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™!

A Real TV Writing Talent Search – by a Real Network

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Can you believe it? A genuine broadcast network is actively looking for new writers (and directors too, but enough about them). Talk about good news!

Great Britain’s Channel 4 is launching a talent search for “the next generation of writers…to the small screen. The program is called “4Stories” (hmm, wonder why), and Channel 4 execs are hoping it will encourage writers who “have not had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply but can have had no more than two hours of broadcast credits.”

The idea here is to choose three writers out of the pile of applicants to work on a new series of half-hour, interconnected films that will tell one main story from three different perspectives.

Channel 4 is especially “encouraging” applications from “talent currently under-represented in television drama,” which is to say women, the disabled, and those from “disadvantaged backgrounds. Which, depending on your own life history, is either a super plus or kind of a disappointing minus.

The positive side (the one this TVWriter™ minion is in full agreement with) is best stated here, by Tash Phillips, Channel 4’s Drama Editor:

It’s vital for television drama to nurture new talent from diverse backgrounds in order to truly represent contemporary Britain onscreen. Through 4Stories, Channel 4 will give new drama writers anddirectors from different backgrounds a unique platform to showcase their most distinctive, authored and ambitious work.

This definitely is an opportunity. A good one. A move we here at TVWriter™ would love to see any major broadcast network make.

The deadline for writers to apply for 4Stories is November 14, 2016, and applications must include an original full-length script for TV, film, radio, or even the stage.

More info, including everything new directors need to know, is HERE

WGAW October 2016 Calendar

Um…better late than never?

Gotta start opening more of our email. Damn!

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FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize

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It’s down to the wire time, but if you’re a pro writer with a recently produced TV or film script, you absolutely must enter this contest! Now!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12, 2016


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” 
– Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Event, which will be held in February 2017.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded in the following categories:

  • Feature Film Screenplay
  • Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
  • 60 minute Teleplay
  • 30 minute Teleplay
  • Feature Documentary
  • Children’s Animation
  • Children’s Live Action


Eligibility guidelines:

  • No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016


Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Contact: Cathleen Young, Executive Director
Cathleen.Young@Humanitasprize.org – 310-454-8769

HUMANITAS PRIZE Call for Entries

This one’s for all you pros:
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HUMANITAS

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 42nd Annual HUMANITAS Prize

Submissions open September 7. Submission deadline is October 5, 2016


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.” 
– Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Event, which will be held in February 2017.

The HUMANITAS Prize is awarded in the following categories:

  • Feature Film Screenplay
  • Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
  • 60 minute Teleplay
  • 30 minute Teleplay
  • Feature Documentary
  • Children’s Animation
  • Children’s Live Action


Eligibility guidelines:

  • No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016

Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Contact: Nicky Davis, Office and Program Manager
nicky.davis@humanitasprize.org – 310-454-8769

Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors Election News

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