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Barnaby Thompson

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Barnaby Thompson began his career in the UK TV documentary sector, yet became an apprentice in screen comedy for Lorne Michaels, one of the contemporary legends of American television, who extended his Saturday Night Live empire all the way...

Show Biz

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...‘This is show business not show friends’When I started out in the industry in Britain nearly two decades ago, I noticed that Art and Money were separated at birth. In the case of institutions such as the BBC, the people who looked after...

Let’s Do It

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...How long should a pitch be?I have a very low tolerance threshold personally when I’m listening to a pitch, and most execs I know are overwhelmed with material, so concise, smart and intriguing are my watchwords.Ten minutes. No more. Make...

In the End

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...I want to thank everyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting or a dance, a piece of theatre, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us… I think...

Alison Owen

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Estimates vary, but ownership is widely thought to be nine-tenths of the law when it comes to producing: in other words, you must first acquire rights to the property you wish to film. If that property interesting you is an acclaimed novel,...

Simon Channing-Williams

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Simon Channing-Williams made his reputation as a partner in Thin Man Films with writer-director Mike Leigh, for whom he first worked as an assistant director at the BBC, and for whom he has now produced eight feature films, a sequence...

Chris Hanley

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Chris Hanley’s track record as a culture entrepreneur since the 1980s is quite outstanding, and very New York City. He has passed through rap and hip-hop and the art world into a movie-producing career, specializing in bringing acclaimed...

Guy East and Nigel Sinclair

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Esteemed ex-sales agent Guy East made his producing name with Majestic Films, in particular the successes of Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves (nine Academy Awards in 1991) and Jane Campion’s The Piano (Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1993). Nigel...

Stephen Evans

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Stephen Evans was apprenticed nowhere near the film business but, rather, at the heart of the City of London, in an era — the 1980s — when the City had lately been revived by deregulation and established itself once more as an entrepôt...

Preparing the material

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...You have either a storyline or a script which you are going in to pitch. Even if they have already read it, nine times out of ten the buyer will ask you to ‘tell it to me fresh’ or ‘give it to me again’. So be ready, as if you are starting...