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Storytelling MindMap - Heather ale

We all know that great writing comes from great rewriting. And that second acts are where the real writers live. All that’s true. So very true. But it’s also true that we can all be guilty of nursing a labor of love script to death. At some point, you just have to let…(Read More)

It’s a challenge to get the right people in power to read your screenplays. The chasm between a query – or even a successful pitch – to a sale can feel insurmountable. Encapsulating everything that’s great about your project into a logline or even a one sheet can feel daunting. Enter: pitch packages. A pitch…(Read More)

A couple of summers ago, I judged The Hollywood Player Pitch Contest at NATPE’s PitchCon. For the past couple of years, I’ve helped TV Pitchers develop their materials and prepare for their pitches.  I thought it might be helpful to share some Do‘s and Don’t‘s of what ought to be…(Read More)

Writing a Spec Script for a TV Series In teaching Screenwriters University’s Writing a Spec Script for a TV series, it’s reminded me how much every writer just wants to write their own original material. And that they are purely writing these spec scripts just to get work or an agent or manager…(Read More)

I get asked this question all the time: How (and where) should I pitch my TV show? As the Pitch Prep Coach for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)’s PitchCon and repeatedly getting up to bat myself as one of the qualified producers in the NBC/Universal partnership with the Independent Film…(Read More)

I get asked this question all the time: How (and where) should I pitch my TV show? As the Pitch Prep Coach for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE)’s PitchCon and repeatedly getting up to bat myself as one of the qualified producers in the NBC/Universal partnership with the Independent Film…(Read More)

  Million Dollar Cup of Tea is the true life story of the mother-daughter kitchen table start-up that grew into a $75 million dollar business by introducing chai tea to America. The Oregon Chai C0-Founder Tedde McMillen (the “Mom”) was so happy with our collaboration that she very generously thanked me, the…(Read More)

Writers are unfortunately often perceived to be at the bottom of the food chain in the feature world. But in the world of TV, it’s a very different story.  TV Writers are some of Hollywood’s best-paid and most respected professionals.  But the odds of breaking in (or back in) to that coveted…(Read More)

If you’re an aspiring television writer, trying to get staffed this season or perhaps (like me), you’ve got an original pilot (or two) you’re shopping, understanding the business cycles can be helpful in planning and executing your strategies. Staffing and Development Calendar Staffing Timeline Feb. – May: Executives read scripts and take “staffing…(Read More)