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September 30, 2021

Santa Monica Content Creator Clea DeCrane Selected to Showcase Story at Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth Minnesota

The Catalyst Content Festival will be held September 29th – October 3rd, 2021 in Duluth, Minnesota

The Catalyst Story Institute has selected a finalist from Santa Monica to present at the annual Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth on September 29th to October 3rd.

Storyteller Clea DeCrane, from Santa Monica, was selected for the project Following Hannah Stone. Brooke Jensen is in the eye of a quarter-life crisis hurricane, which stems from the bullying she endured in high school. When her prime teen tormentor Hannah Stone suddenly deleted her socials, Brooke spirals out, and begins an instragram-fueled stalking spree, hunting down various bullies from her past until she finds the ultimate one.

What will she do when she sees Hannah after almost a decade? She has no clue -- she just knows she needs to do it.

Over the course of five days, in addition to screenings, events include table reads, pitch presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

The festival, held in partnership with the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences & ATAS, is the premier showcase for the independent television industry.

About Following Hannah Stone: Brooke Jensen is in the eye of a quarter-life crisis hurricane, which stems from the bullying she endured in high school. When her prime teen tormentor Hannah Stone suddenly deleted her socials, Brooke spirals out, and begins an instragram-fueled stalking spree, hunting down various bullies from her past until she finds the ultimate one. What will she do when she sees Hannah after almost a decade? She has no clue -- she just knows she needs to do it.

"We are in the new golden age of television – with streaming having completely changed the game. There is a huge appetite for quality content and for new voices and storytellers," said Philip Gilpin, Jr., Catalyst Executive Director. "Creating pathways for new voices and storytellers to have their stories heard is our mission.

The program brings independent story artists together with industry pros and representatives of major industry companies, and the sessions enable the content creators to refine their show presentation. Submissions include TV series, podcasts, and social/web-based content. They can be in any stage of development from pitch to post-production. No films are allowed. The jury and other industry participants include experienced TV showrunners, producers and development executives, writers and directors, network executives, talent agents, digital and podcast executives.

Sixty-seven finalists will be screened this year, 21 of them international submissions that reach Catalyst through its work with the US State Department's Innovation Station, a program designed to reach creators in several countries. Recent participants of Catalyst have gone on to achieve success in all facets of the TV industry, including selling their show to a network, securing top agency representation, getting hired as writers and directors on hot shows including HBOMax's Gossip Girl, the Blacklist, New Amsterdam, Grey's Anatomy and Kenan as writers, directors, and assistant showrunners.

 

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