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Alex and Nick invite three TV writers to discuss what comes after winning a major screenwriting or TV writing competition.

Guests include: Talia Gonzalez (Teen Wolf/iZombie) from the 2013 Tacking Board Launch Pad Feature Competition, David Hoffman (Timeless) from the 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition, and T.A. Snyder from the 2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition.

Why is entering screenwriting competitions important? What should you look out for before submitting a script? What should you expect and do after winning a writing contest? How should you brand yourself as a TV writer with your samples? What is the process of selecting the right agent or manager for you? How do you balance working on a TV writing staff and developing your own projects?

The Paper Team competes…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Winning a screenwriting competition and what comes after (01:08)
Resources and Outro (59:50)

[NOTE: Our usual “Next Week On” segment at the very end was unexpectedly cut. We’ll be talking about working in TV as immigrants in next week’s episode!]

Links

David Hoffman on Twitter
Talia Gonzalez on Twitter
T.A. Snyder on Twitter
Matthew Weiner
Charlie Kaufman
Shawn Ryan
Eric Kripke
Launch Pad mentors
TV Writing Fellowships
WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
Radiolab Podcast
Traffic
The Limey

This episode brought to you by Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Writing Competitions

Use code PAPERTEAM to get $15 OFF when you enter a Launch Pad Competition

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

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Alex and Nick celebrate the fiftieth episode of Paper Team with a special look back at the first year of the podcast, including updates on past episodes, guests, and other news.

What are some of our own favorite moments and episodes? What are the most popular Paper Team episodes? What new lessons have we learned since recording them?

From assistants and coordinators, to writers and producers, we also catch up with several of our amazing guests: Tennessee Martin, Steven Darancette, Sam Miller, Chris Corbett, Maggie Herman, Jimmy Nguyen and Gary Sundt.

The Paper Team pops the champagne…

SHOWNOTES

Content

1 – Follow-ups to Paper Team episodes and some of our favorites (00:01:21)
2 – Follow-ups from our guests, ft. Tennessee Martin, Steven Darancette, Sam Miller, Chris Corbett, Maggie Herman, Jimmy Nguyen and Gary Sundt (00:15:01)
3 – One year of Paper Team (00:54:21)
Special Thanks, Outro and Next Week On (01:13:14)

Links

“How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate)” (PT07)
“Getting Your TV Script Read” (PT29)
“TV Writer Representation 101” (PT31)
“Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett” (PT18)
Australian Survivor
“Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim” (PT16)
“Web Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom)” (PT27)
SeeSo
Over-the-top content (OTT)
“Diversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo” (PT14)
“Assisting TV Comedy Writers ft. Gary Sundt (Superstore/The Goldbergs)” (PT43)
“Breaking in & Writing From “Outside the System” ft. Hilliard Guess” (PT47)
“Writing Adult Comedy Animation ft. Alison Tafel (BoJack Horseman)” (PT39)
“Act Breaks” (PT15)
“TV Viewing Habits: Writing for the Binge” (PT42)
“Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home” (PT06)
“Writing Themes and Values in TV” (PT36)
“TV Writer vs. Fandom: Writers’ Rooms and Fan Interaction – Paper Team at WonderCon 2017” (PT38)
Tennessee Martin on Twitter
Lucifer
The Lady Parts Collective
The Lady Parts Collective on Facebook
Joe Henderson
Ildy Modrovich
Jennifer Graham Imada
Dawn Wells
“Writing Children’s Animation ft. Steven Darancette (Lalaloopsy/Tumble Leaf)” (PT41)
Steven Darancette on Twitter
Sam Miller on Twitter
American Airness (Video)
Vaudeville
Chris Corbett on IMDb
“TV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016” (PT10)
Maggie Herman on Twitter
People of Earth
Wrecked
Search Party
The Detour
The Last O.G.
Miracle Workers
Simon Rich
Man Seeking Woman
The Cops
Michael Showalter
“Independent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners)” (PT32)
Jimmy Nguyen on Twitter
Gary Sundt on Twitter
Death Note (2017 Movie)
Adam Wingard
Gary Sundt’s Kong tattoo
Will/Sean Podcast – Episode 255 “Retcon the Episode” with Alex Freedman & Nick Watson
“The 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special” (PT25)
“Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)” (PT22)
“TV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why” (PT13)
“Spec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next” (PT04)
“TV Writing Competitions” (PT33)
“TV Spec Script 101” (PT34)
“Supplemental Income for Writers” (PT35)
“Moving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew)” (PT01)
“TV Pilot 101” (PT30)
Pocket Casts
“Goal-Setting as a TV Writer” (PT26)
Francesca Butler on Twitter
Jason J. Cohn on Twitter
Alex Switzky on Twitter
Evan Schmitt on Instagram
Elena Rodriguez Miranda on Dropr

This episode brought to you by Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Writing Competitions

Use code PAPERTEAM to get $15 OFF when you enter a Launch Pad Competition

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode and Joseph Yuan for the music.

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Alex and Nick invite Dana Bramble, coordinator in current programming at The CW, to discuss the ins-and-outs of working in the scripted side of a TV network.

What happens after a pilot gets picked up? How is current programming different from development? What notes do network executives give? How does staffing season operate for current shows? What arcs are pitched ahead of the season? How are standards and practices involved with scripts?

The Paper Team looks at the slate…

SHOWNOTES

Content

Working in current programming, network branding, giving notes, pitching, standards & practices, staffing, diversity initiatives and watching television (01:04)
Resources and Next Week On (34:01)

Links

Dana Bramble on Twitter
The CW
CW Seed
UPN
The WB
CBS Television Studios
Warner Bros. Television
Arrowverse
Broadcast Standards and Practices
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Machinima, Inc.
In the Loop
Sweet/Vicious
JHRTS

Resources

“On Writing” – Stephen King

This episode brought to you by Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Writing Competitions

Use code PAPERTEAM to get $15 OFF when you enter a Launch Pad Competition

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

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

Alex and Nick invite writer/producer Hilliard Guess for an in-depth discussion about his experience in the industry, working as a writer, and his involvement in the WGA and his Screenwriter’s Rant Room podcast.

How do you build a writing career without the traditional assistant or fellowship route? What are key differences in being a producer or writer, and juggling both roles? What are aspects of the WGA people should know more about? How do you overcome adversity and get things done? What are ways of putting yourself out there and opening doors?

The Paper Team goes rogue…

NOTE: We had a bit of noise on the line, and my upstairs neighbors decided to join in on the fun towards the end of the recording. We tried to fix most of the issue, but be aware there may be some residual audio.

SHOWNOTES

Content

Starting out, becoming a writer, getting writing jobs, being a producer, curating your work environment, being involved in the WGA, dealing with adversity, and the competition (00:01:22)
Resources and Next Week On (01:10:22)

Links

Hilliard Guess on Twitter
The Screenwriter’s Rant Room on iTunes
The Screenwriter’s Rant Room on Twitter
Hilldog Productions
Palo Alto (California)
Dangerous Minds
John Truby
Robert McKee
Jack Epps Jr.
Karl Iglesias
Z Nation
28 Days Later
World War Z (Film)
Two and a Half Men
Jaws
Million Dollar Listings
Million Dollar Listing New York
Fredrik Eklund
The Lot Studios
go90
WGA’s LGBT Writers Committee
WGA’s Committee of Black Writers
Lena Waithe
Michelle Amor
Dr. Phil (TV Series)
Dope
Straight Outta Compton (Film)
Wonder Woman (Film)
A Few Good Men
Precious (Film)
Mo’Nique
3rd & Fairfax WGAW Podcast
Lisa Bolekaja
Organization of Black Screenwriters
Kramer vs. Kramer
Jay Mohr
Mark Valley
Lynelle White
Army Wives
“Writing Action and Dialogue (126)” – The Screenwriter’s Rant Room

Resources

Pilar Alessandra’s On the Page
“Coffee Break Screenwriter” – Pilar Alessandra
Jen Grisanti
“The Sequence Approach” – Paul Gulino

This episode brought to you by Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Writing Competitions

Use code PAPERTEAM to get $15 OFF when you enter a Launch Pad Competition

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

If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :)

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

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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.

697 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.


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