What You Need to Know About the TV Biz in China

Time for an interesting and informative article (if you can get past the all-too-trendy references to TV production as “television content creation”) in the most populous market for, well, everything, in the world today.

Hmm, after reading this we’re wondering when the call will go out for tariffs on Chinese TV…

Television content creation in China
by Hugh Harsono

Content creation has seen immense growth in recent years, with a shift in focus from mainstream content providers such as traditional television studious to internet-era startups either seeking to expand their portfolios or seeking to increase premium user memberships through exclusive content introduction.

In America, this scene has been predominately owned by Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, introducing critically acclaimed titles such as The Man in the High Castle, Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, respectively, with many other industry giants scrambling to catch up (with Apple  already signing a deal with Steven Spielberg to produce an Amazing Stories-reboot, Facebook spending as much as $1 billion on original contentGoogle announcing plans to potentially spend up to $3 million per drama episode and even Disney with their purported streaming service, among many others).

Similarly, in China’s growing television industry, a select few, namely Baidu,  Alibaba and Tencent, continue to dominate the marketplace in terms of original TV content production. However, the vast majority of Western consumers have never heard of these internet giants or their respective subsidiaries and series, although this is set to change very soon, particularly with Chinese content currently in the early stages of global distribution.

What distinguishes China from the rest of the Asian market?

There are a variety of unique factors that distinguish China from other marketplaces around the globe, as well as in Asia. These factors include but are not limited to things such as increasing use of mobile devices for media consumption, increasing numbers in television consumption and a booming film/television industry primed for explosive growth.

According to eMarketer, Chinese adults will spend nearly three hours a day using their mobile devices, representing 41.6 percent of their total daily media time, with this same population spending nearly 40 percent of their daily media time specifically watching television. This heavy emphasis on mobile device usage, combined with an expected jump in digital video time in the next several years, creates a perfect environment ripe for increased video consumption by China’s growing population….

Read it all at TechCrunch


Another extremely helpful Ted Talks video about showbiz and how to make the most of whatever you’ve got.

Watching this one, what fascinates this TVWriter™ minion most isn’t the good  advice. Instead, it’s the amazing, pro-level public speaking ability of Nicolas Forzy, the dude giving the talk. No way could yrs. truly ever match that delivery.

In other words, while on the one hand Forzy’s talk has me all revved up, on the other hand Forzy’s actual existence – his natural charisma and polish, has me near tears.

Man, life really is just one damn thing after another, right?

Nicolas Forzy, if you’re reading this, please tell me that you started out totally out of your comfort zone when having to pitch, whether to individuals in elevators or to crowds at huge workshops. Please! (Even if it’s a lie….)

See, told you not-so-old Nicky was smooooth.


More TED Talks – well, actually “TEDx Talks” – HERE


Happy Independence Day 2018

TVWriter™ is a writing site. As such, we’re highly aware of, and sensitive to, the concept that Words Matter.

Forget the fireworks and the overblown political rhetoric that has taken over this date. The following are the words those of us who live in the United States of America are celebrating today, the words of the Declaration of Independence, the guiding principles on which this country is founded:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for

one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. —

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
  • For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
  • For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
  • For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
  • For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
  • For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
  • For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

The above is the entirety of the document signed by John Hancock, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkins, John Hart, and Abraham Clark.

These were brave men, who risked their lives by meeting and signing and fighting for the words our country stands for, the most significant and best known of which are, to all of us at TVWriter™, these:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

More than ever, these words matter today.

We must to everything in our power, as writers and human beings, to makre certain no one takes them and their meaning away.

100s of Tips All TV Writers Need

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Been to the BBC Writers Room website lately? If not, you’re missing the latest from what may well be the absolutely-bar-none best television writing site on the interwebs.

And coming from us, that’s high praise, don’tchathink?

Here’s a sample of what’s going on:

Top Tips from the Comedy Room

The Script Gym

Coping with Rejection

Virtual Reality Needs Talented Writers

And much, much more.

In case we didn’t make it clear, we highly recommend this site. Too bad other broadcasters haven’t caught on to the value of performing this kind of service. For themselves and their programming future as well as for writers new and old.

Yeah, that’s a hint!

10 Best Screenwriting Podcasts for Savvy Screenwriters

Over time, we here at TVWriter™ have watched Script Reader Pro grow to be much more than your typical script coverage site. It is, in fact, one of the all-around most informative film (and TV) writing sites on the planet. Witnesseth:

from Script Reader Pro

If you’re looking for a screenwriting podcast to enhance your understanding of the craft and business of writing, here’s our choice of the top 10 best screenwriting podcasts you should be listening to.

After the list, we round up some episodes from these screenwriting podcasts according to subject matter—giving you the best screenwriting podcasts on dialogue, character, structure and so on.

So let’s dive on in with a look at the first screenwriting podcast on our (alphabetically ordered) list…

The Business podcast
with Kim Masters

The Business is a weekly interview-based screenwriting podcast hosted by Hollywood Reporter journalist Kim Masters, in which she interviews the cream of Hollywood’s writers, producers, directors and actors.

A typical highlight is the February 2018 episode in which she interviews writer/director Jordan Peele and they talk about how he embraced fear to make Get Out. This podcast isn’t necessarily as screenwriting-focused as some of the others but is still well worth a listen. Subscribe >>

Draft Zero podcast
with Chas Fisher & Stu Willis

This monthly screenwriting podcast is hosted by two Australian screenwriters, Chas Fisher and Stu Willis in which they break down pro screenplays and try to figure out what makes them work.

In any given episode you’ll hear them riffing on subjects such as MacGuffins, creating compelling characters and plot vs. character driven movies. Probably one of the best screenwriting podcasts available if you’re looking for specific discussions on the craft. Subscribe >>

On the Page podcast
with Pilar Alessandra

In Pilar Alessandra’s screenplay podcast, she interviews a different guest each week from the world of writing, directing, acting and producing.

Definitely one of the best screenwriting podcasts on the market that you’d be a fool to miss. Subscribe >>

Read it all at Script Reader Pro