Mediabistro.com Presents Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer's Guide to the TV Business

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Take On Hollywood and Make It as a Television Writer.

From mediabistro.com, the media industry’s most well-respected source for jobs, professional development, and community, this inside-the-business guide gives you the knowledge and tools you need to infiltrate Hollywood and land a job as a TV writer. That’s right—Small Screen, Big Picture gives you a competitive edge over millions of other aspiring writers who share your talent, creativity, and determination . . . because after reading these pages, you’ll have the one thing they lack: an understanding of the business of television.

This journey into Hollywood’s inner workings not only details how networks, studios, and production companies work together, it teaches you how the process affects the creation and writing of TV series, how shows make money, and—ultimately—how you can use this information to break into the industry.

You’ll learn:
· What really goes on in the inner sanctum of the writers’ room—and how to be a part of it
· How today’s TV business model works—and how rapidly it’s changing
· Who has the power to buy a show idea—and how to pitch your own
· How new media formats are changing television—and how to use them to your advantage
· Which jobs will kick-start your TV writing career—and how to get hired
· And much more . . .

Armed with this solid foundation of knowledge, you’ll be ready to plan your entry into the industry and begin your successful TV writing career.

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CHAD GERVICH has worked as a TV writer, producer, and executive. He’s written, developed, and produced shows for the Littlefield Company, Fox Television Studios, Paramount Television, NBC, Warner Bros., ABC, Fox Reality Channel, E! Entertainment Television, and 20th Century Fox.

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*Starred Review* This could just be the most informative book ever written about the television industry. While such works as Bill Carter’s Late Shift (1994) and Desperate Networks (2006) focus on the personalities behind TV’s hits and failures, Gervich, who has worked in television production for about a decade, concentrates on the mechanics of the industry. He takes a budding scriptwriter through the lengthy, often emotionally draining process of getting a script onto the air, pausing along the way to talk about such fundamental things as pilot season, the way a broadcast day is broken into key segments (called “dayparts”), how the TV ratings work, the different requirements of specific genres, how to schedule a new series, the syndication process (generally speaking, a show doesn’t turn a profit until it’s sold into syndication), even the mechanics of filming a television show. The book is also full of surprises—the fact that cable TV was accidentally invented 60-odd years ago by a Pennsylvania appliance salesman who just wanted to sell more television sets—and it’s written for the general reader, someone who hasn’t already spent years in the business. It would be difficult to imagine a more engaging, user-friendly, and educational book on the subject. --David Pitt

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