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Posted: Jan 7, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm Guest: Corey Mandell

We are presenting this podcast as an introduction to our upcoming TV Story Weekend on January 14 and 15 in Los Angeles. If you don't yet know about Story Weekend, you absolutely must check it out - a two-day event with Lee Jessup, Jen Grisanti and Corey Mandel, giving specific insight and an intensive on all aspects of the TV writing process, business, and how to write a pilot that sells. There will also be two panels presented with representatives from the industry such as Gersh, a writer on the upcoming Netflix show, Ozark, manager Jamie Wager and then some. Join us in Los Angeles in mid-January 2017 and learn from the best! See more here.


An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Corey Mandell has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. Through his vast experience working as a writer in the business, Corey has amassed an exceptionally successful consulting service and business over the past ten years. In this interview with Corey, we discuss how the TV industry is changing, but more so on a creative and expectation level where writing is concerned. It's illuminating in that Corey stresses that the industry isn't wanting to same old same old anymore. They're tired of the basic structure and beats, and audiences want new, they want different, they want unique.


We dive in to how to approach creating the most unique story, but we really just scratch the surface. In order to get more from Corey (and Max Timm with the ISA), you can check out Corey's website at coreymandell.net, or attend the ISA's TV Story Weekend event on Jan 14 and 15. Corey will be leading a seminar and discussion on pitching to the TV industry and getting the most out of your TV projects. It's a can't-miss event. 

Posted: Jan 10, 2017 Hosted By: Ashley Scott Meyers

SYS Episode 154


Saw II Writer & Director Darren Lynn Bousman talks about his new film Abattoir.

Posted: Jan 8, 2017 Hosted By: Jeff York

Page 2 Screen host Jeff York reviews the best scripts of 2016.


Examining the year's standout scripts, Jeff flies solo for a truncated talk about those that impressed him the most in their translation from page to screen. The screenwriters responsible took big risks here, shaking up conventional storytelling tropes, as well as the genres they wrote in. Our Page 2 Screen host gets in the weeds with very specific details about what made each of his choices so exceptional. Included on the list are Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Indignation and even Deapool. So, if you're a screenwriter, or merely a movie fan, you'll want to listen to Jeff's take on how these acclaimed writers advanced their art.



Empire Film Academy At Empire Film Academy, you learn film making by making films. From day one, we throw you in at the deep end, and through a carefully constructed cycle of reflection. The Acting Corps Our acting school has a simple approach: you act in every single acting class-extensively, you learn from active working professionals, and then you are assisted and encouraged to get Association of Talent Agents Founded in 1937, The Association of Talent Agents (ATA)is not a talent agency. ATA is a non-profit trade association representing the finest agencies in the industry. Sporadic Films Silent River Film Festival 5th Annual Silent River Film Festival Call for Entry to be announced soon. Please visit us at - www.silentriverfilmfestival.com Capestany Films ACE - Jehlum Short & Long Film Festival After amazing 3 editions, we are here again. It's a festival where 200 movies are played, more than any of the festival in the world. Almost every film that enters will be screened. Archetype Management Located in Hollywood, CA, Archetype is a full service management and production company. We represent writers, actors and directors in all areas of the entertainment industry. Open World Toronto Film Festival Open World Toronto Film Festival provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size and budget. Entries are judged on Quality of Craft and Creativity. Just Film Award Festival Our film festival is held in a progressive urban church and is designed to provide a platform for films that expand storytelling about what it means to be human & how to bring justice. Benderspink Management A Management & Production Company in Los Angeles founded in 1998. Write Hot Episode 5: Book Piracy & the LA Book Fest w / Rhonda Rees

In this interview, Laura Powers talks with Publicist Rhonda Rees about how online piracy affects authors. We also discussed the LA Book Festival and how to prepare for it and other book festivals and fairs as an author. We specifically addressed how to check for online piracy of your books as well as how to handle it if you do find your work being pirated on a website. It has to do with using a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) Takedown request. Hopefully you won't need this but in case your work is pirated as an author, this is very helpful. April 23rd is World Book Day or World Book Copyright Day is April 23rd and Rhonda has organized a campaign to help authors and publishers understand this real problem. You can read about this initiative and learn about Rhonda here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/03/prweb13270009.htm

We also addressed the benefits of hiring a publicist and the process of working with a publicist if you are interested in hiring one. We talked a little bit about my work in the psychic realm. To follow the podcast and other updates, you can find the Write Hot Facebook page. For more information on me (Laura Powers) and my work as a psychic, you can go to www.healingpowers.net. Happy listening!

Austin Film Society The Austin Film Society began in 1985 with a group of friends getting together to watch films that weren't distributed to the general public. As word got out, that small group of PollyGrind of Las Vegas PollyGrind is Las Vegas' Premiere Underground Film Festival. We are in our fifth year and continue to learn and grow from each previous year so that we can best live up to our reputatio Contest Winners: Official Selection Dances With Films, Valerie Brandy

As an actress, she recently recurred as Trixie in season 3 of FX's Emmy-winning show Justified. She works frequently in independent film, and projects she's appeared in have screened at dozens of festivals, including Tribeca, AFI, New York International Film Festival, Starz Denver, etc. She is attached as a large supporting role in the upcoming drama/thriller Chagrin. Valerie sold her first feature screenplay to Sunrise films at age 22 and joined the WGA immediately after. Her scripts have been honored by the Nicholl Fellowships, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Scriptwriter's Network, and many other organizations. Valerie's feature-length directorial debut, Lola's Last Letter, was recently an official selection at Dances With Films, and the LA Film Review nominated her for Best Actress for her leading role in Lola’s.

Making A Good Writer Great with Linda Seger & Max Timm I love this particular interview with the renowned and supremely experienced Linda Seger because we talk about more than just the basics of screenwriting here. Linda is one of the world's foremost script consultants - a screenplay, screenwriting and story coach as well as an international speaker. She is the author of 14 books, which is terribly impressive, and they revolve around script writing but also a few separate books on spirituality, self-empowerment, and then some. It's a perfect combination, really, as you know how often I talk about discovering your own personal voice, and you know that that discovery almost always stems from digging a little deeper inside of you and doing the personal and spiritual work necessary to draw that voice out. Candice Lake Agency Canadace has represented clients for Showtime, Oxygen, and the WB and have ventured in to new media by writing scripts for movie-based thrill rides, video games and Internet shorts North Finland Film Commission Wild unspoiled nature and northern industrial milieus. Tundra and taiga forests. Frozen harbors and the sun that never sets. In the middle of nowhere yet close and well-connected. INDIE FILM FINANCING & DISTIRBUTION – THE REAL DEAL

In this day and age where virtually anyone can shoot a movie on their iPhone, edit it on their iMac and self-distribute it through platforms such as "Distribber" and "Reelhouse," it would be a gross understatement to say that the independent feature film market has experienced a seismic paradigm shift over the past decade.


Although there once was a time when a writer/producer/director could and would pitch a script or story idea to potential funding source and get a check, those days are essentially over. In this new age, investors are savvier than ever and expect filmmakers to understand the financing and distribution models. Contrary to popular belief, for the most part, investors do not exist in order to help you get your project off the ground or launch your career; they exist to make money!


Therefore, it is your responsibility to present them with a logical, well thought out strategy for not only recouping their investment but to also make a significant profit. I know this sounds like common sense. However, the truth is, most first and second time filmmakers spend 100% of their time and energy trying to figure out how much they need, how they are going to spend it and where they are going to get it and 0% time trying to figure out how to get it back!


The key to successful film financing is to spend the appropriate amount of time, money and resources properly developing your project into an "investable" property - not just a great story.


After a decade of successful filmmaking, over 25 film credits and after making a zillion mistakes of his own, Executive Producer Franco Sama will share his wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise with you and will help to put you in the driver's seat of your own destiny as a filmmaker.




Franco Sama Bio:
Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing.
Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including most recently, Guns, Girls and Gambling starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is quickly becoming a cult favorite; this film was released into theatres on December of 2012 and, in January 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures Home Video.
Other films Sama has produced include; Black Limousine starring David Arquette, Vivica Fox and Bijou Phillips, Tooth and Nail starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, The Penitent Man, starring Lance Henriksen and Andrew Keegan and Paid, starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Conti.
Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the recent film festival darling Petunia starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.

Samaco Films released two films in 2015, the first, The Livingston Gardner stars James Kyson the beloved Ando from the NBC television hit series Heroes and the second, 3 Days in Havana starring Ally McBeal alum, Gil Bellows; both films have been released through Samaco Films' sister company, Synergetic Distribution and have been released via all digital and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms worldwide.

His shingle Samaco Films is currently producing a slate of several independent feature films, including Bless Me Father starring John Turturro, Michael Rapaport and Christopher Walken.

Blair Halver's Reality Sound School When I started out, I just wanted to make a living doing audio full-time. Audio was my passion, and I wanted to build my career around it because that’s all I wanted to do in life. Hamburg Film Commission Helping filmmakers find locations in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, providing location services, shooting permits, and production incentives. Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum A core event of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, the HAF is Asia's premier project market designed to connect Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects with internationally Sydney Film School Our aim at Sydney Film School is to develop well-rounded people, courageous in their endeavours, curious and open to life’s marvels and compassionate in their dealings with one another. World Wide Online Copyright Registration Provides instant international copyright and intellectual property services online. StoryForward LA Originally formed as TRANSMEDIA LOS ANGELES in December 2009, this group is committed to the education, innovation and incubation of new and exploratory ways to tell stories. Dreamworks SKG DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed by partners Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider, and The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
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