Hilary Winston is the creator and showrunner of Bad Teacher, which premieres April 24 at 9:30 pm on CBS! Gray Jones caught up with her a few days before the premiere. In the interview, Hilary has great tips on career development and networking, as well as writing, pitching, and selling pilots....
Informative introduction to Lisa Alden’s “Power of the Pitch” workshops – learn how to pitch a script for an original TV pilot from somebody who has sold every one in the room! Even if you plan on writing it on spec, learning how to pitch it will exponentially develop your project...
Vanessa Parise is an actress, writer and director. Her films Kiss the Bride and Jack and Jill vs. the World hit the indie world with a bang, but what she really wanted to do was get a TV show on the air. And finally, this pilot season, that dream became a...
Study shows you most admire. Learn how those shows tell their stories, then use them as models when creating your own show.
Every year, networks shoot about 100 professionally shot, designed, acted, and edited pilots. These pilots are your competition. These are the pilots you need to beat with your writing alone.
If your story's characters don't end up in a different emotional space from where they began, neither will your audience. (Even on a sitcom.)
Most people who "can't" move to L.A. ... or switch jobs ... or do the things necessary to break in ... simply don't want to. But make no mistake: THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
If you want to grab an agent or executive's attention, your script doesn’t need to be as good as professionally written scripts … it needs to be BETTER than professionally written scripts.
There is no bigger sign of an amateur than someone who's worried about their stuff being stolen. If you worry your show can be stolen… you haven't written it well enough.
No production company or network will "request" a sizzle reel or demo; you must go into the pitch with a fully produced, ready-to-go sizzle. Which means you must convince your crew to work for free… or fund them out of your own pocket.