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Pilar Alessandra  
Pilar Alessandra is a script consultant and director of the popular writing program “On the Page.”  She's trained writers and story analysts at Nickelodeon, MTV, and ABC/Disney.  She's taught at numerous conferences, including The ASA Festival, FTX West Conference, and The Great American Pitch Fest, and is an annual Star Speaker at the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo.

Pilar was a movie geek selling sandwiches out of a cart when she was hired as a script reader by Amblin Entertainment.  With the formation of DreamWorks, she became Senior Story Analyst and a reader liaison between the studio and Robert Zemeckis's company, ImageMovers.  Work at Interscope Communications then led her to become Senior Story Analyst for Scott Kroopf's production company, Radar Pictures.  She's also read for The Robert Evans Company, Cineville Entertainment, and Saturday Night Live Studios.

Pilar was later bitten by the "teaching bug" when she began teaching screenwriting and story analysis at UCLA Extension.  In 2001 she started her own company, “On the Page,” where she's helped hundreds of writers create, refine and sell their screenplays.

“On the Page” Script Consultation and Screenwriting Classes provides ongoing classes, workshops and private consultations for screenwriters at all levels.  Classes take a "dig into pages" approach, inspiring students to write or rewrite their stories in a matter of weeks.  Students and clients have sold to Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and Sony and have won prestigious contests such as the Nicholl Fellowship, Open Door, and Slamdance Competition.

In the interest of greater accessibility, Pilar has created a new "On the Page" DVD and presents weekly "On the Page" podcasts with guest hosts from within the industry.  The shows regularly appear in the Top 100 list of film and TV podcasts.
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