BONES EP Sues Fox, Accuses Top Execs Of Cancellation Threats

It’s a harsh world out there in TV Land, boys and girls. For example:

BONES: L-R: Guest star Jay Thomas, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in the "The Promise in the Palace" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Nov. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

by Dominic Patten

EXCLUSIVE: Bones executive producer Barry Josephson and his lawyers have done the forensics on the long-running Fox series and claim they’ve found something rotten financially. In a detailed breach of contract and fraudulent inducement complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), Josephson says the “unrelenting” broadcaster stiffed him and others for potentially millions in promised profit participation….

Detailing “underreporting” of more than $19 million from license fees in Europe, “misclassifying” of more than $3.75 million in integration and product-placement deals and “misallocated revenue” from Fox-owned Hulu, among other focused examples, Josephson’s eight-claim lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Corporation, Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Entertainment Group also asserts that take-it-or-cancel-it threats from high-level Fox executives including now co-Fox CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden were used over the years to get Josephson — plus showrunner Hart Hansen, producer Kathleen Reichs and stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, who also serve as producers, and their WME and ICM agencies — to agree to a reduction in episodic license fees….

Read it all at Deadline

Amazon Storywriter is Here

In case you missed Amazon’s latest announcement about how they’re going to pretend to be interested in newbie screenwriters while still making all their major deals with, you know, major players:


by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

Amazon has announced Amazon Storywriter, a free, cloud-based screenwriting software for writers of all levels to create movie and TV screenplays in standard format, offering an alternative to pricey industry options. Also, in an effort to further enable talented writers to present their work for consideration and to expand its search for the next great movie or TV series, Amazon will now accept drama submissions and will no longer take a free option on scripts submitted directly to the site.

Creators can simply log in with their Amazon account to access Amazon Storywriter. The free software promises to take the pain out of formatting, with features including auto-format as you type and import/export of PDF, FDX and Fountain formats. Screenwriters can write online while their scripts are saved as they work, knowing all their material is being stored securely in the cloud. Additionally, they can write offline with a free installable Chrome app for Mac and PC.

“Amazon is thrilled to support the evolution of our creative community by offering advanced tools like Amazon Storywriter to assist both established and aspiring writers in telling their stories,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent. Just recently we were thrilled to debut the second season of “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” a kids show that came to us as a script submission. The show has been a huge hit with customers and a testament to the open door process–we can’t wait to see what comes in next.”

Amazon says that the company is always on the lookout for compelling new voices and interesting characters in series and movies that have the potential to become hits. Amazon continues to accept original scripts for feature films, primetime comedy series for adults, series for children between the ages of 2-14, and now for the first time also welcomes drama series submissions. In addition, Amazon will no longer take a free option on script submissions, thus allowing Writers Guild of America and the Animation Guild members to submit their original material through the online submission process.

Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish

…Because having to even acknowledge the existence of publishers sucks.

The writer of WATCHMEN, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, SWAMP THING, MIRACLEMAN, and a host of other great comic books is known for his anti-publisher, anti-film studio, anti-who-knows-what-else feelings. Here he is expressing himself while protesting the closing of a library i his homeland, the UK:

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Way to say it, Gandolf. But be careful. Looks to this particular TVWriter™ minion like your cover’s just been blown.

BBC Takes Diversity Seriously

We know this because Old Beeb recently chose 5 minority writers to write five original shows. Of course, we don’t know if they’re paying them. Still….


by Tambay A. Obenson

Filming started last week on “The Break” – an exciting initiative between BBC TasterBBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Production to produce five original short film monologues for online, written by up-and-coming BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) writing talent from across the UK. Each short consists of a standalone, contemporary individual monologue.

The selected writers were discovered through talent searches, development schemes and theatre partnerships. Twelve writers were invited to a one day workshop, after which they pitched ideas. Five were chosen for production.

With a spotlight on diversity, and the 18-30 audience, these shorts will showcase writers with a strong, unique voice who have yet to write for the screen. BBC Taster will act as a platform for their creative work to be seen and shared. BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Zam Salim is directing the shorts.

Meet the five selected writers:

Read it all at Indiewire

Uh-Oh, Canadian Women are Under-Represented in Yet Another Medium

Web series, of course. It was all that was left.


from CBC News

A report released Wednesday says, not only are women are still under-represented in key roles in Canadian film and television, but in web series and as actors as well.

The annual report — released in Toronto and St. John’s at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF)— shows while awareness and concern about gender equity in the screen industry has grown, the number of women working as directors, screenwriters and cinematographers in Canadian feature film and television —and now in web series — is still low.

And for the first time since the first report was produced in 2012, it includes numbers about women working in web series and as actors. And the headline hasn’t changed.

“Generally the statistics really suck,” said St. John’s International Women Film Festival chair Noreen Golfman.

“It’s really discouraging and … the evidence shines a lens on what needs to be done.”

Read it all at CBC

Getcher New York Television Festival Winners List Right Here


by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

The 11th annual New York Television Festival wrapped last weekend with a full day of events for independent TV creators, industry executives and TV fans. This included four of the 34 educational sessions that took place this week, as well as the popular, annual late-night writers panel, a special live taping of the Vulture Podcast, and annual NYTVF Awards.

At the awards reception, NYTVF ( announced the winners of its flagship Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) in 13 categories, with “Best of the Fest” honors going to “The Katering Show” and “The Parker Tribe”, the latter of which was also recognized with the annual Critics Award. Recipients of development deals from the NYTVF’s network and studio partners were also announced.

2015 marked the fourth consecutive year that NYTVF has facilitated at least 20 development deals for independent television artists. Since the first deal was guaranteed by an NYTVF partner in 2007, more than 125 have been awarded.

“It’s an exciting time to love TV, create TV and develop TV – across all platforms – and this year’s Festival harnessed this excitement as fans, executives and independent artists celebrated this art form,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “We saw a real uptick across the board in the quality of submissions this year, resulting in strong engagement by industry decision-makers, and a record number of meetings taking place throughout the week between these partners and our Official Artists.”

Of the more than 2,000 submissions received this year, 103 projects were selected for the IPC or as finalists/semi-finalists in other NYTVF initiatives, with more than 325 Official Artists invited to attend the Festival. These artists participated in more than 400 networking and pitch meetings with industry executives while thousands of artists, fans and industry attendees took advantage of the screenings, red carpet premieres, panels and parties that took place at the Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, the SVA Theatre and Tribeca Three-Sixty from October 19 – 24, 2015

The following Official Selection of the NYTVF’s flagship competition were presented with awards across 13 categories.

Best Comedy Pilot: “New Partner” Created by Quinn Beswick and Josh Margolin (Los Angeles, CA) Welcome to the the cursed existence of Ron Robinson, a cop who can’t stop getting his partners killed.

Best Drama or Dramedy Pilot: “Riftworld” Created by Jonathan Williams, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, and Laura Perlmutter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) A struggling journalist teams up with a dimension-traveling wizard to help him find his way home.

Best Short-Form Digital Series: “The Katering Show” Created by Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) The journey of a food intolerant and an intolerable foodie.

Best Unscripted Pilot: “Funny Cause It’s True” Created by Victor Varnado (New York, NY) A “Mythbusters”-style look at the world of comedy that deconstructs a comedian’s act from the inside out.

Best Actress (Comedy): Becky Yamamoto and Meghan O’Neill for “2 Chans”

Best Actor (Comedy): Marshall Stratton and James Coker for “The Other Kennedys”

Best Actress (Drama or Dramedy): Tiffany Rachelle Stewart for “Black Rose”

Best Actor (Drama or Dramedy): David Koechner for “The Parker Tribe”

Best Director: Andrew W. Chan for “The Midnight Anthology”

Best Editor: Tulica Singh for “Croissant Man”

Best Writing: Bob Borrmann and Luca Stein for “Dead John”

NYTVF Critics Award: “The Parker Tribe” created by Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT) Living life in suburban Philadelphia in the late 1970s is both hilarious and painful for Mary “Jo” Parker, a 13-year-old tomboy in a large Irish Catholic family.

NYTVF “Best of the Fest”: (tie) “The Katering Show” created by Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) “The Parker Tribe” created by Jane Baker (Brattleboro, VT)

TVWriter™ congratulates all the talent at the festival for being so damn – talented!

For more about this year’s festival, including info about who got development deals and network awards, THIS IS THE PLACE TO CLICK.