Monica Shapiro

Executive Assistant @ Secret Hideout
Saturday 2/1 - Materials due by 9:00am PT
Great for dramedy, animation, sci-fi, & horror pilots!
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Aside from a well-introduced world/hero, is there anything else you look for in the first 8-15 pages of a script? 

Stakes and world-building that are naturally ingrained in the storytelling (not expositional or superfluous).

If you had to describe a writer’s “voice” in a few words, how would you describe it? 

The cadence/rhythm/communication style of the storyteller. It’s not defined by genre. 

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?

Film: ANNIHILATION - the tension, stakes, the timeless element once they’re inside the Shimmer, the physical representations of the alien were mind-blowing. Alex Garland is one of my favorites and psychological sci-fi is a fantastic genre.

TV: KILLING EVE - such fresh, messy characters. I like how the plot really “goes there.” It’s outlandish but the acting and the deeply personal relationship stories keep it grounded. Huge fan of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Dramedies/ dark humor. 
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About Your Host

Monica Shapiro received her BA in film from Ithaca College and relocated to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career in storytelling. Her experience so far spans VFX, film and television market research, and TV development/production at various companies and studios. Monica has traveled internationally for productions and worked closely with EPs on shows that aired on CBS All Access, Nat Geo, Fox, Discovery ID and CMT. Monica currently works for writer/producer/director Alex Kurtzman at Secret Hideout, where their marquee series comprise the Star Trek Universe, among several other projects, under an overall deal with CBS Television Studios.


  • 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 script via the Material Submission Form.
  • Your material submission is due as soon as you are ready, but no later than 9:00am PT on the day of the session.
  • During the session, the exec will read as many of your opening pages as they can get through in 8 minutes.
  • You will receive this exec's written feedback on your pages 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.


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Specializes in:

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • SciFi
  • Fantasy
  • Thriller
  • Horror

  • Animation
  • Coming-of-Age
  • Crime/True Crime
  • Dystopian
  • Female-Driven
  • Futuristic
  • Political
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Psychological
  • Socially Relevant
  • Young Adult (YA)
  • Diverse Writers
  • Writers Over 40
  • Writers Outside LA