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Producer Joel Eisenberg's---Networking 101 - It's Not Who You Know, But Who Knows You


Instructor: Author and Hollywood Producer Joel Eisenberg
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM CST
Date: March 7th
Location: W.A.N.A. International Virtual Classroom


Class Description:

For over ten years in Los Angeles, Joel ran an entertainment-centric networking group in an effort to “level the playing field” between filmmakers and finance. His groups were hosted by Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers studios, Sunset-Gower Studios and various law firms also involved in the film and TV businesses.

In this session, Joel will discuss the many lessons he learned from “real world networking,” and how best to adapt these lessons for your own writing career. Writers can and should withhold certain “rights” of exploitation from their work; here we will discuss some legal and contractual issues that may arise when you sign with a publisher, and how to most prudently transform them into lucrative assets for both entities.

A happy publisher can be your best friend. When your publisher is also known by others, as are you, the benefits can be outstanding.


Joel Eisenberg is a writer-producer, whose current eight-book fantasy saga with co-author Steve Hillard, "The Chronicles of Ara," was sold to Ovation TV for an 8-hour miniseries. The deal is unique in that the series is published by the independent Incorgnito Press, and is print-on-demand. Joel is represented by CAA.

Upcoming film projects include the Alzheimer's-themed "January Rain," as co-writer and producer, and "Louis vs Schmeling," a boxing biopic to be directed by Bill Duke. Joel is also Executive Producing "Then Again," an "Inside the Actor's Studio"-type talkfest focused on classic television, for Decades Network, a CBS and Weigel Broadcasting station.

For other networks, Joel continues to develop several projects based on various pop-culture brands. "Letters from a Drugstore Cowboy," based on the unpublished writings of James Fogle - the inspiration for the film, "Drugstore Cowboy" - was optioned to FOX Studios in 2013.

In 2010, Joel Executive Produced “April Showers,” a film about the Columbine school shooting scenario, written and directed by a survivor of the tragedy. Following its theatrical and initial DVD platform, “April Showers” was acquired by Warner Brothers for its VOD release. “April Showers” went on to receive a special commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Joel has been writing professionally since 1986 in varied media, starting as a columnist for a series of national professional wrestling and martial arts periodicals, and segueing to independent feature film assignments. Joel has written or co-written several feature films, including the multi-award-winning drama “Out of the Black,” winner of nearly twenty U.S. film festival awards. Joel has written or contributed to several books, including “How to Survive a Day Job" (a motivational tome of celebrity interviews) and "Tales of the Dead." He has successfully marketed various projects to Public Television supporters for millions of dollars in national and local program funding, including “California’s Gold” with Huell Howser, “American Playhouse,” Masterpiece Theater” and “The Puzzle Place.”

In 2004, Joel, a book collector, was hired by a private party to identify, organize and archive a substantial lot of unidentified handwritten materials. These materials were soon verified as original John Steinbeck writings considered “lost” to history, and have been since referred to by a noted historian as “one of the most important literary discoveries of the century.”

In 2005, Joel co-founded All Cities Media, an entertainment-centric networking group hosted by Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, Sunset-Gower Studios and more.

Joel supports Special Education programs and worked as a teacher for at-risk youth, including gang members, drug abusers and victims of physical abuse, in such avenues as Creative Writing. He is an in-demand speaker who offers his seminars, "How to Network Your Book into a Film or TV Deal" and "Catching the Muse: How to Claim Your Artistic Spirit" to conferences nationwide.

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