Introducing Paper Team – A podcast about television writing (and becoming a TV writer)

Introducing Paper Team – A podcast about television writing (and becoming a TV writer)

On TV Calling’s eighth birthday last month, I teased a couple secret projects.
Today, it’s time to announce one of them.

Introducing Paper Team.
A podcast about television writing, and becoming a TV writer.

That’s right.

There’s yet another podcast on the market.

Who is on Paper Team?

I’ll be manning one of the mics. Yes, that means you’ll be hearing my sublime voice after all these years (assuming you’ve actually been reading me for that time). And you’ll be getting more of the great TV Calling content you know and love (now in audio form!).

Like every great podcast, this is a two-hander.
The other half of Paper Team is another awesome writer: Nick Watson.
While I’m of the TV drama sensibility, Nick will represent the TV comedy side. He’s also a fellow foreigner (from Australia). So you get the bonus of listening to two different non-American accents!

While most episodes will just be us two talking about TV writing, things are already in the works to bring in great, knowledgeable guests with more direct experience to future topics we’ll cover.

What is Paper Team all about?

This is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.
It is for people like us–working their way into the business from the ground up–who aspire to be TV writers (whether drama or comedy).
It is also for everyone interested in the television industry and everything around it.

We’ll be alternating every episode between two threads vital to being a successful TV writer: the business side, and the writing side.

On the industry end, we’ll be discussing things like meeting people, networking, finding work, being an assistant, and the television business itself.

On the writing front, we’ll be tackling anything related to our craft. Writing TV pilots, TV specs, taking notes, structure, theme, working in a writers’ room, in a writing team, and much more.

Our first few episodes aim to give you a basic step-by-step guide to getting yourself established in LA, armed with a basic understanding of TV writing, and giving you the tools needed to start your journey to the writers’ room.

To give you a tease, here’s what we’ll be talking about in our first six episodes:
Episode 1 – Moving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew Before)
Episode 2 – Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major
Episode 3 – How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone)
Episode 4 – Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next
Episode 5 – Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood
Episode 6 – Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home

Episode runtime will vary depending on the topic — anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour.
We want to say as much as we feel interesting and informational, while still being relevant to the episode in question.
No padding!

We’ve been working hard on this project since May, and it’s about time to release it out to the world.
We can’t wait for you to take a listen!

How do I listen to it?

Paper Team is available on all major podcast platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, Android podcast apps, RSS, and even email.

If you enjoy our Paper Teaming, please consider leaving us an iTunes review and/or rating at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

When is it coming out?

Paper Team is live now!

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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.

693 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.


Write on.


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