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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. Full Bio »
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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"Awesome pitches to all! Thank you for sharing! Also great job Jason and Rachel!
We're diving into the first Writers' Room Pitch Tank of 2021 and welcoming special guest, Literary Manager Audrey Knox of The Cartel to critique members' pitches! Audrey worked her way up from receptionist in 2016 to Manager in 2018. Audrey has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms. She has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University. Prior to joining The Cartel Audrey worked in development at WME and Lighthearted Entertainment and in the literary department at Gersh. Last year, Untitled Entertainment and The Cartel - two huge management companies - joined forces to produce films for television and theatrical release. Both companies continue to look for new scripts from writers that offer "escapism to broad audiences." During the webcast, we hear pitches for Action-Adventure, Supernatural Rom Com, Supernatural Procedural Drama, and more!
Producer Tiegen Kosiak 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.
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Mike Blutstein, the Vice President of Film and Televsion for John Goldwyn Productions. Under the prolific producer, John Goldwyn, the company has been responsible for successes such as "DEXTER", THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, BABY MAMA and HOT ROD. Mike recently found a script from an Austin-based writer through Stage 32 which JohnGoldwyn Productions has optioned! Read more here. Presently, he is an executive on content such as Lionsgate’s "MANHUNT", Hulu’s "DOPESICK" and Peacock’s MACGRUBER. He is also currently adapting the story of Mandy Harvey, the world’s most famous fully-deaf musician. Mike enjoys championing stories with poignant themes and interesting characters, ranging in genre from Sci-Fi to Romance and Dramas. In his prior position, Mike worked on the production side at "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE", where he also continued to build a love for Comedies and Dramedies.
We're diving into the Writers' Room Pitch Tank with special guest, Art/Work Literary Manager Spencer Robinson!In 2020, Spencer staffed writers on series for HBOMax and Netflix - and sold his client's feature script. Most recently, Spencer has one client's project in the midst of a bidding war between 2 cable networks. His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, and more. In the TV world, his clients have been regular cast members on shows for Netflix, The CW, Cinemax, CBS, NBC, FX, Starz, Nickelodeon, EPIX, TBS and more. Spencer’s clients have also recurred on series for Freeform, TNT, AMC, Showtime and many more. Art/Work's writing clients work in both feature and television and include Eric Heisserer (Academy-Nominated screenplay, ARRIVAL), and writers on shows such as WORKAHOLICS, ARROW, JUSTIFIED. In addition to working with the studios, cable and networks, Spencer has also set up projects at Netflix. Spencer began his career in production and moved into talent management at MBST Entertainment (Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal).
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!