ty johnston*If you’re black, especially if you look it, hitting the big time in show business ain’t easy.

But never fear Tyrone, if a career in entertainment strikes your fancy, Ty Johnston‘s Atlanta Pitch Summit is on its way to save the day and serve your cause (assuming you have something to offer).

Most of y’all probably shouldn’t quit your day job (there is a difference between perseverance and flat out denial). But for those of you who have what it takes (that means talent) to make it in Hollywood (or the ATL), just not the resources … the Atlanta Pitch Summit may be your ticket to super-stardom, or at least a chance to be surrounded by major players in music, film and television. From October 31 to November 2, stars (and wannabees) in the making will be discovered at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. The weekend-long event includes a heaping helping of seminars, Q&A sessions, workshops, and more.

“It’s a weekend of producers, writer, directors, actors and those of the creative community coming together to pitch their projects and have them green lit,” explained Atlanta’s own Ty Johnston, founder of the summit, during an interview with EUR’s Lee Bailey. “We want people to come to the event with great  expectations; getting feedback from decision makers in television and film is completely priceless.”

Last year, for the first time ever, aspiring and professional screenwriters, filmmakers and content producers had an opportunity to sit at the feet of accomplished Hollywood veterans and content acquisition executives to learn the ropes and pitch their ideas. This go round, attendees will have access to Motion Picture and the Television industry’s most prominent studios, development/creative executives, producers, talent/literary agents, managers, attorneys & casting directors. The mentors on-hand include representatives from Warner Brothers Music Group, Turner Broadcasting, Punch TV, Screen Gems, as well as the senior vice president of former BET owner Bob Johnson’s new production company, RLJ entertainment.

Additionally, Johnston explained, the summit boasts a scholarship program available to 15 students from various universities and film academies throughout the Southeast region. Those selected will have the opportunity to visit the summit, meet with the executives one on one, and present their own short films for evaluation. The pair of students who receive the highest remarks during the showcase will be granted a semester-long, paid internship with the Mobi Group, which Johnston says is the biggest production company the Caribbean has to offer.

Johnston’s resume includes several years on the production end of television and film, and this past summer she was appointed supervising producer of BTC starmaker, the only broadcast reality show in the Bahamas (think American Idol with a Caribbean twist).

In regard to her brainchild down south, she continued via email, “Over the weekend, there will be workshops and panels that delve into all areas of film and TV production, from putting together a pitch to finding a distributor. Industry tips and networking opportunities abound, and the summit culminates in a special opportunity for rising producers: for three to four minutes, real, non-animatronic Hollywood executives listen to each attendee’s verbal pitch, hoping to discover the next TV or film visionary. Imagine speed dating with a treatment or script in hand!”

“We want people to take a chance with their work and believe in themselves,” Johnston added. “No more closet writers.”
For more summit info, visit www.atlantapitchsummit.com.

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