TV Comedy Pitching Class
You’ve worked hard to hone that super-fly pilot premise with hysterical characters, a compelling world, and an amazing pilot episode. So what’s next? A pitch meeting with a network exec, perhaps? Enter Natalie Gergely, Former Manager of TV Comedy Development and Tara Schuster, Director of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central. In this three week Los Angeles comedy pitching class, Natalie will take you through the pitch process, one step at a time. In the first session, you’ll cover pitch etiquette, laying the hook, performance, fielding questions and taking notes. In the second session, she will help you hone the pitch and give you detailed feedback in a private 1-on-1 meeting. The third session includes a visit from Tara simulating a real pitch session with notes. The rest is history. Overall deal not included. Instructors: Natalie Gergely & Tara Schuster Natalie Gergely is transitioning to a Comedy Central writing role. Up until mid-August 2016, she was a Manager, Original Programming and Development at Comedy Central. She got her start in 2011 working for the President of Original Programming and Development at Comedy Central. Natalie watched hits like Broad City and Workaholics come to the network as a pitch and grow to the phenomenons they are today. Since then she has sat in hundreds, if not thousands, of pitches and worked on the hit show Key & Peele as well as @Midnight and Big Time in Hollywood, FL in their infancy. As she has risen up the ranks, she’s developed various pilots, web series, and digital content for the network. She has a strong understanding of what makes a pitch stand out among the saturated market and how to sell an executive in the room. Tara Schuster is Director of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central. She is currently the Co-Executive in Charge of Production for @midnight with Chris Hardwick, Another Period, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and the upcoming scripted narrative Detroiters. Before joining Development she was the Digital Producer of the Peabody and Emmy award winning Key & Peele. She segment produced the President’s favorite sketch “Obama’s Anger Translator,” and developed and produced the Emmy nominated web series “Vandaveon and Mike” which is now in development as a half hour at Comedy Central. She was responsible for all aspects of digital throughout the series run, including YouTube where they have over a billion views. She studied playwriting at Brown University under Paula Vogel and has had her work produced by Brown University and The New York International Fringe Festival. Dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 18 (2 Tues. nights, 1 one-on-one consult) 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
When Marilyn Friedman first arrived in LA in 2004, she tried in vain to find a great writing class. She searched high and low, from Silverlake to Simi Valley. She braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors. However, she realized that instead of looking for local writing classes, why not create her own for people to join her in. That's when she found her passion for teaching and writing. Almost ten years, hundreds of classes and three locations later she has built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers.
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