David Anaxagoras

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I’m in a book – ‘TV Outside the Box’

On my way to writing good scripts, I wrote many terrible ones. In my long quest to improve, I found myself at UCLA. There, I spent two quarters with Professor Neil Landau at UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Not everyone is lucky enough to live within commuting distance of UCLA, but fortunately Neil has written some terrific books. His Screenwriting Roadmap is one of the only books on screenwriting I regularly recommend to writers of all levels.

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 11.25.23 PMNeil’s latest book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, is focused on TV’s new golden age of on-demand viewing and digital networks. Neil has a knack for distilling information down to very practical, usable points. The book is stuffed full with interviews from actual, current executives and creators. I can’t imagine a more thorough or richer treatment of this subject.

Happily, my interview with Neil is included in this book. It’s from a conversation I had as a guest in his UCLA screenwriting class. It covers my experience bringing Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street to fruition in greater detail than I’ve gone into anywhere before. Even if you have absolutely no interest in me, you should pick up this book — it’s timely, and has a high useful-information-to-page-count ratio.

Catch Me on the ‘Chicks Who Script’ Podcast, Episode the 72nd

I forgot to ask if being a guest on the Chicks Who Script podcast makes me an honorary chick, or if that’s an honor reserved for something else. Regardless, I had a fun time discussing the art, science, and torture of TV-making and the business of writing with the three very enthusiastic hosts of Chicks Who Script, a podcast, as the website says, “by women, for everyone”.

It’s a wide-ranging discussion and if you give it a listen, you will learn fascinating tidbits such as what Marvel hero I have a crush on, why I tried to quit screenwriting, what my first development meeting with Amazon was like, how the casting process for our show went, and how I got started screenwriting in the first place. Also, I step on a landmine made out of Star Trek trailers.

I had fun and I think you will to. Hop on over iTunes and subscribe, or visit the CWS website and entertain yourself!


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