Join us for an exclusive, in-depth, and intimate lecture series, ScreenCraft’s Master Class, where accomplished Writers, Producers, Managers and Experts dig deep into the specifics of the craft and the business of film and screenwriting!
The event will take place Tuesday, January 12th, from 9:30am-5:30pm, split into two half day sessions (9:30am-1pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm) in West Side Los Angeles.
The lectures will be filmed and attendees will be the background audience, with open Q&A. The lectures and filming will take place throughout the whole business day, so we are offering tickets to two different time blocks.
This is a unique opportunity for screenwriters and filmmakers to learn from some of the best.
Snacks will be provided.
The Master Class lectures on this day will feature:
Jennifer Grisanti – “Pitching the TV Pilot”
Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, and Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, She previously ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. She was later promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered shows includingMedium, Num3ers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.
Tom Nunan – “How to Work with A Producer”
Tom Nunan has also generated a television and film slate of more than 50 projects, including creating a strategic alliance with Sony Pictures TV. Nunan and his partners at Bull’s Eye Entertainment achieved worldwide fame and success for producing their Academy Award-winning Best Picture Crash, as well as other beloved titles including The Illusionist, Thumbsucker and Employee of the Month.
Aaron Kaplan – “Hollywood Managers: What They Do and How to Get One”
Aaron Kaplan is a founding partner of management company Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Today, they represent some of the industry’s most successful writers, directors, and showrunners such as Jeb Stuart (Die Hard), Scott Neustadter (500 Days of Summer) and more. Kaplan/Perrone also has a production wing: each of their feature films has grossed over $100M world-wide, and they have a pod deal with Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBC/Universal.
Neil Landau – “TV Writing: The Rules of Structure & Character and When to Break Them”
Neil Landau is an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and director. His film and television credits include the teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack and MTV’s Undressed. He has developed numerous one-hour drama TV pilots for several studios and networks including Warner Bros., Touchstone, CBS, ABC Family, and Lifetime, and has written movies for Universal Pictures, Disney, Columbia Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. He also teaches in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at both UCLA School of Film & Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Sean Covel – “How to Write What a Producer wants to Buy and Make”
Sean Covel produced the indie hit Napoleon Dynamite. Made for only $400,000, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and quickly sold to Fox Searchlight and MTV Films. The picture went on to spend nine months in theaters and become one of the most successful independent films of all time. He has since produced many other films, including Beneath (Paramount Vantage / MTV Films); Think Tank (Maitland Primrose Ent); 12 Dogs (Universal Studios), directed by Academy Award-winner,Keith Merrill; Broken Hill, starring Academy Award-winner Timothy Hutton; and Cafe, which was filmed in Philadelphia starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime Kennedy and Alexa Vega. He is also a lecturer at USC Cinematic Arts.