Author Solutions Helping Make Hollywood More Accessible to Authors with Book-to-Screen PitchFest Las Vegas
Book-to-Screen PitchFest Las Vegas Event Connects Aspiring Self-Published Authors with Agents, Producers and Studio Execs
Bloomington, Ind. - Feb. 6, 2013 - Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), the world leader in indie book publishing, today announced it will be bringing its popular Book-to-Screen PitchFest back to Las Vegas. The sold-out ASI-hosted event offers authors the rare and unique opportunity to bring their story ideas face-to-face with representatives with some of the most influential entertainment industry executives. PitchFest Las Vegas will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, conveniently located on the Las Vegas Strip, on February 8-9.
Past PitchFest events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York made it possible for authors to deliver their story ideas for movie and TV show adaptation directly to Hollywood decision-makers. Just like the previous events, PitchFest Las Vegas 2013 is designed as both an educational and pitching experience, where authors participate in group instructional sessions, allowing them to refine their pitches before delivering them to the representatives in attendance.
All 150 expected attendees will deliver their refined pitches to at least seven industry professionals representing different entertainment-based companies. The two authors who garner the most positive response will have the exclusive opportunity to pitch to Meredith Vieira, whose production company, Meredith Vieira Productions, will consider their pitches for further development as film or television projects.
“PitchFest provides authors genuine access to Hollywood decision-makers that, until recently, seemed completely out of reach,” said Caroline Weiss, ASI’s director of film and new media. “The success of ASI’s previous PitchFest events demonstrates that there is a real demand for this service on both ends. Authors are very eager to have their books considered for development, and Hollywood is continually searching for new ideas; it was a natural fit.”
PitchFest Las Vegas begins with a learning workshop where “The King of the Pitch,” producer Robert Kosberg, teaches authors how to formulate an effective, compelling pitch. Participants are then given the opportunity to create or rework their story pitches before delivering them in a practice round to either Kosberg, Weiss, or ASI senior vice-president of marketing, Keith Ogorek. Then finally, in speed-dating fashion, the authors will each have two minutes to deliver their fine-tuned book pitches to representatives from the participating entertainment companies. Prior to the event, ASI will register all participating authors’ books with the Writer’s Guild of America Idea Registration database to protect the authors’ intellectual property.
The five past PitchFest events have generated more than 500 requests from the Hollywood executives on more than 286 different titles. Among the various success stories, author Trisha Ventker’s book, “Internet Dates from Hell,” was optioned by Paula Wagner’s production company and is currently in development; author Alyson Mead’s book “Searching for Sassy” was optioned by Tagline pictures; and Travieso Productions, George Lopez’s production company, is attached to author Humberto G. Garcia’s title, “Mustang Miracle.”
Book-to-Screen PitchFest Las Vegas is available exclusively to ASI and ASI partner imprint authors. For more information about ASI, ASI’s partner brands or for information about self-publishing, visit http://www.authorsolutions.com.
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Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is a member of the Penguin Group and is the world leader in indie book publishing. ASI’s leading self-publishing imprints—AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris—have helped more than 160,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 200,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI’s global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.authorsolutions.com, and follow @authorsolutions on Twitter for the latest news.