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Old 01-30-2010, 01:08 PM   #1
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Question Does anyone know about Entertainment Research Institute?

They called us to see if our TV project was still available and want us to do a pitch call to an as yet unidentified producer.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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They called us to see if our TV project was still available and want us to do a pitch call to an as yet unidentified producer.
Ah yes - their famous 'pitch call'.

In the old days it was simple - you'd have a conversation with an unidentified producer who would mysteriously refuse to tell you his name or credits. He would listen to your pitch, then tell you he's 'recommending' you for some "elite coverage" which will cost you $500.

They might have also hit you for a $260 'enrollment fee' before the 'pitch call'. The company was run by some guy with a camera hire business in Dallas !!

They would get 'clients' by simply spamming people .. but pretend it was a 'VIP' program.

If you have time to waste and want to yank their chain for a while, let us know how it goes - I certainly hope they are more polished now !

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(PS: I suspect the producer will remain unnamed until you pay them money.)
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
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I got a call from "Mary" tonight as well...she set up a conference call for later this week...was very skeptical...at least I can have some fun with them now...
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Judging from their website and their IMDB Pro entry I'd say it's scam.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:00 AM   #5
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I got a call from "Mary" tonight as well...she set up a conference call for later this week...was very skeptical...at least I can have some fun with them now...
I think folks should suggest random elements in this thread that you can try to incorporate into your pitch and see how long it takes them to realize that you're messing with them.

Might I suggest a blind taxidermist with a gambling problem.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:08 AM   #6
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Pitch a tv adaptation of Matchstick Men. And be sure to ask them for money.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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I think folks should suggest random elements in this thread that you can try to incorporate into your pitch and see how long it takes them to realize that you're messing with them.

Might I suggest a blind taxidermist with a gambling problem.
please provide transcripts. we all want to be entertained.

actually, you should take this upstairs to the story development section and get some wacky ideas from the peeps around here.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:18 PM   #8
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I had my phone call and was actually more impressed by the fellow calling me than I expected...a little about him:

Jethro Rothe-Kushel is a 21 year-old Los Angeles native. Growing up in and around Hollywood movie sets, Jethro wanted to make films as a young child. At age nine he made his first documentary and at ten his first music video. At fourteen he created his first award-winning festival film. Since, he has created hundreds of narrative, documentary, experimental, and commercial films. In 2001, Rothe-Kushel was awarded the "Breaking Out Award" for best up-and-coming director by the Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles.

He asked for no money...asked to see one of my scripts...very polite...yes, a little young, but not cocky or anything...and a guy that does an award winning doc about homelessness in downtown LA can't be too bad a guy...
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:26 PM   #9
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21? Awarded an award in 2001? Breakout? From the Silver Lake Film Festival?

Well. He's working it, anyway.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:27 PM   #10
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Sounds like an interesting guy.

I'm glad to see they aren't trying to pretend that they are connecting people up with industry big-wigs anymore !

Good luck,

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