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The Hollywood Pitching Bible: A Practical Guide to Pitching Movies and Television Paperback – June 28, 2013

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About the Author

Douglas J. Eboch is a professional screenwriter and director who wrote the original screenplay for the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” starring Reese Witherspoon, which set a box office record for a September opening. Mr. Eboch also wrote the game “Nightmare Cove” and the children’s play “Sleepover at the Stables,” which has been performed hundreds of times around the U.S. The Scriptwriter’s Network awarded him the Carl Sautter Screenwriting Award for Best New Voice in Feature Films. He has a BA in Film Production and an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Eboch currently teaches screenwriting and pitching at Art Center College of Design and screenwriting workshops for the Singapore Media Academy. He writes the popular screenwriting blog Let's Schmooze. Ken Aguado is an independent producer. His most recent film, “Standing Up,” was written and directed by DJ Caruso and will be released later this year. Mr. Aguado has produced several other films including “The Salton Sea,” for Warner Bros., “Ticker,” which premiered on USA Network, “Crazy as Hell,” which was distributed theatrically by Artistic License and “Sexual Life,” written and directed by Ken Kwapis for Showtime. Prior to his producing career, Mr. Aguado was a production executive for several companies including Kings Road Entertainment, Miller-Boyett Productions and The Badham/Cohen Group. Mr. Aguado was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he graduated with a degree in Psychology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490367144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490367149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill Phillips on March 20, 2014
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I wish I'd had this book 35 years ago when I started out as a screenwriter in L.A. My pitching was terrible at first, but I ended up writing 50 scripts, of which 25 got made. In fact, Ken Aguado was one of my first pitches! There are many books about screenwriting and about breaking in, but this is one of only three I would recommend, and in fact I now require it for my Ivy League screenwriting courses. I know from experience that Ken is a good film executive who knows what he's talking about, and I know from going to movies that Doug Eboch is a good writer... so you can't go wrong. It's refreshing to have competent and experienced people give you advice, rather than just academics who have never been in the trenches. Get this book!
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Here's what I wrote about the first edition:

"Nine companies passed on the LIAR, LIAR pitch before my then-partner and I sold it four years later. If I'd read this book back then, we might have sold it four years earlier. Every job I've gotten -- original or rewrite -- I've gotten from a pitch. This is the best book I've read about the process."

The expanded second edition is even better.
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The best book I've read on the subject, a very smart and comprehensive look at a skill screenwriters have to master if they want to sell their work. The authors write about the art of pitching with the kind of depth and detail that only comes from years of experience, on both sides of the desk. Read it, it'll arm you with the knowledge and confidence you need to sell your idea. Really!
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In the industry, Ken Aguado is what we call a "Writer's Producer", and thank God producers like him exist. He understands the how the industry works from all perspectives and knows how to best attack every situation.

I broke in by selling a pitch to TBS way back in 2001. I still remember that day. How nervous I was. In hindsight, I was lucky to sell my pitch at all, as I'm pretty sure I just rambled along with no thought to how my story was being presented to Tana Nuegent Jamison, the then head of the network. If only I'd had this book back then, I think I would have probably wet my pants a lot less and had far more confidence in what I was doing.

This book has everything a writer looking to break into the business can ask for. It's concise, well-written and clearly explains the reasoning behind the unwritten "rules" of Hollywood. After more than 15 years of having an agent and being "in the business", reading "The Hollywood Pitching Bible" still felt like a lightbulb going off over my head. This is an essential part of any writer's library.

Ask yourself a question: "Is the price of this book worth the career I want?"

Then listen to your answer.

Jeff Sherwood, Member Writers Guild of America
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These authors know how to tell it as it is, without any of that icing on the cake. If you want to know how the film industry works and how to get your dream projects out there, start with this book. After all, it all beings with pitching. Enjoy the read.
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The Hollywood Pitching Bible is an illuminating book about a dark subject. We may not like to pitch but we have to and this book works hard to balance creativity and salesman ship. David Peoples & Janet Peoples
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This book will help break down your cliche notion of the "Hollywood Pitching Salesman" for the real and honest thing a pitch is - how to communicate an idea from your brain to another person's brain in an efficient manner.

I highly recommend this for anyone looking to enter the film business; however, reading the book once won't be enough to master the material. In fact an entire semester of being taught by these two is a humbling experience in learning the challenge of what it takes to make for a good pitch. Pitching is not easy, but this book will demystify a significant amount of the process and alleviate a substantial amount of fear/overwhelming anxiety in seeking out a career future within the show business.

Overall, this is a great first edition packed full of useful information that can only enhance one's abilities, knowledge, and career!
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This is a down to earth, accessible and really smart how-to manual written by two guys who really know the terrain - they are industry pros who have sat on both sides of the table. Very thorough, great for someone new to the game, but also veteran writers will find fresh inspiration as well. Best of the bunch.
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