Meet the Reader

Brianne Hogan meets the gatekeepers who read the scripts you write

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Meet the Reader: Olga Lexell

Script Reader Olga Lexell talks about how to avoid the slush pile, what type of scripts get the all-important green light, and why randomness is not the same as originality.

By Brianne Hogan. Growing up, script reader Olga Lexell was a bit of a nomad, living in a handful of different countries, but there was always one constant in her life: film. “My mother exposed me to a lot of indie and foreign films when I was a kid,” Lexell recalls. “I used to go […]

 Brianne Hogan

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

Meet the Reader: Nicole Saltz

"Protagonists are kind of like North Stars." Script consultant Nicole Saltz talks about what she looks for in screenplays.

By Brianne Hogan Growing up, script consultant Nicole Saltz was more interested in reading books than screenplays. Heavily influenced by her mother, an English teacher, and her maternal grandmother (“A great lover of literature”), young Nicole, a Toronto resident by way of South Africa, could be found with her nose in a book rather than […]

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Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Meet the Reader: Amanda Pendolino

Script Reader Amanda Pendolino talks grammar, multi-tasking and reading more.

By Brianne Hogan Sure, her college degree sounds scientific – a Bachelor of Science in Television – but script reader Amanda Pendolino didn’t spend much time in the lab at school. “I’m endlessly amused that I got a Bachelor of Science in Television without taking a single science class,” Pendolino says. A native of Buffalo, […]

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Meet the Reader: Bitter Script Reader

Meet the Reader: Bitter Script Reader

Brianne Hogan meets the man behind the puppet behind the pseudonym.

By  Brianne Hogan. One can expect a bit of mystery from a Hollywood script reader who goes by the pseudonym Bitter Script Reader (and who sometimes goes by the name Zuul, which is, yes, fittingly inspired by the infamous gatekeeper from “Ghostbusters”). We’re not sure what companies he’s worked for the in past, or which […]

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Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Meet the Reader: Kate Rocheleau

Script reader Kate Rocheleau takes you inside the script business

By Brianne Hogan. To sell a screenplay or a TV pilot, the emerging screenwriter first needs to get it past a reader, like Kate Rocheleau. She is a gatekeeper (well, one of many) who decides whether a screenwriter’s work gets passed along to the big guys who sign the checks. A true New Englander (she […]