Pitching A Movie Idea To A Manager Or Producer – Peter Katz

Film Courage: I have something I would love feedback on. It’s a mashup time travel horror genre film. Our protagonist is Seth and he has created a time travel app which he calls Time Me Up Scotty. 

Peter Katz, Story Driven CEO: Okay. 

Film Courage: He’s courting investors and hoping to launch the app but before he has this big investor meeting he gets comfortable on a Friday night, has a bunch of beers and starts playing with the app. Accidentally his own app (his creation) transports him to Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1692. He finds himself in this time travel in a [jail] cell awaiting trial having been accused of throwing his specter as witness by disgruntled villagers. Meaning that witnesses saw his image somewhere else essentially accusing him of witchcraft. The horror comes as he cannot prove his innocence and he’s set to be crushed to death as punishment. Can you tell me your feelings on my pitch? 

Peter: I think it’s kind of cool. I like it because it kind of encapsulates what’s scary about the past is that you can’t reason with people that have a completely different frame…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Peter Katz is CEO of the management and production company Story Driven. Story Driven clients have worked with studios and streamers including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Universal, Lionsgate, Orion TV, A&E Studios, Landmark Studio Group and Stage 13. Story Driven clients have worked with production companies including Atomic Monster, Gunpowder & Sky, 87Eleven Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures. Story Driven clients have screened their films at festivals including SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, TIFF, AFI Fest and Fantastic Fest. Press outlets who have covered our clients include Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, Empire, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire and Vulture. Many of our clients are multi-platform storytellers. They create stories that live across the media landscape, as books, comics and podcasts.






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