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  • Advanced Producers Pitch Fest at Andaz Hotel


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    The New York Film Academy’s MFA in Producing Program kicked off 2016 with the Advanced Producers Pitch Fest on Thursday, January 20 at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. Annually since 2008, MFA Producers gather to pitch their slate of projects to industry guests from a variety of entertainment companies. NYFA welcomed 20 plus guests, who enjoyed an evening of pitching and viewing film teasers and television series sizzle reels from 25 plus graduating MFA in Producing students. Executives and representatives from NBCUniversal, Mar Vista Entertainment, Lifeboat Productions and Hanai Studios Los Angeles participated, along with award-winning producers, screenwriters and talent representatives.

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    Industry guests included: Michael Barlow (film and television producer and screenwriter and former executive at Paramount Classics and Orion Pictures); Blaine Chiappetta and Marguerite Henry (Mar Vista Entertainment); producers Lucas Jarach and Nicolas Veinberg (Defiant Pictures); Nicole Rivera and Angela Waldrop-Gilbert (NBCUniversal); Alex Shekarchian (talent manager and entertainment attorney); Connor Robinson (Head of Producing, Lifeboat Productions); Kelly Zhang (Hainai Studio, Los Angeles); Nanobah Becker (award-winning producer and filmmaker; David Rosenberg (Daytime Emmy-nominated screenwriter); Joe Sabatino (co-executive producer of television series ‘Necessary Roughness’ and screenwriter;) Tova Laiter (film producer and former studio executive, Warner Bros., Imagine Entertainment, Cinergi Pictures); Beverley Gordon and Sean Kohnen (film producers); Doug Cooney (screenwriter for Paramount Pictures and Sony Animation); Paige Morrow Kimball (producer and filmmaker for film and television via her Makazan Films shingle); and Henry Priest (film and television producer and Director, Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.)

    Many thanks to our industry guests, and congratulations to our MFA in Producing students for a successful evening of pitching!

  • NYFA Screenwriting Graduates Celebrate with Industry Pitch-Fest


    On September 17th, 2015, graduating MFA, BFA, and AFA New York Film Academy Screenwriting students attended their culminating Industry Pitch-Fest Event, held at the Andaz Hotel up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

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    A catered event and mingling opportunity for the students, executives, and faculty alike, this capstone event celebrated the New York Film Academy’s graduating MFA, BFA, and AFA Screenwriting students, offering them a professional outlet to jumpstart their careers by pitching their thesis projects to industry executives.

    These writing students, having spent their final semester in their Business of Screenwriting III class preparing and fine-tuning their pitches for their thesis film and TV projects, shined on this pinnacle evening, leaving with new professional contacts and a flurry of interest in the scripts they’d worked so hard on all year.


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    Considered by the school to be their first night as professional screenwriters, this group of bright students brought their A-game, as they pitched agents, managers and production company representatives in a relaxed, round-table environment.

    Hosted by NYFA’s Business of Screenwriting curriculum head, David O’Leary, in conjunction with NYFA’s Screenwriting Chair Nunzio DeFilippis and Associate Chair Adam Finer, the event featured representatives from various Hollywood companies.


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    Attendees included Hollywood literary agencies and management companies, including representatives from ICM, BenderSpink, Underground Management, and Next Level Entertainment, as well film and TV production companies, including Original Film, Marc Platt Productions, Taggart Productions, Closed on Monday / Oni Press, and Bright Whale Entertainment, amongst others.

    NYFA wishes to thank its participants, without whom this evening could not have been possible. Also, we’d like to extend a big congratulations to all of our May ’14 MFA, BFA and AFA graduates!

    Onwards and upwards!


    September 24, 2015 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 5148

  • Producing Students Pitch to the Pro’s

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    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.

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    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!

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    Tova Laiter hears a pitch from Benny Gao.


    January 28, 2015 • Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4487

  • It’s All About the Pitch

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    Writer/producer David Rosenberg hears pitch from MFA student Gabriel Amora de Farias at our year-one Pitch Fest.

    As those of us in the industry are aware, talent and networking can take you far. However, your projects will have little chance if you don’t know how to “pitch” them. There is a certain charisma, confidence and mastery of storytelling that must be honed in order to sell your ideas. That’s precisely why the New York Film Academy has its students go through a constructive pitching process with actual industry professionals.

    On May 21st, the New York Film Academy Los Angeles Producing Department hosted our September, 2013 Year-One Pitch Fest at our new Riverside building in Los Angeles. It was a lively and enjoyable night for all who attended. The students pitched in a round-robin format to industry professionals as well as several of our instructors. All of our students received valuable feedback on their projects. And our “Pitchees” were very impressed with what they heard from our “Producers.”

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    Writer/producer Paul Brown gives feedback to MFA student Yuki Naito at our year-one Pitch Fest.


    June 24, 2014 • Community Highlights, Producing • Views: 5420

  • MFA Screenwriters Pitch Scripts to the Pro’s


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    The graduating Sept 2012 MFA Screenwriters from New York Film Academy in Los Angeles had their Pitch Fest on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, at the Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip. The Pitch Fest is run “ speed dating” style, where each student gets five minutes with every guest. Who were the guests? Over 18 companies were in attendance, including Paradigm, APA, Conaco, De Laurentiis Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and many other management agencies and production companies.

    The students pitched their thesis scripts, which they had been working on for 16 weeks until they were professionally polished and ready to sell.

    The response from the guests was amazing. “One of the best pitch events I’ve ever been to,” Scott Stoops, Paradigm.

    “Better than AFI’s Pitch Showcase,” Jarrod Murray, Epicenter.

    The event was so successful that every student received at least two requests for their script. Don’t be surprised to see some NYFA graduates’ credits on the big screen soon!


    March 13, 2014 • Community Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 5367