How to Evaluate Stories
April 6, 2012 – 11:56 AM | 2 Comments

This concise checklist of questions and examples helps writers, producers, editors, publishers, and development executives quickly zero in on key story problems. It reveals what’s missing in any problematic plot. Find what’s wrong and fix …

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Modern Day Sherlock Holmes on the BBC
February 1, 2011 – 2:15 AM | 2 Comments
Modern Day Sherlock Holmes on the BBC

Sherlock Holmes is indeed a Power of Reason character– Everything can be explained/deduced rationally and logically. “It’s elementary, my dear Watson.”

Skins – No Consequences
January 27, 2011 – 4:49 PM | No Comment
Skins – No Consequences

Lots of controversy has been brewing around the new teen drama “Skins” on MTV. I think the problem here is a lack of good storytelling. The three crucial elements of any good story is 1) want, 2) need and 3) price. Dramas that don’t work most often don’t attach a price to the choices a character makes.

Mad Men – Emmy Winner
September 9, 2010 – 12:20 PM | No Comment
Mad Men – Emmy Winner

Mad Men won 2010 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. The show is about the world of advertising; a world of illusion, sleight of hand and outright deception. It is a quintessential Power of Truth story and is anchored by a wonderful Power of Truth protagonist, Don Draper/Dick Whitman (Jon Hamm).

Advice from David Mamet
March 26, 2010 – 4:14 PM | 3 Comments
Advice from David Mamet

I stumbled on a great letter David Mamet wrote to the writers of The Unit. It’s really useful advice for any writer of any script in any genre.

The TV Economic Model Changing
December 30, 2009 – 12:17 PM | No Comment
The TV Economic Model Changing

The future is arriving faster that anyone expected. It is playing out in the biggest pay-TV provider, Comcast’s takeover of NBC and Rupert Murdock’s battle with Time Warner cable.

The Switch to Online Viewing
October 27, 2009 – 11:25 AM | No Comment
The Switch to Online Viewing

Common among many who have cut the cord is a sense of rebellion, not against TV but against service providers. They believe their way of watching represents the future of TV — online and on demand.