Hard at Work Here

…setting up this new version of TVWriter.Com, mostly trying to figure out how to best use the blog elements so the site can be as entertaining as it is informative. (Note to self: “Informative” is not a funny word.)

What Showbiz is All About

Been thinking about posting snippets, vids, etc. like the one above from other blogs and showbiz web pages, sort of like expanded tweets. (Hey, don’t forget to follow us.) Also about recruiting my working friends and long-time site users for blog work here. Lots of ideas percolating, but I can always use more because I’ve worked in the biz long enough to realize that picking the brains of others is, you know, easier than giving myself a headache by thinking too much. Bottom line: Your suggestions will be hotly welcomed. Either as Comments or in e-mail, whatever.

LB

LB: I still don’t know Ken Levine…

…but he sure knows what it’s like to write for TV. Here’s what Memorial Day means to writers:

Memorial Day then staff work begins!

Happy Memorial Day. This is the time of the year when writing staffs go back to work. If you’re an aspiring TV scribe, I hope someday that’ll be you. Here’s what you can sort of expect…at least on the comedy side.

The first week will just be sharing vacation stories, home remodeling nightmares, debating the Dan Harmon firing,  trashing WHITNEY. You’ll go out for long lunches, bitch about how much other writers make, compare Prius prices, recommend apps for your iPad and iPhone, and discuss the upcoming summer movie slate. My blog might come up. Half will like it, half will think it’s a piece of shit.

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1 WEEK LEFT TO ENTER TV WRITER.COM CONTESTS

Gang–

OMG!!!

Only 1 week remains in which to enter the current PEOPLE’S PILOT
and SPEC SCRIPTACULAR writing contests sponsored by TVWriter.Com
and Manner Movie Ltd. of Hong Kong. Entries are due on or before June 1,
2012 via the online upload forms for each contest.

All of you of course know exactly what the contests are, but on the off
chance that you’ve missed our barrage of publicity (okay, so it’s really
been a kind of a dribble), here’s a quick rundown of what’s up:

The PEOPLE’S PILOT is for spec pilot scripts for original series. We
welcome supplemental material such as series proposals, but all entries
MUST include a pilot teleplay.

Your series can be any genre – drama, action, sitcom, reality, game,
lifestyle, animation, kids’ show, you name it – and can be intended for
broadcast networks, cable channels, PBS, even local stations,
regardless of country. All we ask is that your entry be written in
English so we can read it!

The SPEC SCRIPTACULAR is for spec scripts written for current or
recent TV series. Your completed teleplay can be for any existing drama,
action show, or sitcom, or for an original TV movie in any genre, and can
be intended for broadcast networks, cable channels, PBS, and local
stations in any country (as long as your spec is written in English.)

PEOPLE’S PILOT & SPEC SCRIPTACULAR Prizes include:

* $500 from Manner Movie Ltd.

* Mentorship from producer-writer Larry Brody of TV Writer.Com
(See LB’s amazing credits here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0111046/)

* Inclusion in the TV Writer.Com List of Recommended Writers

* 1 year of Gold Plan Spotlighted Screenplay Posting Service at
ScreenwriterShowcase.Com

* 1 year ScriptPimp.Com Writers Database Membership

Entry forms and full info on rules, prizes, and eligibility for the
PEOPLE’S PILOT can be found at http://www.peoplespilot.com

Entry forms and full info on rules, prizes, and eligibility for the
SPEC SCRIPTACULAR can be found at http://www.specscriptacular.com

So far this year entries have been on the light side, but the last week
usually is a big one. Fewer entries mean a better chance for everyone
who enters, though, so maybe this will turn out to be a Good Thing. I’d
like it to be The Chance of a Lifetime for everyone, but, hey, that’s me.

Hope everyone who gets this email enters one of the contests because,
just between us, creating entertainment for millions of others is head and
shoulders above just watching what someone else has done. At least,
it certainly has been for me.

You too can achieve your dream, but you’ve got to HURRY!

Larry B
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Larry Brody & the TV Writer.Com Gang
TV Writer.Com
https://tvwriter.com

Our Mission

By Larry Brody

TVWriter™  is about you. The new writer. And you. The experienced writer. The writer in search of knowledge. The writer perfecting his or her skill. The writer dreaming about “making it” in the media today.

Want to become part of showbiz as we currently know it? A writer or writer-producer of sitcoms or dramas or action series? A writer or writer-producer of television movies? A writer or writer-director of feature films?

Great! Terrific! TVWriter™  is for YOU.

Want to revolutionize showbiz? Take it away from the “elite” and “return it to the people?” Develop new kinds of content and write for new kinds of content delivery? Change the media world as a writer- entrepreneur?

Equally great! Equally terrific! TVWriter™  is for YOU TOO.

The newly redesigned site is packed with free info based on my 40 years in the biz. Everything you need to know to plan your campaign to take over the television world is right here. Information so you know what you’re doing. Workshops so you can gain the writing experience you need. And for encouragement – and prizes – check out our Contests.

Have a question that’s not answered on TVWriter™ ‘s regular pages? Ask away on the Message Board. Play Stump the Brode – because even if I can’t answer it I know someone who can. Regular respondents include a Senior Vice President of one of the largest production companies in the business; the showrunners of one of television’s longest-lasting sitcoms and one of its most successful ongoing dramas; the former writer-producers of several of the medium’s most watched shows; plus various feature writers, producers, agents, and executives from all over show business.

One way or another, TVWriter™  will make sure that you get the knowledge you need. I’ve always felt like the luckiest guy in the world because I was able to walk in the Hollywood door, make a great living, and have a (mostly) wonderful time there for so many years.

Now I’m giving back. All of us here are dedicated to giving you the knowledge you need. To helping you develop your talent to its fullest. To getting you up the ladder of success. To achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams.

And all we ask – all we’ll ever ask – is that someday you make sure that you’re available to the next generation of dreamers. Someone once said that, “Living well is the best revenge,” but I’ve learned a more important truth:

“Giving back is the best reward.”

Ken Levine on COMMUNITY & Dan Harmon

And now, a pro’s view of the Dan Harmon/COMMUNITY debacle.

By a really good and very, very credible pro.

No, I’m not talking about myself. This is from the great Ken Levine. (Check out his credits and you’ll see what I mean.)

Dan Harmon’s firing: My take

A lot of you have asked my take on the NBC firing of Dan Harmon from COMMUNITY – a show that he not only was running but created as well. First I should mention that I don’t know Dan Harmon, nor have I personally had any involvement with the show. So it’s like when there’s a big news emergency and networks bring on so-called “experts” like earthquake psychics or terrorist cell consultants and they sound incredibly knowledgeable but then you realize they don’t know shit. That’s me in this situation. Ken Levine – former showrunner expert.

That said, here are some random thoughts:

Networks have been firing showrunners for years. You just never heard about it. Before social networks and the internet, showrunners were essentially invisible. Just names in the credits. Now showrunners have become quasi-celebrities themselves, which I think is a good thing. Only 70% of the viewers think Joel McHale makes up those funny things he says instead of 90%. But the point is, this isn’t precedent setting.

It’s always easier to fire writers than actors. People do notice when their favorite star has been replaced by Ashton Kutcher. (Which tells you how off-the-charts psycho Charlie Sheen had to be to get canned from TWO AND A HALF MEN.)

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