Paul Feig’s New Diversity Initiative – a Must-Read

This not only is important news, it’s also quite wonderful:

by Mike Fleming Jr

EXCLUSIVEPaul Feig’s digital production company Powderkeg has launched Break the Room. It is a writers room development initiative formulated with writer-producer Sameer Gardezi. BTR, done with support from PopCulture Collab and MuslimArc, will approach the creation of diverse content by bringing writers of color together with community thought leaders for a week long writers room filled with diverse scribes to put marginalized voices in control of representing each projects’ community and ideas.

Feig has been quietly road testing this initiative, and the first show to come out of it is the digital short-form series East of La Brea, produced in association with Lyft Entertainment and Pillars Fund.

The project follows two twentysomething working class Muslim women, Aisha Hassan and Farha Munshi, as they struggle to navigate the changing landscape of their native Los Angeles home. East of La Brea premieres at SXSW, competing in the Episodic Pilot Competition.

BTR has completed two rooms in Los Angeles and Albuquerque respectively with another one to commence later this month in Portland. The first project under the banner is and untitled D’Lo project, which is based on the life of Sri Lankan trans comic D’Lo, who was supported by what they call an “all queer” writers room to tell the story of coming back to his small desert hometown of Lancaster, CA. From the Albuquerque room has come The Great Manygoats, a comedy about a Navajo family that struggles to cut through the red tape of government grant funding by changing their trading post business into a vegan sex shop. This project was written by an all Native American room….

Read it all at DEADLINE.COM

How to Become the Most Productive Screenwriter You Know

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means that instead of working your butt off writing your heart out (now there’s a mixed metaphor to be reckoned with!) you’ll probably be making sweet love all day…or being upset because you aren’t.

But tomorrow will come, and with it the siren call of your chosen profession – writing for TV, or films, or even publication. Here’s a Valentine’s Day gift to get your going at en even higher level than you’ve been at so far:

by Script Reader Pro

On the one hand, you’d like to write more to finish that screenplay, TV pilot or treatment (or start one, for that matter) and begin making headway toward your writing goals.

On the other hand…

Most days pass in a blur. You’re dead tired after getting home from work. Then it’s family time. Or you feel like crashing in front of the TV. Or you promised to go see a work colleague’s band play across town. And on and on.

There always seems to be something in the way of just sitting down and writing. Well, that’s about to change.

In this post, we’ve collected together our absolute favorite forty-eight resources that will teach you how to find time to write and create the ultimate writer’s lifestyle—enabling you to truly kick-start your screenwriting career.

We’ll cover hacks on how to find time to write, how to write more efficiently, tips to improve productivity for writers, health, fitness and much more.

In other words, everything you need to develop the optimal conditions in your life so you can give your screenwriting goals the best possible chance of succeeding. So let’s get to it.

Get Inspired to Write All Over Again

Sometimes the reason why we don’t write as much as we’d like is simply because the enthusiasm has dried up a little. After several rejection letters or lukewarm feedback on your scripts, it’s easy to get disheartened.

With that in mind, here are six resources you can use to rediscover your writing mojo….

Read it all at SCRIPTREADERPRO.COM

 

Another Valentine’s Day for Writers!

This year’s selection of writerly views of the holiday, the subject of love, and, that most writerly POV of all – ourselves:

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And this year’s TVWriter™ fave:

A Valentine’s Day Look at RomComs

Ken Levine strikes at the very heart of things…yet again!

Whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?
by Ken Levine

[It’]s Valentine’s Day and also my birthday…. America celebrates my birthday by jacking up prices at all nice restaurants.

For those not celebrating their birthday, it’s supposed to be a day of romance.  And it got me thinking, whatever happened to Romantic Comedies?

Time was Hollywood made tons of them — and they were both romantic and FUNNY.

And now the few that we still have are by-the-numbers studio formula pictures.  It’s shocking to me the praise for CRAZY RICH ASIANS as a Romantic Comedy.   The celebration of a culture — great.  But as a Romcom, a typical predictable trifle that at best was a date night movie.

Compare that with FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, ANNIE HALL, GROUNDHOG DAY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE LADY EVE, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, MOONSTRUCK, CHASING AMY, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, PALM BEACH STORY, PAT & MIKE, BRINGING UP BABY, THE GOODBYE GIRL, ENCHANTED….

Read it all at Ken Levine’s exquisite blog

Yeppers, that’s right. We said “exquisite,” and we mean it. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Semi-Finalists!

27th PEOPLE’S PILOT SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

COMEDY SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

BEARD by Gretchen Somerfield

BREAKING IN SHELLY by Capri Sampson & Myles Warden

DENTIST’S NIGHT IN by Conor Curtin

FOREIGN COUCHES by Inbal Baron

HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN by Daymond C. Roman

I MEOW BACK by Sacha Kenton

JEN AGAIN by Jennifer Hurvitz

JUST JOEY HUNDRED by David Perlis

MY SEX LIFE by Rosalyn Rosen

PAST THE BAR by Jim Norman

PATIENT by M. Rowan Meyer

REBORN AGAIN by Douglas Moser & Pat Watkins

SHROOMERS by Robert Morgan

SKYWAY by Jared Reise

THE BEST OF TIMES by Keith Dowd

THE BLACKOUT MENACE by Kyle Smith

THE BOOK OF JOEY by Steven Block

THE BULLPEN by Jeff Nessel

THE COACH by Eric McKeever

THE VIDIOTS by Sasha Tolmachyov

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ALLEGORY by Vesta Giles

BELOVED by Tammy Gross

EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE – EPS by Holly Scarabosio

I’M NOT DEAD: THE JOURNALS OF CHARLES DUDLEY bu Christopher J. Valin & Artie Cabrera

J.B. HICKOK’S WEIRD WEST by Robert Tinsley

LADY OF THE LAKE by Dawn McElligott

PLANTATION by Melissa L. White & Alan Scott Young

RIP by Carlo Nicdao & Pete Cafaro

TALES FROM THE CREEPS by Diana Davis

THE CHAMELEON STONE CHRONICLES by Joe Donahue

THE FOOL OF MUNCASTER by Dawn McElligott

THE FOUNDATION by Pj Perez

THE FUCKING NEW GUYS by Meredith Bagby

THE ILLUMINATI by John Cruz Alarid

THE LOST OPERA by Rachel Thomas Medwid

THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB by Elizabeth Hrib

TWIRL by Cara Winter


TVWriter™ congratulates everyone who entered PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, with a special round of applause today for the Semi-Finalists. You have demonstrated courage, hard work, and skill, and you all should be proud of what you’ve written. We know that all of us speaking for the contest certainly are.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT considers a score of 7.00 as signifying Professional quality. We’re happy to say that this time around the median entry score in the Comedy Script category was higher than ever before at 8.35, and the median Drama & Action category score was a solid 7.45. Professionalism was the name of the game.

For our boss, Larry Brody, and the judges of PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, the highlight of this our 27th outing has been the experimental nature of so many of the entries in both categories.

New perspectives! New subjects! New approaches! What a satisfying sensation to be drinking genuinely new wine in new bottles instead of the same old, same old that we see all too often on TV.

It takes courage to write that way, and everyone at TVWriter™ feels fortunate to have been able to read so many boundary-breaking scripts. From where we sit, it looks like the current Golden Age of TV will soon be shining more brightly than ever.

COMING IN 2 WEEKS: The PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Finalists. See you then!