Writing Television Sitcoms


Author: Evan Scott Smith
Publisher: Perigee Trade
ISBN: 9780399525339
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 281
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Describes the writing method called premise-driven comedy, examines how comedy affects character development and story structure, discusses guidelines on script layouts, and offers advice on establishing a career

How NOT to Write a Sitcom

100 mistakes to avoid if you ever want to get produced
Author: Marc Blake
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408130890
Category: Reference
Page: 272
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The craft of sitcom is possibly the hardest of all screenwriting genres, demanding a complex set of skills that must all be present to succeed. How NOT to Write a Sitcom is a troubleshooting guide aimed at both the novice and the practising sitcom writer. It illustrates and explains the many pitfalls in concept, characterisation, plotting and dramatic/comedic writing,which pepper the hundreds of scripts submitted every year. Each point is illustrated with an example of the error and each section contains practical suggestions and exercises for the writer to apply to their own writing. The book takes makes no assumption of the reader other than an interest in the form. It contains interviews with current producers as well as interviews with successful practioners of the craft. Marc Blake is a script consultant, writer and teacher of writing for sitcom. In this book he acts as a `script mechanic' and offers a full `MOT for writers' - stripping a sitcom down to its component parts, isolating the faults and fixing them. What script editors and producers are looking for are scripts that work. Naturally they want a genius in embryo, but above all they first want to see something that is roadworthy.

Writing Television Comedy


Author: Jerry Rannow
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 211
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Veteran television writer/producer Jerry Rannow gives aspiring and experienced comedy writers a humorous and eye-opening guide to conceiving, writing, and marketing a winning TV sitcom. Drawing on more than twenty-five years' experience, he tells how to construct a story outline, structure and format scripts, develop character and dialogue, pitch to producers, collaborate with other writers, and work with network and studio executives, producers, directors, agents, writers, and stars. Full of laughs and profitable tips for making a living in the business, this book is an invaluable tool for any writer who wants to break into TV comedy. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Elephant Bucks

An Insider's Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms
Author: Sheldon Bull
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781932907278
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 266
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This comprehensive guide is for those who want to launch a career as a television sitcom writer and features detailed inside information on how to write scripts that will get noticed.

Writing Comedy

A Guide to Scriptwriting for TV, Radio, Film and Stage
Author: Ronald Wolfe
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
ISBN: 9780709074137
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 190
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An indispensable guide to comedic scriptwriting for television, radio, film and stage.

Successful Sitcom Writing

How To Write And Sell For TV's Hottest Format
Author: Jurgen Wolff,L. P. Ferrante
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312144265
Category: Reference
Page: 208
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Sitcoms have never been hotter in Hollywood, and the demand for writers has never been greater. With fees starting at $16,000 for a half-hour script, sitcoms can be a lucrative option for freelancers. The hundreds of shows produced every year, each of which needs a team of writers, provide a tremendous opportunity to break into the industry. But successful sitcom writing begins long before Act I, Scene I. Hollywood insider Jurgen Wolff will start you off right. He'll show you why some ideas are promising and some should be rejected immediately, even when they're funny. You'll learn how to analyze and develop characters. And you'll find out how the pros punch up their work with subplots, physical comedy, and timing. The technical ins and outs of the sitcom format are also explained, including act structure, subplots, sets, entrances, and exits. You'll learn the manuscript formats the networks use, so your work will look as professional as it reads. And you'll get solid advice on how to find an agent, take a pitch meeting, and land your script on a producer's desk-- even if you don't live in Los Angeles. Novice and veteran sitcom writers alike keep Jurgen Wolff's book handy. Read it, and you'll see why.

Scott Sedita's Guide to Making It in Hollywood

3 Steps to Success, 3 Steps to Failure
Author: Scott Sedita
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 097706414X
Category: PERFORMING ARTS
Page: 290
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Scott Sedita's Guide To Making It In Hollywood lays out everything an actor needs to know to launch a career in the entertainment capital of the world! Tapping into his 25 years of experience in the business, renowned Acting Coach, Author and TV personality Scott Sedita breaks down the Three Steps to Success -- Talent, Confidence, Perseverance -- and shows how these elements work together to build a successful acting career. Further, Scott takes a unique approach in highlighting the many Obstacles actors face when pursuing their dream in Hollywood. Scott explains how actors must identify and avoid the Three Steps to Failure -- Distractions, Addictions, Wrong Actions. With his bold, humorous, no-holds-barred approach, Scott guides the reader with practical, easily accessible advice as well as numerous Success Stories of famous actors he's worked with and how they made it to the top!

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop

Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy
Author: Paula Finn
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1538109190
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 274
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This is a collection of interviews with writers, creators, and show runners of some of the greatest sitcoms of all time, including The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, and The Simpsons. The writers discuss their experiences working on some of the most popular—not to mention funniest—shows ever.

Writing the Pilot


Author: William Rabkin
Publisher: Moon & Sun & Whiskey, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780615533612
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 90
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Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.

Mediabistro.com Presents Small Screen, Big Picture

A Writer's Guide to the TV Business
Author: Chad Gervich
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307450147
Category: Reference
Page: 450
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Take On Hollywood and Make It as a Television Writer. From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives you the knowledge and tools you need to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV writer. That’s right—Small Screen, Big Picture gives you a competitive edge over millions of other aspiring writers who share your talent, creativity, and determination . . . because after reading these pages, you’ll have the one thing they lack: an understanding of the business of television. This journey into Hollywood’s inner workings not only details how networks, studios, and production companies work together, it teaches you how the process affects the creation and writing of TV series, how shows make money, and—ultimately—how you can use this information to break into the industry. You’ll learn: • What really goes on in the inner sanctum of the writers’ room—and how to be a part of it • How today’s TV business model works—and how rapidly it’s changing • Who has the power to buy a show idea—and how to pitch your own • How new media formats are changing television—and how to use them to your advantage • Which jobs will kick-start your TV writing career—and how to get hired • And much more . . . Armed with this solid foundation of knowledge, you’ll be ready to plan your entry into the industry and begin your successful TV writing career. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Write to TV

Out of Your Head and onto the Screen
Author: Martie Cook
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1134648294
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 402
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Learn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they’re looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls. Gain access to sample outlines, script pages, checklists, and countless other invaluable resources that will help you break into the industry and put you on the path to immediate success. In Write to TV, Second Edition industry veteran Martie Cook offers practical advice on writing innovative television scripts that will allow you to finally get that big idea out of your head and onto the screen. This new edition has been updated to include: Tips and techniques from industry vets Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Paul Haggis, David Magee, Susan Rovner, Tal Rabinowitz, Jonathan Littman, Peter Jankowski, Steve Stark, and Doug Herzog that you can immediately apply to your own projects Expanded coverage of writing pilots, pitching, writing webisodes, writing for tweens, writing for late night, and rewriting Useful advice for navigating the confusing television hierarchy, including how to network, get an agent, land that first writing job, and even "do lunch" 25 new interviews with writers and producers of hit shows such as New Girl, Parks and Recreation, The Blacklist, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and many more An all new companion website (www.writetotv.com) featuring blog updates, industry trends, a Q&A discussion forum with the author, and many other resources

The Eight Characters of Comedy

Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing
Author: Scott Sedita
Publisher: Atides Pub
ISBN: 9780977064120
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 326
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The Eight Characters of Comedy is the "How-To" guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers' rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it's exciting SECOND EDITION, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you'll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique "The Sedita Method"!Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes, which will help you build your niche in half-hour comedy...The Eight Characters of Comedy!Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favorite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe?The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with UPDATED EXAMPLES from current and classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters and actors of all time! After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!

Reality TV

An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market
Author: Troy DeVolld
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615932436
Category: Reality television programs
Page: 170
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Reality TV: An Insider's Guide to TV's Hottest Market is a no-nonsense read that doesn't sugarcoat the realities of the process or the ethical gut-checks that writers and producers often experience in trying to deliver an engaging end product. This newly updated 2nd edition includes new exercises, information about the Global Reality TV Market, and the latest information about Reality TV.

The Anime Encyclopedia

A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
Author: Jonathan Clements,Helen McCarthy
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781880656648
Category: History
Page: 545
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Presents alphabetized profiles of more than two thousand anime films and television shows spanning more than eighty years, listing credits and providing plot summaries and brief reviews.

The Sitcom Career Book

A Guide to the Louder, Faster, Funnier World of TV Comedy
Author: Mary Lou Belli,Phil Ramuno
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780823028740
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 228
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Here is a comprehensive career handbook to the television sitcom. Revealed are the rules, the language, and the traditions of this popular art form and how the pacing, jokes and dialogue in a sitcom differ from those in film and theatre. Get insider information on how to launch a career in this exciting industry.

Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition

A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication
Author: Ann Whitford Paul
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781440353758
Category:
Page: 272
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Master the Art of Writing Enthralling Tales for the Youngest pre-and emerging readers! Fully updated and thoroughly revised, Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition is the go-to resource for writers crafting stories for children ages two to eight. You'll learn the unique set of skills it takes to bring your story to life by using tightly focused text and leaving room for the illustrator to be creative. Award-winning author Ann Whitford Paul helps you develop the skills you need by walking you through techniques and exercises specifically for picture book writers. You'll find: Instruction on generating ideas, creating characters, point-of-view, beginnings and endings, plotting, word count, rhyme, and more Unique methods for using poetic techniques to enrich your writing Hands-on revision exercises (get out your scissors, tape, and highlighters) to help identify problems and improve your picture book manuscripts Updated tips for researching the changing picture book market, approaching publishers, working with an agent, and developing a platform All new quizzes and examples from picture books throughout New chapters cover issues such as page turns, agents, and self-publishing Whether you're just starting out as a picture book writer or have tried unsuccessfully to get your work published, Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition is just what you need to craft picture books that will appeal to young children and parents, and agents and editors.

Writing the TV Drama Series -4th Edition

How to Suceed As a Professional Writer in TV
Author: Pamela Douglas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615932931
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 310
View: 5808

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"Guide to writing drama series for TV, both in the US and in other countries" --

History of Wolves

A Novel
Author: Emily Fridlund
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802189776
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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“So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides!”—Aimee Bender Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund’s propulsive and gorgeously written History of Wolves introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent.