Pitching and Selling Your Idea in the Entertainment Marketplace
Taught by producer and manager Victoria Wisdom
In Conjunction With
For aspiring writers, directors and producers who are working on a film or television pilot and want to better understand the film and television marketplace, this seminar will show you how to zero in on what sells and how to pitch it. You will learn the key commercial ideas and subjects the studios, networks and cable companies are seeking, because your livelihood in the film and television industry depends on this knowledge.
You will then learn the most challenging skill you must master in order to qualify, pitch, and sell your screenplay or pilot concept – how to become a storyteller. Just walking through plot points will not sell your project; you must know how to deliver your ideas in a brief but entertaining way and capture the tone of your amusing, thrilling, or dramatic story.
Finally, you will learn how to apply storytelling skills to creating a plot synopsis for a film or pilot. This is a secret weapon many aspiring entertainment industry professionals don’t possess: verbal clarity as a key building block in the oral history of weaving a compelling project’s plot together. You will leave the class with the verbal and written tools to pitch and sell your idea.
Please bring a one-sentence logline of your script or pilot to the first class, where we will discuss its key merits and how to expand it. On day two of the seminar, for more extensive feedback, you will be able to present a three minute “elevator” pitch based on what you’ve learned.
Location: TCES 139
Time: Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Registration: $225 Limited Enrollment
Open to the public.
College Credit: college students can receive 1 elective credit.
- Full-time SNC students can enroll for credit as part of Fall tuition.
- Part-time SNC students and community members can take this course for credit for $333 course tuition plus the $225 workshop fee.
- Contact the Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-881-7580 for information about enrollment and transfering credit.
Grading will evaluate grasp of concepts, ability to utilize information and general growth in the seminar and will be based as follows:
- Written Development of Strong Commercial Logline – 50%
- Ability to Consolidate and Pitch Logline and Plot- 40 %
- Attendance, Class Participation, Growth, etc. – 10%
Recommended Reading: Daily Variety every day to be aware of current new media, film, and television projects’ status in the development marketplace, and announcements of talent deals and new productions.
About Victoria Wisdom
Victoria Wisdom, producer and manager, recently set up the thriller Labyrinths at Summit starring Hilary Swank , the comedy Amateurs with Paramount Pictures, and the fantasy Taravella starring Amy Adams.
Victoria was previously a partner at literary agency Becsey Wisdom Kalajian and an agent at ICM. At BWK, Victoria represented the writers and directors of Oscar winning films The Usual Suspects and The Red Violin, British Oscar and Cannes winner Love And Death on Long Island and Berlin winner Italian for Beginners, and sold the hit CBS drama series Criminal Minds, now in its ninth season. BWK’s clients included Oscar winners Crash, Million Dollar Baby and The Fugitive.
Victoria also represented Oscar nominees Lone Scherfig (An Education), Deepa Mehta (Fire,Water) Doug McGrath (Bullets Over Broadway), and Maria Luisa Bemberg (Camilla); winners Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects) and Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond); Australian Oscar winner John Duigan (Year My Voice Broke); directors Bryan Singer (X-Men), Alan Moyle (Pump Up the Volume) and Leslie Megahey (The Advocate); and musician/screenwriter Frank Zappa.
Victoria’s international client list included renowned Hong Kong director Clarence Fok (The Naked Killer), Japanese filmmaker Hiroyuki Nakano (Samurai Fiction) and Cannes winner Norwegian director Pal Sletaune (Junk Mail). She represented the screenwriters of such mainstream hits as Hellboy, G. I. Jane, and Aliens vs. Predators, along with the children’s classics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ramona and Beezus.
Before moving to LA Victoria worked in NY theatre, discovering and representing playwrights like Tony Award nominees David Ives (Venus in Fur) and Doug McGrath (Beautiful -The Carole King Musical). Prior to BWK and ICM, she ran the East Coast Literary Dept. of APA and began her career as a story analyst for Simon and Schuster, Warners, Columbia and United Artists.
Victoria also teaches Advanced Screenwriting at UCLA.