Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choices. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.
— William Jennings Bryan
STORY AND SCRIPT CONSULTING BACKGROUND
As a Current Programs Executive for 12 years, I worked through the entire creative process, which means I know what the studio wants, what the network looks for, and what kind of material you need to get hired. I have read over 10,000 scripts and given notes on most of them, so I know how to make a script the best that it can be.
Aaron Spelling was an extraordinary mentor. Other great mentors I worked with include Glenn Gordon Caron, Barry Schindel, E. Duke Vincent, Ira Behr, Ken Sanzel, Mara Brock Akil, John Eisendrath, Jorge Zamacona, Brad Kern, Chuck Pratt, and Brenda Hampton.
Over the years, I have developed numerous industry relationships with successful writers, directors, and executives who have supported me along the way. You can see some of their testimonials here.
In January 2008, I launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on my years of experience as a studio executive where I gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, I guide writers to shape their material, hone their pitches, and focus their careers. Since launching my consulting firm, I have worked with over 2,000 writers specializing in television, features, and novels. Due to my guidance, over one hundred and fifty of my clients have staffed as writers on television shows, ninety-two have sold pilots, and five of those pilots have gone to series.
In August of 2008, NBC hired me to be the Writing Instructor for their program, Writers on the Verge. Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers’ material and readying the participants for the staff writer position on a television series. Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry.
In June of 2009, The Huffington Post invited me to be a blogger.
Most of all, I love what I do. I enjoy working with writers and approach the process with care, experience, and passion. It is imperative to me that both the writer and the story are honored as a script develops. In an industry that is generally too busy to give anyone personal attention, I will give it to you. With me, you get your own Personal Executive guiding you every step of the way.