Harvardwood Suggests... Empowering the Full Writer

October 06, 2020 at 5:00pm - 7pm

Empowering the Full Writer

Live-streaming Q&A Speaker Series

Great storytelling, and fresh voices, are now more important than ever. How will the film and television industry adapt to changing times, and how will new voices find the spotlight? What should you do to stand out and launch your career? The Launch Pad Insider Series will answer these questions and more, in an open conversation with Executives, Producers, Literary Managers and members of the Launch Pad Competition Jury.

The Launch Pad Insider Series is back! Our in-depth online discussion series featuring industry leaders returns to talk with literary managers and Launch Pad Prose Competition jury members Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment on Empowering the Full Writer. Join us Tuesday October 6th for a discussion of how managers can celebrate and advance their clients’ authentic voices, especially during changing times.


Krista Sipp and Devon Byers founded First Friday Entertainment in 2017. First Friday is a management and production company representing writers, directors, and producers in the film, TV, and digital space.

Krista started her career at management company Circle of Confusion in 2008. After holding positions at studios and production companies across the industry, she returned to Circle of Confusion in 2015 before moving on to launch her own company. Her clients have worked on projects such as KATY KEENE, A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW, SAINTS & SINNERS, and the upcoming feature TUNNELS.

Devon was formerly a Creative Executive at production company Ideate Media (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), and before that, an award-winning freelance producer working in short form, music videos, commercials, and features.

Natalia Naman Temesgen is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, most recently a staff writer on “Dear White People.” Her plays have been produced in New York, Princeton, Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta. Her original TV pilot BEA ROSE was a 2019 Launch Pad Top 50 Finalist.


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