Writing & Producing for the Web: An Evening with John Frank Rosenblum

There are still seats available for tomorrow night’s Writing & Producing for the Web: An Evening with John Frank Rosenblum – Moderated by Frank Chindamo at 7:00 p.m. To register and find out more information, click on the following link: https://events.benchmarkemail.com/event/FABD57122

John Frank Rosenblum is a producer and writer, who as a child wrote a Dr. Who fan letter to the BBC and wound up getting the U.S. rights to the show. Since then, he’s been a producer of Cannibal! The Musical, Orgazmo and South Park, as well as writing on shows such as Star Trek:TNG and Red Dwarf. John Frank now produces exclusively for the web with successful series such as Bite Me (Machinima) and Interns (Relativity Media). His feature Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin will be released early next year.

Register today and join us in a conversation with John Frank and find out why a successful producer would turn his back on TV to focus exclusively on the Internet.

Update on Writing & Producing for the Web: An Evening with John Frank Rosenblum & Brett Erlich

Due to a scheduling conflict, John Frank Rosenblum will not be one of our speakers for tomorrow night’s event. Happily, Brett Erlich will be and he’ll discuss how a little vlog turned into a career. If you haven’t already registered to attend, please click on the following link: https://events.benchmarkemail.com/event/F95557122

Brett Erlich is a political comedian in TV shows and on the Web. He wrote, produced, and co-hosted Google Current. He was a writer, producer, and host of InfoMania, a half-hour comedic news created by the team behind The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Brett wrote, co-hosted and, executive produced The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current TV. His show, Viral Video Film School, and his video Saw the Musical were each nominated for a Webby. Brett currently appears on ABC News Primetime Specials hosted by Barbara Walters and Katie Couric and is the online host of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Declassified, a spinoff online show on ABC.com

Tonight’s Event Writing & Producing for the Web: An Evening with Richard Dunn & Julian McCrea

There are still seats available for tonight’s Writing and Producing for the Web: An Evening with Richard Dunn and Julian McCrea – Moderated by Frank Chindamo at 7:00 p.m. To register, click on the following link: https://events.benchmarkemail.com/event/F65A57122.

Richard Dunn was toiling away at a day job as a lighting designer for Disney. Then one night, when he had an overnight layover at the Las Vegas Airport, he shot a web video, “All By Myself” which reached viral status in June 2014, topping 20 million in 14 days. His video sparked international interest and after Richard appeared on major media outlets such as CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC, his career has finally “taken off”. Join us as Richard shares his process and what he is doing next – looking to create a follow-up video and is open to ideas. Maybe you have that idea?

Julian McCrea is a British writer who was head of New Media for the BBC’s “Dr. Who”. Julian then produced a web video “The Craftsman” which led to his development of a new technology, Story Immersion. Story Immersion reads your facial reactions as you watch videos on phones and tablets and adapts the story accordingly. You’ll be among the first people in the U.S. to see this exciting new technology. Julian has a development deal to make a web series for TWO different studios – and he is looking for writers!

Please note: Julian will be here in person and joining us for a networking reception after the event but Richard will take part via Skype.

This is an event and opportunity not to miss. So please join us and meet two pioneers as they discuss their experiences and learn how we as writers and content creators can work alongside them on their next projects.

Recap of “Writing & Producing for the Web” Speaker Series Moderated by Frank Chindamo

If you haven’t been able to attend the first four events in this speaker series, here’s what you’ve missed so far.

GLOZELL GREEN – September 24, 2014

GloZell is a comedian and YouTube personality who shared with us secrets and tips on how she become an internet success in her forties, accumulating over three million avid subscribers.

• How age is not a limit to success
• How one person with no previous experience in production can reach over 40 million views
• How to use your blog as a springboard to success in online video
• How established writers can collaborate with YouTube personalities
• How to capitalize on your fan base

MICHAEL ROUSSELET – October 8, 2014

Michael co-created 5SecondFilms and is one of the Internet’s biggest stars, writing, directing, and starring in the series “Video Game High School”. Michael spoke with us about of how he used his Internet success to finance his feature film by raising $1,000,000 in a month on Kickstarter.

• The right way to raise money on Kickstarter
• How to build your audience and social presence
• What click bait is and how it translates to viral level views
• The value of being consistent
• How to make money by promoting other people’s products using your channel

JASON HORTON – October 15, 2014

Jason’s work has been viewed over a billion times online. He co-created a show for the Game Show Network’s online channel, and currently has two different shows on America’s Funniest Videos. He co-created WitTV, and is currently producing out of YouTube Space LA.

• How to generate meetings without an agent by leveraging your online brand
• How to blow past the gatekeepers by taking charge of your own creativity
• How to breathe new life into that material sitting in your drawer
• How to stay relevant in an ever changing landscape by wearing many hats
• How to multiply your hits off one story by utilizing “choose your own adventure”


Nicholas is the writer, director, and star of the award winning comedy horror web-series Hell’s Kitty . Nicholas shared his experience of creating an Internet series with very limited resources and spoke of how he has used that series as a springboard to opportunities in both traditional and new media.

Yuri is one of the founders of Happy Little Guillotine Studios, a digital production house responsible for series as “Break a Leg” and “Leap Year”. Yuri spoke about some of the challenges of creating scripted content for the internet.

• Why new media needs real writers!
• How your original pilot can have a second life online
• Why you don’t need as much money as you think to produce amazing content and still be union compliant
• How to master the backend of your content deals
• How to find money in unexpected places by creating a branded show
• What analytics are and how it translates to more creative and financial opportunities for you
• How to insulate yourself from the ever changing media economy
• How to grow your fan base by providing behind the scenes “shoulder content”


We are pleased to announce the writers’ room located in our offices at                             11340 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 242, Los Angeles, CA 90064 is now open                 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Enjoy a quiet, climate-controlled workspace with all the coffee you can drink!

Please email Josh at admin@tvwriters.org to check availability and schedule your time. Reminder: this is for beneficiaries only.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Congratulations to Sherry Klein on Mattel TV Assignment!

Join us in congratulating Sherry Klein, (a participant in one of our New Writing Workshops) who has been hired to write an episode of a new animated series for Mattel TV. After securing the assignment, Sherry spoke about the workshop saying, “It was an amazing opportunity to learn from Paul Foley. It has been a motivator and a confidence booster and this week it paid off!”

Well done to Sherry, as well as to Paul, for all the hard work you’ve put in to achieve this!

Stay tuned for updates about new writing workshops starting in the fall.

Deadline to apply “TV vs Novel Writing: When Worlds Do and Don’t Collide” Workshop-Friday, June 20th at 12:00 p.m. PST

Deadline to apply is fast approaching for the “TV vs Novel Writing: When Worlds Do and Don’t Collide” Workshop to be held on Sunday, June 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Applications for the “TV vs Novel Writing”  one-day workshop must be received by Friday, June 20th at 12:00 p.m. PST.  Email your name, email address and telephone number to admin@tvwriters.org with title of workshop in subject line.

The workshop will be held at TV Writers Fund for the Future offices 11340 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 242, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Space is limited, so apply today!

Make Sure You are Receiving All Announcements from TV Writers Fund for the Future

As one of our beneficiaries, you should have received numerous announcements informing you about a variety of programs and events at TV Writers Fund for the Future.  If, in the last two months particularly, you have not received any emails from us announcing new programs, please make sure that they are not being sent to your junk mail folders.  You can do this by adding the e-mail address “admin@tvwriters.org” to your contact list, adjusting your spam settings, or following the instructions from your e-mail provider on how to prevent these e-mails from being marked “Spam” or “Junk Mail.”

Important Information Regarding the Heartbleed Bug

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years. To see what sites that could be affected, check out the following:


New Address

From 3/17/2014 the address of the TV Writers Fund for the Future will be:

11340 Olympic Boulevard (Suite 242)
Los Angeles CA 90064