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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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WGF: Women Who Run the Room

WGF: Women Who Run the Room

In this special Writers Guild Foundation event, a panel of female showrunners discussed their experiences running a room and the impact of increasing female voices in television.  Here are some of our main takeaways and pieces of advice from each fascinating panelist: SJ Hodges — “Guidance” For her current show with AwesomenessTV, Hodges demanded fifty percent of the staff be women.  It’s important to remember that, right now, decision-makers won’t take these steps without a push. Don’t be conflict-avoidant in the…

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WGF: Writers On Writing with Steven Knight

WGF: Writers On Writing with Steven Knight

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to attend another great “Writers On Writing” event at the Writers Guild Foundation, this time in conversation with Steven Knight.  Steven Knight’s credits are as diverse as his career has been long – he has written “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things,” “Pawn Sacrifice,” and “Locke,” (which he also directed.)  Knight created the eminent “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and, most recently, Netflix’s “Peaky Blinders.” Here are a few of our notes from…

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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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“Inside the Writers Room with OUTLANDER”

“Inside the Writers Room with OUTLANDER”

This week we attended the “Inside the Writers Room with OUTLANDER” event at the Writers Guild Foundation.  The hit STARZ series was adapted from the novels by Diana Gabaldon by Ronald D. Moore, who was joined by the show’s writer-producers Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, and Matthew B. Roberts.  They chatted with moderator Kate Hahn about the benefits and challenges of adapting from existing material, the processes of their writers’ room and much more. On adapting from existing material: To balance the…

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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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Events at The Writers Guild Foundation

Events at The Writers Guild Foundation

It’s easy to forget how valuable of a resource The Writers Guild Foundation really is, so we are here to remind you.  Last month, we attended a handful of events put on by the WGF that gave us unparalleled access to a number of impressive shows, writers, and showrunners.  The WGF brings in guests who speak candidly about their work, careers, processes, successes and failures and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Don’t miss out! Click here to check out their upcoming events….

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WGFestival 2016: The Business

WGFestival 2016: The Business

In partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs, the Writer’s Guild Foundation presented on March 19th,  Day One of their WGFestival for 2016.  For this full-day event, the festival focused on the business of screenwriting and the career paths within the trade.  During this crash course on the business, each guest offered their unique perspectives and experiences in the industry.  Here is our report in a nutshell on how the day went. New Spaces in Distribution The New…

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World Builder: Frank Spotnitz on Creating Complex TV Series

World Builder: Frank Spotnitz on Creating Complex TV Series

Last night we attended the Frank Spotnitz event at the Writer’s Guild Foundation.  Spotnitz spoke with Neil Landau, a professor of screenwriting at UCLA School of Film and Television and a television trailblazer in his own right.  Spotnitz opened up about most recently executive producing and developing Amazon’s most viewed series, “The Man in the High Castle.”  He also reflects on his time working on shows like “The X-Files,” “Hunted,” “The Lone Gunman,” and “Millennium.” Here are some of the…

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Multi-Hyphenates: Doing it All

Multi-Hyphenates: Doing it All

Last night we attended The Multi-Hyphenates: Jay & Mark Duplass (hereafter referred to as “The Brothers”) on Doing it All at the Writer’s Guild Foundation. Events hosted by the non-profit are open to all and are very informative. Here’s what The Brothers had to say. A volume of work is helpful in this industry and if you’re a writer, you should have 100 stories to tell. Don’t allow yourself to be held up. If you’re experiencing writer’s block, have an…

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