Hard Truths: What Film and TV Reps Actually Want

A special Town Hall event in which two top reps peel back the curtain into the attributes they look for in a potential client. Take out your notepads (digital or otherwise) and get ready for some insider advice ...

Moderators Matt Misetich and Ruth Sabin of Script Pipeline will be joined by John Zaozirny (Bellevue) and Halle Mariner (APA).

[Recorded August 17, 2022]


Hailing from the Midwest, Halle Mariner graduated from Columbia College Chicago in film business before moving out to L.A. Previously, she worked in film sales for Shoreline Entertainment and Preferred Content. Currently, Halle works at APA as an agent in the Scripted Literary Department. As a honoree of Colour Associates 2019 Next Up List, Halle has been on boards for Women Wednesday’s BIPOC Mentorship Program Committee, #Startwith8 Mentorship program, and HRTSA Committee.

APA is midsize full service agency repping clients from talent, music, literary across TV, Film and Books, branding, comedy touring and more. Representing clients like Gary Oldman, Melissa Leo, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Regina Hall, Justin Chon (BLUE BAYOU), Ms. Pat, John Carpenter, Derek Kolstad (John Wick Franchise), and many more.


John Zaozirny oversees the feature film production and Literary Management Team for Bellevue Productions. His clients’ writing and directing credits include INFINITE, PARALLEL, ELI, BAD MATCH, BETTER WATCH OUT, HEAVY TRIP, OFFICE UPRISING, SPLINTER, A CROOKED SOMEBODY, amongst others. As well, his clients have had 26 scripts on the last seven Black Lists, the annual list of the best unproduced feature scripts, including BLONDE AMBITION, the number one script on the 2016 Black List, HEADHUNTER, the number one script on the 2020 Black List, and CAULIFLOWER, the number one script on the 2021 Black List.

His clients have also written on TV shows such as SHANTARAM, FBI INTERNATIONAL, BOSCH, MR ROBOT, TRAINING DAY, TINY PRETTY THINGS, HAWAII FIVE-O, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and HAND OF GOD, amongst others. 

He was an executive producer on the feature films ALWAYS WATCHING and PARALLEL and produced ELI,  which was released by Netflix. He most recently produced INFINITE, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Dylan O’Brien, which was released by Paramount Plus.

Raised in Vancouver, Canada, John is a graduate of the Tisch Film and Television program at New York University.  

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