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Jason Mirch is Stage 32's Director of Script Services and host of the Writers' Room. Outside of this role, he is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years experience. Most recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, and Carol Kane. Joseph Ferrante joined Verité Entertainment in 2019 as the in-house Development Producer. Known to everyone simply as “Joe,” he is in charge of ushering projects through Verite’s Creative Development Process so they will be ready for packaging and financing. Joe has worked for Comcast, Viacom, Warner Bothers, NBCUniversal and the Writers Guild of America. An accomplished screenwriter, he’s won numerous awards for his screenplays, including a pitch competition that sent him to the Swiss Alps to stay in a well-known haunted castle where he wrote a horror feature. Joe has pitched and sold shows as well as several options. Full Bio »
Joe Ferrante - Writer & Development Producer with Verite Entertainment
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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.
This month, Jason is excited to welcome producer Regina Lee into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank! Regina's resume is very impressive! She has sold pilots to HBO, Starz, FOX, BET, as well as multiple TV pilots at 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. She was a studio executive in charge of movies such as The Good Shepherd (Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert DeNiro), The Fast & the Furious 3, Bridget Jones 2, The Cat in the Hat, Seabiscuit, and Red Dragon. Over an hour and a half, Regina and Jason listen and critique pitches from Writers' Room members and offer advice on how to help your pitch break out in a crowded market!
Pitch your scirpts to FilmRise's Rachel Swearingen. In this Pitch Tank, Rachel offers her critique of pitches that include a murder mystery drama, fantasy television project, a romantic comedy, and home invasion thriller.
Producer Development Exec Anna Henry joins our Panel as we listen and read your pitches live to help educate the Writers' Room screenwriters on what is and isn't working in their pitch.
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've got another fantastic Pitch Tank Webcast with special guest, Senior Coordinator Janean Jeffries of ViacomCBS! Janean works directly with the Executive Vice President Head of Production for MTV, VH1, CMT, Paramount TV, Logo, Smithsonian Channel, MTV Studios, TVLand, Pluto TV, Comedy Central, and Pop. Janean has over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, giving her a broad knowledge of what executives want and need on their screens. Previously, Janean worked for Love Life Entertainment & CBS Films. During the webcast we heard excellent pitches across the spectrum, from Action Adventure and Sci-Fi to Character-driven Drama and even TV-series.