Reader Questions

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 re-post Matt’s entire...

READER QUESTION: Are screenwriting contests a waste of time?

Thanks to Elaine Luddy Kionicki for today’s question, which she asked in response to Sunday’s post about Scriptapalooza.  Elaine writes: Hey Chad. Most screenwriting books say that contests are a waste of time and money, and you’ve said in a previous post that contests rarely pay off, but it sounds like you’re endorsing this...

Chuck's question: Am I wasting my time if I don't live in L.A.?

Hey, folks—   Today’s question comes from Chuck, who writes…   “I am writing some spec screenplays, and a pilot.  But let’s face it – I will never move to LA.  Meetings – yes.  Move – no.  Am I wasting my time?  I’ve met managers who have said “Send me something when you have...

Formatting Questions? Try This…

I’ve gotten a lot of formatting questions lately, everything from how to do slugs and shot headings to the correct way to show different sides of a phone conversation.  I’ve emailed some of you back directly (and some of you I’ll get to shortly, I promise), but I also wanted to introduce a great...

PAULO'S QUESTION: Do shows ever hop from cable to broadcast?

Today’s question comes from Paulo in Rio, Brazil… which just may win the award for Question Asked From Farthest Away! Paulo works in film financing and is developing some new models for Brazilian TV production.  He asks two questions about the US TV market… Question #1:  “As the cable channels are gaining muscles, have you...

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 points that warranted...

More on Ageism in Hollywood…

Some of you may remember, a few weeks back when loyal reader Jon sent in a question and we had an ongoing discussion about ageism.  Well, thanks to Jon for sending in “What Hollywood Is Not Letting You See,” a recent piece from Robert Elisberg in The Huffington Post.  It’s a great piece… click...

READER QUESTION: Will There Be A Pitchfest in New York?

Hey, folks– Wanted to respond to Rosetta‘s Great American Pitchfest question from a couple days ago… “When will an event like this [or at least similar to it] be available in the New York City region?… I learned about this coming event a little too late to plan to attend and would like to...

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, and get it...

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 hearing everywhere that...

GINA'S QUESTION: Why don't playwrights and novelists get rewritten?

Today’s reader question comes from Gina, who writes: “I noticed that screenplays are always rewritten by many different writers but that would never happen to a playwright or novelist.  Why the double standard?  But, then again, that is how screenwriter’s will make their money on rewriting someone else’s screenplay.” Well, Gina, screenplays often get rewritten...

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 ageism question from...

JON'S QUESTION: Can older writers get into Hollywood writing programs?

Today’s reader question comes from Jon, who lives in Iowa and writes in response to Monday’s post about the network and studio writing programs (NBC’s Writers on the Verge, the Disney Fellowship, the FOX Diversity Program, etc.).  Jon writes… “Why there isn’t such a program for we victims of age discrimination?  I’m being facetious,...