Pitching can be creative and (dare I say it?) even fun. And if you get good at it, it can empower and liberate you to do more of what you love to do:  write. Writers are storytellers. But when they have to sell their stories, they often freeze up. That’s an unfortunate and unnecessary…(Read More)

Overseeing more than 800 titles sold to over 200 countries, with offices in Munich, London, New York and Hong Kong, Michael Schmidt, Chief Creative Officer, Red Arrow Entertainment Group, a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company, knows a thing or three about oversees global format development, acquisitions, creative partnerships and worldwide production rollouts. And one thing he…(Read More)

2017 Emmy Winners

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69th Annual Emmy Awards Photo Albums Directors’ Nominees Reception Arrivals Awards Show Governors Ball   A complete list of all the winners of the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are listed at emmys.com. Best Comedy: “Veep” (HBO) Best Drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) Best Limited Series: “Big Little Lies” (HBO) Best Actress, Comedy…(Read More)

Interviews

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Pathe Magazine For Jane Friedman’s “5 On” series, author Chris Jane asks Heather 5 questions on writing including: the top five mistakes screenwriters make, the usefulness of online script databases and how to approach a first screenwriting contract. 5 on Writing What movie or movies ignited your interest in screenwriting and what was your…(Read More)

Every demographic has its stratum but few are as dramatically delineated as kids’ television programming because the distinctions between age groups are so profound. “Strong, relatable, believable characters are key drivers, particularly for a pre-school audience where they become a child’s friend,” explains Rick Glankler, President/General Manager, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. “For…(Read More)

As promised in How to Work the Film & TV Markets: A Guide for Content Creators, Dog & Pony have generously shared with all of us a great gift: their five-page feature film key art creative brief. This same worksheet can be used for TV projects, books and even musicals and plays – just adjust…(Read More)

Researching and defending comparable films is always a challenge. It’s a tall order to find similar films that accurately reflect the genre, milieu, tone, themes, sensibilities and aim for the same target audiences while at the same time have near enough budgets and caliber of cast – yet only include those that are “current” enough…(Read More)

HEather Hale - Investing in Films

I mean…really. Your money? A Great Screenwriting Exercise: If you’ve ever produced your own independent film, you know what I’m talking about: entire scenes get slashed because there just isn’t time (or, more accurately: ever enough money). But even in development of big budget studio features, writers must reduce their scripts…(Read More)

21 Hours heather hale

21 Hours

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When his dream car is hijacked, a high school football coach is seat belted in to a terrorist death trap and forced to play the unwilling suicide bomber in a Jihadist game of revenge roulette when he must race cross country in 21 hours flat to beat the clock to save his family – and…(Read More)

Film Proposal

As much as a screenplay evolves – changing dramatically (and hopefully for the better) from initial concept to the first draft, through rewriting on through the development, pre- and production processes, so, too, should your indie film “package” (investor presentation, business plan, joint venture proposals, website and any and all marketing materials) constantly be refined…(Read More)