Chris’ article should be especially interesting to new and emerging filmmakers. Pitching is not limited to studio execs. When you share your ideas with an agent, an actor, or financiers, you are pitching your script and your ideas for the film. Being able to get people to be as excited about your project as you are is the first step to getting your film off the ground.
Chris is the Story Editor at WME, where he looks for potential film projects for a small roster of “A” list clients including Denzel Washington and Steve Martin. He previously spent nine years at ICM, where duties included running the Story Department. Chris has an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has taught writing at UCLA, Los Angeles Valley College and lectures around the country. His writing workshop THE INSIDE PITCH aired on local TV and earned him an L.A. Area Emmy nomination. As a producer, he set-up A RHINESTONE ALIBI (at Paramount). He co-produced THE COLLECTOR (2009) and is producer/writer of the documentary MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS, which won the “Documentary Channel Audience Award” at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival. It was acquired by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the OWN Documentary Club for North American broadcast and video. It premiered in September 2011. Chris is on the producing team for THE COLLECTION, now in post production. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.