Big Deal Entertainment Website Looking for New Writers

Well, biggish anyway. But TVWriter™ likes Under the Radar Mag cuz it, you know, thinks big.

Under_the_Radar_Seeks_New_writersby Christopher Roberts

Under the Radar is actively seeking experienced new writers to write for our print magazine, digital magazine for tablets/smart-phones, and our website. We’re not only looking for music writers, but are also on the hunt for writers who want to write about any of these entertainment mediums: film/DVDs, TV, comic books, and books. Interested parties should please email music samples to austin@undertheradarmag.com.

Three important points:

  • We’re only looking for experienced writers who have written for other established websites and/or print magazines.
  • Please put “Writing Samples” in the subject line of the email.
  • Please do not apply if you’re hoping to make tons and tons of money, as there simply isn’t much money in independent print journalism these days. We make a comfortable living at Under the Radar, but do it out of a passion for music and the other mediums we cover and not for big paychecks. We also don’t have any fulltime positions available right now, we’re only looking for freelancers. But our writers are very much involved in the editorial process at Under the Radar and are often consulted on big decisions about each issue.

If that works for you, click on for more!

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/22/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • David Hollander (HEARTLAND) is adapting  Nicholson Baker‘s novel, The Fermata into a series for Paramount Television. (The book, written way back in 1994 is about a guy who can stop time and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual assaults adventures. So it could be fun – or something quite the opposite of fun after it’s been televisionized.)
  • Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (BONNIE AND CLYDE) are developing a Universal TV comedy series about pro soccer player Robbie Rogers “the first opening gay man to compete in a top North American sports league.” (Cuz homosexualilty=funny. Yeah, Right. You can hear me laughing already.)
  • Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay are supposedly writing the script for the Lifetime Television Movie BEAUTIFUL AND TWISTED, a story of murder and the usual accompanying badassedness in Miami Beach. (Marvelous munchie says “supposedly” cuz 4 writers seems way too many for the WGA’s rules to allow. Not to mention for the terrible result that’s sure to follow, especially considering how little money is going to be divided all those ways. Sigh….)
  • Rene Echevarria (TERRA NOVA) has a development deal with Legendary TV. (This is what’s called a “blind deal” cuz the execs who hired him don’t see so well. No, wait, just kidding. It’s a blind deal because although Legendary has committed to 2 scripts no one’s decided what they’ll be yet. This means Legendary trusts Rene, and el muncho definitely thinks that’s the right attitude. Dood shepherded DEEP SPACE NINE and TEEN WOLF to ultrasonic success, right? Congrats to the smart buyers. Oh, right, you too, Rene bro!)

Peggy Bechko: Writers Revealing What Characters Don’t Want To Show

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by Peggy Bechko

Oh, come on, you know your characters are just like you. They say one thing and think something else entirely, try to conceal you’re really doing that – and then give it all away with a flick of an eye, a gesture or some muted (or otherwise) sound you make. Yep, that’s reality. Us humans evade, lie and maneuver (just for starters). We do it to protect ourselves, to protect others, out of embarrassment or an assortment of other reasons.

Now, knowing this it becomes a challenge for the writer. In a script for a movie the writer sets the scene, the mood, tweaks details to make things clear and then actors take over to do the subtle little things that portray what’s in the script, the character’s inner monolog.

For novel writers it’s a different kind of challenge.

The writer is dealing with characters who might be suppressing emotion, hiding them from outsiders as well as themselves. And the writer has to telegraph to the reader this is going on. So, just as we telegraph in real life, whether we intend to or not, the character can do the same in the novel. He or she can have something as obvious as a ‘tick’ of the eye when lying, or something as subtle as a lift of the chin. There can be a high-pitched laugh, the recognizable smell of sweat on the air or maybe hands that fiddle with a pencil or each other, or words that come out in a flood when the character normally speaks in a more reserved fashion.

All of these little signals (and oh so many more) telegraph through tension the movement of the story forward; they build up expectation for the reader and empathy from the reader for the struggling characters.

There are so many things that give us and the characters in a novel or movie away, things that let the watcher (or reader) know all is not as it should be.

As writers we need to remember how us human beings work, tap into our own experience. Remember smiling when you didn’t mean it, that stillness that settled over you when you were embarrassed or cornered, making excuses to leave a situation, using gestures that cancel each other out like telling someone no, but then stepping forward and reaching toward them, or the opposite, yes, then stepping away.  Can you recall avoiding eye contact or just flat out ignoring someone? Have you felt your chest tighten as you withdrew from a conversation or literally left a group of people.

All that and more you can attribute to your characters when writing. They are human. You created them. Fortunately for you, as the writer of a novel, if you’re writing the Point Of View character you can let the reader know something of the thoughts going through his or her head. The character can ‘act normal’ while all sorts of thoughts and intentions race through the character’s mind. And it’s a good idea to spice the novel with just such information.

However, to breathe intense life into the writing, you, as the writer, don’t want to depend on that little cheat exclusively. Seeing what’s going on and reaction to it is much more fulfilling and draws the reader or viewer much more deeply into the story.

So do a little people watching. Add to your repertoire, hone your writing skills and let the readers see just how writingly human you make your characters.

Say hi to your favorite WGAW Peeps at Comic-Con

Well, some of ‘em anyway, cuz they/we/they/we et al will be there!

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The Writers Guild of America, West wants to remind you that you’ll need, you know, to actually pay to get into the con on your own.

Damn!

Here are the Fall 2014 Premiere Dates for ABC

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by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

…Cuz we’re sucking up to the Disney Factory:

ABC announced its fall premiere dates for new and returning shows, including “Dancing with the Stars,” “Modern Family,” “Scandal” and Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming series “How to Get Away With Murder.”

The 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” will debut with a two-hour performance show on September 15 at 8 p.m. ET. “DWTS” will have two special results shows on September 16 and September 23.

Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres September 23 at 9 p.m. ET, and “Modern Family” returns on September 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

“Scandal” will kick off its fourth season on September 25, the same night “How to Get Away With Murder” will bow. The latter stars Viola Davis, who will play a law professor with a questionable moral compass. While promoting the show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, she compared her new gig to being invited to a “really fabulous party.”

Here’s the complete rundown of ABC’s fall premiere schedule (so far):

Monday, September 15

“Dancing With the Stars”

Monday, September, 22

“Forever” (Special Sneak Preview)

Tuesday, September 23

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Wednesday, September 24

“The Middle”

“The Goldbergs”

“Modern Family”

“Black-ish”

“Nashville”

Thursday, September 25

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“Scandal”

“How to Get Away With Murder”

Friday, September 26

“Shark Tank”

Sunday, September 28

“Once Upon a Time”

“Resurrection”

“Revenge”

Monday, September 29

“Castle”

Tuesday, September 30

“Selfie”

“Manhattan Love Story”

Friday, October 3

“Last Man Standing”

Sunday, October 5

“America’s Funniest Home Videos”

Friday, October 10

“Cristela”

20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires

A little real-life experience does wonders to further a person’s education. Especially when it’s obtained from two of the planet’s richest people. Universal lessons! Secret keys to success! TVWriter™ lurves ‘em!

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I have spent decades “being educated” –  in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life  has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey.

Enver and Oprah are two extraordinary people. And on top of that, they’re both billionaires. On the surface, they appear to be totally different people. They are in different industries, have different family structures, practice different religions, and speak different languages. However, once you get past their written biographies and dig deeper, you will notice they possess many of the same successful habits.

I had the opportunity to work with both Oprah and Enver for 6 years collectively and those were, hands down, the best professional experiences of my life. I worked my ass off for them and in doing so absorbed everything I could.

It’s my honor to share with you what I learned from them. Here is Part 1 of the 20 successful habits I learned working for two billionaires:

1) Invest in Yourself

This is a very simple concept, but something you would think someone who has “made it” would stop doing. Not at all for these two. I saw them both spend a significant amount of time dedicating their resources to self-development  (whether it be a new language, exercise, social media classes, etc). The moment you stop investing in yourself is the moment you have written off future dividends in life. 

2) Be Curious…About Everything

What the average person sees as mundane or overly complicated is not viewed the same way with a billionaire mindset. I once had a 30 minute conversation with Enver about the height of the curbs in Washington DC versus Istanbul, Turkey.  Billionaires are incredibly curious; what the rest of the world thinks is a problem and complains about — that’s what these people go and work on.

3) Surround Yourself With “Better” People

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