Friday, September 10, 2010

Until You Walk the Path: Stephen Mitchell

Until You Walk the Path, You Don’t Know Where it Goes will be hosting producer and networking expert, Stephen Mitchell on September 12 at 5 pm eastern.

Although born and raised in Southern California, Stephen Mitchell began his film making career in Paris, France with the satirical Montmartre, followed shortly by The French Chef, which starred the Cesar-winning actor Philippe Leotard. Since returning to California, Stephen has written, produced and directed 12 movies, created and produced more than a thousand televised one-act plays and the critically-acclaimed Confessions web and (Interview) television series. He judged Best Directing in a Comedy Series for the Cable ACE awards during the last nine years of its existence. In 2001, he authored the book How to Start a Hollywood Career Without Having to Go There.

In 1980, Stephen founded an entertainment industry think tank in the guise of a repertory company for film and television labeled The New Hollywood Studio System. In the repertory environment, Stephen authored a number of intellectual properties including the Action/ReAction technique for actors and a curriculum for writer/directors; both bearing directly on advertising and marketing concerns. .In formulating the New Hollywood Studio System, he felt it was important to take into account the present-day dynamics affecting the world of entertainment content, advertising and public relations as well as the development and management of talent..

In 1985, Stephen pioneered a unique application of product integration in branded entertainment with his cable TV series (Interview). .I wanted to sell a product that nobody wanted to a public that had an aversion to buying. It was important to him that the show, which was actually a 28-minute commercial, be perceived as entertainment and not as a product pitch. Furthermore, it was imperative that, in purchasing the product, the buyer was made to feel part of a select group of cognoscenti.. The series was lauded by critics and attracted a cult following that included Oscar, Emmy, Peabody and Grammy winners. It succeeded in attracting buyers for his ideas and garnered a first-look deal for him with Tri-Star Pictures. (

Mitchell has been one of the driving forces behind InterFund. A new business social networking site, which provides entrepreneurs and project originators with a venue in which to privately expose their business plans to qualified and vetted funders. It is often the case that networking groups suffer from the fact that the membership consists entirely of those seeking funding and lack parties able to bring funds to a project.

Currently, Stephen is producing a documentary on the Ferrari GTO, one of which he used to own, and he is co-producing a documentary on the tobacco industry with Charlie Evans Jr (The Aviator).

Tune in at on September 12 at 5:00 pm eastern to learn more about film industry from insider Stephen Mitchell.. The phone lines and chat will be available for those who wish to talk to Mitchell call (347) 324-3745 or Skype is available by using the click to talk on the show page.. The interactive chat room is also available.

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