Film Courage: I would love to hear a success story from you Wendy. And if you can, please leave out any identifying information (that’s kind of a rule we have here).
Wendy Kram, Owner of Wendy’s LA4hire: One would be from something that was quite awhile ago that I had read a play by a writer and I was so enamored with the story. It was made, shown on CBS and it wound up being called SALLY HEMINGS: AN AMERICAN SCANDAL. What I love about the story is that she had written it and I had first found out about it about seven or nine years before it got made. And all I’ll say is that stars were aligned and what happened was I came close to selling it within the first two years that they had the project it was under option (I think when I was at Hearst Entertainment) and came close but didn’t sell it.
And then one day the writer and I read in the trades that Merchant Ivory had sold a movie called JEFFERSON IN PARIS with Nick Nolte. And this happens in the business. Invariably it happens to everyone. And right now I have two projects where there are other competing projects in the marketplace and we’re trying to get our’s done first.
Anyway so the writer and I we were quite despondent and it was like Alright, life goes on. And you put one foot in front of the other and what’s the next project? And you put your focus there. But I never forgot how much I loved that script. And so Merchant Ivory movie was made and two years later I felt like I would hear of opportunities in network television where they were interested in doing period pieces. So every couple of years I would think Maybe there’s a different audience that we could get and reach with TV? And I would seek opportunities and I would call up the writer and I would say Is that script still available? And she’d say Yes.
And one of those times seven years later she said Yes. As a matter of fact such-and-such actress I was having lunch with her manager and we talked about it and she might be interested in playing the role.
So I would up calling CBS saying we don’t have a commitment but we have preliminary interest from so-and-so and she said Well, send it over. It was originally written as a 2-hour movie and the network came back and said You know what? We think we might be interested in turning it into a miniseries but instead of making it so much about Thomas Jefferson we’d like to make it much more Sally Hemings point of view…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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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