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Producer’s POV: Writing a TV Series (Without Whining)

In teaching Screenwriters University’s Writing a Spec Script for a TV series, it’s reminded me how much every writer just wants to write their own original material. And that they are purely writing these spec scripts just to get work or an agent or manager. Granted, it’s the best work in the world (if...

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Writers on the Verge: The Screenwriting Agent Game

Every writer wants an agent. Otherwise, why would this be the single most frequently asked question I get? Time and again: How do I get an agent? Am I ready for an agent? Will I be better off if I have an agent? My answer is always this: You want a screenwriting agent, but...

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Writers on the Verge: Who Needs Screenwriter Management?

Every writer I’ve ever met has told me: I need to, I want to, I have to get repped! Heck, I knew one writer who had written on assignment and made a pretty good living that way who considered getting repped by CAA his single greatest career accomplishment. It doesn’t matter that once the...

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Behind the Lines with DR: The Coolest Deed

Way back when The Shawshank Redemption was barely hanging on in theaters, squeaking out some pretty meager box office, and still years before it was regarded as one of the greatest American movies of the last thirty years, Academy and Guild members were not yet able to rely on screeners as a way to keep up...

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Behind the Lines with DR: Swear I Didn’t Do It

I’m a big Michael Douglas fan. Have been since I was a boy and he was playing Karl Malden’s sidekick in The Streets of San Francisco. So I thought it was pretty cool when my agent asked if I’d be interested in writing a movie for his company. At the time, Michael Douglas was...

Sending Queries to Literary Managers About a Screenplay

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 challenge of this business. The common conception is that “who you know” is...