BBC has opened its TV archives to all comers – for a price, of course

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The BBC has announced that as of today all its television show archives are available for download and purchase via the BBC Shop section of its iPlayer video player. Here’s part of the announcement:

Buying from BBC Store means you can watch your purchases on iPlayer. Simply sign in to access all your purchases in the My Programmes section of iPlayer. Today you’ll be able to watch your purchases back on the iPlayer website, whether accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile and we’ll soon be adding the ability to playback your purchases via the BBC iPlayer mobile apps and next year, via iPlayer on TV. We also plan to add the option to download BBC Store purchases via BBC iPlayer to watch offline.

The BBC says that all of its content is available, and we all know that means one Acme Load O’Great Content. The beeb also swears up, down, and probably sideways as well that this won’t affect its details with Netflix and other video on demand sites.

Unlike the shows that are available on iPlayer itself, which aren’t available for viewing outside the UK, BBC Shop is open to all, so you won’t even need a VPN to fill your “basket.”

GO TO BBC SHOP

DOCTOR WHO spinoff starts this October

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The class of Class

EXTRA!

Can’t help it. News this important needs to be posted PRONTO!

According to the usual reliable sources, the new Doctor Who spinoff, called Class, will be airing on Old Media TV – BBC and BBC America – starting in October.

For more info, click on over to the go-to Doctor Who site, Doctor Who TV

And/or check out this interview with creator Patrick Ness

Tell ’em TVWriter™ sentya. (Or not. No biggie here.)

Wonder what RTD will think of the show.

WGAW Wants Submissions for 2016 Feature Writer Access Project.

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by TVWriter™ Press Service

Gather ’round, TVWriter™ visitors, because TVWriter™ has received a press release we can’t wait to share:

We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Feature Writer Access Project. The project seeks to identify outstanding minority, female and age 60+ writers and make their scripts available to We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Feature Writer Access Project. The project seeks to identify outstanding minority, female and age 60+ writers and make their scripts available to entertainment industry decision-makers, including producers, studio executives, agents and managers, in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. This program is modeled on the success of the TV Writer Access Project for Mid-Level Television writers.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of submission, a Project participant must be a Current Active (including Lifetime Current) or Post-Current Active member of the WGAW. If submission is made by a writing team, both writers must be Current Active or Post-Current Active members of the WGAW.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 5, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

The Feature Writer Access Project guidelines, application and release form can be accessed at: http://www.wga.org/featurewap

Please e-mail or call the Diversity Department if you have any questions about the application process at: diversity@wga.org or 323-782-4589., in order to help raise their profile and generate potential employment opportunities. This program is modeled on the success of the TV Writer Access Project for Mid-Level Television writers.

PLEASE NOTE: At the time of submission, a Project participant must be a Current Active (including Lifetime Current) or Post-Current Active member of the WGAW. If submission is made by a writing team, both writers must be Current Active or Post-Current Active members of the WGAW.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 5, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

The Feature Writer Access Project guidelines, application and release form can be accessed at: http://www.wga.org/featurewap

Please e-mail or call the Diversity Department if you have any questions about the application process at: diversity@wga.org or 323-782-4589.

We have to point out that although the name sounds as though the Feature Writer Access Project is for new writers, it is not. It is, in fact, for three specific groups of established professionals, “minority, female and age 60+ writers” – who have been discriminated against for decades. So if you’re a newb, please pass this info on to anyone you know who’s eligible.

We think you’ll be glad you did.

EDITOR’S NOTE: When we went looking for an image that could illustrate the concept of helping others we found that although there are many online images mocking the concept of helping an older person cross the street, we could only find sympathetic, non-ironic pics set in foreign countries. Food for thought, you know…?

It’s PEOPLE’S PILOT Success Story Time!

Vesta GilesVesta Giles, a finalist in the 2014 People’s Pilot Competition and student in the TVWriter™ Advanced Online Workshop and Larry Brody’s Master Class, has written the upcoming Lifetime TV Movie Justice Unleashed and is, in fact hard at work rewriting her second successful Lifetime sale even as we speak.

Justice Unleashed is the story of a woman judge searching for her runaway daughter, who has become the victim of human traffickers, and LB remembers its origin vividly.

“Vesta wrote a hard-hitting, totally unsentimental script in my class. I was amazed by the power in her work to start with and even more impressed by the way she responded to criticism and made it even better. Vesta knows how to listen and learn and put into practice what she learns. She has the superpower of being able to ‘get it.’ And that’s a rare and valuable power indeed.”

Vesta got the idea for the script from an interweb post about how the parents of a missing youth were able to locate their son by seeing an online picture of him trying to keep warm while Living on the street in New York City. “Every writer has a bank of images that can trigger a story,” Vesta says, and this one did it for her.

A part-time branch head at Logan Lake Library in British Columbia, Canada, Vesta points out that every aspect of her life figures into the characters and stories she develops. Justice Unleashed will be on the air on Lifetime either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2017. Filming of her next script is scheduled to begin at the end of 2016.

Congratulations, Vesta! LB and the minions at TVWriter™ are proud as hell of you! And this is just the beginning!

From TVWriter™ Press Service and Info Tel News

Here’s Why More Writers are Turning to TV than Film Writing

Short answer: TV writing employs more people and pays better. But you probably want specifics, so:

Once upon a time, the term "golden age" referred to quality. But in today's economy, who's got time to worry about that?

Once upon a time, the term “golden age” referred to quality. But in today’s economy, who’s got time to worry about that?

WGA West Annual Report Shows “Golden Age of TV” Continues for Writers
by Jonathan Handel

The WGA West’s latest annual report, released Tuesday, provides continued good news for television writers, along with a smidgen of hope for feature writers as well — but an analysis by The Hollywood Reporter of almost a quarter-century’s worth of WGAW data underscores just how completely the 1990s surge of independent cinema has transformed into a new golden age of television

From 1992 through 2006, aggregate TV and theatrical earnings for the WGAW’s members were roughly equal. That changed after the 2007-08 WGA strike, and THR’s review shows that the two industries have trod very different paths since then. Aggregate TV earnings have nearly doubled since the walkout, rising from $462.5 million in 2008 to a THR-estimated $859 million last year. Meanwhile, theatrical earnings, which spiked to $526.6 million in 2007 as studios stockpiled in advance of the strike and slumped to $375.1 the year after, trended slowly down for several years and have gradually increased since 2012 — but at $387.4 million (THR est.) last year, they have never fully recovered.

THR’s 2015 earnings and employment figures include an addition of 7 percent to the WGAW’s figures, as an estimate to account for adjustments that the guild is expected to make when they restate the 2015 figures next year, following the union’s historical practice in adjusting for late-arriving data.

Total covered earnings, at a reported $1.176 billion in 2015, were notionally down 0.9 percent, but it’s more likely that figures will show an increase of about 10 percent when late-arriving data is eventually factored in. As an apples-to-apples comparison, this year’s reported figure for 2015 is 12 percent higher than the 2014 figure reported last year.

The guild’s employment numbers show a similar pattern as the earnings figures, with TV employment surging almost 50 percent from 2008, when about 3,120 members reported TV earnings, to 2015, when an estimated 4,420 did, meaning that over half the guild’s approximately 8,000 members performed at least some TV work last year. Theatrical employment, which hit a high of over 2,040 members in 2007, fell to about 1,660 in 2012, before recovering some lost ground to end at about 1,920 in 2015.

The WGA West earnings figures exclude residuals, which are tabulated separately. But the picture is similar there, too: Residuals for reuse of TV product grew 50 percent from 2010 ($174 million) to 2015 ($262 million), but theatrical residuals actually declined about 3 percent ($142 million to $138 million) over the same period as viewers shifted their attention to TV offerings….

Read it all at The Hollywood Reporter

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS WANTED

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If you’re a documentarian looking for a chance, here’s something that might be just that. The New York Times and PBS are looking for new filmmakers for a new project about race and ethnicity. And if the Times and PBS don’t sound legit enough to you, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is on on this as well.

Titled, the “Embedded Mediamaker,” the “project will allow a documentary filmmaker, creator or creative technologist rooted in documentary storytelling to work for 20 weeks at The New York Times alongside some of its most creative journalists. The mediamaker will work with The Times and POV to create new forms of documentary and interactive content with a team of Times writers, editors and visual storytellers involved in Race/Related, a newsletter and reporting project exploring race as it is lived today.”

According to Shadow and Act, the NYT and POV are looking for pitches from mediamakers “for an extraordinary project about race and ethnicity – one that includes publishing early and often and takes advantage of the unique opportunities that working online provides.”

Applications are due by Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5 pm ET. More information and complete application instructions are available at pov.org/jobs.

This sounds like a big opportunity. If go for it, please let us know how it goes!

Writing Gig Ops: Wanna be a paid film blogger?

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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