Stage 32 Screenwriting Lab: Write a Comedy TV Pilot in 6 Weeks - From Concept to Completed Script

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Taught by Spencer Robinson

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Class hosted by: Spencer Robinson

Manager at Art/Work Entertainment

Spencer Robinson is a literary and talent manager at Art/Work Entertainment who's been in the industry for over twenty years. His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski and more. In the TV world, his clients have been regular cast members on shows for Netflix, The CW, Cinemax, CBS, NBC, FX, Starz, Nickelodeon, EPIX, TBS and more. Spencer’s clients have also recurred on series for Freeform, TNT, AMC, Showtime and many more. He currently has a client writing on 2 Netflix series, and another client who just sold a show to Amazon. He also reps a writer who currently has a project at Aggregate Films, which has a deal at Netflix. One of Spencer’s clients had her first film shot for Netflix last year. Art/Work's writing clients work in both features and television on broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms. Full Bio »

Summary

**Only 10 Spots Available - 5 Spots Remain**

Comedy is hot right now.

Considering the unprecedented 9 Emmy Award sweep from PopTV's SCHITT'S CREEK, 30 minute comedies are here to stay. We're also seeing growing popularity of all kinds of diverse comedic storytelling and perspectives, like HBO's INSECURE, ABC's BLACK-ISH, FX's WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, Hulu's RAMY, and Amazon's FLEABAG. It seems like every day a new comedy series is announced in the trades, and the signs point to this trend only continuing. 

So are you ready to write the next show that's going to keep us all laughing?

The opportunities may be extra plentiful right now, but if you want to write for comedy TV you need to prove that you have the chops, and to do that, you better come armed with a great pilot script sample. Something that shows that you have what it takes; something that shows that you understand the structure and craft that goes into a good teleplay; and something that shows off your own unique voice and sense of humor. This is your calling card, your way in, the piece of material that will fire you off the launch pad. Let us give you the guidance to make your comedy pilot as good as it can be and help you springboard your writing career.

Spencer Robinson is a literary manager at Art/Work Entertainment who has been selling and staffing his comedy clients on the industry's leading series for years, including shows on Amazon, HBO Max and Jason Bateman's production company Aggregate just this year. He's also had clients work for Netflix, The CW, Cinemax, CBS, NBC, FX, Starz, Nickelodeon, EPIX, and TBS, to name a few. Spencer is one of the most sought-after literary managers in the business for nearly two decades and is one of Stage 32's most popular and in demand educators.

In this lab, you will be working directly with Spencer in a virtual class setting and also during one-on-one online sessions to create a fantastic, market-ready comedy pilot. No matter if you want to write a single-cam or multi-cam pilot or want to write for late night TV, Spencer is here to help you. He will guide you through creating engaging characters, building your world, perfecting your structure, constructing an outline and, finally, writing the three acts of your pilot. If you already have a concept, or even a completed pilot, Spencer will use the same tools to help you hone and sharpen your material.

 

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Spencer as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you write your pilot.

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 6-week writing lab, you will have a completed comedy television pilot script ready to be shown to reps, development execs and other executives and professionals.
  • Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Skype meetings with Spencer. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.
  • To see the full writing lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a manager and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please do book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information
  • This lab is limited to 10 people - 5 Spots Remain
  • This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate screenwriters looking to build a pilot from scratch or expand on an existing idea or polish an existing pilot.

Praise for Spencer's previous Stage 32 Writing Labs:

 

"Spencer will get those who are ready on their way to a kickass first draft that you can send for coverage, which is what I did. 2 Considers and I'm in rewrites now to move that needle. This was my first ever TV pilot!"

- Erika N. (now signed to Fineprint Literary Management after crafting her pilot with Spencer)

 

"Spencer was amazing!"

- Summer K.

 

"I had a great time learning and progressing my knowledge of the craft of writing and working directly with a mentor who is a professional in the industry. Spencer was fantastic to be taught by! Thank you!"

- Natalie A.

 

"Spencer's teaching style is the best! His patience and easygoing approach is ideal and unique to him. Kudos to Stage 32 and to Spencer!"

- Armando O.

What You'll Learn

PRE-CLASS PREP

Read your syllabus and plan decide on an idea for the comedy pilot you want to write. Do appropriate research about the world of your show.

 

WEEK 1 – Introduction, Character, World

This week we will cover the syllabus, your instructor's background and experience, your goals for this six-week lab and launch into a discussion on creating strong characters for your pilot.

We will discuss the types of comedy pilots and how they differ from network to network. This will include a discussion about Single-Camera and Multi-Camera comedies. Then we will delve into character – what makes for strong characters and weak ones. Also knowing the world your show takes place in.

The assignment for this week will be:

  • Create a document with a detailed description on each of your series regular characters and an explanation of the world.

 

WEEK 2 – Pilot Outline

This week we will break down pilot structure, plot and subplots. Pilot structure varies depending on the type of comedy pilot (single-camera or multi-camera) and the network (broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, etc.) We will identify what kind of network to target for your story idea and structure the pilot accordingly. We will also discuss crafting a storyline for your pilot.

The assignment for the week will be:

  • Complete an outline of your pilot episode. Spencer will read and provide you detailed notes.

 

WEEK 3 – Act 1

We will discuss both the Single-Camera and Multi-Camera act structures. We will address the qualities of effective (and ineffective) scenes, dialogue, and jokes, with a focus on teasers and Act 1.We will also go over all the necessary story beats that exist in a comedy pilot, including traditional page count, act breaks, tags, etc.

The assignment this week will be:

  • Complete Act 1 of your pilot. Spencer will read and provide you detailed notes.

 

WEEK 4– Act 2

We will continue the discussion on both Single-Camera and Multi-Camera act structures. We will talk about what makes up Act 2 of a pilot.

The assignment this week will be:

  • Complete Act 2 of your pilot. Spencer will read and provide you detailed notes.

 

WEEK 5– Act 3

We will continue the discussion on both Single-Camera and Multi-Camera act structures. We will talk about what makes up Act 3 of a pilot. We will also talk about what makes a good tag. We will cover what the next steps are when your pilot is complete.

The assignment this week will be:

  • Complete a full draft of your pilot. Spencer will read your full pilot and you will have a one-on-one call with him the following week.

 

WEEK 6– Finished Pilot Consultation (one-on-one consultations - no online class)

You will have an in depth call or Zoom meeting with Spencer to go over notes on your entire pilot script.

About Your Instructor

Spencer Robinson is a literary and talent manager at Art/Work Entertainment who's been in the industry for over twenty years.

His clients have been in films with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski and more. In the TV world, his clients have been regular cast members on shows for Netflix, The CW, Cinemax, CBS, NBC, FX, Starz, Nickelodeon, EPIX, TBS and more. Spencer’s clients have also recurred on series for Freeform, TNT, AMC, Showtime and many more. He currently has a client writing on 2 Netflix series, and another client who just sold a show to Amazon. He also reps a writer who currently has a project at Aggregate Films, which has a deal at Netflix. One of Spencer’s clients had her first film shot for Netflix last year.

Art/Work's writing clients work in both features and television on broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms.

Schedule

WEEK 1 – Introduction, Character, World - 10/24/20

WEEK 2 – Pilot Structure - 10/31/20

WEEK 3 – Act 1 - 11/7/20

WEEK 4 – Act 2 -11/15/20

WEEK 5– Act 3 - 11/21/20

WEEK 6 – Finished Pilot Consultation (One on One Consultations – No Online Class)

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