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Successful Television Writing

Sprache: Englisch.
The industry speaks out about SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING'Where was this book when I was starting out? A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking into-and more importantly, staying in-the TV writing game from the guys who taught me how to play … weiterlesen
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Titel: Successful Television Writing
Autor/en: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

ISBN: 0471431680
EAN: 9780471431688
Sprache: Englisch.

Juli 2003 - kartoniert - 207 Seiten


The industry speaks out about SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING'Where was this book when I was starting out? A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking into-and more importantly, staying in-the TV writing game from the guys who taught me how to play it.' -Terence Winter, Coexecutive Producer, The Sopranos'Goldberg and Rabkin write not only with clarity and wit but also with the authority gleaned from their years of slogging through Hollywoods trenches. Here is a must-read for new writers and established practitioners whose imagination could use a booster shot.' -Professor Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Department of Film and TV'Not since William Goldmans Adventures in the Screen Trade has there been a book this revealing, funny, and informative about The Industry. Reading this book is like having a good, long lunch with your two best friends in the TV business.' -Janet Evanovich'With sharp wit and painful honesty, Goldberg and Rabkin offer the truest account yet of working in the TV business. Accept no substitutes!'-Jeffrey B. Hodes and Nastaran Dibai, Coexecutive Producers, Third Rock from the Sun'Should be required reading for all aspiring television writers.'-Howard Gordon, Executive Producer, 24 and The X-Files


Acknowledgments. Introduction: So You Want to Write for Television. Chapter 1. Basic Preparation. Chapter 2. What is a TV Series. Chapter 3. The Four Act Structure. Chapter 4. Telling a TV Story. Chapter 5. The Spec Script. Chapter 6. What to Spec? Chapter 7. The Name is Morris, William Morris. Chapter 8. The Pitch. Chapter 9. How to Read the Producer's Mind. Chapter 10. What to Pitch. Chapter 11. You've Got the Assignment, Now What? Chapter 12. Your First Assignment. Chapter 13. We've Got a Few Notes. Chapter 14. Am I There Yet? Chapter 15. Becoming Rob Petrie. Chapter 16. Rewrites. Chapter 17. Your Really Great Idea For a Show. Chapter 18. I'm a Professional Writer, and I've Got the Card to Prove It. Afterword. Appendices. A. Plotting a Mystery: How We Wrote Diagnosis Murder. B. Diagnosis Murder Writers' Guidelines. C. Martial Law Writers' Guidelines. D. Martial La Pitch/Leave-Behind. E. Martial Law Beat Sheet. F. seaQuest 2032 Pitch/Leave-Behind. G. seaQuest 2032 Beat Sheet. H. Diagnosis Murder Beat Sheet. I. Diagnosis Murder Beat Sheet.


LEE GOLDBERG and WILLIAM RABKIN are veteran "showrunners" whose executive producing credits include the long-running drama Diagnosis Murder and the action-adventure hit Martial Law. Their writing and producing credits also include SeaQuest 2032, Spenser: For Hire, Hunter, Baywatch, Sliders, The Cosby Mysteries, Monk, and Nero Wolfe, to name a few. Both are former journalists who covered the television industry for Newsweek, American Film, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others. In addition, Rabkin has directed episodes of Diagnosis Murder and has taught a popular television writing course at UCLA. Goldberg is also a mystery novelist (Beyond the Beyond, My Gun Has Bullets) and the author of a definitive book on television series development (Unsold TV Pilots). He has taught writing seminars in Seattle, Miami, Denver, and Edmonton, Canada.


"...Never dull, Successful Television Writing is a pleasure to read. This one goes to the top of my pile..." (The Write Stuff, February 2004)

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