Acclaimed Script Consultant Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about how she made the leap from Secretary to Studio Reader in Hollywood

In this podcast episode, Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about the power of networking and how building relationships with key influencers helped her rise from secretary to studio reader. She has over thirty years of experience working in film and television. She was the first Asian female hired on a full-time basis at Universal back in 1969. She has worked for such prestigious studios as Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, focusing on analysis and development of live action/animated film, television, novels and web series projects. She is the author of The Script-Selling Game: A Hollywood Insider’s Look At Getting Your Script Sold and Produced.

Kathie will be at ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest held from June 23 – 25, 2017 in Los Angeles.  You can meet her and sign up for a private, half hour consultation at ScriptFest. She will help you fine-tune your pitch, script, and offer career advice. Private consultations will be scheduled on a first come/first served basis so book early to secure your spot.  Click here to purchase your session.

Opportunities are often found in the form of screenwriting competitions, where budding writers compete to win cash prizes, as well as making a name for themselves. Which screenplay contests should you enter in 2017? Kathie shares her personal list of screenwriting contests and fellowship programs worth entering. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS IN TV

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ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest (June 23 – 25, 2017)

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest return for the 14th exciting year, June 23 – 25, 2017 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center in LA, with more options than ever:

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES: Screenwriting Consultants, Pilar Alessandra and Carole Kirschner offer a team-teaching intensive to help whip your TV series into shape.  You can also attend a full day with the SUPER STORIES guys, Houston Howard and Steve Mitchell, where you will learn the same lessons they usually only teach at the studios about developing your concepts to successfully create story empires.

PITCHING: Pitch to more than 120 companies, such as the Paradigm Talent Agency, Cross Creek Pictures (BLACK SWAN, PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES), Echo Lake Entertainment (AWAY FROM HER, NEBRASKA), Radar Pictures (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, COCKTAIL, THREE MEN AND A BABY), Ramo Law (BONE TOMAHAWK), End Game Entertainment (LOOPER), Garlin Pictures (DRUNK HISTORY for HBO), Longitude Entertainment (YOUTH IN REVOLT), Rat Pac Entertainment (THE REVENANT), Circle Of Confusion (THE WALKING DEAD, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE GREAT WALL, JOHN WICK 2), and dozens more.  Scroll down to check out the latest list of companies and agencies at  Only 500 tickets are sold and the event sells out every year.

AGENT, MANAGER & INDUSTRY LUNCHEON: At this three course luncheon, writers are seated directly with agents, managers, staff writers, produced screenwriters, distributors, and other industry professionals to offer advice, and to network with new writing talent.

CLASSES & PANELS: Produced screenwriters, gurus, and other experts give you all the knowledge you need to kickstart your writing and screenwriting career.  Previous special guests have included Oscar and Emmy award winning screenwriters such as Diablo Cody (JUNO), David Seidler (THE KING’S SPEECH), David Gould (BREAKING BAD) and the writing staff from BETTER CALL SAUL, as well as writers such as Nia Vardalos (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING), Shane Black (NICE GUYS, LETHAL WEAPON), Simon Kinberg (MR & MRS SMITH, SHERLOCK HOLMES), Carl Gottlieb (JAWS), Gary Goldstein (Producer, PRETTY WOMAN), and dozens of other A-list screenwriters, agents, managers and industry professionals.

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Podcast: Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers with Thomas Crowell

cache_893894009In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) has an in-depth conversation with Thomas A. Crowell, TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer and Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers. Thomas A. Crowell demystifies some of the business and legal aspects of protecting your film. He discusses the basics of copyright protection for filmmakers and artists. He also shares the following tips:

  • How to protect your film (or screenplay or comic book) from concept creation to financing to shooting to distribution.
  • How to get a script to popular Hollywood actors and actresses.
  • How to take advantage of production incentives and tax benefits for your film production.


DISCLAIMER: None of Mr. Crowell’s comments on this program should be construed as or relied upon as legal advice, a legal opinion, or attorney advertising.

You can also check out The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers on our resources page under filmmaking book recommendations.

More about Thomas Crowell:  He has earned a living as both a television producer and an attorney.  Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children’s home video series, Professor Potto’s Videolabs, was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.

51wUP8nDwEL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_He has taught courses in film and media law at Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall, and the School of Visual Arts. A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director from Practice of Cardozo Law School’s “Indie Film Clinic.” He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild. Like on FB  & Follow on Twitter
Find quick answers to hundreds of questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video. Avoid common pitfalls, save money, avoid lawsuits, and become empowered in your daily work. The next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call is having one in your pocket!