Monthly Archives: July 2013

IGDA Summit: Create your advisory board!

Feeling challenged in your game industry career?  Sounds like you need an advisory board!  Join me at the IGDA Summit this week for a brief presentation on how to create your own personal advisory board, and how it can help you clear those hurdles in your career.  Here are the details:

Create your own personal advisory board
Wednesday, July 31st, 15:00 – 15:20, Sunset
Presenter: Anne Toole

Businesses benefit from having a Board of Advisors, and individuals should be no different. Working with multiple mentors can help professionals bridge the gap between where their education left off and where their skills need to be focused in order to reach their professional goals. Whether climbing the corporate ladder, starting their own business, or freelancing, this session will assist attendees in identifying mentors for each area of their lives and create their own personal Board of Advisors. This Board can help with life and career transitions, improving and developing skills, and reaching professional goals. Attendees will also get a step by step guide for enlisting mentors and creating and maintaining a mentoring relationship. Finally, they will discover how becoming a mentor will improve leadership and management skills.

Afterwards, we will have a huge party.  Actually, I’m not kidding — there are plenty of fun events at the IGDA Summit/Casual Connect, so come on down, say hi, and then let’s enjoy the evening!

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SDCC Pitching Hour panel this Thursday!

Learn to pitch at Comic-con!  Or make a good approximation of it!  Join me and a wonderful panel of actual experts as we discuss what to pitch, how to pitch, and to whom to pitch it!

Thursday July 18, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB

The Pitching Hour

Jermaine Turner (director, current series, Disney TV Animation), Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon Animation Development), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Anne Toole (writer, THE WITCHER, LOST GIRL: THE GAME), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), and moderator Dan Evans III (freelance writer, Stoopid Monkey), will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Come on down and get your questions answered!

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Writing Digital Comics panel tonight! And SDCC teaser!

picDigital comics are the wave of the present (the future is already upon us!), so join a bunch of comic book creators tonight to learn about creating, producing, and marketing digital comics! As you might have guessed, I will be one of the speakers for the Digital Comics Panel, moderated by Digital LA’s Kevin Winston!  Kevin revealed his secret talent by drawing several of the panelists as superheroes.  Can you guess which one is me?  Hint:  I’m obsessed with wearing jackets!

Monday, July 15, 2013
WeWork Hollywood
7083 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Panelists include:
– David Uslan, Graphicly, VP of Business Development @dmuslan @graphicly
– Kyle Higgins, Writer on titles including Batman Gates of Gotham, Nightwing, Deathstroke. @KyleDHiggins
– Anne Toole, Writer, Lion Forge Comics. Also written for comic book sequences in video games. @amely.
– Ron Martino, devianART, Producer and Director, @ronmartino.
– Hal Hefner, head of Transmedia LA, Catmonkey COO. Formerly at Fourth Wall Studios. @halhefner.
– Cooper Harris, actress and creator of Mighty Woman superhero web series. @cooperharris.
– Moderator: Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO and Founder, @DigitalLA @kevinwinston.

AGENDA

– 7-8p: Check in and Networking. Appetizers provided by WeWork.
– 8-9:30p: Panel and Q&A.

RSVP and join in the love!

Bonus: Going to SDCC?  Check out this panel on Thursday!

The Pitching Hour

Jermaine Turner (director, current series, Disney TV Animation), Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon Animation Development), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Anne Toole (writer), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal(game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), and moderator Dan Evans III(freelance writer, Stoopid Monkey), will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 18, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB
See you at tonight or at comic-con!

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