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Developing Your Pitch And Developing Yourself As A Creator/Showrunner

What goes into creating a show pitch, seeing it through the lengthy and often confusing development process and (hopefully) to the joy, hard work and exhaustion of running a show? This circle will touch on all of that as well as in-depth discussions on the current landscape from pitch to delivery.

Creating/running a series is a lifelong dream for many artists, but what does that look like in the rapidly changing landscape of 2022? What are companies looking for? Is there room for new things and innovation? What does it take to run a show?

In this circle, we’ll talk frankly about the state of the industry, where it might be going and how best to present yourself and your ideas.

Mentee Criteria

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Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice per month

Meeting Times: Thursday evenings (PST)

Circle Leader

Curtis Lelash

Curtis Lelash is an award-winning TV Producer and Creative Executive with over twenty years of experience serving leading entertainment and media brands. As the Director of Kids & Family at Netflix, Lelash spearheaded the development and production of a diverse slate of animated series for kids, young adults, and family audiences.

Prior to his role at Netflix, Lelash served as the Senior Vice President of Original Series at Cartoon Network. He joined the company in 2005, and quickly rose to the rank of VP, which deemed him responsible for the development and ongoing supervision of the network’s animated comedy series, including Emmy winners ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and STEVEN UNIVERSE. Before CN, Lelash gained development experience on theatrical projects at DreamWorks Animation and Storyopolis.

With a passion for steering imaginative projects, leading creative teams, and collaborating with storytellers and showrunners at all levels, Lelash’s career achievements include two Peabody Awards, four Primetime Emmys, and twenty Primetime Emmy nominations.

Title/Expertise:  Independent Producer

Company:  Keep It Fun

Location:  La Crescenta, CA

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