Writing Gig Ops: Wanna be a paid film blogger?

writing op

No, sorry, not for us. TVWriter™ can’t afford that – yet. (Although if you want to work out a trade, the Deal Line is always open.)

The sharp operators looking for your help are at a site called whatculture.com, and as for the deal they’re offering…hey, check it out

Native American TV Writers Lab Participants Announced

Native Film Lab Writers

This just in re a subject close to our TVWriter™ hearts, the LA Skins Fest, a Native American film festival, in partnership with Comcast/NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO, last week announced the selection of seven participants for their first Native American TV Writers Lab., a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers.

The Participants

Joseph Clift (Cowlitz Indian Tribe)

Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (Tuscarora)

William Jehu Garroutte (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Tom Hanada (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Khadijah Holgate (Nipmuc)

Jason Levinson (Northern Cherokee Nation of Missouri and Arkansas)

Carlee Malemute (Athabascan)

In accordance with its purpose of boosting the careers of Native American writers, the lab will provide daily workshops, seminars and one-on-one mentoring to help each writer develop and complete a pilot in five weeks and hone skills to prepare the writers to move into staff writing jobs.

More about the Lab at Indian Country

Still more at LA Skins Fest

Google Tolls the Death Knell of Old TV

As fans of excellence in all arenas, but especially TV, this affirmation of the future we’ve always hoped for makes us wanna shout!

Hollywood Googleby Matthew Hussey

Not content with grabbing ad dollars from TVnetworks across the world, Google went a step further by announcing that the adverts it serves on YouTube are better at convincing watchers to buy stuff.

In a report seen by the Guardian, Matt Brittin, Google’s head honcho in Europe will say that 80 percent of the time, YouTube ads were more effective than TV ads later this week at an advertising conference.

“We found that while TV maintains a powerful impact in the digital age, digital video is under-invested in several categories we measured in the UK, France and Germany,” said Lucien van der Hoeven, general manager EMEA at MarketShare, one of the companies hired by Google to conduct the analysis.

Brittin will go so far to suggest that advertisers should be spending six times more on YouTube if they really want to make those ad pennies go further.

Naturally the TV industry didn’t like that very much….

Read it all at The Next Web

Hank Isaac’s LILAC Wins American Movie Awards “Best Pilot”


This just in from frequent TVWriter™ contributor Hank Isaac:

I just learned that the Pilot Episode of Lilac has won Best TV Pilot in the 36th annual American Movie Awards. The awards date back to 1980 and boast a list of prominent winners too long for this announcement. In recent years, the awards have begun to focus more on the world of independent filmmakers. I hope Lilac’s filmmakers are as proud of each other as I am of them.

Some of the winning company whose company Hank now joins include:
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Alan Alda
  • Robert Duvall
  • James Bridges
  • Meryl Streep
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Jane Fonda

And tons more. Guess now we know why Hank hasn’t written for us lately. Oh well, today TVWriter™, tomorrow the world!

Congrats from TVWriter™ to all involved in the production!

Feedly.Com Wants Writers…


…and illustrators and videographers (whatever they are). This leading content aggregation site (hey, everybody at TVWriter™ uses it!) is looking for freelance content creators who “are passionate about your craft and feedly [sic]” and can “create concise content that helps others get the most out of feedly.”

And, it appears that whomever takes on the gig will get something out if it too – like dinero. No, they don’t come out and say so on the site, but their application does have a specific blank for “My rate,” and we doubt that they’re asking just so they’ll know what you won’t be getting paid if they bring you on. (Yeah, we’re asking to get kicked in the teeth with that assumption, aren’t we? Sorry.)

Check out Feedly HERE

Go directly to the application form HERE

Give our regards to Broadway HERE (We have no idea whatsoever why we’ve linked to this except virtual reality, you know?)

Let us know what happens!


Does Old Media Already Own New Media?

…And if so, how long will New Media’s freedom last?


by Natalie Jarvey

Turner’s March 31 investment into Mashable was just the latest in a string of investments from traditional media giants into new media ventures. Over the last year, especially, digital upstarts have become increasingly entwined with the companies whose business models they are disrupting.

It’s a strategy that is proving to be a win-win for many of the companies involved….

Read it all at Hollywood Reporter