Hands On Producer Program - Acquiring and Adapting Valuable IP

Producer @ Jesse James Films
Saturdays 1/23, 1/30, 2/6 & 2/13 @ 9am - 11am PT

After you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions on how to get in touch with Jesse and how to get started!

Struggling with not getting enough traction? Are you solely writing original stories?

Having the rights to solid IP (intellectual property) is one of the "easiest" ways to get attention from an executive. Acquiring IP is a mystery to many and can stop writers dead in their tracks from even attempting to. 

In this interactive 4-week program, Producer Jesse Murphy will walk you through how to discover if projects' rights are available, how to contact rights holders, learn the difference between options vs shopping agreements, how to negotiate, the ins and outs of popular new formats like podcasts and more!

Each writer will come into the class with different dream IP choices and Jesse will walk you through the process on acquiring the rights to those IP choices that are available!

Here's the breakdown:

Week 1 - Saturday, Jan 23rd @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT
  1. Explaining IP, what it is, why it's lucrative, what IP is best suited for the writers own personal writing style etc. 
  2. Jesse will go over the different popular formats now and what formats are more popular than ever, like podcasts. 
  3. Explaining how to search for IP, best places to look. 
  4. General Q&A
  5. HOMEWORK:  Make a list with blurbs about 10 IP's you're interested in and be prepared to pitch them.  
Week 2 - Saturday, Jan 30th @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT
  1. IP Review: Everyone will pitch Jesse the various projects and discuss which would be the best to focus on and why. 
  2. Explaining how to reach out to rights holders, who best to contact, what to say etc. The best way to adapt IP into a narrative format and which format would be best suited for that IP.
  3. Explaining the negotiating process, what to expect, options vs shopping agreements. 
  4. General Q&A
  5. HOMEWORK: Reach out to the IP owners.  
Week 3 - Saturday, Feb 6th @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT
  1. Reviewing responses from each class members contact efforts. Understand, how they went about it, obstacles encountered, paths of success, etc. 
  2. Explaining how to adapt the property, creating a pitch deck and treatment etc. 
  3. General Q&A
  4. HOMEWORK: Write the treatment
Week 4 - Saturday, Feb 13th @ 9:00am - 11:00am PT
  1. Treatment review: Jesse will review everyone's treatments and give detailed notes on how to elevate the material further.
  2. The road ahead: Jesse will discuss and share additional insights on what everyone may encounter from here on out and how to best leverage their IP going forward.
  3. General Q&A
About Your Host

Jesse Murphy is a Producer and Co-Founder of Jesse|James Films. The production company oversees a seven-figure underlying rights fund. The venture places an emphasis on bringing engaging intellectual property to the screen. Formerly, Murphy was the scripted executive overseeing Marlon Wayans’ term deal at Universal Television. His career began at Paradigm Talent Agency before transitioning to Paul Schiff Productions. Murphy's credits include, "Chick Fight" starring Alec Baldwin, "Hooking Up" starring Brittany Snow, “Marlon” starring Marlon Wayans (NBC), “Woke-ish” (Netflix), and The Bay” (Amazon), garnering him a Daytime Emmy Award.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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