The Spotlight Workshops

You can be your own spotlight in the entertainment industry! On select Saturday mornings at CBS Studios, we host all sorts of entertainment industry workshops for creative professionals to continue to explore their crafts and to take their entertainment careers to the next level. We bring in successful professionals as instructors so you can get the broadest and most up-to-date understanding of every aspect of the entertainment industry. In every workshop, not only will you learn important details of the industry, but you will obtain keys and strategies you immediately can put into play with your own projects and your own career.

Upcoming Workshops


Workshop Description


May 19

Understanding the Mind of the Villain

Instructor: Brian Chan. To create a compelling villain, you have to understand what motivates a villain. A well-crafted villain increases the depth of a good story and composing the villain’s actions and the mind is key. Learn the intricacies of the villain, why this archetype is important to a story and human progress, and about creating the mind of a villain that is psychologically and philosophically compelling.

June 2

Developing Your Type & Creating Your Niche

Instructor: Mark Atteberry.  The most powerful tool you have as an actor is YOU. In this workshop you’ll learn how to be yourself in every aspect of the business and yet thrive within the confines of this typecasting industry. Landing an agent and getting auditions starts with embracing your type and knowing how the industry sees you. But developing your unique niche is the secret to achieving your career dreams.

June 16

How to Create the Perfect Hollywood Pitch

Instructor: Sheryl J. Anderson. Whether you’re just starting out or running your own show, effective pitching is a crucial skill. As a writer or producer, you pitch every day – whether you’re pitching an idea, a series, or yourself. This workshop will walk you through the components of a strong pitch, provide you with tips on pitching effectively, and offer you an opportunity to practice and get feedback!


Hollywood Connect: A Navigation Session

Moderator: Shun Lee Fong. You can navigate Hollywood, and to show you how, we’re hosting one of our most popular workshops! We invite experienced industry pros to give you all the ideas and insights you need for a comprehensive pursuit of your entertainment career, covering a wide range of topics and giving you the rare opportunity to ask plenty of questions.


The Director’s Tool Box

Moderator: James O’Keeffe. A director’s level of creative leadership is what can make or break a film. It’s the job of a director to make sure all parts of a film project are creatively envisioned, communicated, produced, and brought together. It’s a complex job, and it’s only those who are fully prepared and equipped who stand out in this competitive field. This workshop will equip you with what you need to hire or to be a director who is great on every level.

Have any questions about The Spotlight Workshops? Feel free to contact us!

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr. Suess
Unless otherwise noted, all Spotlight Workshops are located at:
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, California 91604