People’s Pilot Winner Takes Major Austin Film Fest Honors

Greg Wayne’s very special Austin Film Fest award for more than his typing skills at Greg’s very own place at the banquet table!

This just in from 2013 PEOPLE’S PILOT Half-Hour Category Winner Greg Wayne:

Hey, TVWriter™, I won the award for best TV Comedy Spec for my Broad City episode (Ilana struggles to earn the best office chair at Deals Deals Deals/ Bevers thinks Abbi is in love with him).

Also, my Empire spec made finals in the TV Drama Spec category.

And my feature screenplay TINY HAIRLESS PENIS made it to the semi-finals in the Comedy Feature category, and was one of five scripts chosen for a live reading at the festival, which was really cool and made me realize I WAY overwrite action blocks 🙂

Big congrats to Wayne, his Broad City and Empire scripts and, of course, his TINY HAIRLESS PENIS. We knew you could do it, dood.

And we also think you, out there reading this, can do it too. You can start by entering this year’s PEOPLE’S PILOT…but OMG! you better hurry cuz tomorrow’s the last day for entries!


TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – Oct. 31, 2016

In case you’ve missed what’s happening at TVWriter™, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Peggy Bechko’s World: Writers, are You Fearing Success?

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

SUBLIME PRIMETIME 2016 – Writing Advice From Emmy-Nominated Writers

Diana Vacc sees “Designated Survivor”

“Rick And Morty” Season 3 Looks to be Better Than Ever

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline





Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed. re-read what you loved. And while you’re at it do yourself a favor and ENTER THE PEOPLE’S PILOT. Because tomorrow is your last chance and we really want you to get your careers soaring!

Happy Halloween 2016!!!

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A Real TV Writing Talent Search – by a Real Network


Can you believe it? A genuine broadcast network is actively looking for new writers (and directors too, but enough about them). Talk about good news!

Great Britain’s Channel 4 is launching a talent search for “the next generation of writers…to the small screen. The program is called “4Stories” (hmm, wonder why), and Channel 4 execs are hoping it will encourage writers who “have not had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply but can have had no more than two hours of broadcast credits.”

The idea here is to choose three writers out of the pile of applicants to work on a new series of half-hour, interconnected films that will tell one main story from three different perspectives.

Channel 4 is especially “encouraging” applications from “talent currently under-represented in television drama,” which is to say women, the disabled, and those from “disadvantaged backgrounds. Which, depending on your own life history, is either a super plus or kind of a disappointing minus.

The positive side (the one this TVWriter™ minion is in full agreement with) is best stated here, by Tash Phillips, Channel 4’s Drama Editor:

It’s vital for television drama to nurture new talent from diverse backgrounds in order to truly represent contemporary Britain onscreen. Through 4Stories, Channel 4 will give new drama writers anddirectors from different backgrounds a unique platform to showcase their most distinctive, authored and ambitious work.

This definitely is an opportunity. A good one. A move we here at TVWriter™ would love to see any major broadcast network make.

The deadline for writers to apply for 4Stories is November 14, 2016, and applications must include an original full-length script for TV, film, radio, or even the stage.

More info, including everything new directors need to know, is HERE

Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published Instead of These Other Guys

This week’s collection of recent articles from other websites about TV, TV writing, etc., etc., etc. 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?

If JURASSIC PARK Got A Round of Reality TV Network Notes
by Jeez John



Thanks for getting our previous notes turned around so quickly. However, we do feel that the cut is still too far off from where it needs to be.  So, we’ll give time-coded notes after this cut.  There is so much emphasis on what is going wrong at the park that I don’t want to go there. Remember, guys, this is a travel show; we have to make the viewer want to travel! If they feel that this place is a prehistorical murder zone, no one will want to go there!

If we are going to salvage what we have and tell this story, then we really have to be open and forthcoming with the audience as possible….

5 Questions to Weigh When at a Career Crossroads
by Paul Jun



This crossroad looks unfamiliar—for the first time in your career, you have options. You now have experiences under your belt, connections in the industry, and a work history that reflects your talents. This next decision is different than your first career decision because where you land and the work you do influences your trajectory.

If you jump on the wrong train without forethought or because you’re anxious, you waste time, or worse, you end up somewhere that’s difficult to find your way back….

Comedy in Theory
by Ken Levine



NEW YORK magazine did a big article recently on today’s television comedies. It acknowledged that they were edgy, groundbreaking at times, and clearly the new trend. And the article gave them a label: CIT – “Comedy in Theory.”

It’s a fancy term for comedies that aren’t funny. And that’s my problem with them….

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: TV Metrics for the New Media Landscape
by Frank Sinton



As the TV industry shows advertisers its newest and shiniest offerings during upfronts season, one big question hovers over all the parties and presentations and palaver: how many people are actually watching the shows?

That question has lots of sub-parts, like where are they watching, and when are they watching, and on what distribution platform…?