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Summary: Paper Team is a weekly podcast about television writing, becoming a TV writer, and everything in between. Hosted by Alex Freedman (@TVCalling) and Nick Watson (@_njwatson), every episode alternates between topics on the screenwriting craft (pilots, specs, story, character, etc.), and discussions about the TV business itself (breaking in, representation, networking, staffing, etc.). This is a podcast for anyone working their way into the entertainment industry, and everyone passionate about television.

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 TV Pilot 101 (PT30) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:45

Alex and Nick go over everything you need to know to get started on writing your new pilot script, as well as some dos and don’ts for each step of the process. How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of television versus only writing the first hour of a television show? Who is your target audience? What concepts and story archetypes exist in pilots? Why is this pilot story yours to write? What are some particularities of writing a TV pilot script? The Paper Team sets up their premise… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – What makes a TV pilot, a TV pilot or “what it’s about and who it’s for” (0:56) 2 – The particularities of writing a pilot script (25:36) Takeaways and Resources (54:31) Links “Disappointed – Hercules” (Video) 17th Precinct “Sunset” (3×06 – Breaking Bad) “Bringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home” (PT06) “Act Breaks” (PT15) “Exposition in TV Writing” (PT24) Resources “TV Pilot Checklist” – Secret of Story “TV Script Standards” – The Black List “Write to TV” – Martie Cook Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 Getting Your TV Script Read (PT29) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:11

Alex and Nick discuss strategies on getting your shiny new TV script read around town, and what to actually expect from your efforts. Who should you want to read you? How do you know when you’re ready to be read? What should you send over? What if you don’t hear back? The Paper Team has some recommendations… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – Who you should get read by (0:39) 2 – What to send and knowing when you’re ready to be read (4:48) 3 – Expectations versus Reality (10:47) Takeaways and Resources (21:12) Links “How to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone)” (PT03) Networking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) The Second City Starship Troopers – Would You Like to Know More? (Video) Seeso Kay Reindl “How to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate)” (PT07) Resources “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” – Josh Olson Louis C.K.’s Newsgroup Post Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:12

Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script (pilot or spec) into a fully-fledged draft. Where should you begin? What if you’re stuck or don’t know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Should you use every option in Final Draft? The Paper Team opens their screenwriting software… SHOWNOTES Content 1) Outline versus Draft (0:42) 2) Where to start? (2:23) 3) Scene Work (7:08) 4) Writing and refining the draft (14:51) 5) FAQs (22:23) Takeaways and Resources (28:50) Links “Scribble version, final version” (John August) The Wolf of Wall Street Heat’s diner scene (Video) Waze Resources Hemingway Editor WordCounter Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 Web Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom) (PT27) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:05

Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube’s Single by 30 and CBS’ Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series (L.A. Beer), the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA. How do you make and market your own independent web series? What are the differences between television writing and writing for a YouTube web series? What are the benefits of being involved in JHRTS and the Writers Guild of America? The Paper Team skips the ad and goes straight to the content… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – Beginnings and making/marketing an independent web series (00:37) 2 – The relationship between professional web series and tradition television (18:13) 3 – Writing for TV versus a YouTube Red series (23:39) 4 – Being involved in JHRTS, the WGA, and how Sam sees the evolution of television content (28:32) Recommendations and Outro (38:49) Links Sam Miller on Twitter L.A. Beer Machinima Half-Life “Small Screen, Big Picture” – Chad Gervich LA TV Writers Yahoo Group Desperate Housewives Supah Ninjas Mike Alber Kirby Buckets Chris Wu Ali Chen Jessica Kivnik Greg Machlin Andrew Orillion The Exes “L.A. Beer, First Web Series Filmed With Live Studio Audience to Launch” (Variety) High Maintenance Teachers (TV Land) CW Seed Broad City Single by 30 Machinima, Inc. Maker Studios FullScreen Todd Waldman JHRTS “#TheGreyBox: A TV Writing Chatroom” (TV Calling) “Creating Your Web Series: Empowering Writers to do their Own from Concept to Completion” (Video) WGF Library James L. Brooks Jeff Melvoin

 Goal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:21

Alex and Nick ring in the new year by discussing how they manage their TV writing goals and resolutions. How can you prepare for a typical year in the TV writing industry? What tools can you use to track and manage your goals? What are some practical resolutions to have? What does Paper Team have in store for 2017? The Paper Team looks at the year to come… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – Goals and Resolutions (00:28) 2 – Mapping out the TV writing year ahead (7:08) 3 – Tools to track and manage goals (15:40) 4 – Paper Team in 2017 (20:56) Resources and Next Week On (23:10) Links SMART criteria TV upfronts YearCompass Resources r/GetDisciplined (reddit) Jerry Seinfeld’s Don’t Break the Chain Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 The 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special (PT25) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:01

Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team. What makes a TV Christmas special? What are some of the best holiday specials? What was the best thing of 2016? What gifts did Nick and Alex give each other? The Paper Team settles down in front of the fire and grabs a cup of eggnog… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – What makes a TV Christmas special? (00:30) 2 – The best holiday TV episodes (11:12) 3 – Best of 2016 (27:10) 4 – A look back at Paper Team’s first year (47:45) Gift Exchange and Outro (52:45) Links Jingle All the Way It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Episode (TV Tropes) List of U.S. Christmas television episodes EastEnders Downton Abbey Doctor Who Christmas specials A Charlie Brown Christmas Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV special) Home Alone Die Hard “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (1×01 – The Simpsons) “Marge Be Not Proud” (7×11 – The Simpsons) “Xmas Story” (2×08 – Futurama) “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (1×09 – South Park) “Amends” (3×10 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer) A Christmas Carol “Merry Mayhem” (6×10 – Dawson’s Creek) “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” (1×13 – The O.C.) The OC Insider Shop Yamaclaus “The Strike” (9×10 – Seinfeld) The Get Down The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story BrainDead Atlanta The Good Place “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” (1×06 – American Crime Story)

 Exposition in TV Writing (PT24) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:28

Alex and Nick take a look at exposition in television writing, from dialogue to prose, action, and meta information. What should be revealed to the audience? How can you give exposition in an organic and entertaining way? What differentiates good exposition from bad exposition? The Paper Team shows and tells… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – What is exposition and what information should you reveal (00:29) 2 – How to do exposition in TV: bad versus good exposition, dialogue, prose, and meta (06:52) Takeaways and Resources (30:29) Links Mr. Exposition (TVTropes) “Why Fall TV is Choking on Its Own Voice-Over” – IndieWire “And Maggie Makes Three” (6×13 – The Simpsons) “Lizard” (1×01 – Man Seeking Woman) “Pilot” (1×01 – Breaking Bad) “Top Banana” (1×02 – Arrested Development) Fringe’s location chyrons “Through the Looking Glass” (3×22-23 – Lost) Lost’s flash-fowards “Premiere” (1×01 – Farscape) Resources “Dialogue Secrets” – William Martell “Escape From (Dull) Exposition” (Video) Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 Protecting and Over-Protecting Your TV Script: Copyright, Ownership and Idea Theft (PT23) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:25

Alex and Nick discuss the contentious subject of copyrighting and idea theft in television. From the WGA to the Copyright Office, we take a look at the basics of protecting your work. What does a copyright do? Should you register your TV spec script or pilot? Have there been cases of TV copyright infringements? Why is it important for TV writers to share their work? The Paper Team consults their legal team… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – What is copyright or WGA West Registry vs. Copyright Office (1:01) 2 – Common questions about copyright (04:06) 3 – International copyright (9:55) 4 – When you should copyright and if copyright is enforced in TV (12:00) 5 – Why you should share your work instead of over-protecting it (19:02) Takeaways (28:14) Links WGA West Registry U.S. Copyright Office Copyright Act of 1976 Authors’ Rights (AKA “droit d’auteur”) “Judge Rejects New Girl Idea Theft Case” – Variety “Forest Park’s Breach of Contract Suit Over USA Network’s ‘Royal Pains’ Not Preempted by Copyright Act” – Seattle Copyright Watch John August’s thoughts on idea theft “Speccing and Sharing Star Trek: Terran” – TV Calling Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s “Experimental Design Bureau” John August’s draft library “A darkly comedic Seinfeld spec script set days after 9/11” – AV Club Special thanks to Jason J. Cohn for helping us edit this episode. If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 Joke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:30

Alex and Nick welcome Simon Taylor to hear his experience being a comedian, writing jokes for late-night television, and the hard work it takes to be consistently funny. How does the stand-up circuit work? What was it like writing for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno? Why is performing comedy different than writing comedy? How is the process of writing comedy in a room compared to doing it alone? What can a writer do to be noticed and find a following? The Paper Team performs their in-depth set… SHOWNOTES Content 1 – How Simon Taylor got his start (00:33) 2 – Being funny, creating your product, and performing stand-up (08:25) 3 – Putting yourself out there, selling yourself, and pitching (24:15) 4 – Writing for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (34:22) 5 – Generating good content regularly and working your creative skills (38:53) 6 – What a successful joke is and tailoring it to your online (Twitter/Snapchat/YouTube) or real-life audience (43:35) 7 – Working on a TV pilot with Justin Willman, and writing alone for someone else versus a writers’ room for a common project (49:05) 8 – Working in the US, what Simon Taylor is doing now, and what is next for him (53:17) Resources and Outro (57:50) Links Simon Taylor on Twitter Rove Live Rove McManus The Glass House (2001 TV series) Spicks and Specks The Project Steve Vizard Shaun Micallef Live on Bowen The Loft Live Simon Taylor hosting Live on Bowen (Video) The Carmichael Show The King of Kong Vine Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman Resources Poking a Dead Frog – Mike Sacks Books by Stewart Lee If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 Being a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:05

Alex and Nick welcome Franklin jin Rho (FOX’s The Exorcist) to discuss the ins and outs of being a TV script coordinator. He shares with us his advice, anecdotes, tips, and tricks to understanding and getting into this vital TV position, set halfway between the writers’ room and production. How do you become a script coordinator (especially when you have no experience)? What do showrunners look for in candidates? What are the interactions like between writers and production? What can you do to get that first script and transition up? Are there any must-know shortcuts to Final Draft? The Paper Team offers some script revisions… SHOWNOTES Content Thoughts on TV script coordinating, getting a position, and making the best out of it (00:33) Outro (46:17) Links Franklin jin Rho on Twitter The Exorcist (FOX) AFI’s Directing Program Friday Night Lights (NBC) Film Independent’s Project Involve The Assets (ABC) Cole Fowler on IMDb Konami Code IBM’s Watson Scriptation If you enjoyed this episode (and others), please consider leaving us an iTunes review at paperteam.co/itunes! :) You can find Paper Team on Twitter: Alex – @TVCalling Nick – @_njwatson If you have any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

 The Art of the TV Episode (PT20) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:36

The Art of the TV Episode (PT20) - Paper Team

 Should You Pay for TV Writing Education? (PT19) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:27

Should You Pay for TV Writing Education? (PT19) - Paper Team

 Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:11

Australian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) - Paper Team

 The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:30

The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17) - Paper Team

 Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16) - Paper Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:08

Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16) - Paper Team

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