Starting Your Television Writing Career: The Warner Bros. Television Writers Workshop Guide(Television Series)

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Deborah Pearlman and Abby Finer of the Warner Bros.Television Writers Workshop reveal in this essential guide insider tips and tricks aimed at paving the way to better scripts by new writers.

The book focuses on all aspects of writing for television, from the definition and importance of sample material to what it takes to be a successful TV writer. The authors offer invaluable insider information on the keys to writing a good script and how to choose the right show for sample material. In particular, they provide instruction on troubleshooting scripts with a do and don't list. For the novice scriptwriter, they include advice on how to research, brainstorm ideas, and write a beat sheet and outline through to a polished draft. Filled with practical advice and up-to-date industry information, each chapter provides strategies and insights that will jumpstart a fledgling writing career toward success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608318
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: The Television Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 839,143
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Pearlman has been working with television writers since 1989. She has worked for USA Network, Bright Kauffman Crane (Friends) and has been director of the Warner Bros. Television Writing Program since 2001.

Abby Finer has worked in television for over eleven years in scripted and non-scripted programming. In addition to writing this book, she is an executive producer of a comedy cable series Kenny vs. Spenny that airs in the U. S. and Canada. She resides in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 So you want to be a TV writer ... 3
2 Choosing the right show and doing research 10
3 It all starts with story 14
4 Starting the writing process 21
5 Choosing the right show 35
6 Components of a drama script 40
7 My script is finished - now what? 51
8 Comedy outline and script : the George Lopez show 57
9 Drama outline and script : Without a trace 107
10 Advice from industry insiders 201
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    If you are interested in becoming part of the TV industry on any

    If you are interested in becoming part of the TV industry on any level be willing to pay your dues and learn the business. This is a really great learning tool and I would highly recommend this book. It is a gem!


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