Stephanie Bourbon on How To Find A Literary Agent For Your Novel or Screenplay

Last week Stephanie Bourbon explained why agents so often reject new writers’ query letters. Today she’s giving important positive advice. Will doing what Stephanie says here mean you’ll have the loving, caring, super efficient supersalesperson of your dreams?

There’s only one answer, and we’re happy to give it. “Follow Stephanie’s advice and see!” (And then tell us all about it so we can help others as well.)

Stephanie’s YouTube Channel is HERE

And her website chock full of further instruction is HERE


Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer and illustrator. Now she’s branching out into video with a series of extremely helpful ones about – surprise! – writing and illustrating.

Amazon Wants You to Cord Cut

And we at TVWriter™ think that’s a pretty good idea. (Although this TVWriter™ minion’s a little concerned about the fact that she is and a major corporate profiteer are on the same side of his particular issue and…)

Ah well, nevermind. That’s a thought for another, more paranoid day.

What we’re trying to get across to everyone reading this post is that Amazon now has an entire section devoted to cord-cutting how’s and why’s, and if you’ve been thinking about making this particular cut, you’ll be more than pleased at what you learn there.

For example:

  Cord Cutting 101

I cut the cord and I’m never going back

And much more HERE

The Latest Fashion in Hollywood Showrunning Deals

The times are a’changin’. In case you’ve been wondering what the currently agentless (because WGA-ATA conflagration!) super writer-producers are doing to keep themselves in the style to which we all wish we were accustomed, here ’tis!

NOTE FROM LB: God, I love this pic. Reminds me those great days of yore!

Showrunners Testing Waters With Multiple TV Overall Deals
by Lesley Goldberg

How much work is too much for a top showrunner? In a Peak TV era overflowing with choice, content creators big and small are leveraging the demand for their services with deals for exclusivity on different platforms.

On Aug. 7, Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds) inked a “broadcast-only” overall deal with the newly independent Fox Entertainment. While the pact was designed to be beneficial to the network — which says it also could sell Davis’ fare to outside platforms — the showrunner is still free to sign another TV overall deal elsewhere. That practice, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, has been growing quietly for the past few years as new platforms have emerged.

Deals such as CBS TV Studios’ 2015 pact with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free are also for broadcast only. Now, sources say some prolific producers are shifting away from the all-encompassing exclusive overall deal that media titans like Netflix and WarnerMedia can offer such creators as Ryan Murphy and J.J. Abrams, respectively, and instead are opting for a variety of deals on four levels: broadcast, basic cable, premium cable and streaming.

And for some, a fifth level — film — is an option, too. Sources say one prolific producer with scripted series at a broadcast network and three different streaming outlets — effectively working with four totally different companies — has quietly renewed a broadcast-only deal and is closing in on an exclusive streaming pact with another outlet.

Confused? Don’t be. Take Abrams, who is in final negotiations for a $500 million film and TV overall with WarnerMedia, as an example. The prolific writer, producer and director previously had two separate deals — a film pact with Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures and a TV deal with Warners….

Read it all at hollywoodreporter.com

LGBTQ Creators Sue YouTube for Discrimination

Is Google dancing the ole “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back” shuffle? As our Magic 8-Ball said just the other day, “Signs point to uh-oh.” (Yeah, ours is special.)

Here’s the situation.

by Jude Dry

LGBTQ YouTubers are suing the company, which is owned by Google, claiming YouTube suppresses their content. The suit alleges the site regularly culls subscriber lists for LGBTQ creators, affecting their ability to sell advertising, which is the primary way to monetize content on YouTube. With almost 2 billion monthly viewers, YouTube is by far the world’s largest video streaming site. The lawsuit was filed in federal court on Tuesday August 13, as originally reported by The Washington Post.

Led by five LGBTQ creators, the suit claims YouTube engages in “unlawful content regulation, distribution, and monetization practices that stigmatize, restrict, block, demonetize, and financially harm the LGBT Plaintiffs and the greater LGBT Community.”

YouTube spokesperson Alex Joseph responded to requests for comment with this emailed statement:

“We’re proud that so many LGBTQ creators have chosen YouTube as a place to share their stories and build community. All content on our site is subject to the same policies. Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender.’ In addition, we have strong policies prohibiting hate speech, and we quickly remove content that violates our policies and terminate accounts that do so repeatedly.”

The lawsuit alleges that YouTube regularly labels LGBTQ videos as offensive or sexually explicit because of the creators’ sexual orientation. It also claims that LGBTQ videos are regularly demonetized, that YouTube changes their thumbnail images, and excludes them from content recommendations, resulting in decreased viewing numbers….

Read it all at indiewire.com

How They Wrote ‘The Office’

Word around showbiz is that The Office is going to become the lynch pin of NBC Universal’s upcoming streaming service and potentially the biggest thing on TV any and all types.

For those of you – and us – who are wondering how the show’s writers reached this acme of perfection, well, here’s their word on the subject.

Brought to us from the Behind the Curtain Channel