How to Write Indie Dramedies that the Industry Will Embrace

Writing the Next Break Out Hit
Taught by Jake Detharidge

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Class hosted by: Jake Detharidge

VP of Packaging & Development at Drive Films

About Your Instructor, Jake Detharidge: Jake began his career at Marty Katz Productions as a development exec, transitioning next to the then newly formed WME. At WME, Jake became the head story analyst in the story department, overseeing the entire literary catalogue for the agency as well as all coverage and submissions. During this period he began working with Eric Reid in the Film/TV Rights department and eventually oversaw all property rights for the Beverly Hills office. After WME, Jake moved on to run development for director Luke Greenfield (The Animal, Girl Next Door, Role Models, Something Borrowed) and WideAwake Inc. Here, Jake helped Luke develop his studio feature Let's be Cops with Simon Kinberg producing and shot through 20th Century Fox. Jake also worked on the 2012 ABC pilot Prairie Dogs, as well as 3 other studio features. Jake Detharidge is currently the head of development and production at 3311 Productions (In A World... starring Lake Bell, Eva Longoria and Big Sur starring Kate Bosworth). Full Bio »

Part 1 - Introduction to Indie Dramedies

Jake discusses several dramedies that worked, and several that didn't. How do you choose between drama and comedy? Which one should take precedent? He also covers the many archetypes to be found in the genre, and how writers can avoid being cliché or stereotypical.

Part 2 - Picking a Concept with a Hook/Fleshing Out Characters

Jake discusses how to pick a concept that still has a hook while staying true to the authenticity of the genre. He covers the various kinds of driving forces that are usually the most successful in this genre, and some that aren't.

Part 3 - Tone

Jake focuses this discussion on tone and how to establish it from the beginning, how to balance the comedy and drama, what executives look for in dramedies and how the style of writing tone affects the read.

Part 4 - Outlining Dramedies

Jake covers structure, plot turns, page count, number of characters, and layout of the outlining process. He also goes over what the major bullet points writers should be aware of when writing in this genre are. Lastly, Jake runs through the common mistakes writers often make in this genre.


Summary:

4 part class taught by Jake Detharidge, Head of Development at 3311 Productions (In A World... starring Lake Bell, Eva Longoria and Big Sur starring Kate Bosworth)! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!

Writers writing in this space so often struggle with keeping these stories character driven and grounded while also creating a hook and blending the comedy and drama. So many executives are on the hunt for the next Silver Linings Playbook and Little Miss Sunshine, but it's getting harder and harder to sift through the mountains of scripts to find distinct dramedies with commercial appeal.

Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class: How to Write Indie Dramedies That the Industry Will Embrace – Writing the Next Breakout Hit taught by Jake Detharidge, Head of Development at 3311 Productions. Learn what it takes to make your indie dramedy stand out and capture the industry's attention.

Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class.
Although Jake is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate!


About Your Instructor:

About Your Instructor, Jake Detharidge:

Jake began his career at Marty Katz Productions as a development exec, transitioning next to the then newly formed WME. At WME, Jake became the head story analyst in the story department, overseeing the entire literary catalogue for the agency as well as all coverage and submissions. During this period he began working with Eric Reid in the Film/TV Rights department and eventually oversaw all property rights for the Beverly Hills office.

After WME, Jake moved on to run development for director Luke Greenfield (The Animal, Girl Next Door, Role Models, Something Borrowed) and WideAwake Inc. Here, Jake helped Luke develop his studio feature Let's be Cops with Simon Kinberg producing and shot through 20th Century Fox. Jake also worked on the 2012 ABC pilot Prairie Dogs, as well as 3 other studio features.

Jake Detharidge is currently the head of development and production at 3311 Productions (In A World... starring Lake Bell, Eva Longoria and Big Sur starring Kate Bosworth).


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A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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