LB: Agentless but want to sell your work? Remember these 3 things

by LB

  1. Write for the marketplace, i.e. the gatekeepers (as opposed to the ultimate audience).
  2. Write about what you are best at writing about (as opposed to “writing what you know best).
  3. Of course, if you’re going to self-publish or make your own TV series, film, podcast, whatever, write for your talented self (as opposed to, you know, list item #1).

LB: ‘Best Anti-War Movie Speech Ever’

by LB

This morning, blogger/radio personality Paul Harris demonstrates the cultural significance of film when it’s in the hands of a truly brilliant writer like the legendary Paddy Chayefsky.

It’s not war that’s insane, you see. It’s the morality of it. It’s not greed or ambition that makes wars. It’s goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons…Next war, it seems we’ll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity.…
~from
The Americanization of Emily (1964) read article

How to Get Your TV Show Idea on the Air #1

by Larry Brody

This is a big moment, kids. The debut of TVWriter™’s new weekly feature spotlighting videos on how to sell your TV series and get it made and seen by your friends, neighbors, enemies, and, of course, perfect strangers.

Longtime visitors to this site will remember the image above as accompanying a humorous gossip column called “For Love & Money” that we ran in years gone by. We’re using it now because, for better and for worse, those two elements of life remain what the TV Industry is all about.

In other words, this is serious business indeed, but the process also is filled with fun and, yes, love.  So please sit back and click to learn, enjoy, and maybe even find your TV show Destiny. read article

A few words from the WGAW About Writers Rooms in the Time of COVID-19

Our Guild is protecting us from writers rooms like this room from youvisit.com’s virtual tour of rooms from The Masque of the Red Death” https://www.youvisit.com/tour/sophia.thomas

WGAW Recommendations for In-Person Writers Rooms
via email from wga.org

July 26, 2021
Dear Members,

Some writers and studios have asked the Guild for guidance about health and safety standards for in-person work while COVID-19 continues to be a concern. Our priority continues to be to protect the well-being of writers in the workplace.

For those of you overseeing production or working on a set, updated COVID-19 safety protocols have been announced which include permission for studios to mandate vaccinations for those working in production Zone A. read article

LB: Hey Old-Timers, do today’s TV shows leave you going, “Wha–?”

by Larry Brody

The always amazing, insightful, and funny Ken Levine has a terrific column today. On its face, it’s a review of a detestable new series called White Lotus.

I agree with every negative thing Ken says here, but the truly enlightening element is the Comments section, in which people who love the show explain why.

The comments take us on a mind-gobbling trip through today’s cultural landscape, illuminating the darkness of inherent in the latest generation gap. read article