Join us for a live pitch practice workshop as six Writers Guild members present their show to producers Ilan Arboleda, Blair Breard, Alex Cirillo, Rashidi Hendrix and new addition Marc Lieberman. Each writer will be given constructive feedback and advice on moving their project forward.
The scripts being pitched cover campus sexual assault, an adoption’s unexpected effect on a family, an international non-profit going through a public relations disaster, a disgraced spy who stumbles into a new mission, a straitlaced pharmacist who lands a job at a marijuana dispensary, and a teen warrior fighting to protect humanity from a wildly mutating world.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
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.
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.