Murder. Greed. Corruption. Lust.
And that's just your first three minutes.
Presented annually since 2002, First Pitch is an evening of rapid-fire storytelling that brings together the soon-to-graduate students from the bachelors and masters programs with representatives from across the industry including agents, managers, and producers.
Since its inception, First Pitch has attracted some of the entertainment industry's most prestigious companies, including CAA, William Morris, ICM, UTA, Paradigm, Endeavor, Fuse, Management 360, Sony, Paramount, Miramax, Universal and Thunder Road, to name but a few.
The scripts offered cover all genres in film, television and Web programming. First Pitch has proven invaluable to students as a means to reach out to the industry to forge relationships that can help launch their careers.
A sampling of past First Pitch participants who parlayed their experience into professional trajectories includes Caroline Dries (Smallville), Christina Kim (Lost), Kam Miller (Law & Order SVU), Brad Riddell (American Pie Band Camp) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (Numb3rs).
First Pitch is organized and operated by students in the division, overseen by members of the faculty and staff. By tradition, each year's event is hosted by an alumnus or alumna from the school who has made a significant creative impact in writing for film, television or new media.
Past First Pitch Hosts include:
Shonda Rhimes, M.F.A. '94, creator/executive producer Grey's Anatomy
Josh Schwartz creator/executive producer The O.C
Jamie Vanderbilt, B.F.A. '99, writer Basic
Andrew Marlowe, M.F.A. '92, writer Air Force One
Jeff Davis, M.F.A. '00, Criminal Minds
Elisa Bell, B.F.A. '87, author of Little Black Book
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, M.F.A. '02, staff writer on Numb3rs
Matthew Weiner, M.F.A. '90, creator/executive producer Mad Men
Brian Peterson, M.F.A. '97, executive producer Smallville
Scripts offered at First Pitch are also assembled into the annual Script List, which is made available exclusively to representatives attending the event. The Script List is subsequenly published online two weeks later.