Writing Television Drama

Break Into Writing For Television takes you from the very first line of the script through to becoming a regular writer for soaps and 'continuing dramas'.

Author: Nicholas Gibbs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444167610

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Break Into Writing For Television takes you from the very first line of the script through to becoming a regular writer for soaps and 'continuing dramas'. It starts with the basics of different types of script and production, and moves on to getting ideas, shaping character and dialogue, re-writing, pitching work and the practicalities of who does what in the production world, in both the UK and the US. Structured around a practical, progressive, goal-orientated approach, each chapter contains a diagnostic test, case studies, practical exercises and Aide Memoire boxes. Each chapter concludes with a reminder of the key points of the chapter (Focus Points) and a round-up of what to expect in the next (Next Step), which will whet your appetite for what's coming and how it relates to what you've just read.

Television Writing

A practical guide to writing for television which describes the conventions, format and everyday running of television writing. Australian author.

Author: Linda Aronson

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741763096

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 71

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A practical guide to writing for television which describes the conventions, format and everyday running of television writing. Australian author.

Writing the TV Drama Series

This new edition builds on the book’s reputation by bringing the very latest information, insights, and advice from major writers and producers.

Author: Pamela Douglas

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615930582

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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This new edition builds on the book's reputation by bringing the very latest information, insights, and advice from major writers and producers. It is a complete resource for anyone who wants to write and produce for a television drama series or create an original series, as well as for teachers in screenwriting classes and workshops. Offering practical industry information and artistic encouragement, the book is both nuts-and-bolts and inspiration. The Third Edition leads readers into the future and engages provocative issues about the interface between traditional TV and emerging technologies and endless possibilities. • New interviews with major show-runners and a network president. • A new chapter on "dramedy." • A new chapter on Reality TV. • An updated and expanded section on Procedural Dramas. • An updated and expanded section on Pilots. • A new chapter on Internet, web, international, and future potentials. • Updates throughout on current shows and innovative opportunities. • New advice for breaking in and working in the industry. • Fresh voices from emerging writers "in the trenches."

Transatlantic Television Drama

There is often little attempt to present a critical argument about the program or to
approach it in some neutral or objective way; instead the Guardian's TV bloggers
write subjectively about why they like or “love” the program. One point emerging ...

Author: Matt Hills

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190663124

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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"This collection explores the current wave of US/UK television dramas, focusing on industry strategies, performance styles, issues of 'quality,' and audience receptions. It covers key programs including Black Mirror, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Sherlock. Issues of national identity, streaming services, and transnational fan cultures are all explored"

Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark

Nadia Kløvedal Reich argues that part of developing and writing television drama
is trying to think big and foresee the future. When Borgen went into production
there had never been a female prime minster in Denmark, but shortly before the ...

Author: Eva Novrup Redvall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137288417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Offering unique insights into the writing and production of television drama series such as The Killing and Borgen, produced by DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Novrup Redvall explores the creative collaborations in writers' rooms and 'production hotels' through detailed case studies of Denmark's public service production culture.

Play For Today

Irene Shubik worked on "Play for Today" for the BBC and was also a drama producer for ITV.

Author: Irene Shubik

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 071905687X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 267

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Writing from first-hand experience, the author describes the role of the producer in the making of an original television play, from the initial discussions with writers to the transmission. Irene Shubik worked on "Play for Today" for the BBC and was also a drama producer for ITV.

Writing for the Medium

This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television.

Author: Thomas Elsaesser

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9053560548

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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This collection of essays, by well known writers on the subject of writing for television, is divided into three sections, with the first one devoted to the debates on quality television. The second one focuses on literature and television. The final section examines 'Science on television', with series editors from Britain and Germany giving first-hand accounts of the scope for serious science reporting on television.

Write to TV

Includes new interview material from 45 luminaries in the television industry, including Jay Leno, Mike Wallace, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, the writers for ''Desperate Housewives'', ''Grey's Anatomy'', and more!

Author: Martie Cook

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240808765

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 323

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Learn to craft smart, original scripts and teleplays for a variety of television formats, including comedy, animation, drama, movies of the week, pilots, reality television, TV news magazine, and children's programming. Using the tools the author provides: checklists, sample outlines and treatments for each format, sample script pages, war stories from writers and executives, and a sample query letter to introduce finished script pages to agents, you'll avoid common pitfalls and come across as an industry veteran. Benefit from the experience of pros: 45 luminaries contribute their experience and wisdom, including Jay Leno, Mike Wallace, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, writers for "Grey's Anaatomy," "Desperate Housewives," and more! With twenty-five years of industry experience as a television writer and producer, Martie Cook teaches you not only how to hone your craft but also how to break into the industry. Guiding you through the often confusing television hierarchy, Write to TV offers practical advice on important issues such as how to get an agent, how to write a query letter, how to network, even how to "do lunch". By learning how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and how to get your foot in the door and keep it there, this invaluable book will help you get that big idea out of your head, onto the page, and then to the top of the heap. Learn how to craft smart scripts for a variety of television formats and break into the business through: * Examples: In addition to examples of common pitfalls, book includes sample outlines for various formats. * Industry wisdom: Benefit from the advice of an experienced writer. But you don't have to take her word for it--the book is filled with advice, stories, and examples from people currently working in the TV industry. * Practical advice: Business section offers practical advice on important issues like getting an agent, how to write a query letter, and how to network your way into a job.

Television and Screen Writing

This book will teach you how to become a creative and marketable writer in every professional arena - including major studios, production companies, networks, cable and pay TV, animation, and interactive programs.

Author: Richard A Blum

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136050336

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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Now in its fourth edition, Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract is a classic resource for students and professionals in screenwriting and television writing. This book will teach you how to become a creative and marketable writer in every professional arena - including major studios, production companies, networks, cable and pay TV, animation, and interactive programs. Specific techniques and script samples for writing high-quality and producible "spec" scripts for theatrical motion pictures, the sitcom series, one-hour dramatic series, longform television, soaps, talk show, variety, animation, interactive and new media are provided. Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract, Fourth Edition also offers a fully detailed examination of the current marketplace, and distinct strategies for marketing your scripts, from registering and copyrighting the script to signing with an agent. This new edition has been expanded to include the most up-to-date creative and professional script samples, marketing resources, and practical information possible. The companion website (www.focalpress.com/companions) offers a wide range of contacts and resources for you to explore, and Internet links to professional resources. There is also an Annotated and Selected Bibliography for your reference

Television Drama An Introduction

staff writers (as opposed to script editors). However, most television drama is
written by professional writers. That is, by full-time, freelance writers who
specialise in film and television. They may be known to concentrate on single
plays or they ...

Author:

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781349176465

Category:

Page: 173

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Story Maps

Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for.

Author: Daniel P. Calvisi

Publisher: ACT Four Screenplays

ISBN: 0983626685

Category: Television authorship

Page: 138

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Story Analyst Daniel Calvisi brings his Story Map screenwriting method to television as he breaks down the structure of the TV pilot, citing case studies from ground-breaking hit television shows like GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, TRUE DETECTIVE, SCANDAL, MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD and HOUSE OF CARDS. Story Maps: TV Drama offers the first Beat Sheet for TV shows for screenwriters.This is the structural template for TV pilot scripts that aspiring and professional TV writers have been looking for. TV pilot screenplays and TV drama scripts follow a detailed structure template that is defined in this book in a clear, step-by-step manner. How to write a TV pilot has never been easier. Story Maps: TV Drama also offers definitions of the key terms and formats used in the television industry in Hollywood, citing examples from many current series. This is a great crash course in the format, structure, industry standards and writing methods of Hollywood TV pilot scriptwriters. A TV script can present a difficult challenge for a screenwriter who is used to feature screenplay format and structure, but "Story Maps: TV Drama: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot" offers an easy-to-follow, practical method to write a pilot that adheres to Hollywood standards.

Filmed Television Drama 1952 1958

By 1955, Paddy Chayefsky, riding a wave of television successes, said: "
Everyone of us before we sit down and write a television show makes that initial
... was glad that writing television dramas had rescued him from writing
advertising copy.

Author: William Hawes

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786411325

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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This work examines the change from live to filmed television dramas during the period 1952-1958 and the characteristics and programs that are most associated with filmed television drama. Along with many technical changes that had to be made in the industry in order to convert live television to filmed television came an interesting social one. The American society in general was developing a growing interest in the lives of ordinary people, and television moved with them, offering more programs that concentrated on the middle and lower classes. Because of the inherent qualities of filming, television began to feature more documentary-like realism, began to broaden its interpretation of traditional romantic escapism to include more outer space and supernatural science fiction, began to better fulfill materialistic desires through well-designed, enjoyable commercials, and began to offer the best dramas and most popular personalities, often leading viewers to greater self-appreciation and richer lives. This work focuses on the important anthology programs and specials that were on the air from 1952 to 1958 such as Kraft Television Theatre, Philco Television Playhouse, and The Hallmark Hall of Fame, filmed serials like Colgate Theatre, Amos 'n' Andy, and I Love Lucy, and the challenges of converting from live to filmed television drama.

Creating Australian Television Drama

Tony Morphett's career with the ABC provides a clear example of the way that
television could offer a new career for a ... and I had written novels—and so, in a
weird way, I had sort of put together a course on how to write television drama.

Author: Susan Lever

Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing

ISBN: 9781925984880

Category: Drama

Page:

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Television drama has been the dominant form of popular storytelling for more than sixty years, shaping the imaginations of millions of people. This book surveys the careers of the central creators of those stories for Australian television—the writers who learnt how to work in a new medium, adapting to its constraints and exploring its creative possibilities. Informed by interviews with many writers, it describes the establishment of Australian television drama production, observing the way writers grasped the creative and business opportunities that television presented. It examines the development of Australian versions of the major television genres—the sitcom, the police drama, the historical series, docudrama, and social drama— presenting a ‘canon’ of significant Australian television drama productions that deserve to be remembered. It offers an account of the emergence of work by Indigenous writers for television and it argues for the consideration of television drama alongside histories of Australian film and stage drama. ‘For years, Susan Lever has been talking to Australia’s best television writers about their work, their craft and their industry. Now it’s all here in this book; a toast to a vital part of Australian culture.’ – Geoffrey Atherden ‘This is a wonderful book. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, it tells in fascinating detail, from the writers’ points of view, the story of Australian scripted television from its beginnings in the 1950’s, to the present. Better yet, Susan Lever has allowed the writers themselves to speak about the work, about their visions and processes, their joys and frustrations. I am delighted to see television drama, docudrama and comedy acknowledged so generously for their role in Australian culture.’ – Sue Smith ‘Brilliantly researched, lucid, comprehensive … the big picture on writers for the small screen in Australia.’ – Ian David

The Television Drama of Paddy Chayefsky

What is relevant is the fact that there was a great deal of dramatic writing
specifically for television in the early and middle 1950 ' s . Further , this was a
different kind of drama from that which is generally seen on television today .
Writers who ...

Author: William Jere Hough

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89105683288

Category: Television plays

Page: 280

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British Television Drama in the 1980s

On British television drama in the 1980's From a period of outstanding and innovative programmes, "British Television Drama in the 1980s" examines the major productions, including: Talking Heads; Brookside; Yes, Prime Minister; Inspector ...

Author: George W. Brandt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521427231

Category: Drama

Page: 283

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On British television drama in the 1980's

TV Creators

This sequel provides yet another dozen of today's most acclaimed writers and producers an open, uncensored forum in which they discuss everything from their work ethic to the political, social and economic issues affecting the television ...

Author: James L. Longworth, Jr.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815629532

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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This sequel provides yet another dozen of today's most acclaimed writers and producers an open, uncensored forum in which they discuss everything from their work ethic to the political, social and economic issues affecting the television industry.

The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama

All the more important then that there should be a written record . I had another
reason ... Yizo Yizo was a television drama set in a township school . A
controversy ... When it came to writing about the post - 1987 period , it became
unnatural .

Author: Helena Sheehan

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN: STANFORD:36105119438229

Category: History

Page: 178

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Dr Helena Sheehan's original study, Irish television drama, appeared in 1987. It traced 25 years (1962-87) of Irish society in a process of social transformation and the role of television drama in a struggle to define the nature of that process. This book is a sequel, advancing the story another 15 years (1987-2002). From 'Fair City' to 'Family' to 'Father Ted', it examines television drama in the time of the Celtic tiger, striving to come to terms with the flux of Irish life in an increasingly globalized world, in a time of significant changes in the climate of broadcasting.

American Television Drama

It was only after such men had begun to write specifically for this new art that
radio thirty minute plays ( emerged ) . All this indicates one thing . . . that the
sooner we realize this , and begin to write for television as a completely new art
medium ...

Author: William Hawes

Publisher: University, AL : University of Alabama Press

ISBN: UCSC:32106007675405

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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Anchored in fact and sprinkled with anecdotes, this volume chronicles the early years in the development of television drama, prior to the emergence of television networks. Between the years 1928 -- the year of the first television drama -- and 1947 -- the year of the first dramatic anthology series--hundreds of television dramas were produced. Hawes focuses on the administrative, artistic, and technological concerns that arose at the National Broadcasting Company, the Columbia Broadcasting System and other experimental television stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He also discusses the contribution of television critics, the significance of radio and motion picture industries, and the role of advertising in television drama. ISBN 0-8173-0276-XL $29.95.