Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 12, 2006
NYU Film grads are making their professional network, http://www.TribeHollywood.com, accessible to anyone in the entertainment industry.
Two years ago, founder and NYU Film grad Ilja von Nagel sought to combine his desire to get his screenplays out of the drawer with his knowledge of Internet programming.
Von Nagel launched TribeHollywood.com, which extends traditional social networking by adding a way to network based on entertainment projects such as films, screenplays, headshots, plays, etc.
The site grew quickly into an ultra-exclusive network for NYU Film, Art and Business grads mingling and hooking up for projects.
"The site was bursting at the seams, though," says co-founder Tracey Adlai, "because it's all about networking and networking calls for more and more quality people. People started trying to scam us by pretending they were NYU grads. So sooner or later, it was just too tempting to go all-out industry-wide."
Of course - this being Hollywood, after all - the site has a gatekeeper who checks new members' qualifications, such as an imdb.com credit or a professional email address. "If you want to break into Hollywood," jokes von Nagel, "you don't have to pay $20 to park on Sunset anymore. You can be rejected right in the comfort of your own home."
Once you're in, however, you can distribute your press kits and sample pages, get feedback on your projects, display video and sound, find partners and mass-mail query letters to the network.
"The most popular feature, however," von Nagel says with a grin, "are the stats where you see who checked you out, who saw your logline, browsed your project, and so on. It's almost as if Hollywood people are a bit obsessed with themselves."
TribeHollywood.com now has roughly 5,000 professional members, 2,000 active projects and receives approximately 400,000 page views a month.
"The best thing about it," says von Nagel, "is going to a party and running into people who tell me they found agents, producers, distributors, projects, etc. on my site." And did he get his screenplays out of the drawer? "My loglines were viewed 21,745 times as of May 8th," he says, "my profile was seen 1,562 times in the last six months, 217 people downloaded my sample pages, two people have hired me for rewrites and one bought a feature script."
TribeHollywood invites all entertainment industry and creative professionals, independent filmmakers, serious artists and students of the arts to join at http://www.tribehollywood.com.
Log in using:
Ilja von Nagel
Hollywood, CA 90068
TribeHollywood.com Co-Founder / Film Festival Director
Tribe Hollywood Screenname: tracey