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Friday, October 26 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Semifinalists and Above Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television

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Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of screenwriting. This session offers Semifinalists and Above from the Screenplay Competition exclusive access to writers, executives, studio reps, agents, managers, producers, and attorneys in an informal setting. Take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to ask those burning questions: What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block? Or risk a taking a new direction after established success? How do I find representation? Are studios buying spec scripts? What are emerging trends in the industry? Don’t miss your chance to ask all this and more without being charged by the hour or forgoing a percentage of your script sale.

*This roundtable is open to Semifinalists and Above only.

Roundtables required advance sign-up through the Screenplay Department.

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Glenn Cockburn

President/Founder, Meridian Artists
Glenn Cockburn is the founder of Meridian Artists. Along with the rest of the Meridian Artists team, Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada’s most talented writers, directors, authors, actors, and producers. Glenn’s career started in 1996 when he began working... Read More →
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Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation, Destroyer; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, Clash of the Titans
Phil Hay is a screenwriter and producer. Hay, partner Matt Manfredi, and director Karyn Kusama (who is also Hay’s wife) made the upcoming Los Angeles crime drama Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, and the thriller The Invitation, which debuted at SXSW in 2015 and went on to play... Read More →
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Aaron Lipsett

Manager Heroes and Villains
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Aaron Lipsett graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in History before moving to Los Angeles in 2009. Aaron spent eight years with Escape Artists Entertainment, where he quickly rose from intern to Vice President of Television. During... Read More →
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Ross Saxon

Head of Development, Braven Films, executive on production Magic Magic
A graduate of the Film Program at Bard College where his studies included work under acclaimed indie director Kelly Reichardt, his thesis was short listed for the Adolphus Mekas Award for best screenplay. He began his career working on film sets across NY, learning the administrative... Read More →
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Burk Sharpless

creator/executive producer/writer Lost in Space; writer Power Rangers (2017), Gods of Egypt (2016), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Dracula Untold (2014)
Burk Sharpless grew up writing science fiction stories and drawing comic books for his friends, it never really occurred to him that might be his true calling. Hailing from an academic family, he wanted to do something appropriately erudite and high-brow. After graduating in philosophy... Read More →
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Jake Wagner

Jake Wagner began studying screenwriting and film while a student at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he came straight out to Los Angeles, and has been working in entertainment ever since. He began his career as a manager at Energy Entertainment, then FilmEngine, Benderspink... Read More →
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Cormac Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys 2
Cormac Wibberley is half of a married writing team with Marianne Wibberley. They both grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles.After college, Cormac worked as an executive in children’s programming at ABC. It was during this time that... Read More →
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Marianne Wibberley

writer National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Bad Boys 2
Marianne is half of a married writing team with Cormac Wibberley. They both grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Los Angeles.After graduation, Marianne went on to receive her MFA in screenwriting from the UCLA Graduate School of Theater, Film and... Read More →
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Rebecca Windsor

Director, Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Director of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television.  As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca was recruited to help launch... Read More →
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Carly Wray

writer/producer Westworld, The Leftovers, Mindhunter, Mad Men
Carly Wray is an award-winning television writer, producer, and screenwriter. A graduate of Reed College and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Wray got her start on Mad Men, where she began as the writers’ assistant and ultimately won a Writers Guild Award for the show's final season... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Sumners Hall