How to Write for Television

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Writers’ Room 101: Tie Goes To The Showrunner

Quick, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “Film is a director’s medium, but TV is a writer’s medium!” That’s what they say. But we writers often hear that as: “Film is a director’s medium…but TV is soooo much better for writers because there, THE WRITER IS KING!” I’ve lost count of how...

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Writers’ Room 101: Tweet Responsibly, My Friends

True story: once upon a time, there was a television writer. Let’s call him “Joe.” Joe was gainfully employed by a TV series (yay!) that, unfortunately, had a showrunner who didn’t mind working ungodly-long hours from time to time (boo!). These things happen. You won’t always be home in time for dinner. You’ll have...

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Writers’ Room 101: Pitching Tips

In the last post, I gave you a general overview of what pitching in the room is like. Hopefully, the information wasn’t too overwhelming. If it was…don’t panic! I’ve got some specific pitching tips that’ll make it all make sense. Pitch Solutions, Not Problems This is an expression you’ll hear a lot, and it’s...

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Writers’ Room 101: Pitching in the Room

When I first sat down to start writing about this topic, I was worried because I thought there couldn’t possibly be enough to say about pitching to fill an entire blog post. Next thing I knew, I had written so much that I decided to break it into two separate posts so the information...

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Producer’s POV: StorySelling – The Art of Pitching

Pitching can be creative and (dare I say it?) even fun. And if you get good at it, it can empower and liberate you to do more of what you love to do:  write. Writers are storytellers. But when they have to sell their stories, they often freeze up. That’s an unfortunate and unnecessary...

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‘Vikings’ Michael Hirst On Writing a TV Series Solo, the Critics and Historical Accuracy

Michael Hirst is one of those rare breed of screenwriters that found their niche early and stuck with it. The British screenwriter, known mostly to American audiences for his critically acclaimed drama, Elizabeth (starring Cate Blanchett), had strictly been a features writer specializing in historical dramas until opportunity knocked when he was approached by Showtime...

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Notes from the Margins: What Football Has That Your Script Needs

Every week, football games garner the largest audience on TV by far. Playoffs – even more. Superbowl? Well over 100 million viewers every year. If 100 million people were to see any one movie, even at the (low) average of $8.50 for a ticket, that would make the film $850M (that’s fancy screenwriter math)....