The Unusual Suspects: Representation Edition – A Sourcebook of Agents’ & Managers’ Assistants
At a Glance
For screenwriters seeking representation, the conventional wisdom is to query a list or directory of agents and managers. A more effective game plan would be to query their Assistants.
Why assistants and not their bosses?
For starters: top agents and managers don’t open their own mail, their assistants do.
Second: typically, top agents and managers won’t read a new writer’s query or submission – unless their assistant has read the material first and suggested their boss make time to read it too.
But there’s a third – far more important – reason assistants should be the focus of your game plan. Assistant jobs are considered the graduate program in entertainment. And its’ graduates read like a who’s-who among Hollywood’s players.
Media moguls David Geffen and Barry Diller, CAA co-founder Mike Ovitz, Disney’s Michael Eisner and Universal Studio’s chief Ron Meyer, were once assistants at talent agencies. Today, former assistants are among the top reps in Hollywood. BenderSpink’s JC Spink (whose clients include The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), and WME’s Sarah Self Gersh (whose clients include Juno scribe Diablo Cody) are former agent assistants.
Every week there are Assistants who are promoted to agents and managers, and every new agent or new manager has the same priority on their first day in their new position: develop his or her own client list.
By establishing and maintaining relationships with the Assistants, you increase your chances of being one of the new agent’s or new manager’s Day One recruits. With The Unusual Suspects: Representation Edition, a downloadable e-Directory, you can implement this game plan.
- Listings include Names, Companies, Mailing Addresses and Phone/Fax Numbers
- Includes Submission Instructions by companies that them
- Includes Assistants who work specifically for TV agents
- Manufacturer Michael Elliot Media
- Date available: 01/28/2011
- Publication date: 01/01/2011
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Meet the Author: Michael Elliot
Elliot’s foray into writing movies began in 1997 after he relocated to Los Angeles and found himself unemployed. Armed with a computer, a book on screenwriting (purchased at The Writers Store), and a Blockbuster Card, Elliot began teaching himself to write screenplays. Approximately 13 months later – without the help of an agent or manager – Elliot hatched an unorthodox submission strategy that landed his spec script on the desk of an executive at 20th Century Fox. Less than a week later, Elliot’s dream came true: Fox purchased his script, launching his screenwriting career.
Over the next 13 years, Elliot’s writing credits would include the...