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ISA's Virtual Pitch Panel 2022

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Join us for our first ISA Virtual Pitch Panel of 2022! This round, we will be focusing on TV Pilots, but are not counting out a great feature pitch. 

• Watch pitches and hear live feedback from the pros.
• Find out what goes into a great pitch.
• Get tips and tools on how to polish your pitches.

We will be hearing pitches from our newly named Fast Track Fellows and three winners of the ISA TV Pilot Pitch Challenge.  If you want to be considered to pitch, you must enter the ISA TV Pilot Pitch Challenge, open through April 5th.  It's FREE to enter!  Winners will be noticed on May 5th. 

Pitches will be 90 seconds, and you will hear feedback from the panelists directly after.  See our amazing panelists below including our very own VP of Development, Felicity Wren. 

This is an educational event; the pitches are not being heard for potential employment opportunities.  

PREVIOUS PITCH CHALLENGE SUCCESS STORIES
  • The three Season One Pitch Challenge Winners secured meetings with a top Literary Manager.
  • MGM Executive, Sandino Moya, requested materials from two of the Pitch Challenge winners.
  • Gramercy Park Literary Manager, Mitchell Bendersky requested materials with two of the Pitch Challenge winners. 
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DETAILS
WHEN: Thursday, May 19th - 5pm PDT / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern (Check Your Time Zone)
WHERE: ZOOM - A link will be emailed to you once you register. Please check your spam if you don't receive it by noon PDT the day of the event.

To download ZOOM on your computer, go to https://zoom.us/ or download the APP on your phone.

PANELISTS:

DARCY DONELAN - VP DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION, VOLTAGE PICTURES

Darcy Donelan is the Vice President of Development & Production at Voltage Pictures, having previously served as Executive Assistant to Founder and CEO Nic Chartier. Before returning to Voltage, Donelan worked in the Books Department at CAA’s New York office, and at HBO, where she worked as a marketing manager, focused on International Original Programming. The Boston native is a graduate of Harvard University.

 

DAN SECO - LITERARY MANAGER, EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE

A former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Daniel Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He joined CAA in 2014 where he worked in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management on the feature side at Writ Large in 2015 as a coordinator/junior manager. A series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its Original Film department gave way to Seco joining Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Currently, Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence, a literary creative company founded by Derrick Eppich. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor.

 

KAZUKO GOLDEN - CREATIVE EXECUTIVE, TWENTYONE14 MEDIA

Kazuko Golden is a writer, producer, and creative executive. She has worked on various feature and television productions, and has also held positions in the distribution and marketing groups at Lionsgate, Starz, Relativity Media, Fox Sports, and Creative Artists Agency.
 Kazuko earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Producing and New Media from Columbia College of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.  She gravitates towards content that focuses on women’s strengths, cultural adversity, and cultural diversity.  She has interned for Kartemquin Films, Rideback Films (former Lin Pictures), President Jimmy Carter, and has observed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa under Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.  She has lived in Japan, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

FELICITY WREN - VP DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITERS ASSOCIATION

Originally from London, she studied all areas of performance: writing, directing, acting technique, and script analysis for her Honors and then Masters Degrees. She then formed her own Production Company: Unrestricted View concentrating on theatre, new writing and comedy at their performance venue - The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London.  Felicity’s focus with the ISA is to head up the Development Team, championing their top tier writers, providing support, opportunity and development guidance whilst making introductions to many the Producers, Studio Heads and Distribution platforms the team has had the pleasure to meet. Felicity is also the Co-VP of Development for Creative Screenwriter Productions, and they are actively shopping the nine projects on their slate. Felicity has a passion for story and storytellers.

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