How To Get Access To A Literary Agent and Manager

Event Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 || Speakers: Jenny Frankfurt & R.B. Ripley || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

This event is with a literary manager and producer who will discuss getting access to representation, what they are looking for and how to work with your representation. We will also discuss the Finish Line Script competition, a competition focused on (but not limited to) how to rewrite to improve your script in order to win!  See more details below.


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More details:

Jenny Frankfurt is the founder of The Finish Line Script Competition, which is currently in its fourth year. Finish Line is based on the idea that the skill of rewriting is essential to being a successful writer and the competition provides development notes (when requested) in order for writers to rewrite and resubmit new drafts (for free) throughout the competition. This mimics a studio, network or production companies process and helps the writer prepare for a serious career in the entertainment industry.

Prior to Finish Line and her work as a script consultant, Jenny was Head of the Literary Department at Handprint Entertainment and then as a motion picture/literary manager with her own company, Highstreet Management. Highstreet represented writers around the globe, specializing, but not limited to breaking UK, European & Australian writers and directors into the US market. She sold television shows (both reality and fiction), features and staffed television shows for almost 20 years.

Jenny began her career in representation after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts by working at the William Morris Agency in New York where she worked for legendary film, tv and playwright’s agent, George Lane, who represented such writers as Eric Bogosian, William Mastrosimone, Warren Leight, Eric Overmyer and Jon Robin Baitz.

From NYC, Jenny moved to Los Angeles where she worked at ICM with clients such as Susan Sarandon, Louis Malle, Johnny Depp, Lasse Hallstrom and Will Smith. After deciding management would give her more freedom to produce and influence her client’s careers she started working with manager Rick Yorn and clients such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Claire Danes and Benicio Del Toro, among others.

Jenny tried her own hand at producing the independent feature JOHNNY HIT AND RUN PAULINE, to which Emma Thompson was attached as Executive Producer. Besides representing writers and directors Jenny has the option on the book THE BEAST MUST DIE, written by Nicholas Blake in 1938.


R.B. Ripley parlayed an unabashed childhood love for television and movies into a dream career as a writer.

Recently, his drama pilot ‘Sugar Land’ was optioned by Blazing Elm Entertainment (The Fosters, Good Trouble). He just finished a new hour-long drama with another kick-ass woman at the center of its universe and a half hour dramedy pilot about a trans man whose life is upended when the two children he gave up for adoption fifteen years ago show up on his doorstep. Both shows delve into the complexities of identity and struggles of modern family life.

Currently, Ripley is adapting the novel ‘Good Morning, Please!’ into a feature film for actor/producer Josh Gad. The dark comedy/drama unmasks the follies in American public education through the tale of an idealistic and unorthodox teacher obsessively battling for his job against an unscrupulous principal. He has also had two made for TV movies produced.

Ripley’s scripts have twice earned him a finalist spot in the Disney|ABC Writing Fellowship, the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s writing
program and have won numerous contests including Finish Line Script Competition, ISA Table Read My Screenplay and Script Pipeline’s First Look Contest Teleplay division.

A Pittsburgh native, Ripley currently resides in Los Angeles with his husband of eighteen years and their rescued pooch. A baseball fanatic and avid traveler, he volunteers for several local animal shelters. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

You can find him stumbling around the Twitter at @rbripley.

Ripley is represented by Bob Sobhani at Authentic Talent & Literary Management.



Join us on the Second Saturday every month at:

Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

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As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Free Street Parking!
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