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Write to TV: Out of Your Head and onto the Screen / Edition 2

Write to TV: Out of Your Head and onto the Screen / Edition 2

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Learn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they're looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls. Gain access to sample outlines, script pages, checklists, and countless other invaluable resources that will help you break into the industry and put you on the path to immediate success.

In Write to TV, Second Edition industry veteran Martie Cook offers practical advice on writing innovative television scripts that will allow you to finally get that big idea out of your head and onto the screen. This new edition has been updated to include:

    • Tips and techniques from industry vets Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, David Magee, Susan Rovner, Tal Rabinowitz, Jonathan Littman, Peter Jankowski, Steve Stark, and Doug Herzog that you can immediately apply to your own projects
    • Expanded coverage of writing pilots, pitching, writing webisodes, writing for tweens, writing for late night, and rewriting
    • Useful advice for navigating the confusing television hierarchy, including how to network, get an agent, land that first writing job, and even "do lunch"
    • 25 new interviews with writers and producers of hit shows such as New Girl, Parks and Recreation, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and many more
    • An all new companion website ( featuring blog updates, industry trends, a Q&A discussion forum with the author, and many other resources

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415710893
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 402
Sales rank: 284,841
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martie Cook has over three decades of experience as a respected writer and producer of television and film. She has worked for all four major networks and PBS as well as for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios. A member of the Writers Guild of America West, Cook has written for hit television shows such as the top-ten Nielsen rated Full House, and the cult classic, Charles in Charge. She has served as a writer/producer for Entertainment Tonight, America's Most Wanted, and the PBS Emmy-award winning children's show Zoom. Recently, she sold an idea for a pilot to Jerry Bruchkeimer Television, Warner Bros., and NBC. Cook currently teaches screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she also serves as Assocaiate Chair in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Table of Contents

An Overview of the TV Industry; Getting Your Scripts Read; Situational Comedies; Developing Your Sitcom Story; Sitcom Structural Outlining; Your Sitcom Story; Scripting Your Sitcom; Other Kinds of TV Comedy; Plot-Driven Dramas; Character Driven Drama; Formatting for Prime Time Drama; The Television Pilot; Finding an Original Premise; Made for TV Movies; Creating Compelling Characters; Writing Dialogue that Dances on the Page; How to Get a Pitch Meeting; A Mock Assignment; The Shoot; Writing the Script; In the Edit Bay and Beyond; Writing for Reality Television; How to Get An Agent; The Writers Guild of America; Writing Teams; How to Get Work as a Television Writer; Getting the Interview; Congratulations, You've Got the Job.... Now What?; The Power of Networking; Other Things That Can Help You Succeed

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