In this episode of Film Reverie we were lucky to be joined by Joey Tuccio, President of Stage 32’s Happy Writers. Joey Tuccio is a former development executive that has turned his vast knowledge and insider’s perspective to helping writers gain representation and get their scripts sold. To date, Happy Writers has lead to over 100 screenwriters launching their careers by securing representation, being optioned or sold, or landing work writing for either television or film. We felt very fortunate to get to pick his brain for a little bit and we are excited to share our conversation with you.
Stage32 Happy Writers is a script consulting service consisting of active industry professionals that help you create a solid, marketable screenplay. Most of our consultants CURRENTLY work at production companies, agencies and management companies. Our goal is to get your script in the hands of people that can MAKE your script!
About Stage 32 Happy Writers
Joey Tuccio founded The Happy Writers back in 2011 after working as an executive for various film production companies including Bold Films (DRIVE, WHIPLASH). Joey has always had a soft spot for screenwriters and the myriad of challenges they face in trying to break into the industry. Similarly, Joey had often heard the plight of many development executives, managers, and agents in the industry who found it challenging to discover quality material and exceptional new talent. His novel idea to connect screenwriters and executives via Skype was an instant success.
In 2013, The Happy Writers joined forces with Stage 32 to host a number of Online Pitchfests giving screenwriters the opportunity to pitch to a variety of executives over the course of a single weekend. The sessions were an instant success. In April of 2014, Stage 32 acquired The Happy Writers and named Joey President of the (now titled) Stage 32 Happy Writers – a division of Stage 32.
To date, The Happy Writers and the Online Pitchfests in conjunction with Stage 32 has lead to over 100 screenwriters launching their careers by securing representation, being optioned or sold, or landing work writing for either television or film. The Stage 32 Happy Writers is proud to boast over 250 managers, agents, producers, directors of development, and other high level decision makers in our stable of executives who hear pitches for the company. Many of these executives also provide coverage services (never guess who’s reading your script ever again!), teach classes and labs, and offer mentoring opportunities exclusively for The Stage 32 Happy Writers.
Simply put, I have never met anyone who cares more about helping screenwriters realize their dreams like Joey. As a screenwriter myself, I understand all too well how tough it is to go it alone and to make your way in what is a very difficult and competitive business. Joey’s honesty, enthusiasm, and unbridled passion for connecting writer with executive makes the whole process not only easier, but significantly more collaborative. His track record speaks for itself. I’m proud and honored to have him as a part of the Stage 32 family.
The Stage 32 Happy Writers will continue the passionate and honorable precedent Joey Tuccio set back in 2011. We will continue to take you beyond the gatekeepers to the feet of the decision makers. The best is yet to come.