Ends January 31, 2019
Book-to-Screen PitchFest is your chance to meet face-to-face with film and television representatives who are hoping
to discover the next great book they can adapt for the screen. . Set in the heart of Times Square at the fabulous
New York Marriott Marquis, this event, happening May 17-18, 2019, is
designed to be both a learning and pitching experience.
This exclusive Author Solutions event has secured the talents of John Sacchi, an accomplished film and digital media
executive with a 15+ year track record of producing consistently profitable feature films for a global audience.
Sacchi was a key original player in the 13-year transformation of Lionsgate Films from small indie genre producers to
the first nontraditional studio to break the billion-dollar mark at the box office.
Sacchi started his own production shingle in 2017 focusing on producing film and television for Lionsgate
Entertainment and other major networks and studios. He will deliver the main presentation of the event and offer
insider tips on creating an effective pitch.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to have several Hollywood representatives in one location, all anxiously
waiting to hear your story.
To top off your pitching experience, we’ll film a professional onsite author video at the glamorous New York
Marriott Marquis hotel, which you can use to boost your book’s promotional efforts.
Learn about the success authors have experienced at PitchFest »
What you get:
- Preparation – Approximately one month prior to the event, you’ll receive a
pre-event assignment that will help you develop the first draft of your pitch.
- Welcome Reception – Friday, May 17, 2019 (evening) – You will meet onsite at
the luxurious New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.* You’ll be introduced to John Sacchi as well
as Keith Ogorek, President of the Author Learning Center. This is also a chance to mingle with fellow authors and
make new connections.
- How-to-Pitch Presentation – Saturday, May 18, 2019 (morning) – Breakfast will
be served prior to the “How-to-Pitch Your Book” presentation, where Sacchi will show you practical,
step-by-step pitching methods.
- Practice Session – Saturday, May 18, 2019 (mid-morning) – You will participate
in the group practice pitch session and will present one-on-one to your group leader. Your group leader will
provide tips to improve and increase the effectiveness of your pitch. You’ll also have the opportunity to
learn from the feedback given to others. Lunch will be provided after your practice session.
- Speed Pitch – Saturday, May 18, 2019 (afternoon) – In a “speed
dating” setting, you will meet with representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, management, and
production companies. You will have two minutes per representative to deliver your rehearsed and refined pitch. If
a rep is interested in your pitch, we will send them a copy of your book.
- Author Interview Video – Filmed at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
Hotel,** this 60-90 second interview will give potential readers a behind-the-scenes look at your book and you, the
author. You can use this video as a unique promotional tool in your continued marketing efforts. Our events team
will notify you of your specific filming time prior to the event.
- Writers Guild of America Idea Registration – We'll register your book with the WGA to
protect your unique concept.***
- Feedback – Approximately two weeks after the conference, we will send you feedback
about how the various representatives responded to your pitch.
Journey On | Book-to-Screen PitchFest New York 2019 with Video
Purchase deadline: April 19, 2019
Are you ready to show the entertainment industry what you and your book are made of? Call 877.407.4847
to claim your spot today.
It is solely at the discretion of the representatives as to whether or not they are interested in authors’
pitch ideas, and they are under no obligation to pursue authors’ materials.
* Author is responsible for the cost and arrangement of travel expenses, hotel, etc. In association with this
event, you can get a discounted rate per night on hotel rooms at the New York Marriott Marquis for a limited time.
Our events team will contact you with the details of how to get the discounted price.
** Our events team will be in contact with you prior to the event to notify you of our video schedule and your
specific filming time.
*** Registering your idea does not disallow others from having a similar story line or theme. Rather,
registering your idea would potentially discourage others from using it without your permission. Though the
registry cannot prevent plagiarism, it can produce the registered material as well as confirm the date of
registration. Registering your work creates legal evidence for the material that establishes a date for the
material’s existence. Registration is valid for five years.