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Adaptations: The Nuts & Bolts of Translating Source Material to the Screen

Agents, hollywood producers and publishers are always searching for the next great story. But not all writers start from scratch. Oftentimes, ideas come from the things we see, read, write and hear. The challenge for many is how to transition these materials from their original form of a book, article, and story into a full-fledged viable screenplay and adaptation for other mediums. Watch, listen and learn during this interactive session as savvy industry professionals demystify the process of adaptations.


Tamar Halpern
has adapted four properties for the screen. Her first script is about famed but forgotten journalist Nellie Bly, for which Halpern was awarded a fellowship from Paramount Pictures. Next she adapted the young adult novel Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, written by The New York Times bestseller Wendy Mass. Halpern directed the film starring Mira Sorvino, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Urie. Halpern then optioned Wendy Mass’ A Mango Shaped Space about a young girl with synesthesia. Halpern was most recently hired to write about the life of Stacey Moskal Parsons, a young woman who died at age 22 from cancer but considered herself lucky to have married her husband, an Iraqi veteran, six months before her death.

Maria C. Miles, Esq.
is the founding partner of an entertainment law firm with offices in New York. Ms. Miles’ practice focuses on all areas of entertainment law including, film, music, publishing, fashion and new media.  Most recently, Maria served as general counsel for a multimedia start-up overseeing a diverse range of matters including technology licensing and intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights and patents) both in the US and abroad. Prior to her role as in-house counsel, Maria was counsel to award-winning actors, writers, producers, television hosts, multi-platinum recording artists, and corporations in the fashion industry related to their entertainment matters.


Katharine Sands
is a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York. She is the editor of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye and has been a guest expert on writing and publishing for Poets and Writers, The American Society of Journalists and Authors, New York University, and the New York State Council on the Arts.




Jennifer S. Wilkov
(Moderator) is a #1 international best-selling award-winning author, an award-winning freelance writer, and a respected book & business consultant in her business called “Your Book Is Your Hook!” She supports first time writers and seasoned authors teaching the essentials to writing a bestseller: a great project, a strong platform and a well-polished pitch, presentation and hook for their book or project. She teaches for The Writers Store, Writers Digest, and myriad conferences and events for writers. Her keen eye for stories that sell for both books and in Hollywood is trusted by industry professionals who appreciate her savvy in seeing the many possibilities a subject can lend itself to.

Produced by Jennifer S. Wilkov


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts