Sunday, December 22, 2013

Max Adams on USA Scriptchat: Do's & Don'ts to Get Your Screenplay Read, Sold, & Produced - December 29, 2013

Max Adams @CelluloidBlonde to guest on USA Scriptchat on December 29, 2013, talking Do's and Don'ts to Get Your Screenplay Read, Sold, and Produced. 

Max Adams is an award-winning screenwriter and author of The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide; Or, Guerrilla MeetingTactics and Other Acts of War. She has written professionally for Columbia Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Tri-Star Pictures. Organizations she has lectured and/or taught at include USC, Austin Film Festival, Film Arts Foundation, New York Film Academy, Gotham Writers, University of Utah, and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. She is a former Writers Guild of America West online screenwriting mentor, is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops,is a University of Utah associate instructor and is the founder of the The Academy of Film Writing. Her produced feature films include Excess Baggage, The Ladykillers, and One For the Money.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Did you miss #freeshitday? Transcript is here!

#freeshitday took on a life of its own on Twitter yesterday. In case you missed it, here's the transcript. You can also read it on the Storify site

If you have any free shit you want to give away, leave links in the comments below

It truly is better to give than receive. 

Happy Holidays! 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

USA Scriptchat Transcript: Holiday Film Genre December 15, 2013

TOPIC: Holiday Film Genre

Zac Sanford @zacsanford moderated this week's USA Scriptchat, leading a discussion on everything relating to writing holiday films. Enjoy!

You can also read the transcript on Storify site here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Chad Gervich to Guest on USA Scriptchat December 8th!

Don't miss this Sunday's guest, Chad Gervich, talking all things agents! 
5:00 PM PST
Join the chat at HERE

Chad Gervich is a television producer, bestselling author, and award-winning playwright.

As a writer and producer, Chad’s credits include E!’s hit comedy After Lately, starring Chelsea Handler, Disney Channel’s sitcom Dog With a Blog, ABC’s Wipeout, Cupcake Wars, and others.  He created Style Network’s hit comedy/reality show, Foody Call, before going on to write, produce, and develop shows (both scripted and reality) for ABC, FOX, Warner Brothers, Endemol, CBS Studios, TruTV, Fox Reality Channel, Food Network, and the Weinstein Company.  He also recently completed a sitcom development deal with Twentieth Century Fox.

Prior to producing, Chad spent five years as a development executive with the Littlefield Company, former NBC president Warren Littlefield's production company, developing pilots and series for NBC, ABC, FOX, UPN, the WB, and Paramount. 

Chad has also worked in production on shows such as Star Search, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, and Malcolm in the Middle.

As an author, Chad’s best-selling TV-writing handbook, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writers Guideto the TV Business (Random House/Crown), debuted in November, 2008, to massive critical acclaim.  (Booklist called it “the most informative book ever written about the television industry.)  It has become television’s go-to “bible” for writers, producers, executives, and assistants throughout Hollywood, and is now being used as a textbook in several studio and network training programs, as well as at universities throughout the U.S. 

Chad also authored the best-selling Psych's Guide to Crimefighting for the Totally Unqualified, a tie-in with USA's hit series Psych, which hit shelves in May, 2013, and immediately shot to the top of Amazon’s bestselling charts.

His third book, HowTo Manage Your Agent: A Writer's Guide to Hollywood Representation, helps writers and producers understand and navigate today's world of literary representation; it’s due from Focal Press in the fall of 2013.

As a journalist, Chad writes for Daily Variety and pens Script magazine's weekly TV-writing column/blog, "PrimeTime."  In addition, he created and produced Morning Call Time, Hollywood’s first daily audio news podcast.  He also contributes regularly to Orange Coast, Script, Fade In, and Moving Pictures magazines, and is a Contributing Editor for Writers Digest magazine—the nation’s top magazine for and about writers and writing.

In addition, Chad teaches numerous classes and workshops around the world.  He has taught sitcom writing, pitching, pilot-writing, spec-writing, storytelling, and TV business seminars for universities such as UCLA, Vanderbilt, and California State -- as well as organizations like MediaBistro and Gotham Writers Workshop, and corporations like Nike and Warner Brothers.