Your Career in Television: The View From Both Sides of the Table
At a Glance
Okay, you’ve got a great spec script – Now what?
Kathie Fong Yoneda and Ellen Sandler call on years of real life experience in the world of broadcast television to reveal what’s expected of a TV writer in today’s market. A sampling of what they’ll discuss includes the following topics and issues:
You’ve got a great spec script or two and you’ve hit that familiar wall – no submissions without representation. You’d like an agent or manager. You’re wondering about the route to follow in obtaining representation. Do agents and managers have a checklist of what they’re looking for before signing on a new client? How do you get their attention? How do you show you’ve got what it takes to be a valued client?
With or without an agent, you’ve discovered you need to get meetings on your own. How are you going to do that? And once you’re in those hallowed offices, how do you turn a meeting into a coveted assignment?
You’ll learn all about “taking a meeting,” Hollywood style, from both points of view - You’ll hear what an exec who’s taking the pitch expects and what a writer who’s pitching does to prepare and deliver a pitch effectively. You might be surprised to find out it’s simpler (but not necessarily easier) than you imagined. You’ll learn about different ways to pitch, depending on the genre and seasonal arc of the series. Even more important, you’ll find out, first hand, about things you should never do in a pitch.
Once you get an opportunity to do an assignment for a television series, you’re going to want to make the most of it. You want to move from a “baby writer” to story editor and upwards! From your first script to working on staff, the writers room is its own world with its own rules. Discover what’s expected from freelancers and first time staffers, learn the guidelines for making your contributions count, and a philosophy of collaboration that can lead to creating a series of your own!
With years of experience on “opposite sides” of the table, Ellen and Kathie will give you a 360° view of the writer’s place in television today.
They’ll let you in on:
Agents and Managers
- What representatives look for in signing new writers
- How they find you
What it Takes to Get on Staff + How to Stay There
- Interactive exercises to prep you for the collaborative aspects of staff writing
- The kind of relationships that lead to hiring
How – and How NOT – to Network
- Concrete things you can do to increase your circle of who you know and who knows you
- Reframe your idea of networking for better results
- Tips on getting them
- What to do when you’re there
- The low-down on pitching a series
Do they agree? Possibly. Do they disagree? More than likely. But one thing’s for sure—you will get a 360° view of the writer’s place in television today!
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- Date available: 07/14/2011
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Meet the Author: Ellen Sandler
Ellen Sandler was nominated for an Emmy as a Co-Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. She has created over 20 pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen and the Disney Channel and has consulted internationally on pilots for the ABC Australia; the CBC Canada; Media Marketing, Dubai; and MediaCorp, Singapore. A writer/producer on more than a dozen prime time TV shows, she is the author of The TV Writer’s Workbook (Bantam/Dell).
Ellen is also a playwright and director. Her most recent theatrical project was her adaptation of N.Y. Times food writer Mimi Sheraton’s book, The Bialy Eaters, which st...
Meet the Author: Kathie Fong Yoneda
KATHIE FONG YONEDA has worked in film and television for more than 30 years. She has held executive positions at Disney, Touchstone, Disney TV Animation, Paramount Pictures Television, and Island Pictures, specializing in development and story analysis of both live-action and animation projects.
Kathie is an internationally known seminar leader on screenwriting and development and has conducted workshops in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Great Britain, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and throughout the U.S. and Canada.