WGAW October 2016 Calendar

Um…better late than never?

Gotta start opening more of our email. Damn!

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Munchman Bitches Again!

What we do for luv – and money!
What we do for luv – and money!

Munchman’s TV Musings #1

More thoughts from Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman, a guy acknowledged the world over (or at least within the room in which this is being typed) as a penetrating and trenchant observer and occasional conspirator in today’s TV scene:

  1. Word around the interwebs is that Disney, Amazon, and Apple are all looking into buying Netflix, which tells you bud Muncholo here that those of us who lurve the fact that Neflix is all about entertainment and nothing but (yeppers, I mean me! me! me!) could be in deep schitt because becoming part of just another diversified portfolio means the end of excellence as we know it. Think about it, y’all.  Every time the “our shareholders don’t care about the product, all the want is immediate profit” boys have moved in, audiences have suffered. Why, I remember back when I was Euripedes’ go-fer….
  2. Didja know that Black Sails is coming back for a fourth season on Starz? Do yez know why? Me neither, kidz. And I remember when Starz boss Chris Albrecht was a programming genius! Of course, he was also bopping his girlfriend in public back in those halcyon HBO days, so maybe his lost touch means he’s a better human being now, hey?
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is being developed for TV by Universal Cable Productions. Munchhausen was all thumbs-up on the Charlie Kaufman-Pierre Bismuth feature film, but this version’s going to one of the geniuses behind Human Target, Mad Dogs, and Forever, credits much more suited for a certain male member that rhymes with the aforementioned “genius” word but starts with a “P.”
  4. Speaking of Schitt, as in Deep Schitt, sorry Canadians, but no matter how hard I try I can’t find a single thing to laugh at in that very rapturously reviewed fraud. Like the old saying sez, “Schitty is as shitty does.” (Come on, there must be some old saying that says that…or at least something like it, yeah?)
  5. To end on a more positive note, the interwebs have been showing Amazon Prime’s first trailer for The Grand Tour and – wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, shockarooney – looks like the old Top Gear gang of Clarkson, Hammond, and May are gonna pull it off. Damn show looks and sounds glorious. Hmm, maybe things won’t be so bad if Amazon buys Netflix after all. But don’t believe my munchin’ mouth. Have a look-see for yerself:

That’s it for this week. Seeya next time with more TV joy!

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize

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It’s down to the wire time, but if you’re a pro writer with a recently produced TV or film script, you absolutely must enter this contest! Now!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12, 2016


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” 
– Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Event, which will be held in February 2017.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded in the following categories:

  • Feature Film Screenplay
  • Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
  • 60 minute Teleplay
  • 30 minute Teleplay
  • Feature Documentary
  • Children’s Animation
  • Children’s Live Action


Eligibility guidelines:

  • No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016


Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Contact: Cathleen Young, Executive Director
Cathleen.Young@Humanitasprize.org – 310-454-8769

The 2016 PEOPLE’S PILOT Countdown

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Your last chance to enter the 2016 PEOPLE’S PILOT is less than a month away, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time November 1st.

Don’t miss your shot at over $20,000 worth of prizes and bonuses, including free feedback & LB’s Storytelling Patterns e-booklet. For all the info, CLICK HERE

Peggy Bechko’s World: Time to Broaden Your Horizons!

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Now this is a broad horizon!

by Peggy Bechko

Okay folks this is broaden your horizons day.

Most of you reading this are writers and most of you are TV or movie script writers.

So, how many scripts do you have on your hard drive or floating in the cloud? And who’s read them besides you? Anybody giving you feedback or just reading them because they enjoy reading them? Scripts?

Hmmm.

You’re a writer why? To entertain? To evoke emotion in someone else? To earn big bucks and become a sensation? (Don’t let me dissuade you from that last one.)

Now. Bluntly, no one is being entertained and no one is going to become your number one booster if those scripts are just gathering cyber dust. I wish I could tell you how to magically sell them all, but I can’t.

So, what are we to do while waiting for that big break? Well, I’m going to suggest you think about turning some of those fantastic ideas into novels or short stories. You might even consider turning a script you’ve already written into a novel. I’m doing it right now. A script called Bloodlines – a vampire western. I take a short amount of time a couple of times a week to work on turning the script into a novel. Between several other projects I can’t spare a lot of time, but it’s happening…slowly. Soon I’ll have a novel complete and with it I’ll choose to go the indy publishing route. It’s fun. People read it. And I’m still writing scripts as well.

If trying to write a novel scares you a bit, don’t let it. You are, after all, a writer. It’s a bit of a different medium, but it’s writing. And, my favorite way of turning a script into a novel is to turn the script into a word document, hit a lot of enters to create blank space at the top, then begin writing the novel, using the script as skeleton. (Hey, Halloween is coming, you have to expect these kinds of parallels from me).

Before you scream and run from the room, give it a try. Or just write a novel as a separate thing altogether. You might consider using a pen name for the novels to keep it separate from the scripts. You might want to brand scripts with one name and novels/short stories/whatever, with another. Or, be bold and use your own name everywhere.

You want people to enjoy what you write, right?

And, as I mentioned above, Indy publishing is a great route when you want to get your work out there and share the magic of the world you’ve created.

Why not? Lots of writers are going Indy, publishing short stories and novels and a whole lot more in digital format as well as hard copy. It’s not difficult to learn. It costs virtually nothing. I’m the world’s worst ‘techie’ and I’ve done it – a number of times. Don’t forget that while, granted, scripts will probably pay better once we break in, there is a great freedom in writing a book that doesn’t limit the writer to a max of 110 pages. And it doesn’t take a few million dollars to ‘produce’ the book or need a whole lot of backers. That produces it’s own kind of writer’s high. It offers an avenue of ‘control’ that a script doesn’t. It might just add a bit of balance to a writer’s life.

Hey, breaking down boundaries and trying something new is a great way to give that brain a boost as well. Not to mention that if that book is great you’ll have something (intellectual property) you can use to work at breaking into the Hollywood industry from another direction.

Seriously.

Think outside the box.

If you like the idea and want some tips as to how to accomplish it, tell Larry you’d like me to write some ‘how to’ blog posts on the process.


Peggy Bechko is a TVWriter™ Contributing Editor. Learn more about her HERE. Peggy’s new comic series, Planet of the Eggs, written and illustrated with Charlene Brash-Sorensen is available on Kindle. And, while you’re at it, visit the Planet of the Eggs Facebook page and her terrific blog.