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Jason Mirch is Stage 32's Director of Script Services and host of the Writers' Room. Outside of this role, he is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, and Carol Kane. Stefan Brunner is a partner in Los Angeles-based eightdoorsdown LLC, a boutique entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Silicon Valley by offering consulting and producing services in the motion picture and television as well as distribution and technology space.eightdoorsdown’s current active production slate includes supernatural TV series INFINITY with Executive Producers Ethan Hawke and Kelsey Grammer; VOLTAGE, a global thriller series created by Kurt Wimmer; as well as thriller BLOOD FOR SALT, written by Erik Godal and Desmond Nakano; for all Stefan has been acting as producer or executive producing respectively on behalf of the company. Most recently, the company completed Jim Gillespie’s BILLIONAIRE RANSOM, a Pinewood Pictures production; and Lamberto Bava’s psychological thriller TWINS. Prior to moving to Los Angeles and as COO and CFO of Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Stefan oversaw the organization and strategic development of the Abu Dhabi government’s film fund as well as its positioning as a globally renowned motion picture funding and production house. In that capacity, he was involved as production executive on projects such as Doug Liman’s FAIR GAME, Oscar-winning THE HELP, THE CRAZIES, and Karan Johar’s MY NAME IS KHAN; and co-produced THE DOUBLE and GHOST RIDER – SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE. He further negotiated a partnership with Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) fostering production in South-East Asia, served on the board ofImagination’s branch office in Chennai, India, and brought to life an Arab-language film slate in the UAE, including coming-of-age drama Nawaf Al-Jahani’s coming-of-age drama SEA SHADOW and Tobe Hooper’s horror thriller DJINN. In November 2010, Stefan’s leadership and management skills within the motion picture industry along with his track record of successfully working with multi-cultural teams in distinctly different cultural and political environments have been recognized when he was named one of 35 film executives under the age of 35 in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Next Generation issue. Full Bio »
This is a MUST attend webcast! Don't miss this incredible conversation with the former COO of Image Nation, Stefan Brunner.
The Executive Hour
We're excited to bring you another riveting Executive Hour with the Senior Vice President of Development at The Wolper Organization, Kevin Nicklaus! The Wolper Organization has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. which covers all divisions, including HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. features, and more. Kevin has been integral to the early development and sales of "BATES MOTEL" for A&E, the 2016 Emmy-nominated "ROOTS" for History, STEPHEN KING'S SALEM'S LOT for TNT, THE MISTS OF AVALON for TNT, HELTER SKELTER for CBS, THE BAD SEED for Lifetime and more. The Wolper Organization has been responsible for over 500 films, which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 50 Emmys, seven Golden Globes, five Peabody’s. During the conversation we discussed developing "BATES MOTEL", how Kevin finds new material, what writers can be doing to break out in this market, and much more!
During this Executive Hour Webcast, we speak with with Literary Manager Scott Schulman of Schulman Management! Scott was at More/Medavoy Management for four years, representing both talent and literary clients. Prior to More/Medavoy, Schulman worked at A3 Artist Agency as a junior packaging agent. He started his career at Fremantle in business affairs in both scripted and non-scripted television.Scott recently staffed one of his clients on Season 2 of "FBI: MOST WANTED" for CBS. He also manages two upper-level producers on the smash hit "THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY" series for Netflix. During the webcast, Scott discusses how he came to be a literary manager, what writers can be doing to get their material into the market, how to overcome a pass on your material and a lot more!
Christian Sander is The Director of Development for Pensé Productions - we have a fun hour long conversation with Christian about the craft and business.
One of the most respected agents in the business, Adam Van Dusen of Gersh will discuss the agent/screenwriter relationship, how to break in, industry trends and more! Live Q&A to follow!
In this Executive Hour webcast, the Writers' Room welcomes the President of Gidden Media, billion dollar producer & executive Amy Baer! Amy's experience in the entertainment Industry spans major studios, independent financiers, and producing. Collectively, the films she has supervised and/or produced have grossed nearly $2 billion in worldwide box office. Before starting Gidden Media, Baer served as President & CEO of CBS Films, launching the division for CBS Corp. In 2012, Baer raised a 7-figure development fund and launched Gidden Media, a content incubation and production company. Its first film was the romantic drama MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning. Amy spent the previous 17 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she oversaw such hit films as MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, Oscar nominated ADAPTATION, S.W.A.T., SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, which earned Will Smith an Oscar nomination. She also developed the 2011 Oscar-nominated Sony hit MONEYBALL starring Brad Pitt. Amy became Board President of Women in Film in June 2018, stepping into the role at a critical juncture in Hollywood. During this webcast, Amy talks about the changing landscape of development and production in the industry, including what helps get a film made, the genres that she chooses to focus on, stories from developing MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING and other Sony classics, and how writers can gain momentum in a highly competitive business!