Strategies for Screenwriters.

Saturday, June 20th, 2020
Registration for the LIVE event is closed.

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Pay-what-you-can registration, with proceeds going to nonprofit partners who serve entertainment industry workers in need: The Actors Fund, and Motion Picture Television Fund.
Join us for a day-long, online event with some of Hollywood’s top screenwriters, agents and producers.

This online event is pay-what-you-can.

Bridging the Gap

A day of strategies to advance your screenwriting career

Welcome to the Coverfly Career Lab, a day-long intensive on key professional skills for emerging screenwriters. This event is for skilled writers looking to get signed and accelerate their careers, not meant for beginner writers.

Join us for a full day of insights from top industry professionals, as we delve into building your brand, taking a meeting, working with your management team, and ultimately getting hired.

Bring your questions and your game-day focus, because this is where you learn strategies and tools to catapult your career to the next level.

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Event Schedule

Want to learn more about the speakers? You can read their full bios here

11:00am – 11:15am PDT

Preparing for Success

Meet the Coverfly Development Team, as we share tips for making the most out of the day.

The Coverfly Development Team

Our Development Team works with top Coverfly writers and connects them with our industry network of managers, agents, and producers.

11:15am – 12:15pm PDT

Perfecting Your Brand

How do you best present yourself to the industry? How do you know what they’re looking for?  This speakers on this panel will share their personal experience and best practices on everything from branding yourself  as a writer to writing bios and loglines, with special focus on what works and what to avoid.

Monica Macer

Executive Producer and Showrunner (GENTEFIED, QUEEN SUGAR, TV Writer LOST, NASHVILLE and more)

Eric Fineman

Senior Vice President, Pascal Pictures (VENOM, SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING, GOOSEBUMPS, etc)

David Rambo

TV Writer and Playwright (CSI, V, WILL, CLAWS, TINY PRETTY THINGS, etc)

12:30pm – 1:30pm PDT

The Writer’s Team

How are managers and agents key team members for a writer’s career? How does a new writer find representation, and what are the qualities of an ideal writer-rep relationship?  Learn from experienced representatives as they share what works and what doesn’t, from referrals and first meetings to building a career-long partnership.

Parker Davis

Agent, Verve Talent and Literary Agency, the agency with such notable clients as Colin Trevorrow, John August, Evan Daugherty, Luke Greenfield, and the writers of CHICAGO FIRE, THE ROOKIE, CRAZY RICH ASIANS and many more!

Ava Jamshidi

Literary Manager, Industry Entertainment, the management and production company behind such Hollywood talent as Ted Danson, Chan-wook Park, Kal Penn, Jeff Goldblum, Alexis Bledel and many more.

Matt Dy

Literary Manager, Lit Entertainment Group, the management and production company with clients behind PRISONERS, SURROGATES, FREE GUY and Paramount’s upcoming RUMBLE. Matt Dy is former Competition Director, Austin Film Festival

2:00pm – 3:00pm PDT

Good in a Room

Mastering meetings, pitches and generals is essential for all writers. Learn from writers, showrunners and execs about what it’s like to be on both sides of a great meeting, how to prepare, how to present yourself and red flags to avoid.

Sera Gamble

Showrunner, TV Writer (YOU, THE MAGICIANS, AQUARIUS, SUPERNATURAL, etc)
Photo credit: Maarten de Boer

Jelani Johnson

Exec Vice-President, Content Strategy and Senior Partner, MACRO (JUST MERCY, MUDBOUND, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, FENCES, etc)

Cate Adams

Vice President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures
(TOMB RAIDER, THE NICE GUYS, KING ARTHUR, THE MEG, etc)

3:30pm – 4:30pm PDT

How to Get (and Stay) Hired

You’ve learned about branding, working with your team, and taking the meetings — now how do you close the deal and get the job? And how do you keep it? This panel focuses on what working writers do to stay constantly working, from rewrites and collaboration, to pitches and industry trends.

Vanessa Taylor

Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (THE SHAPE OF WATER, HOPE SPRINGS, DIVERGENT, GAME OF THRONES)

Alexandra Cunningham

Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer of DIRTY JOHN, TV Writer for HBO’s ROME, ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, NYPD BLUE, and more

Lang Fisher

Co-Creator, Exec Producer of NEVER HAVE I EVER, Writer/Producer BROOKLYN 99, THE MINDY PROJECT, 30 ROCK and more.

4:45pm – 5:00pm PDT

Let’s Move Forward

Time to summarize the day’s highlights and define a few strategies for writers to advance their craft and career. Bring your questions!

The Coverfly Development Team

Our Development Team works with top Coverfly writers and connects them with our industry network of managers, agents, and producers.

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Celebrating our Writers

Just a few of the writers Coverfly has helped get connected to the industry.  Check out more writers we’ve helped.

Caroline Franklin

Coverfly Live Read Official Selection

Caroline Franklin, whose stage play THE BRONTE GIRLS has appeared on The Red List, as well as her one-hour pilot screenplay adaptation of the same name, has signed with manager/producer, Seth Nagel, after Coverfly introduced them.

“As a New York-based playwright, prior to submitting my work through Coverfly my access to the film/TV industry was almost nonexistent. I’m so thrilled to have signed with reps through a Coverfly introduction but that is only the tip of the iceberg of how they’ve helped my career.” – Caroline

Lele Park

Coverfly Pitch Week Official Selection

Writer Lele Park signed with literary manager Eric Borja of Alldayeveryday after pitching to him during Coverfly Pitch Week!

“Before Pitch Week, I was in a stagnant spot and needed direction. Thanks to Coverfly’s reputation as a legitimized presence in the screenwriting landscape, taking part in Pitch Week brought momentum. They take the navigational process that screenwriters go through seriously, by vetting the competitions, festivals, and the connections they bring. It all lends itself to build a germane space, that has hard-earned credibility.” – Lele Park

Jacob Wehrman

Coverfly Live Reads Official Selection

Just days after being selected for the Coverfly Virtual Table Read with his project CRAWLSPACE, Jacob signed with Andrew Wilson of Wonder Street Entertainment!

“Opportunities like Coverfly’s Pitch Week and the Live Read series can get your work in front of actors, directors, and producers– for free. I feel that Coverfly has my back by vetting every contest. There are real people behind the scenes at Coverfly. Their passion is helping new writers get a foothold in the industry. I live in a small college town in Oregon, and I understand my geography sets me at a bit of a disadvantage. Coverfly removed that barrier.” – Jacob

Proceeds benefit our Partners

Helping these great groups that help the industry.

The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit Actors Fund.

Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF)

MPTF supports our entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need.

MPTF is supported by the philanthropy and volunteer services of fellow entertainment industry members. Our industry is unique and we have a history of taking care of our own like no other industry in the world. People are at the heart of what we do each and every day and it’s because of the extraordinary generosity of countless donors, families, and volunteers, that we can deliver services to thousands of people each month. Visit MPTF.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from Coverfly Career Lab?

Strategies, advice from experts, lessons learned and steps to avoid, straight from the experts who live and work in the entertainment industry. Consider this event a compact “bootcamp,” of all the real-world information you wish you learned in film school.

What will I NOT get from the Coverfly Career Lab?

This is not a “screenwriting 101” educational event. It’s meant for intermediate to advanced emerging screenwriters. The event will not be able to cover every topic on working in entertainment, and the advice shared will be the opinions of our speakers, from their years of experience. Not every strategy will be the right fit for every writer; it’s up to you to listen, take notes and decide what is right for your career.

How much does it cost?

The event is “pay-what-you-can”, with a minimum donation of $2.00 and a suggested donation of $35.00. All proceeds from the event will go to our non-profit partners: Actor’s Fund and Motion Picture Television Fund.

Will you be taking questions?

Yes! Our virtual event platform allows you to post your questions for the speakers, and upvote your favorite ones. The moderator will try to get to as many questions as possible.

Will I be able to re-play the recorded video sessions after the event?

Yes. The replay will be available to registrants starting June 27th, 2020, and will remain available until July 20th, 2020.

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