Writing Successful Sitcom Pilots
ABOUT THE WEBINAR
TV sitcoms are more than a series of jokes. The characters in sitcoms are ‘real’ people no less than characters that you can find in the grittiest of TV dramas. You regularly seek out the company of your favorite sitcom characters to spend an enjoyable half-hour with them because they invariably make you laugh, but also because they are relatable.
The ‘situation’ of situation comedy is the plot—where your characters are, what you are putting them through. In this webinar, you will learn how to build a premise into a story, and then a story into a pilot episode, and finally pilot into a series. In sitcoms, character and plot are closely intertwined. The reactions of your characters need to be authentic.
Learn what elements are necessary to write a successful pilot for your sitcom.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to develop comedic protagonists and supporting characters.
- How to build and develop a premise.
- How to sustain a lasting comic arc.
- Why pilot stories are different than ordinary episodes.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Writers who want to learn what’s involved in writing a sitcom pilot.
- Writers interested in creating a sitcom series.
- Writers who want to develop the special skill of creating strong characters.
- Writers developing a premise into a series.
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Meet the Author: George Yanok
George Yanok has had extensive experience writing and developing television pilots for both sitcom and long form programming. Nominated numerous times, he has won two EMMY’S and the Writers Guild of America Award.
Yanok’s episodic credits include “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Sanford & Son”. Welcome Back, Kotter”, “The Ted Knight Show” and series for Lynn Redgrave and Stockard Channing. Among the well-known performers he has worked with are Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and The Smothers Brothers.
Yanok currently teaches at Watkins College of Art and Design & Film School in Nashville and is a popular online teacher (Scr...