John and Craig talk about the new show John sold to ABC, which leads to a conversation about the differences between studios and networks, and how writers end up having relationships with both.
Josh Friedman and I just set up a new show called Chosen, produced by 20th Television for ABC. I’ll write the pilot, and if the show goes to series, Josh will run it.
Diablo III squanders a lot of pixels and talent on a middling, uninvolving story.
The new beta of Highland addresses .fdx export issues, Unicode characters, and support for Snow Leopard (OS 10.6).
John and Craig discuss the small, currently leaderless world of Walt Disney Studios, along with its challenges and opportunities.
Craig and John just have to talk about the double-barrel craziness of the Joe Eszterhas/Mel Gibson spat. How often do you have screenwriters lobbing incendiary accusations at movie stars?
The deal between Starz and Netflix expires March 1st, so if you have any titles you’re eager to watch online, get cracking. Among my movies, that includes Go and the first Charlie’s Angels. The Nines and Titan A.E. will still be available.
This week, Craig and John get all Miss Manners to talk about best practices, bad behavior and throwing writers under the bus.
Our new screenwriting utility, Highland, converts between three major formats screenwriters use: PDF, Fountain and Final Draft. It’s in beta today.
Fountain lets you write screenplays in any text editor on any device, from computers to iPads to smartphones. It’s as simple as we could make it, which is what makes it so useful.
In a move that will help absolutely no one, Warners has apparently convinced Netflix to make their site slightly worse for users by imposing a 28-day delay before users can even add a DVD to their queue.
Our new Mac app, Bronson Watermarker, does exactly one thing: watermark PDFs. There are other apps that let you do that (including Adobe Acrobat), but none of them are particularly good. They make simple jobs complicated, and they cost a lot more.
Earlier this year, I was asked to come up with a name for a line of sunflower seeds, part of a Canadian school program aimed at increasing environmental awareness, through gardening, for elementary school children.
Craig and John explain what producers do — at least, what they’re supposed to do — and discuss the myriad subclasses of producers that litter the opening titles of many movies.
As an experiment, I’m doing away with comments on the site through the of the year.
FDX Reader, our app for reading Final Draft screenplay files on the iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 1.1.4, and is on sale for $1.99 through Monday, December 12th.
We’re launching Screenwriting.io to answer basic questions about screenwriting.
Dennis Ritchie, the father of the C programming language, has died. He was 70.
Without Steve Jobs, we’d still have computers and mobile phones and other wonderful devices. But they’d be different.
Television has the blessing and curse of short production schedules, so it’s possible to land a joke about something happening in popular culture. But it’s not always a good idea.
Aspiring screenwriter leaves locked suitcase at talent agency. Bomb squad destroys it.
Screenwriter Justin Samuels is suing CAA and WME for not taking him as a client, alleging systematic racial discriminatory practices.
Matt Byrne, my assistant since post-production on The Nines, has been hired as a staff writer on the new ABC drama Scandal. Stuart Friedel will be taking over.
We’re doing Big Fish as a Broadway musical, aiming for Fall 2012. Susan Stroman is directing. Andrew Lippa wrote music and lyrics. I wrote the book. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.
FDX Reader lets you open Final Draft (.fdx) files on your iPad, and makes them look nice. It’s not an editor. It’s just a reader, like iBooks or the Kindle app. And it’s available in the App Store now.