TV’s Showrunner Crisis: Many Projects Struggle to Find Experienced Writing Producers

Interesting article. So is LB’s comment at the end: by Nellie Andreeva via Team TVWriter™ News Service via TVBizwire via Deadline The search for experienced showrunners around the end of the development season is becoming “an annual tradition,” writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com, with increasing numbers of newly picked-up series “in need of a seasoned showrunner every...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/12/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Jonathan Hickman‘s graphic novel, Pax Romana has been put into development at Syfy. Special Forces! Time travel! Ancient Rome! World War III! (Whoever writes this is gonna have one hell of a glorious time. Call your agent and make that writer you. Or, if you’re...

Tuesday News: Fake memoirist must pay back publisher; made-to-order libraries; preserving digital books; and 100-year old how-to manuals

Author of fake Holocaust memoir ordered to return $22.5m to publisher – In another chapter of the strange case of Misha Defonseca, the author of the fake Holocaust Memoir has been ordered by a judge to return $22.5 million that she won in another suit against her US publisher. Defonseca’s bestselling book was even made...

LB: 3 Weeks Left to Enter the People’s Pilot

…So don’t just sit there thinking about it - DO IT! Members of the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, SMALLVILLE, HBO’s upcoming THE LEFTOVERS, and other great, good, and, well, mediocre series have been entrants to this contest...

Monday News: Router company threatens a reviewer; credit card technology changing; the Amazon-Hachette spat; and ornamental alphabets

How Does A Negative Amazon Review Result In Threats Of A Lawsuit? – This is a fascinating, frightening story of how an Amazon review of an wireless router earned the reviewer a threatened lawsuit and the router company a ban on selling its products on Amazon. I highly recommend reading the story for all of...

Global E-Book Report 2014

Sell globally, publish locally. As the eBook market develops and matures, observers are noting patterns that repeat themselves from country to country. Infrastructure is critical, of course. As access to the Internet grows, online distribution channels and reading platforms follow closely behind. And yet location still matters. From tax policies to legislated pricing levels to...

Friday News: Bye, bye Sony; 3-d makeup printer; Romance novel survey; and a French portrait mystery

Sony Reader Store to Close in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Australia June 16th – Well, that didn’t take long. Two months after closing the Sony Reader Store in the United States and Canada, Sony is pulling out of almost all its other markets, including Australia, the UK,and Germany, signaling an abandonment of the digital...

Harlequin Is Swept Away

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For HarperCollins, who announced the purchase this week of romance publisher Harlequin, the ways certainly add up. In the digital age, though, does $415 million buy HarperCollins publishing happiness? “Most book publishing imprints operate as business-facing companies. Consumers generally don’t develop loyalty to imprints, with a...

TV Writing is the Hippest, Trendiest, um, Trend. Yeah, that’s it. Wow.

Everybody’s getting into the act: European Writers’ Room Aims to Beat Americans at TV Game by Naharnet Newsdesk It could be a scene from a television drama: five Germans, three Frenchmen, a Briton, an Italian, a Bulgarian and a Hungarian, all cooking up a plot together in their London hideout. But this not-so-dirty dozen are on...

Thursday News: Critics and novelists; Asian American masculinity; Voltaire and the mathematician; and Science Fiction’s lament

Do Critics Make Good Novelists? – This week’s Bookends column — between Daniel Mendelsohn and Leslie Jamison — is a pretty interesting contemplation of the relationship between literary critic and novelist. Mendelsohn seems to suggest that critics are unsuited to writing fiction, while Jamison suggests that the prejudice against critics who also write fiction predetermines...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/8/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Eric Amadio (COLUMBUS DAY) & John Singleton (SHAFT) are co-writing SNOWFALL, a Showtime series about L.A., drugs, the ghetto, and everything else ugly about the town. (Which of course means this is on Ye Friendly Neighborhood Munchead’s “Must See” List!) Jonathan Ames (BORED TO DEATH) is developing...

Wednesday News: Beauty blogger’s work used without permission; Google Classroom debuts; Edgar Awards announced; Dear Author’s May Book Club selection

I’m A Blogger. Respect My Work. – London Beauty Queen, a blogger with more than 22,000 followers on Twitter, has had her images used without permission. We often talk about how bloggers need to be careful about using photos from sources that are not public domain, but now, with the rise of blogs to media...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/6/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Dave Hemingson (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios. (Dave is a guy whose credits go way, way back, proving that every once in awhile a grand old pro gets the recognition – as in the chance to...

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection is Now Available on Amazon at $5.99 for a Limited Time

A few months ago, I published the third and final book in my Adventures in Writing series. Today, I’m excited to announce the release of Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection. This collection includes all three books in the series: 101 Creative Writing Exercises 10 Core Practices for Better Writing 1200 Creative Writing Prompts Adventures...

The grand experiment of bringing original shows to Xbox

Did you know that Xbox is creating its own content, including the kind of thing most of us write, i.e. fiction? The potential here – as in “Wowsa! Another place to work!” (or not) – fills us with…well, actually it fills us with dread but that’s cuz we’re weird. Right? After all, who dreads opportunity?...

Tuesday News: #AmazonCart on Twitter; the real, made-up Apple Earbuds; the Book Smugglers try publishing; and how do you handle book jackets

Twitter’s New #AmazonCart Deal Won’t Be Its Big Commerce Moneymaker – So now you can add products to your Amazon cart with a Twitter hashtag. First, of course, you have to link up the two accounts, and I don’t think the service works for items that can only be purchased with a one click setting...

Judd Apatow’s Ancient SIMPSONS Episode to be On in the Fall

by Team TVWriter™ Press Service Judd Apatow’s episode of animated comedy “The Simpsons” will finally be broadcast 24 years after the writer/director submitted his script to TV bosses. Apatow, the brains behind hit movies “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” wrote speculative scripts and sent them to TV production companies as he attempted to break...

Monday News: Book Bub secures funding, MFA programs lack diversity, the problem with “slut shelves,” and teaching young women about sex

BookBub Raises $3.8 Million in Series A Funding – Book Bub, which promotes digital books through daily emails to a massive subscription list of more than 3 million, has just raised $3.8 million from investors including Avalon Ventures, NextView Ventures, Founder Collective, and Bloomberg Beta. The investments were made in exchange for preferred stock, which...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/4/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) is developing the Fox mini series NAZARETH, about a certain son of God’s childhood back in the day after being abandoned by his oversexed daddy. (Well, hell, that’s how Yer Malevolent Munchy Man would write it, and I like to think...

LB: Less Than 4 Weeks Left to Enter the People’s Pilot

It’s far turn time for this year’s TVWriter™ People’s Pilot contest, with just 4 weeks left to enter and, you know, upload. The PP has a long and distinguished history and is all about original series pilots, which have become the preferred type of spec to get into the hot hands of showrunners so they...