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The 2001 Selling To Hollywood Conference

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic screenwriting event in LA.

John Johnson and the American Screenwriters Association have put together one of the premiere screenwriting conferences in the country. The Selling To Hollywood conference has everything an aspiring screenwriter needs: great presentations, seminars, industry professionals and most importantly, networking sessions where you actually get to mingle and make a connection. The conference was a class act and a great opportunity for all the screenwriters who attended.

I was happy to have the opportunity to speak (pictured right) about the Internet for screenwriters and my book Screenwriting on the Internet: Researching, Writing, and Selling Your Script on the Web. As the Internet continues to mature it will become an even more important device for aspiring screenwriters looking to learn the craft of screenwriting and someday start a career in Hollywood.

However, the highlight of the conference was the awards presentation where the American Screenwriters Association inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame. Dorothy Fontana (Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and others ), Syd Field (Author, Screenplay and others) and Harold Ramis (Bedazzled, Analyze This, Multiplicity, Stuart Saves His Family, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Meatballs, Animal House and others) were excellent choices which made the evening a grand event. (pictured below: Syd, John, Dorothy)

After the Awards dinner Michael Hauge (Author of Writing Screenplays That Sell) conducted an interview with the writing team of Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, Aladdin). They shared insights and stories about the screenwriting process capping off what was a wonderful evening. (pictured below: Michael Hauge, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot)

I highly recommend this event to everyone. For more information on next year's Conference see: the Selling to Hollywood Conference Web site

Photos: American Screenwriters Association

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