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Film and TV producers hear thousands of pitches every year. Most projects never make it past a brief mention in a development meeting and many never even make it that far. Unless a respected agent or manager is submitting your work, or an established producer is in your corner, even the most brilliant project stands little chance of being made. To make it to the screen, a project must win the support of the decision makers who can give it the “green light”.

But how is this done? Where do you start if you don’t have an agent and don’t know any producers, directors or show runners? “It takes knowledge, creativity and persistence to break into the entertainment industry,” says indie writer-director-producer Kate Montgomery. “And it can take decades to figure out the things I’m sharing in this 3-hour workshop.”

You’ll learn:

  • How to target market to the right companies and make them ask to see your work.
  • How to create a package that makes your project stand out.
  • How to bypass the traditional “gate keepers”.
  • How to effectively pitch a Feature or Series.


    Kate Montgomery is best known for her award-winning Native American comedy Christmas in the Clouds, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to win top prizes in Austin & Santa Fe. Her credits also include the digital indie Ever Since the World Ended, which won the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and London Sci Fi Film Festival. Kate’s current projects include the San Francisco-based comedy series Neither Here Nor There, the dramatic feature Outerlands, and her own romantic comedy Hooking Up Hannah. A member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, Kate has optioned and sold screenplays to studios and producers in the US, UK & Canada and works as a writing coach, story editor and marketing consultant for industry clients in the US and abroad.
  1. Sunday, January 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Kate Montgomery was not only warm and inviting, she was 100% prepared, providing stacks of carefully considered handouts while also maintaining a flexibility to follow the rhythm of our group. Her knowledge in the field was undeniable and her enthusiasm for discussing and dissecting students' ideas was balanced by honest notes and critiques. I hope to be signing up for another class of hers soon.

  • Now, this may sound like a cliche, but Kate inspired me to make time in my life for what I really want to do: write stories. And that’s hard, I’m a cynical Eastern European, hard to impress and convince. But now I’m going to spend a couple of hours each week to write something down, and if she’ll invite me I’ll go to all her events and workshops, pitch my story ideas, and do my best to create amazing work. She is incredibly charismatic, and it feels great to be around her. But the whole inspiration part is what makes her a standout teacher.



Sun, January 19
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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