Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/15/14

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE) is co-writing and directing a new HBO drama series called CODES OF CONDUCT. (Yer friendly neighborhood munchenstein would tell you more about this series, but whomever sent us the press release never bothered to include the name of the aforementioned co-writer. So fuck these people, you know?)
  • Jeff Astrof (GROUND FLOOR) has a new overall deal with Warner Brothers TV. (And I say that any time a former FRIENDS writer gets a deal it’s just like it’s happening to a member of the family. Uh-oh, did I just give something away? Like my age maybe?)
  • J.K. Rowling (you might remember her) just sold her series of pseudonymous books about a private investigator named Cormoran Strike to BBC as the basis for a series. (She wrote the books under the name Robert Galbraith, so if you’re a fan of his, you’re also a fan of hers. Wow, this transgender stuff is everywhere now!)
  • David J. Rosen (I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK) is developing PROFESSIONALS, a comedy about corporate espionage, for Showtime. (Cuz all these corporate execs understand is what happens in corps like theirs, which may make perfect sense but still doesn’t mean that anybody not in that world gives a golldarn. Oh wait – is there anybody left who isn’t in the corporate world? Hmm….)
  • Hey, did I just write a paragraph about a guy whose most successful and recognizable credit is something called I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK? Oh, God, I did…I did….Time to end it all – for today anyway.

That’s it for now, munchachos. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/2/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z, the graphic novel) has optioned his new book, The Extinction Parade to Legendary TV for development as a TV series. (So if you know Max it’s time to put in your bid for the writing gig. And if you don’t know him, now’s the time to change that and then put in your bid.)
  • David Schulner (DO NO HARM) has extended his deal with Universal TV and will be developing away while the studio pays for an office, an assistant, and, munchie bets ya, a tidy chunk of change dropped into his auto-deposit every week.(Not much point in kissing up to David, though. He’ll probably write everything he develops cuz that’s where his value to Universal lies. Of course, if you like him and the friendship is real, that’s something nobody can fault you for. Except maybe your greedy agent.)
  • Sarah Phelps (EASTENDERS) is adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel The Casual Vacancy into a miniseries for HBO and BBC. (Yes, Ms. Phelps is a UK writer. We Amurricans are out. Live with it.)
  • J. Mills Goodloe (THE BEST OF ME, whatever that is) is writing the pilot for a Bravo dramedy, ALL THE PRETTY FACES, about an immortal family in Half Moon Bay California. (Dramedy? Science fiction? A beautiful beach town? Sounds perfect to the muncher. Only one little fly in this ointment: It’s a vehicle for its producer, Jennifer Garner. And, hey, I admit it – Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is no fan of Ben Affleck’s women. Sorry.)

How To Create an Anti-Hero

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by Maryann Yin (MediaBistroCom)

 Is your National Novel Writing Month plot stuck? Maybe you need to add an anti-hero.

V from V for VendettaLisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon TattooSeverus Snape from the Harry Potter series, Guy Montag from  Fahrenheit 451 and The Punisher. What do all these characters have in common? They aren’t villains; they’re anti-heroes.

Above, we’ve embedded a TED-Ed video about anti-heroes, narrated by educator Tim Adams. Below, we’ve rounded up tips for creating an anti-hero.

Three Tips for Creating an Anti-Hero

1. In an interview with shelfari, novelist Paul S. Kemp offers this definition for an anti-hero: “Broadly speaking anti-heroes are nothing more than protagonists who have some characteristics traditionally deemed heroic, and some that stand in opposition to those traditionally deemed heroic.”

2. In a past article, Writer’s Digest advises that an anti-hero must exhibit “easily identified imperfections.”

3. J.K. Rowling has described her anti-hero, Severus Snape, as “rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity.” This suggests that anti-heroes are not necessarily likable characters.

This is our 26th NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

Good advice, although we look at it another, more old-fashioned way:

“If you have to ask, you can’t do it.”

Or, in other words: “It takes one to know one.”

Whatcha think?