Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/10/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Simon Rich is adapting his book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Man Seeking Woman, into a comedy series for FXX. (The show is described as being about a man who “enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror.” Hey, they got that right. Now...

New TV Writers Do Get Staff Jobs: Here’s How Rachel Lewis Did It

Good news, gang. Lightning does strike. Newbies do get into the business. And reading about the noobs (altho probably not the lightning) is definitely food for a struggling soul. So sit back and let yourself be inspired: by Lissette Schuster Rachel Lewis is an actress, writer, and comedian who recently got her first television staff...

Thursday News: Pixar & Lucasfilm started wage-fixing cartel, Apple tells on Google, profits down at Samsung, and bookstore shelving

REVEALED: Court docs show role of Pixar and Dreamworks Animation in Silicon Valley wage-fixing cartel – Remember the revelations of artificial wage suppression by Google and Apple? Well, that, it turns out, was just the beginning of the conspiracy, and now, with a $324 million settlement at risk, revelations about Pixar and Lucasfilm as the...

Wednesday News: Amazon scores a point against Hachette, the Pentagon is watching us, Torstar shareholders okay Harlequin sale, and re-visioning the ‘bodice ripper’

Amazon Offers Authors 100% of eBook Sales During Dispute with Hachette – You’ve got to give it to Amazon and Hachette – both are doing a good job of keeping attention focused on the dispute. Frankly, I think Amazon is winning the public relations aspect of the battle, and it’s because of strategies like this...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/8/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Deborah Schoenman (GIRLS) is developing a drama series for E! based on her New York Times article, What’s He Really like? Check the App, about a woman whose hot social network app really pisses people off.  (Which sounds more like a comedy premise to yer munchy...

2014 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists!

23rd PEOPLE’S PILOT FINALISTS For contest ending June 1, 2014 ONE-HOUR SHOW (alphabetically) ANGEL RADIO by Keith Davison BAZAAR by Lilly Slaydon BLACK SHEEP by Shaleatha Palmore BODIES OF WORK: NYC by Jorge Perez EIDOLA by Robert Herold FACING NORTH by Jorge Perez PURITY by Jery Rowan QUITO by Ben Streeter & Mark Curtis...

Fox Announces 2014 Writers Intensive Winners

by Team TVWriter™ Writing partners Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft have been selected as this year’s Fox Writers Intensive Fellows.  Chosen from the third annual class of 10 FWI finalists, Gonzalez and Haft have inked a script development deal with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television. In addition, the writing duo have been staffed on...

Tuesday News: Retail in the online marketplace, Omnific + Gallery Books = ?, that odd Amazon self-publishing petition, and 10 useful facts about the penis

Gap’s former social chief: Retail has shiny-new-object syndrome – An interesting little Q&A with Rachel Tipograph, who used to be the Gap’s digital and social media director, on how retailers are managing the online marketplace. While the focus here is on retail, there are some implications for authors, too, especially in regard to the way...

Monday News: YouTube targets slow ISPs, Scarlett Johansson wins limited judgment, “considering” books for review, and new DA submission forms

YouTube, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video – This is pretty interesting. YouTube, which is owned by Google, is posting these messages on videos that have streaming issues due to insufficient ISP speeds. Netflix had been doing something similar, and Verizon apparently threatened to sue them, so they quit, but...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/4/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Lodge Kerrigan & Amy Seimetz (newbies who scored big at Sundance this year) are writing and directing the Starz adaptation of a little sex type film directed by Steven Soderburgh called THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. (Which is often referred to as “Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE...

Friday News: Google’s ‘right to be forgotten,’ Amazon v. the FTC, the death of the novel (again, still), and the NSFW asymmetric man thong

For Google, the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Is an Unforgettable Fiasco – An interesting — and troubling — piece on the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” ruling that contemplates the absolute mess this decision may have on the world’s largest search engine. Part of this emanates from the difficult and difficultly close relationship between...

DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Starts August 23rd

Thought we’d help get the word out. Cuz the way we see it, TV science fiction doesn’t get any better than the Doctor. (And actors don’t get any better than Peter Capaldi.) Click here to view the embedded video...

Thursday News: Facebook’s many experiments, Canada’s new anti-spam law, World Book Night US says goodnight, and two writers debate book categories

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits – Now here’s a surprise (not): Facebook seems to think it can do whatever the hell it wants to its users, because you’ve signed a TOS (which apparently now says your data can be used for research). the Data Science group has basically worked with few to no boundaries, and...

Wednesday News: NYPL hosts Amazon roundtable, Guernica names first paid publisher, JK Rowling’s plot map, and Game of Thrones wedding costs

Amazon: Business As Usual? – Although I have not had a chance to watch it, and therefore cannot comment on the content, I’m thinking that the 759 comments (as of Tuesday night PST), some of which are pretty entertaining, suggest that it might be worth sitting through the 90-minute discussion of everyone’s favorite subject (not)...

Writing and Thinking: One and the Same?

“Sometimes you have to write to figure it out.” Hey, we’re writers. We know that. Still, it’s great to hear: Click here to view the embedded video. Author Daniel Pink’s 2014 Northwestern University Weinberg College Senior Convocation Address (We think that means he’s talking to the graduating class)...

Tuesday News: Online book sales outpacing brick and mortar, notes on the ALA Conference, is new content killing journalism?, and Hobby Lobby’s purity standard

US book publishers are making more through online sales than physical stores – Not only have audiobooks increased in popularity over the past year, but the 2013 joint report by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group (link to the report in the article) indicates that digital books are still not...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/30/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman David Thorne (LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN) has joined Jim Vallely (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) to create 27b/6, an HBO comedy series based on David’s blog. (Yer munchie one is going out on a limb here and now to predict that this will be a very, very,...

IndieFab Book Awards Announced

Like parenting, independent publishing isn’t something you do for the recognition and the rewards. And just like Moms and Dads anywhere, indie publishers will forego dividends for their own hard work so long as their progeny get along in the world. At the recently-concluded American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas, independent and university presses celebrated...

Meet The 2014 PEOPLE’S PILOT Semi-Finalists!

23rd PEOPLE’S PILOT SEMI-FINALISTS For contest ending June 1, 2014 ONE-HOUR SHOW (alphabetically) ANGEL RADIO by Keith Davison BARD by Jessica Ellis BAZAAR by Lilly Slaydon BELLEVUE by Michelle R. Anderson BLACK SHEEP by Shaleatha Palmore BODIES OF WORK: NYC by Jorge Perez...