TV Keeps On Growing…and Growing – Part 2

Just when you thought there was nothing left for TV to do, here’s another peek at Peak TV, non-fiction style (with one new drama thrown into the mix). Have a look into what Bravo believes America will want to see in the coming months:

Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of Bravo Network – and others

Bravo Expands Originals to 7 Nights With 10 New and 20 Returning Series
by Leslie Goldberg

Bravo is expanding its original programming to seven nights.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network, which recently entered the premium scripted space with anthology Dirty Johnhas handed out series orders to 10 more new shows to join a slate of 20 returning favorites.

Slated to join staples including Vanderpump Rules and the Real Housewives franchise are unscripted fare featuring original Queer Eye stars Thom Filicia and Carson Kressley as well as a spinoff of Married to Medicine. The slate comes as Bravo is fresh off a first quarter where it finished as the No. 5 ad-supported cable network among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic — its best primetime showing yet — and the top cable network among women 18-49 and 25-54.

“Our brand offers a unique environment for our viewers to escape with drama that is fun and funny, yet far from their normal reality,” said Jerry Leo, executive vp program strategy, lifestyle networks and production at Bravo. “By doubling down on noisy formats and big characters, expanding our lifestyle programming in the design and home space, and offering seven nights a week of originals, we’ll be able to serve our fans more of what they crave while also attracting new viewers with our wide scope of programming.”

The 10 new series join a slate that also includes Married to Medicine, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Don’t Be Tardy, Flipping Out, Shahs of Sunset, Southern Charm (and its Savannah spinoff), Million Dollar Listing New York, theReal Housewives franchise (with series set in Atlanta; New York; Beverly Hills; Orange County, California; New Jersey; Potomac, Maryland and Dallas), Below Deck Mediterranean, Watch What Happens Live, Top Chef and scripted drama Imposters and anthology Dirty John, the latter starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Here’s a look at the 10 new series coming to Bravo (premiere dates have not been determined):

 

Read it all at HollywoodReporter.Com

WGAW April 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:


WGAW April 2018 Calendar

NOTE: Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. Please click here (member login required) to see live calendar. For this month’s member BUZZ listings, click here.

April

Tuesday
03

Meeting: Genre Committee

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Genre Committee was formed with sole purpose of attracting writers interested in a certain genre to meet, discuss and exchange information in a peer-to-peer setting. Our mission is to push education, diversity and camaraderie among all writers no matter their background. The Committee welcomes all writers because writers work in all genres. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
05

A Call To Men

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Eligible* members, no guests, RSVP: ACallToMen. Advisor Ted Bunch provides insight into the construct of sexism, challenging privileges and entitlements given to men by men. He will address the #MeToo movement and how men should respond. Beyond education as to why the problem is pervasive, this is an invitation to Guild writers, men and women, to be a part of the solution. Sponsored by WGAW Inclusion and Equity Group (IEG), co-chaired by Glen Mazzara and Shonda Rhimes. IEG’s mission is to educate industry professionals and champion hiring practices that create an entertainment industry that directly reflects our nation’s diverse voices. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Monday
09

Meeting: Committee of Women Writers

7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee represents the interests of female WGAW writers who are seeking WGA-covered work. We sponsor events designed to increase our knowledge of the craft and the marketplace, discuss the role of women as storytellers, and foster networking and collaboration between women in all Guilds, as well as increase opportunities for education, employment opportunities and creative expression. Our goal is to empower all writers and improve the profile and perception of Women writers in the industry. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Tuesday
10

UnREAL Episode Sneak Peak

7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

7 p.m. screening episode 308; 7:45 p.m. panel; 8:45 p.m. reception. Info: (323) 782-4589. Eligible members* + 1, RSVP: UnREAL. WGAW’s Committee of Women Writers and Lifetime present a special panel and sneak peek episode screening of Emmy-nominated, Peabody award-winning series UnREAL, a scripted, fictitious, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding production of a dating competition program. This season, ladies “reign supreme” in front of and behind the camera. With a female led writers’ room, UnREALcontinues to use story to explore headline-making social issues, including gender stereotypes, sexism and mental illness. Panelists: Sarah Gertrude Rose Shapiro (co-creator, EP), Stacy Rukeyser (showrunner/EP), Emmy-nominated actress Constance Zimmer, Jordan Hawley (Co-EP), Ariana Jackson (Supervising Producer), and Sharon Bordas (VP, Scripted Series Programming, Lifetime). Moderator: entertainment reporter Taylor Ferber. Reception follows. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Thursday
12

Write Around the World… Salon with Sydney J. Levine

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Eligible members*, RSVP with “WATW” as subject: WritersEd. Join us for an intimate evening of conversation with former executive and blogger Sydney J. Levine, who travels extensively on the international film market circuit as a lecturer, trainer and consultant for feature screenwriters and filmmakers. Learn how to navigate the global film market, how to understand the protocols, and how to meet the players in the global media business. Moderated by Maria Elena Rodriguez. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee. Snacks and drinks available before and after talk. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Friday
13

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – A Quiet Place with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with A Quiet Place co-writers Bryan Woods & Scott Beck begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 90 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Saturday
14

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Tully with Diablo Cody

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Tully writer Diablo Cody begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 96 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Tuesday
17

“Living in the Middle” Series with Jose and Javi: How Much Free Work Should I Do?

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: TV/Digital Media

7 p.m. light reception; 7:30 p.m. program start. Current Active status members only, no guests, RSVP with “LITM” as subject: TV/Digital. Developing a TV series was once the exclusive province of the experienced showrunner, but now with 500 outlets and a mandate to find “fresh voices,” writers of all levels are called upon to develop their own ideas and I.P. But how much work should a writer do “on spec”? A pitch, bible, script? As always, Jose and Javi bring their own experience — good and bad — to tackle a current regular concern of TV writers: how much free work must I do for a shot at the brass ring?

Wednesday
18

Meeting: Committee of Black Writers

7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
19

Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee

7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
19

WGF: Showrunner Sessions with This Is Us‘s Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

7:30- 9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. NBC’s This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger share how they craft each season’s episodes, from plotting the layered character arcs to navigating through multiple timelines, how they run the writers’ room, and all the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Saturday
21

Activities Committee “Day at the Races”

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Santa Anita Park, Arcadia 91007

Category: Activities

RSVPs full. Waitlist available, based on cancellations: Activities. “And down the stretch they come! Man O’ War. Secretariat. Affirmed and Alydar.” Now you can be part of the excitement at the Activities Committee’s “Day at The Races” at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21! $10/person covers: box seat, program, clubhouse entrance, vouchers for one entrée, one side, one non-alcoholic beverage, general parking, and even help with the racing form! Here’s your chance to bet the Daily Double and be a winner at a full afternoon of racing that will leave your heart pounding. Seats reserved only with advance payment.

Saturday
21

Q&A: The Guild Screenings: Chappaquiddick with writers Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Chappaquiddick co-writers Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 101 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
23

2018 COLCOA French Film Festival – Program announced 4/4 on colcoa.org

Mon. 4/23-Mon. 4/30 – Directors Guild of America theaters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Category: Other agencies

Free to WGA members in good standing and a guest. Click here for member code and RSVP instructions (login required) to prepare for when program is announced Wednesday, April 4. The WGAW, in partnership with the DGA, MPA and SACEM, proudly presents the 22nd annual COLCOA French Film Festival, “A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood”. COLCOA showcases the latest in French film production, including several U.S., International and World Premieres. Opening Monday night (4/23) is by invitation only; no walk-ins.

Monday
23

2018 Annual Membership Meeting

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom.

Category: Communications

Current WGAW members in good standing are entitled to attend the WGAW annual meeting; no guests. RSVP: AnnualMeeting. “Good standing” is defined as having dues paid through March, 2018.

Wednesday
25

Groundbreakers Screening Series: Erin Brockovich & The China Syndrome + Q&A with Susannah Grant

7:30 p.m. – Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

Category: Communications

Open to public: Tickets. Join us for the latest event in WGAW’s “Groundbreakers: Screenwriters Who Moved Hearts & Minds” screening series: Erin Brockovich(2000) and The China Syndrome (1979), two landmark films spotlighting environmental threats, health and energy issues, and female empowerment. Conversation with Writers Guild and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant follows first film. Presented by WGAW Publicity & Marketing Committee, American Cinémathèque and sponsor Final Draft, this screening series spotlights screenwriters whose groundbreaking works made an impact and opened our eyes to personal and universal challenges. 7:30 p.m. Erin Brockovich; 9:30 p.m. Q&A; 10 p.m. The China Syndrome. (*WGA members receive a 20% discount for onsite venue ticket purchases for this event with WGA membership card; no discount online.)

Wednesday
25

What the Spec is Going On?

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Eligible members*, RSVP with “Spec” as subject: WritersEd. Panel discussion examining the current feature “spec” market. Studios are making fewer films, while streaming services have become big players. In this changing marketplace, where do writers sell their specs? Panelists: screenwriter Christina Hodson, David Boxerbaum (Verve Agency), Adam Kolbrenner (manager/producer, Madhouse Entertainment), Bryan Unkeless (producer, I, Tonya and Bright[Netflix]), and others. Reception follows. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Monday
30

Military Minded: Writing Stories About the Armed Forces

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Info: 323-782-4589. Eligible members* +1, RSVP: Military. Defending freedoms on foreign soil. Bravely saving lives. Battling hostile alien forces. Whether we tell big stories or intimate moments, military life and the soldiers who serve keep audiences enthralled decade after decade. WGAW Genre Committee WANTS YOU to join the discussion on how to tell stories featuring these courageous people who sacrifice. Panelists: TJ Brady (Co-EP, Shooter; West Point graduate), Z. Nagin Cox (systems engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Air Force veteran), Chris Kim (Multicultural Engagement, Walt Disney Studios; U.S. Army veteran, military entertainment consultant), and more TBA. Moderator: screenwriter Jason Major. Reception follows. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

More info at wga.org

Is This the Future of TV?

TNT honcho Kevin Reilly weighs in on where TV may be going. Except that he leaves out the “maybe” because, you know, he’s Kevin Reilly. However you look at it, this is an important analysis because when you get down to it, the future of TV is, in fact, the future of everyone who follows TVWriter™:

TNT Boss Kevin Reilly on ‘The Alienist,’ E-Sports and Transforming TV for an On-Demand World
by Scott Roxborough

Kevin Reilly has some experience with disruption.

The veteran TV executive came up through the ranks of NBC in the late 1980s and early 1990s during the heyday of the “Must-See TV era,” helping to usher in iconic series such as ER and Law & Order that raised the bar for network drama and arguably set the stage for the current golden age of small-screen fiction.

As president of entertainment for FX in the early 2000s, Reilly commissioned The Shield, launching a new era in cutting-edge cable drama. And in his second stint at NBC, as president from 2004-2007, he pushed the channel where no network had gone before, with series such as The Office30 Rock and Friday Night Lights, fighting for these ground-breaking shows in the face of weak ratings. It was a battle he would eventually lose, as NBC, in Reilly’s words, “invited me to leave” before his three-year contract was up.

As president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Time Warner’s Turner Entertainment Networks, a job he’s held since 2014, Reilly is again at the center of a seismic shift in the industry. Since taking over, he has pushed to radically change programming at TNT and TBS to make two of the oldest (and most profitable) brands in cable fit for the world of on-demand TV.

“When I took over at NBC, I realized we were going over a cliff, [but] the situation at Turner was very different,” Reilly said Monday at industry conference INTV in Jerusalem. “[TNT and TBS] were massively profitable, the profit margin was incredible. Almost to my surprise. [But] the outward-facing part of these brands were not very successful.”

TNT had become known as the network of Rizzoli & Isles and Major Crimes — mid-range crime dramas that drew strong ratings (Rizzoli & Isles averaged 6.8 million viewers for its seventh and final season in 2016), but which skewed old (60-plus) and had zero zeitgeist buzz.

Phasing out the old procedurals, Reilly placed his bets on younger-skewing stars like Samantha Bee and Conan O’Brien, whose talk shows play big online. The exec pushed Turner to partner with agency IMG in the launch of the ELeague, a video-game sports competition that goes out on both TBS and online platform Twitch. And he bet big on The Alienist, the most expensive series in TNT’s 30-year history. The Gilded Age-period mystery, based on the Caleb Carr best-seller, stars Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning and premiered Jan. 22 to solid ratings and, perhaps more importantly, critical acclaim[although not here at TVWriter™]….

Read it all at HollywoodReporter.Com

 

Hank Isaac’s TV Series Project Gets Underway

from Grays Harbor Talk

NOTE FROM LB: I’m always happy to announce Hank Isaac’s projects and awards. His latest is especially close to my heart because, hey, kids, teaching, the future of media. Great topics all. Go, Hank, go!


As of Saturday morning, March 17, six talented young writers ranging in age from ten to thirteen started learning how to write a television series and ultimately actually write that series into production.

Writing will take place from now through the Summer with filming tentatively scheduled to begin in August.

The series is about a precocious 10-year-old female Sherlock Holmes.

The head writer is Ocean Shores, Washington resident and screenwriter, Hank Isaac, who has a track record of having his films be official selections in over 100 international film festivals and awards competitions. His film projects have earned more than 50 awards with additional nominations.

Additionally, Hank’s screenplays and teleplays have been finalists in a multitude of writing competitions, with several wins. He is the only two-time finalist in the Sun Valley Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab. Hank’s work has been seen by audiences in 87 countries, on six continents, and in nine different languages.

The series “writers room” is being hosted at an independent school in Olympia, WA, and all the writers reside in the surrounding counties.

Trouble Ahead? WGAW Rethinking Its Agreement with Agents.


3/15/2018 UPDATE: The Guild has released info from a study of talent agency – writer practices, and it definitely gives all of us much to think about. Deadline.Com has a round-up well worth reading HERE


 

The last time the Writers Guild of America negotiated an agreement between itself, on behalf of TV and film writers, and talent agencies, was back in 1976, so we’re probably not wrong when we say that it’s certainly time for a close examination into the ins and outs of that agreement.

Last week, WGA West leaders held a meeting to discuss the WGAW’s goals for an update. The key concern is, according to Deadline Hollywood“the conflict of interest inherent in production and packaging.” In other words, many agencies – certainly all of the big ones – operate not only as representatives who negotiate jobs and salaries for individual writing clients, they also produce and package the shows that employ those clients, and, as has been pointed out pretty much continuously over the last forty-two years, much of the time they end up making substantially more money on those deals than their clients.

Everything is in early stages now. According to WGAW executive director David Young, the Guild hasn’t yet “reached out to the ATV [Association of Talent Agents]” about opening negotiations because “we’re figuring out if that’s the direction the membership wants to go.”

As Deadline puts it, “The intention is not to go on strike…[It’s] to update a 42-year old agreement to reflect today’s realities.”

Is the Guild really serious about addressing this blatant conflict of interest situation? TVWriter™ certainly hopes so. Meanwhile, we’d like to give you a look at what the realities were in 1976. You can find the “Artists’ Manager Basic Agreement HERE.

And you can read more about what’s happening right and what it means to of us who write for U.S. TV and film HERE

Yours in solidarity,