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Ultimate Pitchfest is hosting a Skype Q&A with four Hollywood Professionals (one per hour), then we’ll submit your loglines directly to them. A guaranteed way to get your work seen — and get all your Hollywood questions answered!
Sammy Montana has worked in different capacities in Hollywood… He served as the VP of Production and Development for the Producer of the HALLOWEEN remakes. Then he ran his own Film/TV literary management company, Anarchy Management, and had an active list of clientele, including writers and directors. Currently, he is a script consultant, drawing on his years of experience in the film industry. Under the Anarchy Consulting banner, he provides script coverage and development notes. He offers an unheard off full refund and 90 day money back guarantee. No questions asked. To stay up to date and get constant invaluable free information, listen, watch, subscribe, or share Anarchy Consulting YouTube Channel. He can be reached on LinkedIn. His latest article can be found at: http://www.scriptmag.com/
He is looking in particular for low-budget ($10 – $30 million) THRILLER, HORROR, and ACTION films.
Jalessa Jones is one of the legendary Circle of Confusion’s newest members. Why is Circle of Confusion legendary? Check out some of their titles: American Gods. Spider-man: Homecoming; The Goldbergs; The Mummy; Sense8; Straight Outta Compton. This literary management and production company is known for their edgy taste and high-level execution. Their clients are a part of some of the biggest movies out there, like Rogue One and Passengers. Jalessa might be new to the business, but she’s got a unique perspective to learn from and a hunger to get deeper involved in her company.
A Midwestern girl who’s had dreams of Hollywood since her very early days as a Disney film collector and connoisseur; Jalessa Jones attended Columbia College Chicago’s esteemed Television school, where her academic focus revolved around the development, writing, producing, and directing of television shows.
Jalessa graduated this past May with her B.A. in TV Writing and Producing. She’s been an assistant at Circle of Confusion ever since, where she supports two of the hardest working literary managers in the business. Jalessa aspires to head a studio one day, and might be biased, but couldn’t have asked to learn from two human beings with better taste and savvy.
Chelsea Marelle Benson came to Echo Lake after earning her Master’s Degree in Producing from AFI in Los Angeles. She holds a BA degree in Film Production (with a minor in Literature) and a BFA degree in Dance from the University of Arizona. As a performer, she brings a unique perspective on entertainment as it relates to film and television and provides a fresh approach to the management team at Echo Lake.
Echo Lake Management represents established and emerging actors, writers and directors in Television, Film and Digital Programming. In the expanding frontiers of television and digital, and in the changing structure of feature films, ELM’s entrepreneurial spirit and thoughtful guidance helps clients find new ways to succeed. ELM represents clients all over the globe and benefits from the reach and international success of the company’s production arm, Echo Lake Productions.
Since its founding in 1998, Echo Lake Productions has produced and/or financed more than 30 films. The company’s films have earned numerous awards including 8 Academy Award nominations and one Academy Award win. Echo Lake is interested in high end specialty films, especially those aimed at a mature audience. The company has a non-exclusive deal with FilmNation International with regard to international distribution. Echo Lake also manages the Blue Lake Media Fund, which invests in the company’s projects and looks to finance films in the $10 and 30 million budget range. Echo Lake’s television division has set up scripted television projects in the US and abroad.
Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston; and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market. In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” by Ashman and Menken (the writers of “Enchanted” and “Tangled”). She also co-produced the award-winning play “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” which was made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher. In 2014, she co-produced the play “Detained in the Desert” at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, TX. Her additional credits as a producer in live theater include “Today’s Special” and “As I Sing.” In 2014, she produced the Lifetime movie “The Choking Game” based on the YA book “Choke”.
Marilyn has long been committed to issues surrounding diversity in Hollywood. As a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, she spoke at many of their writers’ and producers’ retreats.
Atlas is currently developing a TV pilot based on the Gary Phillips series of novels “High Hand” and “Shooter’s Point” featuring strong-willed African-American protagonist Martha Chainey. She is also developing a project about the life of renowned political activist Abbie Hoffman based on the book Run Run Run by Jack Hoffman and Daniel Simon. Additionally, she is developing the award-winning, multi-cultural book series, “The Code Busters Club” for television.