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Alex and Nick discuss the importance of branding yourself as a TV writer and ways to define why you write what you write.

Why should you “brand yourself”? How are you able to drive the conversation about you? How to understand what you can bring to a writers’ room? Why is it important to know your strengths and weaknesses in TV? How do you translate your personal story into your writing? What are ways of showcasing yourself online?

Plus, an announcement about an announcement.

The Paper Team makes its mark…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Scraps: Announcement of an announcement (00:31)
1 – Understanding who you are as a person (02:54)
2 – Understand who you are as a TV writer (11:24)
3 – Putting it all into application (21:49)
Takeaways and Resources (28:23)

Links

“Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major” (PT02)
“Putting Yourself Out There” (PT75)
Dunning–Kruger effect
$h*! My Dad Says
“Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball on grief and dying” – UTNE
The Goldbergs

Resources

“Building a StoryBrand” – Donald Miller

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 three fellows of the network TV writing programs to discuss their experiences applying, being selected, and participating in the curricula.

Guests include Andy Mathieson from the 2016 Disney/ABC Writing Program, Jenny Deiker Restivo from the 2018 FOX Writers Lab, and Thomas Reyes from the 2016 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop.

What is the selection process of the TV writing programs? What are the interview rounds like? What are the fellowships’ requirements? What can you learn in the writing programs? What are some common misconceptions about them? How do you get the most out of the experience?

The Paper Team applies themselves…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Speccing, applying, and the TV writing programs’ selection process (00:00:39)
2 – Being in the TV writing programs (00:28:46)
3 – After the TV writing programs (00:48:58)
Resources and Next Week On (01:06:20)

Links

Andy Mathieson on IMDb
Jenny Deiker Restivo on Twitter
Thomas Reyes on Twitter
“TV Writing Fellowships: The Big Six” – TV Calling
Disney/ABC TV Writing Program
FOX Writers Lab
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop
Nickelodeon Writing Program
Altered Carbon
Hard Sun
Future Man
Victoria
The Carmichael Show

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 discuss how to be proactive in the way you write your TV pilot script, and how to keep the reader interested.

Why are loglines and titles so important? How can you connect your script to your personal story? How do you set things up in a pilot? What are ways of counteracting reader fatigue?

Plus, we take a look at the recent revelations about Amazon Prime Video’s internal numbers.

The Paper Team turns the page…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Scraps: Amazon Prime Video viewership (00:37)
1 – Meta: Elements around your TV pilot (07:20)
2 – Script: Translating your TV pilot to the page (26:11)
Takeaways and Resources (45:49)

Links

“TV Pilot 101” (PT30)
“Amazon’s internal numbers on Prime Video, revealed” – Reuters
“TV Characters 101” (PT46)
“Analyzing Great TV Characters” (PT72)
“TV World-Building 101” (PT44)
“Tone in TV Writing” (PT60)
“Act Breaks” (PT15)
“Teasers & Cold Opens” (PT61)
“Analyzing Great TV Pilots” (PT54)
“Weaving Storylines: A/B/C Stories” (PT53)
“Macro Storytelling: Writing Character and Story Arcs in TV” (PT68)
“Writing Themes and Values in TV” (PT36)

Resources

“The Pilot Script Checklist” – Splitsider

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]

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.

739 posts and 9 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.


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