LOVIN’ THE MAKEOVER MOMENT AT TVWRITER™

by Larry Brody

Today is a big day for me. It’s the Official Opening Day for the new TVWriter.Com website.

Lots of changes, including:

A complete redesign!

A new name!

A new logo and favicom to go with the new name!

(What, the favicom thingie doesn’t do it for you? After how hard I struggled to get it right? Damn…!)

We went for the redesign for several reasons.

I’ve always thought the previous design was great, which is why we kept it for about a dozen years. But a dozen years? That’s three high school/college generations. On the interwebs, anything that old is ancient history.

And seeing something I’d seen for so long everyday left me feeling flat as a creator. The static page set-up created boundaries that made me feel constrained. The whole concept of a “company site” made me feel constrained. So we’ve switched to a more contemporary blog model, where I feel freer about presenting myself as, well, as me, talking to you – and listening too.

I’ll be posting thoughts, answers to your questions (which means you’ve got to ask ’em), articles, news items, snippets, and lots of video as frequently as I can while making sure it all feels like fun. And I’m inviting current and former visitors and students to blog about their experiences trying (and so often succeeding) to make it in the Big Badass Showbiz World. Just thinking about what we’re up to energizes me. Nothing LB likes better than taking life into the future. Nothing I appreciate more than ambition.

It’s your ambition that matters most. TVWriter is here to aid and abet your climb to the top of the writing food chain. When I started out, back in the prehistoric 1960s, I was lucky enough to learn on the job from a variety of talented, smart, and sometimes even wise mentors. Now it’s time to give back. Which I can do only if you USE this site. Keep on coming by and help us all.

Speaking of ambition, we’re changing the name from TVWriter.Com to TVWriter. One reason for that is overwhelming vanity/ambition because, hell, this is Big Badass Showbiz and I’m that kind of guy. Another reason is that it seemed silly to call this place TVWriter.Com when it’s sprawled out over a mess of URLs including tvwriter.com, tvwriter.com, screenandtvwriting.com, televisionwriting.com, and several more.

And, yes, there’s a practical and, I admit, promotional reason as well. Many of today’s social apps got totally deranged by the .Com thing in our former name and would automatically insert links in the middle totally screwing things up. TVWriter they get. (And TVWriter™ too.)

I’ve got to get back to work, which means playing with this new site. I hope you’ll come back and play too. Today is, indeed, a big day for me.

But the most important thing is for it to become a big day for you.

The DOCTOR Puppet Always Makes Me Go “Aw…”

…which wouldn’t happen no matter how cute this unauthorized (I assume) little guy is if the DOCTOR WHO series wasn’t right up there among the best ever on TV.

If What’s New is Old & What’s Old is Obsolete, Then What Does That Make the New?

by Larry Brody

If I get it right, Shane Smith is telling us that a big problem with New Media is that it is spending all its resources imitating Old Media. Web TV, he says as the keynote speaker at something called IWNY HQ 2012. Same kind of programming. Same kind of publicity. Same kind of business practices. Same kind of sales tactics.

I say, “If I get it right,” because Shane Smith, the founder of a New Media company called Vice, which recently made a deal to produce a show on Old Media’s HBO and tells us about it in a way that reveals a man incredibly proud of being ashamed of not being original and is described in the “New York Times” as “a robust storyteller, the type who wears a few extra pounds as if they’re a trophy from good living,” but I found his presentation, including the clips from his new show, so dull that I couldn’t watch more than the first five minutes.

To be fair, “The Times” also calls this crazy, zany, “Falstaffian” figure both “a voice of a generation of too-cool D.J.’s and artists who wear rolled selvedge jeans and chunky glasses…[and]also a conduit for corporate America to reach that elusive audience.” So they see that he’s not exactly totally devoted to art, youth, or, for that matter greed.

To be still fairer, I have to say that from what I saw, if Falstaff had had the dynamism, intelligence, guts, and good humor of Shane Smith, HENRY IV would not be a play routinely produced at important venues and forced upon English lit students to this day.

Why am I ranting?

Disappointment, pure and simple. Like Shane Smith (who does have a cool name and kinda looks like my hero, Louis C.K.), I too have been disappointed in and by that particular aspect of New Media called internet TV. I agree with him that it has become so derivative in so many ways that those involved should be embarrassed, so when a friend sent me the video above and I read the “Times” article I was looking forward to finding a media messiah I could prostrate myself for.

But Shane Smith has made Brodyworld’s one inexcusable error: He has forgotten that the reason we strive to be new, to find new ways of communicating, new ideas, and new financing to support the communication of the ideas is to capture our audience’s attention and, at the same time, release its soul. Creative people/Old and New Media moguls/content creators/content suppliers (sadly not the same, often, as the creators) should be lighting me on fire, inspiring me to take to the streets and give everything I have to remake Broadway/Rockefeller Plaza/the Grey Lady/the Marvel Universe/the porn universe, et al into a tomorrow I can’t even envision – which is the whole point of tomorrows; it’s what makes them exciting.

Instead, he ignored the remote in his Old Media audience’s hands and the mouse at the end of New Media fanatics, and he gave me the same old, same old in the same old, same old way and I got so bored I had to write this just to try and wake up.

And now, to bed.

Thanks for the Fish…

…And for your support of the 21st PEOPLE’S PILOT
and 18th SPEC SCRIPTACULAR writing contests.

The contests are closed now, and if all goes well
we’ll begin judging them soon enough to start
announcing Semi-Finalists and Finalists in September
and October, and Winners right afterward.

In the meantime, some data, and even a few thoughts,
about how these most recent PPs and SSs (?) have
gone down.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT showed a 15% increase in
entries over last year.

Entries in the Action/Drama category accounted
for 45% of the total.

Entries in the Sitcom category accounted for 48%
of the total.

Entries in all other categories accounted for 7%
of the total.

The SPEC SCRIPTACULAR showed a 20% increase
in entries over last year.

Entries in the Action/Drama category accounted
for 21% of the total.

Entries in the Sitcom category accounted for 52%
of the total.

Entries in the MOW/Screenplay category accounted
for 27% of the total.

As a result of the above, here’s what we’re wondering:

With the number of dramatic and comedic entries
almost evenly divided in the PEOPLE’S PILOT, why
are there so many more comedy entries than dramas
in the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR?

Today’s current comedy crop sparks more writerly
interest than today’s drama? Sitcoms are shorter
and therefore more appealing to write?

And here’s what we’re thinking:

We’re thinking about how appreciative we are of
the screenwriters who answered our call and
entered the fray. Everyone at TVW.C is looking
forward to reading the entries, which, if the
titles are any indication, are going to be as
fresh, original, and fascinating as anyone could
ever hope for.

And speaking of titles, here’s a couple of
some strange numbers for all of us to chew on.
The entry forms for both the PP and the SS
require the title of each script entered.

Almost 100% of the PP entries went along with
this. Only 1 entry left that field blank.

But, and this really seems amazing, 57.5%
of the SS entries missed that one completely.

Huh?

We’re eager to hear your thoughts on all of this.
Feel free to email tvwriter@tvwriter.com or visit
our Facebook page or Tweet us with your comments.

Oh, most important thanks of all, even more than
for the fish. Thanks for your continued visits and
contest entries and message comments and all
those other good things over the years. Can’t
exactly complete the giving back/paying
forward process unless someone accepts, and
we appreciate your acceptance to the utmost.

LYMI,

LB
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Last Day to Enter TVWriter.Com Writing Contests

Gang–

The fat lady sings tonight at the stroke of midnight.

Today, June 1st, is the last day to enter the the 21st
PEOPLE’S PILOT and 18th SPEC SCRIPTACULAR
contests, so it’s time to get your stuff together and
upload it.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT is for pilot scripts for a series
you’ve created, and the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR is for
spec TV episodes of existing or recent TV series in all
lengths and genres.

The prizes are money, advice (not the free kind except
to winners), website memberships, and, most of all,
showbiz cred. The Biz knows and respects TVWriter.Com
and its contests, and winning (or placing highly) opens door.

The entry fee is forty bucks. For other details, including
prizes, how to enter, all that neat stuff, click your way to:

http://peoplespilot.com
http://specscriptacular.com

Remember, if you miss this call we won’t open again until
2013. And in showbiz success doesn’t necessarily come
to “he who waits.”

Go, go, go!

Larry Brody and Team TVWriter.Com
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