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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The D Rocks it out at the Reality Rally

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This post was written by Shawna on December 8, 2007

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Attention WGA — come negotiate with…me!

Brett brought a really interesting article to my attention via his blog.

I had heard some mutterings about this before, but this is the first time I’ve really seen this spelled out so clearly.

I was a business administration major in college. Reading an article about collusion gave me flashbacks to my business law class. And now, I have had an epiphany.

I would like to become a “new” WGA signatory. Here’s my deal. I’ll give writers, directors, actors and the unionized crews a fair profit sharing deal in exchange for their services on films. Oh, I need some venture capital for this, any takers?

Screw the AMPTP, long live the SBPRC (Shawna Benson Producers Replacement Corporation)! **

** now taking on producing partners with money.

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This post was written by Shawna on December 6, 2007

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Get yer writer’s strike news here

There’s a good Facebook group for people who want to keep up with strike news.

Check out Facebook’s Writers’ Strike News Central group and join it if you are on facebook.

Also, a shout out to Jumptheshark.com for being awesome.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 26, 2007

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Rob Long has a blog

Rob Long, who has commentary on NPR’s “Martini Shot”, is a contributor to National Review, and has been a successful (and sometimes unsuccessful) sitcom writer has a blog about the strike.

If you want even more information about the strike, you can play or download the Geekerati interview with writer/producer Rob Long below.


P.S. You can always click on the post title to link to referenced sites.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 14, 2007

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A World Without Writers Video

MY SLED!!!

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This post was written by Shawna on November 13, 2007

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Late Show Writers start a Strike Blog

Or an “interwebblognetwebblog”.

Link: Late Show Writers On Strike.

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This post was written by Shawna on November 12, 2007

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Joss Whedon in a video about the WGA strike

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This post was written by Shawna on November 12, 2007

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A better list of the production status of tv shows

As always, The Futon Critic to the rescue!

(Thanks to commenters for additional information — you guys rule!)

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This post was written by Shawna on November 12, 2007

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