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.
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? This three-hour master class provides 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 shares her insights from the field and moderates 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 Include:
00:00 - Welcome and Introduction from Sundance Collab
04:58 - Introduction to Hollywood Representatives with Rebecca Sun and Elsa Ramo
08:50 - The Different Types of Representation
26:26 - An Overview of Agents, Lawyers and Managers
43:15 - Q&A with Elsa Ramo
1:03 - The Benefits of Having a Manager with Melissa Breaux and Adam Marshall
1:17 - How Managers Find New Clients
1:36 - How and When Managers Act as Producers
1:50 - Q&A with Melissa Breaux and Adam Marshall
2:06 - How To Connect with an Agent with Christina Chou
2:19 - The Right Time to Find an Agent
2:42 - Q&A with Christina Chou
2:53 - Final Thoughts
2:56 - Closing Announcements
Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing and more.