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Alex and Nick invite Michael Masukawa, manager of strategy and business development at Secret Location, to discuss emergent forms of VR storytelling.

What are the unique challenges of developing VR content? How do you work across VR devices? Why is branded content so popular? What does a VR script look like? What makes for a good VR experience? How is VR evolving?

The Paper Team puts on their headsets…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Starting in LA, working in TV development, transitioning from linear scripted stories, challenges of VR content, types of VR, branded content, devices, financing VR, experiences, writing VR, VR distribution, future of VR (00:47)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (46:32)

Links

Michael Masukawa on LinkedIn
Secret Location
Takashi Miike
Sonar Entertainment
Piller/Segan
Google Cardboard
Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
Dear Angelica
Magic Window
Oculus Go
HTC Vive Focus
IMAX VR
The VOID
Blasters of the Universe
Delusion
Oculus Story Studio
Henry
Fable Studios
Penrose Studios
Unity
Unreal Engine
Accounting (VR)
Virtual Virtual Reality
Superhot
Jack

Resources

Voices of VR
Road to VR

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Alex and Nick go over what you need to know about how TV writers get jobs in a writers’ room, and how you can best prepare yourself for this process. From samples to showrunner meetings, get tips and advice on getting staffed.

What is staffing season in TV? What are staffing differences between broadcast and cable? How is a TV writers’ room staffed? How do the network, the studio, the production company and the showrunner work on hiring the room? What are ways to ace a staffing meeting? How should you prep for TV staffing?

The Paper Team plays musical chairs…

SHOWNOTES

Content

What is staffing season (00:46)
Process of staffing and acing the meetings (11:31)
Preparing for staffing season (25:01)
Takeaways and Resources (30:08)

Links

Meetings 101: Generals and TV Staffing (PT62)

Resources

“Staffing-Season Brides” – Jane Espenson

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

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Alex and Nick present two back-to-back TV writing panels, one for comedy and one for drama, digging into the intricacies of the writers’ room.

From staff writer to showrunner, we’ve assembled a dozen TV writers across every level to get a sense of what it’s like to navigate a writers’ room and sustain a career.

Comedy/half-hour and animation panelists include Nina Bargiel (Barbie), Vicky Luu (Superstore), Adam Stein (Harley Quinn), Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman), Brittani Nichols (Take My Wife), and Lauren Bradley (Spirit: Riding Free).

Drama/one-hour panelists include Alison Schapker (Altered Carbon), Monica Macer (Queen Sugar), Chris Levinson (Tyrant), Grainne Godfree (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Britta Lundin (Riverdale), and Hilliard Guess (Deadly Class).

How do you navigate a TV writers’ room? How does the dynamic and etiquette of the room influence pitching? How can you gauge if a script is effective? How have writers’ rooms evolved over the years? What do showrunners look for when hiring their staff? How can you approach breaking macro and character arcs? What is the best way for lower-level writers to make themselves valuable in the room? How do you address notes without compromising creative integrity? What are ways of dealing with the instability of the profession?

The Paper Team drops the mic…

SHOWNOTES

Content

TV comedy (half-hour shows) panel (00:01:04)
TV drama (one-hour shows) panel (01:02:22)

Links

Nina Bargiel on Twitter
Lauren Bradley on Twitter
Alison Tafel on Twitter
Vicky Luu on Instagram
Adam Stein on Twitter
Brittani Nichols on Twitter

Britta Lundin on Twitter
Monica Macer on Twitter
Hilliard Guess on Twitter
Chris Levinson on Twitter
Alison Schapker on Twitter
Grainne Godfree on Twitter

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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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.

759 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.


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