Creative Script Consulting

Taking the wonder out of “is my screenplay good enough”

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Specializing in helping writers get their scripts to industry standards for submission to agents and production companies since 2001

My name is Leah Estrin

Entertainment Development Executive

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Where I Come From

I started my career at Imagine Entertainment as a story editor and creative executive. During my 10 years with Imagine I worked on such films as Inside Man, Fun With Dick & Jane, Inside Deep Throat, Dude I Love Your Mom, Would You Rather, and Christmas in July.

I was also credited for setting up the true-life story "The Knife" at Universal as well as running Imagine’s story department overseeing story analysts, monitoring options, writer agreements, and title registrations.

Following Imagine I was a freelance executive for Disney Channel Original Movies setting up multiple projects including My Invisible Sister and Alex Unlimited.

With a strong passion for family oriented programming I hold a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and an MFA from UCLA's Producing Program.

What I Do

I specialize in helping writers get their projects to industry standards.

Taking from my experience in film & television development together we'll get your project to where your script has the right theme, plot, and characters that the writer is aiming to achieve. We will tap into what drew the writer to create their story and blossom from there.

The goal of my service is to make your script an engaging story worthy of submission to industry agents and production companies.

my contact information

CSC is a service for New & Advanced Screenwriters

Creative Script Consulting - Los Angeles, California

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With decades of experience in film & television development I can
help you advance to your next project while finding a champion for your last.

Teaching Experience

Lecturer — Department of Communications, California State University Dominguez Hills

2015

Instructor of Special Topics: Producing Workshop
Instructor of Special Topics: Story Development II

Lecturer — Film 2 Future – Film Workshop For High School Students Initiative from RL Leaders, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, and Haven Entertainment

2015-2016

Created the curriculum for the story structure & theory, screenwriting and industry overview sections
Instructor of the story structure and screenwriting courses

Entertainment Industry Experience

“Creatively Empowering Others Since 2001”

External Development Assessor — Film Victoria, Melbourne

2014-current

Advisor for Film Victoria on the viability of Australian generated screenplays in the North American market

Script Consultant — Creative Script Consulting, Los Angeles, CA

2012-current

Script Editor
Work with writers to improve their scripts & pitch materials
Assist production companies in identifying plot & character issues with Film & TV projects in development
Guest speaker at various writer workshop & labs

Freelance Development Exec. –
Disney Channel Original Movies

2012-2012

Evaluated scripts, books, articles, and plays sourcing new projects. Set up projects; My Invisible Sister, Awkward, and Alex Unlimited. Listened to pitches. Met with writers and directors searching for emerging talent. Liaised with agencies about new materials. Wrote development notes on scripts.

Creative Executive – Imagine Entertainment

2009-2012

Brought in several projects including The Knife, set up at Universal. Key creative on numerous projects in development including; Dude I Love Your Mom, Would You Rather, Christmas in July, Flock of Dudes, and The Knife. Tracked new talent by meeting with writers, directors and actors and attending showcases. Read scripts, books, articles, and plays in order to find new projects. Heard and evaluated numerous pitches. Wrote development notes on scripts. Generated writer, director and actor lists for comedy and drama projects at various budgets. Interacted with agencies about new materials and open writing and directing assignments. Interacted with studio executives tracking their material and talent interests.

Story Editor – Imagine Entertainment

2006-2009

Oversaw the story department, which included hiring readers, assigning and reviewing coverage, and managing the story department budget. Responsible for monitoring status of all option, purchase and writer agreements. Point person for MPAA, handling all title registrations, protests and waivers. Sourced new projects, talent and materials. Kept director & writer logs.

Creative Assistant to Kim Roth –
Imagine Entertainment

2001-2006

Handled all aspects of managing a very busy office during project development, production and post-production on a variety of projects, including Inside Man, Fun with Dick & Jane and the documentary Inside Deep Throat. Participated in staff meetings, provided notes, researched ideas. Organized and maintained BTL crew lists, reels and resumes for productions.

my education

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Malcolm Forbes

Master Fine Arts, Producing – UCLA

1998-2000

Bachelor Fine Arts, Film Prod. – Chapman University

1994-1998

selected script editor & consulting projects

Odd — 2017

Writer: Jill Moylan

The Projectionist — 2017

Writer: Marcus McKenzie
Producer: Kristy Stark

The Chainbreakers — 2015

Writer: Luke Preston
Director: Mark Lamprell
Producer: Antony Ginnane

Circle Work — 2015

Writer: Tim Ferguson & Edwina Exton
Director: Tim Ferguson
Producer: David Redman

The Three Lucias — 2014

Writer/Director: Sandrine Scribberas
Producer: David Redman

Preggers — 2014

Writer: Janet Duncan

Have a project that you want to get started?
Don’t hesitate, feel free to get in touch with me.

Leah is not your run of the mill script consultant that offers nothing truly constructive. Leah is the complete opposite of that.

Jefferson Rich - Screenwriter

Leah is great to work with and I recommend her to any writer. She has a great eye for detail, and an incredible knowledge of story, character and consistency.

James Mixon - Producer, Director

Leah's extraordinary ability to shape scripts while championing the writer's unique voice has created opportunities for some of the best meetings of my career.

Kelly Anelons - Screenwriter

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