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Virtual Pitch Panel and Third Thursdays


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Join us for ISA's VIRTUAL Pitch Panel and Third Thursdays! 
We will be learning from a great panel of guests, celebrating the Fast Track Fellows and hearing live pitches! Our panelists include Sandino Moya - Creative Executive at MGM, Quinn Haberman - Development Executive at Selfish Mermaid/ Liz Heldens Productions, and Matt Prater - Development Producer and Literary Manager at Citizen Skull/ CSP Management. 
Everyone is welcome at this free event!  

Be sure to follow us on Twitter; we’ll be giving away LOTS of prizes there from our sponsors during the event!

WHEN: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 - 2:00pm PDT / 4pm Central / 5pm 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.

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We will be hearing pitches from the winners of the ISA Pitch Challenge and our newest Fast Track Fellows. Make sure you register for the May 13th Pitch Class with Sheila Hanahan Taylor so you can present the best pitch possible. If selected to pitch through the ISA Pitch Challenge, you will be notified on May 20th. Pitches will be 90 seconds, and you will hear feedback from the panelists directly after. Pitches will be timed and cut off at 90 seconds, so be prepared. This is an educational event; the pitches are not being heard for potential employment opportunities.

Please Note: If you are selected to pitch during the live virtual event, you will be recorded for educational and promotional purposes.



As the Development Executive to showrunner Liz Heldens, Quinn focuses on finding and championing female-facing content and diverse voices. She has developed a number of series in her short time with Liz, including upcoming series The Big Leap at Fox and LA Ultra at Freeform. Before joining Liz, Quinn shepherded two features through production at Welle Entertainment – FIVE FEET APART (Associate Producer) and OTHERHOOD (Co-Producer) – alongside an extensive development slate. Prior to Welle, she spent time at CAA, Traction Media, and The Weinstein Company. She graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a degree in Business & Political Economy.



After receiving her MFA in Film (Screenwriting, TV Writing, Playwriting, Creative Writing…
whew, that’s a lot.) from Florida State University, Shannan E. Johnson became a junior creative executive in development and current programming at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. It was there that she honed her skill to guide writers and producers from pitch to production on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, and Warehouse 13.
In 2010, Shannan left Syfy to join a dance company. Big step, right? She has spent the last eight years as a full-time performing and teaching artist traveling to 48 states and more than 18 countries. Credits include: (1st National Tours) Amazing Grace, Ghost the Musical;
(Regional) Dreamgirls, Sister Act, How to Quit Your Day Job; (Dance Companies) Step Afrika!, Sole Defined.
While being on the stage, Shannan continued her passion for facilitating writers through their roadblocks as The Professional Pen, a script consultant for emerging and established writers in all stages of the writing process. Shannan prides herself in helping writers fill holes, provide dimension to characters, and most importantly, cut cut cut the unnecessary crap. It’s your baby, yes, but the bathwater has to go. The Professional Pen provides development notes, pitch preparation, revisions, rewrites, and ghostwriting. Competitions include: (Finalist) AT&T Hello Lab, Warner Bros. TV Workshop, WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Short Screenplay Competition, and Film Pipeline Short Script Competition.
The Professional Pen is a writer for your writer.


 Sandino Moya-Smith is currently the Director of Development at MGM. He was previously VP of Production at Limelight Entertainment where he put together Palm Springs and was a production exec at June Pictures, where he worked on films including The Florida Project, Book Club, Wildlife and Dude. Prior, he worked for Gary Ross on such films as The Hunger Games, Free State of Jones, and Ocean’s Eight.




Matt Prater is a talent manager and development producer representing a roster of award-winning actors, directors, writers, and producers. Under the CSP Management / Citizen Skull Productions banner, clients on both the talent and literary rosters are actively collaborating on the development of projects with a portfolio of scripted and non-scripted properties.






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