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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.
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We're back in the Writers' Room for The Executive Hour with John Dunne. John is a literary manager at Independent Artists Media, a management and production company with clients such as Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofolo, and Pete Holmes. John was a co-producer on Patton Oswalt's film, I LOVE MY DAD. Prior to joining Independent Artists Media, John worked at Aperture Entertainment, whose films include MY FRIEND DAHMER, EXTRACTION, and THE LAST WITCH HUNTER. John previously worked at APA in business and legal affairs.
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!
What an awesome Executive Hour to kick off 2020 with Development & Production Executive Sarah J. Cornelius of Whitewater Films. Despite fighting a cold, Sarah powered through and gave us some awesome insights about the business, the inside story of how their film, Standing Up, Falling Down came together with Billy Crystal, what she looks for in a screenwriter, and the best (and worst) advice she ever received in show business!
We're back in the Writers' Room with for the Executive Hour Webcast with Jonathan Harris the Development Executive for Oscar-winner Jordan Peele at Monkeypaw Productions whose credits include GET OUT, US, BLACKkKLANSMAN and many more. Jonathan sits at the frontline of all incoming projects and development, and assists in shaping and managing projects as they move into the production pipeline. Previously, he worked in the TV department at CAAand in development for Kenya Barris - the producer of COMING TO AMERICA 2. Founded by Jordan Peele, Monkeypaw Productions cultivates artistic, thought-provoking projects across film, television and digital platforms. The company is committed to groundbreaking storytelling, visionary world-building and the unpacking of contemporary social issues. Monkeypaw Productions champions highly specific perspectives and artistic collaborations with unique and traditionally underrepresented voices. The work challenges the conventional architecture of genre storytelling from horror to science fiction to social satire, while balancing avant-garde visual language with undeniably contagious fun. During this conversation Jonathan talks about the ethos behind Monkeypaw and what guides their development process. He also talks directly with writers about how they can get started in the industry.
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.
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!