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This week Jason welcomes screenwriter Tripper Clancy, who wrote the summer's smash comedy hit, Stuber for 20th Century Fox! Tripper went on to write comedies and dramas of all shapes and sizes for Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Amazon, Netflix, MGM, Fox Animation, Paramount Animation, and Hasbro. He recently adapted the New York Times’ bestselling novel, The Art of Fielding, and writes on Season One of "I Am Not OK With This", a half-hour show for Netflix and is currently developing a series with Quibi.
During the webcast, Tripper talks about finding an agent, selling and developing Stuber, being in the writers' room of a Netflix series, and the best advice he ever received!
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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 Alexia Melocchi. Alexia Melocchi is a partner in Little Studio Films and for over two decades has produced and sold award winning movies, documentaries and shorts, often partnering with emerging film makers she has personally discovered and mentored. Latest films by Little Film Studios are THE PANTANI AFFAIR which is with Amazon Studios Europe, A SOUL JOURNEY (Palm Springs International Film Festival and winner of URBANWORLD) and the upcoming Mini Series "THE MONKEY CLUB" with Oscar winner writer/producer Ron Bass. They also partially financed RIDE ABOVE directed by Christian Duguay, THE DESPERATE HOUR starring Naomi Watts, and WRONG TURN. In June 2020, Alexia signed a representation and development agreement with writer Seoras Wallace after connecting through Stage 32. Alexia says, "I would have never found him had it not been for Stage 32." Read the full story here. Alexia has acquired on behalf of her international distributor clients, film and television shows from all over the world for release in the Middle East, Italy, Greece, Spain, Canada, South America and Australia. Her clients have bought and partially financed films such as LA LA LAND, PEPPERMINT, THE BOY, TWILIGHT, TEEN SPIRIT AND THE BANKER. She is the host of THE HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS podcast. He company Little Studio Films acted as the sales representative for a DURAN DURAN documentary which sold in every major international territory and received a theatrical release, SERVICE TO MAN released through Entertainment Studios co- produced with Joel Zwick, SOL DE MEDIANOCHE released on HBO. She is fluent in five languages (Italian, Greek, French, Spanish and English), a personal asset that has allowed her to be involved in the financing and distribution of movies that have earned near $1 Billion dollars in box office returns worldwide. Always in the know of trends in film and television, she attends all major film festivals in the United States and internationally (CANNES, NATPE, BERLIN, VENICE, TORONTO, AFM, MIPTV) and has been frequently invited as an expert panelist on the Film Business at high profile film and television conventions. PRAISE FOR ALEXIA'S LESSIONS: "Thank you Alexia and K! Great conversations! Very inspirational!" -Peggy B. "Thanks Alexia for your expertise and support of struggling artists!!" -Debbie J. "Thank you Alexia! This was wonderful!" -Alexandria A.
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 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 with Daniel Sol, Co-Founder of Hollyshorts. Daniel Sol is the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival and formerly a theatrical sales executive for Lionsgate. With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After working on commercial productions as a production assistant for Tony Kaye Films and then acting in various films, he gained an understanding of the filmmaking process. After graduating at Cal State Northridge in 2006, he realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films. And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now in its 13th year, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short film festival in Los Angeles, with Daniel guiding it as Festival Director and lead programmer for the festival and the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series, which takes place each month at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Aside from HollyShorts, Sol also battled daily with domestic exhibitors as a theatrical sales executive at Lionsgate from 2008-2014. Mr. Sol is also the co founder of the premium Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV content channel BITPIX (www.bitpixtv.com). PRAISE FOR DANIEL'S LESSIONS: "Thanks Daniel for sharing your journey." -Debbie J. "Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience today!" -Ingrid W. "Thank you for your education tonight Daniel." -John M.
Devon got his start as a Development Exec at Ideate Entertainment before launching the management company, First Friday Entertainment, last year with Krista Sipp. We discuss what makes a writer stand out to reps, trends in film and TV, writer voice and standing out, & more, plus a live Q&A!