Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/6/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Dave Hemingson (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios. (Dave is a guy whose credits go way, way back, proving that every once in awhile a grand old pro gets the recognition – as in the chance to work – that he or she deserves. A tip of the munched-up hat to Mr. Dave.)
  • Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (MIXOLOGY) are about to sign up for their own overall deal with ABC Studios. (These guys are mere children compared to some writers, but this muncher has always enjoyed their work. Thumbs up to yez, guyz.)
  • Adrian Baker (newbie!) recently won the Media Producers Group of Ontario Outstanding Achievement in Writer/Producer award. (Yeppers, we know this isn’t as big a thing as an overall deal with ABC, but it’s a grand acknowledgement of all the work Adrian’s put in as an underground at Conestoga College. And, FTR, Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is happy to report any similar achievements. Just send ’em in!)
  • Paul Feig (THE OFFICE) has created and is running OTHER SPACE, a comedic science fiction series for – we swear – Yahoo. (So, yeppters, it’s a web series. But to get Feig Yahoo must be paying real TV-type money. Get your agent on the horn, cuz I know your work and you can do this show!)
  • Bryan Gordon (THE OFFICE) is another new recruit for Yahoo’s foray into TV-type production. He’s overseeing SIN CITY SAINTS, a comedy about a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Las Vegas, and pro basketball. (Considering the interweb demo, munchie can hear the toilets flushing this thing down already…which means you should try to get a gig here too – cuz if you’re lucky you’ll have a deal and a check before ever having to write what will be a quickly cancelled show.)

LB: Less Than 4 Weeks Left to Enter the People’s Pilot


It’s far turn time for this year’s TVWriter™ People’s Pilot contest, with just 4 weeks left to enter and, you know, upload.

The PP has a long and distinguished history and is all about original series pilots, which have become the preferred type of spec to get into the hot hands of showrunners so they can see how you write when you’re unfettered, unafraid and (sigh) unpaid.

Not that you have to stay that way. In just the past couple of years, Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of the TVWriter™ contests have been on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, HBO’s upcoming THE LEFTOVERS, and more.

Most recently – like just last week – Jill Weinberger, who once upon a time [placed first and second in two different divisions of our Spec Scriptacular Contest joined Ryan Harris, another TVWriter™ contest alum, on CHICAGO FIRE. Everybody here is beaming with delight.

The current People’s Pilot offers over $5000 worth of prizes, and every entry receives free feedback on where it ranks in terms of both professional standards and its competitors this year.

To repeat: **Only 4 weeks remain in which to enter this year’s contest.** The time to fulfill your destiny is at hand. (Hey, we like portentous moments…especially when they’re real.) Here are the links you need:


More about the prizes

Read the Winning Scripts for 2013

Enter the 2014 PEOPLE’S PILOT

See you in the Winner’s Circle,

Larry Brody & Team TVWriter™


Judd Apatow’s Ancient SIMPSONS Episode to be On in the Fall

simpsons-450by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

Judd Apatow’s episode of animated comedy “The Simpsons” will finally be broadcast 24 years after the writer/director submitted his script to TV bosses.

Apatow, the brains behind hit movies “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” wrote speculative scripts and sent them to TV production companies as he attempted to break into the industry as a writer.

He submitted a script to “The Simpsons” in 1990, during the first season of the long-running animated sitcom, which began broadcasting in December, 1989.

The script was later rediscovered and bosses planned to bring it to TV last year, however, the project was hit with numerous delays and never entered production.

Work has now begun on the episode 24 years later and the cast is due to take part in the first read-through this week, and Apatow admits he is thrilled.

He writes in a post on on Thursday, “In 1990 I wrote a spec (speculative) ‘Simpsons’ episode to try to get my first job as a writer. Tomorrow, a short 24 years later, is the table read. Joy!”

The episode, in which Homer Simpson is hypnotized into thinking he is 10 years old, is scheduled to air in the show’s 26th season, which begins airing in the in the autumn.

Why are we telling you all this? Easy. Cuz…Judd Apatow. Before he was Judd Apatow.

We wonder if this has been rewritten. And if so – by whom?

Cartoon: OLD FILES

poetrywritingjJust some of the usual genius at XKCD

Peer Production: SUPER LIFE

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by Eben McCue