Reed Agnew Visits Steeltown

Reed Agnew, known for his work on FX’s Wilfred and Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, visited Steeltown to share his story and answer questions regarding his career as a writer and showrunner. 

Reed’s off-the-wall humor kept us all on our toes and excited to hear more. We can’t thank him enough for taking time out of his Pittsburgh visit to meet with us!

Keep your eyes peeled for Reed’s latest project, Son of Zorn, an animated/live-action television comedy starring a cartoon barbarian who’s trying to adjust to suburban boredom.

Youth & Media’s Busy Summer

Our Youth & Media program kept themselves busy this summer by giving 18 kids from around Southwestern PA the opportunity to learn leadership skills and the tools to start a career in the entertainment industry.

We partnered with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board & Learn and Earn Pittsburgh to give Pittsburgh’s youth an opportunity to jumpstart their careers. During the summer, our crew got the chance to film Steelers great, Jerome Bettis, as well as meeting and filming other kids working at different organizations within the Learn and Earn program.

What’s summer when it’s all work and no play, though? Our team also participated in field trips that exposed them to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. Plus, they loved the free pizza perk!

We’re so incredibly proud of the youth that we worked with this summer. Despite their age, they showed impressive responsibility and work ethic, and we know they’re destined to make a mark in Pittsburgh and beyond. Check out the hard work they put into the video below that they created for Learn and Earn Pittsburgh!

“Franksgiving” Premieres in the Three Rivers Festival On November 11

Steeltown’s 6th annual Film Factory event will be an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania and feature, Franksgiving, the Ellen Weiss-Kander Award winner of the 2014 Film Factory Competition, and a sneak-peek of some of the Steeltown-supported Community Showcase films. Local filmmakers share their experiences about how they made their films here in Pittsburgh.  Steeltown will also announce its new development/mentorship program. 

Learn more about Franksgiving below in the great article published in Sunday’s edition of the Trib!


Steeltown award-winner 
‘Franksgiving’ ready for premiere

By Rachel Weaver
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Just before Carl Kurlander, Steeltown Entertainment Project president, announced the winner of this year’s Ellen Weiss Kander Award, he foreshadowed the journey upon which its recipient was about to embark.

“The contest isn’t the end,” he told the crowd of hundreds gathered at Point Park University in May. “It’s the beginning.”

In the six months since, Stephen Knezovich has experienced many beginnings. Knezovich, winner of the $15,000 prize slated for bringing his short screenplay to the screen, has attended the first casting session, the first meeting of his crew, day 1 of filming. And, in the midst of all of it, he began a new life with his bride.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

The Chair Trailer

Click here to see the first trailer from “The Chair.”

Airing on the Starz Network Fall of 2014, this innovative 10-episode series follows dueling first-time directors — YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and writer/actor Anna Martemucci — making two different movies from the same script.  

“The Chair” is being produced by Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting,” “American Pie,” “Project Greenlight”), Corey Moosa (“All is Lost,” “Margin Call”) and Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”‘s Dr. Spock) in association with Steeltown Entertainment Project, PointPark University, and the Steeltown/WQED Incubator.

Important commercial projects like “The Chair” showcase Pittsburgh’s risng global reputation as a regional production center.


The Hollwood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly weigh in:

Get the Latest Scoop from Entertainment Weekly


Read more at The Huffington Post

Watch the producers on KDKA-TV

Go behind the scenes with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pop City Pittsburgh has the latest here

Exclusive Interview with OITNB Writer Lauren Morelli

In honor of the season two premiere of everyone’s favorite female prison Netflix original series, check out our interview with “Orange Is the New Black” writer Lauren Morelli. We were pleased to host the Pittsburgh native late last year as part of the Steeltown Spotlight Series.