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A lot of writers don’t know about Written By, the WGAW’s irregularly published magazine about screen and TV writing and writers.

And a lot of those who do are unable to find it on their local – i.e. Google Play or iTunes or even brick and mortar – magazine rack.

But Written By is out there. It’s real. (So real that even our BLLB used to write for it.) And, if you go to the right place, it’s free. All of it.

Yeppers, that’s the truth. The Biggest of the Big and Baddest of the Bad in the world of screen and TV writing – i.e. WGA members – share their stories/secrets/tricks/tips. Absolutely the bestest writing magazine anywhere.

Even including Readers Digest. Who’d a’thunk?

The current issues brings you articles about, or by, such luminaries as Spike Jonze, Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, Billy Ray and much, much more. To read it, you can click over to WGA.Org, or, it you’re pressed for time, you can simply CLICK HERE.

Making it as a writer starts with accumulating all the knowledge you can. This mag is a hell of a place to begin that journey.

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) is adapting The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s highly touted famed novel about showbiz back in the day, into a series for HBO. (Now, we loves us our Billy Ray – wotta fine writer – but a hoary old unfinished novel they kept trying to get us to read in college lit? Sorry, but this concept definitely falls under the category of – who the fuck cares?)
  • Liz W. Garcia & Joshua Harto (HOMELAND) are writing the pilot for an untitled CW series about an undercover FBI agent (young, female, and of course beautiful) who discovers a terrorist cell “hiding in plain sight.”  (Hmm, guess it’s not a ripoff when you hire writers to recycle their previous hit. But it sure as hell is another example of a concept that fills us with that old feeling, AKA – who the fuck cares?)
  • Speaking of recycling, Meredith Stiehm (THE BRIDGE), is leaving THE BRIDGE to take over as showrunner of HOMELAND, which she left a few years ago so she could, you know, create and run THE BRIDGE. (We’re guessing Showtime gave her an offer she couldn’t refuse and amazed to find a writer smart enough to not have burned her bridge behind her when she said good-bye. Here’s hoping she can return HOMELAND to its former grandeur so that when we watch we can stop thinking – all together now – who the fuck cares?)
  • J.R. Orci (THE BLACKLIST) has a new overall deal with Sony TV. (And we’re confident that even though he’s the brother of half of what we here at TVWriter™ affectionately think of as The Absolutely Worst TV Writing Team to Ever Make us “Say Who the Fuck Cares?” we wish him tons of luck cuz…not burning bridges might be a good idea even for us, you know?)
  • Tip to every writer reading this who knows or has worked with Joan Harrison at CBS, TLC, The Travel Channel, or the Gersh Agency: She’s now the Senior Veep of Scripted Programming & Development at Asylum Entertainment. So give her a call. Wine her and dine her. (And, please, pitch something better than everything we’ve written about above.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
  •  James Yoshimura (HOMICIDE, TREME) is joining HOMELAND as a writer and consulting producer. (The “consulting producer” thing probably means some other writer’s deal on the show kept the studio from giving him Exec Prod. credit, but he needed the gig and took it this way instead.)
  • Billy Ray (THE HUNGER GAMES) has a deal with Universal to write the script for its MUMMY remake. (Nope, this isn’t a TV deal, but we do want y’all to know how showbiz in general works. The MUMMY project already has a screenwriter, Jon Spaithts (PROMETHEUS), but the studio is putting a competing screenplay into work because they’re such treacherous bastards you never know how well anyone’s script will come out.)
  • If  you know Zooey Deschanel and haven’t yet hit on her for a gig, now’s the time – especially if you’re a writer. Ms. D and her company just signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which means they’ll be looking for projects. (This has been a public service announcement. But don’t be shy. We’ll be glad to take 10% if you make a deal.)
  • Chris & Paul Weitz (AMERICAN PIE, ABOUT A BOY) are writing and producing the pilot for REAMDE as a TV series for Fox, based on Neal Stephenson’s book of the same name. (Because God forbid that a television writer should get the television writing gig on a property that probably cost so much to buy. Those TV guys can’t be trusted, y’know. Especially with, um, TV.)