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Pitch Strong (Current Students Only)

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"YOU CAN'T SELL IT, IF YOU CAN'T PITCH IT."  Whether you're a writer trying to get your script optioned, sold or author with a manuscript you want an agent or publisher to actor or voice talent or other performer wanting the talent agent or casting agent to pick YOU...Whatever it is you want another person to do to further your creative career: convincing that person is a "pitch" to win them over.   LISTEN & LEARN FROM VIP SPEAKERS who are successful professionals in the fields of film, television, streaming, new media, novels/books, documentaries, the "real world" of business, etc. (writers/producers/directors/authors/ACTORS/casting agents/business leaders!), how to pitch better at the Inaugural 'PITCH STRONG' event being held January 20+21, 2019, at State College of Florida in partnership with the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office -- and actually pitch in front of these executives (if you CHOOSE to - no one is required to pitch!) They will hear & judge the best pitches of the event.
Half day Sunday 1/20 1PM-5:30 PM followed by a networking mixer, and  Monday 1/21, morning including breakfast  session followed by lunch, followed by a Judging Panel in Auditorium, on these subjects:
VIP speakers' credits include directing, producing, casting, executive producing, writing, leading business teams, and other elements for major motion pictures and television content for HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WEtv, USA, THE CW, LIFETIME, UPN, STARZ, COMEDY CENTRAL, DISCOVERY, MTV, AND FX, as well as NYTimes & international best-selling books, who will share their knowledge and insight, hear your pitches (if you give one ), and be the final afternoon JUDGING PANEL, to decide First, Second and Third “BEST PITCHES” of the conference which will receive awards, as well as the distinction and opportunity for self-promotion, press and publicity to further the winners’ career goals!

VIP guests to teach and to judge, confirmed to date:
(New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels. Her new release UNDER MY SKIN is named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers of fall 2018 by BookBub, Bookish, Library Journal, Booklist, PopSugar and CrimeReads. Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Indie Booksellers, Goodreads and Sun Sentinel to name a few. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine.
CEO of Dealers United and Founder of Pete3, a strategic consulting organization focused on helping scale high growth companies. Passion, creativity, leadership, education, and giving back are core to Petersen’s beliefs. Petersen founded his first network company, FireWall Group  when he later sold to start LexJet’s Information Technology (S-One Holdings) department in 2003. As CIO and member of the S-One Holdings Leadership Team, Petersen was responsible for aligning technology, operations, and growth for all S-One companies including Hewlett Packard, Kodak, and LexJet brands globally.
Director, Producer, Exec. Producer & other extensive credits include:  Bang Bang [in development]; Centigrade [wrapped]; The Kindergarten Teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal); The Bourne Legacy; Gulliver’s Travels, The Wrestler, 27 Dresses; television particularly known for: ROYAL PAINS ; NURSE JACKIE ; among others.
Executive producer, producer, principal/exec Manhattan Productions in NYC; credits including independent films CARTEL Land (Emmy nomination), Here Alone, The Kindergarten Teacher, and others; television including Discovery Channel, MTV, and others.
Casting Director, Casting Associate and other extensive casting credits for HBO, USA, Comedy Central, Starz, Fox, ABC, NBC, UPN, CBS, and many feature films. A few examples:  The Wolf of Wall Street, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo, Shutter Island, Away We Go, The Aviator, College Road Trip, Boardwalk Empire/HBO; Gravity/STARZ ; Falling Water/USA Networks ; The Leftovers/HBO ; Louie/FX; Lipstick Jungle/NBC; You Don’t Know Jack/HBO; Demetri Martin/Comedy Central; etc.
Casting director, Casting Associate and other extensive casting credits for USA, WEtv; HBO, The CW; CBS, HBO, ABC, Lifetime, and many others. A few examples:  Lez Bomb; Annie; Falling Water/USA; South of Hell/WEtv; The Leftovers/HBO, The Tomorrow People/CW; Golden Boy, CBS, Phil Spector TV movie/HBO; Body of Proof/ABC, Sherri/Lifetime; In Treatment/HBO, and many others
Director, producer, writer, partner in Last Man Standing Films  in Los Angeles, two film projects in the works, The Middle of X (wrapped) and All Together, projects in development regarding sports and the Ringlings, past award-winning documentaries, television commercials, corporate and industrial projects and clients too numerous to list, including sizzles such as BSwanky for reality television.

Sunday check-in starts at 12:00p.
Sunday reception is 5:30-7:00p.

Hotel / Lodging
Sleep Inn on Fruitville Road
Click on the link above or call the hotel directly at 941-500-4700 and ask whomever answers the phone for the State College of Florida special rate.

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Class Details

2 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :

Location : SCF Lakewood Ranch Location : 
  SCF Lakewood Ranch.

Instructor : Instructor TBD 



Please read:  Sunday check-in starts at 12:00p. Sunday reception is 5:30-7:00p.

Limited free enrollment available until 1/17/19 for students with proof of enrollment in digital cinema/video production classes at SCF, USF, Ringling College of Art & Design, New College, MTC and STC. Proof (student ID badge) must be brought to the Sunday registration check-in. Call 752-5290 if questions.



Registration Closes On
Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/20/2019 Sun 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM Sarasota, SCF Lakewood Ranch  Map, Room: Auditorium (125), Center for Innovation & Technology Instructor TBD 
1/21/2019 Mon 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Sarasota, SCF Lakewood Ranch  Map, Room: Auditorium (125), Center for Innovation & Technology Instructor TBD