Outside the Box

So, Michael over at Red Right Hand has already posted his thoughts and juicy tidbits from the “Breaking into the Box” event put on by the Writers Guild Foundation on Saturday.

I agree with him on several items, particularly on the value of the non-writers to the discussion. The agents, managers and execs add insight to this whole process of trying to write for television. The showrunners provide their learnings in the trenches and some of the nuts and bolts of running/writing television, but it’s the agents, managers and execs that are the gatekeepers to this kingdom.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 20, 2008

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Breaking into the Box

I’ll be spending my day at the WGA for this event titled “Breaking into the Box.”

Here are the panels for this sold out event:

PANEL – TELEVISION IN THE POST-STRIKE WORLD
The landscape has changed and we all need to learn how to navigate this new terrain. What is the future of scripted programming? Will ‘pilot season’ ever be the same again? How does this affect our world big picture? And how does it affect each of us individually?

Panelists: Shawn Ryan, Brannon Braga, Chris Brancato, Sue Naegle, Josh Barry (ABC). etc.
Moderator: Nell Scovell

PANEL – GETTING IT DONE – HOW A SHOW IS MADE
The nuts and bolts of the process from script to screen – greenlight to final cut. Showrunners, executive producers and writers discuss how a show is set up from start to finish and how a production schedule works.

Panelists: Marc Korman (Endeavor) Damon Lindelof, Allan Heinberg, Kevin Falls, Robin Schiff
Moderator: John Sacret Young

PANEL – GETTING THE JOB – BREAKING IN
Writing the spec script; what to do with it; getting an agent; how to swing things if you DON’T have an agent; what to do if you have a “reality” idea; the importance of WGA signatory shows; resources available; other ways to swing your big break; what is the difference between networking and harassment? Who do I ask to read my stuff and when is that appropriate? All things you need to know before you even start…

Panelists: David Babcock, Josh Appelbaum, Jessica Goldberg, Liz Tigelaar, Lenny Bekerman, Robin Budd (Mandalay Entertainment)
Moderator: Jay Kogen

PANEL – MANAGING YOUR CAREER
Okay. You got one job. Now how to turn that into a career?

Panelists: Margaret Nagle, Cindy Chupack, Nancy Etz (CAA), Larry Shuman, Elizabeth Stephen (Mandalay Entertainment)
Moderator: Jan Oxenberg

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This post was written by Shawna on May 17, 2008

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WGA Foundation Panel Tonight

I’ll be there listening to Terry and Ted (Rossio and Elliot) talk about the Pirates franchise and other collaborations of theirs.

If you are interested in seeing something that may only be viewed once every couple of years, I’m wearing a dress tonight.

Lord help me.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 24, 2007

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