When is it brown-nosing?

Any sort of application, whether it’s for a grant, for college or for a job, needs to do exactly three things.

What does a showrunner’s assistant do?

Jonny Sommers has a job many readers want — or at least, think they want: the assistant to a successful and busy TV showrunner.


Josh Friedman recounts the cancellation of his excellent show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Why aren’t adaptations ok for competitions?

With an adapted screenplay, it’s not altogether obvious what awesomeness came from the screenwriter, and what came from the underlying material.

Pilot School

A site featuring tons of TV pilot scripts.

The biggest TiVo in the world

The thin line between unlimited DVR and video-on-demand.

Alaska: The Satchel Boy

A clip from my 2003 pilot, directed by Kim Manners.

Kim Manners

Mourning one of TV’s great directors: Kim Manners.

Cablevision and the infinite TiVo

How technology could upend the economics of filmed entertainment.

How long should it take to write a script?

Knowing the answer is part of the craft, just like a cabinetmaker promising a delivery date.

Time jumps and oil drilling

Two unrelated questions answered. 1. Clarifying young and old versions of characters. 2. How much research to do before writing.

Writers need actors

The survival of dayplayers benefits us all.


My agent leaves me to head HBO. Yeah Sue!

Shot an indie pilot. What’s next?

How to expose, fund and distribute your pilot appropriately.

Test screening questionnaires

DIY audience screenings help your product and save you money. Here’s what to ask.

Short answer sprint

Nine second answers to nine burning questions. Ready…go!

Strike, day 29

The strike gives you time to write fantasy mash-up scripts, if only in your head.

The Office is closed

Video courtesy of THE OFFICE writers.

Heroes: Origins: Gone

The WGA strike kills a spin-off, and my episode with it.

Heroes: Origins

How I got the gig to write and direct an episode of the (now defunct) HEROES spin-off.

Her least favorite mistake

An episode of Grey’s Anatomy might have the same title as your spec. That’s not even close to being plagiarism.

Comments for Jane Espenson

A correction for Jane’s awesome website.

Trusting your audience

Kudos to the writers of HEROES for letting the audience connect the dots.

Lost Rooms and American Zombies

When other people have the same ideas and act on them, it helps me clear my slate.

Help! I’m getting screwed on my own series

If this sounds like you, stop reading and start dialing. You need a better attorney, stat.