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Story Expo New York 2020: The Craft & Business of Storytelling


Story Expo comes to the Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway, NY NY) March 7 - 8, 2020. One of the biggest conferences in the world for all story writers, including screenwriters, TV writers, novelists and more with almost 70 sessions and workshops, star speakers, pitching, panel discussions, networking & more!

Story Expo started in Los Angeles in 2013, and has successfully expanded to include annual events in both Los Angeles and New York, and will expand to a third event in Europe in 2023.

Story Expo attracts writers from around the world along with speakers such as Oscar and Emmy-winning producer Arnold Shapiro, Emmy and Golden-Globe winning writer/producers Larry Karasweski and Scott Alexander, The Hayes Bros. (The Conjuring movies), Rex Pickett (Sideways), Lee Aronsohn (Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men), Melody Beattie (leading self-help author who has sold more than 40 million books), and many more. Story Expo in NY continues the tradition of attracting Star Speakers, including 2-Time Oscar-Winning screenwriter Paul Haggis (doing a Story Masterclass and scene breakdown from his Oscar-winning hit Million Dollar Baby), former Howard Stern head writer Jackie Martling (talking about the structure of jokes and comedy), PD of the Nashville Film Institute Michael Tabb, faculty from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and more.

Story Expo NY has a tremendous variety of workshops and sessions for all story artists, including;

  • Unleash Your Storytelling Superpower

  • Hollywood Pitching

  • Mastering Suspense

  • The 20 Beats Of All Hit Movies

  • Adapting Books To Film & TV

  • The Secrets of Love Stories

  • TV Pilot: How to Get a Meeting (And What To Do In The Room)

  • How to Rewrite - 5 Steps From First Draft To Final Draft

  • The PR World: Marketing Yourself

  • Novel Writing: Before You Begin The Novel

  • How To Outline Your Story (Feature Film & TV Pilot)

  • Mastering Loglines: One Giant Leap For Your Career!

  • Finding & Developing Entertainment IP

To learn more, go to:

Story Expo
March 7 - 8, 2020

Marriott Marquis New York
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036


SeriesFest: Season 5 Takes Place Again In Denver This June 21-26


SeriesFest: Season 5 is back in Denver from June 21-26 with multiple star-studded events. Homebase for the festival is the Sie FilmCenter where details on the panels, events and talents attending can be found. The Fest present unique conversations, screenings and events about the current state of television and all its changes in the public landscape. Opening night includes a talk with two top industry executives -- Netflix COO Ted Sarandos and Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries who will discuss the evolving national and international television marketplace and how they lead their companies to be on the forefront in changing the way we access and consume content around the world. 

Among the many events scheduled is the world premiere of NBC’s newest drama "Bluff City Law," with cast in attendance including Jimmy Smits (Dexter, NYPD Blue), Caitlin McGee (I’m Dying Up Here), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Michael Luwoye (‘Hamilton’ on Broadway, The Gifted), MaameYaa Boafo (Chicago Med), Stony Blyden (Edge of Seventeen) and Jayne Atkinson (House of Cards); as well as a collection thrilling original virtual reality events.

In partnership with Liberty Global, SeriesFest continues to celebrate storytellers from across the world with an International Spotlight, featuring six original works from Germany, the UK, Brazil and Pakistan which will make their US or world debut during the festival. A curated panel, “Think Global: Series Beyond the US,” comprised of Louise Pedersen, CEO, all3media international; Gustavo Gontijo, Content Development Manager, Globo TV International; and Rafael Parente, executive producer and showrunner of 8 DAYS will elevate the conversation around the global television landscape and trends.

Additionally, Liberty Global and SeriesFest will present the inaugural ‘International Innovator’ award to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, creator of Fundamental, alongside Global Fund for Women. A lively discussion with Global Fund for Women and the Biennial of Americas will follow a screening of Obaid-Chinoy’s film series, focused on “Women’s Rights. No Exception.”

“At Global Fund for Women, we believe that standing in solidarity with those on frontlines is the best way to achieve change. We are thrilled to receive this award because it recognizes that those closest to the issues have the best ideas for solutions. Thank you for helping us amplify the voices and actions of women and girls in these films,” Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women.

“We’re excited to share these extraordinary international series with the SeriesFest community,” commented Randi Kleiner, Founder & CEO, SeriesFest. “This selection of contemporary series expresses original ideas and demands the audience to see episodic storytelling in a different light. To elevate the International Spotlight section at the 5th edition of this festival, we are including a panel conversation with international delegates to discuss market trends and the global landscape of series."

Bob Leighton, SVP, Programming, Liberty Global added, “Liberty Global naturally is particularly pleased to continue to help showcase outstanding tv series from around the globe, and to broaden the conversation to include the role of international creative and business players”

SeriesFest will also showcase three original, award-winning VR programs including a SYFY presentation of Eleven Eleven, Dreams of The Jaguar’s Daughter and The Tide. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to experience these interactive stories throughout the six days.

For more information and tickets go to:

SeriesFest: Season 5
June 21-26

The Sie FilmCenter
2510 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

NY TV Fest Helps Get Pilots Off the Ground


Celebrating both New York’s rich television history, and helping emerging artists, the New York Television Festival, running October 24 to the 29th at locations throughout NYC, brings together top industry pros and up-and-comers alike in a screening of new pilots and panel discussions.

“First and foremost, the NYTVF exists as a platform to showcase outstanding storytellers. Be it TV or digital, narrative or unscripted, traditional or short-form – if you have a story to share, this is the place to share it” says Terence Gray, founder of NYTVF.

Panels include discussions on virtual reality’s role in the future of television, pilot screenings, improv sessions to create the perfect pilot, and writer development workshops.

To learn more, go to:

New York Television Festival
October 24 - 29, 2016

Various Locations

Paleyfest Celebrates TV Made in NYC

The Paley Center for Media (located at 25 W 52nd St, New York, NY) will be celebrating television made in NYC with their upcoming Paleyfest: Made in New York. Running October 6 - 19, and is part of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment’s 50th Anniversary campaign. Paleyfest brings together staff, actors, writers, and directors from some of today’s hit shows for panel discussions and audience Q&A’s. Show’s represented at the festival include:

  • Younger
  • Madam Secretary
  • Quantico
  • Gotham
  • Homeland
  • Elementary
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Based in New York and Los Angeles, the non-profit Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley with the intent of preserving America’s history of television and radio broadcasts, and now expanding to internet videos, mobile platforms, and podcasting.

For more information, go to:

October 6 - 19, 2016

Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

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