How to Write a 1 Hour TV Pilot and Position it to Sell it in Today's Market

Taught by Steve Iwanyk from Gotham Group

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Class hosted by: Steve Iwanyk from Gotham Group

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About Your Instructor, Steve Iwanyk: Steve Iwanyk is a literary manager for The Gotham Group, which is one of the largest entertainment management companies in the business. Gotham represents writers, directors, producers, content creators, illustrators, authors, publishing houses, and artists for live action television and film, as well as new media, animation, family entertainment, and publishing. Steve works primarily in the television drama space having recently sold his client's series, Scorpion, to CBS, and also placed his feature on the Black List last year. Steve helps to oversee Gotham’s first-look producing deal with Legendary TV, but has clients working in features, as well as publishing. Prior to joining Gotham, he worked with film & TV producer Gavin Polone, and in the Motion Picture Talent Department at the Creative Artists Agency. Full Bio »

Part 1 - Playing the Field

Steve discusses the kinds of 1 hour TV pilots networks are looking for, and more importantly, what kinds they are not. He talks about the differences between cable, network, and online (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) as well as the differences between procedurals and serialized series.

Part 2 - Character and Structure

Steve leads a discussion on characterization. He runs through some of his favorite TV characters and explores the development process most networks go through to amp up the characterization in scripts. He also explores supporting cast, archetypes, structure and act breaks.

Part 3 - Creating an Engine to Your Show

Steve discusses the engine of a TV show. He runs through the importance of a clear week-to-week and explores series longevity and how to craft story lines that can stretch out for 3-8 years.


Summary:

To see a video sample of the class, see below!

3 part class taught by literary manager Steve Iwanyk who sold his client's series, Scorpion, to CBS! Nearly all the executives we work with are on the hunt for 1 hour TV pilots. Venues showcasing TV series continue to pop up at a rapid pace and a lot of our writers have been signed off their 1 hour TV pilot script. As the demand for TV continues to rise it's important that you have a TV pilot in your portfolio that showcases your voice, perspective and talent. One of our favorite success stories is from one of our writers, Michael Madden, who had a solid 1 hour TV pilot which got him signed to Benderspink and ICM in Hollywood. Working with the Stage 32 Happy Writers helped catapult him to became a full time writer on ABC's Black Box.

Stage 32 Happy Writers is excited to bring you this 3 part class: How to Write a 1 Hour TV Pilot and Position it to Sell in Today's Market taught by Steve Iwanyk from Gotham Group. Learn the “whys” and “hows” of writing a TV pilot, what executives are looking for and what to focus on when trying to break in with your new pilot.

Here's a sample of what to expect in this exciting Next Level Class:

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


About Your Instructor:

About Your Instructor, Steve Iwanyk:

Steve Iwanyk is a literary manager for The Gotham Group, which is one of the largest entertainment management companies in the business. Gotham represents writers, directors, producers, content creators, illustrators, authors, publishing houses, and artists for live action television and film, as well as new media, animation, family entertainment, and publishing. Steve works primarily in the television drama space having recently sold his client's series, Scorpion, to CBS, and also placed his feature on the Black List last year. Steve helps to oversee Gotham’s first-look producing deal with Legendary TV, but has clients working in features, as well as publishing. Prior to joining Gotham, he worked with film & TV producer Gavin Polone, and in the Motion Picture Talent Department at the Creative Artists Agency.


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A: If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
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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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Excellent class! Very thorough and well thought out/presented. The best webinar/class I've taken yet at Stage 32. This one is well worth every penny!
  • Quick and informative

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