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Verite Entertainment is a production company based in Los Angeles, that is renowned in voiceover, dubbing, and localization for animation, video games and documentary films. They have taken that experience and used it to build a multinational production studio that has partnered with financing companies all over the world to produce original content. Verité Entertainment develops concepts for multiple platforms and has a diverse slate of content for animation, film, digital, scripted and unscripted television. They recently just announced their first original feature animation project! Full Bio »
Rene Veilleux and Donald Roman Lopez talk about how they built Verite Entertainment from the ground up, how they develop original IP, what it means to be "Glocal" and the time we worked with comedy legend Mel Brooks!
The Executive Hour
In this big, bonus episode of the Executive Hour we are joined by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated screenwriter, Meg LeFauve! Meg is the brilliant screenwriting mind behind critically acclaimed films including INSIDE OUT (which earned her an Academy Award nomination, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2016), THE GOOD DINOSAUR, and CAPTAIN MARVEL. She has also contributed to Pixar films including FINDING DORY and INCREDIBLES 2, as well as the 20th Century Fox animated film SPIES IN DISGUISE! Prior to her career as a screenwriter, Meg ran development for actress and filmmaker Jodi Foster. She has been nominated for an Academy Award, Emmy Award (as a producer), NAACP Image Award, and BAFTA Award, with a total of 24 award nominations and 8 wins! During the webcast, Meg's discusses her career at Pixar, how she is adapting and working in the current quarantine situation, what writers can be doing during this time, what types of scripts and projects she thinks will be in demand once this quarantine is over, and so much more!
In this Executive Hour we welcome the President of Amasia Entertainment, producer Bradley Gallo. Bradley is a co-founder and the President of Film & Television at Amasia Entertainment. He has over 20 years of media and entertainment industry experience including film, television, commercials and journalism.Amasia recently acquired the rights to and will be producing the beloved GREEN HORNET AND KATO franchise, set up at Universal, and will also be producing the highly anticipated DARK SHADOWS: REINCARNATION sequel series. Bradley also produced John Patrick Shanley’s upcoming WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken, the 2019 Sundance and SXSW selection THEM THAT FOLLOW starring Jim Gaffigan, MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.During the webcast, Bradley's talks about his career at Amasia, what he looks for when developing new material and working with screenwriters, how he takes a project from script to screen, what types of scripts and projects he thinks will be in demand once this quarantine is over, and so much more!
During this Executive Hour we welcome special guest AKEELAH AND THE BEE and BRIAN BANKS filmmaker Doug Atchison! AKEELAH AND THE BEE was released by Lionsgate and starred Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer. His script for AKEELAH has recently been adapted into a stage play which is being performed around the country. Doug wrote the screenplay for BRIAN BANKS, which was produced by previous Writers' Room guest Amy Baer, released in August of 2019, and for which Doug won the 2019 Humanitas Prize. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac and stars Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, and Morgan Freeman.During this webcast Doug discusses writing AKEELAH, working as an independent writer/director, how he gets hired for screenwriting assignments, what most writers struggle with when writing a screenplay and how to approach writing a true story!
We're back in the Writers' Room with for the Executive Hour Webcast with TV writer Mike Gauyo who has most notably written on Netflix’s hit series GINNY & GEORGIA. Originally born in Haiti, Mike broke into Hollywood as a production assistant on reality shows like AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? until being discovered by Issa Rae who staffed him as a writer on her fiction podcast FRUIT.Mike entered the world of TV writers’ rooms serving as a writers’ assistant on the TNT show CLAWS and wrote on HBO’s comedy hit INSECURE with Issa Rae. Mike also founded The Black Boy Writes Mentorship Initiative, a mentorship program for Black men and women who are looking to break into TV writing. Mike’s varied background in TV writing has allowed him to experience many different writers’ rooms and has given him a keen sense on how to best write and perform in these settings. He is very generous with his knowledge and insights, and during this webcast he offered fantastic insights into working in a Netflix writers' room!
Christian Sander is The Director of Development for Pensé Productions - we have a fun hour long conversation with Christian about the craft and business.
We're back in the Writers' Room with for the Executive Hour Webcast with Producer-Manager Doug Draizin! Doug is a seasoned entertainment industry veteran whose career has encompassed many aspects of the business. Doug's clients are currently Executive Producing shows on Netflix and Amazon - including the Netflix original series "RAISING DION". He represents both established writers and writers who are new to features and television. Doug was a talent agent at the Agency for the Performing Arts where he represented Danny DeVito and John Candy among others. He later served as a Vice President at both United Artists Pictures and Lorimar Films before venturing out as an independent producer and personal manager. As a producer Doug was responsible for Columbia Pictures’ FOOLS RUSH IN, SPY HARD starring Leslie Nielsen; and the independent dramedy, LOVE COMES TO THE EXECUTIONER starring Jeremy Renner, and PURE COUNTRY 2. In the world of television movies Doug co-executive produced for NBC, ABC, Showtime, 20th Television and Fox Broadcasting. This was a fantastic conversation with Doug who relayed stories of how he discovered some of the industry's most prolific talent, and how writers can go from being assistants to showrunners during their career.