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Personal Connections, Partnerships, and Parallel Ideas – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT194)

Alex and Nick answer your television writing questions about meeting people willing to read you, navigating similar ideas, and codifying writing partnerships.

Plus, we make a big announcement about our upcoming live 200th Paper Team episode, and discuss the latest television news, including the continuing WGA/agency fight.

Announcement

We’re having our 200th Paper Team episode event STREAMED LIVE! We’ll be talking TV writing and celebrating this podcast with some incredible guests. So mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5 and follow TV Calling’s brand-new Twitch channel.

We also want to hear from you! Do you have a favorite moment or guest from the podcast you want us to highlight? Let us know at http://paperteam.co/200

Content

200th Episode Announcement, PT Updates, and Shout-Outs (00:36)
TV Writing Questions: Making connections, similar ideas, and codifying writing partnerships (08:04)
TV Writing News: WGA/agency pressure, WB chairman, and open letters (17:32)

Links

Visual TV Storytelling in Buffy’s “Hush” & “Restless” (PT37)
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)
Networking 201: Cold Contact, Queries and Etiquette (PT121)
Tips and Tricks for the TV Industry (PT171)
Putting Yourself Out There (PT75)
“Writers Guild presses CAA and WME to end 18-month standoff over agency practices” – Los Angeles Times
“Warner Bros. TV Group Chairman Peter Roth to Step Down” – Variety
“Native and Indigenous Writers Ask Hollywood to Advance Film and TV Representation” – The Hollywood Reporter
Untitled LatinX Project’s letter

If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

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

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

2020 Paper Team Mentorship II – “The Pirate King” Beat Sheet (PT193)

Alex and Nick continue the 2020 Paper Team Mentorship with mentee Ben Warner and the beat sheet of his drama pilot THE PIRATE KING.

Step two of the process: a beat sheet of the pilot episode, including general acts and story arcs.

We hear Ben’s pilot episode and share our thoughts live.

Content

Quick recap and listeners’ thoughts on the first 2020 mentorship episode (00:38)
“The Pirate King” – Beat sheet (03:16)
Discussion of the beat sheet (13:46)

Links

“The Pirate King” beat sheet
2020 Paper Team Mentorship I – “The Pirate King” Overview (PT190)
2020 Paper Team Mentorship I – Ben’s Update

If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

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

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Exploring Lovecraftian Horror and TV Companion Podcasts ft. Shannon Houston (Lovecraft Country) (PT192)

Alex and Nick invite Shannon Houston, writer on the HBO series Lovecraft Country and co-host of the Lovecraft Country Radio podcast, to discuss writing Lovecraftian horror, representation in genre, and producing a companion podcast for a popular series.

How does Lovecraft Country strike a balance with its tone and format each week? What kind of rules are there around the mythology of the world? How is genre and horror used as an allegory to explore social issues? What goes into running a companion podcast to a popular TV show? How is feedback from viewers and listeners received and considered when it comes to the content of the show?

Shannon M Houston

Content

Writing Lovecraftian horror and making a TV companion podcast with Shannon Houston (00:42)
Final advice, resources, and next week on (40:05)

Links

Shannon Houston on Twitter
Lovecraft Country on HBO
Lovecraft Country Radio Podcast

Resource

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

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

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]