Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Screenwriting Panel in Santa Monica, CA

SCREENWRITING 411


Want more information on writing & selling your script?

Join us at Barnes & Noble 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, June 28, 7:00pm, as we welcome four of the industry's most knowledgeable screenwriting experts for a special FREE panel discussion and Q & A session.


Kathie Fong Yoneda

Moderating the panel will be former studio exec Kathie Fong Yoneda whose 2nd edition of her book THE SCRIPT-SELLING GAME: A Hollywood Insider's Look At Getting Your Script Sold & Produced was just released in May.

Panelists include: Former TV exec, Jen Grisanti, author of STORYLINE: Finding Gold In Your Life Story; script consultant Dr. Linda Seger, author of her latest book, SUBTEXT: What Lies Beneath; and mythologist Pamela Jaye Smith, author of SYMBOLS IMAGES CODES: The Secret Language of Meaning in Film, TV, Games and visual Media. Authors will be available to sign their books following the panel.

This looks great, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop in, listen and learn.  And if you can't, go to your favorite book store and look for the books by the panelists. 

~LA

6 comments:

Donnell said...

This makes me want to pack my bags and come to Denver! What a powerhouse of information!

Donnell said...

Or Santa Monica.... Now I'm really jealous.

Vince said...

Hi Leslie Ann:

Could you please ask the panel a question and get back with us?

Is it still possible to freelance scripts for tv shows and submit them to the producers?

I know this was done in the late 1970’s when I took a screen writing class from a teacher who had sold many such scripts.

Vince

Leslie Ann said...

Hi D,
Yes, I'm jealous too. I've heard Linda talk, you have as well haven't you?

~LA

Leslie Ann said...

Vince,
I asked Kathie to take your question to the panel, so we'll see what happens.

One question, are you talking spec scripts or scripts for shows already in production?

~LA

Leslie Ann said...

Comment from Kathie:

Vince:

Unfortunately, having the ability to pitch or submit freelance scripts to TV shows is definitely a thing of the very distant past. I believe it was somewhere in the 90s when they stopped that practice, mostly because people were getting home computers & there was screenwriting software & twice as many people were submitting scripts.

In addition, the legal departments at all of the major studios, cable venues & networks were beginning to run into a few "glitches" with disgruntled non-pro writers who were launching occasional lawsuits. So now it's standard practice that any submissions have to be submitted by bonafide agents & producers, entertainment attorneys & managers.

Of course, if you know someone in the industry, you can occasionally get an agent, manager, attorney, producer or exec to look at a non-pro writer's work, but for TV, some writers get their start as an intern and/or a writers assistant on the staff of a TV show. If a show gets a solid order for 13 or more episodes, they are supposed to have 2 free slots for non-staff writers. Generally speaking, those spots go to writers that someone on staff recommends or to the writers assistant who already has a working knowledge of the show, its characters & has already established a working relationship with the staff. Then the intern often will move up to become the Writers assistant.

Another way writers get in the door is if they've won a script competition or received a spot in one of the network fellowship programs where they work with various network execs & shows.

Best,
kathie fong yoneda