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2016-2017 TV WRITER ACCESS PROJECT OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

2016-2017 TV WRITER ACCESS PROJECT OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submission are now being accepted for the WGA’s 2016-2017 TV Writer Access Project. The Project’s mission is to identify excellent diverse writers in order to provide a hiring resource for television writer-producers. WGA members who meet the criteria for participation are invited to submit one piece of literary material: one spec script for a television series in first run on either network or cable as of August 8, 2016 OR one original spec pilot teleplay, in either the half-hour or…

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Writer Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Writer Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House

The City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division is seeking proposals from writers living in Los Angeles County for their Writer Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House.  The program offers writers a private, beachfront office for nine weeks to complete a work-in-progress and the opportunity to engage the public in aspects of their work through readings, events, and the Residency blog. Eligibility:  The residency is open to all writers of fiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays.  Projects in biography/memoir,…

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Give ScriptChat a Try This Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Give ScriptChat a Try This Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

ScriptChat was created for the purpose of bringing new and seasoned screenwriters together to network, improve their writing, learn about the industry, and support one another both during and after a one-hour Twitter chat. Every week there’s a new topic, often with an honored guest from the screenwriting/filmmaking world. This week, the special guest is Kam Miller (@kammotion).  Miller is a writer/producer who has created pilots for Fox, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Television, and Universal Cable Productions. She wrote…

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Creating Your Social Media Strategy With Phil Pallen

Creating Your Social Media Strategy With Phil Pallen

“Branding” and “audience engagement” can seem daunting and unfamiliar, but our resident social media guru, Phil Pallen, makes the learning curve fun and engaging.  Phil returned last week to continue to help our writers formulate their social media strategies.  Phil explained that in order to better engage in today’s marketplace, you must start looking at your website or social media platforms as an exercise in communicating who you are.  The more you can close the gap between your in-person persona…

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Seasoned Readings at the WGA

Seasoned Readings at the WGA

The mission of the WGA’s Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace.  One of their most exciting programs, “Seasoned Readings,” provides older writers with an opportunity to produce their own work and reach an audience for it, often receiving useful feedback in the process.  Each Guild member doing a staged reading in the series is encouraged to put…

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Scriptwriters Network Television Outreach Program – 2016 Submissions!

Scriptwriters Network Television Outreach Program – 2016 Submissions!

The Scriptwriters Network has opened submissions for their 2016 Television Outreach Program (TOP.) The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their work. The deadline to apply is July 31st. For more information about prizes, eligibility, and regulations, please click here.  

A Great Place for Screenwriters to Write

A Great Place for Screenwriters to Write

As the only library on the planet focused entirely on writing for the screen, it’s easy to see why The Writers Guild Foundation Library is among the best places for screenwriters to hone their craft. Their mission is to preserve and promote the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling. They collect scripts and related materials, and make them available to everyone who comes to visit,  providing wireless internet and a quiet place for writers to work.  They have everything from produced film scripts…

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THR Reports on Pre-Upfronts Wave of Cancellations

THR Reports on Pre-Upfronts Wave of Cancellations

THR reports that the pre-Upfronts wave of cancellations at the broadcast networks went into full swing on Thursday. Here’s how it stands now: ► CBS cancels “CSI: Cyber” after two seasons and gives a series order to Kevin James family comedy “Kevin Can Wait.” Meanwhile, CBS’ streaming service All Access is nearing a deal for a “Good Wife” spinoff series. ► ABC cancels “Castle” after eight seasons, “Nashville” after four seasons, as well as freshman show “The Family” and sophomore…

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NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program – Accepting Applications!

NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program – Accepting Applications!

NBC’s Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. They look for diverse writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. The application window is open through May 31st — don’t miss your chance to submit to this amazing opportunity! Click here for more information on the program.

Digital Hollywood Spring 2016

Digital Hollywood Spring 2016

Day One – The Wild West of Digital Deals  With an explosion of digital platforms and niche markets over the past 10 years, there are more opportunities to engage with the market today than ever before.  However, because of the sheer volume of content flooding the market, the dealmaking process has become increasingly complex and competitive.  Traditional and digital platforms are generally looking to make content at a minimal price and they’re looking for content that checks the necessary boxes —…

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