New York Film Academy’s graduating Fall Producing class participated in their first annual NYFA Pitch Fest in New York City.
Similar to the PitchFest that our Los Angeles students have been doing for several years now, students pitched their thesis projects to various faculty and notable industry professionals throughout the afternoon on two consecutive days.
Among the many notable guests was Dan Hank, formerly VP of Production for the AMC Network (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead).
Dan was recently hired as President of Production at Marvel Film Studio’s (Avengers, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) New York office where he is now heading production on all of Marvel/Netflix NYC based new franchises (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, The Defenders).
New York Film Academy Screenwriting students were treated to Writers Guild of America executive Geoff Betts who visited their Business of Screenwriting class to discuss, contract minimums, protections, residuals and other union benefits as future professional screenwriters.
Betts came into Nick Yellen’s Business of screenwriting class to meet with soon to graduate screenwriters who are positioned to join the WGA in the coming years.
Also discussed were how their union protects them both here and abroad.
Students seemed very interested in the guild’s assistance program that reviews screenwriter’s options and other agreements at no cost to them.
A packed room welcomed successful Television Showrunner Michael Rauch to New York Film Academy’s Producing Department’s latest Industry Speaker Series session. Mr. Rauch participated in a “Conversation with…” and Question and Answer session with Producing Department Co-Chair and Screenwriting instructor Nick Yellen.
Rauch has been an executive producer on a number of television series, including Love Monkey, Beautiful People, Life is Wild, and most recently, Royal Pains.
Royal Pains has been one of the USA cable networks most successful shows the past six seasons as well as one of its most expensive — $3 million per episode.
NYFA students from various departments heard Rauch discuss his early career. He advised students how to break into TV as both a writer and producer. He broke down the responsibilities of various TV producers on set, and took us through the day of a Hollywood Showrunner.
Mr. Rauch also shared how students breaking in can expand their industry networking. Michael explained in great depth how a scripted TV show’s writer’s room works, and the fast paced schedule and steps to creating each episode. He guided students with what to do with their original pilot ideas and how to get them into the right hands and what a Showrunner looks for in a writer. He spoke of how important product integration has become to television and the challenges that presents to a TV producer.
Rauch’s Royal Pains has been renewed for a 7th and 8th season and can be currently seen on the USA Network as well as 50 other countries worldwide.