To maintain a fulfilling career in the entertainment industry as a writer or director, you need to surround yourself with a team that supports your work and helps you get exposed to the most opportunities. If you’re trying to break in, how do you choose when to bring on a talent agent and a manager? What are the key elements to finding the collaborators that will represent you as your career progresses? Who can you trust and turn to when there are many important decisions to be made? Join us in this three-hour master class for a unique opportunity to learn when to seek representation, what are the key roles to fill, how to find them and other essential information you need to know before building your team. The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Sun will share her insights from the field and moderate in-depth conversations with managers Melissa Breaux and Adam Marshall from Management 360, literary agent Christina Chou from CAA, and entertainment attorney Elsa Ramo.

Topics covered will include:

  • What agents and managers do and don’t, how to find them, and what to expect from them
  • How managers, agents and lawyers work together to support your career and how to make yourself attractive to the best possible team
  • What kind of research to do when you are seeking representation, identifying legal restrictions and red flags
  • When to seek legal representation and advice, and what is the key information you need to know before closing a deal
  • The initial steps to build a representation plan that will help you familiarize the industry with your work

Sundance Collab Master Classes are open and free of charge to all members as a live event. Sessions are recorded and posted within 24 hours to the event page, where it will be available to all members for 48 hours. After that, on-demand access to the recording is available only to Creator+ and Course Pass members. Sign up today to get a free 30-day trial Creator+ Membership.

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Rebecca Sun is senior editor of diversity and inclusion at The Hollywood Reporter, where she oversees equity and representation for the publication. She previously covered the agency business for THR. In 2019, the nonprofit collective Gold House named her to the A100 list of the most impactful Asians and AAPIs in culture, and she won a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for her feature about a Black woman TV writers’ collective. more...
Breaux’s clients include many Sundance alum filmmakers, including Nicole Kassell (CLAWS and WATCHMAN pilots, THE LEFTOVERS), Sean Durkin (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, THE NEST), Antonio Campos (SIMON KILLER, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME), Josh Mond (JAMES WHITE), Nicolas Pesce (EYES OF MY MOTHER, PIERCING), Eliza Hittman (BEACH RATS, NEVER RARELY SOMETIME ALWAYS) and Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS, CANDYMAN). more...
Christina Chou is an Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in the Motion Picture Literary department. She works in the Los Angeles office and represents writers, directors, and actors such as Wong Kar Wai, Cathy Yan, Lee Isaac Chung, Steven Yeun, Zoya Akhtar, Na Hong-Jin, Bao Nguyen, Danis Goulet, and Wooshik Choi, among others. Christina also works actively across the agency to support clients in the global marketplace. more...
A graduate of Syracuse University, Adam Marshall started his career at Brillstein Entertainment and Bruckheimer Films. Transitioning to management full-time, he worked for boutique management firm Energy Entertainment for 6 years. After a short stint with Caliber Media, he joined Management 360 as a literary manager in 2014. more...
Named to Variety’s 2021 “Women’s Impact Report” and 2020 “Dealmakers List,” Elsa Ramo represented over 100 films and 50 television scripted and unscripted series in 2020 alone, representing financiers, producers, and production companies in the sale, production, and/or exploitation of content from traditional theatrical release to unscripted and scripted content on Disney+, Netflix, HBOMax, Hulu, Amazon, and other streamers. more...

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