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2020 TV Writing Program Updates – CBS/NBC/WB (PT176)

Alex and Nick virtually sit down with the decision makers behind the major TV writing programs to get updates on what they’re changing (or keeping) in 2020.

From spec writing samples to new deadlines, we talk shop with Jeanne Mau, who supervises the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Grace Moss, running the NBC Writers on the Verge Program, and Rebecca Windsor, director of the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop.

Content

The CBS Writers Mentoring Program in 2020 (00:58)
The NBC Writers on the Verge Program in 2020 (08:27)
The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop in 2020 (24:26)

Links

CBS Writers Mentoring Program
CBS Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) on Twitter
CBS Writers Mentoring Program ft. Jeanne Mau – Inside the TV Writing Programs (PT131)
NBC Writers on the Verge Program
NBCU Talent Programs on Twitter
NBC Writers on the Verge ft. Karen Horne – Inside the TV Writing Programs (PT132)
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop
WB TV Workshops on Twitter
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop ft. Rebecca Windsor – Inside the TV Writing Programs (PT133)

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Episodes, Actors, and Contagion – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT175)

Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about episodic versus serialization, actor schedules, and fellowship specs.

Plus, we look at some TV business news tied to the coronavirus and the upcoming WGA-MBA negotiations.

NOTE: This episode was recorded before the current “shelter in place” orders.
Get the latest updates and resources about COVID-19 in California at https://covid19.ca.gov. Stay home, stay safe.

Content

Announcements and Shout-outs (00:51)
TV Writing Questions: Episodic v. serialized, actor schedules, fellowship specs (05:12)
TV Writing News: WGA-MBA negotiations and coronavirus (17:24)

Links

Javi’s Twitter thread on serialization
The Art of the TV Episode (PT20)
Writing Episodic vs. Serialized TV (PT95)
Jeffrey’s Twitter thread on scheduling
“WGA And AMPTP Set Date To Start Contract Talks” – Deadline
“SXSW 2020 canceled” – USA Today
“TV Academy Bans Audience Interaction With Talent at FYC Panels” – Variety

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UK Animation and Developing Animated Stories ft. James Hamilton (The Amazing World of Gumball) (PT174)

Alex and Nick invite James Hamilton, writer on The Amazing World of Gumball, UniKitty!, and head-writer on an unannounced animated show for Netflix, to discuss working in UK animation, developing stories around someone else’s visuals, and being head-writer on a series.

How do you get freelance animation writing work while living overseas? Why did performing live sketch comedy help break in to TV writing? What are the differences between the industry in the UK and US? How does a head writer build their team and foster a creative environment in the room? What are some tips on developing and pitching your own original projects?

PT174 James Hamilton

Content

UK animation and developing animated stories with James Hamilton (00:34)
Final advice, resources, and next week on (37:16)

Links

James Hamilton on Twitter
The Amazing World of Gumball
UniKitty!
Casual Violence UK
Sam Willis (AKA The Boy With Tape On His Face)
The Pajama Men

Resource

“Create Your Own Universe” – The Brothers McLeod

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