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THURSDAY AUGUST 3, 2017 – FUTURE OF STORY PANEL w/ MWP & Stage 32

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

Stage 32 & Michael Wiese Productions Present: The Future of Story – Los Angeles

On Thursday, August 3rd in LA, Stage 32 and Michael Wiese Productions are thrilled to bring you an intimate and educational evening with some of the industry’s top writers, coaches and teachers working today.

Join Jen Grisanti, Steve Kaplan, Christopher Vogler, Alvaro Rodriguez and Richard Botto for a timely panel on the craft and business of screenwriting in 2017 . Our esteemed panelists will be covering a wide range of topics including the current state of the industry, what’s hot in television and features, where most writers struggle with their craft and much more. We’ll also be taking questions from the audience and may even critique a pitch or two!

But we did say this would be an intimate evening as well. So, after the panel, join us for an extended cocktail hour and networking event sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32. Meet your fellow scribes and get up and close with not only the panelists, but a dozen more Michael Wiese authors!

 

Stage 32 & Michael Wiese Productions Present: The Future of Story – Los Angeles

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: WeWork La Brea Terrace, 925 N La Brea Ave, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (map)

Parking: Parking available on 2 levels of the WeWork parking garage for $15, and FREE parking is available at the Target and Sprouts parking structure down the block
Drinks: provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32
Light Snacks: provided by WeWork
Michael Wiese Productions books will be sold at a 40% discount exclusively at this event. Buy a book and get it signed by your favorite MWP Author.
RSVP: here

Space is limited, so please reserve your place early before all spots sell out!

 

Stage 32 and Michael Wiese Productions Present The Future of Story Los Angeles

Reserve your spot now!

About The Evening

Panel Discussion: Screenwriting & the Marketplace: 2017

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Our esteemed group of panelists will be discussing the state of the screenwriting industry today, writing trends they are seeing and offer tips & advice for screenwriters to navigate the business. We will be discussing the craft, including trends we are seeing in film and TV scripts right now including successful case studies. We will also be discussing the barriers of entry for both first time screenwriters as well as those established writers trying to navigate today’s ever shifting landscape. We’ll discuss the bending and meshing of genre and how Netflix and Amazon have not only influenced the marketplace, but the craft as well. You will receive tips on how to navigate the new paradigm of studio, cable and streaming and what that means for your career. Best of all, you’ll be able to ask questions during our extended Q&A session.

This is sure to be the most informative panel you’ll attend this year. Please remember to book early!

 

Networking Mixer / Meet the Authors!

8:30pm – 10:00pm

After the panel, we’ll let our hair down a bit with a relaxed networking mixer. You’ll not only be able to mingle with your fellow scribes and make new connections and friends, but you’ll be able to meet and speak with the panelists and more than two dozen additional Michael Wiese authors. This is an incredible opportunity to mingle, learn and build meaningful relationships. Oh, and the entire hour and a half is sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the official vodka of Stage 32!

Other MWP Authors in Attendance
25 additional MWP authors with expertise in Scriptwriting, TV, Film, and Production will be on hand to network and meet with you. You will be able to meet and exchange business cards with top professionals in the business.

 


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FRIDAY JULY 28TH – MIXKNOWLEDGY EVENT MIXER AND PANELS

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

July 28

The Film Empire LA

Event Information

Description

MixKnowledgy continues its series of Hollywood panel and mixer events with an evening of networking to celebrate the launch of sister company, The Film Empire. The Film Empire’s ongoing film and screenwriting contests are platforms to find the next big filmmaker. Event consists of red carpet and media, panels, live DJ, and party! Join us Friday, July 28th at The Reserve nightclub in Downtown LA at 6pm! Event for all ages. 21+ can stick around for club hours after event. Parking structures located nearby.

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Rising Stars:

-Ellie Araiza, actress, “Legion”

-Hannah Zeile, actress, “This Is Us”

-Aniela Gumbs, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Screenwriters & Literary Representation:

-Moises Zamora, writer, Lee Daniels’ “Star,” “American Crime”

-Zack Stentz, screenwriter, “Thor,” “The Flash,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Fringe”

-Cindy Ambers, partner/manager, Art/Work Ent. (company reps Arrival’s Eric Heisserer)

-Danny Alexander, TV literary coordinator, Agency of the Performing Arts

-Evette Vargas

-Jen Grisanti, Jen Grisanti Consulancy

Talent Representation:

-E. Brian Dobbins, manager, Principato-Young Entertainment

-Heather Weiss, publicist, E2W Collective

-Tara Jones, talent agent, United Talent Agency

-Garrett Lindsay, manager, The ESI Network

-Nelson Park, manager, The ESI Network

The Film Empire Grand Prize Winner:

-Daniel Mentz, writer-director, “Slipaway”

Casting:

-Venus Kanani, casting director

-Amanda Doyle, casting director (Casting Society of America)

-Rich Mento, casting director (Casting Society of America)

-Brad Gilmore, casting director

-Brandon Henry Rodriguez, casting director

Women Directors:

-Julie Anne Robinson, television director, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Catch,” “Scandal,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Middle”

-Stacy Title, director, “The Bye Bye Man”

-Deborah Chow, television director, “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Reign,” “Mr. Robot”

-Rachel Feldman

Finance & Production:

-Dominic Mitchell supervising producer, “Westworld”

-Diego Garzon, associate producer, “Stranger Things,” “Veep”

-Regina Hicks, writer/producer, “Insecure”

-Loucas George, executive producer, “Empire”

-Kimberly Boyd, co-producer, “Into the Badlands,” “The Shannara Chronicles”

-Matthew Helderman, Buffalo 8/BondIt Media Capital

-Kate Krantz, CCO of Crypt TV

-Liza Glucoft, Awesomeness TV

& more TBA!

The Film Empire celebrates the grand prize winner of its first Hollywood filmmaking mentorship contest, Daniel Mentz. Daniel wins mentorship meetings with:

Bekah Brunstetter (producer & writer, This Is Us)
Tobias Schliessler (cinematographer, Beauty and the Beast, Hancock)
Scott Steindorff (producer, Chef, The Lincoln Lawyer)
Maia Glikman (Sony Pictures Television)
Daniel Levin (executive producer, Lion)
Dana Ledoux Miller (writer and producer, Designated Survivor, Narcos, The Newsroom)
Siddharta Khosla (film and television composer, This is Us)
Lesley Barber (film and television composer, Manchester by the Sea)
Constance Tillotson of LA Management (reps an Academy Award-nominated writer/producer)
Ben Davis (cinematographer, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Peter Schink (screenwriter, Legion)
Michael Shawver (editor, Marvel’s Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station)
Joseph Garner (producer, War Dogs, executive at Bradley Cooper’s Joint Effort)
Amal Baggar (co-producer, Concussion)
Joshua Butler (TV director, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Magicians)
Alex Barnes (Trigger Street Productions)
Dan Liu (editor, The Walking Dead)
Alex Czuleger (manager/CEO, Green Room Mgmt)
Dan Scheinkman (Variety’s Top New Leaders in Film 2016)
Kameron Tarlow (development, Hazy Mills Productions)
Talia Cohen (First Look Media)
Lauren Selig (executive producer of Hacksaw Ridge)
Kate Lilly (Film/TV coordinator at Funny or Die)
David Baggelaar (creative executive, Good Fear Film + Management)
Matt Birch (SVP, co-head, physical production | APA)

Allison Irvin, agent, William Morris Endeavor

Date and Time

Fri, July 28, 2017

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

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Location

The Reserve

650 S Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Friends Attending

Organizer: MixKnowledgy

Organizer of The Film Empire LA

MixKnowledgy Hollywood event series launches sister company, The Film Empire, for filmmaking and screenwriting mentorships.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH AT THE PALOMAR HOTEL STARTING AT 6:30 P.M.

by on Jul.21, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ August 4, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, August 4, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – JUNE 2, 2017 AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE PALOMAR HOTEL

by on May.15, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ June 2, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, June 2, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area. Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an avant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you into evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

Admission:

FREE to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.
Happy Networking!

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Friday Night Social – Friday May 5th at the Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

by on Apr.18, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ May 5, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

April 5, 2017

Event Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area. Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an avant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you into evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

Below: Photos from previous events:
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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

Admission:

FREE to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.
Happy Networking!

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STORY: CREATING TRANSFORMATION THROUGH UNDERSTANDING THE VOID

by on Apr.10, 2017, under Featured, Personal tips

When we understand how to heal the wound and fill the void, true transformation can begin. In story as in life, our wounds create a void. The void stops us from moving forward with our journey in a productive way. The void often creates a negative narrative that gets in our way of success. The negative narrative produces a flaw. The flaw is our way of coping with the void. Our flaw could be what we do to distract ourselves from processing the wound so that we can move forward. The gift of story is that we can watch the transformation that happens to the hero with the wound from the beginning through the achievement of the goal. If the storyteller understands how to fill the void caused by the wound, the hero will find resolution on an internal and an external level.

Our present wounds are often caused by the splitting open of a prior wound. We have a memory of something in our past that created a void. So, when something happens in the present to split this open, we need to take the action to fill the void. In story, I tell the writers that I work with to think about the prior wound. In TV pilots, how does the series trigger and dilemma split open this wound? In features, how does the inciting incident split open the earlier wound? Creatively, when you link the prior wound to the present wound, you have a greater depth to deal with in the understanding of the wound and how to fill the void through conscious action and connection. When you have the prior wound linked to the present wound, you have the fertile ground in between to utilize when it comes to the telling of your story.

In the movie, LION, we see the prior wound happen at the beginning of the story. We are in the wound. We know what it is. We are in the heat of it. We FEEL the void. Then, when there is a time jump, we still have a clear understanding of the goal. He is lost. He wants to find home. Finding home goes to a whole new level of meaning because of how his story evolves. He has a new home. Love is there. However, the void is never truly filled until the answer is found. He has to move through the negative narrative and the obstacle of the wound happening when he was a young boy. The journey to find home never stops after the time jump. It is always there. Then, a new beginning for intimacy and connection appears. A problem arises when he discovers that true intimate connection cannot be truly realized until he finds home. This leads him back to his journey.

This type of story is very reflective of the writers’ journey in my worldview. For the writer to truly be able to express her/himself, she must do the emotional work to “find home” so that she can access the wound, fill the void and move forward in a way that will allow her to truly connect with her audience on a deeper level of meaning. When the void is present and the negative narrative wins, the truth cannot be fully found. So, this is where the emotional work begins.

On Netflix, there is a phenomenal show called RIVER that really takes us through the healing and processing of the wound. In RIVER, there is a twist at the start that you don’t see coming that involves the wound. It is very clever and very creative. When you understand the wound and how it stops River from moving forward, it connects with the audience in a very universal way. One of River’s flaws is his sense of denial and refusal to face the truth. In TV, the way that this is often dealt with is that there is a thematic link between the pilot arc and the season arc. The pilot arc is often one step toward healing the wound. In River, through the solving of the first case, we see how he gets answers to his own emotional void through his connection with the mom who lost her daughter and the boyfriend who confesses to killing her. River knows from the evidence that the boyfriend didn’t murder her. In working to understand the boy and what really happened, he is able to move deeper into his own process of healing. It is his digging into his own pain that leads to the answer of what happened with the boy and the girl.

When story is mastered at a level like these two stories, we all benefit. We see in process what the journey is in finding the answer to fill the void. When we learn to fill the void in story and in life, we pave a path to move forward and connect on a level that brings us true resolution.

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TV WEEKEND CHICAGO: MAY 5-7, 2017 ISA- FROM CONCEPT TO STUDIO DEAL

by on Mar.28, 2017, under events, Featured

May

05

TV Weekend Chicago: From Concept to Studio Deal!

by International Screenwriters’ Association

$224 – $374

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TV Weekend Chicago: From Concept to Studio Deal!

Fri, May 5, 2017, 3:00 PM – Sun, May 7, 2017, 6:00 PM CDT

$224 – $374

Event Information

Description

TV Weekend- CHICAGO: From Concept to Studio Deal!

EARLY Registration ends: APRIL 10th – $299 for 3 day pass
REGULAR Registration: April 11th – May 1st – $350 for 3 day pass

After our successful event in Los Angeles, we’re bringing the team to the midwest for another great TV weekend.

There’s never been a better time to write for TV. Some are saying we’ve moved past the Golden Age of Television right into the Platinum Age. That’s how big it’s gotten, but how do you break in? How do you get your start? What tools do you need to prepare yourself to compete?

Join us for this ISA Masters Series Seminar where you’ll learn the tools to develop a TV Pilot from concept to pitch, so you can land that studio deal or get staffed on a show. Every writer’s dream is to create longevity in this industry. Let the ISA and our esteemed guests help you!

Each paid registrant receives THE CRAFT COURSE (value $69) and a subscription to MovieMaker Magazine for FREE!

To kick off the ISA’s TV Weekend Chicago, we are presenting a lecture breaking down NBC’s TIMELESS and Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS by the ISA’s Director of Community Outreach and co-head of the ISA Development Program, Max Timm. Having launched The Craft Course in Screenwriting, and with over a decade of experience in working one-on-one with writers of all genres and formats, Max will share his insights, lessons, and breakdown of the most essential element of any TV series, the recurring moment.

Saturday we continue with top TV consultant, Jen Grisanti, who will teach you how to write a TV pilot that sells. Having spent years as a Current Programming Executive, Grisanti knows not only what it takes from a business perspective, but she offers a hands-on, immediately supportive approach to educating writers on what it takes to sell material to a network. After Jen, we will present career consultant and industry expert, Lee Jessup, who will share with you everything you need to know about becoming a working television writer. Lee’s clients continually move from novice, out-of-work screenwriters, to working and career-focused writers who are actually getting paid to do what they love! Both of our guest consultants are offering their expertise for what normally would take most clients weeks, if not months, to learn. Take advantage of their time and insights all in one day! (If you scroll down, you can read all about our fabulous guest consultants.)

On Sunday, veteran consultant and writing expert, Corey Mandell will help you improve your skills to pitch yourself and your ideas, an absolutely essential skill for anyone serious about launching or building a TV writing career. As a TV writer, you are not only attempting to sell a piece of writing, but it’s your responsibility to allow the industry to know who you are on a personal and professional level. Learning how to pitch yourself is just as essential as pitching your project. We will follow Corey’s class with an industry panel that will focus on how to make the most of your screenwriting career, intentions, and creative pursuits no matter where in the country you live. Then we will wrap up the day with an interactive pitch event where 10 lucky writers in attendance will get the chance to practice their pitch in front of a panel of industry pros, all of which will give you direct feedback and support.

The skills you’ll learn over this 3-day event will help you turn your good TV script into a great script, and get you ready to pitch and sell at the highest level. This is a highly competitive industry, so let us help you elevate your craft and your career. You can’t afford to miss this!

Open to all storytellers – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, producers, agents, actors, development executives and more are welcome to attend.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Friday, May 5th – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – NBC’s TIMELESS and Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS:
Breaking Down Story Through The Recurring Moment with Max Timm

Saturday, May 6th – 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

9:00 am – 1:15 pm – WRITING A PILOT THAT SELLS with Jen Grisanti

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Lunch

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – YOUR TELEVISION WRITING CAREER with Lee Jessup

Sunday, May 7th – 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

9:00 am – 12:15 pm – PITCHING PILOTS THAT SELL with Corey Mandell

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Industry Panel

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm – Pitching Event, Moderated by Corey Mandell

BREAKDOWN OF EVENTS and SPEAKERS

NBC’s TIMELESS and Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS:
Breaking Down Story Through The Recurring Moment with Max Timm

Friday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Audiences will tune in to watch a pilot episode due to the basic conceptual make-up of a particular show, its tone, and possibly a leading actor, but they continue watching the series if and when the well-crafted characters are entertaining, emotionally developed, and intertwined with a unique sequence of recurring and repeated action. What does all of that really mean? What kind of ride will you put your audience on, and more importantly, how do you develop a show that will continually entertain the audience week in and week out? Using examples from the hit NBC drama Timeless, and Netflix’s cult-favorite, Stranger Things, Max will break down the storylines for each show in order to prove how important it is to develop your own show’s recurring moment before ever writing a page of the script.

MAX TIMM

The Director of Community Outreach with the International Screenwriters’ Association, and with over a decade of experience in developing material and writers’ careers, Max Timm’s focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to ISA Industry Professionals. Having attended Holy Cross College at Notre Dame and then transferring to Columbia College Chicago to study screenwriting and producing, Max is a Midwesterner and Chicagoan at heart who prides himself on supporting creative people in as many ways possible. Recently he helped build a development program with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – eight writers received options and representation in 2015-16 because of Max’s assistance and support. His Personal Coaching Service develops working writers and their material much like a studio executive would, and his online classes, titled The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offer writers outside the Los Angeles area to take part in professional full development.

A development consultant, manager, and screenwriting instructor, Max is a screenwriter and author himself. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, will be a mentor in 2017 with the acclaimed Rocaberti Castle Writers Retreat, and travels nationally and internationally speaking at a multitude of industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, and even educating art program teachers through the LA Unified School District.

WRITING THE TV PILOT THAT SELLS:
Telling the Inside Story Through Structure and Emotion with Jen Grisanti

Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

The key to becoming a working writer or creating longevity as a working writer is writing a TV pilot script that they can’t ignore. The pilot script is one of the hardest to write. In this 4-hour Master Series class Jen Grisanti will take you through her story system that has led 44 of her clients to sell their pilots, five of which went to series. Part of her system includes story structure, writing memorable characters and character dynamics, creating a strong internal story and she will do a workshop element on adding fiction to your truth. She plans to discuss the following shows – FLEABAG (Amazon), WESTWORLD (HBO) and NIGHT MANAGER (AMC) and recommends that the participants watch the pilots for these shows.

JEN GRISANTI

Mentored by Aaron Spelling, one of the greatest executives and most prolific producers in the business, Jen learned early on how to develop a story and make a script the best it could be before it hit the air. She worked with the executive producers, showrunners and staff of over 15 primetime shows such as: Medium, Numbers, NCIS, Girlfriends, Charmed, Seventh Heaven, Melrose Place, 90210 and many more. She has helped to launch countless writing careers over the last twenty-five years. As a nine-year Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a 12-year former studio executive and a panelist for the WGA and DGA, she also helped other creative talents see the business through the eyes of an executive. Jen’s system for telling and selling story has also led to SEVENTY-FIVE OF HER WRITERS GETTING STAFFED.

YOUR TELEVSION WRITING CAREER
with Lee Jessup

Saturday: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

In this 3-hour Master Series class Lee will share with you everything you need to know about becoming a working television writer. This session will explore the current television landscape, the realities and requirements for landing the agent or manager who will become instrumental for connecting you with the television industry, the various paths available for staffing on a show or selling your pilot, the contests, fellowships and programs available to writers seeking to stand out in the television space, and much more.

LEE JESSUP

Lee is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter’s ongoing professional development. Her clients include working screenwriters who have sold screenplays and pilots to major studios and booked writing assignments, staffed television writers, best-selling authors, television writing programs and feature fellowships participants, contest winners, as well as emerging screenwriters just starting on their screenwriting journey. In her role as career coach, Lee serves as a sort of industry guidance counselor, adviser, drill Sargent, cheerleader, confidant and strategic partner. Lee’s knowledge and expertise in the space have been utilized by such entities as the WGA, NBC International, and FilmCourage, to name a few, as well as screenwriting conferences and film festivals across the United States and around the world. Her previous book, Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career is a bestseller, and her next book Breaking In: Tales From the Screenwriting Trenches is due out from Focal Press in late 2016/early 2017. Additionally, she has been the interview subject of countless podcasts and screenwriting-centric websites. With her husband, two children, a dog, two cats, and hippie parents living upstairs, Lee currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to shepherd, champion and challenge her stable of talented, ambitious and dedicated writers.

PITCHING PILOTS THAT SELL
with Corey Mandell

Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

The ability to pitch yourself and your ideas is an absolutely essential skill for anyone serious about launching or building a TV writing career. In addition to knowing what is required to sell an original idea in the current marketplace, writers need to know how to effectively market themselves in the room in order to land a staff writing job. In this 3-hour Master Series Class, Corey teaches the specific pitching skills and techniques that have helped his students and clients sell pitches to all of the major broadcast, cable and streaming buyers.

COREY MANDELL

Corey is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Walt Disney Pictures and more.

His Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshops offer an alternative to the same old tired rules and formulas found in most screenwriting classes, books and seminars. In the past three years, 87 graduates of his classes have sold original pilots. Others have been staffed on such shows as Community, The Fosters, Jane The Vigrin, Bones, Justificed, BoJack Horseman, The Mentalist, Marvel’s Agents of the Shield, Up All Night, Rosewood, The Leftovers, Treme and more.

INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION – Navigating the Screenwriting Business and Breaking into Hollywood from Chicago
moderated by ISA’s Max Timm

Sunday: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the ISA as we host a panel of distinguished industry guests who will focus on how to make the most of your screenwriting career, intentions, and creative pursuits no matter where in the country you live. With a focus on the Chicago creative community, the ISA will bring you an educational, empowering, and inspiring panel that will get you excited to pursue your writing dreams, with a practical and realistic approach.

ANGIE GAFFNEY

Angie Gaffney is a Midwest-based producer and entrepreneur who serves as the President of Black Apple Media and Co-Founder of Stage 18 Chicago.

CRAIG J. HARRIS

A veteran TV Producer with numerous credits and hundreds of hours of produced programming, including CNN’s Chicagoland and A&E’s The First 48, Craig J. Harris is also an award winning Writer, whose work has been recognized with five Emmys and a Telly Award.

More panelists TBD soon.

PITCHING EVENT and COMPETITION
moderated by Corey Mandell

Sunday: 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Ten lucky writers registered for TV Weekend will get the chance to pitch our Producer’s Panel. The panel will provide notes and give advice on their pitch. The top two pitches will receive a FREE ISA Development Program Evaluation valued at $199!

To apply to pitch you must be registered for TV Weekend. Once you are confirmed you’ll receive an email notification with the information needed to submit to pitch. All pitches will be considered, 10 will be chosen to pitch on stage. Please come prepared to pitch or listen and learn, and be sure to have fun!

HOTEL LODGING & TRANSPORTATION

We do not have any arrangement with local hotels but here is a list you can check out to secure your stay:

Travel to and from the event is up to you. There is a train station location nearby. Please refer to the Chicago Transit Authority for details.

THE CRAFT COURSE

All registrants for TV Weekend will receive The Craft Course ($69 value) for FREE!*

Presented as an online version of the live Master Class hosted by Max Timm in Los Angeles, this course was inspired by his popular writing podcast, The Craft, and will offer you exclusive podcast episodes only online class writers will receive.

Receive immediate access to all lessons, lectures, and audio, and the material provided within this full development screenwriting course will help you build your script, one step at a time. This course allows you to work at your own pace and finish a script in less than 12 weeks!

With the amount of material that is covered in this course, you will not find a more inexpensive course on screenwriting that offers as much as The Craft Course. The International Screenwriters’ Association takes pride in offering services to writers without breaking the bank. Take advantage of what is offered here and we promise you will come away with a stronger draft of your script had you tried to go this route alone.

So jump in and get ready to write!

*Valid only for Craft Course-Online Only, or as a discount from other Craft Courses. A discount code will be emailed to you upon completion of your payment for TV Weekend.

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM EVALUATION

 

For a limited time, you can add an ISA Development Program Evaluaton ($199 value) for only $150 with your TV Weekend registration.

The ISA Development Program can now be accessed through application! This specialized program was created to develop and support emerging screenwriters who have yet to secure an agent or manager, while helping writers better navigate this highly competitive business to find a path to break through. Our mission is to ultimately help you get represented and sell your work.

After applying and regardless of acceptance into the program, your material will receive a full evaluation with up to five pages of notes. Your project will be rated and considered for inclusion in the ISA’s Development Program and, if accepted, will immediately enable you and your project to be submitted to ISA approved agents, managers, production companies, producers and more.

EIGHT writers in the program have signed with an agency or had their work optioned in the past TEN months. You can find out more about the ISA Development Program below, or by visiting www.networkisa.org.

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – APRIL 7TH at PALOMAR HOTEL at 6:30 p.m.

by on Mar.26, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ April 7, 2017 ~ NEW LOCATION: Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, April 6, 2017

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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge area.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Double Take is all about the energy of the west Los Angeles modern bar scene that effortlessly compliments an avant-garde approach to classic comfort cuisine. With an edgy aesthetic that pays homage to the local independent filmmakers who took part in making Los Angeles what it is today.

Double Take, A New Beverly Hills Restaurant – Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Chef Bryan Podgorski’s serves up unfussy, market-inspired snacks, salads and entrées that shine with Southern California ingredients. Grab coffee and house-baked pastries on your way out in the morning or linger over breakfast while working in the lounge. After work, let Sarah Mengoni’s updated takes on classic cocktails mellow you into evening.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge:

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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

 

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
  • Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
  • Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

  • From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
  • Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

 

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00 – with validation at the bar.

 

Admission:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

 Happy Networking!

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FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – MARCH 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at THE CRESCENT HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS

by on Feb.10, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social Event ~ March 3, 2017 ~ NEW LOCATION

Event Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017. 

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This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at the CRESCENT HOTEL, in the Lounge area (inside and outside), in Beverly Hills.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

 

Warm, approachable and sincere service is what we are about. We like our work and we love our hotel: Our guests often tell us that it feels like a happy family and we couldn’t agree more. As a true home away from home, the true spirit of hospitality lives on at The Crescent Hotel.

The Crescent Hotel is a wonderful setting for gatherings big & small both social & professional. Described as a “jetsetter’s villa” (t+l magazine), the Crescent Hotel, established in 1927, is an historic art deco space with artistic décor and an inviting staff.

Join us at the CRESCENT HOTEL.

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Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

NEW LOCATION:

The Crescent Hotel  

403 North Crescent Drive 

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone # 310-247-0505

 

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the 405 Freeway ~ 3.2 miles:

  • Go east on Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Turn right onto North Crescent Drive
  • Hotel on the right side – you have arrived.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00

Parking garage across the street is $6.00

 

ADMISSION:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Happy hour food prices will be provided for our Networking Group!  Some food will be provided.

Happy Networking!

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CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE SCREENWRITING AND YOGA RETREAT IN NICARAGUA – MAY 22 – MAY 28, 2017

by on Feb.03, 2017, under events, Featured

Alta is teaming up with Screencraft to bring you an intensive screenwriting and yoga retreat in Nicaragua! Join fellow writers and yoga enthusiasts for a 6-day intimate experience that delves into the craft of screenwriting and creative writing. Increase clarity, focus and inspiration to support your creative potential through optional daily yoga and meditation sessions.

Jen Grisanti—former studio executive, acclaimed story consultant, and writing instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge—leads us through an exceptional writing workshop. In the morning, instructional classes on valuable story tools and a system of story hones your unique voice as a writer along with the voices of your characters. Afternoons include writing workshops, excursions and free writing time. Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration or seeking completion of your novel, TV pilot or feature screenplay, this retreat will take your writing to the next level!

Jake Paul White, yoga instructor and design expert, leads us through twice daily optional yoga sessions and meditations. All yoga experience levels are welcome! The practice of yoga opens your body and mind to deeper learning, providing you with opportunities to unlock your full creative potential and achieve personal growth. Jake also leads additional discussions on topics including branding yourself and breaking into creative industries.

Life comes in many shades, both positive and negative. Writing explores life in both its light and dark experiences, together forming the hero’s journey. This is the journey you are about to embrace—identifying your voice and message and writing from a place of emotional truth. You will go through a system of story that has led many of Jen’s clients to sell their stories and become working writers in Hollywood and beyond. There is so much to learn from story tools in fiction that you can apply to your life and your own personal narrative. Writing is healing. When you do the emotional work, your story evolves.

This pristine jungle paradise on the Emerald Coast is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and break away from typical distractions that hinder your growth. Sources for inspiration include surfing, kayaking, horseback riding and jungle trekking. This retreat is a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and get to know other inspiring, talented writers. You will leave feeling revived, with the tools necessary to access your full potential as a creator and achieve success in your writing career.

Instructors

Jen Grisanti

Writing instructor, story consultant and author 

jengrisanti.com

Jen is an international speaker, acclaimed story/career consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., writing instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success. In 2008, Jen launched a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Jen has worked with over 800 writers specializing in television, features and novels.  Due to her expertise and mentorship, seventy-five of her writers have been staffed on television shows and forty have sold pilots, five that that went to series. She has taught classes, led workshops and served on panels at some of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting conferences. Jen will be available for one-on-one story consultations at an additional cost.

Follow Jen on Instagram: @jengrisanti

Jake Paul White

Yoga instructor and designer

jpwyoga.com

Jake is a UK based yoga instructor and designer who has been studying the art of movement for over 10 years. With over 1000 hours of trainings in yoga, Budokon yoga and Acroyoga under his belt, his motivation to share, teach and give is completely clear. Jake builds his classes on two principles: balance and creativity. He believes that balance and unification between the mind and body are key components to any class, while creativity allows for the freedom of self-expression. Jake is also highly trained in alignment and adjustments to make any student—from beginners to experts—feel safe and comfortable. His classes aim to inspire and challenge you, allowing you to become more self-aware, as well as more powerful. From the physical pose to the non-physical mind, this is where the journey lies. Jake has taught at retreats and yoga festivals around the world, in addition to teaching regular classes at London’s popular Another_Space Studio. When not on his mat, Jake does branding and design work for some of the most influential yogis and yoga brands—including Alta Retreats!

Follow Jake on Instagram: @jake_paul_white

“Jen Grisanti gave me the tools to mine my own experiences and translate them into any genre. She has a rare expertise in crafting story with both emotional depth and efficient structure… And what’s more, she’s an ace at teaching others how to do it.”

– Gina Montreal, Co-Executive Producer at NCIS
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