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Making Your Mark as a Writer/Director: Breaking Out in a Highly Competitive Industry  
Jason Mirch, veteran producer and director of script services of Stage 32, Angela Cristantello, actor and Stage 32 Script Services manager, and Harrison Glaser, Director of Education for Stage 32, will be discussing how you can stand out as a writer director and put yourself in the best position to get noticed for people to move the needle on your career. 


Jason Mirch is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital
content producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Most
recently, he produced a 3D animated feature film starring Jacob
Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd, Mel Brooks, Kenan Thompson, and Carol Kane.

Mirch was the Head of feature and television development at Image Nation, a
finance and production company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. There, he
supervised the Image Nation contributions in the development of Flight,
The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Contagion, Careful What You
Wish For, Ghost Rider 2, Midnight Sun, and 100 Foot Journey. Prior to
his work at Image Nation, Mirch was Co-Head of Development at
Zadan/Meron Productions (Chicago, Footloose, The Bucket List) where he
was actively involved in developing a slate of feature film projects for
New Line, Paramount, Summit Ent., and CBS/Paramount. He also developed
and sold television projects and mini-series to CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and

He has lectured on all areas of filmmaking, speaking on panels at the
Producers Guild of America, the Harvard Screenwriting Group, American
Film Market, University of Southern California Film School, as well as
several international film festivals and markets. In addition, he has
consulted brands, including Burberry and Creative Artists Agency, on the
expansion of their operations into emerging markets in the Middle East
and Asia.
Mirch graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University’s School of Film and
Television, where he received a B.F.A., in Film Production, with an
emphasis in Writing and Directing. He was mentored by Academy Award
Winning Writer/Director David S. Ward, in the spring of 2004, and is the
winner of Chapman University Student Filmmaker Award, for Best Director
for his film Ally.


Angela is an actor/writer living in Los Angeles.  Her TV credits include: 9-1-1 (FOX), Agent Carter (ABC), Bored to Death (HBO), One Bad Choice (MTV). She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and has done a hefty amount of theatre since, most recently being featured in Ravenswood Manor at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.

As Stage 32’s Script Services Manager, Angela will hold you steady on your path to becoming the most fearless storyteller you can be. To present you with opportunities to try something new, to be your shoulder when you need one, your advocate when you need one, and your biggest cheerleader whether you feel like you need one or not. Stage 32 is as much an amazing platform to network with your peers as is it an invaluable arena in which to flex your muscles.


For nearly a decade Harrison Glaser has been immersed in the professional film industry. He served as Austin Film Festival’s Film Competition Director for five years, where he programmed the festival’s films and discovered his passion for identifying deserving projects and championing exciting and unrecognized talent. During Harrison’s tenure as AFF’s Film Competition Director, over 100 films he programmed went on to secure distribution, six short films were later nominated for Oscars, and one that he qualified ultimately won the Academy Award.

Harrison currently serves as the Director of Education for Stage 32, the world’s largest online platform that connects and educates film, TV and new media creatives and professionals worldwide. Through this role, Harrison works with countless writers, directors, producers, managers, agents, executives, and other industry professionals to put together regular webinars and classes that educate and empower thousands. Harrison continues to serve on festival juries and moderate panels and film Q&A sessions for multiple film festivals around the country.

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