Purchase Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012
Imagine a weekend spent pitching your book face to face with professional film, television and theatre representatives at the chic Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theater district. Now, you can make that dream a reality. Author Solutions is hosting a premier event where you can learn how to pitch your book’s movie, television and theater potential to entertainment representatives and then have the chance to actually do it!
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What you get:
- Welcome Reception — Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Held at the elegant Marriott Marquis in the heart of Manhattan, you’ll meet: Hollywood producer and "King of the Pitch" Robert Kosberg; Author Solutions’ director of film and new media, Marcus Chait; and senior vice president of marketing at Author Solutions, Keith Ogorek. You'll also have the chance to mingle with fellow attendees.
- How-to-Pitch Workshop with Group Learning — Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 (Morning)
Robert Kosberg will teach you how to pitch your book. You’ll then break into groups and fine tune your approach face to face with Kosberg, Chait or Ogorek.
- Speed-Pitch — Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 (Afternoon)
In a “speed dating” setting, you’ll pitch your idea to representatives from a variety of entertainment companies, all of whom are there hoping to discover the next great book that they can adapt for the screen. Plus, since we’ll be in the heart of Broadway, you’ll also have the chance to pitch to theatre representatives looking for material well suited for the stage.
- Writers Guild of America Idea Registration
We’ll register your book with the WGA to protect your unique concept.*
- Opportunity to Pitch to Meredith Vieira Productions
If your pitch is voted one of the top two favorites of the event, we’ll arrange a video conference for you to pitch your idea directly to Meredith Vieira for consideration with her production company.
What to expect at Book-to-Screen PitchFest:
Prepare. Approximately one month prior to the event, you’ll receive a pre-event assignment that will help you develop and jumpstart the first draft of your pitch.
Welcome. On Friday, Oct. 19, you will meet onsite at the landmark Marriott Marquis** hotel in Manhattan, New York City, New York, for an evening of cocktails and introductions. You’ll be introduced to Robert Kosberg, known in Hollywood as one of the best idea men and producers in the business. You'll also meet Marcus Chait, director of film and new media for Author Solutions, and Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions.
Learn. On Saturday, Oct. 20, breakfast will be served prior to Kosberg’s “How to Pitch Your Book” presentation and workshop. You’ll learn practical pitching methods with step-by-step processes outlined by Kosberg.
Practice. At the end of Kosberg's seminar, you will participate in the group Pitch Practice and will present to your group leader, Kosberg, Chait or Ogorek. Your group leader will provide tips to improve and perfect your strategy. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from the feedback given to others.
Pitch. Lunch will be provided after your practice session. Following the lunch break, you will meet with representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, and management, production and theater companies at the Speed Pitch. You will present your rehearsed and refined pitch for approximately two minutes per company represented. If a rep is interested in your pitch, you will be informed a few weeks after the event that they'd like to read your book and/or schedule a follow-up meeting.
Opportunity. The entertainment representatives will vote on the top two pitches of the day. The selected authors will be given an exclusive opportunity to pitch to Meredith Vieira Productions. After the event, we’ll schedule a video conference for you to deliver your idea directly to Meredith Vieira herself.
Wrap up. Kosberg will lead a closing review session to conclude the conference.
Feedback: After the conference, we will send you a feedback packet regarding how the various representatives responded to your pitch.
* Registering your work does not disallow others from having a similar storyline or theme. Rather, registering your work would potentially discourage others from using your work without your permission. Though the Registry cannot prevent plagiarism, it can produce the registered material as well as confirm the date of registration. Registering your work creates legal evidence for the material that establishes a date for the material’s existence. Registration is good for five years.
** Author is responsible for the cost and arrangement of travel expenses, hotel, etc. In association with this event, you can get a discounted rate per night on hotel rooms at the Marriot Marquis for a limited time. Our Events Team will contact you with the details of how to get the discounted price.
Please Note: It is solely at the discretion of the producers, agents, executives, etc., as to whether or not they are interested in authors’ pitch ideas, and they are under no obligation to pursue authors’ materials.
About Robert Kosberg
With years of experience, Kosberg has sold more than 50 feature film projects and currently has more than a dozen movies in active development at various studios. Kosberg’s credits as a producer include 12 Monkeys and Commando for 20th Century Fox. Kosberg currently has numerous feature projects set up at various studios involving top stars and directors such as Ben Stiller, Katherine Heigl, Todd Phillips, Shawn Levy and more. He recently produced My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger. Kosberg is frequently invited to host pitch seminars all over the world. His unique background has led to extensive profiles on his life by numerous national media outlets including GQ, LA Times, London Times, Details, The Adam Corolla Show, LA Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
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New York is a hotbed for professional entertainment executives looking for stories with an enthralling concept, sharp focus and visual potential. Are you ready to show Hollywood and Broadway what you and your book are made of? Don’t miss out on this glamorous opportunity to launch your book into the limelight. There are only 150 spots available, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Call your AuthorHouse representative at 1-888-519-5121 to claim your spot today.