One-On-One with Writer and Co-Executive Producer Eric Haywood

Event Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017 || Speaker: Eric Haywood || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

This event is with a Writer and Co-Executive Producer who will discuss a variety of topics, including, writing strong characters, developing a compelling premise and/or story, how to pitch your project, among other topics. See more details below.


**The deadline has passed and REGISTRATION is now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.

Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.

Event starts at 1:00 pm.

No Refunds. No Credits.


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Eric Haywood was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He began his career as a music video director while still enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking. After relocating to Atlanta, Eric went on to direct and produce videos featuring such artists as Usher, Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, New Edition, Ice-T, Tupac Shakur, and legendary Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins. His video for Bay Area rapper E-40’s song “Sprinkle Me” was selected by MTV and XXL Magazine as the #10 Greatest West Coast Rap Video of All Time.

Eric then turned his focus to writing and moved to Los Angeles, where he landed work as a writer on such shows as ABC’s Private Practice and Showtime’s Soul Food: The Series. Along the way, he has periodically returned to his filmmaking roots, writing and directing three short films (Nick of TimeIntersection, and Staring at the Sun), each of which screened at various film festivals around the country.

Eric went on to write the Hallmark Channel original movie Relative Stranger, starring Eriq LaSalle (E.R.) and directed by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep). After premiering in 2009, the film garnered three NAACP Image Award nominations and a Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for Cicely Tyson.

Most recently, Eric wrote and directed the independent feature film Four of Hearts, and is currently a co-executive producer for the hit FOX drama Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

Twitter: @EricHaywood

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

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