In 2020 during the pandemic, Kaia thought about her mentor Garry Shandling’s advice, “Give more. Give what you didn’t get. Love more.” She decided to mentor 3 young women writers. She had been a development exec on the movies JUST FRIENDS with Ryan Reynolds, and THE GOOD NIGHT with Gwyneth Paltrow, and so she’d sat through a lot of pitches as a buyer. She wanted to give back to the writing community. To her surprise, her tweet about her mentorship opportunity went viral on Twitter, and she had 250 applications from women writers all over the world.
As the applications poured in, Kaia found there are writers and creatives at every level of the industry who don’t feel supported, and have a lot of unanswered questions about how the business side of the entertainment business works. So she founded the group Writing with Kaia to help lower the velvet rope, and open her own Rolodex to bring in special guests. Kaia hosts “Secret Knock Calls” to talk to industry pros about their experiences, successes, struggles and things they wish they knew starting out with a live Q&A for writers.
As requests for training about the business side of entertainment kept coming in, Kaia created the Entertainment Business School for above-the-line professionals. The beta cohort of EBS filled in 2 days, and Kaia worked with the students over 12 weeks to develop a significant flagship program that addresses all your burning questions about having a life-long, fulfilling career in entertainment.
More programs have been developed to support students, and now there are both an Intro to EBS, as well as an e-course called Entertainment Business Mastery.
With Kaia’s values of prosperity, community, inclusion and kindness at the fore, the Entertainment Business League was founded as a safe space for entertainment business creatives to get training on these imperative business skills, and learn how to avoid career-killer mistakes.
Interested in taking class, or in teaching one? EBL is always adding new classes, coaching, training and webinars for students in the dynamic, ever-changing entertainment industry, so be sure to sign up for your free gift so we can be in touch, or contact us as to how we can serve your needs.
Entertainment Business League
The Business Side of Entertainment for Above-the-Line Creatives, Illuminated. Find your #WolfPack!
The Entertainment Business League is the place to learn, find and build your team, get core business training and personalized career coaching.
We offer classes and coaching on the business side of entertainment for creatives through our flagship programs
- Entertainment Business School
- INTRO CLASS to Entertainment Business Mastery
- Executive and Creative Coaching
- Secret Knock Calls
We know that you’re a smart, buttoned up creative. You may even have an MFA, films in festivals, or placed in contests and won awards. But is what you don’t know about business going to hold you back from earning the kind of money you really want? It could. That’s where we come in to support you.
What are you waiting for? Level up with EBL.
About Kaia Alexander
Kaia Alexander is the CEO and founder of the Entertainment Business League and Entertainment Business School for above the line creatives to learn business. Also a producer | writer | director, she began her industry career as a development executive on the feature films JUST FRIENDS, PEACEFUL WARRIOR and THE GOOD NIGHT. She was mentored by comedian Garry Shandling and novelist Tom Robbins. She’s an award-winning author for her historical novel Written in the Ashes about the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria (Harper Collins, 2016). Kaia is a passionate advocate for gender and racial parity in the business, and she created a free virtual group for women writers called Writing with Kaia that has members in 30+ countries. As an animal lover, mom, and native of Southern California, there’s always surfboards on Kaia’s car (and fur on her sleeves). She’s proud to be the BQ in LGBTQ.