Web Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom) (PT27)

Web Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom) (PT27)

Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube’s Single by 30 and CBS’ Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series (L.A. Beer), the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA.

How do you make and market your own independent web series? What are the differences between television writing and writing for a YouTube web series? What are the benefits of being involved in JHRTS and the Writers Guild of America?

The Paper Team skips the ad and goes straight to the content…



1 – Beginnings and making/marketing an independent web series (00:37)
2 – The relationship between professional web series and tradition television (18:13)
3 – Writing for TV versus a YouTube Red series (23:39)
4 – Being involved in JHRTS, the WGA, and how Sam sees the evolution of television content (28:32)
Recommendations and Outro (38:49)


Sam Miller on Twitter
L.A. Beer
“Small Screen, Big Picture” – Chad Gervich
LA TV Writers Yahoo Group
Desperate Housewives
Supah Ninjas
Mike Alber
Kirby Buckets
Chris Wu
Ali Chen
Jessica Kivnik
Greg Machlin
Andrew Orillion
The Exes
“L.A. Beer, First Web Series Filmed With Live Studio Audience to Launch” (Variety)
High Maintenance
Teachers (TV Land)
CW Seed
Broad City
Single by 30
Machinima, Inc.
Maker Studios
Todd Waldman
“#TheGreyBox: A TV Writing Chatroom” (TV Calling)
“Creating Your Web Series: Empowering Writers to do their Own from Concept to Completion” (Video)
WGF Library
James L. Brooks
Jeff Melvoin
“Farewell, Hulu! Hello, Criterion Channel!” (Criterion)
CBS All-Access
YouTube Red Membership
WGAw (YouTube)
PGA (YouTube)
MIPCOM (YouTube)

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

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