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TV Pilot 301: Scope, Beginnings, and Ends (PT184)

Alex and Nick talk about the big picture of your TV pilot script and its scope, from what the first episode should capture, to what it can leave out.

What defines the scope of your TV pilot? What are ways of deciding when the pilot should start and when it should end? How do you tell a satisfying episodic story while also setting up a longer-tail series? What are common mistakes people make when deciding on the scope of their pilot story? Why shouldn’t you “save it for later”?

The Paper Team hones in…

Content

1 – TV pilot scope and common mistakes (00:29)
2 – TV pilot beginnings and ends (28:58)

Links

TV Pilot 101 (PT30)
TV Pilot 201: Keeping the Reader Interested (PT84)
TV Formula 101: Building an Engine For Your Show (PT117)
Act Breaks (PT15)
Weaving Storylines: A/B/C Stories (PT53)
Teasers & Cold Opens (PT61)
Analyzing Great TV Pilots: Case Studies of Alias, Community, Homicide, The O.C., Scrubs and 3rd Rock from the Sun (PT54)

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

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
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Fonts, International Writing, and 2020 WGA MBA – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT183)

Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about reference letters, international writing programs, spec script timelines, and title page fonts.

Plus, we take a look at the latest business news, notably the new WGA 2020 MBA and success stories of past guests.

Content

Shout-Outs and Updates (00:32)
TV Writing Questions: Reference letters, international writing programs, spec script timeline, and title page fonts (04:36)
TV Writing News: 2020 WGA MBA, past guests’ overall deals, and series pick-up (18:01)

Links

Nickelodeon Animation Writing Program ft. Katherine Wells (PT179)
Building Your Career as a TV Writer ft. LaToya Morgan (PT111)
DaFont
Summary of the Tentative 2020 WGA MBA
“LaToya Morgan Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. Television Group, Launches Production Company” – Deadline
“Amazon Sets Mystery-Comedy ‘Nancy Wu Done It’ From Kai Yu Wu And Jessica Henwick” – Deadline

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]

TV Staffing vs. TV Selling (PT182)

Alex and Nick look at the latest debate about TV staffing versus TV selling, and discuss pros and cons of each. Is it a false dichotomy or should you prioritize one over the other? The Paper Team weighs in.

Content

1 – Why “TV Staffing versus TV Selling”? (00:26)
2 – Appeal and Advantages of TV Staffing (18:07)
3 – Appeal and Advantages of TV Selling (35:22)

Links

Terri Kopp’s Twitter thread on “to staff or not to staff”
TV Writing Incubators and the Evolution of Access (PT125)

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]