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Join the Book-to-Screen PitchFest LA 2018

Learn more about how you can join this event and get a chance to pitch your book to Hollywood representatives. Check out the infographic here or read the transcription below it.


These days, more and more TV and movie professionals are looking to books for inspiration and ideas for their next big hit. In fact . . .

  • In a list of top movies from 1995 to 2018, 11 out of 23 were based on books.
  • In the same time frame, over 2,000 books were adapted to film.
  • Several popular TV shows are based on booksGame of Thrones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more.
  • At least 78 feature films based on novels will be released or are in development this year.

If you’d like to explore your book’s Hollywood potential, we’ve got just the event for you.


During the PitchFest weekend of October 12–13, you will:

  • Learn practical pitching methods with step-by-step processes from John Sacchi, an accomplished film and digital media executive who has produced consistently profitable feature films for a global audience for more than a decade.
  • Network with other authors and group leaders at this exclusive event that will be held at the prestigious Beverly Hilton Hotel, home to the Golden Globe Awards show.
  • Participate in a speed pitch session where you will deliver your pitch face-to-face with representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, and management and production companies actively looking for new material to adapt for the big screen or TV.


Sign up for the Book-to-Screen PitchFest LA 2018 and we'll give you full access to the weekend's special events, which include a how-to-pitch presentation by John Sacchi. You also get the following:

  • A pre-event assignment to get you started on your first pitch draft
  • A welcome reception, where you will be introduced to John Sacchi and Keith Ogorek, President of the Author Learning Center
  • A one-to-one practice session with your group leader to help refine your pitch
  • A speed pitch session to present your idea to Hollywood representatives
  • Registration in the Writers Guild of America Idea to protect your unique concept
  • Feedback after the event, informing you how your pitch was received

Things to Remember:

  1. The deadline to purchase this service is September 1. There are only 150 spots available, so book yours today.
  2. Service is valid only for books that are live and available for sale.
  3. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of travel expenses, hotel accommodations, etc. In association with this event, you can get a discounted rate per night on hotel rooms at the Beverly Hilton for a limited time. Our events team will contact you with the details of how to get the discounted price.
  4. It is solely the discretion of the producers, agents, executives, etc., whether or not they are interested in the authors' pitch ideas, and they are not obliged to pursue the books and story materials.
  5. Registering your idea does not disallow others from having a similar storyline or theme. Rather, registering your idea would potentially discourage others from using it without your permission. Though the registry cannot prevent plagiarism, it can produce the registered material as well as confirm the date of registration. Registering your work creates legal evidence for the material that establishes a date for the material’s existence. Registration is valid for five years.


  1. IMDB , “Based on Novel' Feature Films Released In 2018
  2. The Numbers, “Domestic Movie Theatrical Market Summary 1995 to 2018