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Write to TV, 2nd Edition by Martie Cook

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THE SPECTACULAR SPEC

 

“Learn the trade, not the tricks.” — Sean Barclay, agent, The Gersh Agency

WRITING FOR EXISTING SHOWS IS YOUR FIRST STEP

It’s important to understand that no one is going to hire you as a TV writer simply because you want to be one. As with any business, in order to get work, you have to prove that you can actually handle the job. Hollywood is heavily unionized, which makes production outrageously expensive. To cut down on costs, production schedules are usually tight, allowing little, if any, room for error. If a script isn’t ready for shooting when it is supposed to be, the cost to delay production can be astronomical. Therefore, most producers will not give out writing assignments to unproven writers ...

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