JEN GRISANTI CONSULTANCY, INC. Los Angeles, CA
Story/Script Consultant and Independent Producer January 2008 – Present
Work with TV and screenwriters as well as novelists to help elevate their material and guide them to the next steps in their careers. Services include script consultation, coaching, career guidance, pitching, and prep for writer meetings. If the level of the writing warrants, services also include guiding writers to representation with agents, managers and/or attorneys.
WRITERS ON THE VERGE, NBC Burbank, CA
Writing Instructor September 2008 – Present
Teach the finalists for Writers on the Verge over a 10-week period about writing exceptional spec scripts and pilots that will help prepare them for being staffed. Each finalist will have a completed spec script and a pilot well on its way to being finished. Also assist interested finalists in finding representation
CBS PARAMOUNT NETWORK TELEVISION Hollywood, CA
VICE PRESIDENT OF CURRENT PROGRAMS, Nov 2004 – May 2007
Oversaw the Current process on five shows including four dramas and one comedy. Responsibilities include: working closely with the showrunners on the execution of story development, outlines, scripts, dailies and rough cuts, handling all elements of staffing the shows’ writers and directors, covering agents and managers, working with business affairs, production and casting at the studio, overseeing the budget, acting as the liaison with the network and reporting on the status of the shows during weekly staff meetings. (MEDIUM, NUMBERS, NCIS, 4400, GIRLFRIENDS (2005/2006)
SPELLING TELEVISION INC. Los Angeles, CA
HEAD OF CURRENT PROGRAMMING, May 2002 – 2004
Worked with Showrunners on the execution of story development, scripts, rough-cuts and staffing for Spelling’s Current prime time shows and pilots. Attend network meetings and conference calls, episodic notes meetings, rough-cuts, concept meetings, cast readings, and watch dailies for all shows. Do Development projects for Aaron Spelling and Jonathan Levin. (10-8, CHARMED, SEVENTH HEAVEN, SUMMERLAND)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CURRENT PROGRAMMING, June 1999 – May 2002
Worked with producers and writers on the execution of story development, scripts, rough-cuts and staffing for Spelling’s Current prime time shows and pilots. Attend network meetings and conference calls, episodic notes meetings, rough-cuts, concept meetings, cast readings, and watch dailies for all shows. Cover agents and incoming submissions. Meet with writers and directors. Do Development projects for Aaron Spelling and Jonathan Levin. (10-8, QUEENS SUPREME, CHARMED, SEVENTH HEAVEN, TITANS, ALL SOULS, ANY DAY NOW)
DIRECTOR, CURRENT PROGRAMMING, June 1998 – June 1999
Worked with producers and writers on the execution of story development, scripts, rough-cuts and staffing for Spelling’s Current prime time shows. Attend network meetings, internal story meetings, rough-cuts and all notes meetings. Write development notes. Watch dailies for all shows, go to cast readings. (CHARMED, RESCUE 77, 90210, MELROSE PLACE, SEVENTH HEAVEN, BUDDY FARO, THE NEW LOVE BOAT)
MANAGER, CURRENT PROGRAMMING, July 1996 – June 1998
Assisted series’ producers and writers on the execution of story development, scripts and rough-cuts and staffing for all of Spelling’s Current prime time shows. Responsible for writing development notes, episode synopsis and watching dailies for all shows. Attend Story Meetings and Development staff meetings. Generate a weekly Current Report. Conducted research for the M.O.W. department. (PACIFIC PALISADES, SAVANNAH, MELROSE PLACE, 90210, SEVENTH HEAVEN)
ASST. /SCRIPT COORDINATOR TO AARON SPELLING, April 1992 – June 1996
Read all scripts that came into the office: Pilots, MOW’s & Current scripts, corresponded with producers and networks about Mr. Spelling’s changes, responsible for oral and written script coverage, phones, dictation and production books.
ASSISTANT TO RENATE KAMER/SR. VICE PRESIDENT OF STI
In charge of charities, designing company ads, aided in publicity for all shows, put together show packages for charities, responsible for mail, & all business correspondence.
MARTIN RANSOHOFF PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Assistant to Mr. Ransohoff, 1991 – 1992
Responsibilities included; phones, scheduling appointments, all business correspondence, filing, assisting the Director of Creative Affairs with script coverage and correspondence to agents and authors.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
B.A., Communications with an emphasis in Cinema, May 1988.