Hollywood Drive & Talk or: Seth Jaret Gets Real

by Ruth Witteried

Some days it’s hard to know which way is forward. In this changing landscape of film and publishing, there is no single road to success. Instead, there are several; usually slow and tedious like the I-5 bridge at rush hour. If you’re lucky enough to survive the slog with your dreams intact and gain some  momentum, there’s still a seven mile freeway closure ahead where the new bridge is going up and another where it’s being fished it out of the Skagit River!

It’s enough to keep you parked. In the garage. With the engine running.

In the FiLMLaB blogosphere we try to keep the creative spirit alive by reminding readers that success happens every day. Perhaps not the way you envisioned it, but there are, in fact, more opportunities for writers today than ever before.

Hollywood Manager, Seth Jaret, does not just manage the talents behind such hits as, Legally Blonde, The House Bunny, Whip It, and The Ugly Truth; to name a few. He is the Founder/CEO of Content Engine, a creative media studio designed to aid content creators of all stripes to be the instruments of their own success. His Hollywood Drive & Talk podcasts help writers navigate the tricky roads ahead.

Seth will be joining us for the first time at the Willamette Writers Conference this August 2-4. You can catch him Thursday night on the Practice Pitch With The Pros Panel; and Sunday morning when he teaches The New Hollywood For Writers. He is looking for “High concept, great ideas with a real hook and thoughtful, compelling execution,” in the following genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Television and Thriller. Visit his website at Content Engine TV to learn more and to stay posted about his expansion into publishing!

Ruth Witteried is Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference and Executive Producer of last year’s winning short, “Alis Volat Propriis”. She teaches screenwriting at Clark College and can be followed on Facebook at SitYourAssDown, or on Twitter @sityourassdown1. She also writes YA under the pen name RH Cohen at the website zombienoel.com.

Ruth Witteried

As Visual Media Director, Ruth Witteried works with all programs based in the visual arts, including screenwriting and film production. As Executive Director of the FiLMLaB competition and project, she produced the 2012 FiLMLaB short, Alis Volat Propriis, winner of the 2013 OIFF Best Comedic Short; 2013′s Coffee.Table.Book.; 2014's Unwelcome Guests, and in 2015, The Return of Bug Eyed Bill. She acted as Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference from 2011-2013 and occasionally teaches screenwriting at Clark College. She currently is Executive Director of Willamette Writers' FiLMLaB. You can follow her on Twitter @sityourassdown1 or Facebook at FiLMLaB. Contact her. (visualmedia@willamettewriters.org)