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Producing Students Pitch to the Pro’s

Michael Grossman

Benny Gao pitches to Director/Exec. Producer Michael Grossman.

Last week, New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles Producing Department held our September, 2013 Advanced Producers Pitch Fest at The Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. It was a lively and enjoyable night for all who attended. The students pitched in a round-robin format to industry professionals, including veteran producers Tova Laiter, Jim Pasternak, Dana Lustig, veteran television director and executive producer Michael Grossman, and a host of other industry professionals.

Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang pitches to Producer Dana Lustig.

Some details on a few of the industry professionals at the Pitch Fest:

  • Michael Grossman is a freelance TV director who has worked on shows for all networks, and was an executive producer for Drop-Dead Diva for Storyline Entertainment for 5 seasons.
  • Roz Jordan is a producer and senior casting director for Freemantle Media.
  • Will Dickerson is a freelance director who just directed Don’t Look Back for television.
  • Bob DiNozzi is a freelance producer who produced Flightplan.
  • David Bartlett is a freelance producer with Provoka films.
  • Dana Lustig is a freelance producer currently in post-production on a feature film titled The Frontier.

Our industry reps were very impressed with many of the projects that were pitched and offered valuable feedback for our soon-to-be graduating Producers. A good time was had by all!

tova and ben

Tova Laiter hears a pitch from Benny Gao.


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Published on: January 28, 2015

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