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LB and TVWriter™ have a soft spot for ISA.Com, one of the best sites on the web for screenwriters to hang out at.

Last week, the ISA gang joined up with The Script Lab to create what they’re calling “30 Days to a Finished Screenplay.”

So we’re telling you, from the heart, that you’ve really gotta check this baby out!

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2017 College Television Awards Nominees Announced

by TVWriter™ Press Service

This just in from the Television Academy Foundation about an award more commonly known as “The Student Emmys:

Nominations for this year’s Awards have been announced!

The 38th College Television Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center.

You can see a video of the full announcement HERE

Press background explaining what the heck these awards are all about is HERE

And here’s a list of all the nominees:

COMEDY
Dollar King
Trevor Smith
American Film Institute

Magic Mouse
Annie Bravo
Austin Brown
Full Sail University

DRAMA
DeKalb Elementary
Reed Van Dyk
University of California-Los Angeles

Snowplow
Joshua Valle
American Film Institute

Viola, Franca
Marta Savina
University of California-Los Angeles

ANIMATION
Taijitu
Dylan Hoffman
Brigham Young University

Unmasked
Christina Faraj
Alice Gavish
School of Visual Arts

The Wishgranter
Kal Athannassov
Ringling College of Art and Design

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
A Taylor Story
Becky Prolman
Camille Houphouet-Boigny
Chapman University

The monkey king is in town
Shamola Kharkar
Chapman University

Pick Your Own
Amanda Domuracki
Andrew Fewsmith
Wes Palmer
Luke Shields
Boston University

COMMERCIAL
The Aussie Bean 30 Second Spot
Noah Rashba
Chapman University

Lost Chocolate: A Skateboard Story
Caleb Heller
Jane Hollon
Andrew Pollins
American Film Institute

The Plumber
Yoni Klein
Andrew Pollins
American Film Institute

DIRECTING FOR DRAMA
Ernie
Hadley Hillel
Chapman University

It’s Just a Gun
Brian Robau
Chapman University

The Other Side
Daniel Abatan
American Film Institute

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWSCAST
Head Games
Erika Orstad
University of Miami

LOREEN ARBUS FOCUS ON DISABILITY
Slow Angels
Ying Lu
New York University

MISTER ROGERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Estefania de la Chica
Development
Columbia University

Kevin Wong
Research
New York University

MUSIC COMPOSITION
For Old Time’s Sake
Robert Mai
Chapman University

Icarus
Ryan Stratton
Chapman University

Parchment Wings
Benjamin Hoff
University of North Carolina – School of the Arts of Filmmaking

NEWSCAST
Carolina Week – April 13, 2016
McKenzie Bennett
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

WUFT News First at Five: September 2nd, 2016
Dani Hurtado
Ryan Roberts
University of Florida

WVU News “Special Edition” Heroin and Opioids: When Addiction Hits Home
Megan Saporito
West Virginia University

SERIES-SCRIPTED
The Buzz
Shasta Ford
Matt Nickley
Savannah College of Art and Design

Con
Audrey Emerson
Jen Enfield-Kane
Joelle Jacoby
Jenn Kuan
Noah Suarez-Sikes
Amy Suto
University of Southern California

Sanity
Helga Bryndis-Ernudottir
Allison Hartel
Andrea Massaro
Will McCance
Linda Riedman
Junyi Zhang
University of California-Los Angeles

SERIES-UNSCRIPTED
Learn to Count in an Endangered Language
Eli LaBan
Temple University

MCBCtv
Brad Parsons
Central Michigan University

Show-Me Chefs
Chelsea Eichholz
Ryan Gilyard
Daan Jansen
Missouri State University

VARIETY
2016 University of Florida Homecoming Parade Pre-Show
Danielle Frew
Jack Kramer
University of Florida

Brooklyn’s Best
Amina Ebada
Michael Irgang
Kevin Keating
Salomeya Lomidze
Jeremy  Norris
Michael Zhonga
City University of New York – Brooklyn College

Routes TV-Oklahoma: The Natural Disaster State
Trevor Slack
University of Oklahoma

WRITING FOR COMEDY
The Buzz
Matt Nickley
Savannah College of Art and Design

Dollar King
David Brent
American Film Institute

Trying to Fuck: A Modern Day Romance
Matt Gibson
Chapman University

WRITING FOR DRAMA
Lockdown
Daisygreen Stenhouse
American Film Institute

No Way Back
Michael Kongshaug
Eileen Shim
American Film Institute

Snowplow
Christopher Greenslate
Mia Niebruegge
American Film Institute

TVWriter™ congratulates all of the Television Academy Foundation’s 38th College Television Awards Nominees!

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: