Confessions From A Netflix Pitch Meeting – Jeff Deverett

Jeff Deverett, Film Producer, Entrepreneur, Writer, Director: Independent filmmakers don’t even know about this stuff. This is stuff that’s totally foreign that they would never get around to. They don’t have enough time to get around to it, let alone to do it even if they knew about it. 

Film Courage: What’s different about the pitching process with Netflix now versus prior years, 2015, 2014? 

Jeff: Like I said before it’s a bigger company so they generally don’t take pitches, that’s different. I’ve done business with Netflix for three films but I’m not going to call myself a Netflix expert. There are people who do way more business than I do, especially different types of business like internally. I haven’t done any Netflix originals, I’ve talked to them about it. There’s a different department and different style and all that kind of stuff so I just sort of know what I know as an outsider. Again I guess I’m much further ahead than any indie filmmaker who hasn’t done any business with them but I feel like I’m not that qualified to talk about it but I guess more so than others. The pitching is what makes it different. It’s just back then they took pitches. They just don’t take them, they don’t have the time or the interest unless it’s done through the right channels which is agents or distributors. So you’re basically locked out.

Film Courage: How are your pitches different now knowing that they’re a bigger company, they have less time, they have so many people trying to get into that front door?

Jeff: My pitches to everybody (not just Netflix) anybody who I’m dealing with are…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Jeff Deverett is a producer, director, writer, and actor known for Full Out 2: You Got This! (2020), ism (2019), The Samuel Project (2018), Kiss & Cry (2017), Full Out (2015), King of the Camp (2008) and My Brother’s Keeper (2004). Jeff’s successful film and TV career began with distribution with New World Entertainment, Astral Communications, Anchor Bay Entertainment and his own company, Deverett Media Group. In this Film Courage video interview he talks about how to make a profitable movie and briefly touches on AFM [American Film Market], MIPCOM and MIPTV media markets.


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