How to Get Your Script Read

An answer – not necessarily the answer because there is no one way to go about this – to the second most asked screenwriting question of all time. (In case you haven’t figured it out, the first is, “How do I get an agent?”)

There ya go. Now you’re all set. Right?

Right?

Oh well…

TV Writer (and Viewer) In-Joke of the Month

And it isn’t even a cartoon:

Found on “minor pop culture icon” Gerry Conway’s even more iconic blog.

H’wood Agents Finally Respond to WGA re New Agreement

Yes, it’s true. The writers (us) and our agents – specifically the TV series packaging agencies (them) are drawing a couple of lines in the sand. And – and this is an even bigger “yes” – at the moment those lines are way far apart.

by David Robb

The Association of Talent Agents has reached out to the WGA with an offer to sit down for informal talks in advance of negotiations for a new franchise agreement that governs how agencies represent writers. It’s the first conciliatory move by either side since April, when the WGA East and West gave the ATA a 12-month notice to terminate their existing agreement, known as the Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement.

In a letter to the heads of both unions, ATA executive director Karen Stuart said: “The ATA and its member agencies have been your partner in championing writers and their careers for more than 60 years. We are proud of the relationship we have enjoyed with the WGA and proud of our agencies’ record of success in representing their clients — your members. Every day, our agencies are on the front lines fighting for writers’ needs: opportunity, creative freedom and, of course, fair compensation.”

In its proposals for a new agreement, the WGA seeks to completely reshape the talent agency business, putting an end to packaging – which the guilds see as rife with conflicts of interest – ending commissions on scale and stopping the agencies’ nascent ventures into film and television production.

“Media consolidation and other seismic changes in the development, production and distribution ecosystem have significantly altered the landscape writers – both new and established – face every day,” Stuart said in her letter. “As the writer’s role is central and indispensable, we know that it is of utmost importance to the WGA that writers continue to be able to create freely, access the most advantageous opportunities and maximize their compensation; the agencies that represent writers, day in and day out, fully share those beliefs….

Read it all at Deadline.Com

Check out the backstory HERE and HERE

WGAW August 2018 Calendar

Knowing what’s going on in the Writers Guild of America can be helpful to TV and film writers in many ways, even if you aren’t a member. So, for your edification:

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. To see the live calendar, click here. (Member Login required for that, sorry.)

Most Viewed TVWriter™ Posts of the Week – August 6, 2018

Time for TVWriter™’s Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are:

Jon Paul Burkhart Talks About Producing Short Films

Larry Brody: ‘The Joy of Saying “No!”‘

‘The Following’ Season 4 was Cancelled by Fox Because the TV Series Became a Victim of Lazy Writing

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

How To Write The Perfect TV Series Review To Captivate Your Readers

And our most visited permanent resource pages are:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Contest

The Logline

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter

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