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Erik Bork

About Erik Bork

Erik Bork won two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, working with executive producer Tom Hanks (and Steven Spielberg, on Band of Brothers). Erik has sold original series pitches to the broadcast networks, worked on the writing staff of primetime drama series, and written feature screenplays for Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He teaches for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, and National University's MFA Program in Professional Screenwriting. He has also been called one of the "Top Ten Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers" for his website, Flyingwrestler.com. Twitter: @flyingwrestler

Great Stories Are Like Great Games

I’m a Los Angeles Lakers fan. As I’ve followed the team over the past few years, I’ve noticed certain elements need to be present, in a game, for it to be the most engaging and entertaining — the kind that keep me glued to the TV screen. Specifically, there are usually...

Sending Queries to Literary Managers About a Screenplay

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! When I work with writers giving feedback and guidance on their material and career paths, I often end up giving advice about how to gain access to agents, managers, and producers – which seems to most writers to be the biggest...

“Don’t Withhold; Reveal, and Complicate”

Two-time Emmy®-winning writer-producer Erik Bork (HBO’s Band of Brothers) says saving information for a shocking reveal late in the story can result in reader confusion or alienation. Bork recommends showing your cards, even as you write toward the "big reveal."

What Makes a Good TV Series Premise?

In Emmy winner Erik Bork’s work pitching series ideas and writing pilots (and on good days, selling them to networks such as NBC and Fox), he’s learned a few things about what they're looking for, and what makes an idea sellable - as well as what a successful pilot script tends...

Using SAVE THE CAT’s Ten “Genres”

SAVE THE CAT has redefined how Erik Bork looks at types of movie stories, in a way that he thinks can be really helpful to writers. He believes Blake Snyder's “genres” speak to the main question professional readers are asking: “Is the main character’s problem (and plan) big, compelling, and entertaining...

Why I Don’t Recommend Writing Miniseries On Spec

Erik Bork, the multiple Emmy and Golden-Globe winning writer-producer of Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon who is now also a script consultant, discusses why he encourages writers to think about whether their proposed miniseries idea or spec script(s) could work as well as a feature...