This week’s collection of recent articles from other websites about TV, TV writing, etc., etc., etc., including a couple about writing for television in places we in the U.S. don’t normally think about.
The plan here is for you to click on their headlines and visit the sites and read the posts in full…and is anybody asks, tell ’em TVWriter™ sentcha, okay?
Taking poetic license with AI personalities
by Elizabeth Dwoskin
Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.
Now, she is applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character – a virtual assistant, animated by artificial intelligence, that interacts with sick patients.
Ewing works with engineers on the software program, called Sophie, which can be downloaded to a smartphone. The virtual nurse gently reminds users to check their medication, asks them how they are feeling or if they are in pain, then sends the data to a real doctor….
Former Dallas lawyer David Hudgins now ‘Game of Silence’ producer
by David Martindale
Two decades ago, David Hudgins was a successful but unfulfilled Dallas trial lawyer.
Today, he loves his life as an in-demand TV writer and producer. His new series, a twist-filled thriller called Game of Silence, premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
Hudgins’ journey of reinvention — how he got from Point A to Point B — is a remarkable and poignant story….
Boothbay-based TV show gets off ground
by Matthew Stilphen
After a few technical issues, the second episode of “Era Man,” Boothbay’s one and only scripted television production, is finally available online through video hosting site Vimeo.
The brainchild of Boothbay natives Ryan Leighton, Cody Mitchell and Brian Papineau, the show is described as a surreal social commentary on the trials and tribulations of growing up in a small coastal Maine town, sort of the “Wonder Years” meets a “Murder She Wrote” fever dream.
The non-linear story arc and clever camera work aspire to higher artistic standards but Leighton keeps the operation simple….
A Female Producer Explains 4 Ways Women Get a Raw Deal in Hollywood
by Mynette Louie
By this point, it’s been well established that women who work in film have a tougher time of it than men. Even so, when the Tumblr account Shit People Say to Women Directors recently debuted, it quickly went viral. Many of its crowdsourced anecdotes involved terrible tales of extreme sexism and harassment, but just as eye-opening were the smaller stories, the more common microaggressions that female directors (and producers like me) must deal with on a regular basis. These minor offenses are often committed by people who have no idea that they’re doing it, but they can add up,…