Pitch Practice Makes Perfect

Producers Panel & Pitch Practice with Ilan Arboleda, Blair Breard, Alex Cirillo, Dana Kuznetzkoff and Rashidi Hendrix

Event Details

Tuesday May 22, 2018 7:00 pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700, NY, NY 10033

The Writers Guild of America, East invites you to attend Pitch Practice Makes Perfect

RSVP REQUIRED (Writers Guild Members Only)

6:30 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Pitch Practice

Hone your pitch with the help of experienced producers. In front of a live audience of Writers Guild members, up to ten writers will have the opportunity to pitch producers Ilan Arboleda, Blair Breard, Alex Cirillo, Dana Kuznetzkoff and Rashidi Hendrix. Each writer will be given constructive feedback and advice on moving their project forward.

Here’s how to be selected to pitch at this event. Upon receiving an RSVP confirmation, attendees will receive an email that includes details on how to submit a logline of a Writers Guild-registered television/new media or film project. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experienced producers.
Dana Kuznetzkof is the Head of Television and Content for Avex International, Inc. Before joining Avex International, she has produced such diverse projects from HBO’s pilot episode BOARDWALK EMPIRE to their acclaimed series THE WIRE and NBC’s SMASH. Dana serves on the Producers Council of the Producers Guild of America and is a member NY Women in Film and Television and the Directors Guild of America.
M. Blair Breard has been the Executive Producer on several award-winning shows, including BASKETS, ONE MISSISSIPPI, BETTER THINGS, HORACE AND PETE and LOUIE. Currently, she is Executive Producing STRANGERS, for Facebook.  Ms. Breard recently signed a First Look deal with FX and has another series in development at Showtime.
Alex Cirillo is a Producer and the Co-Founder of Big Vision Empty Wallet, a film and media incubator for film and series creators, and Big Vision Creative, a production company focusing on feature film and TV series development. Big Vision’s focus is to foster inclusion and develop unexpected content with women, people of color and LGBTQ creators. Cirillo recently produced A.M. Lukas’ ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY PLEASURE, which will be released on TNT and Refinery29 in 2018 as a part of their Shatterbox Anthology, with creative support from the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance Program.
Rashidi Hendrix is CEO of Metallic Entertainment and also the co-Executive Producer and showrunner for the highly-acclaimed second season of series WE RE THE JONES (BET). Before working on the series, he was the co-founder & Chief Content Officer for Laugh Radio, an award-winning streaming standup comedy platform. Hendrix joined Metallic Entertainment in 2010 as a Producer/Manager at Metallic Management where his clients included music artists and TV talent that produce & direct series like CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS) and NCIS:LA (CBS). Before Metallic Entertainment, Hendrix was a successful writer/producer who has worked on series KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (FOX), ACCORDING TO HIM + HER (Centric), TORI & DEAN: HOME SWEET HOLLYWOOD (Oxygen), HOT PROPERTIES (HGTV), THE ENCOUNTER (SYFY), MTV AWARD (MTV), THE APPRENTICE (NBC), JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! (ABC), ORANGE IN THE NEW BLACK (Netlfix) and THE MO’NIQUE SHOW (BET).
Ilan Arboleda is a founder, along with Tom Donahue and Steve Edwards, of CreativeChaos VMG, a finance and production company for documentaries, television and feature films. Based in New York City, it was founded in 2009. The company develops provocative projects that can move the dial on the cultural conversation. All projects must be artistically and commercially viable, but social disruption is the cornerstone of the company’s work.

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