Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/31/14

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Patricia Cornwell (the mystery fiction biggie) is writing an untitled CBS pilot about “a brilliant, unorthodox detective who works for San Diego’s Major Crimes Unit where demons from her past come back to haunt her.” (“Unorthodox,” yeah, right. What would be unorthodox would be if she actually did things by the book and led a normal life. On TV, that’s edgy.)
  • The selfsame Martin Gero (L.A. COMPLEX) is developing a new CW series called THE PHOENIX PROJECT, about young, hip, sexy, and beautiful vigilantes saving their neighborhood. (I added the “young, hip, sexy, and beautiful” part cuz I knows me my CW. And I’m thinking it’s gonna take genuine beauty to save this baby from its home on the D.C. Comics Network. Well, that’s pretty much what The CW has become, no?)
  • Rene Balcer (he used to be a big deal showrunner back in the day when LAW & ORDER ruled TV) is writing the pilot for a CBS series based on the James Patterson novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. Now this is what muncharito calls a perfect match: An ancient writer adapts an ancient book by another ancient writer for a network known to be watched only by folks the age of my ancient parents. Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! Yer gonna love this one!)
  • Hear the one about JUDGE DREDD coming to TV? It’s going to be a mini-series on el interwebs. (Um, see, that was the punchline, that “interwebs” sentence. But I have to add that nobody knows who’s writing the series or starring in it or where on the web it’s going to be. So this could be a new form of vaporware designed to get people talking so the series can genuinely come to be. Which means I’d love it if your writerly self would tell your people to talk to producer Adi Shankar’s people and let us know if you get the gig. Or if there even was one for you. Thanks!)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/30/14

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  • Adam Karp (newbie winner of the 2012 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award) is writing the pilot for UNNATURAL SELECTION, a CW drama about Charles Darwin’s journey through the Amazon. (Explorers! “Controversial” theories! Jungles! C’mon, admit, this is the stuff daydreams are made of. And if the network can deliver what Adam writes…well, munchkin is in, in, and in.)
  • The selfsame Adam Karp also is writing the script for a CBS pilot, MODERN GOTHIC, partnering with David Reed (SUPERNATURAL) on a series about a contemporary doctor (the character is named after Dracula‘s Van Helsing) investigates supernatural mysteries. (And, yeppers, I’m so onboard for that one as well cuz I keep thinking, “Wow, the protagonist in ye olde NIGHTSTALKER series…if he was cool. At least that’s how I’d write it…but what do I know?)
  • Roberto Saviano has turned his book, ZeroSeroZero, a thriller about international cocaine trafficking, into an English language series out of France and Italy. (Yer muncher will say this about that: At least it’s got the potential for action. “Watch the hero’s eyes glaze over. See the villain get all nuts over nothing.” I’m betting that this’ll be a big hit all over the world. But I don’t think I’ll watch it cuz…well, hell, kiddies, I can see that action in the apartment next door.)
  • Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL) has a new overall deal at A&E. (Cuz he’s a writing rock star, he is. So if you’re the kinda person who knows how to stay in the good graces of a diva, I respectfully suggest you hitch our wagon to Carlton’s rising star. And remember: We’re all made of stardust. Neil Gaiman told me.)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

LB: Less Than 5 Weeks Left to Enter the Spec Scriptacular

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It’s just about time for the sprint to the finish for this year’s TVWriter™ Spec Scriptacular contest, with under 5 weeks left to enter and get yourself into the television game.

The SS has been around long enough for this to be its 20th running and is all about spec scripts for current and recent series and spec screenplays for TV movies or TV specials or – do I dare say it? Why not? – spec TV pilots that missed last summer’s deadline for the People’s Pilot.

Past Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™‘s two contests are or have most recently been on the staffs of CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, NTSF:SD:SUV, ANIMAL PRACTICE, ROME,  CHICAGO PD, KILLER WOMEN, THE LEFTOVERS, and a couple of new shows we can’t talk about just now. We’d love to see you join them!

Over the summer, Jill Weinberger, who once upon a time [placed first and second in two different divisions of our Spec Scriptacular Contest joined Ryan Harris, another TVWriter™ contest alum, on CHICAGO FIRE. Everybody here is beaming with delight.

The current People’s Pilot offers over $10,000 worth of prizes and bonuses, and every entry receives free feedback on where it ranks in terms of both professional standards and this year’s competitors.

I’ll say it again (because no one’s here to edit me): Less than 5 weeks remain in which to enter the 2014 Spec Scriptacular. The time to fulfill your destiny is at hand. (Well, if you’ve read this far, then know that I think it’s your destiny – and you should too.) Here are the links you need:

More about the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR HERE

More about the prizes HERE

Read the Winning Scripts for 2013 HERE

Enter the 2014 SPEC SCRIPTACULAR HERE

Oh, and you know where to find me, right? Hint: That would be HERE

 

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/29/14

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  • Neal Baer & Alexandra McNally (UNDER THE DOME) are developing a medical drama series for CBS about “the deeply personal and raw stories of…dedicated health care workers…at a clinic in Venice that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots.” (Gotta say, tho, that yer dearly beloved munchman ain’t sure he trusts storytellers who use “Venice” when they mean “Venice Beach” as though, you know, nothing beyond their precious Los Angeles might even exists. Or maybe I should chalk that one up to some very shortsighted PR peeps?)
  • Jennifer Schuur (HANNIBAL) is writing the script for an ABC pilot called THE LONG GAME, based on a treatment by novelist Kate Atkinson about a “gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living.” (Yeah, that sounds exciting! I mean, nothing against accountants, but the last time I talked to mine I fell asleep just punching in his cell number.)
  • Stacy Traub (GLEE) is writing what seems to be an ABC comedy pilot called NO ANGELS. (I say “seems to be” cuz the logline gives me absolutely zero inkling. What? You don’t believe me? Here it is:  NO ANGELS “is about a group of nurses who work together and live together. Work issues become home issues. Home issues become work issues. And eventually it’s hard to tell which is which.” On second thought, I’m predicting comedy. Cuz the only thing that could make this situation credibly dramatic is if Richard Speck knocks on their door.)
  • Lance Krall (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) is writing HOLLYWOOD & VINE, a comedy series based on material from the Vine video platform. (Cuz the web’s time has come, dear children. Hop aboard the bus and rocket to stardom! For reals.)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/28/14

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  • Christ on a crutch, NBC wants to do a sequel to the sobbing dog story feature film MARLEY & ME as a TV series where the loving owners of the now dead, dead, dead Marley the golden Lab get themselves another golden lab to torture. Jenny Bicks (SEC IN THE CITY) is writing the pilot script. (And, yeppers, ye olde munchkowski figures that she’s also got a secret last episode tucked away too. You know, the one where, after the show gets cancelled, this dog dies too. Oh, NBC, have you no shame whatsoever?)
  • Chris O’Dowd (MOONE BOY) is re-booting his Irish sitcom MOONE BOY as a series for ABC. (Cuz now that the Australian series, whatever its name was, with the crazy guy and the man in the dog suit is gone, U.S. audiences are dying to watch the adventures of an autistic boy and his sarcastic asshole imaginary best bud. Between this and MARLEY & ME, I’m thinking of moving myself to the dark side of the dogless moon.)
  • Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (GREY’S ANATOMY) are writing the pilot for an untitled legal drama about a supposedly smart 30 year old female defense attorney who falls in love with one of her clients, who’ve being accused of a brutal crime. (Tell me again, pliz, Ms. Development Exec, what the fuck happens in Episode 2?)
  • Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) has a new overall deal with FX . (And considering that this dood is one of the greatest talents on the planet, all yer friendly neighborhood muncharino can say is, “Hooray!” But I’ll say it a bunch of times so it’s more effective. Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray– )

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship

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…Is now open. As of today. And between us, it couldn’t hurt to apply…could it?

Here’s what Universal says:

The Emerging Writers Fellowship is an exciting program at Universal Pictures that is designed to identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling. We are looking for talented screenwriters who have the potential to thrive, but don’t have access to or visibility within the industry.

Emerging writers who are chosen to participate in the program will work exclusively with the studio over the course of a year to hone their skills. During this program, fellows will be given the opportunity to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. In addition to working on writing assignments, the fellows will receive industry exposure by:

– Participating in filmmaking workshops and studio seminars
– Receiving mentoring from established filmmakers
– Networking with top literary agents and managers
– Meeting with production development executives
– Attending screenings and premieres

Fellows admitted into the program will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year. Additionally, Universal Pictures has the option to extend a fellows’ contract for a second year.

For all the info you need to apply, CLICK HERE.

Don’tcha love these TVWriter™ PSAs? (What? You don’t? You’ll change your mind after you get into one of these programs and become the next King of the Showrunners. Mark our words, ingrates!)