TV Writing Competition Winners: What Happens Next? (PT55)

TV Writing Competition Winners: What Happens Next? (PT55)

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…



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!]


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
The Limey

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I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

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