Pitch with Passion: Another Successful Virtual Pitch Panel
Another successful Virtual Pitch Challenge has come and gone, and this season has been one of our best yet! This time around we focused on TV pilots, and set out to discover intriguing and unique show concepts through our TV Pilot Pitch Challenge. Our three winners and two current Fast Track Fellows put their best pitch forward in front of our panel of industry pros and received invaluable feedback from Darcy Donelan (Vice President of Development & Production at Voltage Pictures), Dan Seco (Literary Manager at Empirical Evidence, Kazuko Golden (Creative Executive at TwentyOne 14 Media) and Felicity Wren (VP of Development at the ISA).
The biggest takeaways from our industry pros? These are key elements essential to any successful pitch.
1. Show your passion: Producers and execs want to feel your connection to your story, they want to know why YOU are the one person that can tell this tale. In the words of Felicity Wren, "We want the person talking about (the subject) to be to be very passionate...we want to get excited with you!"
2. Up the stakes: One of the most important aspects of your story is what drives it, and including motivation in your pitch is crucial to your audience understanding why they should care. As Kazuko Golden said, "What is on the line for your characters?"
3. Define you characters: You should know your characters as if they are family members. When introducing your characters for the first time, it's key for your audience to quickly be able to learn their personalities. Darcy Donelan emphasized the importance of diving into your characters' traits and their relationships to each other to better understand the story.
Now without further ado, please join us in celebrating the Grand Prize Winners and Finalists of our Virtual Pitch Challenge!
Grand Prize Winners (ISA profile and pitch)
Finalists (ISA profile and pitch)
Aaron Braxton - The Sub
Alexandra Comeaux and Zari Panosian - n00bs
Anna Zabel - Belly
Audrey Farnsworth - The Skeleton Manning the Ship Inside of My Brain
Avery Rouda and Michael McLaughlin - Everlight
Barry Tidwell - Imagination Park - Episode 1 - The Audition
Briana Cole - GrandFam
Bruna Pias - Glitz
Buck Rivers - Ultra-Sim
Christopher Morrison - Blackwood: The Jones Episode
Collette Legault - Heavy
Dani Hanks - Knotty
Danielle Coronado – Second to Nun
Drew Toop - Ultrabus
Duane Piedmont - Game of Toys
Erin Dooley - Senior Moments
Gary White - The Bourbon Boys Mysteries
Herman Wilkins - The Book of Ezra (Pilot) Death Come A Knockin'
Jacobo Fe – The Son of the Sun
Jade Shine - FLAGS
Jana Forkel - Z.U.P.E.R.
Jill Oliver and Spenser Davis – Spirit Force Five
Joey O'Connor - Among Kings
Joshua Maheu - Sugar
Kate Bailey - Sour Beer
Kate Imy - Unsinkable
Katy Dore – The Lost Pages
Kevin Johnson - Detention Centers
Lillie Gardner - Allegra Sparkle's Guide to the Great Composers
Mary Ann Koenig and Kim Amidon – The LAZER
Rama Teja - Suck It
Rodrigo Varandas - Student Affairs
Shirley Yip - House of Fortune
To learn more about pitching, check out some of our resources like our ProTips page filled with hundreds of helpful videos, classes, and webinars. Plus, we are now offering one-on-one pitch feedback sessions with Producer, Writer & Senior Manager of Events & Writer Relations, Shayna Weber. Click here to learn more.
We look forward to hearing about your next big pitch success!