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Alex and Nick invite Matt Thilenius, TV literary assistant at the Creative Artists Agency, to discuss the role of agents representing TV writers.

What is the relationship between TV literary agents and TV writers? How do agents operate during staffing season? How do they find new clients? What are tips for writers looking for representation? How often should writers be generating new material to best help their agent get them work?

The Paper Team finds a rep…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Assisting a TV literary agent, the role of agents, TV writing seasons, finding clients, the writer’s brand, samples, staffing season, agency landscape, production companies (00:22)
Resources and Next Week On (36:33)

Links

“Profiles of Television: Matt Thilenius” – TV Calling
Thilenius Media
CAA
JHRTS
WME
UTA
ICM
Paradigm

Resources

“Powerhouse” – James Andrew Miller

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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Alex and Nick discuss the basics of meetings for TV writers. From generals to staffing, here are some tips and tricks to get and ace your own one-on-ones.

What are the different types of meetings? How do you get in the room? How should you prepare for a general or staffing meeting? How do you make a good first impression? What are dos-and-donts during and after your meeting?

Plus, we answer additional questions from our “Writing your first TV pilot” Scriptchat session.

The Paper Team takes the general…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Scraps: TV pilot Scritpchat questions (00:25)
1 – Types of meetings: generals, staffing, and pitch (07:28)
2 – How to get a meeting (11:29)
3 – Tips for the meet: before and during (16:46)
4 – After the meeting (31:43)
Takeaways and Resources (35:59)

Links

“Writing Your First TV Pilot – A #Scriptchat Experience” – TV Calling
TV Pilot 101 (PT30)
TV Pitching 101 (PT13)
Networking 101 (PT05)

Resources

“Good in a Room” – Stephanie Palmer
“Good in a Room” – Talks at Google (Video)
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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! :)

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14 months since Paper Team went live, and 61 episodes later, we’re still climbing the charts. In fact…

We just reached 50,000 downloads.

Wait, what?

FIFTY THOUSAND DOWNLOADS!

YASS KWEEN!!

Once again, let me say THANK YOU for all the listens and the love shares. This is an amazing feat.

And speaking of amazing feats…

If you’re a fan of Paper Team, consider leaving us a review on iTunes right now to celebrate: http://paperteam.co/itunes

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Alex and Nick discuss the importance of teasers in television writing and key elements that make cold opens effective.

What is the point of opening scenes? What makes a good teaser? How do you reveal character, story and theme in those first few pages? Are there teaser differences between comedy and drama?

Plus, we talk 2017 Emmy winners and the revamped Fox Writers Lab.

The Paper Team opens up…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Paper Scraps: Emmys 2017 & Fox Writers Lab (00:28)
1 – Why are teasers and opening scenes important? (11:00)
2 – What makes a good opener: tone, character, expectations, story, and world (14:55)
3 – Specificities of teasers: comedy vs. drama, length, pilot vs. normal episode (32:01)
Takeaways and Next Week On (38:19)

Links

69th Primetime Emmy Awards (2017)
The Handmaid’s Tale (TV Show)
Lena Waithe
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Frank Pembleton
Fox Writers Lab
“Six Feet Under” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
“Riverdale” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
Glee
Election
“Scandal” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
Firefly
Psycho
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
In medias res
“Rick and Morty” Lighthouse Scene (Video)
“Breaking Bad” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
“Lost” Pilot Opening Sequence (Video)
“Breaking Bad” Crawling Scene (Video)
Stargate SG-1
Goa’uld
Futurama
Cheers
“Lost” Season 2 Opening Sequence (Video)
“Lost” Season 3 Opening Sequence (Video)

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Hi there!

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.

713 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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