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The Business of Screenwriting

Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Garden C

As a writer, you are a creative. But you are also a business, offering both your products and services to the entertainment industry. If you want to succeed in Hollywood, become a working TV writer or emerge in the feature film space, take a deep dive into the business side of things in order to build an effective, long lasting screenwriting career.


Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, a twice-published, best-selling author, and a consultant for Universal’s Writers Program and NBC International. Lee’s clients include writers who have major spec, pilot and pitch sales under their belts, staffed television writers, television writing program fellows, Hit List, Blood List and Black List writers, as well as writers just beginning to chart their professional course. Lee is the author of BREAKING IN: TALES FROM THE SCREENWRITING TRENCHES (Focal Press) and GETTING IT WRITE: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO A SCREENWRITING CAREER (MWP). Lee’s professional background includes a stint as a working screenwriter, a development executive, and the director of ScriptShark.com. Lee is a mentor for Final Draft’s Big Break contest winners, as well as ISA’s Fast Track and Table Read My Screenplay contest winners. She has appeared in countless screenwriting conferences and panels domestically, abroad, and online, is a contributor to Script Magazine, and has been the interview subject of countless podcasts. Never too far from the industry, Lee resides in Los Angeles with her family.

  • Pitch Preferences: Features, Television, Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Thriller/Crime, Horror, Period, True Stories, Family Film, TV 60 minute, TV 30 minute, Manuscripts, Animation, Biography, Comics/Graphic Novels, Romance