People are Excited About Ron Moore Again

   

… And why shouldn’t they be?

Sure, he’s had a couple of disappointments since creating/writing/producing/metamorphizing into a god via BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, but when a writer’s work has made you as happy as BG made us, ya gotta cut him more than the usual slack.

Well, we at TVWriter™ do anyway.

So we’re looking forward to seeing how he does when he turns Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy (or should we say romance? Historical fiction? Science-fucking fiction?) series, Outlander, into a TV series for Sony Pictures TV. It could be right up his alley.

Let us bow our heads to Messiah Moore and pray…

The Book No Writer Should Ever Need…

…Because we’re all so clever already. But just in case:

Not our book but useful nevertheless…especially in showbiz

Insults & Comebacks For All Occasions

Need insults and comebacks? The Lines for All Occasions book Insults & Comebacks is the right choice. Arm yourself with barbs targeting everything from looks to age to intelligence, and you’ll always be ready with an appropriate – or completely inappropriate – comeback.

  • Pocket book with one-liners on a variety of topics
  • Over 500 insults and comebacks
  • Hardcover
  • Size: 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (8.9 cm x 14.6 cm); 112 pages

Order here (not affiliated with TVWriter™)

Let’s face it, writers. Every one of us should at the very least have the potential to write this kind of book. Because all you have to do is go to lunch once in H’wood and you discover – usually the hard way – that this is how everyone you need to hang out with talks…when they’re being nice…

Learn How to Write by Watching Good Stuff

Amazon Prime wants everyone to know that it’s now streaming FRINGE and THE WEST WING. (And nobody else is, nah, nah.)

These are two of the best written shows ever on TV, yet written entirely differently. Inspiring this advice to new television writers:

  • Watch
  • Listen
  • Get hold of some scripts for the shows and compare so you can see what parts of the actual writing worked and what parts didn’t…and make sure you understand why

Viacom and DirectTV Kiss and Make Up

“Nobody’s right when everybody’s wrong.” (Some silly song lyric from back in the day.)

DIRECTV and Viacom Reach Agreement to Renew Carriage of Viacom’s Networks
by TeamTVWriter Press Service

New York, NY – July 20, 2012 —Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) today announced that the company has reached a long-term agreement to renew carriage with DIRECTV.

All 26 Viacom networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, CMT, Logo, Spike, TV Land, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, TeenNick, Tr3s and Centric, will return to DIRECTV’s channel lineup immediately. As part of the overall carriage agreement, DIRECTV has an option to add the EPIX service to its entertainment offerings.

Viacom is extremely pleased to bring its programming back to DIRECTV subscribers, and thanks everyone affected by the disruption for their patience and understanding during this challenging period.

Kinda terse, huh? Like the thing a kid says when his mommy makes him apologize. Hmm…

This Week’s Best Pitching Advice

Proving, in case you doubted it for second, that showbiz is everywhere:

Pitch Any Idea in 15 Seconds
by Thorin Klosowski

Ever needed to quickly convince a friend to go to your favorite restaurant instead of theirs? Or maybe you’re trying to sell an idea to someone? A well crafted pitch can convince people in a short amount of time, and Forbes outlines exactly how to do it with a message map.

Forbes concentrates on using a quick pitch to sell products, but it’s just as applicable to selling an idea. They suggest using a message map to craft the pitch and breaking it down into three steps:

  1. Create a Twitter-friendly headline: Basically, create a short, one sentence pitch of your idea. For example, “Sloppy Joe’s BBQ Shack sells wings, beer, and Oreo-based desserts.”
  2. Support the headline with three key benefits: These are the three reasons why the person should care about your idea. To continue our example above, “The shack has a cheap happy hour, they were voted the best wings by Your Favorite Magazine, and they have clean bathrooms.”
  3. Reinforce the three benefits with stories, statistics, and examples: The above two steps should get you through most simple pitches, but if you need to extend it slightly, you can reinforce the idea with some personal notes. This probably takes you past 15 seconds, so keep it short and to the point.

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And don’t forget to watch this: