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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 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).
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 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.
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.
The Writer Access Project is designed to identify excellent diverse writers with television experience and to bring these writersâ€™ scripts to the attention of showrunners, creative executives and agents for consideration during staffing season. Info here.