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Pilot-writing Seminar next Tuesday!

Hey, everyone– Thanks so much to all of you who came to last week’s Final Draft/Script magazine and Writers Boot Camp panel, “Getting into the Writers Room.”  It was a terrific evening, and it was great seeing some of you there! Wanted to let you all know about another great opportunity…...

Get into the TV Writing Room… for FREE!

Hey, folks– Just wanted to invite you all to a great event next Monday, October 26… Final Draft software, “Script” magazine, and Writers Boot Camp are hosting a series of FREE writing panels designed to help film and TV writers navigate Hollywood… and I’ll be speaking on next week’s TV panel,...

The Wind Up… and the Pitch

Hey, TV writers– If you have an idea for the next Flight of the Conchords, Burn Notice, or Nurse Jackie (which, by the way, I just started watching this week– really funny!) but aren’t sure how to sell it, I’d love to see you next Tuesday, when I’m teaching my pitching...

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...

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...

Wanna Sell Your Spec Pilot?…

Hey, everyone– If you missed it a few months ago… I’m teaching another “Writing the TV Pilot” seminar in Los Angeles this month, and I hope you can all make it!  Spec pilots are selling like hot cakes these days… Matthew Weiner‘s Mad Men on AMC was a spec pilot… and...

A Quick Post re: Pitchfest

Hey, guys– I’ve gotten some emails and questions about Pitchfest, so just wanted to respond real fast… 1)  Rosetta– I’m not sure if/when Pitchfest itself is coming to New York… lemme sniff around a bit.  I’ll also try to round up some info on some other pitch festivals, or similar events,...

Sell Your Movie or TV Show… and Say Hello… at Pitchfest!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to next month’s annual Great American PitchFest, where I’ll be speaking and doing pitch and project consultations. For those of you who haven’t been to PitchFest, it’s a two-day festival where writers, producers, directors, and other filmmakers can take classes, network, and pitch...

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’...

Thanks for a great turnout!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out Tuesday night for the Small Screen, Big Picture seminar and pitch panel at Barnes & Noble here in L.A.  There were a ton of Script Notes readers there… some familiar faces and some great newbies… and it was...

Pitch Your Idea to Producers & Agents… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night’s pilot-writing seminar at mediabistro… it was a terrific turnout, and I really appreciate everyone coming and being so interested! For those of you who couldn’t make it… or those of you who have actual TV show ideas you’d like to...

Write Your Pilot… and Sell It– THIS MONTH!

Hey, all– Just wanted to let you all know… I’m teaching my “Pilot Writing” course for Mediabistro again this month, and if you’re in L.A., I’d love to see you all there!  This seminar is a blast… it’s one of my favorite classes to teach… and you’ll learn everything you need...

Thanks for coming… now go pitch some shows!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the my Small Screen, Big Picture book signing and TV seminar, “Seven Steps to Selling Your Show” today at the Writer’s Store!  For those of you who were able to make it, I can’t tell you how much I appreciated you coming and...

Seven Steps to Selling Your Show… in 45 Minutes

Hey, guys– Just wanted to invite you all to a fun event next week.  I’m hosting a short (and totally free!) seminar/discussion on Saturday, February 28, at The Writer’s Store in Los Angeles, followed by a book signing of Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business.  In...

Write Your TV Spec… Just in Time for Staffing Season!

Hey, guys– Just wanted to let you know: I’m teaching a new TV spec-writing class, starting next week, and the folks at Mediabistro said I could give Script Notes readers a $50 discount! The class is a ton of fun… and a ton of work… but it’s designed to give you...

Great Story Seminar…

Hey, guys– We’ll have some cool posts over the next few days… some great book recommendations, interviews– and per your question– we’ll discuss the highwire act of being a single parent and attempting to start a career in television writing.  But first… I wanted to give you a heads-up re: a...

Writing the Reality TV Show – Next Thursday!

Hey, TV writers and producers– If you have any idea for the next America’s Got Talent, Good Eats, The Amazing Race or Criss Angel: Mindfreak… or if you’re just trying to get your foot in the reality TV door… or even if you’re just a big reality fan… check out the...

Writing Your TV Pilot – Next Thursday!

Hey, everyone– If you’re working on a script for the next Lost, Friends, or 24… or toying with an idea… or just love television… check out the class I’m teaching for mediabistro next Thursday night… Writing the TV Pilot: Create and develop your own series With broadcast networks trying new programming...

Reality Seminar– Back By Popular Demand!

Hey, screenwriters– If you’re in Los Angeles and interested in knowing how to develop and sell the next So You Think You Can Dance or Living Lohan, I’m once again teaching my 3-hour reality TV seminar at mediabistro.com next Saturday afternoon, and I’d love to see you there!  Here’s the scoop…WRITING...