The Cinema Squad is excited to welcome a new special guest for Episode #67:
Screenwriter & Script Reader Amanda Pendolino!! Let’s meet her:
Amanda Pendolino (@amandapendo)
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Amanda Pendolino has been a Los Angeles resident for 9 years. While studying television and film at Ithaca College, she interned at The Weinstein Company (NY), Red Wagon Entertainment and Rogue Pictures. During this time, she learned to write script coverage under the guidance of insightful creative executives and assistants. After graduating and moving to Los Angeles permanently in 2007, she got a job as an assistant at Paradigm Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. Starting in a mailroom that churned out paper (!) scripts, Amanda soon moved up to a desk in the Feature Literary Department, where she assisted an agent who represented high-level film writers. Listening in on his phone calls and interacting with his clients helped her learn about what producers and studio executives were looking for. Since Paradigm didn’t have a Story Department at the time, she also became one of a handful of assistants who earned overtime pay for reading scripts and writing coverage outside of work.
While at Paradigm, Amanda started the blog “Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer,” later called “The Aspiring TV Writer and Screenwriter Blog.” From 2007-2015, she wrote about the assistant and agency world, networking, job hunting, internships, writing fellowships and more.
In 2009, she left the assistant world to become an English tutor, blogger and professional script reader for companies like Sierra/Affinity and Mandalay. At the latter, she honed her skills covering books as well as scripts. For over three years, Amanda also wrote script coverage for ScriptShark, a company that provides feedback directly to aspiring writers. She’s been assigned everything from packaged comedies by Oscar winners to first drafts of thrillers from brand new writers. She’s also read for a few contests.
In her own writing life, she’s developed comedy features and pilots with various producers, directors and actresses. Amanda was also hired to adapt the Glamour article “We Dated Our Way Across America” into a feature and have developed sketches and short-form ideas with digital companies.
Amanda currently reads screenplays and books for Amazon Studios and Broad Green Pictures, in addition to all the work she gets from private clients.
You can order notes from her online at AmandaPendolino.com
Be sure to tune into this week’s Podcast which is set to drop on Sunday, Oct. 1st. We’ll give you all the latest movie news covering everything from script to screen.
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As for the rest of the Cinema Squad, we have the usual suspects:
Sean Wathen – Creator & Moderator (@Cinema_Squad)
Sean Wathen is a screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a writing career. While working in production offices such as “House, MD,” “24,” & MTV Studios, Sean pursued his love of writing. Recently, his screenplays “Iron Dragon” & “Timegate” were optioned to Fotocomics Productions, and his contained horror/thriller script “The Gotham Hotel” was optioned to Anacapa Pictures. In the past, his screenplay “The Field” was optioned to Dune Entertainment & Stormchaser Films, his screenplay “ALICE” was optioned to Array Pictures, and his screenplay “Second Shot” was optioned to Status Media & Entertainment. In 2014, he was named on Tracking Board’s ‘Young & Hungry List – Top 100 Writers on the Verge,” and he was hired to adapt graphic novels for State & Cabrillo Productions, Inc. as well as Solipsist Films.
Skye Wathen – Show Host (@1blueskye)
Skye Wathen has been working in production for both television and film since 2006. Her credits include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “The Revenant,” “Moneyball,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “12 Deadly Days” for Youtube Red, “The New Edition Story” for BET, and “Taskmaster” for Comedy Central. She is now Vice President of Production at Live Nation Productions. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Skye’s love of all thing Hollywood began at a very young age. She enjoys all things nerdy and crafty and is the proud fur-mom to Bruce, a shar pei mix puppy.
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