What is Pitchmart?

PitchMart is an annual event available to Ken Rotcop's Screenwriter's Workshop students who really want to work in the business. Ken's writers are given the opportunity to pitch their scripts that have gone through the workshop to Studio and Production company executives, as well as agents and managers on a one-on-one basis. PitchMart will be held at the Smokehouse, September 21-23, 2017 in Burbank, California across the street from Warner Brother Studios.

The Smokehouse

4420 Lakeside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-3731
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Out-of-town Arrangements

Ken recommends that out-of-town writers stay in near Woodland Hills for practice your pitch sessions with Ken the evening before PitchMart.  When calling or emailing reservations be sure to ask for weekend or special rates.  Please make arrangements for your own transportation to the Practice Your Pitch Workshop and Pitchmart.  Uber is an excellent choice for transportion in the Los Angeles area.  Prices of hotel rooms may vary due to dates and seasons.

Best Western Woodland Hills
21830 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills , CA 91364
Phone: 1 818-340-1000

Warner Center Marriott
21850 Oxnard Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

6360 Canoga Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

The airports in the area are either LAX or Burbank , depending on where you're coming from.  Note that the Burbank airport (a.k.a. Bob Hope Airport ) is much closer to Hollywood than LAX (and a lot easier to get in and out of!).

*Hotel Rates Subject to Change

Pitchmart Format

The PitchMart is an informal event. There will be numerous producers and development executives in attendance with a few agents and/or managers mixed in. We won't have a final list of who's coming until a few days before PitchMart.

When you arrive, you'll get a writer's packet with a list of all the execs, their contact info, and what type of material they're looking for.  You will then have the opportunity to meet each exec one-on-one and pitch your scripts.  There is no time limit.  There's a break for lunch and an opportunity to sit with an exec you may have hit it off with, then back to pitching.

After PitchMart is done, the producers/execs/agents/managers submit a list of the scripts that they want to receive. This information is shared with the writers within the following week – either during your regular scheduled workshop or meeting with Ken or via email.

Practice-Your-Pitch Workshop

If you are coming from out-of-town, you are invited to attend Ken’s regularly scheduled workshop two days before PitchMart. You have the opportunity to talke about your script, practice your pitch with Ken, and listen to pitches from other writers. 

Private Friday Meeting One-on-One with Ken

If you would like an opportunity to sit down with Ken privately.  Ken offers 1 hour lessons for $100.  If you are planning on meeting with Ken, RSVP so he can schedule you in his calendar. Ken's calendar fills up quickly so don't delay.

Price for PitchMart is $179 paid in advance or $200 at the door.

Hire an Actor to Pitch

For any writer who cannot make the PitchMart but would still like their script or scripts pitched, Ken has a number of actors and actresses who will pitch your story for you. If you hire one of our actors or actresses, they will call you and practice your pitch with you before the PitchMart. You can also make arrangements with them to read your screenplay, if you like.

The charge to use an actor or actress to pitch is $179 for the PitchMart, plus $100 for the actor - $279 total. If you are interested, you will pay Ken the full amount (one payment), and he will then pay the actor or actress their part.  The payment includes multiple scripts to be pitched, but all of the scripts must have been through Ken's workshop first and received his stamp of approval.

After the PitchMart, the actor or actress will follow up with a call to let you know how he or she did and what kind of feedback they received from the executives. The final results will be sent out via email sometime later that week after the PitchMart.


If you are coming to the PitchMart, please contact us.  Also, please let us know if you will be attending the Thursday night workshop and also if you will be needing a ride.

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They Are Saying...

“Before you can get someone to read your screenplay you have to know how to pitch them on the idea. Ken Rotcop is the master at teaching writers how to pitch. Remember, it’s all in the pitch!”

Oprah Winfrey The Oprah Winfrey Show

Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, NPR

“Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered with water and the other third is covered with people who have fabulous ideas for shows if only a producer would give them an opportunity. Ken Rotcop, an award-winning writer and producer, provides a guiding light to this group.”

Robert Siegel, All Things Considered, NPR

Andrea Leigh Wolf

"Mr. Rotcop was the single most influential person I met in those early years in my career. He gave me the courage to go after my dream."

Andrea Leigh Wolf, Author of Sell Your Screenplay: Your Guide To The Independant Film and Television Producer.

“Forget about snappy dialogue, characterization and plot. It’s the pitch that gets a script read and a movie deal done. If it were not for Ken Rotcop, most new writers would be out of the loop.”

John Lippman, Wall Street Journal

“Ken Rotcop is the guru when it comes to teaching writing.”

Starz’ Entertainment Tonight

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