Film Courage: This is a common question I ask but it usually ends up having great results, and that is of your IMDB credits which one taught you the most and why?
LA4hire’s Wendy Kram: I feel like each one taught me and it’s really from the people that I worked with that I learned. So one of the things I feel like my first job where I worked for a producer I felt was a master at cultivating interest in projects. He knew how to generate interest and position and learned in cases where I might have missed out on.
I say one project that I sold (which was such a great high) it was at a time that I was told it was at a particular network that they had spent their financing for the fiscal year and we had an option on the book and it was about to be option and also they said “We’re not doing period, we’re not doing period.” And I wound up saying “But this reads (to the president of the production company) this reads to hip, this reads so contemporary.” Most women would die to do what to do what this woman did back then. And my boss was like “Be careful. You shouldn’t be so boisterous with the president.” Anyway to make a long story short, I wound up speaking to the network where we had a deal and go the president of the company and got her VPs on board and they wound up optioning the book and it was a series so there were going to be three books.
Sadly there was a regime change after we started the process and we did get a first script and then the regime decided they didn’t want to do anything and that happens in the business and that’s unfortunate but it is part of the business and hopefully you just continue to build on the successes and you’re always going to have failures. If you learn from your failures…and in that case sometimes there are things outside of one’s control but I learned was to have the courage of my convictions. I remember there was an executive at ABC who had said to his group and they did really wonderful programming “If we’re going to fail, I want us to fail big because we tried. Not fail because we were scared.”
And if you look at any network and breakout shows they were taking risks and going against the grain whether it was MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, X-FILES was on, there was nothing like that and then everybody wanted to copy and do something like X-FILES…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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About Wendy Kram:
Seasoned Film and Television producer, Wendy Kram, created L.A. FOR HIRE, a consulting firm for production companies, writers, directors and anyone in media and PR seeking Hollywood connections and expertise on how to get their project to the next level.
With over fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry, Wendy has supervised and produced a number of award-winning motion picture and television films for companies including: Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, Hearst Entertainment, Sandollar Productions, Granada Entertainment, CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, HBO, Showtime and Lifetime Networks. Credits include “Mad Money” with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes, the award-winning miniseries, “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” with Sam Neill, and the romantic comedy, “Making Mr. Right” with Dean Caine for Lifetime Network. Wendy has a track record working with A-level talent, agents, filmmakers and executives.
As a native New Yorker who loves the city she grew up in, Wendy recognized a gap between many New York-based production companies and the Hollywood community. L.A. FOR HIRE was created to help fill this gap by providing a bridge between Hollywood’s key decision makers and companies in New York and other metropolitan cities around the globe.
Our clients come to us in order to help them navigate through the Hollywood system, where we provide insider knowledge and know-how that comes from our years of experience.
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