James Brown - Month Mentorship

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You will be sent an invoice for the remainder of your balance 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.

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My slate is overwhelmingly female-focused both in terms of material and practitioners and that's something I'd like to maintain but it's by no means at the exclusion of other material.
In terms of working with writers and assessing material, the gender bias of my own production slate is totally irrelevant. What I would say is that my strengths lie in emotional/elevated material so particularly when it comes to genre I'd be the most use on projects that are utilising genre to speak to/illuminate a broader issue (e.g. the recent Talk To Me as parable for drug abuse/addiction issues).

Women Writers
Writers of Color
LGBTQIA+ Writers
Writers Over 40
Writers with Disabilities
Neurodivergent Writers
Writers Outside LA
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Authors (Non-Fiction)
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Book Adaptation
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More about James Brown

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. During his time as a buyer, James established a reputation as a key foreign language buyer on the international distribution circuit, acquiring such breakout arthouse titles as I AM LOVE and THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES for both the UK and Australia/NZ. His work in acquisitions continues, most recently with his serving as Head of Content Partnerships for global VOD platform Eyelet.

In 2011 he produced his first feature, AGE OF HEROES starring Sean Bean. STILL ALICE, his second feature as a producer, was adapted from the bestselling novel by Lisa Genova and 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 the 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).

Upcoming projects as a producer include an adaptation of another Lisa Genova novel titled INSIDE THE O'BRIENS and a feature film based on the life of famed Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie called MAKING NOISE.

How it Works

Private Month Mentorship

Each month mentorship kicks off with a preliminary 15-min. call to set expectations and lay out strategy for the month. Writer will have email access to the executive plus 4x one-hour consultations with the exec. Exec will read up to 4 scripts in one month (different drafts of the same script or 4 different scripts) and conduct 4x one-hour story notes calls. Calls can also include feedback on your pitch, branding, or career strategy.

If you pay with the deposit/payment plan, your second half will be due the 2nd week of the Mentorship. If you need a different type of payment plan, email dorian@roadmapwriters.com. 

**Please note feature screenplays are limited to 120 pages maximum. Please contact terra@roadmapwriters.com for pricing on a Month Mentorship on screenplays exceeding 120 pages.

What To Expect

After registering, you will receive an automatic Order Confirmation email. Then Roadmap's Director of Consultations, Terra Joy, will get your mentor looped in with you! If you do not hear from Terra or the exec within 3 days of registering, feel free to email terra@roadmapwriters.com for an update.

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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.