By Bob Levy Routledge 268 pages Paperback: 9781138584235 pub: 2019-02-15
Table of Contents
Introduction CHAPTER 1: Development and the Structure of the Hollywood TV Industry CHAPTER 2: The Industrial Process of TV Development (From Pitch to Upfronts) CHAPTER 3: Format, Genre and Concept CHAPTER 4: What Make Series Go: "Story Engines," "Franchises" and "Series Drives" CHAPTER 5: Concept Ideation, "Areas" and "Takes" CHAPTER 6: Assessing the Marketplace CHAPTER 7: Pitching New Pilots and Series CHAPTER 8: Developing the Pilot Script CHAPTER 9: Packaging and Politics: The Role of Agents in TV Development CHAPTER 10: Other Development Strategies CHAPTER 11: Case Study: The Tortuous 5-Year Development of One Hit Show CHAPTER 12: The Culture of TV Development CHAPTER 13: Preparing for Careers in TV Development CHAPTER 14: Applying TV Development Strategies to Other Forms of Filmed Storytelling CHAPTER 15: What's Next? TV Development in the Age of Media Disruption APPENDIX: Glossary of TV Development Terminology Acknowledgments Index
Reviews"Levy pulls back the curtain and reveals how Hollywood creates new TV series. With decades of experience as a producer and network development exec, he knows all the secrets and shares them in this excellent, comprehensive book!" —Neil Landau, Assistant Dean, Dean’s Special Programs and Co-Director, MFA Screenwriting Program, Writing for Television, UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television "Anyone who hopes to create a hit show needs to learn how to write and how to navigate the Hollywood TV development process. Levy's book is the only book that explains the Hollywood development process in detail, and it’s awesome!" —Kevin Williamson, Creator of Tell Me a Story and Dawson's Creek; Co-creator of The Vampire Diaries; Writer of Scream "Levy’s book is a terrific resource full of detailed insider information on how to create a new series—the best guide to the subject I’ve seen." —Evan Smith, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
About the AuthorBob Levy has worked in television for more than 30 years and has been practicing development at the highest levels of the television industry for 25 years. He is best known for developing and executive producing the hit shows Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. He also currently serves as a lecturer at UCLA, teaching TV development in the Producers Program of their graduate film school.
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