Manager Series: It's All About The Pitch

Online Classes
Hosted By:
Roadmap Writers
Weekly, starting on Saturday, 12/04 @ 11:00AM - 12:30PM PT
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$59.00

Roadmap Writers has helped over 200 writers get signed. Having a talented, connected rep can really help catapult a career. There are many factors in signing with a rep. You obviously need a solid portfolio, but you also need to know how how to pitch, brand yourself, know your personal logline, understand your goals, etc. 

This 3-week program will be filled with panels, Q&A and pitch presentations. We have reps from Industry Entertainment, Sugar23, Kaplan Perrone, Stagecoach, Chatrone and more!

We're excited to welcome:

  • Brandy Rivers - Industry Entertainment
  • AE Jones - Stagecoach Entertainment
  • Hannah Ozer - Kaplan Perrone
  • Andrew Kersey - Kersey Management
  • ​​​​​​​Jay Glazer - Neon Kite
  • Ari Ben Avram - Chatrone
  • ​​​​​​​David Katsman - Sugar23

And you can submit a 1-2 page written pitch and 3 managers will select 10 writers each to meet with them live in week 2 to hear their verbal pitch for feedback in front of all the writers (whether selected or not). This is a great way for writers to know why a pitch can pique interest from a rep. 

This 3-Week Course Will Cover:

  • The dos and don'ts of pitching 
  • Researching the execs ahead of time 
  • Discovering your personal logline
  • Branding
  • Follow up etiquette 
  • Cultivating the best relationship with your rep
  • Live feedback on pitches
  • Live Q&A

 

Week One - Panel: The Dos and Don'ts of Pitching

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Summary

This week, we will learn what makes a good (or bad) pitch from 3 different managers! Come in ready to ask questions! 

This week, hear from Brandy Rivers, David Katsman, & Hannah Ozer! 

Week Two - Live Pitches with Jay Glazer

Date / Time
Summary

This week, the top 10 pitches in each genre will pitch to a manager for feedback. Feel free to go from room to room to listen to (and cheer on) your peers! 

Host:
Jay Glazer - Manager / Producer, Neon Kite

A graduate of USC with a degree in Business and Film, Jay Glazer is currently a partner/manager at Neon Kite. Previously, Jay was a manager/producer at ROAR (MEMORIES OF TOMORROW, HURT) where he represented creatives in both the talent and literary fields for both film and television as well as producing a slate of films including GET LUCK LOWE starring Emma McDonald. Jay currently has active projects with Mandalay Pictures (SLEEP HOLLOW, ENEMY AT THE GATES), H2L, Storied Media Group (BIG BAD BBQ BRAWL), EFO Films (LONE SURVIVOR, ESCAPE PLAN), and Storyboard Entertainment (GIANT LITTLE ONES, THE STRANGE ONES).

Week Two - Live Pitches with Ari Ben-Avram

Date / Time
Summary

This week, the top 10 pitches in each genre will pitch to a manager for feedback. Feel free to go from room to room to listen to (and cheer on) your peers! 

Host:
Ari Ben-Avram - Lit Manager / Development Exec, Chatrone

Ari Ben-Avram is a development executive at Chatrone - an international production company with offices in Los Angeles, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Founded by Aaron D. Berger and Carina Schulze, Chatrone has created, developed and produced content for the US, International and Latin American markets. With expertise in family entertainment, the company works in both television and film. Chatrone produced the animated feature THE BOOK OF LIFE. Directed by Jorge Gutierrez, this was the first animated feature to celebrate the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, it won an Annie Award, among several other nominations. Since expanding into Brazil with the creation of CHATRONE LATIN AMERICA, Chatrone has produced over 200 episodes of live action content as well as a feature film. CHATRONE ANIMATION STUDIOS was also launched in 2019. They are currently in production of 52 episodes for BA DA BEAN for Discovery Kids LATAM, 26 episodes as Netflix’s first original animated series out of Brazil, and a prime time animated series based on the comics of Brazil’s Laerte. Chatrone is currently in development with Turner International, Netflix, HBO Latin America, Discovery Kids LATAM, and Disney US.

Week Two - Live Pitches with Andrew Kersey

Date / Time
Summary

This week, the top 10 pitches in each genre will pitch to a manager for feedback. Feel free to go from room to room to listen to (and cheer on) your peers! 

Host:
Andrew Kersey - Manager, Kersey Management

Andrew Kersey is a literary manager whose clients are working on projects at Netflix, Hulu, ABC, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Andrew recently sold his client's sci-fi spec script VARIETAL to Universal with THE SOCIAL NETWORK and FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Oscar-nominated producer Mike De Luca. His client's feature comedy VACATION FRIENDS starring John Cena and Lil Rel just wrapped at Hulu with Broken Road producing.

Week Three - Panel: Before and After the Pitch

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Summary

This week, we will learn how best to prepare for a pitch (research!) and what to do after a pitch (questions they may ask, how and when to follow up, etc). 

This week hear from AE Jones! 

More about
Roadmap Writers

Roadmap Writers is a talent training and discovery platform for screenwriters ready for a guided path to success. Our programs are hosted by working industry executives and are designed to empower writers with actionable tools and insights to elevate your craft and cultivate relationships with industry professionals. Since 2016, we have helped more than 205 writers sign to representation and countless others get staffed, optioned, or sell their script.

Jay Glazer
Manager / Producer
Neon Kite

A graduate of USC with a degree in Business and Film, Jay Glazer is currently a partner/manager at Neon Kite. Previously, Jay was a manager/producer at ROAR (MEMORIES OF TOMORROW, HURT) where he represented creatives in both the talent and literary fields for both film and television as well as producing a slate of films including GET LUCK LOWE starring Emma McDonald. Jay currently has active projects with Mandalay Pictures (SLEEP HOLLOW, ENEMY AT THE GATES), H2L, Storied Media Group (BIG BAD BBQ BRAWL), EFO Films (LONE SURVIVOR, ESCAPE PLAN), and Storyboard Entertainment (GIANT LITTLE ONES, THE STRANGE ONES).

Ari Ben-Avram
Lit Manager / Development Exec
Chatrone

Ari Ben-Avram is a development executive at Chatrone - an international production company with offices in Los Angeles, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Founded by Aaron D. Berger and Carina Schulze, Chatrone has created, developed and produced content for the US, International and Latin American markets. With expertise in family entertainment, the company works in both television and film. Chatrone produced the animated feature THE BOOK OF LIFE. Directed by Jorge Gutierrez, this was the first animated feature to celebrate the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, it won an Annie Award, among several other nominations. Since expanding into Brazil with the creation of CHATRONE LATIN AMERICA, Chatrone has produced over 200 episodes of live action content as well as a feature film. CHATRONE ANIMATION STUDIOS was also launched in 2019. They are currently in production of 52 episodes for BA DA BEAN for Discovery Kids LATAM, 26 episodes as Netflix’s first original animated series out of Brazil, and a prime time animated series based on the comics of Brazil’s Laerte. Chatrone is currently in development with Turner International, Netflix, HBO Latin America, Discovery Kids LATAM, and Disney US.

Andrew Kersey
Manager
Kersey Management

Andrew Kersey is a literary manager whose clients are working on projects at Netflix, Hulu, ABC, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Andrew recently sold his client's sci-fi spec script VARIETAL to Universal with THE SOCIAL NETWORK and FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Oscar-nominated producer Mike De Luca. His client's feature comedy VACATION FRIENDS starring John Cena and Lil Rel just wrapped at Hulu with Broken Road producing.

David Katsman
Literary Manager
Sugar23

David Jimenez-Katsman is a literary manager at Sugar23, the company founded by Oscar-winning producer and manager, Michael Sugar. David is known for identifying and developing emerging writers and directors.  His clients have been short-listed for Oscars; written studio movies and series for premium cable networks and SVOD platforms; and both won awards and premiered work at TIFF, Sundance and Cannes film festivals. 

David received his Masters of Laws at Cardozo in NYC, with a concentration in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  He received his Bachelor of Laws at Durham University in the UK, with additional business administration studies from the Schulich School of Business in Canada.

He is a Dominican and Canadian dual citizen and lives in Los Angeles with his two rescue dogs.

 

AE Jones
Literary Manager
Stagecoach Entertainment

AE Jones is a television literary manager at Stagecoach Entertainment, where they keep the shifting television market in constant perspective for clients and oversee all tracking of development and staffing opportunities for writers across broadcast, cable, and streaming.

In addition to their experience across representation, production, and business and creative development with companies like Paradigm, NBCUniversal, Red Bull Media House, and Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, LLC, Jones served as Associate Producer of Enough Room, a social impact comedy short that tackles the issues of passive racism and societal expectations while inviting an authentic connection in the face of adversity - all on a first date! Pursuing and developing this story in early 2018 sparked their passion for centering voices that have yet to be heard and need to be seen on television.

Jones is drawn to stories about outsiders seeking connection, characters breaking and creating their own norms, and nuanced conversations about queer and First/Second Generation experiences. If you can make them laugh at the same time, even better.

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.