I love working with terrific people on great projects! Anywhere. In any capacity. Do you have a book, film or television script, project or related event you’d like to collaborate on? Let’s talk!
Got a project with funding or distribution in place? Let’s talk!
Screenwriter, Author, Co-Writer or Ghostwriter: Let’s develop together – anywhere* – or work via phone, email and video chat (Zoom, Skype, etc.): feature film screenplays, scripted television pilots, writer’s bibles, novels, fiction and non-fiction books, business plans, etc. Work-for-hire or shared copyright partnership scenario (usually 50/50). *If travel and accommodations are covered.
I provide Creative and Marketing Analyses on feature film screenplays, television scripts, novels, fiction and non-fiction books, reality television formats, pitch packages, writer’s bibles, book proposals, business plans, marketing treatments, investor presentations, stakeholder proposals, video games, social media strategies, platform distribution plans, etc.
Scripted: A two-hour conference call followed-up with an in-depth written summary covering all the storytelling elements discussed including character, structure, plot(s) and subplots, themes, dialogue, tone, genre as well as professional edit/polish page notes* addressing grammar, formatting, typos and stylistic suggestions.
Reality: A two-hour conference call followed-up with an in-depth written summary reviewing all the elements for your project including (as relevant): type of show, format, genre, tone, episode structure, season and/or series arc, hosts, subject matter experts as well as page notes* addressing grammar, formatting, typos and stylistic suggestions.
* If the submitted literary asset is not of a market-ready, professional caliber, editing will be limited to the first ten pages.
** Rewrites Reviewed for Half-Price **
You’ve fine-tuned your project and are confident that all the creative elements are locked and solid.
Still, you need to get a handle on the marketing angles that will be the difference between a “pass” and the perfect pitch.
A two-hour conference call to review the project’s viability; most likely prospective buyers (Distributors, Financiers, Co-Production Partners); potential attachments (actors, directors, ShowRunners, Subject Matter Experts, Key Department Heads), assessment of target audience(s)’ demographics and psychographics; potential product placement advertisers, brand sponsors and marketing affiliations and prospective attachments (including A-list stars and clever casting strategies, Directors, Key Department Heads, Show Runners) and possible approach strategies. Suggestions for ancillary multimedia opportunities (VR/AR, video games, platform and/or social media, blogs, alternative distribution possibilities, etc.)
Written critique of marketing materials presented (loglines, synopses, treatments, one-pagers, leave-behinds, trailers, sizzle reels, investor presentations, business plans, packages, proposals, websites, website outlines, social media marketing plans, distribution plans.
Pitch Packages & Sizzle Reels
Have you pitched your program several times but still haven’t managed to get any traction?
Are you going in to pitch your show for the first time and you want to knock it out of the park?
You’ve been working on your project inside and out – but now: can you sell it? You only get one chance to make a first impression – in person, on the page and on all the screens. Make sure you’ve made an excellent, lasting impression – and a terrific leave behind (or “follow-up with”). Professional edit suggestions for your sizzle reel, trailer and existing pitch marketing materials will help you put your absolute best foot forward. Of course, typos will be caught, spelling errors fixed, grammar improved, formatting cleaned up but far more important are the stylistic suggestions to polish genre-specific, market-ready materials for your pitch opportunities.
We will discuss who you’re pitching to – when and how – and why.
- What are your goals?
- What can you realistically achieve?
- What are the most pressing opportunities?
- What access do you have that you want to actually catalyze for this project?
During this one-hour conference call (or video chat), we’ll review all of your project’s elements including (as relevant): the type of show, format, episode structure, season and/or series arc(s), host(s), subject matter experts, tone, genre. We’ll agree what the highest and best marketing materials are for your purposes (Look Book, Series Bible, Rip-O-Matic, completed scenes or segments, talent reels, a pilot presentation, etc.) and find the sweet spot that works with your budget, schedule and resources. I can provide deliverable direction for you and your team – or create for – or co-create with – you.
*A logline is the hook – ideally 25 words or less – that piques initial interest. Ideal loglines will reveal the project’s high concept, sources of conflict (drama), introduce the main Protagonist(s), Antagonist(s), Love Interest (or Host and Subject Matter Experts) and intrigue the listener/reader/viewer, promising that the project will deliver on its genre and/or format in a unique and interesting way.
Beginning your pitches with great loglines should entice the Catchers to want more – and request your materials.
- Logline Analysis & Polish: Submit your logline (or up to 10 for the same feature film or pilot script) and we’ll dissect the best elements and refine the best approaches for different purposes/targets.
- Logline Review: Get an unbiased but professional and honest third party assessment and unbiased ranking of up to 10 one- to two-sentence summaries of the various feature film projects or sample episodes you’re contemplating developing in terms of projected marketability, intrigue as well as constructive polish suggestions and key word refinements). Taglines and key art may be included if available/desired.
- Pitch Preparation: Through this proactive, constructive analysis, we’ll identify the emotional and marketing hooks and precise key words to pull all the pieces together into a structurally effective, engaging and intriguing construction.
- Pitch Critique: Take your verbal pitch and/or written marketing materials to the next level through this honest, kind, professional pitch critique offering immediately implementable improvements.
- Pitch Practice and Coaching: One-on-one role play and/or directed pitch rehearsal(s) for partners or even the whole team on pitch execution. One-hour Zoom, Google HangOut, Skype or conference call for kind, honest, constructive analysis – and practice. Immediately implementable structural suggestions, identifying the emotional and marketing hooks and directed pitch rehearsals. Boost your confidence. Secure more meetings and requests. Really nail it.
- Catcher Hit List Review: Attending a pitch fest or similar event? Like NATPE, the AFM, The Great American/Canadian Pitch Fest, Stage 32’s Virtual Pitches? Review the “Catchers” (prospective buyers, financiers, reps) you think might be the most receptive to your material and we’ll discuss, identify others, prioritize and strategize a ranked list of who you might want to schedule pitch appointments with for your specific scenario and goals – and identify unique approach strategies for each.
- 1st 10 Pages: A review and discussion of your most critical first impression.
- Budget and Schedule Review: A quick overview of red flags that jump out and key issues to consider.
- One-Sheet Polish: Review, discussion and suggestions on how to make your leave behind pop!
- Project Review and Analysis: Storyboards, look book, cast wish list ideas, director’s vision, challenging scenes, etc.
- PowerNetworking Brainstorming and Strategies: Potential Buyers, Financiers, Equity Investors, Distributors, International Sales Agents, Reps, brand presentation, “Big Six” studio strategies (film and broadcast and cable TV), OTT opportunities, social media promotional or crowd funding campaigns, affinity marketing, product placement, sponsorship, grant ideas, etc.
- Actor Career Consultation: Headshot review and selection, reel review and edit suggestions, audition practice, brand analysis and PowerNetworking career strategies brainstorming.
- Writer Career Consultation: Logline and project review and strategizing, brand analysis, agent and manager and/or project PowerNetworking Hit List brainstorming strategies, what’s the best project to work on next? Writing partner advice and legal considerations.
I was a co-founder and CFO of a three-branch California mortgage banking/brokerage firm for almost a decade. Capitalize on my extensive small business financial and underwriting background (rarely paired with Hollywood expertise) to review or write your business plan or pitch deck for any kind of entrepreneurial or even non-profit venture. Everything from bio-polishing to unique selling and value propositions to comparable or competitive products and services analyses to social media marketing strategies and product placement plans to embedded joint venture events to number crunching equity waterfalls and cash flows through to preparing/coaching or even (if you request it) co-presenting your investor / stakeholder pitches with you. Let’s discuss!
I love working with terrific people on awesome projects. I’m willing to travel anywhere to make great things happen. Let’s talk about where you’re at – and where you want to be – and how I might contribute! Depending on the size of your budget and team, I can wear other hats as well: Line Producer, Producer of Marketing & Distribution or Script Supervisor.
Schedules & Budgets
If you provide the completed screenplay in Final Draft or Movie Magic, I can tag the script and create your breakdown sheets (or you can provide the .sex file) to do an initial first pass shooting schedule and rough draft budget. During a conference call, we can discuss expanding the budget to include everything from soft prep, pre-production, promotion during principal photography, social media and film/TV festival/affinity marketing through to securing (or DIY) distribution.
Let’s Meet at Industry Events!
While I’m happy to consult via phone, email and video* chat (Zoom, Skype) anytime, I also love to meet in-person at, during and around entertainment industry events such as film and television markets like the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA every November); NATPE (the National Association of Television Program Executives in Miami, FLA every January) and related events such as CES (Jan) or NAB (April) in Las Vegas, Nevada; StoryTellers on WalkAbout retreats, writers conferences. Or better yet! Bring me to speak to your group! And let’s meet around that function!
*It’s nice to see who you’re talking to but Zoom, especially, also facilitates safe, convenient computer screen sharing – and sessions can be recorded, if desired.