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The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series

The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series

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If you’ve ever dreamed of being in charge of your own network, cable, or web series, then this is the book for you. The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap provides you with the tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit show...
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Neil Landau, Professor & Lecturer, MFA Screenwriting & Producing Programs at UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television & Digital Media. Key Features: - provides you with the tools required to become an effective showrunner, with in-depth advice about a range of issues, from structuring and developing a TV drama and creating iconic, multi-layered characters to dealing with network and studio script notes, budgeting, and managing writer room crises - including in-the-trenches perspective with contributions from A-list showrunners such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad; X-Files), Alex Gansa (Homeland; Dexter; 24), Jason Katims (Parenthood; Friday Night Lights) and others - a companion website bonus interviews If you’ve ever dreamed of being in charge of your own network, cable, or web series, then this is the book for you. The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap provides you with the tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit show. Combining his 20+ years as a working screenwriter and UCLA professor, Neil Landau expertly guides you through 21 essential insights to the creation of a successful show, and takes you behind the scenes with exclusive and enlightening interviews with showrunners from some of TV’s most lauded series, including:
  • Breaking Bad
  • Homeland
  • Scandal
  • Modern Family
  • The Walking Dead
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Lost
  • House, M.D.
  • Friday Night Lights
  • The Good Wife
From conception to final rewrite, The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to create a series that won’t run out of steam after the first few episodes. This groundbreaking guide features a companion website with additional interviews and bonus materials. www.focalpress.com/cw/landau So grab your laptop, dig out that stalled spec script, and buckle up. Welcome to the fast lane. Contents: Chapter 1: Prepare the Perfect Pitch Interview: Ian Sander and Kim Moses – Ghost Whisperer Chapter 2: Explore a New Arena Interview: Steven S. DeKnight* – Spartacus Chapter 3: Service Your Franchise Interview: Michael Rauch – Royal Pains Chapter 4: Deliver the Verdict Interview: Michelle and Robert King – The Good Wife Chapter 5: Make Us Care Interview: Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad Chapter 6: Value Family Dynamics Interview: Shonda Rhimes – Scandal Chapter 7: Fuel Your Story Engine Interview: Pam Veasey* – CSI: New York Chapter 8: Identify Characters’ Weaknesses Interview: David Shore – House, M.D. Chapter 9: Determine the POV Interview: Alex Gansa – Homeland Chapter 10: Get to the Heart of Your Story Interview: Jason Katims – Parenthood Chapter 11: Know Who and What They’re Up Against Interview: Tim Kring – Touch Chapter 12: Mine the Mystery Interview: Damon Lindelof – Lost Chapter 13: Blueprint Your Structure Interview: Glen Mazzara – Walking Dead Chapter 14: Unify Storylines (via Theme) Interview: Chip Johannessen – Dexter Chapter 15: Pique Our Interest with a Potent Teaser Interview: Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin* – The Riches Chapter 16: Hit the Sweet Spot Interview: Hart Hanson – Bones Chapter 17: Pay Off the Setups Interview: Veena Sud – The Killing Chapter 18: Establish the Mythology Interview: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis – Once Upon a Time Chapter 19: Push Them Off a Cliff Interview: Michael Kelley – Revenge Chapter 20: Designate an Expertise Interview: Janet Tamaro – Rizzoli & Isles Chapter 21: Make Us Laugh Interview: Christopher Lloyd – Modern Family Interview: Craig Thomas & Carter Bays – How I Met Your Mother Interview: Don Roos and Dan Bucatinsky* – Web Therapy