Tips for Pitching Agents, Managers, and Hollywood Executives

Pitching Hollywood executives is an art. They’re fickle. They are trained to say “no.” Buying your screenplay means they have to spend millions of dollars to get it from page to screen. Who wouldn’t be nervous to say “Hell, yes, SOLD!”

I’ve pitched more executives than I can count, from the President of HBO to assistants at pitchfests. Here are some of the articles I’ve written on Script magazine to share my tips, my lessons, and my failures. Like I said, pitching is an art. You can’t learn it overnight.

Learning how to manage expectations and handle rejection takes time, too. When you’re feeling defeated from pitch after pitch after pitch, read Balls of Steel: Pursuing a Writing Career When You Feel Lost. Yeah, it happens. Can’t lie to you. But just keep staying in the game. If you quit, it’s over. If you keep putting words on the page and putting yourself out there, it can happen. At least that’s my plan.


Jeanne’s Tuesday Screenwriting Tips: Selling a Screenplay

Jeanne’s Tuesday Screenwriting Tips: Polishing a Screenplay

Jeanne’s Tuesday Screenwriting Tips: 7 Reasons to Shut Up & Listen

Jeanne’s Tuesday Screenwriting Tips: Sure-Fire Way to Nail a Pitch

Balls of Steel: Pitching Takes a Team

Balls of Steel: First Impressions

Balls of Steel: Managing Expectations

Balls of Steel: Shifting Network to Relationships

Balls of Steel: Pitch Tips

Balls of Steel: Putting Your Script Out There

Balls of Steel: The Executive – He’s Just Not That Into You

Balls of Steel: 10 Tips to Prepare for Opportunities When They Knock

Balls of Steel: Pitching Insights & Tips for Before You Submit Your Script

Balls of Steel: How to Get Your Screenplay Read Without Asking

Balls of Steel: Liar, Liar, Career on Fire

Balls of Steel: The Magic Trick to Selling a Screenplay

Balls of Steel: Screenwriting Pitchfests – Ripoff or Opportunity?

Balls of Steel: Checklist for Pitchfests and Conferences

Balls of Steel: 6 Screenwriting Pitching Lessons from the Sharks

Balls of Steel: How to Write a Screenplay that Sells Itself

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