Small Screen, Big Picture A Writer's Guide to the TV Business

ISBN-10: 0307395316

ISBN-13: 9780307395313

Edition: 2008

Authors: Chad Gervich

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Take On Hollywood and Make It as a Television Writer. From mediabistro.com, the media industry's most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives you the knowledge and tools you need to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV writer. That's rightSmall Screen, Big Picturegives you a competitive edge over millions of other aspiring writers who share your talent, creativity, and determination . . . because after reading these pages, you'll have the one thing they lack: an understanding of the business of television. This journey into Hollywood's inner workings not only details how networks, studios, and production companies work together, it teaches you how the process affects the creation and writing of TV series, how shows make money, andultimatelyhow you can use this information to break into the industry. You'll learn: What really goes on in the inner sanctum of the writers' roomand how to be a part of it How today's TV business model worksand how rapidly it's changing Who has the power to buy a show ideaand how to pitch your own How new media formats are changing televisionand how to use them to your advantage Which jobs will kick-start your TV writing careerand how to get hired And much more . . . Armed with this solid foundation of knowledge, you'll be ready to plan your entry into the industry and begin your successful TV writing career.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

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Foreword
Author's Note
Introduction
From the Inside Out: How the Industry Is Strutured
The Top of the Food Chain
Networks, Studios, and Production Companies
Syndication and Backend: How TV Shows Make Money
Inside a Television Network: A Lesson in Programming
The New Show Development Process: An Overview
Development Season: From Pitch to Pilot Pickup
Recipe for a TV Show
The Pitch
The Art of the Deal
Development Hell
Pilot Season: From Pilot Pickup to Series
Preproduction
Principal Photography
Postproduction
Upfronts
Staffing Season ... and Beyond: Getting the Series Up and Running
Staffing Season: How Showrunners Staff New Shows
The Writers' Room
Production
Staying on the Air
New Frontiers: Where TV Is Headed
Cable
Reality TV
Digital Media and the Internet
Breaking In: Your Guide to Infiltrating Hollywood
Write Your Ass Off
Representation
Networking
Assistants
Getting a Job
Other Ways of Breaking into Hollywood
Glossary
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Index
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