How to Write a TV Pilot That Can Get You Staffed!

Taught by Amanda Toye


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Class hosted by: Amanda Toye

TV and Film Writer & Former Development Executive

As a former Development Executive, Amanda Toye collaborated with celebrated writers to develop numerous projects across film, television, and digital. She has worked for several production companies including, David Friendly Productions (Little Miss Sunshine), Imprint Entertainment (Twilight Series), Sander/Moses Productions (Ghost Whisperer, Reckless), and Little Engine International (Missing, Rush.) As a writer, Amanda is the creator of the award winning web series Technium (Forge Apollo Cynopsis Award/ Winner, Best New Series, Academy of Web TV Awards/ Winner, Best Writing), she has a script deal with Discovery Networks, and her feature film, Mad River Valley (Good Deed Ent.), films in 2017. Amanda was born on a farm in Vermont and has lived and worked in the U.S., Asia, and Central America, traveling to over 50 countries throughout Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America, researching international media, storytelling, and local folklore. Full Bio »


Part 1 - Overview of the Staffing Process

Amanda discusses the strategy and steps of the staffing process from the studio, network and production company perspective. You will gain incite into what producers are looking for from a staffing sample and how to improve your chances of standing out in crowd.

Part 2 - Tips for Writing an Original Pilot

A discussion on the creation of a strong, unique and memorable original pilot; Choosing the right concept to display your original voice, crafting characters who can last for seasons and improving dialogue skills.

Part 3 - Pilot Format, Structure and Plotting

Amanda details structure and formatting techniques, for drama and comedy, as well as the importance of a strong, steady plot and why you need to keep the reader engaged with big plot moments every few pages in a staffing sample.

Part 4 - Spec Scripts & Next Career Steps

Amanda answers why it’s important to have a spec script to send as a follow up to your original pilot, and how to write a spec script through copying an existing show’s voices and format. She also covers reaching out to agents, managers, and studio training initiatives with your writing samples.


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

What You'll Learn

"This class was amazing! Was invaluable insight and instruction!" - Becca Boyd


It's every writer's dream to become a working writer, and in today's TV-driven marketplace it's all about having the right sample to show a manager, agent and/or show runner. That one sample can lead you to a full time writing job on new and popular TV shows. So many agents and managers that we know are thirsty for well written TV pilots because they know a good sample can get that writer work. A lot of our biggest success stories are from writers with a well written, unique TV pilot.

Stage 32 is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class taught by Amanda Toye, a former development executive who has worked on over 100 projects turned professional writer with a script deal at Discovery Networks and a feature script filming through Good Deed Entertainment November 2017!

Learn the insider tips and tricks to help you write a truly great TV pilot that gets you staffed!

About Your Instructor

As a former Development Executive, Amanda Toye collaborated with celebrated writers to develop numerous projects across film, television, and digital. She has worked for several production companies including, David Friendly Productions (Little Miss Sunshine), Imprint Entertainment (Twilight Series), Sander/Moses Productions (Ghost Whisperer, Reckless), and Little Engine International (Missing, Rush.) As a writer, Amanda is the creator of the award winning web series Technium (Forge Apollo Cynopsis Award/ Winner, Best New Series, Academy of Web TV Awards/ Winner, Best Writing), she has a script deal with Discovery Networks, and her feature film, Mad River Valley (Good Deed Ent.), films in 2017. Amanda was born on a farm in Vermont and has lived and worked in the U.S., Asia, and Central America, traveling to over 50 countries throughout Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America, researching international media, storytelling, and local folklore.


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"This class was amazing! Was invaluable insight and instruction!" - Becca Boyd


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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • This class was amazing. I wish I had been able to take it live, and I think I'd like to take it again if she offers it again, live. Was invaluable insight and instruction.

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