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The perils of a hot bath for writers   There is one thing that every screenwriter does, on every project that they embark on, and it is the easiest place to make a mistake that can undermine the project. That one thing is the choice the writer makes: what is …

C21, one of the two primary suppliers of information, news, interviews on the global TV industry, has a short-time only special offer: half price for new subscribers: c21-media-discounted-subscriptions Well worth a visit.

I wrote an article for Shepherd on the top five books I think all screenwriters should read to elevate their career. My picks cover aspects such as Serials, Soaps, Psychology, Selling Screenplays, Legalities, and more. Click here to read the full list!

Check out these really good Screen International talks: register for them here. “Screen International and Documentary Campus have once again teamed up with the Sarajevo Film Festival to host CineLink Talks, an online programme of panels for the festival’s 2021 industry strand. The 10 hour-long CineLink Talks will run from …

June 2021 Newsletter: Crying all the way to the bank. As summer reaches midpoint and lockdown rules ease, television viewing tends to fall off when the weather is better because people are desperate to be outside. So, it is worth looking back at the last couple of months to see …

The subtext iceberg

Those of you who have heard me speak or read my previous books will know I really like subtext. There are others who have written in depth about it, most recently a great blog from Industrial Scrips that I think you should staple to your forehead, metaphorically of course:   …

businessman, confused, street sign

This notorious quote from William Goldman, the famous writer of movies like ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and BUTCH CASSIDY, as well as the seminal and hilarious screenwriting book ADVENTURES IN THE SCREENTRADE, is frankly just wrong. What Goldman is really saying is that the movie business is unpredictable. No one …

An announcement at the beginning of April indicated more emphasis on opportunities to commission relatively new writers. All screenwriters need to keep up to date on the inner structure of the BBC Commissioning team. This is good news. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/bbc-announces-new-drama-commissions-across-the-uk

question, questions, man

Producers nowadays don’t always respond to submissions: it is known as “the silent pass’.