Janne Barklis

Agent (Film Finance & Sales) @ The Gersh Agency
Saturday 2/22 @ 2:00pm - 5:00pm PT
Great for localized international stories with local language elements.
Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Pitch Tips

For me it is all about clarity. What is the story? What is the tone? A long synopsis is difficult for business folk to track and speaks to a clouded creative vision.

About Your Host

Janne Barklis graduated from the University of Exeter and the London Film School with a MA in International Film Business. She has worked for mini-major studios (Lionsgate, Pathe), foreign sales companies (Bankside Films, Cinema Management Group, XYZ Films) and TV production companies (Dancing Ledge Productions) in both London and Los Angeles. Currently she packages, sells, and consults on independent movies at The Gersh Agency. Previous to a life in the entertainment industry, she had a freelance career in theatrical production, journalism, and radio/podcasting which has given her a diverse sense of story. With a creative writing degree herself, she understands, first hand, the arduous journey of entrepreneurial creative work.

The Gersh Agency has packaged and sold hundreds of films including Damien Chazelle's WHIPLASH, David Robert Mitchell's IT FOLLOWS, and Reed Morano's MEADOWLAND.


  • Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to instructions on how to submit your contact info or written pitch via the Material Submission Form.
  • 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
  • Fantasy
  • Thriller
  • Horror
  • All Budgets

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

  • Animation
  • Biopics
  • Books
  • "Buddy"
  • Coming-of-Age
  • Crime/True Crime
  • Documentary Adaptations
  • Dystopian
  • Faith-Based/Faith-Friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Female-Driven
  • Futuristic
  • Graphic Novels
  • High-Concept
  • Historical
  • Holiday
  • Inspirational
  • Kids / Children
  • Latin / Spanish-Language
  • Musicals
  • Period Pieces
  • Political
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Psychological
  • Revenge
  • Road Trip
  • Romance
  • Socially Relevant
  • Sports
  • True Stories
  • Young Adult (YA)
  • Webseries
  • Reality/Unscripted TV
  • Diverse Writers
  • Writers Over 40
  • Writers Outside LA