Awards Season Panel #2 with Michael Onofri, Howard Rosenman, Michael Shanker & Garrick Dion

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Hosted By:
Michael Onofri - Creative Executive, LD Entertainment

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Awards season is upon us and the race to the top is more fierce than ever. 2019 brought us knockout performances, riveting stories, and jaw-dropping moments. Of course, this all starts with the script.

There's no better way to wrap up the season than to get the inside scoop on what elevates a story to this level than learning from these Oscar-nominated companies, so you can be at this ceremony in the near future as a nominee (and hopefully winner)!

Roadmap Writers is hosting two FREE Panels with execs that are no strangers to award season to help YOU get there. 

You'll learn from executives at Netflix, New Republic Pictures, BRON Studios, LD Entertainment, 30WEST, and Howard Rosenman Productions! These companies' credits include BOMBSHELL, ROCKETMAN, 1917, JOKER, and JUDY!


This Free 90-Minute Virtual Panel will discuss:

  • How these critically acclaimed stories got to their desk
  • What they look for in scripts
  • The journey of script to screen
  • Audience Q&A
More about
Michael Onofri
Creative Executive
LD Entertainment

Michael Onofri has been with financier/production company LD Entertainment since 2015 as a Creative Executive working on such films as RISEN, MEGAN LEAVEY and FOREVER MY GIRL. LD's other credits include JACKIE, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, KILLER JOE, THE GREY,  BIUTIFUL, FOREVER MY GIRL, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (which grossed over $80MM at the box office), and the update ofJACOB'S LADDER. Michael holds a B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University and a Certificate from the UCLA Professional Writing Program.


Howard Rosenman


Howard Rosenman is one of the most prolific producers in film and television, more recently producing the award winning CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, and is best known for having produced the hilarious remake of FATHER OF THE BRIDE with Steve Martin, THE MAIN EVENT starring Barbra Streisand, Sidney Lumet’s A STRANGER AMONG US starring Melanie Griffith, SHINING THROUGH starring Ms. Griffith, Michael Douglas and Liam Neeson, RESURRECTION, STRAIGHT TALK, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and FAMILY MAN starring Nicolas Cage. Rosenman’s films have won 2 Peabody Awards, an Academy Award and top honors at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. In TV, Rosenman was the Executive Producer of HBO’s JOHN FROM CINCINNATI and the Oscar-nominated documentary THE CELLULOID CLOSET. He also won several Emmys for Harvey Feirstein’s TIDY ENDINGS at HBO. Mr. Rosenman garnered two prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards for Excellence in Electronic Journalism for both COMMON THREADS and CELLULOID CLOSET.



Michael Shanker

Michael Shanker is an executive at 30WEST. Previously, in his position at Sight Unseen Pictures, Michael worked on Reinaldo Marcus Green's directorial debut MONSTERS AND MEN (Special Jury Award winner - Sundance 2018), Cory Finley's BAD EDUCATION starring Hugh Jackman & Allison Janney (Toronto Film Festival premiere 2019), and Justin Simien's second feature film, BAD HAIR (yet to be released). 30WEST has produced a variety of films including but not limited to LATE NIGHT starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson, directed by Nisha Ganatra; DESTROYER starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Karyn Kusama; Michael Pearce's directorial debut BEAST; Sam Levinson's high concept genre film ASSASSINATION NATION; and Margot Robbie's I, TONYA directed by Craig Gillespie. The company also has a majority stake in the US distributor NEON, and advises them on a day to day basis.


Garrick Dion
Manager / Producer
5X Media

A graduate of Ithaca College, Cape Cod native Garrick Dion is currently a Producer at 5X where he has partnered with Scott Einbinder (HITMAN’S BODYGUARD) and Seth Nagel (LAID TO REST). Garrick has over 25 years of experience in the film and television industry. He began his career as an intern for producer Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) and has worked as a studio development exec for WB, New Regency (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY), Artisan/Lionsgate, and Bold Films (NIGHTCRAWLER, DRIVE, WHIPLASH). While at BRON studios (TULLY, THE FRONT RUNNER, CAPONE), Garrick started and oversaw the in-house genre label The Realm, for which he produced the sci-fi feature PROSPECT (based on the SXSW award-winning short) and the darkly comic thriller VILLAINS, both released through Gunpowder + Sky. Garrick has also been a screenwriter and consultant on various projects for WB (A WALK TO REMEMBER), Mandalay (THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME), Endgame (MURDER MYSTERY), and the SyFy Channel.


Garrick Dion went above and beyond. His comments were not only technically sound, but well-rooted in reading “the market.” He was also very personable and overly generous with his time during the [Rewrite Clinic] session. Most importantly, his attention to and recall of detail was truly impressive in each and every case. His notes left me not weighed down with the humdrum thought of reworking structure, but with the true excitement of being able to logically and contemporaneously incorporate them into my work.

~ Bob Winston

A BIG thanks to Garrick Dion for his insightful, informative, and producer-conscious notes on my latest screenplays. After reading two of my scripts and offering detailed feedback, I can with 100% confidence say I have two scripts ready for circulation. He helped me bring my characters to life and lifted my action description off the page. He has tons of industry knowledge and will help you get your script exec-ready. I loved his down-to-earth personality and loyal attention to my career. I can't recommend Garrick enough!

~ Clint Ross, Screenwriter

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