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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging/Interdisciplinary Media, Documentary, Producing and Film Music.

In this conversation from the 2021 Episodic Lab, Steven Canals, creator of groundbreaking and award-winning series Pose, reflects on his experience as a TV writer, series creator, and showrunner, offering insight into how to effectively pitch not only your original pilot to buyers or in a general meeting, but also introduce yourself as a creator, allowing opportunity to follow you into every room. The conversation is moderated by Jandiz Cardoso, Director of the Episodic Writers Program.

Other conversations in this ongoing series include those with editors Michelle Tesoro, Joi McMillon, Teri Shropshire & Dylan Tichenor; cinematographers Stephen Goldblatt, Robert Elswit, Brad Young and Charlotte Bruus Christensen; writer/director Miguel Arteta, writer/director Walter Salles, writer/director Randa Haines and more.

Jandiz Cardoso
Previous to joining Sundance, Jandiz Cardoso was the Sr. Director of Global Talent Development & Inclusion division for film, tv, and streaming at NBCUniversal. She worked directly with the development and programming teams for scripted and alternative, scouted and designed creative pipelines for emerging writers, directors, actors and comedians for immediate hire, often talents’ primetime debut.

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