Precision Pitching

with Heidi Brod and Jamie Zelermyer

Event Details

Tuesday February 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street

Everything you need to know about pitching, from conception to delivery.

About Heidi Brod

Since 1990, Heidi Brod has worked with more than 1,000 International clients – writers, filmmakers, agents, and media companies.

Her current focus is developing female-driven, empowering material, both fiction and non-fiction, for publishing, feature film and new media. Her debut thriller, Seeing Red was praised by Kirkus Review: “Deftly probes a serial-killer case and the equally puzzling lives of a troubled couple.”

Her work is frequently featured in Huffington Post and Indiewire. She has been a consultant for The Writer’s Lab and Brod recently completed an assignment for BBDO and Toys ‘R’ Us, creating the origin story and outline for the company’s mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, for film and television.

Brod is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, East, and served on the Board of Directors for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also an IFP panelist and speaker.

Brod joined Miramax Films in 1991 as a Development Executive. She was instrumental in developing award-winning films such as SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, GANGS OF NEW YORK and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. She also helped to develop the Broadway musicals DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and MAMMA MIA!

She worked in script development and casting for Castle Rock, New Line Cinema, October Films, MTV and Viacom.

About Jamie Zelermyer

Jamie Zelermyer has been a New York based Producer and Production Executive for the past 20 plus years. Most recently she produced IFP Week 2019 which is a signature program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP.) Prior to that she was the Program Manager of Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry.

She Executive Produced the two winning half-hour pilots and Executive Produced season 1 of the winning show entitled HALF LIFE, starring Larisa Oleynik and Nancy Files. Jamie also produced RATTER starring, Ashley Benson and Matt McGorry, which was released by Sony Worldwide in March 2016. She was the VP, Physical Production at Focus Features / Rogue Pictures for six years ending in November 2012. At Focus, she oversaw such movies as ADMISSION, ONE DAY, JANE EYRE, SIN NOMBRE and MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY.

Prior to Focus, Jamie was a Line Producer and Production Manager working on films such as IGBY GOES DOWN, BOYS DON’T CRY and YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. Over the years, she has had the privilege to work with a number of notable directors including Steve McQueen, Lone Scherfig, Kenneth Lonergan, Cary Fukanaga and Kimberly Pierce. Jamie is the President of the Board of New York Women In Film and Television, and is an adviser on NYWIFT’s The Writer Lab, a program for female Writer’s over 40 funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. She is a graduate of Bard College.

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