12/4 Pitch-Palooza: Pitching Your Writing for the Large and Small Screens


Calling all would-be screenwriters:

Pitch your concept at Ideasmyth’s Pitch-Palooza:

Pitching Your Writing for the Large and Small Screens

Closest subways: 6 to Astor or N/R to 8th Street/NYU

Tickets:    $15

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***To earn one of the five highly coveted pitching slots at the event: email a one-page pitch to VCRowan@Ideasmyth.com***


New York, NY (November 20, 2013): Join Ideasmyth on Wednesday, December 4th at The Writers Room as we celebrate another evening of expert advice and support with our Pitch-Palooza: Pitching Your Writing for the Large and Small Screens. After a brief panel discussion, five lucky writers will have the opportunity to pitch their screenwriting concepts for the large or small screen to industry virtuosos and receive coaching to advance their projects. Panelists Mary Pender-Coplan, for the Maria B. Campbell Associates clients Warner Bros., WBTV and New Line Cinema, and  Amy Rapp, producer and Executive Vice President of Meredith Vieira Productions, brings years of experience from the movie and TV worlds to this insider-informative evening.

We at Ideasmyth consider it tragic that so many talented writers are guilty of allowing great work to molder in their garrets’ hard drives. For the last three years, Ideasmyth has produced Pitch-Paloozas to bring the marketplace to these writers in need of a self-advocacy boost. In 2013, we hosted two general call Pitch-Paloozas and a spoken word radio podcast-centric one. We are happy to report that several of our pitchers have received agent representation and made career-advancing connections with our panelists and with their fellow attendees.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided during the event.

Thanks to The Writers Room’s generosity, Ideasmyth is currently in residency at its office space. Ideasmyth appreciates the kindness of those at The Writers Room and asks that you donate whatever money you can to keep writers in NYC thriving. Learn more about The Writers Room and donate: http://ideasmyth.com/the-writers-room/

Meet the Panelists

Mary Pender-Coplan began her career as a journalist working in television and radio. After a brief stint as a web producer, Mary worked at a large talent agency before becoming a literary scout. Mary handles the film and television scouting for the Maria B. Campbell Associates clients Warner Bros., WBTV and New Line Cinema. She is also responsible for the children’s scouting for the firm.

Amy Rapp is Executive Vice President of Meredith Vieira Productions, developing and producing all of the company’s film, television, and theatre projects and running day-to-day operations.   She executive produced their first feature film Return (Rezo/FocusWorld), starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She produced the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated feature documentary The Woman Who Wasn’t There (Entertainment One/Cinedigm), which broke ratings records on Investigation Discovery. And she booked and produced a 14-city national tour of the hit Off-Broadway show Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour), written and performed by celebrated storyteller James Braly, which she is currently developing for TV.  Projects in development also include feature film Paramour, a dramatic thriller inspired by a true international scandal, a feature adaptation of the novel The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald, and a feature adaptation of the novel Constance by Patrick McGrath.  Prior to MVP, Amy was Head of Development for NorthSouth Productions, creating, developing, casting, selling and producing a wide variety of unscripted TV shows to a broad range of networks, including Fight Quest and One Way Out (Discovery), Big Spender (A&E), and Million Dollar Agents (TLC).  Amy was born, raised and resides in New York City.

Ideasmyth  is a holistic creative communications, coaching and branding consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan whose previous professional lives included founding the multi-million-dollar education division of Mediabistro.com, artistic programming of the greatest living writers for the 92nd Street Y, writing for dozens of publications, websites and public radio including: Time Out NY, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times, The Moscow Times and NPR. Through personalized coaching and workshops, Ideasmyth mentors and supports clients in creating and cultivating their endeavors, increasing their brand exposure and achieving their most important personal and professional life goals. Since 2000, her Independent Project workshops and coaching practice have helped nearly 1,000 writers produce many critically acclaimed books, theater, websites and other multimedia projects.

Ideasmyth is in residency at The Writers Room, New York City’s first shared work space for emerging and established writers of all genres. Founded in 1978 by writers for writers, in this professional workspace creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual support. The Writers Room provides over 200 writers with a quiet, affordable place in which to work. In addition to workspace, the Room offers a reference and research library for the use of its members; seminars and workshops on subjects of interest to writers; readings of members’ works; and community for people working in a solitary profession. In 2012, members published thirty fiction and non-fiction books and many magazine articles, plays & screenplays. Members have written more than 1,000 books since the doors of The Writers Room opened. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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