Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures inTV Writing

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A successful television writer and producer draws on his long-time professional experience to trace the evolution of television writing, offering explanations of why quality television peaked in the eighties and nineties only to give way to a prevalence of reality television in recent years.

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In his eighteen-year Hollywood career, Jeffrey Stepakoff has written for fourteen different series and worked on seven staffs, including SISTERS, the Emmy-winning THE WONDER YEARS, and DAWSONÂ’S CREEK where he was Co-Executive Producer. He has also created numerous pilots and developed and written major motion pictures. Stepakoff holds a BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon and lectures across the country.

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Billion Dollar Kiss is the true story of a nice, talented guy who came to LA and hit it big. It's a great read! -- Rob Lotterstein, Creator/Executive Producer of The War At Home, and Writer/Producer of Ellen, Suddenly Susan, Will & Grace

Call it 'Adventures in the Small Screen Trade,' a memoir with insight into history, culture and business. Billion-Dollar Kiss tells its story with everything we strive for in great TV -- some great lines, cool twists, and the one thing we don't always achieve -- truth. -- Juan Carlos Coto, Writer-producer, NCIS, Invasion, The Pretender, The Dead Zone

Episodic TV is lucky to have someone as intelligent and even-handed as Jeffrey Stepakoff sorting its laundry. Richly detailed, dead-on-accurate and painfully amusing. I'm a ‘big fan!’ -- Dana Coen, Co-Executive producer and writer on Bones, NCIS and JAG

Everything, everything, everything I would tell someone who wants to be a TV writer is in this book-- the good stuff, the bad stuff, the sad stuff, juicy details, actual dollar amounts, names and gossip, plus all the real-time advice you can truly use. Plus, there's something even more important holding it all together--Jeffrey Stepakoff's heartfelt, hilarious journey through the TV biz. Next time someone asks me if they can pick my brain I'll recommend this book first. -- Jill Soloway, Co-executive Producer, Six Feet Under

For a business with all-too-short a memory, Stepakoff has provided a funny and insightful chronicle of how we got where we are today. The only way you could learn more about the business of writing for TV would be by writing for TV. -- Naren Shankar, Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Jeffrey Stepakoff tells the 'true truth.' More than a memoir, BILLION- DOLLAR KISS gives the reader a history of the business of television from the heady days of the late eighties until today. It's an indispensable book for not only for anyone thinking about writing for TV, but for seasoned writers wondering what's happening to their careers. -- Loraine Despres, author of The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc and former TV writer

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