Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube’s Single by 30 and CBS’ Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series (L.A. Beer), the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA.

How do you make and market your own independent web series? What are the differences between television writing and writing for a YouTube web series? What are the benefits of being involved in JHRTS and the Writers Guild of America?

The Paper Team skips the ad and goes straight to the content…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Beginnings and making/marketing an independent web series (00:37)
2 – The relationship between professional web series and tradition television (18:13)
3 – Writing for TV versus a YouTube Red series (23:39)
4 – Being involved in JHRTS, the WGA, and how Sam sees the evolution of television content (28:32)
Recommendations and Outro (38:49)

Links

Sam Miller on Twitter
L.A. Beer
Machinima
Half-Life
“Small Screen, Big Picture” – Chad Gervich
LA TV Writers Yahoo Group
Desperate Housewives
Supah Ninjas
Mike Alber
Kirby Buckets
Chris Wu
Ali Chen
Jessica Kivnik
Greg Machlin
Andrew Orillion
The Exes
“L.A. Beer, First Web Series Filmed With Live Studio Audience to Launch” (Variety)
High Maintenance
Teachers (TV Land)
CW Seed
Broad City
Single by 30
Machinima, Inc.
Maker Studios
FullScreen
Todd Waldman
JHRTS
“#TheGreyBox: A TV Writing Chatroom” (TV Calling)
“Creating Your Web Series: Empowering Writers to do their Own from Concept to Completion” (Video)
WGF Library
James L. Brooks
Jeff Melvoin
“Farewell, Hulu! Hello, Criterion Channel!” (Criterion)
Seeso
CBS All-Access
YouTube Red Membership
WGAw (YouTube)
PGA (YouTube)
MIPCOM (YouTube)

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

Alex and Nick ring in the new year by discussing how they manage their TV writing goals and resolutions.

How can you prepare for a typical year in the TV writing industry? What tools can you use to track and manage your goals? What are some practical resolutions to have? What does Paper Team have in store for 2017?

The Paper Team looks at the year to come…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Goals and Resolutions (00:28)
2 – Mapping out the TV writing year ahead (7:08)
3 – Tools to track and manage goals (15:40)
4 – Paper Team in 2017 (20:56)
Resources and Next Week On (23:10)

Links

SMART criteria
TV upfronts
YearCompass

Resources

r/GetDisciplined (reddit)
Jerry Seinfeld’s Don’t Break the Chain

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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:
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Five months ago (almost to the day), Nick Watson and I launched a weekly TV writing podcast about the craft and the industry. Classic stuff.
We called it Paper Team.

Well, after 25 episodes (the 26th is coming this Monday) and a brand new year, we just crossed 10,000 downloads.

You read that right.

TEN THOUSAND DOWNLOADS!

Paper Team 10000 Downloads

Clearly this is proof of one thing: y’all are some awesome people.

I know a large part of it comes down to you great regular TV Calling readers (and listeners) so THANK YOU.

In fact… THANK YOU TO ALL OUR LISTENERS.

It’s been a lot of hours of work to put out each episode on a regular schedule, so we really appreciate the love.

As will be mentioned in Monday’s upcoming episode (our first one of 2017), we have some good things planned for the upcoming year. (Maybe even a stint at one of the big cons but shh it’s still a secret.)

Hard to believe it’s only been (barely) half a year since we launched.
I’m going to pat us on the back and say our New Year resolution is to keep getting bigger, brighter, and better.

But really this is all for you.

So if you have any questions or topics you’d like us to cover, don’t hesitate to e-mail us at [email protected].

If you use iTunes, we also always appreciate reviews, which you can leave at http://paperteam.co/itunes.

And of course you can subscribe to Paper Team on all major podcast platforms

Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team.

What makes a TV Christmas special? What are some of the best holiday specials? What was the best thing of 2016? What gifts did Nick and Alex give each other?

The Paper Team settles down in front of the fire and grabs a cup of eggnog…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – What makes a TV Christmas special? (00:30)
2 – The best holiday TV episodes (11:12)
3 – Best of 2016 (27:10)
4 – A look back at Paper Team’s first year (47:45)
Gift Exchange and Outro (52:45)

Links

Jingle All the Way
It’s a Wonderful Life
Christmas Episode (TV Tropes)
List of U.S. Christmas television episodes
EastEnders
Downton Abbey
Doctor Who Christmas specials
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special)
Home Alone
Die Hard
“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (1×01 – The Simpsons)
“Marge Be Not Proud” (7×11 – The Simpsons)
“Xmas Story” (2×08 – Futurama)
“Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (1×09 – South Park)
“Amends” (3×10 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
A Christmas Carol
“Merry Mayhem” (6×10 – Dawson’s Creek)
“The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (1×13 – The O.C.)
The OC Insider Shop
Yamaclaus
“The Strike” (9×10 – Seinfeld)
The Get Down
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
BrainDead
Atlanta
The Good Place
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (1×06 – American Crime Story)
“San Junipero” (3×04 – Black Mirror)
“Fish Out Of Water” (3×04 – Bojack Horseman)
“Category 55 Doomsday Crisis” (1×05 – The Good Place)
Travelers
We Bare Bears
The Hamilton Mixtape
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
“Conscious” – BROODS
“Sprained Ankle” – Julien Baker
Moonlight
Arrival
Eric Heisserer
Lights Out
La La Land
“Bitch Planet” – Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days” – Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky & Braden Kowitz
The Influence of TV: Scratching the Surface (PT11)
Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14)
The Writers Guild Foundation Podcast
Time Timer
Pomodoro Technique
Aaron Sorkin’s Trump Letter
YearCompass
Home Alone: The Authorized Coloring Book
Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book
Aqua Notes Water-Proof Notepad

Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn 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]

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