Events Activities and Things To Do

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...

Writers– and employees of all stripes– unite!

Hey, folks– Just wanted to invite you all to an important event tomorrow… it concerns not only Hollywood’s writers, but employees everywhere! Join WGAW President Patric M. Verrone, WGAW members and the Los Angeles Federation of Labor as Los Angeles workers fight for the Employee Free Choice Act. Patric will be addressing...

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...

Join Me as I Get Bipolar on the Radio This Weekend! (Internet Radio)

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to tune in this weekend when I’m a guest on LA Talk Radio‘s “Bipolar Nation” this weekend!  LA Talk Radio is LA’s premiere Internet radio site, and “Bipolar Nation,” Bert Hamaoui and Susan Schofield‘s talk show, explores current controversies all things political, social,...

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...

"American Idol" Rally Next Wednesday!

Hey, writers– Next week, the Writers Guild of America is hosting a rally outside American Idol to support the Idol writers who are not getting health care, pension, or union coverage… which is all of them.  Obviously, the WGA has been very active in trying to unionize reality TV, and since...

Havin' a Party… and You're Invited!

Hey, everyone– Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are at least half as stuffed as I am… I am literally writing this with the computer on the bed and me on my knees next because I’m too top-heavy to lift myself up any further.  Having said that… Wanted to give...

Open WGA Meeting This Week: Reality & Game Show Writers Unite!

Hey, everyone– As you know, I’ve been a vocal supporter and cheerleader of the Writers Guild‘s efforts to organize reality and unscripted (ha!) TV.  This isn’t a cause that concerns only reality writers… it’s a fight for the rights of writers in all mediums.  SO… Tomorrow night, the WGA is holding...

Fight for Writers' Rights… THIS WEEKEND! (And hey– free lunch!)

Hey, everyone– As you know, reality TV writers rarely receive wages or benefits comparable to their scripted counterparts… even though they’re writing scripts, shaping arcs and stories, defining characters, punching up jokes, etc. So this Saturday, the Writers Guild is hosting a lunch event to educate and unite writers of all...

Help American Idol Writers Fight for Fair Wages and Equal Rights!

Hey, writers– We’ve talked a lot here about reality TV writers’ fight for fair pay and equitable treatment.  Reality writers are often paid less-than-minimum wages, work illegally long hours, and rarely get breaks or meals… yet they’re writing jokes, breaking stories, and crafting scenes just like writers on The Tonight Show...

Free Theater Across America!

Hey, everyone– Huge thanks to my friend Hallie for cluing me into this, but this is awesome!  Free Night of Theater is a program designed in cooperation with Theater Communications Group and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations to get people out to see more live theater, introduce newbies to...

Atlanta's TV Writers Need You… Tomorrow!

Hey, writers– If you live in Atlanta, Georgia (or want to take a road trip), there’s gonna be some exciting writerly/political action this weekend.  Here’s the scoop… Earlier this week, four writers were fired from Tyler Perry‘s hit TV show, House of Payne, which currently airs on TBS.  Why were they...

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...

Upcoming Conferences & Festivals: September Edition

Once again, thanks to MovieMaker magazine and its FestFlash emails for this great list of upcoming festivals, contests, and conferences… UPCOMING FESTIVALS & CALL FOR ENTRIESAFI FEST 2008 presented by Audi, slated for October 30th to November 9th, brings the best of world cinema to the heart of Hollywood for 11...

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...