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Write On with 2018 Big Break Feature Winner Jeff Cassidy

2018 Big Break feature category winner Jeff Cassidy discusses getting his start as a focus puller in order to learn more about directing, how he eventually transitioned to writing and directing, and why he chose to enter his category-winning script D...

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Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup

For the last 20 years, Lee Jessup has been coaching screenwriters on all elements of a successful career. Brand assessment and strategy, effective networking, crafting a memorable origin story that makes writers shine in a general meeting - Lee discu...

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Write On with Big Break Grand Prize Winners Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid

Since winning the 2018 Big Break Screenwriting Contest, writers Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid have been busy taking industry meetings with managers, agents, and producers. In this episode of Write On, Cassidy and Reid discuss their Big Break experience...

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Write On with Greta Heinemann

2017 Big Break Feature Grand Prize winner Greta Heinemann discusses everything from moving to LA from Germany at age 14 to pursue her writing career, working in television, pitching her features and her latest endeavor the Writers Wright journal.

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Write On with Jen Grisanti: Refocusing Your Energy for Next Season's Screenwriting Contests and Fellowships

Screenwriting consultant and former studio executive Jen Grisanti discusses crafting stories that resonate, finding your voice as a writer and building a network of professional relationships.

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Big Break Welcomes New Judge, Literary Manager Jonathan Hersh

For writers who truly want to know how to make good in Hollywood, there is Jonathan Hersh.

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Pursuing Literary Happiness with Literary Manager and Big Break Judge, Chris Coggins

From Vice President of Production and Development to Literary Manager, Chris Coggins shared her insights on the many facets of film production. After unearthing a script sample at ICM, she notably co-produced Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and T...

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Write On with our 2018 Hall of Fame Award winner, Howard A. Rodman

Howard A. Rodman, past President of the Writers Guild, West comes from a family of writers and entertainers; his father was a screenwriter, his mother a script coordinator and his step-mother a soap actress. 

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Big Break Behind the Scenes: Judge, Manager and Producer Lee Stobby

In under 10 years in Hollywood, Lee Stobby already has his own management and production company—Lee Stobby Entertainment—his name on a slate of films, and clients working everywhere.

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