TV Writing in the Digital Era

Regardless of what new platforms and channels will emerge in the coming years, for creators and writers, the future of entertainment has never looked brighter. This book goes beyond an analysis of what makes great programming work.

Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: Focal Press

ISBN: 1138705713

Category: Art

Page: 303

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TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Eratakes a deep dive into writing for today's audiences, against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving TV ecosystem. Amazon, Hulu and Netflix were just the beginning. The proliferation of everything digital has led to an ever-expanding array of the most authentic and engaging programming that we've ever seen. No longer is there a distinction between broadcast, cable and streaming. It's all content. Regardless of what new platforms and channels will emerge in the coming years, for creators and writers, the future of entertainment has never looked brighter. This book goes beyond an analysis of what makes great programming work. It is a master course in the creation of entertainment that does more than meet the standards of modern audiences--it challenges their expectations. Among other essentials, readers will discover how to: Satisfy the binge viewer: analysis of the new genres, trends and how to make smart initial decisions for strong, sustainable story. Plus, learn from the rebel who reinvented an entire format. Develop iconic characters: how to foster audience alignment and allegiance, from empathy and dialogue to throwing characters off their game, all through the lens of authenticity and relatability. Create a lasting, meaningful career in the evolving TV marketplace: how to overcome trips, traps and tropes, the pros and cons of I.P., use the Show Bible as a sales tool and make the most of the plethora of new opportunities out there.

TV Writing On Demand

Screenwriters need to be great listeners. We need to eavesdrop on conversations, listen to how people talk, listen to the rhythms. Go out if feeling blocked, stuck or incapable of writing sharp, authentic dialogue.

Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351784207

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 314

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TV Writing On Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era takes a deep dive into writing for today’s audiences, against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving TV ecosystem. Amazon, Hulu and Netflix were just the beginning. The proliferation of everything digital has led to an ever-expanding array of the most authentic and engaging programming that we’ve ever seen. No longer is there a distinction between broadcast, cable and streaming. It’s all content. Regardless of what new platforms and channels will emerge in the coming years, for creators and writers, the future of entertainment has never looked brighter. This book goes beyond an analysis of what makes great programming work. It is a master course in the creation of entertainment that does more than meet the standards of modern audiences—it challenges their expectations. Among other essentials, readers will discover how to: Satisfy the binge viewer: analysis of the new genres, trends and how to make smart initial decisions for strong, sustainable story. Plus, learn from the rebel who reinvented an entire format. Develop iconic characters: how to foster audience alignment and allegiance, from empathy and dialogue to throwing characters off their game, all through the lens of authenticity and relatability. Create a lasting, meaningful career in the evolving TV marketplace: how to overcome trips, traps and tropes, the pros and cons of I.P.; use the Show Bible as a sales tool and make the most of the plethora of new opportunities out there. A companion website offers additional content including script excerpts, show bible samples, interviews with television content creators, and more.

Billboard

She Writer This brings the producer to the writer and the problems of writing for television. ... I think, however, that a helpful approach to good television writing might be found by examining the special demands of the medium itself.

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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

Television Writing from the Inside Out

Visiting Professor: Screenwriting Visiting Professor: Documentary and Public Affairs Writing Visiting Professor: Television Production Professional Affiliation WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, West Unlike corporate resumes, which demand ...

Author: Larry Brody

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781476848297

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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(Applause Books). Television Writing from the Inside Out is a how-to book with a difference: Larry Brody is a television writer-producer who has helped shape the medium. The book is rooted in experience, and told in the breezy style that is the trademark of Brody and his award-winning website TVWriter.Com, which has helped launch the careers of many new writers. The information given by Brody and the manner in which he gives it has made him a writing guru to thousands of hopefuls. Television Writing from the Inside Out covers: what writing jobs are available; the format, structure and stages of teleplay development; tips on the writing of different genres drama, comedy, action, the television film, soap opera, animation; and sample teleplays by Brody and others, with analyses of why they were written the way they were in terms of creativity, business, production and "insider politics." Television Writing from the Inside Out presents all that Larry Brody has learned about writing, selling and surviving in the television industry. The best-kept secret in show business has been that it is a business, but Brody's readers will know the truth and armed with their new knowledge, they will have a significant edge as they set out to conquer this fascinating field.

The Social and Economic Status of the Television Writer

One writer explains it this way : TV writing is generally writing on " demand , " filling a certain given time with a certain assured formula - - concocted to attempt to please all - offend none - - and as a result can value none .

Author: Bridget McColl Hursley Dobson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025543765

Category: Television

Page: 152

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Writing for Hire

Executive Board, March 3, 1952 (for quote); Television Writers Branch Executive Board, Sept. ... the summer of 1955 and also whether writers should insist on residuals for foreign TV release (on which actors did not demand residuals).

Author: Catherine L. Fisk

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674973206

Category: Law

Page: 296

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Professional writers may earn a tidy living for their work, but they seldom own their writing. Catherine Fisk traces the history of labor relations that defined authorship in film, TV, and advertising in the mid-twentieth century, showing why strikingly different norms of attribution emerged in these overlapping industries.

Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV

This demand for creating periodic heightened plotting has more or less become true for TV writing even in shows without commercials. And of course, we're talking about most premium television and digital platform shows.

Author: Loren-Paul Caplin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000203196

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV is a practical guide that provides you, the screenwriter, with a clear set of exercises, tools, and methods to raise your ability to hear and discern conversation at a more complex level, in turn allowing you to create better, more nuanced, complex and compelling dialogue. The process of understanding dialogue writing begins with increasing writers’ awareness of what they hear. This book provides writers with an assortment of dialogue and language tools, techniques, and exercises and teaches them how to perceive and understand the function, intent and thematic/psychological elements that dialogue can convey about character, tone, and story. Text, subtext, voice, conflict, exposition, rhythm and style are among the many aspects covered. This book reminds us of the sheer joy of great dialogue and will change and enhance the way writers hear, listen to, and write dialogue, and along the way aid the writers’ confidence in their own voice allowing them to become more proficient writers of dialogue. Written by veteran screenwriter, playwright, and screenwriting professor Loren-Paul Caplin, Writing Compelling Dialogue is an invaluable writing tool for any aspiring screenwriter who wants to improve their ability to write dialogue for film and television, as well as students, professionals, and educators.

Handbook of Creative Writing

Most experts agree, whether drama or comedy, the primary reason a series fails is the lack of excellent writing. For this reason, high-quality TV writers are in constant demand. The Writers Guild of America1 suggests series executives ...

Author: Steven Earnshaw

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748629411

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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An extensive, practical and inspirational resource, this three-in-one volume is aimed at students and practitioners of creative writing at all levels.In 48 distinctive chapters the Handbook:*examines the critical theories behind the practice of creative writing (Part 1). *explains the basics of how to write a novel, script or poetry (Part 2). *explores how to deal with the practicalities and problems of becoming a writer (Part 3). As well as the main creative writing activities, chapters cover other practices, from translation to starting a small magazine and from memoir writing to writing for children. Contributors are all experts in their fields: poets, novelists, dramatists, agents, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and academics. Anyone with an interest in creative writing will find this book invaluable in developing their own creative writing projects and as a way into new areas of writing activity. Key Features*The only book to combine the theory and practice of writing with detailed advice on the business of writing and living as a writer*Combines breadth and depth with original thinking on creativity and evaluation of creative work*Shows ways of approaching the task of writing and how to improve one's work*Presents material which is hard to find elsewhere, e.g. writing for teenagers; writing humorous fiction; finding a film agent

The TV Showrunner s Roadmap

This all-new edition of the best-selling guide The TV Showrunner's Roadmap provides readers with the tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit streaming series.

Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0367484609

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Page: 424

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This all-new edition of the best-selling guide The TV Showrunner's Roadmap provides readers with the tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit streaming series. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to create a series that won't run out of steam after the first few episodes.

Pioneers Passionate Ladies and Private Eyes

The field can be equated to modern TV writing where demand sometimes exceeds competence, where literary quality and good taste often seem secondary, and where meeting perceived public demands is paramount.

Author: Larry E Sullivan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135068103

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Despite efforts of contemporary reformers to curb the availability of dime novels, series books, and paperbacks, Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes reveals how many readers used them as means of resistance and how fictional characters became models for self-empowerment. These literary genres, whose value has long been underestimated, provide fascinating insight into the formation of American popular culture and identity. Through these mass-produced, widely read books, Deadwood Dick, Old Sleuth, and Jessie James became popular heroes that fed the public’s imagination for the last western frontier, detective tales, and the myth of the outlaw. Women, particularly those who were poor and endured hard lives, used the literature as means of escape from the social, economic, and cultural suppression they experienced in the nineteenth century. In addition to the insight this book provides into texts such as “The Bride of the Tomb,” the Nick Carter Series, and Edward Stratemeyer’s rendition of the Lizzie Borden case, readers will find interesting information about: the roles of illustrations and covers in consumer culture Bowling Green’s endeavor to digitize paperback and pulp magazine covers bibliographical problems in collecting and controlling series books the effects of mass market fiction on young girls Louisa May Alcott’s pseudonym and authorship of three dime novels special collections competition among publishers A collection of work presented at a symposium held by the Library of Congress, Pioneers, Passionate Ladies, and Private Eyes makes an outstanding contribution to redefining the role of popular fiction in American life.

Fifties Television

The competition is killing , although paradoxically there aren't enough really good writers to supply the demand . ... Yet it is only through good writing that television will grow , and fulfill its potential destiny as the most ...

Author: William Boddy

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025206299X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Just a few years in the mid-1950s separated the "golden age" of television's live anthology drama from Newton Minow's famous "vast wasteland" pronouncement. Fifties Television shows how the significant programming changes of the period cannot be attributed simply to shifting public tastes or the exhaustion of particular program genres, but underscore fundamental changes in the way prime-time entertainment programs were produced, sponsored, and scheduled. These changes helped shape television as we know it today. William Boddy provides a wide-ranging and rigorous analysis of the fledgling American television industry during the period of its greatest economic growth, programming changes, and critical controversy. He carefully traces the development of the medium from the experimental era of the 1920s and 1930s through the regulatory battles of the 1940s and the network programming wars of the 1950s.

Television on Demand

Curatorial Culture and the Transformation of TV MJ Robinson ... Ethan Zuckerman, writing about the demands of the current cultural moment emphasizes: “The Internet will not magically turn us into digital cosmopolitans; ...

Author: MJ Robinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441111333

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Since 2010 “curation” has become a marketing buzzword. Wrenched from its traditional home in the world of high art, everything from food to bed linens to dog toys now finds itself subject to this formerly rarified activity. Most of the time the term curation is being inaccurately used to refer to the democratization of choice – an inevitable development and side effect of the economics of long tail distribution. However, as any true curator will tell you – curation is so much more than choosing – it relies upon human intelligence, agency, evaluation and carefully considered criteria – an accurate, if utopian definition of the much-abused and overused term. Television on Demand examines what happens when curation becomes the primary way in which media users or viewers engage with mass media such as journalism, music, cinema, and, most specifically, television. Mass media's economic model is based on mass audiences – not a cornucopia of endless options from which individuals can customize their intake. The rise of a curatorial culture where viewers create their own entertainment packages and select from a buffet of viewing options and venues has caused a seismic shift for the post-network television industry – one whose ultimate effects and outcomes remain unknown. Curatorial culture is a revolutionary new consumption ecology – one that the post-network television producers and distributors have not yet figured out how to monetize, as they remain in what anthropologists call a “liminal” state of a rite of passage – no longer what they used to be, but not yet what they will become. How does an advertiser-supported medium find leave alone quantify viewers who DVR This is Us but fast-forward through the commercials; have a season pass to The Walking Dead via iTunes to watch on their daily commutes; are a season behind on Grey's Anatomy via Amazon Prime but record the current season to watch after they're caught up; binge watched Orange is the New Black the day it dropped on Netflix; are watching new-to-them episodes of Downton Abbey on pbs.org; never miss PewDiePie's latest video on YouTube, graze on Law & Order: SVU on Hulu and/or TNT and religiously watch Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show via digital rabbit ears? While audiences clamor for more story-driven and scripted entertainment, their transformed viewing habits undermine the dominant economic structures that fund quality episodic series. Legacy broadcasters are producing more scripted content than ever before and experimenting with new models of distribution – CBS will premiere its new Star Trek series on broadcast television but require fans to subscribe to its AllAccess app to continue their viewing. NBC's original Will & Grace is experiencing a syndication renaissance as a limited-run season of new episodes are scheduled for fall 2017. At the same time, new producing entities such as Amazon Studios, Netflix and soon Apple TV compete with high-budget “television” programs that stream around traditional distribution models, industrial structures and international licensing agreements. Television on Demand: Curatorial Culture and the Transformation of TV explains and theorizes curatorial culture; examines the response of the “industry,” its regulators, its traditional audience quantifiers, and new digital entrants to the ecosystem of the empowered viewer; and considers the viable future(s) of this crucial culture industry.

A Guide to Screenwriting Success

Writing for Film, Television, and Digital Streaming Stephen V. Duncan. Attention Interest Demand Action This model is called AIDA. You must grab the listener's attention, create interest in your story, build a demand for your story, ...

Author: Stephen V. Duncan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538128930

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 378

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A Guide to Screenwriting Success, Second Edition provides a comprehensive overview of writing—and rewriting—a screenplay or teleplay and writing for digital content. Duncan's handy book teaches new screenwriters the process of creating a professional screenplay from beginning to end. It shows that inspiration, creativity, and good writing are not elusive concepts but attainable goals that any motivated person can aspire to. Duncan includes sections on all aspects of screenwriting—from character development to story templates—and breaks down the three acts of a screenplay into manageable pieces. A Guide to Screenwriting Success contains dozens of exercises to help writers through these steps. The second half of Duncan's practical book covers another, often overlooked, side of screenwriting—the teleplay. Aspiring writers who also want to try their hand at writing for television will need to learn the specifics of the field. The book breaks down this area into two parts, the one-hour teleplay and the situation comedy. There is a section on writing and producing digital content that embraces the “Do It Yourself” attitude to approaching a career in the entertainment industry. Success in screenwriting is no longer a dream but an achievable goal for those who pick up Duncan's guide.

Writing for Visual Media

There is a demand for writers and an opportunity, albeit highly competitive, for writers to break into established series with spec scripts. Almost all writing in the entertainment industry is freelance work, but television series hire ...

Author: Anthony Friedmann

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240812359

Category: Social Science

Page: 399

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Pay attention : This book is also available in e-book format! [See Link].

Writing Hollywood

The Work and Professional Culture of Television Writers Patricia F. Phalen ... The popularity of live television drama created high demand for material, and the relatively small group of writers were able to create bidding situations ...

Author: Patricia F. Phalen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351788724

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 110

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Writing Hollywood highlights the writing process in the production of television drama and comedy series in the U.S. The way writers do their jobs is heavily dependent not only on the demands of commercial business, but also on the uncertainties inherent in a writing career in Hollywood. Drawing on literature in the fields of Media Industry Studies and Occupational Culture, Writing Hollywood explains writers’ efforts to control risk and survive in a constantly changing environment. Using data from personal interviews and a six-week participant observation at a prime time drama, Dr. Phalen analyzes the relationships among writers in series television, describes the interactions between writers and studio/network executives, and explains how endogenous and exogenous pressures affect the occupational culture of the television writing profession.

TV and Screen Writing

This show is an exception , however , and maintains this policy only because its demand for stories is so great . Both networks are interested in the work of college students who are taking courses in television writing for credit ...

Author: Lola Goelet Yoakem

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Television Writing

Basically , the superior script and not the name of the writer is in demand . If you honestly feel that you have that script , do not be afraid to inquire . “ FRONT ROW CENTER ” ( Live ) NETWORK : CBS - TV from Hollywood TIME : Sunday ...

Author: Robert S. Greene

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015000232085

Category: Television authorship

Page: 274

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Breaking In

More and more writers have come to seek out the consistent and (relatively) stable employment that television has to offer, ... There's such a demand at all levels, actually, not just the entry level finally, for diverse talent.

Author: Lee Jessup

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317194125

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches is a no-nonsense, boots-on-the-ground exploration of how writers REALLY go from emerging to professional in today’s highly saturated and competitive screenwriting space. With a focus on writers who have gotten representation and broken into the TV or feature film space after the critical 2008 WGA strike and financial market collapse, the reader will learn from tangible examples of how success was achieved via hard work and specific methodology. This book includes interviews from writers who wrote major studio releases (The Boy Next Door), staffed on television shows (American Crime, NCIS New Orleans, Sleepy Hollow), sold specs and television shows, placed in competitions, and were accepted to prestigious network and studio writing programs. These interviews are presented as Screenwriter Spotlights throughout the book and are supported by insight from top-selling agents and managers (including those who have sold scripts and pilots, had their writers named to prestigious lists such as The Black List and The Hit List) as well as working industry executives. Together, these anecdotes, learnings and perceptions, tied in with the author's extensive experience in and knowledge of the industry, will inform the reader about how the industry REALLY works, what it expects from both working and emerging writers, as well as what next steps the writer should engage in, in order to move their screenwriting career forward.

TV Outside the Box

TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution explores the new and exploding universe of on-demand, OTT (Over the Top) networks: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, CW Seed, Vimeo, AwesomenessTV, and many more.

Author: Neil Landau

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317439721

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution explores the new and exploding universe of on-demand, OTT (Over the Top) networks: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, CW Seed, Vimeo, AwesomenessTV, and many more. Featuring in-depth conversations with game-changing content creators, industry mavericks, and leading cultural influencers, TV Outside the Box is essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamics of a global media revolution – while it’s happening. Readers will discover: How the new "disruptors" of traditional television models are shaping the future of the television and feature film business. You’ll hear directly from the visionaries behind it all – from concept genesis to predictions for the future of streaming platforms; their strategies for acquisitions and development of new original content; and how the revolution is providing unprecedented opportunities for both established and emerging talent. What’s different about storytelling for the progressive, risk-taking networks who are delivering provocative, groundbreaking, binge-worthy content, without the restraints of the traditional, advertiser-supported programming model. Through interviews with the showrunners, content creators, and producers of dozens of trailblazing series – including Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Transparent, and many more – you’ll learn how and why the best and the brightest TV content creators and filmmakers are defining the new digital entertainment age – and how you can, too.

Write Now Let Your Writing Talents Emerge

Once you have the plot, the characters, and the setting, you need to concern yourself with the formula in television. After all, you are writing, typically, for a half-hour show or for a one-hour show. Think about your story as a number ...

Author: George A. M. Heroux

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 9781618975799

Category: Self-Help

Page: 168

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Provides practical information on writing a play, screenplay, novel, music, poetry etc.