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An Interview with Hollywood Entertainment Executive Pat Quinn
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Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn is a prominent member of the Hollywood creative community, specializing in aiding entertainment companies in the packaging and development of projects for all media worldwide. Pat has also been considered to be one of the finest agents in Hollywood, combining years of experience with a working knowledge of the industry. As president of Quinn Media Management in Beverly Hills, Pat knows Hollywood inside and out.

Pat specializes in acquisitions, co-productions, and television show representation for national and international companies. Her clients include award winning screenwriters and U.K. television series formats which she packages for networks and cable. Pat’s international clients include TV2 Norway, TV3 and TV3e in Ireland, Tern Television, Scotland’s largest production company, and Motive Television in the UK.

Pat represents TRC's annual International Development Programme, sponsored by UK channels BBC and Ch 4. In addition, she has recently sold projects to SoapNet, Nickelodeon, Fox 2000, FX, ABC, CBS, A&E, NBC Universal Studios, ABC Family, the Disney Channel, ESPN, Tru TV, Sony, Showtime, Oxygen, HBO, and VH1.

Pat has had extensive entertainment industry experience in Hollywood, including senior positions in the television, film, and theater departments at Innovative Artists, ICM, Metropolitan Talent Agency, Paradigm, and Warner Bros. Television.

Pat is a graduate of Bennington College and the Yale Drama School. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Chapman University's Producing Program in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and an instructor and speaker at UCLA Extension, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NATPE, AFI, USC, and the Learning Annex. Pat is on the Board of Directors of Women in Film, Co-chair of the WIF Annual Entertainment Forum, and a Friend of BAFTA.

Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Pat was a development and marketing executive, producing projects for such major theatrical companies as the American Conservatory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the National Playwrights' Conference. Pat was also a development consultant for three years in the early stages of Robert Redford's Sundance Film Institute/Sundance Film Festival.

We spoke with Pat recently from her office in Beverly Hills about the world of the Hollywood agent and managing clients in the entertainment industry.

iStudioi: What inspired you to become an agent?

Pat Quinn: Everyone said to me “You should be an agent!” After several years of management and fundraising in regional theatre upon graduation from Yale, I became a development consultant for Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. I was inspired by what I saw at Sundance.

iStudioi: Once you made that decision, what was the next step?

Pat Quinn: I wanted to expand my horizons, and everyone said the best way to learn the television and film business was to be an agent. I was hired as Head of West Coast Theatre Office at ICM, and soon became a feature film casting agent. My path led me to other agencies and Warner Bros. Television as a series development executive.

iStudioi: Who are your clients?

Pat Quinn: My clients now include screenwriters, but also UK reality show formats, and a few channels in Western Europe. I consult with all of them as a television strategist – what US shows to import, and how to package their popular reality/alternative show so that it can be put on the air in the US. I consult with many types of clients who are interested in utilizing my high level relationships and insider experience to get their work done.

iStudioi: As a prominent agent, what is it that makes a screenplay engaging?

Pat Quinn: It has to have a great story and interesting structure.

iStudioi: What types of stories do you prefer?

Pat Quinn: I love comedy movies with Judd Apatow and Will Ferrell. I like lowbrow and highbrow material. I just saw the thriller Duplicity, and that was a beautifully written and produced script.

iStudioi: If an emerging writer wanted to become successful, what advice would you give that individual?

Pat Quinn: Get a short of your movie made. Put something representative of your voice up on YouTube. Take advantage of our amazing technology and start getting your work produced. It will be much easier to introduce your vision through a two minute YouTube or a short, than through a written script.

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