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Tips and Tricks for the TV Industry (PT171)

Alex and Nick share tips and tricks all about handling the TV writing industry. From managing contacts and representation, to juggling projects and dealing with staffing and writers’ room red flags, we look at common problems you may have and how to solve them.

How can you get to know working writers/showrunners? How should you maintain relationships when you don’t have anything new to share? How are you able to find the right manager or agent? How should you handle reps not providing enough meetings or sending samples out? Should you take freelance development work? What if you can’t find time to write outside work? How should you handle a bad work or writers’ room environment? Are your general meetings never leading to any jobs?


1 – Problems with networking, managing contacts, and professional relationships (00:00:37)
2 – Issues with representation, agents, and managers (00:21:11)
3 – Handling and juggling multiple projects or development (00:41:51)
4 – Red flags in staffing, interviews, and hostile work environments (00:56:47)


Tips and Tricks for TV Writing (PT93)
How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03)
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)
Knowing Your Worth as an Assistant: Expectations, Opportunities, and Negotiations (PT168)

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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