Hands On Producer Program - Acquiring and Adapting Valuable IP

Online Classes
Hosted By:
James Brown - Independent Producer
Weekly, starting on Sunday, 08/22 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM PT
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Weekly, starting on Sunday, 09/12 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM PT
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$399.00
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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance 2 weeks after the start of the program to the email address you use to pay the deposit. Balances must be paid in full prior to the end of the class unless prior arrangements are made. Failure to pay invoices in a timely manner will result in the forfeiture of your spot and you will not be permitted to complete the program. Questions? Email info@roadmapwriters.com.

Struggling with not getting enough traction? Are you solely writing original stories?

Having the rights to solid IP (intellectual property) is one of the "easiest" ways to get attention from an executive. Acquiring IP is a mystery to many and can stop writers dead in their tracks from even attempting to. 

In this interactive 4-week program, Producer James Brown (STILL ALICE) will walk you through how to discover if projects' rights are available, how to contact rights holders, learn the difference between options vs shopping agreements, how to negotiate, the ins and outs of popular new formats like podcasts and more!

Each writer will come into the class with different dream IP choices and Jesse will walk you through the process on acquiring the rights to those IP choices that are available!

Week One - Introduction

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Summary

This week, we will learn what IP is and how to search for it. 

Instructor will lecture on: 

  • What IP is, why it's lucrative, what IP is best suited for the writers own personal writing style etc. 
  • The popular formats of IP - and the rising stars (like podcasts) 
  • How to search for IP 

Week Two - IP Review

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Summary

This week, we will learn how to reach out to rights holders and which piece of IP to focus on for class. 

Instructor will lecture on: 

  • How to reach out to rights holders (who best to contact, what to say, etc) 
  • The negotiation process (what to expect and option v. shopping agreements) 
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their homework 
  • Instructor will explain this week's assignment 

Week Three - Response Review and Treatment Prep

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Summary

This week, we will learn how to begin adapting the IP for the screen. 

Instructor will lecture on: 

  • Instructor will lecture on beginning the adaptation process 
  • Instructor will lecture on treatments and pitch decks 
  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their homework 
  • Instructor will explain this week's assignment 

Week Four - Treatment Review

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Summary

This week, we will polish the treatment and prepare for the road ahead. 

Instructor will lecture on: 

  • Instructor will give each student feedback on their homework 
  • Instructor will share advice on what you may encounter from here and how best to leverage your IP going forward
More about
James Brown
Independent Producer

James Brown started his career in independent production and film criticism in his native Australia. He worked as a critic for the national Austereo Radio Network, directed documentary projects for ABC TV and Foxtel, and was awarded the Panorama Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004 for his drama short ‘Fugue’.

After relocating to London, Brown worked in acquisitions at various independent UK distribution companies, holding Head of Acquisitions roles at companies including Tartan Films and Metrodome.

In 2011 he produced his first feature, ‘Age of Heroes’ starring Sean Bean.

‘Still Alice’, his second feature as a producer, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at the Toronto Film Festival 2014. ‘Still Alice’ won its star Julianne Moore the SAG Award, Indie Spirit, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar in 2015. In 2017 James produced and directed family film 'You Can Tutu’ which was acquired by Netflix for all English-language territories.

His short as writer/director, ‘Failure to Thrive’, premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2018. He was selected for the Toronto Film Festival Director’s Lab the same year.

His latest feature as producer, ‘Before You Know It’ starring Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin and Alec Baldwin, premiered in Competition at Sundance 2019 and was released in the US by 1091 (previously The Orchard).

James is currently packaging several projects, and is financing a feature adaptation of Alice Sebold’s memoir ‘Lucky’ starring Victoria Pedretti and Marcia Gay Harden. 

How it Works

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 5 days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this period will be ineligible for refunds.

Please ensure you are familiar with our Code of Conduct.

The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.