Successful Television Writing

ISBN-10: 0471431680

ISBN-13: 9780471431688

Edition: 2003

Authors: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

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The industry speaks out about SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING "Where was this book when I was starting out? A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking into-and more importantly, staying in-the TV writing game from the guys who taught me how to play it." -Terence Winter, Coexecutive Producer, The Sopranos "Goldberg and Rabkin write not only with clarity and wit but also with the authority gleaned from their years of slogging through Hollywood's trenches. Here is a must-read for new writers and established practitioners whose imagination could use a booster shot." -Professor Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Department of Film and TV "Not since William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade has there been a book this revealing, funny, and informative about The Industry. Reading this book is like having a good, long lunch with your two best friends in the TV business." -Janet Evanovich "With sharp wit and painful honesty, Goldberg and Rabkin offer the truest account yet of working in the TV business. Accept no substitutes!" -Jeffrey B. Hodes and Nastaran Dibai, Coexecutive Producers, Third Rock from the Sun "Should be required reading for all aspiring television writers." -Howard Gordon, Executive Producer, 24 and The X-Files
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Introduction: So You Want to Write for Television
Basic Preparation
What Is a TV Series?
The Four-Act Structure
Telling a TV Story
The Spec Script
What to Spec?
The Name Is Morris, William Morris
The Pitch
How to Read the Producer's Mind
What to Pitch
You've Got the Assignment, Now What?
Your First Assignment
We've Got a Few Notes
Am I There Yet?
Becoming Rob Petrie
Your Really Great Idea for a Show
I'm a Professional Writer, and I've Got the Card to Prove It
Plotting a Mystery: How We Wrote Diagnosis Murder
Diagnosis Murder Writers' Guidelines
Martial Law Writers' Guidelines
Martial Law Pitch/Leave-Behind ("Sammo Blammo")
Martial Law Beat Sheet ("Sammo Blammo")
seaQuest 2032 Pitch/Leave-Behind ("Depths of Deceit")
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Diagnosis Murder Beat Sheet ("A Passion for Murder")
Diagnosis Murder Beat Sheet ("The Last Laugh")
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