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Every week Alex Berman chats with an entrepreneur, entertainer, comedian or anyone he finds interesting and provides practical strategies on how to advance in business, life or Hollywood. This podcast is brought to you by Experiment 27 - we leverage our expertise in digital agency marketing to drive more leads to our client's business.
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Aug 27, 2018
Carole Kirschner started as an assistant and worked her way up to become a senior level creative television executive. She was at CBS Comedy and then hired as Vice President of Steven Spielberg’s first Amblin Television. During that time, she heard more than 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of scripts, and was involved in developing dozens of television series. She also created the CBS Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program, which she ran for 14 years. She also helped Jeff Melvoin (creator of the WGA Showrunner Training Program) develop the program’s curriculum. She's also an entertainment career coach. She wrote a book revealing the “inside,” unwritten truth about what it takes to succeed in this business. Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment has been enthusiastically received and is used in many colleges and universities across the country. She recently launched a 20-part virtual course on breaking into the business: Carole Kirschner’s Hollywood Boot Camp.
 
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In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:36] about WGA showrunner training program
  • [04:17] Who typically applies to the program
  • [06:13] What is a network looking for in a showrunner 
  • [07:37] Being a showrunner is hard job
  • [09:05] How are top showrunners spending their time
  • [11:45] In TV only a writer can be a showrunner
  • [13:22] How to decide on a story development
  • [15:40] How to staff the writers room
  • [17:25] Book to read on how to develop a TV series
  • [18:10] How applicants get picked for the program
  • [21:50] What do writers find most challenging
  • [24:00] How can writers delegate better
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Aug 20, 2018
Edward Ricourt is a writer and producer known for his work on Now You See Me, Now You See Me 2 and Marvel's TV series Jessica Jones on Netflix.
 
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In this episode you'll learn:
  • [00:49] What are movie execs doing during the summer
  • [03:57] How to keep your projects going for a long time
  • [05:52] Creating original work vs. helping others do better   
  • [09:43] How writing projects happen
  • [12:10] How Edward got low-balled in the past
  • [13:45] Who negotiates a salary for a project
  • [15:15] Why some projects fall through
  • [16:45] Do agents do due diligence for you
  • [19:33] Why didn't Edward write Now You See Me 2
  • [25:30] A hit project is a gift that keeps on giving
  • [26:35] What goes into a pitch at Edward's level
  • [28:30] Having a personal connection to a project
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Aug 13, 2018
Jared Ian Goldman is an American film and television producer. He is known for his work on Alex Strangelove, Ingrid Goes West, The Skeleton Twins, the Academy Award-nominated Loving, The Punisher (TV series) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wilson, Kill Your Darlings, Solitary Man, And So It Goes, The Wackness, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning documentary Manda Bala (Send a Bullet).
 
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In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:17] How is a movie pitched to Jared
  • [03:50] Jared's mindset behind choosing projects
  • [05:29] How to find an audience for a project
  • [07:35] How money affects project approval
  • [09:50] How Jared started working on The Punisher
  • [11:50] Working on The Punisher was different than producing a movie
  • [14:14] Jared's approach to pitching projects
  • [18:10] Strategy behind distributing a movie
  • [21:22] "It's easier to get a movie financed now than it's ever been, but it's also much harder to get a movie seen than it's ever been."
  • [21:50] Has Jared ever bailed on a project 
  • [22:30] How often do projects fall apart in the pre-production phase 
  • [24:00] How to pick a director for your project
  • [27:50] What it takes for Jared to reply to a pitch
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Aug 6, 2018
With more than forty years’ experience in the publishing world, and twenty-five years in entertainment, Dr. Ken Atchity is a self-defined "Story Merchant" – author, professor, producer, career coach, teacher, and literary manager, responsible for launching dozens of books and films. Ken’s life passion is finding great storytellers and turning them into commercial authors and screenwriters.
 
This show is sponsored by Experiment 27. Get the discovery call script & questions template HERE.
 
In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:14] Dr. Ken's first deal was for 8 movies
  • [05:25] No one knows anything in Hollywood
  • [06:14] Entertainment business is based on wild ideas
  • [06:36] What stops someone from thinking outside the box
  • [08:40] It took 22 years for Meg to get to the screen
  • [12:13] Story market is very volatile 
  • [15:14] How is Dr. Ken setting up the meetings with studio heads
  • [17:55] How to stay memorable
  • [19:50] Pitching is an art
  • [23:00] Difference between amateur and veteran pitching
  • [23:55] What makes for a good film story
  • [28:55] It's hard to get in the story market at a national level
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