How To Write For Television

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 16, 2008 - Performing Arts - 323 pages
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TV Writing the Right Way!

In this guide for every student of the small screen and every scriptwriter dreaming of breaking into the business, writer-producer Madeline DiMaggio hands you the tools of the trade. With dozens of examples from today's hit shows, as well as perennial classics, DiMaggio walks readers through the scriptwriting process, from learning how to watch TV like a writer to developing your script, pitching it, and eventually sealing the deal. DiMaggio answers the questions on every aspiring television writer's mind, with chapters on:
  • The tools of scriptwriting
  • Hooks that sell
  • Creating the pilot
  • Developing the episode, step by step
  • How to create riveting characters
  • Writing long form and cable movies
  • Adaptations and collaborations
  • Marketing your script

  • DiMaggio combines her own experience with advice to writers from others in the trade, including agents, producers, animators, and more. This readable, reliable book has been a trusted reference for nearly two decades and is now revised to include the most up-to-date information from today's television climate, from writing for cable, reality, and TV-movie formats to the ever-evolving face of the sitcom. A must-read for anyone aiming to write for TV, How to Write for Television will continue to help budding writers reach their small-screen goals and will prepare them for working in the rapidly changing world of TV.
     

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    Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    1
    THE TOOLS OF SCRIPTWRITING
    9
    RESTRICTIONS OF THE MEDIUM AND
    33
    THE HOOKS THAT SELL
    45
    THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE WRITING
    72
    WRITING THE HALFHOUR SITCOM
    79
    WRITING THE HOUR EPISODE
    104
    DEVELOPING AN EPISODE STEP BY STEP
    116
    THE TELEVISION PILOT
    138
    MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND CABLE
    149
    DEVELOPING THE TWOHOUR MOVIE
    230
    ADAPTATIONS COLLABORATIONS AND
    241
    SO ITS WRITTEN WHAT DO I DO NOW?
    263
    A FINAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
    287
    Screenwriting Software
    300
    Copyright

    HOW TO CREATE RIVETING CHARACTERS
    122

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    About the author (2008)

    Madeline DiMaggio has written for TV under contract to Paramount Studios and as a TV freelancer. Her work includes over forty hours of produced scripts for successful sitcoms, one-hour dramas, TV pilots (both half hour and one hour), soaps, animation, documentaries, Movies of the Week, cable movies, and films.

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