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Rosemary Sykes - moderator
Rosemary Sykes - moderator
Pitch Your Hit: Two-Day Workshop


Do you have a screenplay or great idea for a television series, but no idea how to sell it?  If so, this two-day pitching workshop is for you.

On Day One, (June 9th) you’ll learn the basics of effective pitching: how to choose the right type of pitch; what works and what doesn’t; how to protect your legal rights; and more.

On Day Two, (June 15th) your pitching skills will be honed during a Pitch-a-Thon. A panel of experts from the film and television industry will critique your performance and provide effective feedback.

It’s time to pitch your hit!


Fernando Ramirez
,Esq., from The Law Office of Fernando Ramirez, provides legal services for the entertainment industry. His firm represents producers, writers, directors, composers, musicians, managers, music producers, indie labels and authors. Services include drafting, reviewing, and/or negotiating industry agreements, as well as advising clients on copyright, trademark, contracts, right of privacy/publicity and business formation. Ramirez has been a guest panelist or lecturer at universities, as well as industry festivals and conferences. His articles have been published in entertainment trade magazines, and he serves as an Adjunct Professor in The New School University’s Department of Media Studies and Film.

Josh Green
is VP of Distribution for Emerging Pictures. He acts as a sales agent/producer's rep responsible for securing distribution for films either produced or represented by Emerging Pictures for theatrical or DVD/VOD release. Green has worked on more than 60 films including Honeydripper, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, Vanaja, Laura Smiles and Red Doors. Green recently executive produced the documentary Kassim the Dream. In addition, he is executive producing a documentary on the rock band Journey. He associate produced Beauty Remains and For Real. Green began his career in financial planning and analysis at In Demand, the nation’s largest pay-per-view network.

Isabel Rivera
is President and founder of RiverFish Productions with over 15 years experience in all aspects of production. RiverFish has produced specials for WNBC: Celebrating the Subway: Everyone has a Story, Magic over Manhattan and Macy’s Big Balloon Bash. Rivera’s other projects include a half-hour MTV Special, From the Church to the Charts; a one-hour WCBS-TV documentary special, “El Diario/ La Prensa; and a one-hour WCBS-TV Music Special, The Sounds of Harlem. In 2001, she co-launched Latin Access, a half-hour English-language show highlighting Latin entertainment and culture, syndicated in 85 television markets.

Greg Rhem
is Manager of Documentary Acquisitions, Original Programming for Home Box Office, discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for Cinemax Reel Life, as well as HBO’s America Undercover banner. His finds include: Freeheld, Born Into Brothels, Thoth, Murder on a Sunday Morning, Breathing Lessons, Spellbound, The Collector of Bedford Street, They Killed Sister Dorothy, Billy the Kid, Watermarks and The Smashing Machine. Before joining HBO in 1995, Rhem served as an Assistant Producer of Commercials and Industrials for Morrison Media. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Coordinator, Office Operations at New Line Cinema.

Julie Merson
is Executive Producer/Head of TV Development at Washington Square Films. She was a freelance producer of documentaries, commercials, music videos and integrated media for over 10 years, with series and specials for MTV, VH1, Bravo, Discovery, A&E, Lifetime, Noggin and PBS, plus multi-platform online series for Delta Airlines, Starz, Nestea, Tommy Hilfiger and Tribeca Productions. Television credits include producing and writing VH1’s 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock & Roll, Driven, RockStory and The 80’s, Bravo Profiles, The Cell Phone Revolution for the Discovery Channel, and MTV’s Ultrasound and True Life. The Matthew’s Murder episode of the True Life series earned her an Emmy nomination.

Rosemary Sykes served as Director of Programming, East Coast for Lifetime Television and Showtime. In both positions she took hundreds of pitches from outside suppliers. While a programming executive, she supervised numerous non-fiction series and specials, comedy programs and documentaries. She has also been a series producer for A&E’s Biography Channel and a producer for HBO. She currently serves on the NYWIFT Board, was twice elected to the Board of NY NATAS. Sykes has been a frequent guest panelist and speaker for the Producers Guild, NYWIFT, Full Frame Documentary Festival and the Reel Screen TV Conference.


Produced by Dianet Roca and Linda Griffith
Instructional Workshops Committee, THE WRITERS GROUP

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts