Podcast Ep. 11: What Agents Want; Why You’ll Never Hear “No”; Writing for Disney; Escaping Hollywood

This time it’s personal.

In a belated introduction, I discuss my years working in (and out of) the Hollywood studio system as a screenwriter for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Walt Disney Television. I share many observations about making it in the film industry – and about making important life choices.

amblinTopics covered in this episode:

  • My #1 secret to writing a successful screenplay.
  • How fate brought me to Hollywood.
  • Meeting my heroes – Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont, and many others.
  • Schmoozing at Hollywood parties.
  • What agents, managers, and producers want.
  • What agents and managers are good for – and what they’re not.
  • Yes, it is “who you know” – but what does that mean, exactly?
  • Why you’ll never hear “no” in Hollywood.
  • Why so few scripts from unknown writers get made.
  • How I finally got produced.
  • Breaking out of Hollywood.

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