Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 4, 2010

Eddie Gamarra Literary Manager Gotham Group

Last weekend I attended Eddie Gamarra’s workshop about television and new media.  Eddie is a literary manager/producer at The Gotham Group.  He represents screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers, and animation studios around the world that specilizes in children and family entertainment.  His main focus is in animation and literature ranging from picture books, novels, anthologies, and graphic novels.  He is located in Los Angeles and his clients include numerous New York Times best-selling authors, illustrators, as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott, Newberry, and Geisel award winners.

He had some interesting things to say, here are some:

1. The reason they tell people to start with selling your book and then approach Hollywood is because Hollywood buys all rights with any idea, so at least you if you have sold the book, then you still have something that will give you on going income.

2. No one reads in Hollywood.  It is all concept – ideas – not story, not characters.  So if you want to sell a book for a movie, etc. then you need to come up with a pilot script and movie trailer.  It’s all sound bites in LaLa Land.  If you are lucky a producer might hand your book to his housekeeper to read.

3. There’s no money in TV – it’s all merchandising.  He coined a word, “Toyettic.”  But remember once you sell your idea, you lose control over the toys and other merchandising ideas.

4. He said that your book will need a strong male character for it to make it in the movies, since there are about 8 male actors that will really sell a movie at the box office.  The ladies don’t have that same affect on sales, so if your story is about a child, you need to make sure there is a strong adult male in the screenplay that will carry the movie.

5. Television is character driven.  He gave the example of Homer Simpson.  It is Homer and how the audience knows him that allows the show to go on for 20 years.

One thing you should know about the Gotham Group; they will not even open something sent to them unless you have been recommended by someone they know.  So if you have something that is exceptionally great, you better find someone who could contact them on your behalf or it will never get seen.

Below are some photos of editors at the Friday night cocktail party.

If you attended the conference and want to share any of your notes or thoughts, we’d love to receive them.

Thanks,

Kathy


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  1. Kathy, this is very helpful info for anyone thinking along these lines. That’s probably one of the best things about attending conferences, etc.–you hear the inside story from people actually ON the inside! Great stuff. Thank you!
    Donna

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    • Donna,

      I have the feeling that trying to get through in Hollywood is much harder than what we go through.

      Kathy

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  2. Very good and honest view of hollywood that more writers would do well to consider

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    • It seems that you need a friend or mentor to get anywhere in Hollywood.

      Kathy

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  3. Hi, How to reach Mr. Eddie Camarra, Im a screenwriter looking for an agent to represent me

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    • Nirline,

      Sorry, I took so long to get back to you. I think it would be very hard to acquire Eddie for an agent. In his talk, he suggested that you write a book first and get it published, then he would work with the publisher if he liked the book. Gotham Group is not really open to new people. I would suggest contacting some other agents in LA.

      Kathy

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  4. Hello I just read the article above I was very interesting to know you need to know someone in Hollywood to even get your book looked at. Well I just published my very first novel called Immortal Lovers The Ultimate Sacrifice I think it would be something Hollywood would be interested in if I had the right agent. I would like to have it made into a movie who can I begin talking to, to make this happen? To find out more about my book and me here is my webpage information. http://www.andreadcollins.com Thanks for your time.

    Andrea

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