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

About Your Instructor, Amanda Toye: Amanda Toye is a producer, writer, and social entrepreneur. Currently she works in development for Little Engine International, an independent TV studio focusing on international co-productions in a straight to series multi-platform model. Formerly, as Director of Development at Sander/Moses Productions, she specialized in building and launching TV series creatively from the ground floor in an immersive way that integrates storytelling across platforms and gives the audience an engaging experience. She has developed and sold over 100 drama, comedy, and reality projects to network and cable. In the digital space she has developed web series, interactive content, digital assets, apps, and other content. Prior to her work in television and digital, Amanda was a film development executive at Friendly Films, and an acquisitions executive for First Look Studios. She is also the founder of Storyopolis, a mission based content platform that encourages people to share their inspirational stories to provide hope, inspire, and connect to others. 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.


Summary:

4 part master class taught by Amanda Toye, Creative Executive who has developed over 100 drama, comedy, and reality projects to network and cable! AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!

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 Happy Writers is excited to bring you the previously-recorded 4 part class: How To Write a TV Pilot That Can Get You Staffed taught by Amanda Toye, Creative Executive at Little Engine International. Learn the insider tips and tricks to help you write a truly great TV pilot that gets you staffed!

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


About Your Instructor:

About Your Instructor, Amanda Toye:

Amanda Toye is a producer, writer, and social entrepreneur. Currently she works in development for Little Engine International, an independent TV studio focusing on international co-productions in a straight to series multi-platform model. Formerly, as Director of Development at Sander/Moses Productions, she specialized in building and launching TV series creatively from the ground floor in an immersive way that integrates storytelling across platforms and gives the audience an engaging experience.

She has developed and sold over 100 drama, comedy, and reality projects to network and cable. In the digital space she has developed web series, interactive content, digital assets, apps, and other content. Prior to her work in television and digital, Amanda was a film development executive at Friendly Films, and an acquisitions executive for First Look Studios. She is also the founder of Storyopolis, a mission based content platform that encourages people to share their inspirational stories to provide hope, inspire, and connect to others.


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Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the class software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
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

  • 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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