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The Insider View: Selling Your TV Pilot with Jen Grisanti

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (PDT)

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Selling Your Television Pilot

Understanding what producers and executives look for in a TV pilot script increases the chances of actually selling your TV pilot.
In this class, story and career consultant and former television executive Jen Grisanti will reveal all the valuable tools that go into selling a TV pilot. She will share some of the secrets that have enabled many of her clients to make the sale, including secrets on:
- How to Craft a Powerful Opening
- Creating a Strong Structure
- Story Tips for Your Show
- Writing Your Pilot Logline
- Writing Your Series Logline
- Pitching Your Pilot
- Your Pitch Document
- The Right Formula For Your Pitch
- And much more!
The class will start with how to write the logline for your pilot and series. You will not only learn the difference between the two loglines but you will also receive an indispensible formula for writing them as well.
Then you will receive dozens of story tips based on what Jen has learned from her 12 years as a studio executive about what works when it comes to selling pilots. The class will also discuss how to craft a powerful opening and keep the reader wanting more. She will share her philosophy on story structure and give you insight into the tips that have helped other writers reach the top of their game.
To close, the webinar will go indepth into what it takes to pitch your pilot and how to write a pitch document. Jen will share some of the advice given on pitching during her very popular Storywise Podcasts interviews with many of the top working writers in TV.

If you are writing a television pilot, or you want to break into writing for television, you can't miss this event.

As an aspiring screenwriter, you've asked these questions on message boards, at conferences, and to consultants. But now is your chance to ask a former television executive and current career consultant what you need to know about selling your television pilot.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out what Jen Grisanti has learned about the craft and business of television writing, and how you can use her knowledge to make your script even better.

Register now to ensure your spot at the live webinar event for only $29. You will receive an email with instructions on attending this event.

There will also be a live question-and-answer session during the last 15 minutes of the webinar where all attendees can chat questions to Jen Grisanti live. These questions will be chosen at random. You may also submit questions in advance to attention Jen Grisanti Questions. These submissions will be considered for the Q&A as well.

If you miss the scheduled time, you will receive an email the morning after the event has closed with a link to watch the video at your convenience.

Register now and spend some quality time with Jen Grisanti, courtesy of the leading software for screenwriters in the business, Final Draft.

About Jen Grisanti:

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former studio executive, a blogger for The Huffington Post and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and her upcoming book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
Twenty years ago, Grisanti started her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years. 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 years of 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 her consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 500 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, 34 of her clients have staffed as writers on television shows, 14 have sold pilots, and two of those pilots have gone to series.
Grisanti’s brand focus is “Telling and Selling Your Story and Developing From Within.”
Currently, she is expanding her brand into storytelling in business with the launch of her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life due to come out in May 2013. As a way to inspire business owners and entrepreneurs she is offering the following presentations: “How To Give A Winning Pitch: Finding Your Voice, Story-Driven Success” and “Moving Beyond Your ‘All Is Lost’ Moment.”
After surviving and learning from two major turning points in her life — a long-term relationship that ended after a short marriage and a beloved job that ended after 15 years with the same company — Grisanti is able to draw from her own story and use it to create her own success. From the lectern, she empowers others to do the same.
Grisanti’s speaking points include: how to tell your story to ensure results; how to add fiction to your truth in your writing; how to be an active hero in your story; and how to be the author of your life.
Her company hosts Storywise Seminars and Teleseminars as a way to deliver this message internationally.
Grisanti also has a Storywise Podcast Series available on iTunes and via her website, The podcasts dig deep into our top storytellers’ histories as a way to inform, motivate and inspire listeners to go after their dreams.
Grisanti has taught classes for the TV Writers Summit, The Big Island Film Festival, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Scriptwriters Network , Screenwriting Expo, the Great American Pitchfest, the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle, and the Alameda’s Writer’s Group.
Grisanti attended USC where she received a B.A. in Communications.


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