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Writing TV Scripts that Get Noticed in Development Departments

At a Glance

  • This webinar is for all writers submitting their scripts and manuscripts to agencies, production companies, networks, studios and/or indie financiers
  • You’ll learn how your material is evaluated for potential options or buys
  • Avoid the “Pass” rejection pile and arm yourself with insider development department knowledge so your material catches the eye of the buyers.

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

Every agency, production company, network and studio has a development department. “D-Girls” (folks, men and women, who work in Development), are the “threshold guardians” you’ll need to impress in order to climb up the ladder to achieve a “Recommend” on your material.  These dedicated professionals are on a mission to find material that will bring both financial and critical success to their companies.  Make sure that your script or manuscript meets the standards these “D-Girls” require.  Arm yourself with insider knowledge now so your material does not end up with a “Pass.”


If you’ve ever wondered why you received a rejection on your material, this is the webinar for you. Too often, writers submit their work without the knowledge of what happens to their material when it is being evaluated.  Are you aware that lack of proper formatting will surely disqualify your script?  Do you know that submitting material with specific casting in mind, or elements (director, producer, crew) attached can help your project garner attention?  Has it occurred to you that if you submit a specific genre to a potential buyer that does not work in that genre that you’re wasting everyone’s time?  Learn about the tools used to evaluate your work such as coverage, production costs, commerciality, and franchise potential.  When you know how your work will be judged-and why-you can improve your chances of getting produced.


Laurie has worked in network, production company, agency, and studio development departments working her way up from secretary to reader to story analyst to V.P. of Programming. She has also been a buyer for cable networks and syndication companies. She knows how material is evaluated behind the scenes based on her vast knowledge of the past, current, and near-future marketplace.   She has also submitted projects personally and can speak from both sides of the development process-first as a former D-girl and secondly as a professional writer herself.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How to create material that has a competitive edge in the world of development
  • How to research, discover, and maintain information about potential buyers and what they are looking for
  • How to anticipate what the coverage will look like for your project (we’ll look at how characters, structure, and dialogue are judged)
  • The importance of answering the question “Why make this project now?” with your work
  • Making sure you are submitting your work in proper format
  • A checklist of what elements will be judged in your work and how to make sure those elements pass evaluation
  • How to assure your project is embraced and at least considered

WHO SHOULD LISTEN?

  • Writers who are looking to submit their work to potential buyers
  • Writers who have received one-too-many rejections
  • Writers who feel they want to give up getting their work produced
  • Writers who want to speak directly to the reader/D-Girl through their writing
  • Writers looking for resources to research the right buyers for their projects
  • Writers wanting to improve their writing overall based on the understanding of what potential buyers are looking for
  • Writers who want to assure they are writing and submitting authentic material

Product Details

  • Date available: 12/11/2013
  • Publication date: 12/11/2013
  • 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.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Laurie Scheer

Laurie Scheer is a former vice president of programming for WE:Women's Entertainment. She has worked as an assistant, d-girl, and producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC Cablevision. Having years of development experience within the hallowed halls of networks, studios, and production companies, Laurie knows how to analyze manuscripts and scripts as they enter the competitive media marketplace. She has also been involved in producing series for the web, films for video games, and other digital based forms of entertainment. Laurie has been an instructor at numerous universities across the U.S. from Yale to UCLA. As a professional speaker, she has ap...

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