SPECIAL: Lisa Alden Intro to Power of the Pitch

Informative introduction to Lisa Alden’s “Power of the Pitch” workshops – learn how to pitch your original TV pilot from somebody who has sold every one in the room! Even if you plan on writing it on spec, learning how to pitch it will exponentially develop your project and save you months of writing wasted drafts.

Are you in LA this Saturday, April 19, 2014? Sign up for the 2-day Power of the Pitch seminar ASAP! The second day will be May 4th. Pay only $245 if you register by tonight, April 15th. After that the price is $275. Get the details on Lisa’s blog: lisaaldenme.tumblr.com

About Lisa: after a successful career as a movie executive (New Line, Universal, Fox) Lisa joined the second season writing staff of “entourage.” After staying there for four amazing years, she moved on to a short-lived NBC show “Lipstick Jungle.” It was during the WGA strike (that interrupted that show) that she made the decision toto start writing her own pilots. In the last few years, she has sold every show that she’s pitched – to Fox21, HBO, MTV and ABC Family. As she continues to pursue her created by” dream, she enjoys teaching other writers how to create their own original pilots and develop the confidence to pitch them. Lisa teaches TV writing in the Professional Program at UCLA, and teaches her successful “Power of the Pitch” workshops at various locations around Los Angeles. She also works one on one with writers in both mediums of television and screenwriting. If you live in West Hollywood and see a tall skinny girl with four crazy dogs and an Urth Cafe coffee cup walking around, that’s probably her. Happy Writing!

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065 – Stephanie Palmer (Good in a Room)

All about the pitch! This week our special guest is Stephanie Palmer, who wrote the definitive book on pitching, ‘Good in a Room.’

Stephanie Palmer helps creative people learn to pitch ideas and sell their projects.

Stephanie founded Good in a Room in 2005 and is the author of the book Good in a Room (Random House, 2008). She has been featured on The Today Show on NBC, The Early Show on CBS, KTLA, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and in Inc, Atlantic, Variety, Script, and Speaker magazines.

She has led workshops for organizations including Google, William Morris Endeavor, Merrill Lynch, Warner Brothers, UCLA, USC, National Speaker’s Association Graduate School, Asia Media Festival, International Creativity Conference, The Screenwriting Expo, and The Great American PitchFest. She is the moderator for the American Film Market’s annual Pitch Conference.

Previously, Stephanie was the Director of Creative Affairs for MGM where she supervised the acquisition, development and production of feature films, and heard over 3000 pitches. Some of her projects included 21, Legally Blonde, Be Cool, The Brothers Grimm, Agent Cody Banks, Agent Cody Banks 2, A Guy Thing and Good Boy.

The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the “Top 35 Executives Under 35.” She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and lives with her husband and son in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She shares examples of successful film and TV pitches on her blog: www.goodinaroom.com/blog.

Follow her on Twitter: @GoodInARoom
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062 – Kam Miller (Law & Order: SVU, Killer Instinct)

Today is all about mentors, pitching, pilots, and breaking in! In a new topical format, today’s podcast with TV writer-producer Kam Miller is sure to help your career… buckle up!

Kam Miller is a TV writer-producer who has created pilots for FOX, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Television, and Universal Cable Productions. She wrote for the long-running show “Law & Order: SVU” as well as the short-lived show “Killer Instinct.” Her first feature, “The Iris Effect,” was produced while she was at USC film school. She also wrote and directed “Descendents of Eden, ” a sci-fi short film that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con Film Festival.

As a grad student, she created the highly successful USC First Pitch, the official pitch festival for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. As an alumnae, she co- created USC First Team, a program that shepherds teams of writers, directors, and producers through development and takes feature projects out to the industry.

Currently, Kam is attached to the TV project “Grave Sight,” which is based on “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly book series. Kam is attached to another pilot with the producers of “Saving Grace” and “The Glades.” She also is finishing her first novel, “Myth of Crime.”

On her blog, “Glass half-full in Hollywood,” Kam shares insights from other film and TV industry professionals about how they keep their glasses half-full in a town that can be draining. You can find it at kammiller.com. Follow Kam on twitter: @kammotion.

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