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Transformers: The Story of How A Literary Property Becomes A Film

Are you an author who  wants to turn her book, short story or magazine article into a  movie?  Or perhaps  you're a filmmaker who wants to make a movie based on your favorite  literary work.  

Led by literary agent Ellen Geiger, this savvy panel ?a  literary agent, book to film agent, entertainment lawyer and  production company executive-?will provide the lowdown on the process.  Bring questions and get advice from the experts.

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Marsha S. Brooks is a partner in the New York City law firm of Brooks & Distler. She has specialized in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property law for over 25 years. Ms. Brooks represents producers, writers, directors, rights owners and "for-profit" and not-for-profit" institutions in the fields of legitimate theatre, motion picture, television and new medida all over the world. She is general counsel for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and New York Women in Film & Television, Inc.

Holly Frederick is an agent in the film/TV department at Curtis Brown Ltd., focusing on book-to-film deals. Recent deals include Jeff Abbott's Collision to 20th Century Fox; Laurence Yep's The Tiger's Apprentice to Jane Startz and Cartoon Network; and Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim to Dino De Laurentiis.  She began her career at the Susan Schulman Literary Agency assisting in publishing, film, theater, and foreign translation rights. She was next a development executive for Alan J. Pakula, developing Donna Tartt's The Secret History, Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights and Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time.

Thea Kerman
Thea Kerman
Thea J. Kerman has over 25 years of legal experience in the entertainment, publishing, merchandising, toy and licensing industries. Her experience includes theatrical films, live action and animated episodic television programs, broadcast and cable television movies of the week and documentaries. She has extensive experience providing financial, production counsel and other legal services for films produced for major studios, broadcast and cable television networks, as well as independently produced films and international co-productions. Prior to establishing her own law firm in 1990, Kerman was the Senior Production Counsel for Tri-Star Pictures in Los Angeles.

After working as a book editor, Ann Rittenberg started agenting at the Julian Bach Literary Agency, where she worked with PRINCE OF TIDES author Pat Conroy. On her own since 1992, she represents Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and The Given Day), C.J. Box (Blue Heaven), Laura Whitcomb (A Certain Slant of Light), and other writers of fiction and nonfiction.

Jane Startz founded her New York- based production company in 1997. Her credits include Tuck Everlasting, Ella Enchanted, The Mighty, The Indian in the Cupboard and The Baby-Sitters' Club. She has produced over 30 TV shows including Charles In Charge, The Magic School Bus, The Lawrenceville Trilogy and numerous other dramatic specials. Startz is currently producing Amigas Sweet 15 Club for The Disney Channel with partner Jennifer Lopez and Nuyorican Productions, The Squad for The N, and The Tiger's Apprentice and The Necrophone for Cartoon Network, and a stop motion animated feature film adaptation of The Far Flung Adventures of Fergus Crane for Laika Entertainment.

Ellen Geiger, Moderator,  is a Senior Agent at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, where she works with authors Barbara Kingsolver, Dorothy Allison, Adrienne Rich and the Estate of Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown.  She was formerly an executive with KCET in Los Angeles where she executive produced the Emmy-nominated Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist, the series Roots of Rhythm with Harry Belafonte and the after school special Jacob Have I Loved, from the novel by Katherine Patterson.  She also was an associate producer of the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter. Geiger is a past President of NYWIFT.

Produced by Thea Kerman and Ellen Geiger
Co-sponsored by the Women's National Book Association
Special thanks to the Communication Arts Department and the Communication Arts Student Honor Society of Marymount Manhattan College.

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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.

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