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AiF INDUSTRY PRESENTS
The Importance of an Agent
With UTA's Peter Dodd
During his undergrad days at Harvard, Dodd studied religion and politics, not exactly a go-to combo for a future agent. But the Boston native counters that the skill set does come in handy when negotiating. "I specialize in peacemaking," he says. "That's what you learn to do when you study religion and politics."
After graduating magna cum laude, the Hasty Pudding alum spent three and a half years as a strategy consultant at Mitt Romney's Bain Capital before he took the "humbling" plunge into UTA's mailroom in 2009. "I was surprised to learn how important teamwork was instead of striking out in a bombastic way. Those who do that don't last long at an agency," says Dodd, who lives in West Hollywood with his rescue dog, Cleopatra. After becoming an agent in 2013, he cultivated a roster of writers and directors that regularly appear on the Black List. Among them: Jonathan Perera, whose timely gun control drama Miss Sloane will debut in December; David Mackenzie, who directed the indie breakout Hell or High Water; and writer Michael Werwie.
Dodd, an avid supporter of the arts and the LGBTQ community, also negotiated for client Frank John Hughes to write an original crime thriller for Paramount and Splinter Cell for New Regency and set up Daniel Hashimoto's Action Movie Kid film at Fox 2000 after the animation veteran's short went viral on YouTube.
MODERATED BY JIAO CHEN
Jiao is a Creative Executive at Fox 2000, where he is focused on developing character driven movies and book-to-film adaptations. Before joining the studio, Jiao worked at Lin Pictures as the assistant to Dan Lin. There, he worked on a diverse range of movies including THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and the forthcoming films NINJAGO, IT and DEATHNOTE. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Jiao was an independent producer in Australia and produced a string of acclaimed short films and documentaries.
Tuesday, August 22
Australians in Film's Creative Collective
650 N Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles 90038