LB: Where Can I Find a Ghost Writer for my Idea?

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Glad You Asked Dept. 6/26/14

Today’s question is one that I get several times a week, and which I feel like I’ve answered even more than that. But over the years my answer has changed, so even if you think you know what I’ll say, read on and be…surprised?

Here’s the question, from Ilana R:

Hi LB. I’m hoping you can give me some advice. read article

LB: How Visual Does An Animated Teleplay Have to Be?

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Glad You Asked Dept. 5/19/14

Today’s question is about animation writing, and since things are constantly changing, let’s get to it before everything I have to say becomes obsolete.

First, the question, from Dave P:

Hey, LB, when developing an animated series, how much of visual does the writer need to know for the script, and how much is figured out with collaboration between the writers and the art department? read article

LB: Writers’ Showbiz Promotion Services – Yay or Nay?

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Glad You Asked Dept. 3/25/14

Today’s question comes from JR in – well, in Mexico City, what do you know? But his question is relevant to everyone – everywhere – who wants to write for TV or, for that matter, film. So:

Hey LB,

I’m an American living in  Mexico City, and what I want more than anything is to write for TV. Insofar as I’m pretty darn far from Hollywood and have absolutely no show business contacts of my own, I wonder if you could tell me what’s your take on the online services that send out and otherwise make available your resume, logline, synopsis, script, etc. to various agents, studios, and producers? Can they help me get discovered? read article

LB: Where Did THE FALL GUY Live?

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Glad You Asked Dept. 1/27/14

Today’s question is about THE FALL GUY, an ABC action series (I think the network referred to it as drama, but…c’mon!) starring Lee Majors, Doug Barr, Heather Thomas, and Markie Post. Another actress played Markie’s part the first season, but I didn’t like her very much so why even mention her name?

I enjoyed my time producing the show – I must have, I served two separate stints there, executive producing the short-lived AUTOMAN in between. After years of writing “serious” drama like POLICE STORY, MEDICAL STORY, MEDICAL CENTER, and the like, THE FALL GUY was a terrific change of pace, filled with mindless action and humor.

Lee’s character, Colt Seavers, was a stunt man who moonlighted as a bounty hunter, and he never – I mean never – rang a doorbell or knocked when he went to anyone’s house. Instead, he and his trusty sidekick, Doug Barr’s Howie Munson, would rappel up to the most out-of-the-way top story balcony or window they could find. Because…stuntmen, you know? read article