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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. Zach Cox is a literary manager at Circle of Confusion since the fall of 2006. Zach has seen the company grow exponentially in terms of staff and success. He joins the Stage 32 Pitch Tank Webinar with Jason Mirch. Full Bio »
This month we welcome Literary Manager Zach Cox of Circle of Confusion, the management and production company behind "The Walking Dead" and the Oscar-winning film "Straight Outta Compton."
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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.
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We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Literary Manager Tessa Shaffer of Corvisiero Literary Agency.Tessa is a Literary Manager with Corvisiero Literary Agency, a boutique agency in NYC that represents both authors and screenwriters. The clients of CLA include many New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon #1 Bestselling Authors. Tessa signed a writer after connecting through a Stage 32 pitch session! She says, "Thank you for adding such a valuable connection for writers and execs."Corvisiero Literary Agency has a growing relationship with networks and producers and has successfully negotiated book-to-film deals, most recently FOREVER MY GIRL to Roadside Attractions and Disney International with LD Entertainment producing.
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