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...
There's no better way to make sure you DON'T endear yourself to agents, producers, or writers than by spitting on what they do.
Study shows you most admire. Learn how those shows tell their stories, then use them as models when creating your own show.
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.
While it's exciting to watch TV's new shows and schedules being unveiled during Upfronts Week, this week is actually—for the networks, the kingpins of the TV world—just the beginning of an even more critical period.
Every show—in fact, every piece of art—should be a reflection of audiences' lives... and every story throughout history can be boiled down to a single sentence.
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...
TV writers need to learn how to take a punch, a mandatory eight count and then get up and go back at it. They also have to know how to throw a punch.
The cardinal sin: don’t go into an interview for a TV job and say you don’t watch TV, TV is rubbish, or this is just a stepping stone.
Don't blame writers for a dearth of originality. They're busy writing, developing, and pitching the most creative, engaging stories they can... but they don't get to decide whether those stories get made.