Pitch Perfect

Speaker: Ben Watkins
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST
Venue: Online
Some call it a chore. Some call it a necessary evil. Some call it torture. Whatever you call it, there’s no getting around the fact that pitching is a big part of the game for screenwriters. Drawing from his own successful pitches, showrunner Ben Watkins (Hand of God, Burn Notice), walks you through the process of selling your idea in the room. From Preparation to Performance, he covers the building of a pitch from the seeds of a logline to the polished visual deck and delivery that will give buyers the best representation of yourself and your idea.
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Ben Watkins

Ben Watkins

Ben Watkins is a writer/filmmaker/actor from Berkeley, California. He started his career in Hollywood as an actor, playing the “mysterious” Dr. Wesley Carter on The Young and the Restless. The transition to writing began in earnest with his award-winning short film Quest to Ref, which he wrote, co- directed and starred in. The film was an official Sundance Film Festival selection and won the American Black Film Festival. Soon after adapting that project into a feature screenplay for Universal, Ben joined USA Network’s Burn Notice. He rose from Staff Writer to Executive Producer, before moving on to create the provocative Amazon Originals series, Hand of God. Most recently he executive produced Truth be Told on Apple’s new streaming service, and also worked on Wu-Tang: An American Saga for Hulu. He currently has several projects in development through his production shingle, Blue Monday Productions.

He actively supports community programs and people who are looking to improve issues around civil rights, public education and homelessness.

He and his wife, Kandi, have four sons.