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Entries from October 2010

Golick on the best series to spec right now

August 20th, 2008 · No Comments

“…It’s fresh and new, but there’s a buzz around it. Flashpoint has gotten great numbers and is that unique beast: a Canadian series that’s broken out in the US. Readers will know the series by name even if they haven’t watched much of it. And there aren’t any Flashpoint specs around (unlike Mad Men or […]

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WGA reports successful turnout for American Idol Truth Tour finale

August 20th, 2008 · No Comments

WGAE, WGAW, and Teamsters members and leaders were joined by others in the labor community yesterday for a successful rally and leaflet action in front of FremantleMedia’s headquarters on East 28th Street in New York City. FremantleMedia produces American Idol, as well as other primetime programs such as America’s Got Talent, Million Dollar Password, and […]

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The right to copy — fair use and the transformativeness rationale in online video

August 19th, 2008 · No Comments

The School of Communication at American University’s Center for Social Media published a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video” last month in an ongoing effort to highlight constitutional protections that provide a check on the misuse of copyright law as a form of censorship.
“… More and more, video creation and sharing […]

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Klink on professional relationships

August 18th, 2008 · No Comments

“… The tough part, for most writers, is forming new relationships.  We tend to be an introverted bunch.  I’m not big on striking up conversations with strangers myself.   But in a business which depends so much on relationships, you simply have to push yourself to be more social.  Fortunately, this whole town is full of […]

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Epstein on working with agents

August 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Alex Epstein posted earlier this month about working with agents — “Agent Your Agent” talks about recognizing the right roles and responsibilities in the relationship, while “Pestering Your Agent” discusses how to stay in touch without wasting anyone’s time.
Meanwhile, today’s entry talks about the hazards of email and the importance of in-person contacts.
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Gray on Hollywood Assistants

August 16th, 2008 · No Comments

“There seem to be a few different schools of thought about Hollywood Assistants:
“1) We’re glorified secretaries who don’t actually know anything (if you’re in this camp, you’re an idiot and YOU don’t know anything. I’m just saying.)
“2) We’re eager go-getters just looking for the chance to move up to the grown-up table (this is basically […]

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ProSeries Writer seeks responses to short survey for Web series project

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Alexis Niki and her partner are asking for help with a 10-question survey in connection with a Web series project they’re developing.
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Dixon on a classic indie favorite

August 14th, 2008 · No Comments

“… Some links and quick thoughts about low budget feature film making…Repo Man was one of the cult classics that me and my film school circle of friends held up on high. Indie, cool, hip, edgy, weird, fun, entertaining…inherently quotable….shot for peanuts but got seen and earned more than a dime…the film was one of […]

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Espenson on the relentless pace of daytime drama

August 13th, 2008 · No Comments

“… If everything goes smoothly, all you have to do is produce a full script every single day, year ’round. And they have only a few more writers than a standard prime time hour drama. So they cannot, obviously, run a standard story-break room. The system that evolved was for years, at least at this […]

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WGA seeks large turnout for American Idol Truth Tour finale August 19th

August 12th, 2008 · No Comments

In a letter to members of the Writers Guilds East and West earlier today, WGAE President Michael Winship and WGAW President Patric M. Verrone announced further details regarding the American Idol Truth Tour, the last stop of which will be in New York City next week on Tuesday, August 19th.
“… The Truth Tour is an […]

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Script Request — New company requesting low budget action screenplays

August 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Jon Bonnell posted details earlier today in the members forum about a new film production company that’s seeking High Concept screenplays for Low Budget Action films.
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EZTakes launches online distribution platform for indies

August 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Variety’s Anne Thompson reports on a new site for streaming and downloading independent films.
“As the indie arthouse market continues to seek new distribution models, on Monday established movie download company EZTakes launches iArthouse, a world cinema online site boasting a selection of more than 800 films.
“By year’s end, EZTakes founders Jim Flynn and Bill Clarke […]

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ProSeries writer gets paid writing assignment

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

A script request that came to the group resulted in an assignment for Zoran Pandurovic with Katha Films.
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ProSeries writer gets another assignment

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Jill Maxcy and her partner, Julie C. Tucker, have been hired to do a High Concept comedy for a major production company.
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Notes on a producer’s life — Bernie Brillstein (1931-2008)

August 8th, 2008 · No Comments

LA Weekly’s Nikki Finke pays tribute to Bernie Brillstein, who passed away Thursday, with an account detailing highlights of his long career.
“The 77-year-old Hollywood manager and movie/TV producer died tonight from complications when his kidneys failed after a long illness. Bernie Brillstein’s longtime partner Brad Grey and his longtime client Lorne Michaels are making arrangements […]

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