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Alex and Nick answer more TV writing questions and react to recent TV business news, including WGAW’s yearly earnings, CAA’s Amplify database, Snowpiercer reshoots, and industry mergers.

Where should you get feedback on your TV scripts? Is it better to write single-cams over multi-cams? Should a one-hour drama writer switch to writing half-hour comedies? How much of an impact does Netflix have on TV viewing habits? What influence do the AT&T/Time Warner and Disney/Fox mergers have on content?

Plus, we reveal a major announcement for our 100th episode and crown the July Paper Tease winners.

The Paper Team buys in…

SHOWNOTES

Content

100th Episode Announcement (00:54)
Paper Tease Session (02:39)
1 – Audience Questions about TV writing (14:33)
2 – July TV news: Netflix, WGAW’s earnings, CAA’s database, Snowpiercer, industry mergers, showrunner panel, TV writing Twitter thread (37:00)

Announcement

The 100th episode of Paper Team will be a live event on Saturday, August 4.
Find out more and get your free tickets now at http://paperteam.co/panel100

Paper Tease Entries

“Miracle Village” by Alan R. Baxter
“Unpresidented” by Matty Mendez

Links

Rewriting Your TV Script (PT90)
Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)
CoverflyX
Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)
TV Spec Script 101 (PT34)
TV Spec Script 201 (PT79)
“Netflix Is No. 1 Choice for TV Viewing, Beating Broadcast, Cable and YouTube” – Variety
“WGA West Earnings Hit Record $1.4 Billion In 2017” – Deadline
CAA’s Amplify Database
Scott Derrickson tweets about Snowpiercer reshoots
Time Warner acquisition by AT&T
Acquisition of 21st Century Fox
Electronic Frontier Foundation
“An Evening with Female Showrunners – Panel 1” (Video)
“An Evening with Female Showrunners – Panel 2” (Video)
Jose Molina’s Twitter thread on “things you wish you knew then”

This episode brought to you by Roadmap Writers’ JumpStart Writing Competition

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Alex and Nick invite Mike Alber, co-creator of Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets, to discuss everything about running a kids show, from producing a pilot and staffing a writers’ room, to generating new material and staying creative.

What is the process of selling a show? What is the journey of getting a pilot produced? How is a writing staff assembled? How do you transition from writer to showrunner? How is a kids television show made? What was it like working on Death Valley and Supah Ninjas? What was the experience of getting a freelance script on The Flash?

The Paper Team gets warped…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Getting a first writing assignment, moving to LA, working on Death Valley and Supah Ninjas, selling a show to Disney, getting the pilot of Kirby Bucket produced, interaction with other producers and showrunner, staffing and running a writers’ room, breaking stories, production on a live-action children’s show, freelancing on The Flash, transitioning between formats and genre (00:27)
Resources and Next Week On (1:02:48)

Links

Mike Alber on Twitter (@MAlber)
Mike Alber on Twitter (@MAlber2000)
Kirby Buckets
Gabe Snyder
Death Valley
Supah Ninjas
Kristofor Brown
“Subject 9” (4×14 – The Flash)

Resources

“Small Screen, Big Picture” – Chad Gervich
“The TV Writer’s Workbook” – Ellen Sandler

This episode brought to you by Roadmap Writers

Use code ROADMAP to get $15 OFF your first Roadmap Writers Program

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

You’ve asked for it, and it’s finally here!

TV Calling now has its own community group.

Presenting… The TV Writers’ Room.

As mentioned on my 10-year anniversary post, this is going to be a place for you to share thoughts and develop a network of peers — all in the world of TV writing!

This forum is taking the form of a new, private Facebook group just for you and other TV Calling/Paper Team followers.

You can join at this link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/tvwritersroom

Discussions are the core of our community, so we encourage you to:
– Ask questions
– Share your challenges
– Start thoughtful conversations
– Inspire debates
– Work together to build an awesome community that improves the world!

I hope you join us on this new evolution of the TV writing journey.

Write on.

TV Writing For You

Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.


I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

753 posts and 10 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.


Everything here is written by yours truly (unless otherwise credited), so feel free to blame me for any missed deadlines.


I hope you'll answer your television calling, and join me in this creative journey.


Write on.


P.S.: New around? You should start here.

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