Jalessa Jones is the Director of Development at Sabrina Wind Productions. Jalessa began her career assisting two hungry literary managers at Circle of Confusion, the VP of Production at Columbia Pictures (Sony), and the president of a smaller, independent studio called Media Res that focused on prestige, character driven television projects (currently in production on THE UNTITLED MORNING SHOW PROJECT starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell. Set to premiere this fall on Apple’s new streaming service.) Jalessa’s involvement with both the buying and selling side of the business gives her experience liaising with clients and their reps, developing material, interfacing with executives, and a high-level understanding of the decision-making process most studio execs employ and how that informs which projects they buy.
Jalessa recently accepted an amazing opportunity to help build a new production company from the ground up with the lovely and talented Sabrina Wind. Sabrina worked very closely with Marc Cherry (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, DEVIOUS MAIDS), developing under their joint banner Cherry/Wind Productions for years, and now she has the chance to create her own brand and produce shows under her own banner, which has a production deal with ABC Studios.
Limited to only 5 writers, in this special Group Mentorship you won't just receive feedback on your script, but also individual coaching on your pitch, your marketing strategy, and your next steps as you take your screenwriting career to the next level!
You will have the opportunity to share your material with your classmates so that each writer will learn from their own feedback and the feedback given to their peers. You'll also be able to email the host during the week so you are fully guided for the entire month.
MEETING #1 - INTRODUCTION & SCRIPT REVIEW #1
Your mentor will read your full script prior to the first session and will give each writer 20-30 min. of notes. Get personalized feedback on your pages and ask your mentor any questions about your script and the industry!
MEETING #2 - WRITERS’ CHALLENGE + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will assign a writing prompt of their own design to see how you adapt to a "writing assignment"-like scenario. Following feedback & discussion of the Challenge submissions, you'll have the opportunity to test out the verbal pitch for one of your projects with your mentor and peers.
MEETING #3 - SCRIPT REVIEW #2
Your mentor will read another full script prior to the session - it's your choice to get a second round of notes on your script to really make it shine or work on an entirely different script altogether!
MEETING #4 - NEXT STEPS CLINIC + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will review a one-pager of your bio, loglines, any traction, and questions about where you're at and what you should focus on next when it comes to your screenwriting career. Get actionable career advice on what your next steps should be, plus you'll have the opportunity to get final thoughts on your reworked verbal pitch!
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