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Thirteen Years of TV Calling

I’ve been MIA for a while after the past year, but today is a special day.

We are marking, incredibly, the 13th birthday of TV Calling!

This site, this community, this platform could not exist with you. You right here, reading this. As always, I want to give a huge THANK YOU for your support of TV Calling even through the hard times. I might say it every year, and it is still true after all this time.

We took a break from Paper Team a few months ago, however (much like this site) it isn’t the end. Just a little pause until we get our bearings straight.

Despite all this, the past twelve months have been, once again, our strongest on record. We achieved a new peak back in October and November with nearly 2,000(!) daily visitors on TV Calling. Paper Team also reached new milestones earlier this year, with over 350,000(!) downloads. Sublime.

It is true that I haven’t been as active online as I’ve been in the past. I’ve drifted away from social media. There wasn’t a spec list this year, in part due to fellowships moving away from specs. However, specs continue to make a comeback on the professional side, with showrunners reading more and more of them. So perhaps the spec list will make its return in the future.

We know how much you value our TV writing content, which is why we hope this little break isn’t stopping you from continuing your own journey. We’re in tough times, but (despite everything going on) know that you’re not alone.

Here’s to year fourteen, and even more beyond.

Write on.

Twelve Years of TV Calling

It’s been a rough year, but today is a day of celebration as we mark the 12th birthday of TV Calling!

Pretty incredible to see how far we’ve come. If every year of existence were its own month, we’d have a full year’s worth. (Wait, what?)

This site and community wouldn’t exist without you. Yes, you reading this right now. So on that note, let me say a huge THANK YOU for your continuous support. I repeat it every year, and it remains true.

For my stat fiends, once again the past twelve months (i.e. year) have been our best on record. In fact, TV Calling was reaching peaks of 700-1,000 daily visitors during May sweeps! And that’s not even mentioning all the Paper Team accolades, including the podcast reaching 265,000 downloads. Surreal.

I’ll acknowledge there have been a couple of misses recently – including no yearly “spec list” for the first time in (literally) a decade. Hopefully you can forgive these mishaps due to, well, the world imploding et al. Interestingly, this also happened on the year when specs are making a comeback for several showrunners and staffing prospects (more on that later).

But all is not lost as I know there’ll be plenty of content in weeks and months and years to come, both on TV Calling and Paper Team.

These days in particular, we hope you are not only safe and secure but on your way to thriving. Despite all the hardships going on, know you are never alone – I’m right here by your side.

Here’s to year thirteen, and many more beyond.

Write on.

Eleven Years of TV Calling

Turns out, today marks the 11th (!!) anniversary of TV Calling.

What an achievement!

You already know what I’m going to say next —

THANK YOU for being there, year after year, joining the call.
The community is only growing bigger and bigger, both here, on the podcast, on our mailing list, and our group.

And who says celebration, also thinks of all we’ve done in the past year.

First, we can start with all the Paper Team successes — multiple live events (including a phenomenal 100th episode panel), tons of records in listernship, a Patreon launch, and plenty of other celebrations along the way.

Speaking of all the records we’re breaking… A couple of years ago on this day, we were on the brink of breaking 700 posts. We’re now surpassed 800 posts! Insane.

Lastly, since we have stats fan, let’s talk latest numbers. 2019 is already well on its way to being the most-viewed year on record, with an average of nearly 480+ visitors every single day for the main site alone, and nearly half a million downloads for our script library itself. That’s not even looking at Paper Team numbers, which we’ll talk about in our 150th.

It’s been a very humbling and inspiring experience to continue creating so much TV writing content that excites and helps people. As I always say, write on.

Here’s to another year of incredible success — and so much more content to be created!

Let’s go for year twelve.