Our 2019 Guest Speakers


Brice Budke


Christopher lockhart

Christopher Lockhart is THE Story Editor at William Morris Endeavor (WME), the world’s largest talent agency. As an executive, filmmaker and educator with over 30 years of industry experience, A-list actors go to Chris to vet scripts.

Chris curates projects for A-list actors like Denzel Washington, scouring through piles of screenplays, magazines, books, old movies, TV shows and pitches for potential film projects. He’s read over 60,000 screenplays in the course of his career. 

He got his start at International Creative Management (ICM) as a script consultant to legendary agent Ed Limato, who represented Mel Gibson, Richard Gere, Michelle Pfeiffer, Liam Neeson and Robert Downey, Jr. Chris later moved to the William Morris Agency (now WME).   

Chris branched into producing with horror hit The Collector and its sequel, The Collection, which opened in the top 10 American box-office. He wrote and produced award-winning documentary Most Valuable Players, which was acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her network. 

Chris's creative counsel has been used on many films, such as The Birth of a Nation, the Sundance Film Festival sensation that sold for a record-breaking $17.5 million and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. He's now consulting on Dreamland, starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman. 

As an educator, Chris lectures around the world on the craft and business of screenwriting. He is an adjunct professor at National University's Professional Screenwriting Program and taught at UCLA. His writing workshop, The Inside Pitch, was filmed and earned him an Emmy Award nomination.  

Chris graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dramatic writing and was awarded the school's Public Service Prize for his dedication to public education. He is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild and the Television Academy.

He lives in Beverly Hills, CA and has an 11-year-old son. (Oh, the stories he has about his son! Note: Don’t get into trouble if you’re the kid of a professional storyteller.)

 Check out his Facebook group The Inside Pitch, where he offers daily advice on the Hollywood script maze to 11,000+ creatives, and meet him at the 2019 SFS.



Gary is currently the Executive Vice President of F. Gary Gray’s Fenix Studios, where he oversees development and production of the feature film and television slate. Fenix Studios has a number of projects in development, which include the feature film MASK, based on the Hasbro property, as well as an adaptation of the popular video game franchise Saint’s Row. Prior to Fenix Studios, Glushon served as Executive Vice President of Production and Development for Fundamental Films, a China-based film financier, distribution and production company. Gary executive-produced the feature film 24 Hours to Live starring Ethan Hawke, which Saban Films released in December 2017. Glushon also served as Vice President of Creative Affairs at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, where he was the executive on a number of feature films including The Karate Kid, Seven Pounds, This Means War, The Secret Life of Bees, Hancock and I Am Legend. 

He received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University while working at Overbrook Entertainment and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he double-majored in journalism and legal studies.