Spec script: your version of an established show (ie. your version of New Girl)
writers > ideas come from personal experience, etc
should not be “manufactured” (ie. FX has Soft, must wanted gg show)
something passionate about, could be about true things.
Fargo (TV show) : based off movie, but no relation to the movie.
formats: agency package show for writer, make more $ through pkgs. Find shows from other countries + “import” it into us for their writers they rep. Scripted programming imported shows
books good sources for ideas. new stories / articles
producers: non-writing producers > look for ideas / IP + try to find the right writer become expendable overtime.
ie. SOA > John Linsen? came up with idea and wanted to take ownership of show, disagreed with Kuit Sutter (Showrunner), very involved in original process.
Producers can also manage production(finances, HR w lactors)
writers usu producer too but may not be best leader, so non-writing producer.
development exective: like a coach > guide the writers point in r + direction giving creative notes. rough cuts.
1st year shows, shows in trouble > dev execs more involved > give notes, prod issues, etc., figure out the shows POV
selecting projects > reactive job to select shows, hear pitches, need to buy in room sometimes
writer selling idea: go to agent. come up with pitch for snow
can also write a show on spec
treatment: reads like a short story. more detailed than outline
Sizzle reel (Video presentation)
actors / directors attached