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Alex and Nick invite LaToya Morgan, co-executive producer on Into the Badlands and writer on Turn, Shameless and Parenthood, to discuss how she approached building a productive career as a TV writer and being valuable in the room.

What is the journey of moving up the ladder from staff writer to co-executive producer? What are some of the best assets someone can bring into a writers’ room? How do you adapt your own writing to fit different styles and genres? How were the writers’ rooms of Shameless, Parenthood, and Turn? What is the process of getting an overall deal? What are the unique challenges that diverse writers face in the TV industry?

The Paper Team rises…

SHOWNOTES

Content

TV writing career with LaToya Morgan (00:50)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (37:29)

Links

LaToya Morgan on Twitter
LaToya Morgan on Instagram
“LaToya Morgan Re-Ups Overall Deal With AMC, Will Oversee Inclusion Initiative” – Deadline
“Hugh Howey’s ‘Wool’ in Development as AMC Series From LaToya Morgan” – Variety
WGAw’s Committees

Resources

“On Writing” – Stephen King
“Bird by Bird” – Anne Lamott

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Alex and Nick discuss ways to decide what your next TV sample script should be. From business considerations to artistic and career reasons, we go over several elements that we’ve weighed ourselves when choosing a new project.

How do you take a look at your own samples to decide what is missing? Why is it important to select the right sample? How can a new sample help pivot your career? What should you look for in choosing the right script?

Plus, we look at two more Paper Tease entries and reveal the October winners.

The Paper Team makes a selection…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Tease Session (00:49)
1 – Writer and career reasons (16:14)
2 – Business reasons (24:10)
3 – Artistic reasons (31:52)
Takeaways and Next Week On (36:09)

Paper Tease Entries

“Children of Salem” by Dylan Brann
“Socio Club” by Koby Mann

Links

Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)
TV Writer Representation 201: Making the Most of Your Agent/Manager (PT108)

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]

Alex and Nick give their thoughts on the latest TV writing news, including the 2018 Emmys and new diversity initiatives, plus offer feedback on two more Paper Tease entries.

The Paper Team reviews…

SHOWNOTES

Paper Tease Entries

“Alma” by Monica Hannush
“Shadowlands” by Christopher Hall

Links

“Why Are So Many Wannabe Screenwriters Getting Scammed?” – The Hollywood Reporter
Federman’s Twitter thread on pitching
Federman’s Twitter thread on writers’ rooms
“As TV Seeks Diverse Writing Ranks, Rising Demand Meets Short Supply” – New York Times
A Latino TV Writer Calls B.S. on Hollywood’s Diversity Excuses (Guest Column) – The Hollywood Reporter
“LaToya Morgan Re-Ups Overall Deal With AMC, Will Oversee Inclusion Initiative” – Deadline
Monkeypaw Productions’ Script Submission
“TV’s writers’ rooms have a mother of a problem” – CNN

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]

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.

768 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.


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