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During the December Pitch Tank, Director of Script Services Jason Mirch welcomes Literary Manager Jon Hersh of Housefire Management, a company that represents writers and directors in film, television, and digital content. They specialize in deep development, strong client relationships, and incendiary material that stands out like a house on fire.
Jon's client list includes writers and filmmakers for film and TV including emerging writers with projects at Universal, Paramount, Lionsgate, Atlas Entertainment, and Gidden Media! Prior to forming Housefire, Jon was at CAA and Broad Green Pictures. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Jon and Jason listen to pitches from 4 members and offer their thoughts and feedback!
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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Carolyn Carpenter. Carolyn J Carpenter is a story analyst, producer and writer. As a writer, her most recent feature film as a co-writer stars Oscar-winner JK Simmons and Downton Abbey's Allen Leech. She is currently developing an animated rock opera, co-written with the composer of High School Musical. Carolyn is also the Founder/CEO of Hollywood Gatekeepers and has served as a founding producer of Neo Ensemble Theatre, Associate Producer of Alternative Repertory Theatre, and the founder/creator of the award-winning mega-hit MOTEL 6 Feet Under Haunted House. Carolyn has served as a story analyst for filmmakers and companies producing iconic films such as JOKER, GAME OF THRONES, WALKING DEAD, GRAN TORINO, GET SMART, SHERLOCK HOLMES, AMERICAN SNIPER, BLACK SWAN, YOUNG GUNS, TRAFFIC, LOST IN SPACE, SKULL ISLAND, TAMMY, AVATAR, OCEANS 8, ZODIAC, THE THIN RED LINE, LIFE OF PI, XMEN, PEOPLE VS LARRY FLINT, SULLY, GREAT GATSBY, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, BABE, QUIZ SHOW, FOOTLOOSE, NIXON & KISSINGER, as well as for agencies such as Innovative Artists, and contests including the Sundance Institute, the Scriptwriter’s Network and the CBS Diversity Program, among others. Within Hollywood Gatekeepers, Carolyn has interviewed guests such as two-time Oscar Winner, Paul Haggis (MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Executives from the Austin Film Festival and Stage 32, Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco (CRASH), Oscar nominee Jeff Arch (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE), among others. She has been a guest speaker/moderator on panels with the Newport Beach Film Festival, the American Scriptwriters Association, the Writer’s Network, Assisteens, Midsummer Scream, Northridge Writer's Program, Selling to Hollywood, and podcasts such as Mindset by Design, Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do, and My Haunt Life, among others.
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Rachael Conrad - the Coordinator of Domestic Sales & Acquisitions at XYZ FILMS. Prior to XYZ Films, Rachael was at CAA in the Film Finance, Motion Picture Literary and TV Literary departments before moving on to the Awards team at Netflix. Rachael also spent time in various areas of the industry at companies such as Lionsgate & Starz. She started at XYZ Films on the International Sales and Distribution team before transitioning to the Domestic Sales and Acquisitions team.
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Director of Development for Shoot to Midnight, Colleen Labella!Colleen Labella is the Director of Development for Leslye Headland's company, Shoot to Midnight, which developed the Emmy award winning show, "RUSSIAN DOLL". Colleen is a producer on the upcoming Freeform show, "SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE". Her projects currently in development include "THE ACOLYTE" (a Star Wars series), "MILK FED" (based on the book of the same name), an untitled comedy series for FX, Catya McMullen's feature film GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD and a number of other series under Headland's overall deal with 20th Century Fox.
This week the Writers' Room welcomes in Development Executive Anna Henry into the Pitch Tank! Anna began her 20-year career as a development executive at Nickelodeon, working on the development and production of animated television series, pilots and features. Anna has been a script consultant and screenwriting instructor, as well as building her own slate as an independent producer. Her clients have worked on hit television series on all major networks, such as "THE DEUCE", "POWER", "IN CONTEMPT", "TOMMY", "HUNG", "CHICAGO FIRE", "FEAR THE WALKING DEAD", "THIS IS US", and "THE FLASH". Her clients have worked on shows at virtually every broadcast, cable and streaming television network, and have set up projects at Amazon, Starz, HBO, Sony, Fox, EOne, ITV America, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and others. Anna enjoys having a close collaboration with writers in refining scripts, expanding their range of material, and finding the best home for each project, which is why she was an incredible guest!
Jason Mirch welcomes Courtney Miller Jr., of television's "Saints and Sinners" for Bounce TV. and A Stone Cold Christmas for Bounce TV, into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank! Courtney is a 5-time award winning director who has worked with the biggest names in entertainment including Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Usher, andBritney Spears. His award winning short film REPAIRations! - The Musical, received the Director's Choice Diversity in Cannes Best Musical.He has development deals with has development deals with TBS, Lionsgate, MGM, Legendary, Weed Road, Viola Davis' company Juvee, Bounce TV, and Will Packer.
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Producer Regina Lee! She was the production company executive of Fox releases X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deception. Some favorite TV projects as Executive Producer are an animated comedy pilot at FOX and a drama pilot at BET created by the current showrunner of Queen Sugar, as well as multiple TV pilots with 20th Century Fox TV Studios. She produced two TV movie thrillers that aired on Lifetime. As a production company executive with a deal at CBS Network, she was on the team that sold multiple projects to CBS and The CW, getting a show on the air at CBS. She began her executive career at Universal Pictures, where she was the primary executive in charge of American Wedding and Curious George.