Reality TV

American Idol Contestant Strikes a Blow for Reality Writers

Who says reality doesn’t have writers?  Certainly not American Idol semi-finalist Ju’Not Joyner (to be fair, I think the guy’s a little bitter… but bitterness aside, he still spills the truth)… http://www.popeater.com/music/article/junot-joyner-says-idol-is-fake/596370#atabc You might also like:No Related Posts

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...

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...

A Letter from WGA President Patric Verone…

Hey, folks– Hot off the press, here’s a letter from WGA president Patric Verone… thought you might find it interesting… May 29, 2009              To My Fellow Members, It’s been a while since I’ve reported to you about the progress of Writers Guild organizing efforts and the many...

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...

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,...

"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...

Great WGA News… including a big meeting (and free dinner)

First of all, some exciting news on the reality TV front… Two important class-action lawsuits were settled today, surprising everyone in the TV industry.  These class-action lawsuits were filed four years ago by the Writers Guild and hundreds of reality TV writers and producers claiming production companies and TV networks (including...

Breaking into Television: My Interview with Alex Epstein

Hey, folks– Just wanted to point you to an interview I recently did with Alex Epstein, TV writer and author of Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box and Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made.  Alex writes the “Complications Ensue” blog, which– if you’re not already reading it– is a...

The WGA Unionizes "Best Week Ever" on VH1!

Hey, guys– Some good news from the war front of the Writers Guild‘s fight to organize reality TV… Best Week Ever, VH1‘s clip show hosted by Paul F. Tomkins, has joined the Writers Guild!  This means the Best Week Ever writers will finally receive standardized salaries, plus pension and health benefits....

VIDEO OF THE DAY: "Angle On: Intervention"

Hey, guys– I LOVE this video, from the Writers Guild of America, in which Dan Partland, from A&E‘s hit reality show Intervention, explains how the show is written.  Intervention is one of the few reality shows that actually has a WGA contract.  Take a look… really cool… Intervention‘s Dan Partland on...

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...

Letter from the WGA: Ozzy Doesn't Rock

Hey, everyone– You may have heard this news, which broke yesterday afternoon, but the Writers Guild of America is going to head with Ozzy Osbourne‘s new FOX variety show, The Osbournes: Loud and Dangerous, for refusing to pay its writers standard wages or agree to a union contract.  Yesterday afternoon, WGA...

From WGA President Patric Verrone…

Hey, guys– Thought this was an interesting little piece from Patric Verrone, president of the Writers Guild west, on the state of TV writing, reality TV, and Sunday night’s Emmy broadcast.  He posted this yesterday on the WGA‘s POV webpage… What Matters More Than Nothing For those of you who saw...

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...

Fremantle Fires Back

As you all know, the Writers Guild of America launched its American Idol Truth Tour last week to help unionize reality TV and fight unfair labor practices against writers.  In yesterday’s LA Times, Fremantle fights back.  Here’s the article… Reality TV producer fires back at Writers Guild Fremantle disputes WGA claims...

Reality Writers Unite!

Hey, TV writers (and writers of all stripes)… There was a great turnout at least week’s WGA meeting about organizing reality writers… and there’s another meeting this week.  If you’re interested in attending– or have questions– please RSVP or contact Jayson Pope.  Here’s all the info… WHEN:   Wednesday, July 2, 8:00...

WRITERS UNITE!

Hey, guys— Just wanted to let you know about an upcoming WGA meeting to continue the fight for fair treatment and compensation for reality TV writers. Although the writers strike is long over, the battle for writers’ rights is not.  Most reality writers work without equitable pay rates, overtime, or even...

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...

READER QUESTION/GUEST PERSPECTIVE: How Do I Break Into Clip Shows?

Hey, screenwriters– Today’s question comes from loyal reader Valerie, who writes… “Hi Chad!… I am interested in creating clip shows and would love to hear your valuable insight on these types of programs (ie. where/how to license footage, how to sell them (Pods or Network), general production tips, etc…).” (For those...