »
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!
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"Thanks, Shane! Looking forward to reading your book!" - Martha C.
"I really enjoyed listening to Shane explain why producers rarely read a full screenplay unless their interest has been peaked through a 2-page max written pitch." - Jill H.
"Thank you, Jason! This was great!" - Monica M.
This month we welcome Lindsay Schwartz the Director of Development at FullyFormed Entertainment, the venture from producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, who co-founded Platinum Dunes with Michael Bay in 2001. Fuller and Form are the producers behind the hit film A QUIET PLACE and sequel, as well as THE PURGE franchise, OUIJA, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. FullyFormed Entertainment's latest project, THE FOLLOWER is set up at Paramount Pictures. They are eagerly anticipating the release of A QUIET PLACE 2, and are developing numerous features and series with studios such as Paramount, Sony, MGM, Universal, and Amazon, amongst others. Before FullyFormed and Platinum Dunes, Lindsay worked at Paramount Pictures and Happy Madison Productions with Adam Sandler. As you can imagine this Executive Hour webcast is packed with a wealth of stories, insights, and advice from Lindsay! She discussed the inside story of how A QUIET PLACE came together and sold to Paramount, how she approaches development with writers, how Horror and Thriller are very similar to Comedy, and what writers can be doing to break out in a crowded market!
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.
We're back in the Writers' Room for the Executive Hour Webcast with Andrew Kersey. Andrew Kersey is a Literary Manager and the head of Kersey Management. In fall 2021, his client's comedy VACATION FRIENDS starring John Cena and Lil Rel was Hulu's biggest 3-day weekend opener for an original in the streamers history. A sequel is being fast-tracked. In 2020, Andrew sold his client's sci-fi spec script, VARIETAL, to Universal with Mike De Luca, the Oscar-nominated producer behind THE SOCIAL NETWORK and the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movies! You can read more here. His incredibly talented clients are working on projects at all the major studios and streaming outlets including Netflix and Amazon, and the networks and cable channels ABC, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Andrew worked his way up through the industry, starting as a production company intern before working for the management and production powerhouse 3Arts Entertainment. He left 3Arts to get experience in development at a Universal production company, before starting his own management company, Kersey Management, in 2004.
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 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.
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.