Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek, and Other Adventures inTV Writing

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Penguin, May 10, 2007 - Performing Arts - 336 pages
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When Jeffrey Stepakoff was graduating with an MFA in playwriting, he imagined a life in the New York theater, wearing a beret and smoking clove cigarettes. Writing for the "boob tube" didn’t even cross his mind. But he ended up in L.A. in the late 80’s, when television writers were experiencing their equivalent of a gold rush. After the billion- dollar syndication of Seinfeld, when studios were paying astronomical amounts of money to writers to create the next Friends or ER, the sudden mania for scripted entertainment made the TV writer a hot commodity. He found himself meeting with big agents, inside primetime story rooms, pitch meetings, and on the set of some of TVs most popular shows, and making more money than he’d ever thought possible.

Weaving his personal story with television’s, Stepakoff takes us behind the scenes to show what it’s like to have a story idea one week and see it come to life and be seen by millions of people just a week later. Stepakoff also takes us inside the industry to explain what we’re watching and why by exploring the growing problems of media consolidation, the effects of interference from executives, the lack of diversity, and what reality television is doing to quality scripted television.

When the market crashed and the dust settled, TV executives and the media conglomerates they worked for were sitting on a broken business model. Slowly, a new programming idea began to take hold—what if the writer and their salaries were removed from the equation? Reality TV was born and the TV writer suddenly became obsolete— at least temporarily.
 

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Fairly interesting book about the life of a tv writer. - Goodreads
An insightful look into the life of a TV writer. - Goodreads
Decent read by a former tv staff writer. - Goodreads
I had no idea what TV writing was really like. - Goodreads

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Nice look into the script and process that saved a show and sculpted the landscape of television. Read full review

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Nice look into the script and process that saved a show and sculpted the landscape of television. Read full review

Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX

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About the author (2007)

In his eighteen-year Hollywood career, Jeffrey Stepakoff has written for fourteen different TV series and worked on seven staffs, including those of "Sisters," the Emmy Awardawinning "The Wonder Years," and "Dawsonas Creek," where he was co-executive producer.

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