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Another Successful Virtual Pitch Challenge

Karisa Tate • December 12, 2020

Wow! Another Pitch Panel & Pitch Challenge in the books! We were blown away by the submissions this round and it was hard to narrow down our top picks, but first...   One Important Thing Executives Look for in a Pitch:The...

The Five Pillars of a Successful Pitch

Karisa Tate • July 23, 2020

Our last Virtual Pitch Challenge was such a success that we decided to host another one, and WOW we were we blown away by the responses. It was abundantly clear that everyone who submitted took the advice from our last pitch panel and applied...

The Dos and Don'ts of Pitching

Karisa Tate • June 16, 2020

As writers, pitching our stories can be an intimidating experience. After all, we are writers, not actors. Right? Not quite. This very notion is a common misunderstanding about pitching. We don't want you to be an actor. We just want you to be...

Surviving the Pitch: My Five Essential Survival Tips

Greta Heinemann • May 14, 2020

A guest blog post by Greta Heinemann  Greta is a Supervising Producer on NBC’s “Good Girls”, has a show in development with HBOMax and a movie in development with Amblin Partners and 87North. More on her bio at the bottom of this post.In...

Telling Your Story In A One Minute Pitch

Barbara Seymour Giordano • May 14, 2020

As screenwriting consultant and author Robert McKee once said, “If the story you’re telling, is the story you’re telling, you’re in deep sh*t.” What McKee means is, if your story is just a series of occurrences or a set...

Following Up on Your Screenplay or Pilot Submissions

Lee Jessup • December 1, 2019

The other day, I was sitting across from a new client who came to me feeling frustrated that he sent out his screenplay to the few managers who asked for it, but not heard anything back. The screenplay had gone out two months before we met, and ever...

Answer These 3 Questions About Your Screenplay or TV Pilot

Lee Jessup • November 16, 2019

The other day, I met a new writer, who sent me his pilot to read ahead of our session. He was a talented writer, for sure; the world of his show was rich, and his plot well thought out. But it also left a number of questions for me, the sort of...

Pearls of Wisdom from Working Writers: Early Career Mistakes

Lee Jessup • November 2, 2019

Everyone makes mistakes. You only know what you know and you learn as you go along so… making a mistake is inevitable. That said, isn’t it always useful to learn from other people’s mistakes? With that in mind, I turned to some of...

Dates For TV Pitching Season, Pilot Season, and Upfronts

Brandon Blake • October 20, 2019

QUESTION FOR FILMTVLAW.COM:Thanks for all the super informative articles over the years! Hey, I’m always hearing terms like “pilot season” and “pitching season.” Is there a strict rule about this or is it more of a...

The Screenwriter’s Guide to General Meetings

Lee Jessup • October 9, 2019

Following last week’s THIS WEEK IN COACHING: MEETING PREP! installment, I thought it wise to take a bit of a deep dive into what general meetings are, and how they work. In fact, I couldn’t quite believe I hadn’t broken...

The Circle of Lady Parts

Bonnie Gross • August 10, 2019

It has been a whirlwind of a month. Ups and downs. Lows and highs. It’s almost as if I’m doing this thing called life. June marked my two-year anniversary of moving to Los Angeles. For those of you who do not know, I purchased a one-way...

Top Industry Reps’ Advice for Breaking into Screenwriting

Lee Jessup • July 2, 2019

The other day, as I was clicking through computer folders, I found something I forgot I had: A treasure trove of screenwriting career advice, on topics ranging from screenwriting career mistakes to the importance of living in Los Angeles, straight...

Tracking Your Screenplay Submissions: From Contests to Execs

Lee Jessup • June 1, 2019

With the deadlines for The Nicholl, AFF and the TV network fellowships happening pretty much NOW, this seems like as good a time as any to do some much-needed housekeeping and get your submission tracking in order. With that in mind…For many...

How To Turn Your Logline Into A Pitch

May 27, 2019

Many writers struggle with coming up with that perfect logline for their project - let alone writing one, and then it's time to take that and turn it into a pitch. Well, it can all become pretty intimidating rather quickly! Luckily for you, our...

How to Write a Logline Producers Won’t Pass On [with Logline Examples]

Aj Unitas • May 24, 2019

Before a screenplay is crafted by underpaid writers, it starts as a logline. At any stage of a production, a logline is a tool used to sell your idea.  Since movie loglines are so short, it’s easy to write out twenty in under twenty...

Create Your Pitch Part II: Sell, Don’t Tell

November 28, 2018

Lee Nordling on why all writing is selling, the danger of detail, evoking an emotional response, and conceiving your story in broad strokes. Welcome to the second piece of the pitching pie-that’s-not-in-the-sky.“But I’m still...

Create Your Pitch Part I: Baiting the Hook

November 27, 2018

Lee Nordling on giving away the good part, the problem with high concept pitches, and the importance of hitting the producer between the eyes. This begins a two-part series on various ways you can improve your hitting percentage with pitches....

Are You Ready To Enter The Screenwriting Marketplace?

November 8, 2018

Every screenwriter has toiled for years on their film and TV scripts. They’ve written, got screenplay feedback and rewritten their scripts. You may have even attracted the interest of a literary agent or manager who’ve helped your polish...

3 Reasons the Screenwriters Personal Story is SO Important

Lee Jessup • October 28, 2018

Before I even get into this one, let me start with telling you that I know that as soon as you scratch the surface of this particular blog post, you are going to have the urge to click out. To go read something else. Over the years I’ve come...

PitchFesting In 20 Easy Steps

Bob Schultz • October 17, 2018

PitchFests are a worldwide, calendar-wide phenomenon. Formats may differ from event to event, country to country, but there are some strategies that you can get started on immediately to assure you are ready to go.WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW1. Finish your...