You've been writing for years and have built a solid portfolio. You've done your research into the market and figured out where you want to go with your career. You're learned how to pitch, and now you're ready to find a rep that will guide and support you along your path. But there's so much to consider when looking for a rep.
What do reps look for in writers? What are the questions you should ask? What are the red flags? And how can you avoid tripping up and scaring a good rep away?
To answer all this and more, Roadmap welcomes some of our favorite people to the webinar stage for this special two part panel event!
Part One - The Writers' Perspective:
Part Two - The Reps' Perspective:
Kenyetta Raelyn is an award-winning Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2020, she landed in the top 10% of the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Competition and was one of six women chosen to participate in the Blacklist/Women in Film Episodic Lab. Earlier in 2020 year she was invited to be a part of Blackmagic’s Future Women of TV career accelerator which introduces 12 stellar, creative women to industry showrunners and gatekeepers. In 2019, Kenyetta was a part of Meryl Streep’s Feature Writers Lab NYC and the ScreenCraft Drama Feature Competition Grand Prize Winner.
In her formative years, Kenyetta was plucked out of a midwestern working-class environment and shipped off to live with the scions of America’s wealthiest 1% in a New England boarding school. That experience inspired her interest in finance and, after graduating from Columbia University, led to a stint on Wall Street working as a banking slave. Obsessed with the Gilded Age and early American industrial tycoons, she writes vividly about capitalism, wealth and privilege and their intersection with race, class, and immigration status.
She is currently writing her first studio feature for Particular Crowd, a division of WarnerMedia International. Prior to that she wrote freelance episodes for Spotify’s True Crime podcast Hostage and she directed a digital dramedy series starring Veronica Mars’ Enrico Colantoni called Adversity.
Kenyetta is repped by Ashley Berns with Leigh Hill Management.
Ward Perry has sold TV shows to Amazon, Sony, Atlas Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment. As well as feature films to Stampede Ventures, Studio Canal and The Picture Company. His feature film biopic about Mike Tyson is currently in pre-production, slated to shoot in June of this year. Ward's feature film MR. CROUP was subject to an industry wide bidding war, with Jon Berg producing and an October shoot start. His last feature CURTIZ won several film festival awards including the coveted BEST FILM award at the Montreal Film Festival.
When Shawn Parikh nailed a kiss and a single line in Bye Bye Birdie in 9th grade, he knew two things for sure: he loved showbiz and he did not love women. Being a gay Indian-Texan-American pursuing a creative career, he is an uberbrown sheep—although, he did his best to make his parents proud with a degree in PoliSci and a Master’s in Psych. A student of improv, standup and sketch at UCB & Groundlings, he has appeared on shows like “Outsourced”, “Cougar Town”, “The Neighborhood” and “Mom”. In addition to writing and starring in an independent pilot “Bad Indians” with Devanshi Patel and a spoof of HBO's “The Night Of” for Funny or Die, Shawn's short film “Khol” (“open”), starring Sarayu Blue, played a global festival circuit. He is repped by Klasco Entertainment and is currently in this year’s 2020-2021 NBC’s Writers on the Verge.
Daniel Seco is a literary manager / partner at Empirical Evidence where he represents writers & directors for film and television. Seco previously served as a literary manager at Schemers Entertainment after stints as a motion picture literary coordinator at Writ Large and an assistant for a motion picture literary agent at CAA. He also worked at Resolution in the motion picture department as an assistant for a talent and literary agent. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Seco worked as a sports journalist covering MLB, US Soccer, and the NBA, as well as a special education teacher in New Orleans. He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida, where he received his master's degree in journalism.
Danny Alexander has been in the TV lit department at the Agency for Performing Arts for the past five years. In that time, he has worked through both development and staffing of cable and broadcast television.
Audrey Knox is a literary manager at Cartel, with clients staffed on GROWN-ISH and P-VALLEY. She worked her way up from Receptionist in 2016 to Manager in 2018. Audrey has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms. She has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University.
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