How To Write a TV Pilot that Sells with Jen Grisanti Pitching Ticket

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Are you an aspiring tv writer, director, actor, or exec? Learn how to break into the industry and better your TV pilot writing skills. NBC executive, Jen Grisanti, will explain how to write an interesting pilot and the process to start a career in the television industry. This event is hosted by Nicole Couloute.

Registration begins promptly at 9am and ends at 9:50am. ID must be presented at registration so make sure to bring appropriate documentation.

Send a request to the Nicole Couloute TV Writing Events Facebook group after purchase of a ticket. This will allow you to stay up to date on the event and keep in touch with other attendees.

The workshop will be divided into three sections, the first explaining how to write a tv pilot that sells, one where attendees will be able to practice pitching their ideas to Jen, and the last will be a networking session to collaborate with other attendees. Plan to stay beyond 2pm if you can but it is not required. To pitch you must have purchased a pitching ticket. Please contact Nicole to get a pitching ticket. Due to the limited time of the pitching session there will only be a handful of pitches. Pitching ticket incude all benefits of general admission. General admissiion attendees can listen to other's pitches and learn for their own future pitches.

You are required to send 1-2 pages on your pitch which will be reviewed prior to the event by Jen Grisanti.

These pages must be sent to Nicole Couloute at ncouloute1@gmail.com. You should receive acknowledgment of your pitch pages within 24 hours. Nicole will expect the pitch to come from the email you used to purchase tickets and will save those email addresses in her email contacts. You must send your pitch pages by 9/1/2019 midnight eastern standard time. If I don't receive it by then, you will forfeit your opportunity to pitch.

During the 1 hour pitch session, Jen Grisanti will give live feedback on your pitch. This is beneficial to you and the audience.

Space is limited so be sure to get your ticket early.

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring this event please contact Nicole at ncouloute1@gmail.com.

Address of event will be given to all ticket holders by end of July. The event will be located within 30 minutes of Bradley Airport.

Why Jen?

Writing the TV pilot is one of the most challenging scripts to write,
and to write well.
Jen has helped in the development of thousands of scripts over the past 20 years. She was a
Studio Executive at two major studios for 12 years. She is currently a Writing Instructor
at NBC, and has been a Story/Career Consultant for 10 years.

From the 60 pilots sold from the writers I’ve worked with since starting my business 10 years ago,
there are the five questions that I believe every writer should ask themselves when they are writing
their TV pilot:

  1. Does my series trigger push my central character into a powerful enough dilemma to set up season one?
  2. Is there a personal component that sets up the personal dilemma of my central character?
  3. Does my central character actively make a choice in the pilot trigger and dilemma that leads to a pursuit?
  4. Is my pilot goal clear?
  5. How do I setup the series?

Trigger & Dilema

With your series trigger and dilemma, you want to think about something that happens to your central character
that knocks their life out of balance. At this point in the story, your central character is often reactive versus active.
The dilemma should make us feel empathy for your character.

Personal Component

With the personal component, you are setting up the personal dilemma of your central character that leads to the
professional pursuit. This sets up the void. The pursuit is one step towards filling this void. With the personal part,
you want to think about the arc of the wound. The best pilots have a childhood wound that the series trigger and
dilemma splits open. The personal component in your story is the emotional part of your story.

Central Character

With the pilot arc, your central character goes from being reactive to active. With the setup of the series arc, they react to what happens to them. Then, they make an active choice that leads to the setup of the pilot arc. In the pilot arc, we should be clear about what your central character wants and why they want it by the end of Act One.

Pilot Goal

If the pilot goal is not clear, the story doesn’t work. In each act, the central character should take an action, hit an obstacle, and the stakes should be raised to the pilot goal. If the goal is not clear, you cannot link these points. We should feel what your character wants and what is in the way for every scene.

Series Set Up

After the resolution of the pilot arc, you need to set up the series. When I see this done well, it bookends
what happened in the series trigger and dilemma setup and helps to build the next level of the concept. The
point of this is to make your audience so enthralled that they can’t wait to see what happens next.

Mastering a story by utilizing the right tools is what will lead you to a sale.

You will learn about these techniques in this class.

Jen Grisanti's Bio:

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an 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.

Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows, including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.

In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching the consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 900 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, seventy-five of her writers have staffed on television shows and 60 have sold pilots, five that that went to series.Also, she is an instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge.

Grisanti has taught classes for the “Change Your Story, Change Your Life” Writing/Yoga Retreat with Alta Retreats in Nicaragua, Rocaberti Writing Retreat in Spain,Toronto Screenwriting Conference, TV Writers Summit (in LA, London and Israel), The TV Writers Studio (in Australia), Story Expo, The Big Island Film Festival, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Scriptwriters Network , Screenwriting Expo, the Great American Pitchfest, the Writers Store, the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle, and the Alameda’s Writer’s Group. In addition, she has served on panels for the WGA, iTVFest, UFVA, PGA and The Writer’s Bootcamp, telling her story to inspire others.

For any additional information on this event, please email Nicole Couloute at ncouloute1@gmail.com

Please be aware that tickets are not refundable.

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