TV Writer Representation 101 (PT31)

TV Writer Representation 101 (PT31)

Alex and Nick discuss the basics of getting an agent or manager representation as a television writer (also known as “TV Lit” representation).

What are the main differences between agents, managers and entertainment lawyers? What will they do for you, and what will you be able to do for them? When are you ready to be represented? Should you get an agent or manager first?

The Paper Team makes some calls…



1 – What is representation for TV writers? (0:35)
2 – The artist/rep relationship (2:00)
3 – Should you get a rep? (11:06)
4 – FAQs and common myths (21:38)
Takeaways and Resources (26:32)


Mike Ovitz meeting in “The Late Shift” (Video)
The Geometry of the Deal
WGAW’s Signatory Agency List
Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05)
How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07)
Getting Your TV Script Read (PT29)


“How to Get an Agent” – TV Calling
“How to Manage Your Agent” – Chad Gervich

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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.

687 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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