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Peer Groups

To register for the 2009 NUEA peer groups, click here . Registration is open through April 5, and details are listed in the registration site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amanda and Jackie at


Group Topic Descriptions

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AUDITIONS

DESCRIPTION: Why are auditions so often a poor reflection of an actor's abilities?  Whether it's a result of self-imposed pressure to get the job, nerves, distractions, lack of comfort with the audition process or a combination of factors, both new and experienced actors often get in their own way in the casting office.   In this peer group, you will cold read scripts as we simulate the pressures and pitfalls of the casting process, and, through a variety of exercises, learn skills that will help you keep your focus and perform at your best under any circumstances.  We will also cover transitioning from theater to on-camera acting, bringing life and vulnerability to your characters and behaving like a seasoned pro before, during and after the read.

PEER GROUP LEADER: PETER SPRUYT

BIO: PETER SPRUYT (SPEECH '84) is an actor and stand-up comedian with numerous TV, film and commercial credits.  Peter has performed as a stand-up comic on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central's Premium Blend and in numerous festivals, clubs and casinos.  As an actor, his most recent TV credits include "Better Off Ted," "Without A Trace" and "My Name Is Earl."  His film credits include "Men In Black II," "Anger Management," and "Down With Love."  His short film, "The Skooks," was featured in this year's Slamdance Film Festival.   He is currently recurring on the new ABC sit-com, Better Off Ted.  

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTING: REALITIES AND STRATEGIES

DESCRIPTION: These are uniquely challenging times for performing artists.  J.P. Manoux (ER, Aaron Stone) helps you plot a course through the next two years and beyond. This group provides an honest discussion of today's landscape for professional actors in film, television, commercials and the internet.  What should you be doing when you're not lucky enough to be working? What is the true value of your theatrical representation?  Of SAG and AFTRA membership?  Encouraged or discouraged, all participants are guaranteed to graduate from this three-night intensive enlightened.

PEER GROUP LEADER: JP MANOUX

BIO: J.P. MANOUX - J.P. plays S.T.A.N. the android in Disney XD's new series, AARON STONE, and Dr. Crenshaw on NBC's long running hospital drama, ER.  Other credits include BOLT, TRANSFORMERS, KNOCKED UP, PHIL OF THE FUTURE, THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL, RENO: 911! and the current FRUIT OF THE LOOM campaign.  His resume includes roles in over 30 movies, 60 television series, and 80 TV and radio commercials.  J.P. has also worked on eight video games, competed on five game shows, and authored two pieces for ALL THINGS CONSIDERED on National Public Radio. More at www.jpmanoux.com . 

 

SCREENWRITING - A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MAKING IT AS A WRITER IN LA

DESCRIPTION: This Peer Group will focus on writing for the screen (as opposed to TV). Among the questions to be discussed are: What does it take to succeed as a screenwriter? How does writing for the large screen differ from writing for television?... novels?... stage plays? The writing process. The art of pitching.  How important is a treatment? Industry trends. Selling your work with and without an agent.  Strategies for survival. What are the advantages of living in the Age of YouTube? And anything else the Group feels may be relevant.

PEER GROUP LEADER: GARNER SIMMONS

BIO: Following Northwestern, Garner Simmons moved to LA when his first screenplay was optioned by 20 th Century-Fox. Though never made, that screenplay paved the way for a long and varied career in both Film and TV as a writer, producer and director.  Among his feature credits are A Rare Breed, Miracle Landing (released as a MOW in US/feature internationally) as well as uncredited work (8 outlines/5 drafts) on The Last Samurai .  Currently, he is both writer and producer on The Easter Rising for National Geographic Feature Films, His TV credits include the dramatic series Falcon Crest, Yellow Rose, "V", Spencer for Hire, Buck James, and Poltergeist: the Legacy .   A published author, his biography on the late filmmaker Sam Peckinpah ( PECKINPAH:  A Portrait in Montage ) is still in print. He has also provided DVD commentaries on ten of Peckinpah's fourteen features.  He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of Canada, the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

CHILDRENS' AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

DESCRIPTION: From programs for young audiences to documentaries on ancient civilizations, and talk shows on child development, this group will discuss the ABC's of children's and educational television, the challenges and opportunities of multi-platform projects, and brainstorm the best ways to present/pitch new programs.

PEER GROUP LEADER: NOREEN HUANG

BIO: Noreen Huang is KCET's Director Education and Children's Programming.   She joined KCET in 2003 as part of the development team for KCEd's first two television productions, "A Place of Our Own" and its Spanish-language companion series, "Los Niños en Su Casa."   Ms. Huang has also served as an associate producer for these two series. Since their premiere in 2005, the programs have received numerous awards, including a 2006 Peabody Award, as well as a recent Daytime Emmy nomination.   Additional credits include "Sid the Science Kid," an animated series targeted at preschool science and a co-production of the Jim Henson Company and KCET.   Prior to coming to KCET, Ms. Huang worked for the USC Annenberg School of Communication's Public Broadcasting Project, which examined alternative public television funding models.   Ms. Huang's prior television experience includes on-camera and production work on the 2002 National Geographic Channel feature on grey whales in Baja California and, in 2001, "Tech Live," a daily news program targeted at the Internet and technology industry from cable channel TechTV in San Francisco.  

 

FOCUS ON STAGE VS. CAMERA

DESCRIPTION: Geared for both actors and directors, Dr. McGarry's class will include discussion and simple hands-on work covering the difference in casting processes for both TV/film and theatre, to the rehearsal and production process for tv/film.   Dr. McGarry, who has worked extensively in theater at SCR, The Public Theater, Folger Theater, People's Light and Theater Company, and Chicago-area LORT theaters, has also worked on screen in diverse projects such as MADMEN, YOUNG & RESTLESS,  COLD CASE, ER and ROSEANNE, as well as on the feature films POST-GRAD SURVIVAL GUIDE (09) RUMOR HAS IT,  RED DRAGON, and BOYS ON THE SIDE.    She will discuss her experiences in both worlds, and may bringing in colleagues to share their knowledge as well.   Participants will leave this group not only with a wealth of information and practical experience, but with a list of resources that will allow them to practice their new craft. 

PEER GROUP LEADER: MARYANNE MCGARRY

BIO: MARYANNE MCGARRY is an award-winning educator,  actress, director, writer and producer, whose parallel careers include 20 years in TV and film, 6 years as head of the MFA Acting Program at UC Irvine, and seven seasons as a company member at the Tony-award winning South Coast Repertory Theater.  In addition to SCR,  her credits include STEPPENWOLF, where she directed Joan Allen,  Gary Sinise and Glenn Headley; The Public Theater, Folger Theater, Sacramento Theater Company,  and Northlight Rep.  She was the founding director of the innovative MAKING SCENES, whose award-winning productions were staged in galleries and elegant alternative spaces across Southern California, to critical acclaim.  She is currently producing her first feature film,  HONEYMOON IN GALWAY,  with Arthur Lappin (IN AMERICA) as executive producer, and her first television film,  FRIENDLY FIRE.  McGarry's PH.D in theater/film is from Northwestern University of Evanston, IL.  Her training includes Chicago's SECOND CITY, Kristin Linklater's SHAKESPEARE & CO, Wynn Handmann's ACTING STUDIO, NYC and Gordon Hunt's Master Class, LA.

  

TV DEVELOPMENT AND PITCHING 101

DESCRIPTION: TV DEVELOPMENT AND PITCHING 101 is a peer group for television writers and producers who are preparing to develop and pitch scripted television series. We will cover the basic framework on how to develop a scripted series (comedy or drama), how to formulate a verbal pitch to studio and networks, and what the development process is once your project is sold to a network. We will also discuss the hierarchy and responsibilities of writing staffs and producers. If time permits, we will also analyze the current marketplace. Participants will be encouraged to conduct a practice pitch in the third session and receive feedback on content, presentation and marketplace opportunities. Due to the workshop nature of this peer group, space is extremely limited.

PEER GROUP LEADER: LAVERNE MCKINNON

BIO: LAVERNE MCKINNON is President and CEO of Shibui Entertainment. Ms. McKinnon currently has drama and comedy projects in development at HBO, Showtime, USA, NBC and the Cartoon Network. She is working with such notable artists as Alicia Keys, skateboarding icon Tony Hawk and best-selling authors David Baldacci, Mary Roach, Karin Slaughter to name a few. Ms. McKinnon most recently served as President, Television Production of 50 Cannon Entertainment, feature film director Mike Newell's production company. (Mike Newell has directed some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films of the last decade, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.) Prior to 50 Cannon, Ms. McKinnon was Senior Vice-President of Drama Series Development at CBS where she was involved in such successful series as "Without A Trace," "Criminal Minds," "The Unit," "Cold Case," "Numbers," and the "CSI" Franchise. 

Prior to working in Drama Development, she served in the Current Programming and Children's Departments at the network. After graduating from the School of Communication at Northwestern University in 1987, Ms. McKinnon established herself as an award-winning producer and writer at Gerald T. Rogers Productions in Chicago, Illinois, a leading distributor of educational films. She moved to Los Angeles in 1992, working briefly for a talent agency before spearheading development for Klasky-Csupo ("Rugrats") where she was instrumental in shaping the studio's reputation for seeking less mainstream, non-formulaic projects. Ms. McKinnon also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She serves on the National Advisory Council for Northwestern University's School of Communication and is on the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in the Entertainment Industry (CAPE).

 

DRAMATIC WRITING FOR FILM AND FICTION

DESCRIPTION: This Peer Group will be shaped by the needs and goals of its members. At our first meeting, we will get to know each other, discuss what kind of writing each member is working on or hopes to work on, exchange career strategies, and determine the purpose of our future meetings which may include bringing in pages to read to the group. After our three meetings together, the group may evolve into a writer's workshop that lasts for as long as the members find it useful, with members having made new friends and contacts that can serve them for years to come.

PEER GROUP LEADER: LORAINE DESPRES

BIO: LORAINE DESPRES is a best-selling novelist and recovering screenwriter. She's written pilots, movies of the week, features films, and numerous TV episodes, for such series as "The Highlander," "Crime Story," "Dynasty," "The Waltons," "Family," "Love Boat," and "The Equalizer." But she's best remembered for writing that icon of pop culture, the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas." As an International Screenwriting Consultant, she taught workshops, supervised the writing staff, and helped develop new series in Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Canada and taught for seven years at UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting. She was still getting assignments when she decided to stop to fulfill a life-long ambition to write a novel. "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc" was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins 2001. It was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured selection, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It became a national best-seller and is now in its 21st printing. Its companion "The Southern Belle's Handbook: Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live By" was published a year later. Her new novel, "The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell", is now a trade paperback, CD, and available for download. Loraine is a former Board Member of Women in Film and long-time Trustee of the Women in Film Foundation, and is currently serving on the Board of PEN USA. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, writer-producer Carleton Eastlake, where she continues to enjoy bad behavior. Loraine is a Northwestern graduate and serves on NU's Council of 100. She can be reached through her website: http://www.lorainedespres.com/ .

 

THE ART OF HOSTING AND BEING AN ON-AIR PERSONALITY

DESCRIPTION: Hosting is a great way for actors or anyone who enjoys being in front of the camera to utilize some of their other skills or passions in life. With the ever-growing cable networks, etc...it seems like these types of roles are popping up all over the place. This peer group will be very individualized, depending on the passions and skills of its members. We will explore how to tweak your resume to highlight your "expert credentials" as a host, as well as emphasizing your on-camera experience. We will discuss headshots and reels as a host (as opposed to an actor), using the internet to promote your skills, getting representation as a host and other tips and tricks of being on the air. This group is ideal actors who are looking to pursue something new and expand their careers, as well as broadcast journalists or anyone interested in being an on-air personality!

PEER GROUP LEADER: KRISTINA VANNI

BIO: KRISTINA VANNI is a cooking show host, food writer, and award-winning cook whose award-winning original recipes have been published in cookbooks and magazines from Pillsbury to Better Homes and Gardens, and is currently a contributing writer for the Better Homes and Gardens website BetterRecipes.com. Kristina recently returned from Melbourne, Australia where she served as a food writer and on-camera food and wine correspondent for the CBS travel special "Aussie Week." An award-winning cook since the age of 12, Kristina's $2,000 win in the Pillsbury Bake-Off led to appearances on the nationally televised Pillsbury Bake-Off Special, CBS Sunday Morning and The Mike and Maty Show. Later, at the age of 20, Kristina was once again selected as a finalist in the Bake-Off. Her recipe was featured on the cover of Pillsbury's Quick and Easy Bake-Off cookbook, and she served as an ambassador for the contest by preparing her recipe on The Early Show on CBS. Most recently, Kristina was the $5,000 winner in Better Homes and Gardens "Your Best Recipe Contest" and was featured on their PBS special as well as in the February issue of the magazine. When Kristina isn't writing food articles, cooking up a storm or traveling the globe, she enjoys studying Improv comedy with The Groundlings and performing stand-up comedy in clubs throughout Los Angeles.

 

TV WRITING 

DESCRIPTION: This peer group's purpose is to learn about writing for television.  How do you get a PA/Writer's Assistant job?  How do you get an agent?  What's a staff writing job really like, and how you get one in the first place?   Besides all this, we will talk about the current state of television, as well as learn some comedy, drama and story techniques.  We'll also talk to a "guest writer" or two to get different perspectives on the business.   The last session will be a mock "Writers' Room," where you can get feedback from your peers and a working TV writer on your latest script or outline.

PEER GROUP LEADER: JANAE BAKKEN

BIO: JANAE BAKKEN is a TV comedy writer whose first staff writing job was on the first season of NBC's critically-acclaimed "Scrubs."  She spent eight seasons as a writer on the show, finishing as a Co-Executive Producer.  Janae also wrote as a Co-Executive Producer on CBS' "Gary Unmarried" this fall.  Previously, Janae was an assistant on six television shows in four years (including "Caroline in the City," "Mad About You," and "Malcolm in the Middle") thanks to cancellations, series finales, and a beloved boss getting the axe - all of which proved to be excellent learning experiences about the world of television.  Janae is a Northwestern graduate of RTVF and Creative Writing for the Media. 

 

SAMANTHA BENNETT'S WORKSHOPS
(can be taken individually, or all three count as one peer group)

"JUST BE YOURSELF, DARLING": AUTHENTIC PERSONAL BRANDING FOR THE CREATIVE PERSON

DESCRIPTION: Finally, a workshop that gives you a real-world, practical way to "just be yourself." Using the patented Image Design Technology created by Sam Christensen Studios, you'll find out how others perceive you (and how you perceive yourself ) and begin to develop a personal vocabulary so that you can better communicate your authentic self out to the world. Hundreds of people have loved this workshop and described it as "surprisingly fun and funny," so don't miss out. Let them see the real you!

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"WHAT'S NEXT?": MAKING THE BEST-LIFE, HIGHEST-INCOME PRODUCING DECISIONS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW

DESCRIPTION: You will get exclusive access to The Organized Artist Company's nearly-famous Decision-Making Tool Kit, enabling you to get clear about what you really want. Then we'll prioritize your goals and create a personalized step-by-step action plan. No more wallowing in confusion, no more feeling overwhelmed - this workshop will give you the tools you've been missing.

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"NO SCHMOOZING ALLOWED": HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF WITHOUT FEELING LIKE A DINK

DESCRIPTION: Step One: ban the words "schmoozing" and "networking" from your vocabulary forever. Step Two: take this fun, information-packed workshop filled with strategies for getting your identity, information and products out into the world in a way feels good (and actually works.) You will walk away with a personalized plan - no one-size-fits-all advice here - and a new confidence in your ability to not schmooze and make the friends you need to succeed.

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PEER GROUP LEADER: SAMANTHA BENNETT

BIO: SAMANTHA BENNETT is the founder of The Organized Artist Company ( www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com ) and creator of the legendary Get It Done! Workshop. She will cheerfully help you set better goals, create better action plans and clear out your space. She is an actor, improviser, writer, and an amateur systems analyst who enjoys helping people make better decisions. Samantha is also a Senior Facilitator with Sam Christensen Studios, specializing in Identity Definition and Personal Branding.

 

BEGINNING FEATURE SCREENWRITING

DESCRIPTION: Interested in learning how to write scripts that Hollywood wants to buy? During the first meeting, participants will learn 3-act structure and cause/effect storytelling. Subsequent meetings will focus on helping each group member complete his or her own new spec script.

PEER GROUP LEADER: DAN KRIER

BIO: DAN KRIER is currently a professor of communications at Woodbury University in Burbank. In the past he has worked as a newspaper sportswriter in Illinois as well as in Los Angeles. He earned a Master's degree from USC's School of Cinema-Television (Graduate Scriptwriting Program) and a B.A. degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from Northwestern University. His script, FADE TO RED, won the 2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Award. He wrote a short film, MOVING IN, produced in 2004 by the American Film Institute (AFI) and winner of 3rd Place at the Houston WorldFest Film Festival ( www.imdb.com/name/nm1411847/ ). Dan is the published author of "The Russ Bailey Guide to Limit Texas Hold'em Poker" ( www.RussBaileyPoker.com ). He got his first paid feature screenplay gig in 2005. He recently completed a 520-page novel entitled "Want" -- a modern-day fable about the struggles we face trying to tackle Los Angeles entertainment industry.

 

FILM DEVELOPMENT (PRODUCING ON THE CREATIVE END)

DESCRIPTION: Geared towards people who want to work in development and film writers, this Peer Group will help you develop your eye when reading material. You will learn to recognize concept, character, world, dialogue in high concept and commercial movies, as well as in small, execution-based material. We will cover how to break down story and character and how to strengthen weak scenes, how to be concise in writing notes and talking about a script, and how to read analytically while still understanding the gist and greater meaning of a story.

With examples of coverage and great, good, and unworkable scripts, we will work to develop your taste in material and how to tell the difference between a good piece of writing which wouldn't hold up as a film and an average piece of writing that can be made into a commercially successful film that can attract top talent. We will also cover pitching: how to sell your idea, how to be concise and get your point across efficiently and effectively, and how to prepare your case confidently.

PEER GROUP LEADER: JOSH GOLDENBERG

BIO: JOSH GOLDENBERG was a Theater major at Northwestern for 2 years, then switched to Communication Studies when he decided that he wanted to be more on the business side of things. He interned with a management company out here in Los Angeles, and then with Marc Platt Productions, where he was hired for his first 18 months in LA (WANTED, LEGALLY BLONDE, "WICKED" on Broadway). He then moved to Karz Entertainment (GOOD LUCK CHUCK, MALIBU'S MOST WANTED), where he worked as a Story Editor. His most recent move was to Red Wagon (GLADIATOR, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, JARHEAD, STUART LITTLE), where he is currently a Creative Executive.

 

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

DESCRIPTION: The Peer Group on the business of acting will cover all the tools of the trade from pictures, resumes, demo tapes, getting representation, getting work without representation, casting workshops, auditioning and what happens once you get the job. The Peer Group is designed primarily for actors who have moved to LA within the past year, or are recently getting into the business of Acting.

PEER GROUP LEADERS: MICHELLE LANG & SARAH LILLY

SARAH LILLY has performed in over 100 plays from musicals to Shakespeare to experimental. She is very proud to have originated the L.A. premieres roles of "Agnes" in Tony Kushner's Bright Room Called Day and "Mrs. Potentate" in Larry Kramer's Just Say No and "Kitty" in Charles Busch's The Lady In Question. She has worked with directors Garry Marshall, Joe Dante, Allan Arkush, Gordon Hunt and Kris Tabori amoung others. Big screen stuff includes GEORGIA RULE, FAILURE TO LAUCH as well as small screen MEDIUM. You can always check out the cult faves AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON, EATING OUT 2: SLOPPY SECONDS and THE MANGLER REBORN.

MICHELLE LANG moved to LA in 2005 and has experienced a great diversity of projects including starring as Linda Lee in a 50 episode TV series called, "The Legend of Bruce Lee." She has worked with directors George Hickenlooper, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer, JJ Abrams, and Ben Grant in various films including Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Star Trek, and Reno: 911 Miami. Michelle has landed lead roles in independent feature films, "33 Griffin Lane", "Zombie TV", and "Downstream" and acted in over 20 independent shorts as well as guest starring in China's number one Sit Com, "A Cantonese Family." She is part of an Improv group called, "Caffeine Inspiration" and trains Wushu and Stunts at The National Wushu Training Center.

 

NEW MEDIA: PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND VIRAL VIDEOS

DESCRIPTION: Geared towards those looking to produce original web content, this Peer Group will cover new media from a variety of angles, including production and distribution of independent web series and other new media content. We will cover how to determine your audience and target it, as well as talking about viral videos and what makes them so popular.

PEER GROUP LEADER: AJ TESLER

BIO: After graduating from Northwestern University as a Theatre major, AJ TESLER stayed in Chicago where he formed the small production company Goldingeye Productions, an early effort in web entertainment. After producing a number of short films, AJ relocated to New York City where he worked as a New Media Analyst for d2 Capital, a hedge fund that invests primarily in technology companies.  In 2004, AJ began producing television pilots and in 2005, AJ formed the Independent Television Festival Corporation, a non profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to granting independent producers the opportunity to screen and showcase their independently produced original television pilots. That festival has since grown to become the only festival in the world for independently produced, original television pilots and webseries. That festival has since grown to become the only festival in the world for independently produced, original television pilots and webseries. In 2007, AJ produced a web pilot that sold to Fox Studios and a webseries that was distributed by Sony.  In 2008, AJ was hired to be the Manager of Development for Lion Television, a UK based development and production company. 

 

TV WRITERS ROOM: ONE-HOURS, SITCOMS, AND INTERNET SHORTS

DESCRIPTION: Structured around table reads, this peer group will provide writers an opportunity to hear their work read out loud and get feedback on their writing from other members of the group. The group will consist of five meetings. We will have one introductory meeting where we get acquainted, and three table readings that will each cover one format: one-hours, sitcoms, or internet shorts. We will cast around the table for the three table reads, and the group will give notes on the material. There will also be a final showcase for group members who feel that their work is ready to be shown after receiving the group's feedback.

NOTE: If you are interested in registering for this peer group, you MUST have either a one-hour, sitcom, or internet short (or any combination of the three) completed and ready for reading. After you register on this website, you will need to submit the first ten pages of the script(s) you want to workshop to . You should include your contact info, a log line for each script you're submitting, and the total number of pages of each script in the body of the email. We will send you confirmation of your membership in the group once we have slotted scripts for the table reads. If you've submitted multiple scripts, you will also be notified which script(s) will be included in the table reads.

PEER GROUP LEADER: CHRISTIANA MILLER

BIO: CHRISTIANA MILLER has written for both General Hospital: Night Shift and General Hospital, and optioned a feature to Orly Adelson Productions. A 1996 graduate of Northwestern, she was also the WGA intern on Star Trek: Voyager. While still living in Chicago, Christiana founded the Chicago Screenwriters Network and organized their first Script Reading Series, which the NUEA Script Reading Series is based on. She's worked as a story analyst for several production companies and studios, including NBC, ABC and Showtime. Before attending Northwestern, Christiana was the voice of all the female warriors in the arcade games, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat III. In 2008, her DNA was digitized and launched into space alongside Stephen Colbert's and Stephen Hawking's as part of the ImmortalityDrive.

 

TV DEVELOPMENT AND THE WRITER/AGENT RELATIONSHIP

DESCRIPTION: Geared towards writers and structured as question-and-answer sessions, this group will focus on the TV development process from the perspective of the writer/agent relationship. We will cover the development process from submitting to an agency, to developing material with an agent, to shopping material to networks. We will discuss the benefits of representation in the development process and what agency representation means for a TV writer, as well as developing TV shows from fiction and screenplays. 

PEER GROUP LEADER: KEVIN CROTTY

BIO: KEVIN CROTTY is co-head of the Television Literary Department of International Creative Management, Inc., a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of publishing, motion pictures, television, music and theater.   ICM, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Mr. Crotty represents writers, producers, actors, production companies and directors.  His clients work on series such as "Law & Order: SVU," "CSI: New York," "Family Guy," "Without a Trace," and several new series such as "11th Hour" and "Harper's Island."  Mr. Crotty has brokered lucrative overall studio deals for clients at every major television studio in addition to setting up multiple pilots at broadcast and cable networks. Mr. Crotty began his television career a t CBS Entertainment before joining ICM in 1995. He quickly was promoted to agent in the publishing division and several months later moved to the TV department.   He was appointed to Co-Head of the Television Literary department in 2007.

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Peer Group Topics

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AUDITIONS

PROFESSIONAL ACTING: REALITIES AND STRATEGIES

SCREENWRITING - A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO MAKING IT AS A WRITER IN LA

CHILDRENS' AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

FOCUS ON STAGE VS. CAMERA

TV DEVELOPMENT AND PITCHING 101

DRAMATIC WRITING FOR FILM AND FICTION

THE ART OF HOSTING AND BEING AN ON-AIR PERSONALITY

TV WRITING 

"JUST BE YOURSELF, DARLING": AUTHENTIC PERSONAL BRANDING FOR THE CREATIVE PERSON

"WHAT'S NEXT?": MAKING THE BEST-LIFE, HIGHEST-INCOME PRODUCING DECISIONS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW

"NO SCHMOOZING ALLOWED": HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF WITHOUT FEELING LIKE A DINK

BEGINNING FEATURE SCREENWRITING

FILM DEVELOPMENT (PRODUCING ON THE CREATIVE END)

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

NEW MEDIA: PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, AND VIRAL VIDEOS

TV WRITERS ROOM: ONE-HOURS, SITCOMS, AND INTERNET SHORTS

TV DEVELOPMENT AND THE WRITER/AGENT RELATIONSHIP

 

 

 


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