Calvin Starnes was until recently an AD & grip in the film industry. Today he's a screenwriter who last year made his first sale. 
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Episode 48 - Ken Davenport

April 14, 2015
Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer, some of his credits include Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, 
The Tony award winning Kinky Boots, and Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury. Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries. 
In addition Ken really knows how to play an April Fool's joke.
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Episode 47 - Erik Stolhanske

April 7, 2015
Erik Stolhanske is a member of the comedy troupe, Broken Lizard. Films they've made include Super Troopers, 
Club Dread, Beerfest, and the upcoming Super Troopers 2. 

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Episode 46 - Scott Myers

April 6, 2015
Scott Myers has written nearly 30 projects for every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His film writing credits include K-9 starring Jim Belushi, Alaska starring Vincent Kartheisher, and Trojan War starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 2002, he began teaching screenwriting in his spare time. He won the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005 and currently teaches at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, a television production company. He is co-founder of Screenwriting Master Class, a unique online resource for writers. Scott is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America, west, and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale University Divinity School.

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Episode 45 - Dale Sherman

March 31, 2015

Dale Sherman is an author who has written several books about rock music, including several books on KISS & Alice Cooper. His latest book, Quentin Tarantino FAQ is out now. 

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Episode 44 - Alvaro Rodriguez

March 23, 2015
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who currently working on season 2 of From Dusk til Dawn the Series. 
His career in film began when he riffed on a Spanish guitar figure as the hero's musical theme in 
cousin Robert Rodriguez's debut film, "El Mariachi" which began a collaboration that has lasted more than two decades.

We talk SXSW, writing screenplays, and talk a lot about Danny Trejo. 
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Episode 43 - Scott Kirkpatrick

March 17, 2015
Scott Kirkpatrick is the Director of Distribution for MarVista Entertainment, a Los Angeles based production and distribution company that produces original Lifetime and SyFy channel films, co-produces TV movies with Disney and Nickelodeon, and has managed international TV deals on major franchises including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Digimon, and Julius Jr. Scott has also produced and directed TV series and feature films including Eye for an Eye, Muslims in America, and Roadside Massacre.

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Episode 42 - Danny Manus

March 10, 2015
Danny Manus parlayed his career as a development executive in Hollywood to becoming an in-demand script consultant and founder of No BullScript Consulting. Danny was ranked in the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants by Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was named one of Screencraft’s “25 People Screenwriters Should Follow on Twitter”. Danny has taken over 3000 pitches, written almost 250 articles on screenwriting for numerous websites and publications including ScriptMag, for which he is a columnist, and has been a judge for the PAGE Awards four years running and holds a B.S. degree in Television with a concentration in Screenwriting from Ithaca College.  

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Episode 41 - Dawn Fields

March 2, 2015
Dawn Fields is a Los Angeles-based producer, writer/director and owner of the feature film production company Palm Street Films, LLC. She has over twenty years of experience working as a producer, writer, director, assistant director, and editor and has a background in acquisitions and development. Dawn has also raised over $100,000 for her short films exclusively through Indiegogo. She has worked for LucasFilm, Twentieth Century Fox, Tri-Star, ABC, NBC, Aaron Spelling Productions and Morgan Creek.

Dawn's online crowdfunding webinar (takes place on 3/3/15 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm PST) (Use code GROUP01 to get $20 off!!!)

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Episode 40 - Corey Mandell

February 24, 2015
Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal and 20th Century Fox.

Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. His students went on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Warner Brothers, Showtime, FX, USA Network, AMC and HBO. 

Today Corey teaches screenwriting seminars around the world and on Feb 28th will be hosting, Write Now, a three-hour online workshop on February 28th from noon to 3pm PST.

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