Script Notes

“Script Notes” explores the craft and business of writing for film, television and new media. TV producer Chad Gervich takes a look at the latest Hollywood developments and what they mean for writers. He’ll also incorporate interviews and advice from some of the industry’s top players, from agents and execs to writers, directors and producers.


Addicted to teen soaps? No more shame…

Hey, folks– Just wanted to pass on a terrific piece, “Confessions of a 90210 Addict,” from yesterday’s Daily Beast.  This was written by my good friend Taffy Brodesser-Akner, who’s a terrific writer and has this wonderful piece on why she’s addicted to teen soaps.  Enjoy!… http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-03-08/confessions-of-a-90210-addict/?cid=bsa:topnav:sxyb You might also like:No Related...

Great video – the magic of green screen!

Hey, guys– I know there are a bunch of you waiting for answers– Jon H., Nse, Denise, and a couple more– and I promise I’ll get to them… but first… Special thanks to the guys at TVBytheNumbers for pointing out this awesome video about the amazing-ness of green screen (and how...

Oscar nominations!

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014578.html?categoryId=3284&cs=1&nid=2854 My personal picks (in the main categories)… BEST PICTURE:  “Up” (although they’ll never give it to an animated film, so if I have to pick a live-action film: “Inglorious Basterds” ACTOR:  Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) ACTRESS:  Gabourney Sidibe (“Precious”) SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Christopher Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”) SUPPORTING ACTRESS:  Monique (“Precious”)...

Great animated shorts!

Hey, folks– For your viewing pleasure… here are some amazing recent animated shorts… enjoy…http://www.smashingapps.com/2010/01/22/absolutely-incredible-short-animations-that-would-make-you-say-wow.html You might also like:No Related Posts

Writers Win Age Discimination Suit

As you know, we’ve spent a fair amount of time here talking about age discrimination against screenwriters in Hollywood.  Well, last week, screenwriters won a 10-year-old, $70-million suit against 17 networks and studios and 7 literary agencies… go, writers! Here’s a link to the L.A. Times‘ coverage, as well as links...

Matt's Question: What's Your Take on Leno/Conan?

Hey, guys—   Thanks for all the comments and emails, which I’ve been wading through and will get to shortly!  Jon H. and Jennifer… your questions are on deck, but I wanted to be get to Matt’s post about the Leno/Conan situation while it’s still in the zeitgeist…   I won’t...

TV's Biggest Blunders

Hey, foiks– just wanted to point you toward a fun list… James Hibberd lists the biggest TV blunders of the decade in this morning’s Hollywood Reporter… pretty dead-on, if you ask me… Click HERE to check out the list! You might also like:No Related Posts

AFI's Top Movies and TV Shows of 2009…

AFI has released it’s lists of the top movies and TV shows of 2009… Thoughts? AFI’s Top 10 Films of 2009: “Coraline” “The Hangover” “The Hurt Locker” “The Messenger” “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire” “A Serious Man” “A Single Man” “Sugar” “Up” “Up in the Air” AFI‘s Top...

Sundance lineup announced

Hey, folks– Sundance announced the lineup for next year’s festival… click HERE, or on the link below, to see the press release with all the film info…http://festival.sundance.org/2010/press_industry/releases/2010_sundance_film_festival_announces_films_in_premieres/ You might also like:No Related Posts

Caucasian writer seeks minority writing partner?

In the footsteps of last week’s discussion about diversity and opportunities for minority writers in Hollywood, thought you might enjoy this weird/funny/interesting ad posted on Craigslist today. What are your thoughts on this? Caucasian Comedy Writer with Credits Seeks Minority Writing Partner (Hollywood/Tinsel Town/City of Angels) Date: 2009-12-02, 3:17PM PST Reply...

Top 50 Movies of the Decade… or Not?

Time Out New York has posted their list of 50 movies that “mattered” over the last decade.  Take a look, see what you think… http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/film/80947/the-tony-top-50-movies-of-the-decade/2.html My two cents?… terrible list.  I don’t know what their criteria was, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be the “best” movies… and I’m not sure...

Diversity in Writers Rooms? Think Again…

Interesting, but sad, article in this morning’s Variety… detailing the WGA’s 2009 Hollywood Writers Report about diversity amongst writers.  And it turns out… there isn’t much. “White males continue to dominate in both the film and television sectors,” says Darnell Hunt, the UCLA professor who wrote the study. “Although women and...

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: JayCut.com

Wanted to pass along a pretty cool website… For those of you who don’t need all the bells and whistles (or pricetags) of Final Cut or Avid, but still want to edit home movies or online videos, check out JayCut— a simple online editing application that lets you upload and edit...

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...