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Entries from October 2010

NBC Looks To Save $50 Million, Keeps Current Deals

January 24th, 2008 · No Comments

“NBC said on Wednesday it had no plans to cancel any of its orders for 2008-09 pilot scripts — but that it was dramatically cutting back on future pilot production.
“Over the past few days, CBS, Fox and the CW all said that the strike –and its expected impact on pilot season— had forced them to […]

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Bin Laden Escapes Spurlock Dragnet

January 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

“‘Super Size Me’ filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s new … comedic documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed crowd, eager to see what the offbeat Brooklyn filmmaker with the handlebar mustache would find when he headed off to the Middle East on a solo mission to find the fugitive terrorist leader.”
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ProSeries Scribe Lets Viewers Decide — “Funny?” Or “Should Die A Fiery Death …”

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Dave Martin reports that the script he was working on during ProSeries 6 has been animated. The first installment of “JACKED UP” is now showing at Funny Or Die. Congratulations Dave!
Consider Helping Dave At Funny Or Die …
Tell Dave What You Really Think In Members Forum …

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Dept. — ProSeries Producer Offers Advice Aimed At Improving Responses To Requests For Submissions

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Read the directions. Be exact. Don’t Be A Tease. Don’t commit “Kiss Of Death” mistakes when responding to script requests. Jon Bonnell Reports.
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Oscar Nominees Announced

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced earlier today.
Presentation of the awards is scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2008, beginnning at 5 p.m. PT.
Go To AMPAS Site …

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Technical Difficulties

January 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Update 03:41 PM 01-21-08 — The member forums and blogs (password required) are back on line; data restoration looks complete; may have lost a post or two made earlier today; – please let us know if you find any broken links, etc. –Thanks.
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Update 10:05 AM 01-21-08 — The member forums and blogs (password required) are back on […]

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Gateway to Sundance — YouTube

January 20th, 2008 · No Comments

“Adriana Falcao, the winner of a recent YouTube film competition, is no stranger to the film industry.
“A professional author and screenwriter in her native Brazil, she’s contributed to some 15 scripts, including A Maquina (The Machine), which screened at film festivals internationally, and Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, O (The Year My […]

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Emerging Analysis–DGA-AMPTP Deal

January 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Below, links to some writer-side play-by-play commentary as union leadership hunkers down over the weekend.
Go To Craig Mazin’s Place …
Go To United Hollywood …

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Thelma & Louise Scribe Helms Heist Comedy, Takes Care Of Writer

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Callie Khouri recently told an LA Times interviewer that she “… relishes every aspect of directing. ‘I like all the people, I like all the choices, I like getting to pick every single aspect of how something’s going to look, I like working with the [director of photography], I like dubbing, I like the music […]

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How Sitting Bull Helped Lisa Pitch Santa Fe

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments

A few posts into her account of last year’s Santa Fe conference, a ProSeries grad reports a short bout of stage fright.
“The time came for my first pitch and I truly had an anxiety attack. If you know me, you know that’s not my nature. I’m pretty mellow. Not that day. I was either going […]

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NY Times Says Sundance Could Be a Sellers’ Bonanza

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments

“… at this year’s festival, which runs until Jan. 27, the dynamics driving the usual mash-up of indie art and commerce are slightly different. With no end in sight to the writers’ strike, studio specialty divisions and a slew of relatively new distribution companies will be looking for movies to fill their threatened schedules for […]

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AMPTP And DGA Make A Deal

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

The DGA has reached a deal with the AMPTP.
Go To DGA …
Go To AMPTP …
Go To United Hollywood …
 Go To The Australian …
Go To LA Times …
Go To New York Times …
Go To Hollywood Reporter …
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Here’s What You Need To Line Up 10 Million Bucks

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Shauna Cross. Drew Barrymore.
Barry Mendel. Peter Douglas, Nancy Juvonen, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, and Nathan Kahane.
Ellen Page.
Sounds like they’ve got almost everything together on this one. A writer with a colorful experience (Roller Derby skater), a simultaneous book (”Derby Girl”), and a screenplay. A director who thinks it looks like a movie. Some people who know […]

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Should You Tell the Ending in Your Marketing Materials?

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Read this before ending your One-Page with an ellipsis …
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Nothing Sacred — FBI Retools Most Wanted list

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Maybe it’s not exactly like somebody finding a Lost Gospel that changes everything, or some group of chemists messing with Classic Coke, but when they tinker with The Original Top Ten List, a few writers here and there are bound to take note.
“… Those grainy mug shots, once confined to post office lobbies, are coming […]

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