Created by--: inside the minds of TV's top show creators

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Silman-James Press, Oct 11, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 215 pages
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As entertaining as it is enlightening, Created by presents a stellar cast of 21 show creators who candidly talk about writing and selling hit television series. J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost) Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single, Half & Half) Mark Brazill (That '70s Show) Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) Tom Fontana (Oz) Tracy Gamble (8 Simple Rules) Dave Hackel (Becker) Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia) Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven, Fat Actress) Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) Dennis Leoni (Resurrection Blvd.) Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (Will & Grace) Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim) Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) Shawn Ryan (The Shield) Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) They discuss influences writing spec scripts first jobs in TV getting an agent mentors being staffed as a writer the pitch writing a pilot putting yourself in the characters you create rewriting producing a pilot marketing hiring a writing staff making a show last TV writing vs. film writing drama vs. sitcom cable vs. network TV what show creators look for in a writer writers block luck and much more. Created by is a lively, well-written must-have book for all screenwriters and television writerswannabes, novices, and prosas well as all avid TV fans.

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Necessary reading if you want to write TV, recommended for entertainment if you don't. Read full review

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Certainly interesting, but not much in the way of practical application for aspiring writers. Has a good balance of sitcom showrunners and drama showrunners, men and women, and white and non-white ... Read full review


Foreword by Ted Danson
Early TV Influences 46
Education 61

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About the author (2005)

Steven Prigg was initially introduced to series television when he worked as an assistant on the hit ABC-TV sitcom Spin City, starring Michael J. Fox. Prigg is the author of the book Movie Moguls Speak, a collection of interviews with some of the most influential movie producers of our time. He also writes freelance articles for such popular magazines as MovieMaker and Written By (the official magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West). Prigg lives in New York City.