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We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Emmy-Winning Producer Maria Baltazzi.Maria Baltazzi is an Emmy Award-Winning Executive Producer of series for A&E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, TNT, and Travel Channel. Maria has Produced or Executive Produced pilots for ABC, CBS, Lifetime, TNT, and NBC. Previously she produced Animal Planet's critically acclaimed 3-part series, "BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS". Other series include "WORLD'S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS", a co-production for Discovery US and Channel 5 UK. "ONE MAN ARMY" for Discovery, "SARAH PALIN'S ALASKA" for TLC and Mark Burnett. "SPA" debuted at almost 5 million viewers; the biggest premiere in the channel's history. Full Bio »
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Emmy-Winning Producer Maria Baltazzi.
Maria Baltazzi is an Emmy Award-Winning Executive Producer of series for A&E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, TNT, and Travel Channel. Maria has Produced or Executive Produced pilots for ABC, CBS, Lifetime, TNT, and NBC.
Previously she produced Animal Planet's critically acclaimed 3-part series, "BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS". Other series include "WORLD'S TOUGHEST TRUCKERS", a co-production for Discovery US and Channel 5 UK. "ONE MAN ARMY" for Discovery, "SARAH PALIN'S ALASKA" for TLC and Mark Burnett. "SPA" debuted at almost 5 million viewers; the biggest premiere in the channel's history.
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"Thanks Maria! Much appreciate your time today." -Brendan D.
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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Producer, Boman Modine. Boman Modine is an award winning Producer with a history of film and franchise development. As a director, Boman has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the show "DARK/WEB" on Amazon Prime and was both the showrunner and director for Warhammer 40,000's "ANGELS OF DEATH" and "THE EXODITE" currently running on Warhammer+. Boman started the company LOST LEGION STUDIOS to generate VFX materials as well as animated content for companies that include RIOT GAMES, WU-TANG CLAN as well as video games with SUNSCORCHED STUDIOS and AFFRAY INTERACTIVE. He is the former head of acquisitions and development for Mt. Hollywood where he also produced the BAFTA-nominated "THE PARTY's JUST BEGINNING" with Karen Gillan now on AMAZON PRIME. He has also consulted and produced with BRAIN ACADEMY, known for the Keanu Reeves/Peter Stormare show "SWEDISH DICKS", where he packaged both features and television shows.
During this Pitch Tank, Jason Mirch is joined by Jonny Perl the Associate Producer at Cinemation, a company built by the creative minds behind features and television including Disney's The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, DreamWorks' & Netflix's "The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show", Stuart Little. They are currently in production on Open Road Films' animated feature Blazing Samurai starring Samuel L Jackson and Mel Brooks, which releases in 2021!
In this Writers' Room Pitch Tank we welcome special guest, Development Executive Drew Gatto of Captivate Entertainment. Captivate Entertainment is a production company behind the enormously popular JASON BOURNEfranchise, which has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. At Captivate, Drew works closely with executives across the industry to source strong material and secure IP rights for projects in development. Last summer, he had the opportunity to travel to Budapest to work on Captivate's most recent TV project, "TREADSTONE", which aired on USA Network last fall. Drew started his career at the Gersh Agency where he worked with leading film and television talent, helping them secure roles and develop their careers. He then moved to Imagine Entertainment, where he had the distinct honor of working with Brian Grazer! During the Pitch Tank we hear pitches from members including period thrillers, female-driven dramedy, action, historically-based series, and Sci-Fi adventures!
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Sophia Kalin, Creative Executive at BOLD Films. There she actively participated in the development and production of a feature film with Netflix, as well as the packaging and selling of several television series to studios. Bold Films has produced the Oscar-winning film WHIPLASH, as well as NIGHTCRAWLER, VOX LUX with Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Their latest film THE GUILTY stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, and Riley Keough, and will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021. Sophia helps both writers and directors tailor project pitches to look for financing. Prior to Bold Films, Sophia worked in representation at Paradigm and Gersh in the Feature/TV Lit Department. Outside of Bold Films, Sophia produces low-budget independent films.
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, Literary Manager and Producer Kristen Lucas, who critiques members' pitches live! Kristen Lucas is a Producer and Manager who joined forces with Bohemia Group to launch the Boston branch of the company leveraging her extensive knowledge of the talent in the market. Kristen’s passion for telling unforgettable stories about strong women is the foundation for her independent film company, Goldilocks Productions where the tagline is “We tell stories about badass women.” She is also the founder of Respect Her Hustle, a brand and podcast focused on supporting and honoring women who break the mold and don’t look back. During the webcast we hear pitches for feature Drama, TV Comedy, Sci-Fi, Coming-of-Age, and others from our members. Kristen gives fantastic feedback on them all!