Agents, Hollywood producers and publishers are always searching for the next great story, but not all writers start from scratch. Oftentimes, ideas come from the things we see, read, write and hear. The challenge for many is how to transition these materials from their original form of a book, article, and story into a full-fledged viable screenplay and adaptation material for another medium.
Savvy industry professionals love to leverage their time and efforts by capitalizing on a story that can be adapted into many forms. Learn from this experienced panel about ways to locate common sources for your story or script and the power and pitfalls of working with adaptations for your project.
Jenevieve Brewer has been in the business 20 years. In March 2015 Jenevieve opened her own management company, Jenevieve Brewer Talent Management. She works with a select pool of children and adult clients. Currently she has a series regular on The L-Word for Showtime. Her clients have booked guest star roles for numerous episodics such as God Friended Me, Blue Bloods, Billions, Power, Chicago P.D. and FBI. She has clients recurring in Wu Tang, High Fidelity, Orange is The New Black, The Deuce, Good Girls, Future Man, and Strange Angel. Her clients have booked supporting and lead roles in the feature films such as Southpaw, The Irsihman, Adam, and Late Night. Clients will be appearing on Broadway in The Rose Tattoo and have appeared on Broadway in Fish In The Dark and Big Fish. Her clients currently appear in national and regional on camera and voiceover spots for Verizon, Coke, Swiffer, PNC Bank, Merrill Lynch and Nike.
Louise Fury is a literary agent at The Bent Agency in NYC. She has sold books to traditional and electronic publishers and represents many successful self-published authors. A huge advocate for exploring secondary rights, she has sold audio, film and foreign rights for her clients. A native South African, Fury lives in Manhattan, but travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers and meeting with international publishers.
Maria C. Miles is the founding partner of an entertainment law firm with offices in New York. Miles’ practice focuses on all areas of entertainment law including, film (narrative and documentary), music, publishing, fashion and new media. Prior to starting her own practice, Miles was general counsel for a multimedia start-up where she oversaw a diverse range of matters including webisode production, corporate and financing transactions, technology licensing and intellectual property rights (including trademarks, copyrights and patents), both in the US and abroad. She was also associated with Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Rudolph & Beer, LLP where she was counsel to award-winning producers, directors, writers, actors, television hosts, multi-platinum recording artists, and corporations in the fashion and sports industries related to their entertainment matters. Miles serves on the Board of New York Women in Film & Television and is an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at The Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema.
Jill Michelle Williams built a career as a seasoned television producer, director, and writer working in New York City and Los Angeles. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism she made the leap from local news to network prime time and to date, has produced over 185 hours of television for NBC, ABC, Bravo, MTV, VH1, OWN, Lifetime, and Oxygen to name a few. From established series like NBC’s “Biggest Loser” to the first season fashion sensation Project Runway All Stars and the celebrity driven Victoria Beckham: Coming to America wrangling the likes of Pharrell, Diane von Furstenberg, and Katie Holmes her range knows no boundaries. Jill has served as Head of Development for a New York-based production company and made the leap to branded content where she works as an in-house executive producer for a boutique agency/ production company hybrid.
Jennifer S. Wilkov (Moderator) is a #1 international best-selling award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, and a respected book, entertainment & business consultant in her business called “Your Book Is Your Hook!” She supports book writers, screenwriters and playwrights by teaching the essentials to writing a bestseller: a great project, a strong platform and a well-polished pitch, presentation and hook for their book or project. Wilkov teaches at the Writers Guild of America East, NYWIFT, the School of Visual Arts in New York, The Writers Store, Writers Digest, and speaks at other conferences and events. Her keen eye for stories that sell and their many possibilities is trusted by industry professionals.
Produced by Jennifer S. Wilkov
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