[Perspectives Series] Virtual Panel: Gatekeepers Edition

Gabrielle Hughes (Assistant, Warner Bros.) & Monica Shapiro (Executive Assistant, Secret Hideout)
Sunday 1/26 @ 4:00pm PT - 5:30pm PT

Ever wonder what happens when you submit a script to a production company, manager or network? If your script gets read, well, chances are the first people to read your script aren’t VP’s or senior executives. To get to them, you have to go through the gatekeepers first. 

But who are these gatekeepers? How do the gatekeepers evaluate what material they recommend to their boss? And can you establish a relationship with them without coming across as crazy or stalker-ish? 

Well, don’t sweat it! Because Roadmap has assembled a panel of four gatekeepers to answer all these questions! 

In this 90 minute Webinar, the panelists will discuss: 
  • Who gets hired as assistants and coordinators 
  • What exactly their job entails 
  • Forming and maintaining relationships with writers 
  • How they evaluate writers and material to pass on up the ladder
  • How and where they find scripts to read 
About Your Host

Gabrielle Hughes is an NJ native and LA transplant, still searching for some decent Italian food on the West Coast. With a background in theatre and performing arts, Elle fell in love with how characters shape the world in which a story lives. For the last five years, she has worked as a reader for various major competitions and festivals, specifically honing in on why a script passes the first and second round. In addition to script consultancy, she has assisted directors of programming and creative executives in series development and feature production for multiple major studios and contracted production companies with first-look deals at Disney, NBCU and Warner Bros.

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.

What To Expect

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 the "JOIN LINK" to join the Live Webinar. Webinars are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the Webinar via email within 24 hrs. following the live session.

Can't Attend Live? 

Can't make the live session but still have a question you want answered during the Q&A portion? Email it to alex@roadmapwriters.com and submitted questions will be provided to the moderator to address during the Q&A. 


Shoot an email to our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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