International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former studio executive, a blogger for The Huffington Post and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
Twenty years ago, Grisanti started her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years. She quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran current programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows including Medium, Numbers and NCIS.
In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her years of experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching her consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 500 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, thirty-four of her clients have staffed as writers on television shows, fourteen have sold pilots, and two of those pilots have gone to series.
Grisanti’s brand focus is “Telling and Selling Your Story and Developing From Within.” Currently, she is expanding her brand into storytelling in business with the launch of Change Your Story, Change Your Life. As a way to inspire business owners and entrepreneurs she is offering the following presentations: “How To Give A Winning Pitch: Finding Your Voice, Story-Driven Success” and “Moving Beyond Your ‘All Is Lost’ Moment.”
Grisanti’s speaking points include: how to write a log line for your business and a log line for your life, how to tell your story to ensure results; how to add fiction to your truth in your writing; how to be an active hero in your story; and how to be the author of your life.
Grisanti also has a Storywise Podcast Series available on iTunes and via her website, www.jengrisanticonsultancy.com. The podcasts dig deep into our top storytellers’ histories as a way to inform, motivate and inspire listeners to go after their dreams.
Grisanti has taught classes for the TV Writers Summit, The Big Island Film Festival, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Scriptwriters Network, the Great American Pitchfest and the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle. In addition, she has served on panels for the WGA, iTVFest, UFVA, PGA and The Writer’s Bootcamp, telling her story to inspire others.
Grisanti attended USC where she received a B.A. in Communications.
"Jen Grisanti was an absolute godsend this season of Writers on the Verge. She went above and beyond the call of duty, really getting to know the participants, catering her process to their individual styles and talents. She’s an incredible lady who genuinely cares about shaping each piece to its fullest potential."- Director of Development, Sci-Fi Channel
"Jen was a crowd favourite for the hundreds of attendees - highly professional, motivated, warm, she is a joy to work with. We can’t wait to get her back in Australia again!"- Producer / Company Director, Epiphany International Artists
"It’s a genuine delight to see useful, practical tactics for living a happier life coming out of Hollywood screenwriting theory."- Hollywood Development Executive, Author The Screenwriter's Journey
"Anyone who’s experienced a loss will find comfort and strength in Jen Grisanti’s powerful steps to creating a new life through creating a new life story. She combines classic storytelling principles with meaningful spiritual principles to guide you, step by step, toward achieving your fully realized life goals."- Head of CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Director of WGA Showrunner Training Program