The New York Times has a nice little piece about a strange little Hollywood ritual, Pitchfest.
The idea is that aspiring writers pay about $400 to show up in a large convention hall to give a seven minute pitch for their screenplay or series idea to producers.
It's a wonderfully giddy and frightening experience; I went through a similar gauntlet at a screenwriter's confab in Los Angeles a few years ago.
article at NY Times
essay on my own experience at the Screenwriter's Expo