Career Advice

What To Spec This Year…

Thanks to Sam for spotting Alex Epstein‘s link to Alex Freedman‘s study on what TV specs to write this year… and what not to.  Very interesting– and helpful!  Click HERE to check it out… You might also like:No Related Posts

Meet Rick Qualliotine, Co-EP

I’m writing this while sitting in the office of our Co-Executive Producer, Rick Qualliotine—the only person at The Wanda Sykes Show who has actually PAINTED HIS OFFICE… making this easiest the coolest office in the place (one wall is a bright warm orange-yellow).  Rick started his career in theater, producing plays...

Will You Read My Fucking Script?

Special thanks to Sam for pointing out this brutally direct and honest (yet I don’t think entirely fair or true) column from screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) from yesterday’s Village Voice… Click HERE to read “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script“ You might also like:No Related Posts

READER QUESTION: What if drinking means drowning in Hollywood?

Hey, all— Wanted to reprint an interesting email I got from Rebecca, one of our loyal friends and readers, in response to the book review I recently posted for Tom Malloy’s, “Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films.”  I don’t agree with her, but I thought she raised some interesting...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JokeandBiagio.com

Hey, guys– Just wanted to point out a great new blog/website… For anyone wanting to learn more and break into reality TV, check out JokeandBiagio.com, a new blog from my good friend and super-talented reality producer Biagio Messina, which offers “tips, tricks, tales and tutorials on producing TV and film.” Biagio...

BOOK REVIEW: Bankroll

I’ve never worked in independent film.  I like independent film. I have friends who work in independent film.  I’ve written screenplays that could be independent films.  But me, personally—I don’t think I could do it.  For one main reason… One of the main duties of an independent filmmaker is to round...

Teach Your Kid To Be A Movie Critic!

Hey, folks– This was such a fun and interesting event, I had to post it up here. On Tuesday, July 21, KidsPickFlicks.com— the movie review site for kids– presents “Popcorn, Pop and a Paycheck: How to Get the Life of a Movie Critic” at the Variety offices here in L.A. For...

Got Legal Advice?

Hey, screenwriters and filmmakers– Just wanted introduce you to today’s Website of the Day… Legal Ease, an outstanding legal Q&A blog from FilmIndependent.  It’s been up and running since the beginning of the year, answering questions on everything from options and Writers Guild minimums to licensing songs and obtaining book rights. ...

Sell Your Reality Show… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– If you’re hoping to sell the next The Bachelorette, American Idol, or Dancing with the Stars… or even if you just want to work on them… I’m teaching my reality TV seminar, “Writing the Reality TV Show,” for mediabistro next Tuesday, July 7.  If you’re interested (and in Los...

SHARLA'S QUESTION: Are web scripts useful writing samples?

Hey, folks— Today’s reader question comes from Sharla.  First of all, I have to say—Sharla, MAJOR THANKS for your super-nice comments on Small Screen, Big Picture!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it… and I’m glad you found it helpful! As for your question… here it is: “I’ve been...

Older Writers – Part II

Hey, folks– Sorry I’ve been awol for a few days… I was actually out of town with very little Internet access, and I just got back late last night– so I haven’t been able to post for a while! Second of all, thanks for the posts and emails re: last week’s...

Upcoming Writing Program Deadlines

Huge thanks to Jen Grisanti— and her awesome monthly newsletter– for compiling this great list of deadlines for upcoming network and studio writing programs.  For all those applying– GOOD LUCK! WRITING PROGRAMS AND DEADLINES FOR TV WRITERS NBC – Writers on the VergeThis is a 10-week program focused on polishing writers’...

The #1 Way NOT To Break Into Hollywood

Hey, folks— Sorry I’ve been awol for a few days… I just returned this weekend from a week in Nashville.  I run a program for my school, Vanderbilt, called Vandy-in-Hollywood, which is a networking organization for students and alumni working or interested in entertainment.  The centerpiece of the group is the...

READER QUESTION: How Do I Spec a Serialized Show like "Damages?"

Today’s reader question comes from Chuck, who asks…“I love ‘Damages’, the show.  How would you spec a show like Damages when the entire season is one long arc – like one long movie?  Same as ’24.’  Is that possible?” Well, Chuck, the short (and unfortunate) answer is: I probably wouldn’t spec...