The Screenwriter's Guide to Agents and Managers [NOOK Book]

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The lessons to be learned from this helpful guide show aspiring screenwriters, television writers, and novelists how to catch an agent’s eye and develop a successful scriptwriting career. Step-by-step instructions reveal how to get around the “Catch 22” of the trade—that you can’t get an agent until you’ve sold a script. Interviews with prominent agents and managers disclose how the power brokers choose material, what kinds of writers command their attention, and what they expect from the writers they sign on. ...
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The Screenwriter's Guide to Agents and Managers

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Overview


The lessons to be learned from this helpful guide show aspiring screenwriters, television writers, and novelists how to catch an agent’s eye and develop a successful scriptwriting career. Step-by-step instructions reveal how to get around the “Catch 22” of the trade—that you can’t get an agent until you’ve sold a script. Interviews with prominent agents and managers disclose how the power brokers choose material, what kinds of writers command their attention, and what they expect from the writers they sign on. Tips on how to write a winning spec script, how to word an effective query letter, how to forge a sound relationship with reps, and other invaluable advice fill this insider’s guide.
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Editorial Reviews

WCFO Newsline
"The book ends with handy listsof agents, production companies, a glossary, and online sources."
Booknews
Writing in a gossipy, informal style, Lewinski (journalist and writer for TV and film) gives screenwriters the drill on those whose opinions matter most. Using interviews of professionals in each chapter, as well as anecdotes and the fruits of his own experience, Lewinski covers the gamut of the industry, including motion picture and television agents; big house, mid-sized, and boutique agencies; managers; the legal perspective, including contracts; new media agents; and tips on producing a finished script. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621532088
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/2/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
About the Author xi
Introduction: The 10 Percent Solution xiii
Chapter 1 Agents and Managers at Work 1
The Dark Mantra: No Unsolicited Manuscripts
Alex Sanger, Director of Development, Trimark Pictures
Ann Zald, Cofounder and Owner, The Screenwriters' Room
Bonus Section: Agent/Writer Speak
Chapter Review
Chapter 2 Motion Picture Agents 23
Mary Kimmel, Preferred Artists Agent
Steven Fisher, APA Agent
Bonus Section: Ageism
Chapter Review
Chapter 3 Television Agents 31
Tammy Stockfish, Agent with Broder, Kurland, Webb, and Uffner
Beth Bohn, APA
Bonus Section: Writer's Assistant
Bonus Section: Television Series Contact List
Chapter Review
Chapter 4 The Big House Agency 51
Andy Patman, Paradigm
Chapter Review
Chapter 5 The Mid-Size Agencies 55
Angela Cheng, Writer's & Artists
Susan Shapiro, Shapiro-Lichtman
Bonus Section: The Agent's Assistant
Chapter Review
Chapter 6 The Boutique Agency 69
Marcie Wright, The Wright Concept
Susan Grant, Soloway, Grant & Kopaloff
Chapter Review
Chapter 7 From Book to Box Office 77
Lisa Callamaro, The Callamaro Agency
Chapter Review
Chapter 8 The Manager 87
Michele Wallerstein, Wallerstein Management
Glenn Sobel, Glenn Sobel Management
Richard Berman, Berman Management
Bonus Section: The Agent/Manager Wars: Mike Ovitz Versus CAA
Bonus Section: Screenwriting Conferences
Chapter Review
Chapter 9 The Entertainment Attorney 109
Dinah Perez
Bonus Section: The Legal Perspective
Bonus Section: Standard Contracts
Chapter Review
Chapter 10 The New Media Agent 143
Stefanie Henning, ICM
Chapter Review
Chapter 11 In the Meantime... 149
Steven E. de Souza: Bulletproof the Script
Larry DiTillio: Analyze First
Richard Krevolin: Checkpoints for Revision
Is Your Script Ripe Yet?
More Tips and Tricks for Revision
Registering Your Work
Rethinking Your Approach
Do's and Don'ts of Query Letters
Chapter Review
Conclusion 169
Appendix A Contacting Production Companies Directly 171
Appendix B WGA Agent List 181
Appendix C Online Resources 213
Glossary 215
Index 227
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