Dan Scheinkman

Feature Development Lead @ Buzzfeed
Saturday 2/1 - Materials due by 11:00am PT
Great for progressive, topical projects in the zeitgeist!

Roadmap Exclusive Interview!

What elements are you most looking for when listening to a pitch?     

An understanding that the writer has a clean cohesive knowledge of their whole project, start to finish, and an idea of which audiences (niches) the idea will serve

What's the most common mistake you see when writers pitch? 

Getting too bogged down describing individual scenes rather than the big idea. 

What makes you keep turning the page?  

A skillfully crafted script which makes me ask questions at the right points (TV - at the act breaks, film at pgs 25-30, and 60).

What is one of the biggest pitfalls a writer can fall victim to when writing a script?  

Not having an awareness of the market and who will actually show up and buy a ticket to see THIS project on screen rather than watch Netflix at home.

If you could have been part of any movie or TV show that's been out in the past 2 years, what would it be?   


What is your biggest pet peeve to avoid during a pitch? 

Telling me about other people's reviews of the scripts or awards that it's won or nominated for (which are NOT the Nicholl or Page).

Pitch Tips

Keep your pitches brief. Your sell is within the first minute. For TV, identify the story engine of your protagonist which lasts throughout the series. For films, don't pitch a synopsis. Only pitch your big idea and/or your first act. Make sure I know why this film has a place in the marketplace NOW, and which niche (or broad) audiences it serves.

About Your Host

Dan Scheinkman currently serves as the Feature Development Lead at Buzzfeed. He previously worked as Head of Scripted Development at Kickstart Entertainment (AMC's PREACHER, Amazon's THE BOYS, WANTED) and Vice President of Development at Le Vision Pictures USA (THE GREAT WALL). He has developed and/or set up multiple film and television projects with studios and in partnership with Scott Free (Ridley Scott), LuckyChap (Margot Robbie), Endeavor Content, and Unique Features. Dan has also worked as a development executive under Hal Lieberman (Producer/Former President of Production at Universal Pictures), Lawrence Bender (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Participant Media (COUNTDOWN TO ZERO), and for Abrams Artists Agency, The Gersh Agency, and APA.


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  • Your material/contact submission is due as soon as you are ready, but no later than 2 hours prior to the start of the session.
  • You will receive this exec's written feedback on your pitch via email within 5 business days following the session unless otherwise notified.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the session. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this program, email coordinator@roadmapwriters.com!

Specializes in:

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • RomCom
  • SciFi
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • All Budgets

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • SciFi
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Thriller
  • Horror

  • Animation
  • Biopics
  • Books
  • "Buddy"
  • Coming-of-Age
  • Crime/True Crime
  • Dystopian
  • Female-Driven
  • Futuristic
  • Graphic Novels
  • High-Concept
  • Historical
  • Inspirational
  • Latin / Spanish-Language
  • Period Pieces
  • Political
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Psychological
  • Revenge
  • Road Trip
  • Romance
  • Socially Relevant
  • True Stories
  • Young Adult (YA)
  • Diverse Writers
  • Writers Over 40
  • Writers Outside LA

Specifically not interested in:

Animated Features, Faith-Based