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Alex and Nick dig into how you can effectively navigate the relationship with your agent or manager to best help your career as a TV writer.

What are the differences between a manager and an agent relationship with their writers? Why is communication the most important part of that relationship? What are ways of proactively helping your reps? How should you choose the right agent or manager for you? What are some common issues between clients and their reps?

The Paper Team keeps you in the loop…

SHOWNOTES

Content

The manager and agent relationship (00:38)
How to communicate with your agent or manager (06:04)
Notes and disagreements (19:04)
Choosing the right rep for you (28:46)
Frequent issues between reps and clients (38:10)
Takeaways and Resources (48:05)

Links

TV Writer Representation 101 (PT31)
Meetings 101: Generals and TV Staffing (PT62)
Poochinski
Tone in TV Writing (PT60)

Resources

“How to Manage Your Agent” – Chad Gervich

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! :)

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Alex and Nick invite lawyer Panayiotis Spanos, founder of Spanos Law, to discuss the essential things TV writers should know about entertainment law, from contracts to credits.

In what capacity does a lawyer enter the picture when it comes to TV writing? What do they offer that a traditional manager or agent can’t? How can a TV writer best use their entertainment lawyer? How does negotation of a TV staffing contract work? What is unique to the sale of a TV show? How should a writer go about optioning rights to a book or IP? What is the reality of people having their scripts “stolen” and how can writers protect themselves? At what point should a writer get a lawyer and how does one go about finding the right entertainment lawyer?

The Paper Team signs on the dotted line…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Entertainment Law with Panayiotis Spanos (00:47)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (39:07)

Links

Panayiotis Spanos on Instagram
Panayiotis Spanos on Twitter
Writers Guild of America’s Theatrical and Television Minimum Basic Agreement
U.S. Copyright Office
Worm (Web Serial)

Resources

“Hollywood Dealmaking” by Dina Appleton & Daniel Yankelevits
“Contracts for the Film & Television Industry” by Mark Litwak

This episode brought to you by Roadmap Writers

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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 offer feedback on four more Paper Tease entries and reveal the two winners for the month of September.

The Paper Team dissects…

SHOWNOTES

Paper Tease Entries

“Student Visa” by Paul Chang
“The English Department” by Jeffrey Warndof
“Botany Bay” by Alexander M J Smith
“Migra” by Christine Torres

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]

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.

765 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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