pitch fest

  • 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!

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    Tova Laiter hears a pitch from Benny Gao.


    January 28, 2015 • Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4051

  • 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: 4619

  • MFA Screenwriters Pitch Scripts to the Pro’s


    Pitch Fest NYFA

    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: 4999