[Perspectives Series] State of The Industry: A Special Panel Event

Dan Seco (Manager @ Schemers Entertainment), Chris Deckard (Manager @ Fictional Entity), & Janet Jeffries (Development Executive @ Lawrence Bender Productions), Shep Rosenman, Lawyer

We know that there's no shortage of uncertainty out there at the moment. And with production put on hold for the moment, a lot of that uncertainty comes from the industry. What is still going on in Tinseltown? Is anyone still working? And is this a time for you, the creative, hunker down and wait it out or get your work out there? 

To answer all this and more, Roadmap welcomes three of our most trusted execs to this special panel event!


About Your Host

Daniel Seco previously served as a motion picture literary coordinator at Writ Large and an assistant for a motion picture literary agent at CAA before joining Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. He also worked at Resolution where he started as an intern before working in the mailroom, as a floater, and in the motion picture department for a talent and literary agent. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Seco worked as a sports journalist and special education teacher. He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida. Schemers Entertainment is a full-service production and management company founded by producer/manager Gavin Dorman. Schemers represents a diverse slate of writer, director, and producer clients whose award-winning works have appeared at numerous film festivals - including Sundance, TIFF, and SXSW - and have been financed, produced, and/or distributed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Blumhouse, Netflix, and Hulu. Schemers prides itself on molding up-and-coming talent and helping them transition into the studio world. Prior to launching Schemers, Dorman honed his craft as a development executive at Vertigo Entertainment, where he helped shape a number of the company's biggest studio hits including THE LEGO MOVIE, IT, and DEATH NOTE. Overseeing the "Dare to Scare" competition on behalf of Schemers is Daniel Seco, who joined the company as a literary manager in 2018 after cutting his teeth at several agencies, management, and production companies including CAA, Writ Large, and Netflix.

Janet Jeffries has worked for over a decade with film and television producers Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown. We focus on independent feature films developed within the company that we package and go out to secure financing and studio distribution. Some of the films produced are GRETA, HACKSAW RIDGE, SILENCE, TRUMBO, and INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. We are in prep on a period western feature film called THE HARDER THEY FALL that Netflix is financing and will distribute. In television, we gravitate toward limited or mini-series and 1-hour formats for premium cable and streaming services. Television series produced include SEVEN SECONDS, FLESH AND BONE and currently the CW series ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO.

Prior to co-founding the management/production company Fictional Entity in January 2017, Chris Deckard spent over seven years working with and representing talent at major agencies such as ICM Partners and WME. He has worked closely with traditional and new media buyers to find and develop content for domestic and international audiences. In addition to helping cast and package numerous features and series, he has evaluated thousands of scripts for actors and directors. Chris graduated from Cornell University and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.

Fictional Entity’s clients have been named to The Black List, The Hit List, The Young & Hungry List, The Blood List and been lauded by the PAGE Awards, the International Emmys’ Peter Ustinov Award for exceptional international television writing and placed as finalists in The Heath Ledger Scholarship and the Academy Nicholl Fellowship The Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, the AWG, ADG, SPA, and AACTA. Clients have written, directed, starred, and produced in numerous formats, including features, TV, virtual reality, and podcasts, independently and for companies like Netflix, NBCUniversal, Legendary, Marvel, Fremantle, SyFy, the CW, Warner Bros., Amazon, Blumhouse, Comedy Central, the ABC Australia, Foxtel, TruTV, Super Deluxe, Hallmark, CBS, Facebook, E!, and MSNBC.

Chris has advised clients through multiple successful series pilot and pitch sales. In 2019, Fictional Entity clients have: staffed on Netflix and Amazon series; directed features and high-budget shorts; entered option and shopping agreements with high-profile producers; and have premiered feature films and shorts at festivals around the world.

Mr. Rosenman is the managing partner at the boutique transactional entertainment law firm, rlg llp, where he represents clients in motion picture, television, publishing, videogame, merchandising, digital, and new media transactions including authors, writers, directors, actors, and producers.  Prior to joining rlg, he was an associate at Browning, Jacobson & Klein (1995 – 1997), VP and General Counsel of GRB Entertainment (1994), a business negotiator for CBS Productions (1993), an associate at Christensen, White, et al (1992), an associate at Walter, Conston, et al (1989 - 1991).  Mr. Rosenman lectured in Bible Studies at the Ziegler Rabbinic School and the Fingerhut School of Education at the AJU and he regularly leads workshops about the entertainment industry, the comic book business, negotiation, leadership, effective and respectful communication.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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