Reprinted from a Hollywood by the Bay press release:


The first annual Hollywood by the Bay screenwriting conference (www.hollywoodbythebay.com), featuring prominent film industry educators, literary agents, and producers will be presented September 12-14 in Palo Alto, CA, Executive Director Austin Edgington announced today. HBTB offers regional screenwriters an opportunity, generally unavailable outside of the Los Angeles area, to learn the craft and business of screenwriting from top industry insiders.

“I’m delighted to bring such high-caliber faculty to the Bay Area, and they are equally enthused about coming here to meet new screenwriters,” said Edgington.

“No doubt, the script is king,” says Jonathan Treisman, Executive Producer of PAY IT FORWARD. “I’m looking forward to meeting Bay Area writers, and writers from around the country, and discovering new material at Hollywood by the Bay.”

HBTB attendees will have an opportunity to meet and learn from 20 working professionals. The faculty roster of film and television industry professionals includes: Treisman; Richard Walter, Department Chair of Screenwriting, UCLA; Script Consultant Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell; Writer/Director Michael Tierno, AUDITIONS; Literary Manager Paul S. Levine; Story Consultant Pamela Jaye Smith, AUSTIN POWERS; Screenwriter and Author Richard Krevolin, USC; and Kathie Fong Yoneda, Author of The Script Selling Game by Michael Wiese Productions www.mwp.com

The 3-day conference will offer sessions including Plot Structure, Character Development, Writing for the Studios, Independent Film Writing, Action, Script Marketing, Television Writing, Pitch Craft, Query Letters, Story Analysis, Formatting and much more. HBTB will also present over 25 breakout sessions, panel discussions and general conference sessions.

Early registration deadline is July 15, and seating is limited. A Student Discount is available.

Edgington observed that the Bay Area film scene is vibrant and flourishing. “During the last several years, exceptional films such as the Matrix movies, Pixar animated films and the STAR WARS movies have been produced in the Bay Area or by Bay Area companies,” he said. “Increasingly, Hollywood is looking northward to access Bay Area talent. Hollywood by the Bay is truly a special opportunity for regional screenwriters to further their careers.”

Hollywood by the Bay, a privately held company, was founded to provide screenwriters of all levels an opportunity to enrich their screenwriting experience by studying with leading writers, producers, story analysts, agents and literary managers from the film and television industry. The conference is co-sponsored by Scr(i)pt Magazine (www.scriptmag.com), The Writers Store (www.writersstore.com), Final Draft software (www.finaldraft.com) and Michael Wiese Productions (www.mwp.com). Please visit www.hollywoodbythebay.com for more information and to register for the conference.

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