Only 6 Weeks Left to Enter the 2014 People’s Pilot

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If you’re on the TVWriter™ e-mail list, this message popped into your inbox this morning. If not – well, here ya go:

Well, actually it’s 6 and a half. But that’s a lot less time than it may seem cuz – ya gotta write, you know?

TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot contest has been around for years. In fact, this is the 23rd running. It’s for original series pilots, natch. As in your unique creations. Your television dreams.

There are over $5000 worth of prizes, and every entry receives free feedback on where it ranks in terms of both professional standards and its competitors this year.

In just the past couple of years, Winners, Finalists, or Semi-Finalists of the TVWriter™ contests have been on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, and the upcoming HBO series THE LEFTOVERS. And that’s only the winners who’ve stayed in touch.

You too can be in this elite company. But first you have to write. Win or lose, that effort alone puts you ahead of 99% of the pack. And a finished spec pilot script is the currency of TV writing today. It’s the favored writing sample of showrunners and agents. The only thing better is a finished pilot script that’s scored at or near the top of – you guessed it – the People’s Pilot.

There’s lots more to tell about this highly respected contest, but our marketing maven says we should keep our e-mails as short as possible. So here are some links where you can find out all the rest:

More about THE PEOPLE’S PILOT HERE.

More about the prizes HERE.

Read the Winning Scripts for 2013 HERE.

Enter the 2014 PEOPLE’S PILOT HERE.

Hope you enter!

Larry Brody & Team TVWriter™

LB Sees SILICON VALLEY

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The Good:

  • I’m thinking, I’m thinking….

The Not-So-Good:

  • The writing, acting, and general production values here are so atrocious that this series should simply be called SILLY VALLEY. Although, come to think of it, that would insult genuinely wonderfully silly people everywhere.

Conclusion:

My inner nerd really wanted to like this. Or to at least hate the show so much that it could “love” it with a gleeful sneer. But, um, no way. SILICON VALLEY just takes all the classic (as in cliche-ed) smart tropes and makes them dumb, dumb dumb. It amazes my how a new show could present us with material that’s so damn old.

The Most Edifying Analysis of the Horrors of a Comcast-Warner Cable Merger Yet

When Consumerist.Com tells you something is bad/scary/OMFG!, you know there are a few problems with it. And, boy, are they telling us a lot about this deal.

Read on…if you’re brave enough:

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The Comcast Merger Isn’t About Lines On A Map; It’s About Controlling The Delivery Of Information
by Kate Cox

Comcast and proposed merger partner Time Warner Cable claim they don’t compete because their service areas don’t overlap, and that a combined company would happily divest itself of a few million customers to keeps its pay-TV market share below 30%, allowing other companies that don’t currently compete with Comcast to keep not competing with Comcast. This narrow, shortsighted view fails to take into account the full breadth of what’s involved in this merger — broadcast TV, cable TV, network technology, in-home technology, access to the Internet, and much more. In addition to asking whether or not regulators should permit Comcast to add 10-12 million customers, there is a more important question at the core of this deal: Should Comcast be allowed to control both what content you consume and how you get to consume it?

QUESTIONABLE COMPETITION

This week, Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about why they think their merger is such a great idea.

In their joint testimony [PDF], the execs made a point of giving hearty shout-outs to anyone they perceive as a competitor, in order to claim that the merged company won’t be a monopoly. That list of competitors repeatedly named AT&T, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish, Amazon, Apple, Sony, Google, Netflix, and Facebook as chief concerns.

Some of those are easy to understand: the satellite companies directly compete with Comcast to get TV networks into peoples’ homes, for example, and the fiber companies do that plus broadband, too. But Apple and Sony? Amazon and Netflix? Facebook?

If Comcast is the company that plugs the broadband wire into your home, then why are they so concerned about whose devices and services you might use once you’ve got that connection?

Comcast is so concerned about all those other products explicitly because they aren’t just the company that plugs the broadband wire into your home. Comcast is already not only your carrier but also your content — and if they get their way they’ll become your gatekeeper to everyone else’s content, too.

Read it all

Peer Production: ENORMOUS

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MACHINIMA AND PRIME UNIVERSE FILMS PRESENT
A Prime Universe Films/Pure Imagination Studios Production
From director BenDavid Grabinski (COST OF LIVING) and producers Adrian Askarieh (HITMAN, AGENT 47) and Joshua Wexler (MORTAL KOMBAT) comes ENORMOUS. 
Based on the comic book by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour.

This one works for us in oh-so-many ways. And if it gets enough hits on YouTube it’s destined for its own slot as a Machinima web series.

In other words, you can get this to series. All ya gotta do is…CLICK.

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/17/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Felicia Day (the Queen of Interweb Series) is developing a paranormal type thriller series for Hulu with Bryan Singer. (And since Yer Friendly Neighborhood munchman is a huge fan of Felicia’s, the fact that I don’t trust anything with Bryan Singer’s name on it isn’t gonna stop me from watching.)
  • Frank Spotnitz (TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES) has a new overall deal with Tandem Productions for the usual development stuff. (Anyone notice how much better a writer-producer Frank has become since moving his business to London. Guess he’s just gotta work a lot harder now to pay all those Brit taxes. Whatever it is, it’s a positive for viewers everywhere.)
  • Jeremy Dorner (THE KILLING) is developing RADIANT DOORS, based on Michael Swanwick’s short story, for WGN America. (Another “dystopian drama! Wowser, the munchie one can hardly wait – cuz fake dystopias are oh-so-much more fun than the real one we now live in.)
  • Christian Taylor (TEEN WOLF) is the new showrunner of the upcoming MTV “cyber thriller,” EYE CANDY, based on a book by the ever-popular R.L.Stine. (Watch out, fans. This is a complete retooling of the original pilot, which can mean only one thing: The powers-that-be don’t get whatever there is to be gotten from the original series of books featuring the character Victoria Justice.)

TVWriter™ Advanced Online Workshop

Yes it's true. Once upon a time we had our classes LIVE & you actually had to leave home to attend.

Yes it’s true. Once upon a time we had our classes LIVE & you actually had to leave home to attend.

Time to let everybody know that – as seems to be usual – we’re 7 days away from the first meeting of the 140th Advanced Online Workshop and – aw, you guessed – we have 2 openings left.

Come and get ‘em! (And if you stick around for the 200th Workshop there’ll be a prize!)

All the info your could possibly need (or not) is HERE.