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I recently was asked “What are the criteria for getting a TV concept/show picked up in the U.S.?” If you’re shopping a sitcom or drama here in the States, start with these 10 things: An attorney. If you are writing with a partner or incorporating someone else’s story or work, don’t type a word until…

MLB + scripted series = #disruption MLB Swings for Young Baseball Fans With Teen Romantic Comedy Starring YouTube’s Lauren Elizabeth (Video) Major League Baseball, looking to pull younger audiences into its 2016 postseason orbit, is launching its first scripted series next week: teen romantic comedy “Out of My League,” produced by…

  I’ve been writing, shooting and producing short films, about twenty of them, since 1999. I’ve also DP’d several shorts and a zombie feature. I enjoy assisting   Source: Fix It in Production: A 1st A.D. Tells You What Mistakes to Avoid when Shooting an Independent Film | Filmmaker Magazine  

  In the first part of a special report, realscreen examines the economic pressures placed on some documentary filmmakers working today, and why doc directors – many of whom also play double duty as producers on their projects – aren’t paying themselves for their time. (Top left: Jesse Moss; right: Emily James)   Source: Documentary…

  Advice from the “Opportunities in Public Television for Documentary Filmmakers” panel at NYWIFT’s Documentary Film Financing Day By Terisa Thurman When the public television broadcasters took…   Source: The Top 3 Tips to Get Your Documentary Financed and Broadcast to Millions  

It’s difficult for directors in independent film these days, even with help from big-name filmmakers. Source: Even With the Help of Big Names, Indie Directors Are Hard-Pressed to Make a Living

President of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins, presented a poignant and often funny Master Class to the audience of screenwriters and filmmakers, moderated by Athena Film Festival co-founder Melissa Silverstein. Source: A Conversation with Sheila Nevins President HBO Documentary Films – Script Magazine

As I’ve written about previously, teams often mistakenly adopt a project management tool before they’ve established a project management workflow for that tool to support. That post explained why you must first establish a team workflow. In this two-part follow-up, I’m now going to share how to approach designing that workflow then how to create…

I work in both entertainment and tech, so discussions about diverse workforces are a constant in my professional life. My business is all about providing clear steps to outcomes, so this post is not to tell you why you should diversify your workforce but how to do so—with a nod to the inimitable Guy Kawasaki—in…

In the past five years, on extremely diverse projects in the tech, entertainment and non-profit worlds, I have adopted or been added to a wide range of time and project management tools: Basecamp Convo Google (Gmail, Tasks, Calendar) LeanKit Outlook 2010 Outlook 2013 Podio SharePoint Team Site Slack Trello Wrike Yammer I honestly can say…

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