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Connecting Writers with Hollywood
Connecting Writers with Hollywood is an annual event that brings together writers, screenwriting professionals and producers.

 

Hollywood is coming to Seattle!

 

#CWWH2019 is hosting a one day Master Class for writers and screenwriters.

This year CWWH is partnering with the prestigious Pacific Northwest Writers Association with the goal to inspire writers and producers in the creative community of the Pacific Northwest.  


Speakers:

Executive Producer Travis Mann (I CAN ONLY IMAGINE)

Max Timm (International Screenwriters Association)

Felicity Wren (International Screenwriters Association)

Naomi Beaty (Save the Cat!)

Sandra Leviton (Producer)

Ryan Dixon  (Producer)

Executive Producer Robert Lawrence (KINGKILLER CHRONICLE, CLUELESS)


Past Speakers include: Chuck Palahniuk (FIGHT CLUB), Rich Peluso (EVP/Sony Affirm), Mark Steilen (screenwriter TAG), Shari Smiley (Gotham Group), Mike Dill (Black Box Entertainment) and Brian Bird (WHEN CALLS the HEART).

Registration: Feb. 1st - September 10th

Event Date: Sunday, September 15th

Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport 18740 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188

(888) 370-0998

 

Cost: $249.00 for non PNWA members,  $225 for PNWA members.
($199.00 if attending the PNWA Fall Conference by using a promo code available at the end of registration) 

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Schedule:

8:00 - Registration

9:00 - 10:15 - Max and Felicity

10:30 - 11:45 -  Sandra Leviton

11:45 - 1:00 - Lunch - Presenters private luncheon

1:00 - 2:15 - Travis Mann

2:30 - 4:15 -  Naomi Beaty

4:30 - 5:45 -  Ryan Dixon

5:30 - 6:30 - Keynote Robert Lawrence

6:30 - Turn in One Sheet pitches to CWWH table (will have envelopes per speaker)


   

Connecting Writers with Hollywood is brought to you by 5x5 Productions.


5x5 Productions acquires quality material and works closely with creative clients in order to develop, package and pitch projects, across all genres, to executive producers and tv/film studios. Their association with best-selling and award-winning writers establishes 5x5 as a literary management firm. They represent authors, actors, screenwriters, producers and directors.



Bios:


Max Timm

 

 The Director of Education with the International Screenwriters’ Association, President of The Story Farm, and Producer with Creative Screenwriter Prods, Max has over fifteen years of experience in developing material and writers’ careers. Having attended Holy Cross College at Notre Dame and then transferring to Columbia College Chicago to study screenwriting and producing, Max is a Midwesterner and Chicagoan at heart who prides himself on supporting creative people in as many ways possible. Fourteen writers have, in less than two years, received options and representation through the assistance and support of Max and his coaching service. His Story Farm service develops working writers and authors and their material much like a studio executive or manager would. While a published author and screenwriter himself, his passion is supporting creative people on a daily basis, and fostering the next generation of A-Listers.


Felicity Wren 

 

International Screenwriters’ Association, Producer/Dramaturge/Consultant/Actor

Felicity is the Development Director at the ISA. Originally from London, she studied all areas of performance: writing, directing, acting technique, and script analysis for her Honors Degree, then finished her education with a Masters in Drama from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She formed her own Production Company: Unrestricted View in 1999, concentrating on theatre, new writing and comedy at their performance venue - The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, she has continued acting, writing and producing, winning four performance awards, and producing nine film projects to date. She now devotes a lot of her time to the ISA Development Slate writers, and Contest Winners, getting their projects in front of eminent producers, managers and agents in Hollywood. She is the co-host for the ISA’s FB Live Broadcast, Wine Wednesdays.

Felicity’s focus with the ISA is to support the Development Slate Writers and the Contest Winners, providing guidance, notes and access to Industry Professionals. In this instance she helped build the ISA Development Program, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers –many writers have received options and representation because of Felicity’s continued support, encouragement and assistance.

Felicity & Max are now venturing into the world of production and have optioned 4 screenplays under the Creative Screenwriter banner.


RYAN DIXON

 

As a screenwriter, Ryan has written projects for Disney, Amazon, Universal, WWE Films and for stars including Dwayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Josh Gad, Joe, Manganiello, Jim Caviezel and Eddie Murphy. Dixon co-wrote and executive produced Opening Night, a comedic feature film starring Anthony Rapp and Cheyenne Jackson.


Dixon has worked in film/TV creative development for Tom Cruise, Oscar-nominated producer Michael Nathanson (L.A. Confidential, Hell or High Water), producer John Carls (Rango, Where the Wild Things Are) and at such companies as Paramount, MGM/UA and IMAX.


Dixon also serves as a creative development and communications strategist and consultant for Good in a Room, a firm run by former entertainment executive and author Stephanie Palmer. Previously, Dixon managed the creative development company ScriptShark while it was owned by The New York Times and Tribune Media.


Dixon has created, developed, and consulted on over two dozen new media projects in the areas of politics, sports, interactive theatre, VR and video games.  

Dixon is a graduate of both Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and Entertainment Technology Center.



Naomi Beaty

 

Naomi is a screenwriter, script consultant, and screenwriting instructor, including teaching Save the Cat! online beat sheet workshops and in-person weekend intensive workshops. Naomi has read thousands of scripts and worked with hundreds of writers, first as a junior development exec at Madonna and Guy Oseary’s Maverick Films, and currently as a consultant to writers, directors, and producers at all levels. With the projects they’ve brought to her for consultation, Naomi’s clients have placed in prestigious screenwriting contests, pitched to every major studio, and have optioned feature screenplays and TV pilots to producers. Naomi has also written projects for producers in the U.S., Taiwan, and Australia.

Naomi assisted Blake in researching and breaking down the 50 movies included in Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies and was also an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies – The Screenwriters Guide to 50 Films from the Masters.



Robert Lawrence

With over twenty-five years of motion picture industry experience as an executive and producer, Robert Lawrence has worked on some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of the last two decades.

Lawrence produced the Paramount hit comedy Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone, and developed and executive produced Die Hard With A Vengeance.  He also produced the Kelsey Grammar comedy Down Periscope, Rapid Fire, starring the late Brandon Lee, and A Kiss Before Dying, starring Matt Dillon and Sean Young.

Lawrence also produced Mozart and the Whale starring Josh Hartnett, The Last Castle, a military thriller starring Robert Redford, James Gandolfini and Mark Ruffalo; and Rock Star starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

Lawrence was previously a Producer/CEO at the Warner Bros. based Maysville Pictures, the company he started with George Clooney. Before turning to independent filmmaking, Lawrence was President of Production for United Artists, where he developed such projects as Presumed Innocent, The Prince of Tides, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Rainman, which grossed over $300 million and won seven Academy Awards.

At the time that Lawrence was brought into United Artists the company was the first major motion picture studio start-up in almost fifty years. Lawrence helped turn United Artists into a major supplier of motion pictures until it merged with MGM and was ultimately sold to Sony.

He joined U.A. in 1985 after serving five and a half years as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Production for Columbia Pictures.  There he worked on films such as Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, Tootsie, and Out Of Africa.

Lawrence started in the film industry in the Paramount story department and a year later joined the Robert Evans unit as a writer for whom he wrote a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious,” that got him meetings with the legendary director Orson Welles.  Lawrence graduated with Honors from University of California, Berkeley and attended the M.F.A. screenwriting/directing program at University of California, Los Angeles. But his true passion for books and writing began as a child when he worked summers in The Roberts Book Company, his grandfather’s famous bookstore on Canal Street.

Among many other film and television projects in development, Lawrence is partnered with Showtime and Lionsgate Television on a cable series of Patrick Rothfuss’s critically acclaimed, best-selling The King Killer Chronicles; and a feature film with Lionsgate Films of the same property. He is producing both projects with Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), who is also composing the music.

He is also currently developing a television remake of his hit film Clueless with CBS Studios; and We’re Family, an original unscripted series, with Lionsgate Television.


Travis Mann

  

 Travis is president of Cobalt Pictures, a global sales, production and finance company specializing in "positively inspiring" entertainment.  As an executive with over 20 years experience in the motion picture industry, Travis has served in a variety of business, legal, production and creative roles for a host of studios and independent producers, including Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, New Regency, Inferno, Mission Pictures, and Infinity Media.  Most recently, he developed and executive produced the hit independent film, I Can Only Imagine.



Sandra Leviton

 

Under The Stairs Entertainment founder Sandra Leviton is a Los Angeles based producer with over nineteen years of experience in Film/ TV development and production. Her film, Zone 2, is an official selection of top genre film festivals, including Screamfest and the Etheria World Tour. In July 2017 Zone 2 was released on the anthology “7 From Etheria”, a collection of female horror filmmakers through Etheria Film Night & Wow Now Entertainment.


In addition to producing, Sandra is a speaker at top writing conferences and film festivals throughout the country. Highlights include the Savannah Film Festival, Willamette Writers Conference, Nashville Screenwriters Conference, and the aTVFest in Atlanta. She also consults as a story analyst for high profile clients, including the AMC Network and Walden Media.


Prior to starting Under The Stairs, Sandra spent five years working in Development & Current Programming at top cable network FX, working on over 20 original series, such as Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, Archer, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Previously, she worked in the TV Literary department at the Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency, was a production coordinator in reality TV, and a music video producer. She has also served as a judge and mentor for the UCLA MFA Screenwriters Showcase and the JT3 Art Foundation.


Workshop descriptions:


Sandra Leviton: Everything You Need To Know About Becoming a TV Writer


The road to becoming a television writer is often a twisty and mysterious journey. In this presentation, we will navigate the map of the TV business and decode the process of becoming a TV writer. Topics include: finding representatives, the changing TV cycle and how it affects you, what to do if you don't live in Los Angeles, and the various paths that lead to the writers' room.  

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