Hank Isaac’s LILAC Wins 3 IndieFEST Awards!

Kudos to frequent TVWriter™ contributor for making a very big score!


He’ll be back on the site later this week with more about the making of this selfsame LILAC.

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Here’s What’s Happening at the WGAW in the Next Couple of Weeks

A public service announcement for all those who want to know what they’re missing by not yet qualified to become members of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Keep writing so you too can participate in:

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Amazon Studios’ January 2015 Pilots Announced

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Amazon Studios has announced it will debut its first pilot season of 2015 on Thursday, January 15 on Amazon Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. It’s an almost entirely pro slate, with just a dash of newbyness to keep the punters (if you watch UK TV you know what that means) interested.

Seven drama and comedy pilots will premiere, including hour-long shows “Cocked” from Samuel Baum (“Lie to Me”) and Sam Shaw (“Manhattan”), “Mad Dogs” from Cris Cole (“The Bill”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), “Man in the High Castle” from Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”), and “Point of Honor” from Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart).

In addition, pilots for two half hour shows will debut, including “Down Dog” from Robin Schiff (“Are You There, Chelsea?”) and “Salem Rogers” from Will Graham (“Onion News Network”) and newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, along with a documentary series, “The New Yorker Presents,” inspired by non-fiction and fiction material from one of the most acclaimed and longest running publications, The New Yorker. “The New Yorker Presents” is Executive Produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie).

Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series. All pilots will be available via the Amazon Instant Video app on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs—or customers can visitAmazon.com/AIV to watch online.

“We are working with great storytellers on some fascinating ideas for the year’s first pilot season,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “We look forward to seeing our customers’ response to these new projects.”

Amazon’s comedy and drama pilots include:


Created by Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan – TV series), Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxson, a family man and corporate lap dog who left his family in rural Colorado twenty years before and vowed never to go back. After some unfortunate circumstances, he is forced to leave the big city and return home to help his family’s gun business—one of the oldest in the country. But no good deed goes unpunished. Older brother Grady Paxton, played by Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), who’s a bachelor, playboy and gun aficionado, isn’t so happy to have him back, and Richard’s liberal wife and two opinionated teenage children are horrified by the world they have been thrown into. Hilarity, epic fights and emotional breakdowns ensue. Cocked also stars Tony award-winning Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman) as Wade Paxson and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) as Hannah Paxson, and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) as Tabby Paxson. The hour-long dark comedy pilot was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Skull Island), and Erwin Stoff (Unbroken) and Baum are Executive Producers.

Down Dog

Blessed with good looks, a winning smile, hippie parents, and a Southern California upbringing, life has been relatively easy thus far for Logan Wood (played by Josh Casaubon, I Just Want My Pants Back). In his late 30?s, having coasted through romances with countless women and various random jobs, he now teaches yoga to the trophy wives, hot moms and aspiring celebrities of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. But when Logan and his current girlfriend, a successful and attractive older woman named Amanda (played by Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds) who happens to be the owner of the yoga studio, break up, life starts to get more complicated. Down Dog also stars Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother), Will Greenberg (Halt and Catch Fire), Andrea Savage (The Life and Times of Tim), Amir Talai (American Dad), Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star), and Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black). The pilot was written by Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?), produced by Bob Cooper (RFK) and Michael Fuchs (Death in the Modern Age), and directed by Bradley Silberling (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events).

Mad Dogs

Mad Dogs is an hour-long dark comedy created by Cris Cole (The Bill), and Executive Produced by Cole, Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Marney Hochman (Last Resort), Andy Harries (DCI Banks), Suzanne Mackie (All in Good Time), and Charles McDougall (The Mindy Project). Based on the hit UK series, Mad Dogs follows the twisted reunion of a group of underachieving forty-something friends—a mixture of single, married and recently divorced—who are all at different crossroads in their lives. Celebrating the early retirement of an old friend at his gorgeous Belize villa, grudges begin to emerge and secrets explode as their trip becomes a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder. Mad Dogs is a twisted tale of friendship put to the ultimate test. As an inconceivable chain of events unfolds, cracks within the group widen before the friends realize that the only people they can trust are each other, the last people they want to be relying on. The pilot stars Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) as Cobi, Billy Zane (Twin Peaks) as Milo, Romany Malco (Weeds) as Gus, Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Lex and Ben Chaplin as Joel. Mad Dogs is directed by McDougall and is being co-produced with Sony Pictures Television.

The Man in the High Castle

Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history, The Man in the High Castle considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Almost 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), The Man in the High Castle provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. The hour-long dramatic pilot stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City) as Juliana Crain, Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) as Joe Blake, Rupert Evans (The Village) as Frank Frink, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy) as Tagomi, Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove) as Inspector Kido, Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour) as John Smith and DJ Qualls (Z Nation) as Ed McCarthy. The pilot was directed by David Semel (Madam Secretary, Heroes) and written by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), both serving as Executive Producers. Also executive producing are Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife), with co-executive producer Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free Productions (The Good Wife, The Andromeda Strain), and Executive Producers Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute of Headline Pictures (The Invisible Woman). In addition, Isa Dick Hackett will executive produce and Kalen Egan will co-executive produce on behalf of Electric Shepherd (The Adjustment Bureau). Christopher Tricarico (May in the Summer) is also Executive Producer.

The New Yorker Presents

America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this half hour docu-series pilot. The New Yorker Presents is a completely unique viewing experience that features Tony-Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and actor Brett Gelman (Go On) in a short film based on a story by Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Troy Miller (Arrested Development); a poem by Matthew Dickman and narrated by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman); a documentary by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) about biologist Tyrone Hayes based on a Rachel Aviv article; and an interview with famous performance artist, Marina Abramovi?, conducted by The New Yorker writer Ariel Levy. Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) is Executive Producer, joined by Dave Snyder (Death Row Stories) and Dawn Ostroff (The Fashion Fund). The pilot is co-produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions.

Point of Honor

At the start of the Civil War, a Virginia family, led by their West Point bred son, John Rhodes (played by Nathan Parsons, True Blood), makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. At battle against his northern brethren and his best friend and brother-in-law Robert Sumner (played by Christopher O’Shea, Baby Daddy), John leaves his three strong-willed sisters at home to run the plantation that is now without a free labor source. The choice to protect the life they have always known and defend the moral high ground will pit the family against one another and test their strength, courage and love. An hour-long drama shot entirely on-location in historic Virginia, Point of Honor also stars Annabelle Stephenson (Revenge) as Kate Rhodes, Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom) as Lorelei Rhodes, Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Old School) as Estella Rhodes, Patrick Heusinger (Revolution) as Colonel Palmer Kane, Luke Benward (Ravenswood) as Garland Rhodes, Adrienne Warren (Black Box) as Abby, Lucien Laviscount (Waterloo Road) as Elijah, and James Harvey Ward (Low Winter Sun) as Cutler. The pilot was directed by Randall Wallace (Braveheart), written by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Wallace, and Executive Produced by Cuse, Wallace and Barry Jossen (Sex and the City). Point of Honor is a co-production with ABC Signature Studios.

Salem Rogers

A half-hour comedy, Leslie Bibb (About a Boy) plays Salem Rogers, an overly confident, blunt, hard-partying former supermodel who is forced to face her past and re-enter the real world after ten years in a posh rehab center. Intent on recreating her glamorous lifestyle and modeling success, she tracks down Agatha (played by Rachel Dratch, Saturday Night Live), her former assistant who has since built a career as an author of self-help books to help her win back the spotlight. Salem Rogers also stars Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors), and Scott Adsit (30 Rock). The pilot was written by newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, Executive Produced by Will Graham (The Onion News Network) and directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls). Salem Rogers was submitted to Amazon as part of the studio’s open screenplay submission process.

Disney-ABC Announces 2015 Writing Program Winners

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Yes, this is a press release. But it’s got the kind of news we love to read:

DRUMROLL, please……..

After receiving over 1500 submissions to the Disney-ABC Writing Program, and over the course of 7 months of reading over 3000 scripts (spec and original), conducting close to 100 phone interviews and meeting 26 talented finalists we are proud to announce the 2015 Program Writers:

Julia Grob
Amy-Jo Perry
Graham Thiel

Brandon Easton
Jewel McPherson
Miguel Nolla
David Renaud
Matt K. Turner

For all of you aspiring television writers we will open up the submission period for the 2016 Writing Program in May 2015. To learn more about our Writing Program, please visit: www.disneyabctalentdevelopment.com.


DC Comics Needs an Assistant Editor

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…So if you love the medium – and who doesn’t? – and you live in the L.A. area, this could be your golden opportunity to get into everybody’s favorite arena – showbiz, yeppers!

Here’s a quick look at the info:

Assistant Editor
DC Entertainment
DC Comics
United States – California – Burbank
Full Time
DC Comics seeks an Assistant Editor for the Editorial-Integrated Publishing department. Assists Editor in development and maintenance of DC comics, in-bound licensed comics, custom projects and kids comics. Edit special online titles or books as needed.


  • Assists Editor with development and production of DC Comics, in-bound licensed comics, custom projects, and kids line of comics.
  • Interacts with freelancers and various departments to ensure that the projects are moving through the appropriate departments as scheduled.
  • Works with licensees to ensure story content and quality are consistent and conform to licensee’s and DC’s standards.
  • Provides administrative and clerical support to Senior Editor (copying, filing, answering telephones/questions and monitoring deadlines).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 1-3 years work experience required.
  • Online or Print Editorial experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of comic book industry preferred.
  • Internet experience, intimate knowledge of community web-based sites preferred.
  • Basic HTML and web content management tools preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing required.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with managers and other levels of personnel.
  • Must have the ability to pay close attention to details.
  • Must have the ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple project elements simultaneously.
  • Familiarity with PhotoShop, Illustrator, Quark or InDesign preferred.
  • Must have working knowledge of MS Office.

The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran’s status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

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And the Nicholl Fellowship Winners are…

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of this year’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, probably the most important screenplay writing competition in the U.S. because of what it can do for the winners’ careers.

The winners (the Academy calls them “fellows” because, hey, “fellowship”) and their screenplays are:

Sam Baron (Cambridge, UK), The Science Of Love And Laughter

Alisha Brophy (Los Angeles) and Scott Miles (Austin), United States of Fuckin’ Awesome

Melissa Iqbal (London), The Death Engine

Sallie West (Charleston, SC), Moonflower.

Winners – oops, we mean Fellows – receive a $35,000 prize (the writing team splits it), the first installment of which will be handed over November 13th at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The fellows – whew, caught it that time – were selected from a record 7,511 submitted scripts and are responsible for completing their own new feature-length screenplays during their fellowship year,

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded 137 fellowships since 1986.  To which we can only add, “Thank you. Thank you very much.”