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How to Structure the Bulletproof Teen Sitcom

At a Glance

  • This is THE course for writers eager to learn the surprising elements all teen sitcoms share.
  • The principles Jeff teaches are so shockingly easy to use, you can be working with them INSTANTLY after the webinar is over.
  • The approach Jeff teaches is the same one he's used to write and story edit over 250 1/2 hours of kids, tweens and teen television.

Teens rule!  At least they do on television.

One of the most successful and lucrative genres on TV is the 1/2 hour teen sitcom.  Hannah Montana, iCarly, Suite Life with Zack & Cody; these weren't just shows, these were industries that generated billions of dollars in revenue.  And the success of teen sitcoms continues with current shows such as A.N.T. Farm, Sam & Cat, and Good Luck Charlie. Do you have a ROCK SOLID, 1/2 HOUR TEEN SITCOM in your toolbox of sample scripts?  You better!

In this LIVE WEBINAR, Gemini award-winning television producer and two-time Emmy nominated writer Jeffrey Alan Schechter will show you how to structure the bulletproof teen sitcom, teaching you a system you can use immediately to help craft a script that would fit comfortably on the Disney Channel's or Nickelodeon's broadcast schedule.

In this 90 minute webinar you'll learn:

  • The difference between single camera and multi-camera shows.
  • Whether it's better to write a spec script for an existing show or an original pilot?
  • The 4 archetypes that shape and refine each episode of the typical teen sitcom.
  • The 7 crucial characters  your teen sitcom needs to tell virtually unlimited stories
  • The current trends in teen sitcoms.
  • Which buyers are looking for what kind of show.
  • The common elements successful teen sitcoms share, and the dire mistakes failed teen sitcoms make.

For your convenience, the webinar is being offered on the same day at two different times and includes downloadable breakdowns from such popular teen sitcoms as Hannah Montana, Dog With a Blog, and Sam & Cat as well as Teen Sitcom Episode Templates for you to use.

HOW DOES THE WEBINAR WORK?

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter's computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

All you need is a computer or iOS device, and an internet connection. You’ll be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over computer speakers; however, you’ll enjoy much better audio quality if you use a telephone. See below for complete system requirements.

To test your connection before the live webinar, visit: http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US/gotomeeting/help_files/GTM140010. (Click on the test session URL under Step 1.)

Product Details

  • Date available: 07/19/2013
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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Meet the Author: Jeffrey Alan Schechter

Jeffrey Alan Schechter has been beating up stories for more than twenty years. He is a WGA, WGC, Emmy, and BAFTA-nominated writer, producer, and director, a million-dollar spec screenplay writer, a Gemini award winning producer, and the developer of the underlying story principles behind Mariner Software’s Contour Story Development program.

Jeff's first credits were in action films such as Bloodsport 2, The Tower, and Street Knight. Turning to his love of family films, Jeff sold his spec screenplay Little Bigfoot to Working Title Film...