Pitch Practice Makes Perfect: Producers’ Panel & Pitch Practice

Professional Development

Event Details

Monday May 6, 2019 6:30 pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700
New York, NY 10013

Professional Development

The Writers Guild of America, East

Invites you to submit and attend

Producers’ Panel & Pitch Practice with Ilan Arboleda,
Alex Cirillo, Marc Lieberman, Rashidi Hendrix
and Julie Rottenberg

Hone your pitch with the help of experienced producers. In front of a live audience of Writers Guild members, up to six writers will have the opportunity to pitch producers Ilan Arboleda, Alex Cirillo, Marc Lieberman, Rashidi Hendrix and Julie Rottenberg. Each writer will be given constructive feedback and advice on moving their project forward. Members who are selected to pitch will receive a preparatory coaching session from HBO’s Development Team on April 29.

How to submit a pitch for this eventafter registering, 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 selected to provide a diverse array of projects and creators for the event.


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.

lex 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 Are 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 Awards (MTV), The Apprentice (NBC), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC), Orange Is The New Black (Netlfix) and The Mo’nique Show (BET).

Marc Lieberman is President of Above Average, a digital-first entertainment company that creates and distributes comedy programming. Lieberman oversees creative development and production of original programming, as well as content distribution deals. Lieberman has overseen production for several series and specials, including Alec Baldwin’s Love Ride for truTV; Jingle Ballin’ with Liza Koshy for YouTube Red; and Thank You and Sorry with Jack Antonoff for Google Play/Sony Music Originals.

Julie Rottenberg started her career in New York as a playwright and sketch comedy writer before teaming up with lifelong friend Elisa Zuritsky. Together, they wrote for Sex and the City(where they earned three Emmy Award nominations and three Writers Guild Award nominations), SmashOdd Mom Out (as Showrunners), and Divorce. They’re currently writing a feature film with Michael Showalter for Fox Searchlight. Julie has contributed humor, opinion, and entertainment features for publications including The New York Times, Slate, Real Simple, and Marie Claire.

This invitation is nontransferable.


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