The Pitch Tank with Josh Zakaria

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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Josh Zakaria. Josh Zakaria is a film and TV Literary Manager and Producer who launched Zakaria Entertainment, which represents literary clients. Zakaria Entertainment is a unique entertainment company that utilizes a holistic approach when working with storytellers and creators on projects. Josh focuses on building strategic partnerships for storytellers that are necessary for getting these stories told in the appropriate format. Since then, Josh has built a roster of clients who have worked with Kevin Hart's HartBeat, Participant TV, Red Crown Productions, CBS Comedy, Amazon Studios, Mandeville, and more. Josh specializes in identifying and working with writers, directors, and filmmakers who are able to weave unique, authentic, and interesting characters into commercially conscious stories. He began his journey in entertainment at top management companies like Mosaic, Benderspink, and Anonymous Content. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Josh Zakaria. 

Josh Zakaria is a film and TV Literary Manager and Producer who launched Zakaria Entertainment, which represents literary clients.

Zakaria Entertainment is a unique entertainment company that utilizes a holistic approach when working with storytellers and creators on projects. Josh focuses on building strategic partnerships for storytellers that are necessary for getting these stories told in the appropriate format.

Since then, Josh has built a roster of clients who have worked with Kevin Hart's HartBeat, Participant TV, Red Crown Productions, CBS Comedy, Amazon Studios, Mandeville, and more.

Josh specializes in identifying and working with writers, directors, and filmmakers who are able to weave unique, authentic, and interesting characters into commercially conscious stories.

He began his journey in entertainment at top management companies like Mosaic, Benderspink, and Anonymous Content.

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We're back in the Writers' Room for the Pitch Tank Webcast with Josh Zakaria.

Josh Zakaria is a film and TV Literary Manager and Producer who launched Zakaria Entertainment, which represents literary clients.

Zakaria Entertainment is a unique entertainment company that utilizes a holistic approach when working with storytellers and creators on projects. Josh focuses on building strategic partnerships for storytellers that are necessary for getting these stories told in the appropriate format.

Since then, Josh has built a roster of clients who have worked with Kevin Hart's HartBeat, Participant TV, Red Crown Productions, CBS Comedy, Amazon Studios, Mandeville, and more.

Josh specializes in identifying and working with writers, directors, and filmmakers who are able to weave unique, authentic, and interesting characters into commercially conscious stories.

He began his journey in entertainment at top management companies like Mosaic, Benderspink, and Anonymous Content.

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Testimonials

"Thank you for the great tips, Josh and Brooklynn." -Tony E.

"Thank you Brooklynn and Josh. Tonight's notes were valuable and applicable to anyone's pitches. As always, wonderfully hosted Kay and Ashley." -John M.

"Fantastic stuff as always, guys. Thanks so much!" -Cecile G.

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