BritBox is Here!

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Netflix, Amazon, you guys over there at Acorn TV, brace yourselves because BritBox is here!

BBC Worldwide, U.K. TV giant ITV, and AMC networks have launched subscription VOD service BritBox in the U.S. with a price tag of $6.99 per month after an introductory free trial period.

Billed as “the most comprehensive collection of British television, across all genres, available anywhere in the U.S.” BritBox features new and established dramas, classic British soaps, comedies, and a myriad of other programs in a steadily increasing library of BBC and ITV shows, and will be offering new episodes of current shows as little as 24 hours after they appear in the UK.

Among the shows offered are New Blood from writer Anthony Horowitz, Tutankhamun from Guy Burt, The MoonstoneCold Feet, Silent Witness, the original version of The Office, Absolutely FabulousBlackadder with Rowan Atkinson, Gavin & Stacey with James Corden, Miss Marple starring Joan Hickson, Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett.

The service will be available on responsive web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad and Android mobile phones and tablets, with Roku and Chromecast following shortly after launch.

 

“BBC and ITV are known for a vast array of diverse and award-winning programming that fans in the U.S. love and want to watch,” said BritBox president Soumya Sriraman. “Those fans now have a one-of-a-kind SVOD service option that offers a single point of access to an extensive collection of outstanding British programming to discover and enjoy.”

Does this mean that BBC and ITV shows will be vanishing from their current streaming haunts as mentioned above? That’s going to depend on a number of factors, especially on how well BritBox does in its first quarter or two online.

Will you be giving Britbox a try? We’d love to hear from all visiting Brit TVophiles.

Time to Enter the Turner Writing Contest

by TVWriter™ Press Service

The American Black Film Festival has joined with Turner Broadcasting to launch a TV Writing Contest for new diverse writers and invites them to submit an original drama or comedy (or both) pilot script.

Five finalists will be selected in each category, and the two winning entrants will receive a trip to the 2017 American Black Film Festival in exotic Miami Fla June 14th through June 18th of this year. Each will receive a cash prize of $500 and a meeting with Turner Original Programming execs.

This looks like a good chance for talented people to make some excellent contacts and take home a bit of $$$ while they’re at it. The only catch is that entries close April 5th…oh, and “only the first submissions will be accepted for review.”

In other words – Hurry!

Click here for the official contest rules.

Click here for the submission agreement.

Nickelodeon Writing Program Open for Submissions

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Yeppers, kids, this is the official logo. Doesn’t it make ya feel deadly?

Nick’s global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz, if they do say so themselves.

Alumni have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for an assortment of TV series and films.

While in the Program, writers meet Nickelodeon’s series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television, all while being provided a salary.

Submissions for consideration for the 2017-18 Writing Program are now open. They must be submitted online between January 2nd and midnight February 28, 2017. Semi-Finalists will be notified “by the end of July,” finalists “by the end of August,” and the final choice of writer participants will be notified “by mid-September.”

TVWriter™ definitely thinks this is worth going for. The entire process is online. You can find all the details HERE

ABC Midseason (2017) Series & Specials Premiere Schedule

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Who lovesya, baby?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Scandal” (Season Six Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – THURSDAY, MARCH 2
9:00-11:00 p.m. “When We Rise”

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time”
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Time After Time” (Two-Hour Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Catch” (Season Two Premiere)

SUNDAY, MARCH 12
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Time After Time” (Time-Period Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “American Crime” (Season Three Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Imaginary Mary” (Sneak Peek)

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
9:30-10:00 p.m. “Imaginary Mary” (Time-Period Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
8:00-11:00 p.m. “Dirty Dancing”

All New ‘Duck Tales’ Will Be Back on TV This Summer!

by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

As if we didn’t already have plenty of reasons (how many ‘r’s in “brr?”) for wishing for summer, now comes the news that Duck Tales will be back on the air in “Summer, 2017.”

Based on Carl Barks’ classic Uncle Scrooge Comics of the ’50s, the original version of this show, which ran from 1987 through 1990, was itself an instant classic, and, to this TVWriter™ minion, one of the absolute best ever animated series in TV history,  which is why we’re so knocked out to hear this, from Marc Buhaj, Senior VP of Programming and General Manager of Disney XD:

DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history. It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.

Oh, “new generation,” you are a bunch of lucky, lucky, lucky little imps. And so are the rest of us who will have a chance to see stuff like this:

TVWriter™’s Herbie J Pilato’s New TV Series

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by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

First, let’s get our feelings out of the way:

Hooray, Herbie J!

Okay, now that that’s settled, onto the very cool facts:

Decades Network, the TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, has ordered six monthly episodes of “Then Again with Herbie J Pilato,” a 30-minute talkfest dedicated to classic television and TV stars.

Host and author Pilato, and his Television, Ink. shingle, along with Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard (“The Chronicles of Ara”), under their “Mirkwood Partners” banner, will be Executive Producing. Program will be directed by former actor Steve Akahoshi (“Tour of Duty”). Akahoshi’s “Unstructured Plans” will produce the segments, along with Lorie Girsh Eisenberg and Len McLeod.

Gilbert Adler (producer of features “Valkyrie” and “Superman Returns,” and television’s “Tales from the Crypt”) is also an executive producer on the project.

“I know of no one in this industry more connected to, or passionate about, the world of classic television than Herbie J Pilato,” says Adler. “We want this program to become a historically important document in the world of both art and culture.”

Geek Nation’s Brian Keathley and Clare Kramer (“Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) round the creative team as Production Executives.

Pilato is a prolific author, who has written 11 pop-culture-themed books including “Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door,” “Twitch Upon A Star,” “The Bionic Book” and “Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s and 70s.”

Pilato, also the Founder of the 501(c)3 Classic TV Preservation Society, will host the monthly specials and interview pop-culture subjects from the world of classic TV in each episode. The format will closely mirror Pilato’s successful weekly “Throwback Thursday” live events in the Los Angeles area.

Says executive producer Joel Eisenberg: “Steve and I are thrilled to be in business with Herbie J. The interests of Mirkwood Partners, as always, lie primarily with the artistic journey. While celebrating classic TV, we want to know what a television personality, who may no longer be working within a regular forum, does today as an artist. We want to understand the reality of the business, and we aim for this program to speak to everyone who aspires to make a living in the arts, as well as classic TV fans, everywhere.”

Adds Herbie J: “Our team is comprised of amazing talents and visionaries. We all cherish the classic TV wheelhouse, and to partner with them on a project that will resonate with so many fans of classic TV and beyond, is nothing less than an honor. We are very pleased the show will be presented on the Decades Network and appreciate the opportunity to share the show with their audience.”

Project will begin airing on Decades Network multiple times weekly, beginning in January, 2017. The broadcast network presently maintains 55% clearance in the U.S., and currently has 50 affiliates, including many major market stations owned by the CBS Television Stations.

Decades is a network with a unique “time capsule” programming focus on news, history, pop culture and entertainment. Then Again is a show that promises to take viewers back and reconnect them with actors and series from decades past.

Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard, and Mirkwood Partners, are repped by CAA.

NBCUniversal 2016 Writers on the Verge Winners

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NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs has announced its 2016-17 Writers on the Verge, as in TV writers of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of breaking out but need a “final polish of their writing and pitch presentation skills.”

Winners will receive coaching and mentoring from industry pros during an intensive 12-week program with the ultimate goal of preparing them to be staff writers. At the end, they will be considered for available writing assignments on NBC series.

This year’s winners are comedy writers Mnelik Belilgne, Melanie Boysaw and Jeremy Hsu and drama writers Lorelei Ignas, Allyssa Lee, Rayna McClendon, Mellori Velasquez and former student in TVWriter™’s Advanced Workshop and Master Class, Jeane Wong.

This is the 11th year of the program that is among the initiatives of NBCU’s program to promote and encourage people of diverse backgrounds. More than 2,000 applied this year. Recent alumni are staffed on series including The Blacklist (producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier), Superstore, American Crime, Suits, Shades of Blue (co-EP Rashad Raisani) and NBC midseason series The Redemption and Midnight, Texas.

Congrats to everybody (but, yeppers, especially Jeane cuz we know her) from everybody here at TVWriter™!