The Cinema Squad is very excited to welcome a new special guest for Episode #48:
Entertainment Executive & Screenwriter JEFF WILLIS!! Let’s meet him:
Jeff Willis (@jwillis81)
Jeff Willis is a full-time entertainment executive and occasional writer of various things.
After graduating from the film program at California State University, Long Beach, Jeff landed his first industry job in 2005 as a business affairs assistant at Beacon Pictures and has been working his way up the corporate ladder ever since. From there, he moved on to work in production and creative affairs for two smaller start-up companies, and then transitioned back into business affairs for his five year tenure at The Weinstein Company. He landed his current position at Marvel Studios in January 2016, where he oversees credits and business affairs administration.
On the writing front, Jeff has been hired for a handful of paid writing assignments and sold an original feature (written with sometimes writing partner Bob Saenz) which was released on the PixL Movie Channel in November 2015. After years of ranting screenwriting business advice into the void on Twitter, Jeff started the All Writes Reserved blog late last year to share his industry insights with other writers.
Be sure to tune into this week’s Podcast which is set to drop on Sunday, April 30th. We’ll give you all the latest movie news covering everything from script to screen.
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As for the rest of the Cinema Squad, we have the usual suspects:
Sean Wathen – Creator & Moderator (@)
Sean Wathen is a screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a writing career. While working in production offices such as “House, MD,” “24,” & MTV Studios, Sean pursued his love of writing. In 2016 his screenplays “Iron Dragon” & “Timegate” were optioned to Fotocomics Productions, and his contained horror/thriller script “The Gotham Hotel” was optioned to Anacapa Pictures. In 2015, his screenplay “The Field” was optioned to Dune Entertainment & Stormchaser Films, his screenplay “ALICE” was optioned to Array Pictures, and his screenplay “Second Shot” was optioned to Status Media & Entertainment. In 2014, he was named on Tracking Board’s ‘Young & Hungry List – Top 100 Writers on the Verge,” and he was hired to adapt graphic novels for State & Cabrillo Productions, Inc. as well as Solipsist Films.
Skye Wathen – Show Host (@)
Skye Wathen has been working in production for both television and film since 2006. Her credits include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, “The Revenant”, and “MONEYBALL”. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Skye’s love of all thing Hollywood began at a very young age. She enjoys all things nerdy and crafty and is the proud fur-mom to Bruce, a shar pei mix puppy.
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