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Article title:   Contacts in High Places
First posted:   Wed 01 Sep 2004
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Notice: I'm listing names of Directors of Development and Vice Presidents of Creative Affairs with production companies who have never told me, one way or another, whether or not they take un-agented writers. Having stated this, I'm going to urge you--no, I'm going to flat-out beg you--to query them as you would anyone else, but not to send any kind of attachment with your letter. Don't send a synopsis. Don't call them. Respect the fact they haven't solicited un-agented writers. Simply make a polite inquiry, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope, then let it go with a prayer and your fingers crossed tightly. Good luck.

ANDREW LAUREN PRODUCTIONS, 1355 N. Laurel Ave., #7, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Todd Lepree is the contact.

AM Productions, 1141 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Does Industrial films, in case you're interested.

BALLPARK PRODUCTIONS, P.O. Box 508, Venice, CA 90294. Sally Allen is their Vice President of Development. Credits: "Crimson Tide," "Colors," "The Peacemaker."

BALTIMORE/SPRING CREEK, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 76, Burbank, CA 91522. Executive Vice President of Features: Lyn Amoto; Vice President of Features: Naketha Mattocks.

CAPITOL ARTS ENTERTAINMENT, 17941 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316. Lisa Gooding, Development. Credits include "Ghost Dog" and "Beethovan's Fifth."

CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT, 335 N. Maple Dr., #135, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. John Surae, Assistant to Director.

DICK CLARK CINEMA PRODUCTIONS, 3003 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505. Cindy Clark, Vice President of Development (yep, you guessed it. Nepotism, sweet nepotism!)

C.Z. WICK, 2073 Kerwood Ave., L.A., CA 90025. Ace Barrington is Assistant to the Producer.

DAVE BILL ASSOCIATES, 3211 Cahunga Blvd. West, LA, CA 90068. Email address:

E-3 ENTERTAINMENT, 1067 Bayley Avenue, 2nd Floor, #H, L.A., CA 90024. Contact Kathleen Newlove. Their credits include "Kiss the Girls" and "Dunstod Checks In."

GRACIE FILMS, c.o. Sony Film Corp., 10202 W. Washington Bldg., Poiter Bldg., Culver City, CA 90232. Julie Ansell is President of Motion Pictures. Credits: "As Good as it Gets" (note that Laura Ziskin Productions also lists this film as a credit), "The Simpsons," "Jerry Maguire," and "Big."

GROSS-WESTON PRODUCTIONS, Deborah Stambler, Vice President of Development, 10537 Santa Monica Blvd., #260, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

HEARST ENTERTAINMENT, 1640 S. Sepulveda Blvd., 4th Floor, L.A., CA 90025. Joe Lawler or Bari Carrelli

H.R.D. PRODUCTIONS, 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #706, Studio City, CA 91604. Carrie Ann Smith is their contact person. She's the Executive Assistant. Credits: "Pretty in Pink," "Odd Couple II," "Whole Nine Yards."

NICKELODEAN MOVIES, c/o Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Lubitsch Bldg., #119, Hollywood, CA 90038. Ricki Spector is their Executive Director of Development - Live Action. Credits: "Rugrats," "Snow Day," "Good Burger."

RENFIELD PRODUCTIONS, c/o The Lot, 1041 N. Formosa Ave., Writer's Building, #321, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Michael Finnel is President of Production. Credits: "Gremlins I & II," and "Small Soldiers."

REVELATIONS ENTERTAINMENT, 301 Arizona Ave., #303, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Yvette Taylor is their Vice President of Development. Last I heard they weren't taking new material, but it never hurts to ask.

IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Suzy Barvieri.

LIONS GATE, 4553 Glencoe Ave., #200, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Director of Development, John Sacci; Conrad Montgomery is their Creative Executive.

MAD CHANCE, c/o Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bungalow 3, Burbank, CA 91522. Contact Sean Wicks, their Creative Assistant. Credits: "Bound," "Assasins," "Astronaut's Wife."

MORGAN CREEK, 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. #76, Burbank, CA 91522. Joe Martino is Senior VP of Development. Hilary Galanoy is Vice President of Development.

NEW LINE CINEMA, 116 N. Robertson Blvd., #400, LA, CA 90048. President of Development is Toby Emmerich.

PIRATES COVE ENTERTAINMENT, INC., 9255 Sunset Blvd., #1000, L.A., CA 90069. Liz Davis is the contact. Credits: "Dawson's Creek," "Fortune Hunter."

QUINCE PRODUCTIONS, INC., 12400 Ventura Blvd., #371, Studio City, CA 91604. Contact Ed Asner (yes, THE Ed Asner) or Patricia Egan.

RADMIN COMPANY, 9201 Wilshire Blvd., #305, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. John Humphries is the contact. Credits" "Next Best Thing," "See Jane Run."

VANGUARD FILMS, 1230 La Collina Drive., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Venecia Duran is the contact. Credits: "7 Years in Tibet," "Shrek."

LAURA ZISKIN PRODUCTIONS, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Leslie Morgan is the contact. Credits: "Pretty Woman," "To Die For," "As Good as it Gets."
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