The International Screenwriters’ Association, founded by NIU alumnus (’93) and Chicago native Craig James Pietrowiak, is bringing its Masters Series Seminar “TV Weekend: From Concept to Studio Deal” from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago on May 5 for those interested in building a television writing career.
The seminar, better known as “TV Weekend,” will include discussions about breaking down a story, pitching a pilot and building a TV career within the Chicago film industry and Hollywood. Writers will hear from top Hollywood screenwriting coaches, Jen Grisanti, Lee Jessup, Corey Mandell and ISA’s outreach and education director Max Timm, along with pitch panel executives from the Chicago film industry, including producer Angie Gaffney, TV producer and award-winning writer Craig J. Harris and producer Matt Abramson.
“I may live in LA now, but my heart beats CHICAGO!” Pietrowiak said. “We’re thrilled to be sharing ‘TV Weekend’ with this city’s filmmakers and writers. It takes a lot to break into the film industry, but if you have a passion for film and TV, then keep developing as a storyteller and never give up.”
Pietrowiak, an award-winning writer, director and producer (and avid Cubs fan) grew up on the north side of Chicago and in Vernon Hills. After his TV pilot “Wrigleyville” was noticed by a major Hollywood agency, which led to literary representation, Pietrowiak moved to Los Angeles, where he chose to stay. After difficulty uncovering helpful resources to develop his craft in LA, he started the ISA in 2008 to make it easier for screenwriters to find the tools necessary to launch their career.
“TV Weekend” will take place May 5-7 at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College in Chicago. For details regarding seminar registration or other ISA events, visit http://networkisa.org/events.php.