TV Weekend: From Concept to Studio Deal!
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 a 1 Year Subscription to MovieMaker Magazine for FREE!
We kick off the weekend 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 in this town. 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 a producer's panel that will break down and discuss the essentials of presenting your story to the industry, producers, and executives so you know exactly what top producers are looking for in a pitch. 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 2-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
Saturday, January 14th - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 am – 12:30 pm - WRITING A PILOT THAT SELLS with Jen Grisanti
12:30 - 2:00 - Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 pm - YOUR TELEVISION WRITING CAREER with Lee Jessup
Location: L.A. LIVE
Sunday, January 15th - 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 am – 11:30 am – PITCHING PILOTS THAT SELL with Corey Mandell
11:30 - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 - Producers’ Panel
2:45 - 4:45 - Pitching Event, Moderated by Corey Mandell
5:00 - Happy Hour nearby
Location: L.A. LIVE
BREAKDOWN OF EVENTS and SPEAKERS
WRITING THE TV PILOT THAT SELLS:
Telling the Inside Story Through Structure and Emotion with Jen Grisanti
Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 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 3-hour Master Series class Jen Grisanti will take you through her story system that has led 42 of her clients to sell their pilots, five of which went to series. Part of her system includes story structure, adding fiction to your truth, writing memorable characters and creating a strong internal story.
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: 2:00 pm – 5:00 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 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: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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 2-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 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.
PRODUCER'S PANEL DISCUSSION - What Producers Look for in a Pitch
moderated by ISA's Max Timm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Our panel of top producers will discuss what they are looking for in a pitch. They'll share with you some inside tips, what's hot in the market, what not to do and what you can do to get an edge on the competition. No writer should enter the market and pitch their script without this insider's information. It's important to be prepared so you don't blow that one big shot by using the wrong approach.
PITCHING EVENT and COMPETITION
moderated by Corey Mandell
Sunday: 2:45 pm – 4:45 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. Parking at L.A. Live is approximately $27 per day so we urge you to take public transportation. There is a train station location nearby. Please refer to the METRO TRIP PLANNER for details.
THE CRAFT COURSE
All registrants for TV Weekend will receive The Craft Course ($59 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 Master the 1st Draft. 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.
What time does the event start?
- Doors open at 8:45 a.m., but classes start promptly at 9:30 each day. Please give yourself enough time to check in, find a seat and settle in.
What's the address of the location?
- L.A. Live Regal Cinemas: 1000 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Is parking included?
- Parking is not included. Parking at L.A. Live is approximately $27 per day so we urge you to take public transportation. There is a train station location nearby. Please refer to the METRO TRIP PLANNER for details.
I'm traveling in from another city. Is there a hotel sponsoring the event?
- We do not have any arrangement with local hotels but here is a list you can check out to secure your stay.
Can students under 21 years of age attend?
My children are interested in writing. Can they come? Is there a discount?
- Anyone can purchase up to 2 Attendance Tickets at one time and receive a discount. There is no age limit as long as they are old enough to sit quietly for the duration of the class and listen.
Will I be able to set up my laptop?
- You are welcome to bring your laptop if you are comfortable using it on your lap. Please have all documents that you may need loaded onto your computer as there will not be internet access. Please have your laptop charged as there are limited outlets available.
Will breakfast be provided?
- No, breakfast will be not provided. Drinks and other concessions will be available for purchase.
Is lunch included?
- Lunch is not included, but there are plenty of places around L.A. Live to eat. Please no eating in the theater.
What if I bring my own lunch?
- You can bring your own lunch, but please do not eat in the theater. We’ve been asked to limit consumables to ones you purchase at the theater.
Will drinks be provided during the day?
- The theater's Starbucks will be open each day so you can get coffee before the class. Please give yourself enough time to get there and back in time for the class start time. Feel free to bring water. Soda, water and other concessions will be available for purchase after 11:30 am as well.
Will the mentors/lecturers read my screenplay or connect me with producers?
- We do not guarantee this as part of the Master Series, however you are welcome to contact and request to work with the mentors when you meet them at the event.
How do I receive MovieMaker Magazine for Free?
- A discount code will be emailed to you upon completion of your payment for TV Weekend.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
- It is transferable only if you email us with the person's name at least 48 hours before the event. The ticket must be in the person's name who is attending.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
- You should bring a copy of your ticket or eventbrite confirmation, although we will be checking you in from our master list.
What is the refund policy?
- Absolutely no refunds.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
- No. Please email us if there is an error.
- Please email us at: Info@NetworkISA.org