ScreenCraft Writers Summit is Back!

Screen Shot 2019-04-05 at 10.04.24 AMThe ScreenCraft Writers Summit in partnership with the Atlanta Film Festival will provide all that registered with a Wealth of Knowledge! April 5-7 will be an amazing weekend and definitely be one for the history books. Atlanta has become the film capital for television and film. What more appropriate place should an event like this be held?  Check out the press release for what’s in store after the break

March 4, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – The Screencraft Writers Summit will return to Atlanta April 5 – 7 at the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel. The Summit, which sold out in its inaugural year of 2018, brings unparalleled screenwriting expertise to content creators in Atlanta, to support and empower the flourishing creative community in the South.

Award-winning screenwriters, development executives, TV showrunners, literary managers and agents will convene for a three-day event covering the craft and business of the foundational art form that powers the entertainment industry: screenwriting.

The weekend will feature workshops, panels, cocktail parties, mentorship opportunities and pitch events. Tickets are now available at  https://screencraft.org/atlanta/#checkout.

“As the most dynamic film and television production hub in the nation, Atlanta shows us the future of creative industries, and is the ideal place for screenwriters both nationwide and worldwide to converge,” said Emily Dell, Executive Director of ScreenCraft Writers Summit. “Getting outside of New York and Los Angeles encourages fresh voices and enables authentic partnerships to be forged. Our goal is to build community, advance careers and elevate the craft of screenwriting, together.”

A full schedule for the summit can be found here. Panels take place at the Georgian Terrace Hotel and instructional workshops with top teachers take place at the Summit Craft Hub, at SPACES Midtown.

A topline overview of panel speakers for the 2019 ScreenCraft Writer’s Summit includes:

Saturday, April 6th:

The Hollywood TED’s:  “The Best Lesson I Ever Learned”

Panelists:

  • Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, Big Love, The Cloverfield Paradox)
  • Ben Cory Jones (BoomerangInsecureUnderground)
  • David Rabinowitz (Oscar Nominee, BlacKkKlansman)
  • Chad Kennedy (VP Current Programming, Warner Bros. Television)
  • Steven E. de Souza (Die HardCommando)
  • Darrien Gipson (National Director, SAGindie)
  • Moderator:  Emily Dell, Director/Writer, Exec. Director ScreenCraft Writers Summit

Agents and Managers, Oh My!

Panelists:

  • Keya Khayatian, Partner & Literary Agent, United Talent Agency
  • Hannah Ozer, Literary Manager, Kaplan/Perrone
  • Justin Littman, Literary Manager, The Gotham Group

Is Film Dead? The State of Feature Films in the Film Industry

Panelists:

  • Meg LeFauve (Oscar Nominee, Inside Out, Captain Marvel)
  • Doug Jung (Star Trek BeyondBig LoveThe Cloverfield Paradox)
  • Steven E. de Souza (Die HardCommando)
  • Jonathan Wu (Director of Production at 20th Century Fox)

WeScreenplay Presents:  How to Sell New Ideas to “Old Hollywood”

Panelists:

  • Ben Cory Jones (Boomerang, Insecure, Underground)
  • David Rabinowitz (Oscar Winner, BlacKkKlansman)
  • Hannah Ozer (Literary Manager, Kaplan/Perrone)
  • Additional Panelists To Be Announced

 The Scariest People in Hollywood: Agents and Studio Executives

Panelists:

  • Keya Khayatian (Partner & Literary Agent, United Talent Agency)
  • Chad Kennedy (VP Current Programming, Warner Bros. Television)
  • Jonathan Wu (Director of Production at 20th Century Fox)

 

The Failure Panel

Panelists:

  • Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, Big Love, The Cloverfield Paradox)
  • David Rabinowitz (Oscar Winner, BlacKkKlansman)
  • Additional Panelists To Be Announced
  • Moderator: Emily Dell (Director/Writer, Exec. Director ScreenCraft Writers Summit)

The Science and Entertainment Exchange presents: “Science and Storytelling”

Panelists:

  • Meg LeFauve (Oscar Nominee, Inside Out, Captain Marvel)
  • Stephany Folsom (Thor: RagnarokToy Story 4)
  • Additional Panelists To Be Announced
  • Moderator: Rick Loverd (The Science & Entertainment Exchange)

Sunday, April 7th

Building a Development Culture in Georgia

Panelists:

  • Lance Krall, Writer & Producer (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Picture It Productions)
  • Additional Panelists To Be Announced

 “Writers on Writing” with Julie Plec, presented by the Writers Guild Foundation

Panelists:

  • Julie Plec (EP/Showrunner The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Roswell: New Mexico)
  • Moderator: Enid Portuguez (The Writers Guild Foundation)

Writing Competitions and Fellowships AMA

Panelists:

  • John Rhodes (Co-Founder, ScreenCraft)
  • Anna Vecellio (Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition Director)
  • Mark Stasenko (Co-founder, WeScreenplay)
  • Steven DeBose (Austin Film Festival Competition Director)

Writing to Get Your Sh%t Made: Tools for the Creator presented by HollyShorts

Panelists:

  • Darrien Gipson (National Director, SAGindie)
  • Marc Manus (Literary Manager, Zero Gravity Entertainment)
  • Elizabeth Dell (Producer, Destination Wedding, B-Girl)
  • Daniel Sol (Festival Director, HollyShorts)

Network, Cable or Streaming? A Television Battle Royale presented by SeriesFest

Panelists:

  • Julie Plec (EP/Showrunner The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Roswell: New Mexico)
  • Chad Kennedy, VP Current Programming, Warner Bros. Television
  • Ben Cory Jones (BoomerangInsecureUnderground)
  • Moderator:  Randi Kleiner, SeriesFest

Sponsors for the 2019 ScreenCrafter Writers Summit include Final Draft, Coverfly, Roadmap Writers, SAGindie, ABS Payroll and LUNA Bar. Programming Partners include SPACES Atlanta, WeScreenplay, HollyShorts, SeriesFest, The Science & Entertainment Exchange and The Writers Guild Foundation.

About ScreenCraft: 

ScreenCraft is a boutique consultancy specializing in insider access to development executives at the best production companies and studios, with a community of 60,000 screenwriters. Their mission is to foster the careers of emerging writers and filmmakers by providing inspiration and insight into the craft of screenwriting and the business of Hollywood, by connecting emerging talent with working industry professionals.

The ScreenCraft team has secured script sales, option agreements, meetings, writing assignments and representation for clients at top companies including Netflix, CBS, CAA, WME, Paradigm, NBC Universal, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros, 3 Arts Entertainment, The Sundance Institute, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Heretic Literary Management, Conspiracy Media, Kopelson Entertainment, and Buffalo 8 Productions.

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