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WINNERS! 2017 WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION

Nov 1, 2017 3:05PM


AND THE WINNERS ARE...



OVERALL WINNER (GRAND PRIZE)

ISABELLE'S STARTING TO HAPPEN by Paul Haddad


BEST IN CATEGORY - SCREENPLAY

BLACK HOLE MOJO by Chris Calzia


BEST IN CATEGORY - TV PILOT

ISABELLE'S STARTING TO HAPPEN by Paul Haddad


BEST IN CATEGORY - SOURCE MATERIAL

BEYOND THE GLASS by Francis DiClemente


BEST IN CATEGORY - PITCH

 ABOVE by Brooke Sorenson


RUNNERS UP

FORESTER by Kortney Hartz

KAYFABE by Ewan Muir

AMERICAN DREAMERS by Michael Cummings


FINALISTS for NexTV's 2017 WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION

Nov 1, 2017 2:13PM




Congratulations to the FINALISTS of NexTV's WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION.

Incredibly talented group of artists!




SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

BLACK HOLE MOJO by Chris Calzia

AMERICAN DREAMERS by Michael Cummings

ACROSS THE POND by Andrea Harding



TV PILOT FINALISTS

ITHACA by MIke De Caro

ISABELLE'S STARTING TO HAPPEN by Paul Haddad

FORESTER by Kortney Hartz

PROPOGANDA by Benjamin Kramer

KAYFABE by Ewan Muir

MASTERS & DEMONS by Alexandra Segel



SOURCE MATERIAL FINALISTS

BEYOND THE GLASS by Francis DiClemente



PITCH FINALISTS

WILD KITCHEN by Caroline Cox

ABOVE by Brooke Sorenson




SEMI-FINALISTS for NEXTV'S WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION

Jun 23, 2017 2:55PM




Congratulations to the SEMI-FINALISTS of NexTV's WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION.

It was a very tough field of competitors.  We are proud of all who submitted.



SEMI-FINALISTS

Deborah Allen La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle
Christopher Charles Calzia State of Ethan
Daven Catalfo Uncle Woozy's Magical Trunk of Extrordinary Things
Michael Barbuto Ash Global
Frank Barranca Wingwoman
Jennifer Bouani Loose Canon
Laura Linda Bradley Laura Show
Theo Breaux Then What Happened? (teaser)
Theo Breaux Then What Happened? (written)
Vincent Brown Rising Sun
Brendan Byrne Walkers
Chris Calzia Black Hole Mojo
Alfred Thomas Catalfo Oil and Water
Katie Cocquyt &  Peggy Sweeney The Ghosts of Magnoia Grove
Cecilia Copeland Talatrics
Sharon Correa Crystal
Dana Cowden Cure
Caroline Cox Wild Kitchen
Michael Cummings American Dreamers
Marcelle A. Davis Lazarus
Mike De Caro Ithaca
Ludovico de Maistre The World in Slow Motion - Ethiopia 
Francis DiClemente Beyond the Glass
Chiara Farina Svarga
Sean Galloway Crockett & Tubs: An American Adventure
Ian Gilbertson Dirty Paws & Kitty Cat Claws: Raining Cats & Dogs
Leland Gill Quantum Hiils
Reggie Greene !00% Sketch Comedy Show
Hilliard Guess South Philly
Jack Gunter Wally Winchester
Paul Haddad Paradise Palms
Paul Haddad Isabelle's Starting to Happen
Andrea Harding Across The Pond
Kortney Hartz Forester
Ace Hasan Word of Mouth
Patty Hickman Fallen Angels
Benjamin Hinnant Gundown
Caullen Hudson How to Rob
Ai Kiyono inFORTYlity
Benjamin Kramer Propaganda
Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel The Experiment
Scott Liapis Hunters Pointe
Paul Loeschke Beltway Bandits
Chris Marshall Granted
Christina Masciotti Ways and Means
Kahlil Maskati Amir Was Here
Rod McLachlan Reclamation
Francisco Mendoza Land Most Loved
Irfan Merchant Hardmode
David Minaskanian Ms. Littlefield
William Monette Next Great Comedy Show
Kristen Motley Swing State
Ewan Muir Kayfabe
Aron Myers Book club
Paul Nash Bay's End
Alessandro Nicolaci Ellis
Esa Nurminen Muffia Family
Esa Nurminen Esther Code
Demitra Papadinis
Paul Rose Jr. 
Wonderful
Daddy's Girl
Jennifer Rudin Lucy in the Sky
Natalie Sanchez Papryka
Mark Sarian Last Resort
Alexandra Segel Masters & Demons
Alexandra Segel Masters & Demons Bible
Alexander Shifman Crossed Swords
Theodore Soderberg Mob Chick
Ben Soper Devil in Evelyn
Brooke Sorenson Above
Joe Thristino Veeck City
Hamish Tildesley Breakers
Darryl Udell My Moms Better than yours!
Tychicus Vasquez Bishop
Ri Versteegh Stay until you're dead
Ri Versteegh Dinner with Comedians
Shell Walker-Cook Bandit Day Operation Sandman
Ryan Scott Warren Fuller


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2017 Writing & Pitch Competition Quarter-Finalists

May 2, 2017 7:47PM




Congratulations to the QUARTER-FINALISTS of NexTV's WRITING & PITCH COMPETITION.

We are proud and excited to present this talented group of storytellers! 



QUARTER-FINALISTS
Bert Adams Security!
Jay Adams Downward Departure
Timeelah Adamson Love Ordained
Bill Albert In the Shadows of November
deborah allen Ambivalent Chef
deborah allen La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle
Jason Ancona The Monarch Guild
Anthoney Andersen The Crazy Adventures of Maximus and Lola
Christopher Andre Stranded
Christopher Charles Baker State of Ethan
Daven Baptiste Uncle Woozy's Magical Trunk of Extrordinary Things
Daven Baptiste Yes and…
Michael Barbuto Ash Global
Frank Barranca Wingwoman
Julia Bellehumeur The System
Joshua Bennett Six Degrees of Deception
Jim Bernfield Hacks
Darren Bevill Lovecraft
Melynda Bissmeyer Society Cons
Christopher Blackwell Double Vengeance
Roger Blonder Philucifer
Jennifer Bouani Loose Canon (Pilot)
Laura Linda Bradley Laura Show
Theo Breaux Then What Happened?

Freedom Bridgewater Let Freedom Reign
Dylan Brody As Real As it Gets
Vincent Brown Rising Sun
mike brown Woman of Great Spirit
Brendan Byrne Walkers
Oliver Mack Calhoun Set Life Script
Chris Calzia Black Hole Mojo
Elodie Cammarata Killer Mom
Lilly Camp Heathens Pilot
Alfred Thomas Catalfo Oil and Water
Debbie Clark No Room For Trouble
michael cochran Funhouse
Katie Cocquyt The Ghosts of Magnolia Grove
Luis  Colon For the Music
Russell Comber Falling Out
Cecilia Copeland Talatrics
Sharon Correa Crystal 
Dana Cowden Cure
Caroline Cox Wild Kitchen
Stuart Creque Stoners Vs. Vampires
Ryan Cross Jump Out Boyz
Michael Cummings American Dreamers
Michael Danon Adult Life of Dick and Ted
Marcelle A. Davis Lazarus- Pilot Episode
Mike De Caro Ithaca
Ludovico de Maistre The World in Slow Motion - Ethiopia by Tuk Tuk
Alex deCourville Pinheads Pitch Video
Aadip Desai White Knuckling
David Di Pietro The Transhumans
Francis DiClemente Beyond the Glass
Claudia DiMartino 2118
Thad Donovan Broken
Louis Eugene Making It Work
John Everett The Murder Gram
Chiara Farina Svarga
Peter Ferriero Make Room For Danny
Michael  Flores Temporary Insanity
Chelsea Frei Hostess
David Gaffney Dark Consequences
Sean Galloway Crockett & Tubs: An American Adventure
Tommy Garcia Tortas y Mas!
Chris Gebhardt Techycardia
Ian Gilbertson Dirty Paws & Kitty Cat Claws: Raining Cats & Dogs
Leland Gill Quantum Hiils
Rick Gonzales Kodachrome
Marcus Goodwin The Exchange
Maarten Goulooze Mr. Miltwood
Staci Greason Phoenix Rising
Jason Green Dead Air
Ellen Greenberg Ruses are Red
Reggie Greene !00% Sketch Comedy Show
James Griffiths Puppets
Jomel Guanzon Between Love & Faith
Hilliard Guess Man Made Plague
Hilliard Guess South Philly
Brett Guida Endless Seven
Fran Gully Make Our Officials Accountable
Jack Gunter Wally Winchester: book one
Jack Gunter Wally Winchester: Egg Rocker
Jack Gunter Wally Winchester: Soft Focus
Paul Haddad Paradise Palms - Pilot
Paul Haddad Isabelle's Starting to Happen - Pilot
Ada Lee Halofsky Throwing Shade
Tiela Halpin The Adventures of Kitty Zombie
Lisa Hammer The Willows
Ken Hanenberg Lucky Lefty
Andrea Harding Across The Pond
Kortney Hartz Forester
Ace Hasan Word of Mouth
Ace Hasan Somato
Dan Hass The Upside of Over
patrick helfrich MindScrape
Jack Henslee What Ever Happened To
Jack Henslee 'N' Word
Patty Hickman Blood Collectors
Patty Hickman Fallen Angels - Pilot 'A Good Man is Hard to Find'
Jack  Hicks Borders
David Hill Larry's Best Friend
Hollis (Hollie) Himmelman In-Dependents
Jason Hindo Downy Piss
Elizabeth Hinnant Art Squad
Benjamin Hinnant First Cut
Benjamin Hinnant Gundown
Greg Hopkinson Boundless
Courtney Houston Clean The Streets Project
Matt Hubsher Signal
Caullen Hudson How to Rob
Lynn Hunter The Dooples
Abdullah Idrees Life-22 - Posthumous
Harker Jones Never Have I Ever
Jenny Joslin Dumas script
Jimmy Kelly Rogue Hero: Or How I Got My Mom Her Job Back
Timothy Kestrel Rangers
Timothy Kestrel Rangers - Video Pitch
Eugene Khazin HELL Inc. 
Ai Kiyono inFORTYlity
Benjamin Kramer Propaganda
Jeffrey Langham Father, Forgive Me "Past Sins"
Rico Lara-Marin Owner Of A Lonely Heart
TaeSun Lee Dead Dancers Society
TaeSun Lee A kind of the State
TaeSun Lee Mad Extras
TaeSun Lee Poem-haters
TaeSun Lee Boy Scout_no.555
Ted Leger Shady Valley
Lynda Lemberg & Jeffrey Allen Russel The Experiment
Devin Leonard After Midnight
SCOTT LIAPIS Hunters Pointe
Paul Loeschke Beltway Bandits
Rich Logis Honest Abe
Jeff Mahoney Killer Shrimp
Christopher  Manson Moguls
Aaron Mara Dick - Ep. 101 - Pilot
Joseph Marrino Sold Short
Chris Marshall Granted
Chris Courtney Martin Prodigal
Wally Marzano-Lesnevich Train
Christina Masciotti Ways and Means
Kahlil Maskati Amir Was Here (Pitch)
Ryan McChesney Sunday Morning
Kevin McKeown Peacho Bando: The Last Laser-Hunter
Rod McLachlan Reclamation
David Meadows Thing with the Guy
Francisco Mendoza Land Most Loved
Irfan Merchant Hardmode
David Minaskanian Ms. Littlefield - Pilot
William Monette Next Great Comedy Show
Jeffrey Morin Roona
Kristen Motley Swing State
Ewan Muir Kayfabe
Michelle Murad  Jewish by Association
Aron Myers Book club
Paul Nash Bay's End
Viet Nguyen Soldier of Fortune
Mary Nguyen Dark Comedy
Alessandro Nicolaci Ellis
Esa Nurminen Muffia Family
Esa Nurminen Esther Code
Seregon O'Dassey Absynthia
Erich Onzik Rubbers
Abhilassh P Bhattacharrya Steve Brown and his Seve Secrets
Micah Paisner Best Rate Guaranteed
Demitra Papadinis Wonderful (w/ WGAw info)
JONNY PASVOLSKY Import - Teaser
Gordon Phipps Antonia Always - Antonia Joins the Union 
Kevin Piazza Desolate
Heidi Putallaz Millennial Rules
Heidi Putallaz Millennial Rules
Luis Remesar Ignominy
Jason  Roberts Lie. Cheat. Kill.
Brandon Robinson The Lost Ones
Joanne Rose You Had Me At Aloha
Paul Rose Jr Daddy's Girl
Leigh Rudd Fashion Sharks
Jennifer Rudin Lucy in the Sky
Natalie Sanchez Papryka
Mark Sarian Last Resort
William Luke Schreiber Hard Dead Nazi Dick
Alexandra Segel Masters & Demons
Todd  Serlin Disruption
Alexander Shifman Crossed Swords
Mark Snelling The Order Sanctus
Theodore Soderberg Mob Chick
Malcolm J. Solomon Darnell
Ben Soper Devil in Evelyn
Brooke Sorenson Above
Sandra Stoodley Treasures within Act 1
Monique Sypolt SEC-5 
Mike  Targus Mr. Everything
Xia Judy Tatum New Millennium
Scott Marshall Taylor Andy Pansky's A Corporate Lackey
Scott Marshall Taylor Mr. Dave Show Show
Steven Terrezza Mysterious Roots
Joe Thristino Veeck City
Hamish Tildesley Breakers
Aaron Toronto Rezball
Marisa Torre A Pearl Before Swine
Michael Toth Born in Blood
Sergio Tronco The Knowledge of the Night
Darryl Udell My Moms Better than yours!
Judy Vann Albert's Lie 2015
Judy Vann Save Kill Father Son
Tychicus Vasquez Bishop 
Ri Versteegh Reluctant Living
Ri Versteegh Dinner with Comedians
Ri Versteegh Sister Pact
Ri Versteegh Stay until you're dead
Arthur Vincie Spectral City Pilot
Shell Walker-Cook Bandit Day Operation Sandman
Ryan Scott Warren Fuller
David White Silencers
Dan Whitehead Disconnected
Luke Yankee The Lavendar Mofia
Yaron Yarkoni Shish Kebab Western


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AGENTING YOUR CAREER - How Screenwriters can take control of their careers.

Feb 7, 2017 9:29PM

SO YOU'VE FINISHED YOUR SCRIPT...NOW WHAT?

 by Randy Becker (founder, NexTV Entertainment)

How many times have you spent months and months pouring your heart onto the page, only to be stopped in your tracks the moment you’ve finished it. You pass it around to some friends. You do endless rewrites. You enter it into competitions. Maybe another rewrite. You post it on a screenwriting site like Inktip or The Blacklist. You do all of the things writers who are trying to break in do… and you're STILL not getting it to the people who actually need to read it....the decision-makers. You're still not seeing the kind of career progress you know that you need, in order to reach your goals.


I transitioned from being an artist to being a guy who represented artists. That meant I didn't make money unless I could figure out how to SELL scripts and raise money...period. The system I had to learn that allowed me to build strong relationships and help set up my clients' projects all over town, is the same system YOU can use for your own career as a writer or filmmaker.

 

This article will lay out a whole new approach for screenwriters and filmmakers; a STEP-BY-STEP system for navigating the industry effectively... one that you can practice and get better at each time you dive in.  One that will put you in the driver’s seat of your career.

 

If you like it, share it with other artists. If you hate it...let me know...and I'll probably try to convince you why you're wrong. I tend to do that.

 

So take off your writer hat, for just a second, and put on that Agent or Producer hat. It's not as uncomfortable as you might think, and I promise you that thousands of scripts get sold with this hat on. Millions upon millions of dollars are made when the Agent turns on his or her system. And it IS a system…the same steps every stinkin’ time.

 

Are you ready to AGENT YOUR OWN CAREER?

 

STEP 1 - CLARIFY WHO YOU ARE?

Until you are absolutely clear with who you are in this industry, it will be very difficult to make any progress. What impact are you trying to make? What is your 'genius'? How can you benefit others?  Reaching out will always need to be about how you can benefit the people you are reaching out to. Not just with the specific project you have to pitch, but in an ongoing way.  They must see you as a valuable part of their own career-build....I therefore strongly recommend STEP 2.

 

STEP 2 - BUILD YOUR PRODUCTION COMPANY

The best way to codify who you are and what you bring to the industry (and the world) is to put a "company" in place that is a true representation of this. We'll call that your PRODUCTION COMPANY. You may already have one, but spend time getting very clear with your mission, goals and what you bring to the industry anyway, because this company will be absolutely essential for helping you move forward (not just a place-holder or vanity thing...it's a strategic must).

 

STEP 3 - LEARN HOW SCRIPTS ARE BOUGHT AND SOLD

You have to learn how this industry works.  How projects are financed.  How companies and people are stacked up in order to make a project viable.  You'll need to learn who is financing TV, what criteria film financiers use to determine 'value', etc....

This will be an ongoing process, but make it a priority so you are not the only one in the room who is clueless about the realities of our business.

 

STEP 4 - FIND YOUR TARGETS

When you know what you want to accomplish FOR YOUR CAREER, in 5 years and have a company that is the embodiment of that, and you have a basic sense of how it all works, now you have to identify the producers, execs, companies, et al...that you will need to have in your network in order to get this done. Who is doing the kind of work you will be doing when you are in full swing? These, and only these, are the people you will be focusing on, moving forward.

Note: don't think about your individual projects yet. Think much more broadly. For you to succeed in this industry, you will need to bring many, many projects out, so today's passion pieces are just your opening salvos.


STEP 5 - CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL TO LEAD WITH

Consider 3 things:

     a) YOUR GENIUS - the material that moves you most and you are best at delivering.

     b) Your specific long-term industry GOALS.

     c) The RELATIONSHIPS you will need in order to get there.

To be clear, I am not suggesting that you consider the needs of the people you want to build relationships WHEN CREATING YOUR WORK.  That, of course, needs to be done in an authentic, protected space so your creative self does not get distracted.  However, WHEN DECIDING ON WHICH OF YOUR PROJECTS TO LEAD WITH you will have to consider the marketplace.

So...if you are working to build a career as a feature film writer/director who does meaningful, Academy Award-winning dramas, leading with, say, a low-budget horror, may not get you in touch with the people who you'll need for that goal.  YOU MUST SEE EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE AS PART OF THE LONG PLAY TOWARDS YOUR GOALS.  You are not going to sell most of the things you write.  Sorry...that's true for EVERYONE in this business.  But you CAN make progress with every move you make, if each move gets you in touch with people you need in your network, in a powerful way.

So...is that script you've written the perfect one to lead with?  If so, why?  Look a few steps ahead in your calculations.  Will this serve the people you need in my network?  If not, do you have other material that makes more sense?  Maybe you can find other material that is better...remember, it's all about building strong relationships which will pay out for your own career in a big way!

 

STEP 6 - GET YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER

Artists can only build their careers, if they are either independently wealthy (would be nice, eh?), or if they have a sustainable revenue source that affords them enough time to take on the huge tasks of navigating the entertainment industry.  If you are jumping from your money-making world to your creative career and there is no cross-pollination, you may find that it is difficult to do ether as well as you could.  As we begin building a real production company, creating a viable short-term and long-term revenue model will be important.  In some cases that may mean that you use the same resources and skills you use for your creative career to make money.  In other cases it may simply mean that you'll need to begin aiming your revenue 'machine towards the people who you need to build relationships with for your career.  Ex: a client of mine is a very talented writer and filmmaker.  He also produces events. He now does high-end events for the same entertainment companies that he needs for his creative career.  Guess who he is building strong personal relationships with?  Because he is clear with his MISSION and the overall impact he wants to have in the world, it was not complicated to align the films he was working on with the companies he supported with his events. 

There are many other ways to approach this, but one way or another, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE GAME LONG ENOUGH TO BREAK THROUGH. Eventually you'll earn all of your money (reliably) as a writer or filmmaker, but that will take time.

 

NOW BACK TO YOUR CAREER...

 

STEP 7 - MAKE PHONE CALLS (aka MARKET RESEARCH)

You will need to MAKE CONTACT WITH EACH AND EVERY COMPANY/EXEC/PRODUCER ON YOUR LIST

Before you can ever sell anything in this industry or any industry, you need to build relationships and you need to clarify who needs what...and how they need it to be presented. Anyone who has tried to make cold calls to studios, networks or production companies has heard "no unsolicited material" many times...SO DO NOT TRY TO SELL ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. Don't even think about your project. Don't pretend you are calling for one thing, but really you are looking for a chance to pitch your project. If your project is in your mind at all...you will get shut down...as you should get shut down.

Would you like a stranger showing up at your place of work, trying to sell you a vacuum cleaner when you have a ton of work to do....and you don't even have carpets? NO, so don't call to sell anything.

You need to find out what these companies and execs NEED. And know that content is only a small part of the equation. They may only deal with partially funded projects, or films with directors attached, or TV with NO attachments, or....you get the picture.

Put yourself in the shoes of the development exec you are calling. Before you bring anything to your boss, what do you think needs to be in place to feel like you have a chance at impressing him/her?  What do you imagine is a non-starter?  If you don't know, these are great questions to ask.  

 

STEP 8 – DECIDE ON A FINANCING MODEL

How will your project actually get made?  Whether it is film or TV, big, fat studio projects or tiny indies, knowing how your project is most likely to see its way onto the screen is an essential part of your strategic process.

That means you’ll need to learn a bit about Film and TV Finance.  Just a bit, so don’t get too stressed about it. 

This is important because it will tell you what needs to be in place before someone will actually write the check to finance your project.  TV is generally financed by studios (not networks).  UCP, Lions Gate TV, Sony TV, Fox TV Studios, etc… Knowing what the studios you’ll be approaching need in place before they can consider your project will give you some clear marching orders.   Same thing goes for film.  What makes your film “worth the money” that you are asking an investor to fork over?  More on this later.

 

STEP 9 - GET YOUR PITCH IN SHAPE

As you get crystal clear about who you are as an artist (and what your company does)...and as you get clearer with what your network NEEDS...and you begin nailing down the material to lead with...your next step is to create a compelling way to communicate both the content and the value of the content.  That can translate in to a powerful logline, synopsis, one-sheet, sizzle reel, phone pitch, in-person pitch, depending on your strategy for approaching the marketplace.

And if you really think like an Agent, you'll have to craft a compelling "marketing narrative".  What about this material or this artist is perfectly in line with the elements that need to be in place for a buyer or exec to be able to say yes?

When I was selling scripts, I'd always have to think about that narrative.  If it's a first-time director, how do I speak about the material in a way that mitigates that potential liability.  If it's a drama, how do I highlight the things, aside from the story, that a drama must deliver in order for it to be viable; namely, brilliant opportunities for marquee CAST to dive in to.

This is where your knowledge of the industry is key.  It is also where you can apply the specific things you learned during the "MAKING CALLS/MARKET RESEARCH" phase.

 

STEP 10- TEST THE MARKETPLACE WITH YOUR MATERIAL

The marketplace is fluid, it shifts and it can feel unpredictable.  Having said that, people who spend their lives and make their livings on a day-to-day basis buying and selling scripts know what works and doesn't for them.

Getting feedback from friends and even from people who provide feedback for a living is not the same as getting feedback from those currently in the marketplace.

Before bringing your material out in a robust way, it's always useful to consider slipping your material to a few people to test the marketplace.  First of all, it gives them a first look at material that they otherwise might have to fend off competitors for, so that is a kind thing for you to do for them.  More importantly, you may get some consistent feedback, or no feedback, that is worth looking at. 


STEP 11 - MAKE ADJUSTMENTS

A huge part of a professional writer’s job will be filtering feedback properly, then making useful adjustments.  After reaching out to a few key industry folks, this is a time to tweak your approach or even the material itself.   

Remember that most people in this industry are smart and motivated to TELL GREAT STORIES just like you are.  You may have a vision for your project that is simply not being communicated or is not attractive to the people you are bringing this to.  Back when I was repping artists, I would do one of two things.  Either suggest that we make adjustments to the material or to the approach to selling it, OR…. suggest that we move on to other material so we don’t present material that will not resonate with the companies we need to build relationships with.

This is very, very difficult when you’ve poured your heart and soul into a script.  Tenacity is essential, but objectivity is too.  Your scripts are not going anywhere.  Some are much more likely to sell next year or after you’ve built stronger relationships.  If you expose the material before it is ready, you may be cutting off future opportunities for it. 


STEP 12 - PACKAGING

Assuming you are going forward with this, now it’s time to DIVE IN TO THE MARKETPLACE.  Strategy is everything. 

Remember your “financing model” from STEP 7? Now is the time to get some of those key elements on board.

I always say that there are 3 kinds of people:  MONEY, TALENT and the people who CONNECT the two.

Before you (the talent) go to a buyer (the money), it’s likely that you will need connectors on board that allow a buyer to take the material seriously.  We call that PACKAGING!   How you create a collection of “ASSETS” to bring out will make all of the difference. 

Work your way backwards from the person or entity that will be writing the check to figure out who needs to be on board and in what order.  If you determine that you need, say, a marquee actor on board before Lions Gate will write the check, your next task will be to figure out what will allow a big actor to look at the material. Usually you’ll require a director.  Well, what will allow you to connect with relevant directors?  Probably a producer or production company.  Notice that AGENTS are not part of this equation.  While they are very important, it’s unlikely you will find support among agents until you have serious momentum behind the project, so don’t bother trying. 


And FINALLY - LET IT RIP!


You can spend days, months, years, getting ready to be ready.  When it comes down to it, you may simply need to get your material out…period….whether you have the right package in place or not!

 

This is where all of those phone calls you made during the “MARKET RESEARCH” phase will come back to support everything you do.  Not just because you have accurate information about what each company needs and how they need to see it presented, but because “NO UNSOLICITED MATERIAL” only applies to people the executive does not know.  You will be going BACK to each of these execs.  You will be bringing them exactly what THEY said they need and… if you’ve done this right, you will have been nurturing each of those relationships all along the way.

 

So…is this quick?  No.

Is this easy? Not always.

Does this work?  It depends on how you define success.  If you do this right, you WILL build relationships and move your career forward.

 

Will you sell your script the first time out?  I have no idea…probably not, actually (if you look at the numbers), but you will be poised to sell your script and to take many, many more well-aimed shots at it. 

 

That is something I can work with. Taking shots in the dark is not!

 

AND…  I’ve done this many, many, many times.  When an artist embraces these principles and makes them his or her own…it’s amazing to see the progress.

 

Just THIS WEEK, my client, who has spent 18 months (admittedly) building his company in this way…RAISED $1 MILLION FOR HIS FEATURE FILM.  Others have sold their scripts to studios and indie financiers.  Some have been signed by huge agents and managers. Some have been hired for writing or directing assignments.  All have moved their careers forward.

 

That, folks, is my life, day after day after day…and I love it.  We are all very fortunate to work in a business like this.  Get systematic about it and you’ll be able to stay in the game for as long as it takes to reach your goals.

 

WANT MORE INFO?  Contact me directly at: rbecker@nextventertainment.com.  I’d be happy to discuss your career with you…if you are truly serious about doing whatever it takes to get your voice heard.

 




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