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Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

Have you dreamed of creating dynamic stories for television, but are unsure where to start? Join the founder of In the Cut, Rae Benjamin, as she presents networking tips, strategies and advice for entry-level jobs in the TV industry and as a creator of content in this three-hour Master Class. This session also takes a personalized look at life as a writer through conversations with a talented roster of professionals including Diane Ademu-John (Haunting of Bly Manor, Empire, The Originals) Janet Lin (Bridgerton, Bones, The Orville), and Jelani Johnson (EVP of Macro).


Download the list of resources from In The Cut and Sundance Collab

Topics Covered Include:

    00:00 - Welcome and Introduction from Sundance Collab and Rae Benjamin

    07:00 - What Happens in the Writer’s Room: A Breakdown of Timelines and Staff

    13:25 - How to Build Your Network and Get Hired

    28:40 - Q&A with Rae Benjamin

    42:00 - The Writing Process and Collaboration with Diane Ademu-John and Janet Lin

    1:02 - Hiring Staff, Handling Notes and Showrunning with Diane Ademu-John and Janet Lin

    1:19 - Q&A with Diane Ademu-John, Janet Lin and Rae Benjamin

    1:38 - Types of Representation and Where to Begin as a New Writer with Jelani Johnson

    1:57 - Forging a Strong Relationship with Your Manager with Jelani Johnson

    2:11 - Q&A with Jelani Johnson and Rae Benjamin

    2:33 - Q&A with All Panelists

    2:52 - Closing Remarks

This event is presented by In The Cut:

ITC works with industry professionals to create inclusive learning spaces. In the Cut was established to help bridge the knowledge gap and spread information for the Black community and other groups who have been historically shut out by traditional Hollywood “gatekeepers.”

Through research, experience, and network, ITC has created a space to learn from real, industry professionals and receive actionable, thoughtful advice on how to advance your career. Learn more here:

Rae Benjamin is a TV/film writer and LA native. Her mother encouraged her writing from a young age and compiled booklets of her short stories to hand out as Christmas gifts each year…this was either super cute or super cheap, depending on which relative you ask. She finds humor in awkward, uncomfortable situations. more...

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