LB: Answers to 2 – Count ’em 2 – Vital TV Writing Questions

Glad You Asked Department 12/18/13

question_ditkoToday I’m going all out and answering two questions that you’ve emailed me in the past week.

The first question is from Adam, who writes:

Hi Larry,

Since you have animation experience and nobody else that I have asked was able to answer, I was wondering is there a certain time of the year to pitch at Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon?

Being the great kind of guy I am, I’m going to ignore the bit about “nobody else that I have asked” and pretend that I’m first choice instead of last and explain, with all the heart, soul, wit, and wisdom I can muster:

Dear Adam,

There used to be a special time when they could actually make deals, but these days it’s pitch when you’ve got it and they’ll either buy or not. It helps immensely, btw, to involve an artist at even the earliest stages. Animation development execs want/need to see what the show and its characters will really look like. And, yes, that means cutting that artist in for half, so make sure s/he’s absolutely the best – and on the same creative page you are.

Good luck!

LB

The second question is from Rhonda, who has this to say:

Dear Mr. Brody,

Every writing site I go to on the web seems to be trying to sell me a book that promises the absolute lowdown on TV or film or novel or short story or essay writing that I can’t get anywhere else. Mr. Brody, I feel so lost. Please tell me what book you recommend.

To which I, fair-minded, open-hearted, and incredibly wise and wealthy old TV writer that I am, can only reply:

Dear Rhonda,

I understand how confused you are. It must be terrible to be alone and new in this strange writing land. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. I just happen to have, right here on this site (well, via a link to Amazon.Com actually) the exact book that you need to give you the real, true absolute lowdown on TV writing that you can’t get anywhere else.

I’m talking about the Best-Selling, writerific ebook/trade paperback tome Television Writing from the Inside Out, written by Larry Brody Himself, the absolutely unparalleled in, hip, and trendy guide to all things having to do with writing for TV and getting started in just about any area of showbiz except, maybe, hooking. (Or, come to think about it, maybe not.)

Television Writing from the Inside Out is without a doubt the best book on the subject anywhere, and even people other than myself seem to think so cuz…rave reviews, you know? If I were you, Rhonda, I’d click right over HERE for the ebook or HERE for the paperback. Well, actually, if I were you I’d buy both cuz…Christmas gifts. Know what I’m saying?

Of course you do. Read and enjoy! Read and enjoy!

Buy me! Buy me! Buy me!!!

Keep those questions coming, gang, especially if they’re about my book. I loves to recommend…myself.

LYMI

LB

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.