The purpose of this book is to sift out what is common to all successful narrative television and apply it to new development. Every year millions of dollars go into developing a fresh slate of programs for the new season and the majority of those dollars are lost to the studios and networks. Only a fraction of what is developed gets on the air. At the same time, the American appetite for good television is voracious and there has never been enough to satisfy hungry viewers and advertisers. Taking the simple steps outlined in this book may help clarify which projects are most likely to succeed and should be moved along in the process; written as pilot scripts, produced as pilots and ultimately given a series order.
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Being a well brought up little girl from Kentucky, I wrote a helluva good cover letter to Linda Bloodworth Thomason who saw I might have something to offer the series Designing Women and my Prime Time television career began. From that moment, I was one of the Go-To people in Hollywood for the genre, “Women Sitting Around Talking.” My TV career began in earnest before that at Nickelodeon where I developed television for all ages and helped brand Nick at Nite. In addition to a television career that includes 14 sold pilots, many episodic scripts and the beloved (to me) seven episode series Reunited, I was EP and later Consulting Producer for Girlfriends, a 177 episode series for the CW. I have devoted the last decade to promoting my theory of television, teaching workshops nationally and internationally for the Global Shift Film Festival and now teach for SVA in NYC. My theory is detailed in the book, Making Great Television: Four Essential Ingredients and was further developed in Writing and Producing Television, (now Sell Your Idea To Television.) With my writing partner Mark Alton Brown, who has had a share in most of what I have written, (we are the Lennon/McCartney of Women Sitting Around Talking,) I have also written a YA novel, Rose and Adar, six features including, Life of the Party, currently under option to director Anthony Hemingway and the cult classic, television movie, Jackie’s Back.Review:
"[Making Great Television] is everything that we all want good television to be-entertaining, comprehensive, insightful, funny, thought provoking and stimulating." —Sheldon Epps, television director, Girlfriends, Frasier, and Friends
"LaDuke identifies the distinctive characteristics of this medium, demonstrating how it can be evaluated and improved." —Paul V. Turner, Wattis professor of art, Stanford University
"Dee LaDuke identifies the crucial ingredients of creating great television programming." —David Janollari, executive producer, Six Feet Under
"[Making Great Television] warmly helps us relive some of television's greatest moments and . . . gives us context and valuable clues to the elusive nature of television excellence." —Steve Stark, producer and executive, Gramnet Productions
"Read this book and then go do what she says. And hurry, have you seen what's out there?" —Norma Vela, coexecutive producer, Life With Bonnie
"This useful and serious book is a must read for teachers, students, and others seeking to produce television that has the potential to reflect and move culture." —Mary Ellen Strom, School of the Museum of Fine Arts–Boston
"Dee LaDuke has written a book that is truly an encyclopedia on television." —Julie Hagerty, actress
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