The Life of a Studio Reader/Analyst

Jeremiah Smith
Mar Vista Entertainment

You often hear that execs have limited amounts of time but they have hundreds of scripts to get through. How on earth do they manage to filter through everything? While every single script normally does get read, it will always be read first by a Reader. Jeremiah Smith, long-time Reader/Analyst for Mar Vista Entertainment, is here to pull the curtain back on the first steps a script takes when it enters the submission pile at a company and how a Reader's opinion is crucial to getting you up the ladder and on your way!

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:
  • What is a reader?
  • What do readers do?
  • What do readers look for?
  • How do they analyze a script?
  • What can they tell from the first ten pages of your script?
  • What are some things a writer should never do?
  • What can a writer do to increase their odds of getting a recommendation?
  • What can you learn from reader feedback versus other sorts of feedback?
    About Your Host

    Jeremiah Smith works as a script reader and analyst for Mar Vista Entertainment who produces content for Lifetime, Hallmark, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime, and independent film markets. He’s written for animation, live-action comedy, and recently was hired to rewrite an indie thriller going into production in June. When not geeking out on books, comics, video games, television, movies, and whatever else catches his fancy, he can be found torturing his family and friends with some semi-terrible-ish jokes.

    What To Expect

    Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


    If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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