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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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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Phil Pallen Returns on Wednesday, August 3rd @ 7:30 p.m.

Phil Pallen Returns on Wednesday, August 3rd @ 7:30 p.m.

In anticipation of our forthcoming event with brand strategist and social media guru, Phil Pallen, we’re sharing a few helpful tips we gathered from his last visit.  Phil explained how the right personal branding and social media strategy can help you book more meetings, expand your network, and improve the chances of selling your script.  On Wednesday, he’ll continue the conversation and analyze the progress our case study participants have had refocusing their websites and online presence. Where to Start…

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“Reverse Engineering Success” Notes

“Reverse Engineering Success” Notes

Our latest “Reverse Engineering” workshop with Paul Foley provided important insight into today’s market.  Paul covered these three main themes. Nothing Starts Until You Write It New material will set you free. The more you write, the better and easier things will get. There’s a reason pioneers had 19 children. You won’t feel so precious about every project if you have a plethora of them. Write the same way if you are making a lot of money or if you…

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July Events Highlights

July Events Highlights

It’s already been a busy month of interesting events and workshops.  In case you weren’t able to attend, here are highlights from just a few of them: Virtual Pitch Fest – A Conversation with David Kohner Zuckerman Virtual Pitch Fest is a service for writers to pitch their projects to producers, networks, managers, and agents.  Through VPF, you can submit your query letter and you are guaranteed a response and comments back within 5 days of your submission.  Writers who…

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Searching For a Place to Write?

Searching For a Place to Write?

Look no further than our writers room! Beat the heat this summer and write those pages at our office.  Our writers room is a bright, quiet, and air-conditioned space dedicated solely to you and your work.  The room features 3 computers, a white board, individual desk spaces, and a large conference table — suitable for any writer’s needs. Typical hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Hours will sometimes vary due to programs and events, so please confirm availability in advance by calling (323) 825-5556…

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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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Recent Programs: Loglines and Representation

Recent Programs: Loglines and Representation

We had a busy time last week.  Paul Foley kicked off our “Reverse Engineering Success” series of one-off events; this time focusing on the function and importance of loglines.  Veteran agent Marc Pariser stopped by for an open forum succinctly titled “How to Get Representation When You Haven’t Had a Credit in Ten Years.”  Though each event touched on different facets of the business of screenwriting, each provided helpful insights into effectively navigating and engaging with today’s market. Here are…

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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.  

“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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