All Events to be held June 23-25, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport (2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505)

Rio Vista Universal

Rio Vista Universal

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What is the best way to contact you? Email
Credit List (for yourself) No More Goodbyes, The Depths (VR series), Disney (VR), Warner Brothers (VR), The Shift, Ring Master, Nobility, Triborn, The Legacy of Gaston Leroux, Pretty Hattie’s Baby, Gear Heads, Nitro Jam, Back from the Dead, Sung Bong Choi
What has your company produced? For what studios or networks? Rio Vista Universal has a pipeline of 30+ projects with various partners which range from Animation, Film, TV scripted and unscripted to taking tech companies public to sponsors for the Daytime EMMYS. We’re the lead production company for Gear Heads, Nitro Jam, and Back from the Dead, distributed in both domestic and international markets through partners like MavTV, Discovery, Time, and other major European networks. We specialize in getting projects done and taking them to the next level. Quality entertainment on an independent budget.
What genres are you looking for? We are looking for Contained Action, Thriller, SciFi Paranormal or Family. Roll for A-List actor. We will look at other genres, but the ones listed are easy for us to complete and get coveted pre-sales from distributors and theatrical screen commitments. And of course we are always interested in something that has an excellent roll for our in house talent Christian Ganiere (age 8, youngest Emmy presenter ever, Days of Our Lives, Amazon’s The Bay) or Angelina Ganiere (age 12, Criminal Minds, The Office).
Film, TV, New Media, Other? TV: I’m an Emmy Judge, and TV Academy TV Executive. We have multiple series on the air and are in development with numerous companies. We started with our unscripted slate and expanded out our scripted slated and are shopping multiple series. Film: We currently have sourced financing for individual films and slates. We are aggressively closing multiple slate funds for our company and partners. New Media: We have several VR projects completed with major studios last year and continues to secure commissioned shows in the web-series space. Commercials: We love short form story telling and work with studios and fortune 500 companies. Other: We have 18 novels published under our Fall Angel Press with several Amazon bestsellers. Our bestseller board game We Are Dead: Zombie Mall Massacre leads the charge as we look for other properties to develop and acquire in the gaming space.
Budget range? Film typical 1-10 million, although we have a few that go to 40 million and on occasion a micro budget.
What makes the ideal writer for your company? Easy to work with, Fast, Can deliver on deadlines. Can take notes. Unique voice, No clichés. Scenes that have not been seen before. Feels fresh and not derivative. Formatted well, plenty of white space, easy fast read. Read all recent scripts that have sold. 90-100 page screenplays and ready to shoot!
What are your goals for the Great American PitchFest? Discover fresh, new untapped talent with shoot ready scripts.
Have you had success at pitching events before? Yes. We and our partners are working with writers from previous event. One is fully financed and scheduled to shoot this summer.
Do you have any GAPF success stories you can share with us from previous years? Yes, picked up 3 films last year at GAPF. One writer grabbed my attention and would not let go. Have some others that we’re circling.
Is there any advice you would like to offer the writers who are pitching you? Know your material. Do your homework. Know what has been previous done in your genre and has recently sold. Who’s your market? Make sure your script is shoot ready. Doesn’t need more development. For you pitch know your material. Do not read your pitch! Tell be in your own words. Connect with me first, then discuss your material.