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DEVELOPMENT AND THE WRITING PROCESS WITH JAMES MIDDLETON

  • Nov 10, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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What happens when a script goes into development? What happens when you get notes back from the Producer or Studio and they want you to rewrite your entire first act? How does a film go from script to screen in today's Hollywood?

Join us November 10th from 10:30am to 1:30pm at AZVirtual Studios as Production Executive and Producer James Middleton explains the inner workings of the television and film worlds. He will talk to us about the world of development as it relates to writers and producers. James has had many years in the industry both in television and feature film and brings a unique perspective to our group that will open our eyes to how a film gets put through the Hollywood maze. Don't miss out on this exciting and rare opportunity to hear from someone who is deep in the trenches of film production.

About James Middleton:

James Middleton is a versatile production and development executive with extensive studio and independent production company experience in television and film. Middleton has worked with top directors and writers ranging from McG and David Nutter to relative newcomers Ashley Miller & Zach Stentz.


Middleton has successfully worked on major entertainment properties such as the TERMINTOR and JAMES BOND franchise and has also been involved with noted specialty films such as RICHARD III. He most recently produced the comedy, TEEN SPIRIT, for ABC Family.


Middleton was a key figure in the revival of the TERMINATOR motion picture franchise for C2 Pictures. He developed and produced TERMINATOR: THE SARA CONNOR CHRONILES staring Lena Headey, TERMINATOR SALVATION starring Christine Bale, and developed TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Middleton is active in television, selling comedy and drama projects to WBTV, 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, AMC and ABC Family. He has developed strong relationships with executives, agents and talent managers throughout the business.


As Executive Producer of THE SARA CONNOR CHRONICLES, Middleton worked in partnership with series creator Josh Friedman and veteran showrunner John Wirth and was involved in all aspects of the series. Airing on Fox and throughout the world, the show was lauded by Variety, The LA Times, and The New York Times which called it, “One of the more humanizing adventures in science fiction to arrive in quite a while, the series is taut, haunting, relevant…” The show created a bidding war in the UK and broke DVD sales records for WBTV in Japan.

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  • Malcolm M.

    http://nofilmschool.com/2012/11/youtube-original-content-venture/

    Interesting article about digital content & delivery. Mentioned in the meeting.

    November 13, 2012

    • Carlo D.

      Thanks for sharing.

      November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The presentation was a lot more in depth than other presentations I've been too. I liked the way he had technical information and balanced it with "tricks of the trade" information. It was worth my time - - -and that's not easy for me to say with everything I have to do!

    November 12, 2012

  • Ofelia

    I learned a lot

    November 11, 2012

  • T S.

    Outstanding event! James provided both insider information as well as inspiring encouragement. This was one of our best meetings yet. Thanks to James for his time, and to Carlo for his dedication to our group.

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    James was great. All the experiences he shared were informative and helpful. As always, Carlo put together anawesome presentation and John was a gracious host. Thank you

    November 11, 2012

  • DaVaun S.

    One of the best of the year!

    November 11, 2012

  • Rob G

    Thanks again for bringing a industry insider to share their experience with us. James is very down to earth and had hours of useful information.

    November 11, 2012

  • Sara K.

    Really excellent event. James was very honest about the realities for writers in Hollywood yet also provided great ideas of additional ways to take control of your writing career. So glad I attended!

    November 10, 2012

  • Carlo D.

    Excellent presentation. Wealth of information about getting projects done. James opened my eyes to how the business is today. Thanks to all who came out and a special thanks to James for teaching us.

    November 10, 2012

  • Jessica Spring B.

    James was amazing! He painted a real picture of Hollywood as an experienced producer and writer. While he gave us the reality of what is happening, he did not paint a grim picture, provided great information and interesting websites to expand our knowledge. Thank you!

    November 10, 2012

  • Lee F.

    Very informative and entertaining. Covered quite a few topics.

    November 10, 2012

  • Malcolm M.

    Very informative, always interesting to get an insiders view of "the business"

    November 10, 2012

  • Stephen J D.

    Great over-view of existing and new developemtal areas our screeen writing process is morpg-ing into.....gives one pause for thought....

    November 10, 2012

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