Stage 32

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Stage 32
Master dark 2013-11-16 square.jpg
Type Private
Founded Scottsdale, Arizona (2011)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, US
Founder(s) Richard Botto
Key people
  • Richard Botto (CEO)
  • Derrick Ontiveros (CTO)
Industry Entertainment/Internet
Alexa rank Increase 20,785 (May 2014)[1]
Type of site Social networking service
Registration Required
Users 325,000 (May 2014)[2]
Available in English
Launched February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)
Current status Active

Stage 32 is a US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals who work in film, television and theater. As of May 2014, the global web site had more than 325,000 members.

Stage 32 links professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff. It caters to film industry professionals with featured bloggers, news from Hollywood and a projects page that allows members to connect with others on film ventures, along with standard social media functions.


CEO and founder, Richard Botto, an Orson Welles fan, drew his inspiration for the name "Stage 32" from the old RKO Soundstage 17 where Citizen Kane was filmed. That sound stage is now Paramount's Stage 32.[3] Botto states that he created Stage 32 in order to connect, to educate, and to increase the odds of success for creative professionals in the film and television industries, regardless of their geographical location. The user community has foreign members but as of 2013, the website is available only in English.[4][5]

By April 2012, Stage 32 reached 50,000 members, only three months after the official launch.[6] By January 29, 2013, the company released their app through iTunes for iPhone and Google Play for Android. By August 2013 the site reached 150,000 members as they announced their 2nd phase of development, which included Creativefest and Next Level Webinars.[7] In April 2014, Stage 32 acquired The Happy Writers, forming The Stage 32 Happy Writers.[8] By May 2014, the web site had more than 325,000 members and announced a partnership with The Blood List, Search for New Blood Screenwriting Contest with the top 3 screenplays being featured on The Blood List "New Blood" section and the winner being flown to LA to have a meeting with Richard Potter, executive Vice President of Relativity Media.[2] In July 2014, Forbes called Stage 32 " Meets LinkedIn For Film, Television And Theater Creatives." [9]

Global reach[edit]

While still English-based, Stage 32 projects have found success making international connections. For instance, the India production of My Japanese Niece, connected Indian-based director Mohen Naorem to Canadian-based screenwriter Randy Brown and UK-based actor Junichi Kajioka.[3] Also, Redondo Beach, California based writer and director Mark Jacobs (Kitchen Nightmares, The Glee Project), used Stage 32 to hire UK-based composer Massimo Restaino Max to score his latest film, Mission Angels.[3] Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitchfests have resulted in Lyse Beck, a visual graphics artist from New Zealand (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel) getting a script into development with Night and Day Pictures, and Guy McDouall from Wellington Australia being signed with literary manager Lee Stobby at Silent R Management.[10]

Features and products[edit]

The Stage 32 site supports a "Find Work" section for sharing posts on open positions in film, television or theater; a "Learn" section which hosts webinars; a "Creativefest" section for practicing one-on-one pitch sessions with real production companies and managers; and an online store.[11]

The Stage 32 Blog is an editorial section where contributors range from film students to Academy Award nominees. Some notable blog contributors and members include Terence Stamp (Academy Award nominated actor);[12][13] Danny Rubin (BAFTA Film award-winning screenwriter, Groundhog Day);[12] Alysia Reiner (actress, Orange is the New Black);[10] and Doug Richardson (screenwriter, Hostage, Bad Boys).[13]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-05-022. 
  2. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff. "Stage 32, The Blood List Launch Screenplay Contest to Discover New Writers". The Wrap. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Hixon, Michael (September 18, 2013). "Giving them a global ‘Stage’: Richard Botto’s Stage 32 social network connects creatives". The Beach Reporter. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Parker, Christopher (Summer 2012). "Mr. Stage 32, With Richard Botto". indie source. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Huffer, Leandra (September 12, 2011). "Fade in at Stage 32". The State Press. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (April 20, 2012). "Stage 32 a growing network for film". HM Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2013. "Stage 32 has surpassed 50,000 members in 175 countries – in only 7 months of operation." 
  7. ^ Botto, Richard. "The Next Phase". Stage 32. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stage 32 Acquires THE HAPPY WRITERS". Broadway World. April 23, 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ McKinney, Sarah. "Stage 32: Meets LinkedIn For Film, Television And Theater Creatives". Forbes. 
  10. ^ a b Groves, Don (11 March 2014). "Aussies, Kiwis connect via global showbiz networking site". IF Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Dewhurst, Benjamin. "Join 70,000+ Members on the Digital Creative Community Stage 32". nofilmschool. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Marie, Bree. "A Collaborative Effort". The People Project. Retrieved 14 December 2013. "Botto’s network, including Dan Rubin, screenwriter of epic comedy Groundhog Day. Academy Award nominee actor Terence Stamp was quick to recognize the ingenuity of creating such an important network: “I was not born into the age of technology. There was nothing like Stage 32 available to the hungry young artist. Support and connections were made in the foyers of theaters or at the local pub most frequented by actors and directors, mostly out of work. Richard Botto has given artists a gift of the new age, a cyber connection that works on so many levels.”" 
  13. ^ a b Meoli, CJ. "Why You Need to Be on Stage 32 If You Are in Entertainment". Yahoo Voices. Retrieved 14 December 2013. "with participation from the likes of actors such as Terence Stamp and screenwriters like Doug Richardson"