TV Series Pitch Document Writing Lab (Get One on One Mentoring)

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Class hosted by: Anna Henry

(Worked with CBS, ABC, Amazon, Starz, Sony, 20th Television)

Anna began her 20-year career as a development executive at Nickelodeon, working on the development and production of animated television series, pilots and features, including the cult hit “Invader Zim.” She crossed overto prime-time television working at CBS and ABC in drama development and programming, and freelanced as a creative consultant for a number of production companies. She was most recently Director of Development at Andrea Simon Entertainment, a boutique literary management and production company representing writers and directors. Her clients have worked on shows at virtually every broadcast and major cable television network, and have set up projects at ITV America, Sony, 20th Television, EOne, Starz, Amazon, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and others. As a script consultant, she enjoys having a close collaboration with writers in refining scripts, expanding their range of material, and finding the best home for each project. Anna is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Full Bio »

Summary

Only 15 Spots Available - 4 Spots Remain!

Exclusive TV Lab including One-on-One Mentoring with a Veteran TV Executive

Develop a Polished TV Pitch Document for Your Own Project in 6 Weeks

 

This is the golden age of television and the appetite for content has never been greater. What does every network and streamer want? Fresh, unique, authentic voices with never-been-told stories. While the door is open to new writers, the competition is fierce. Of course you need a very strong finished script, but before that will be read, you need to be able to communicate what makes your show stand out from the crowd, what will make people want to watch it for years and years, and why you are passionate about writing it. You need a blueprint of what the series will be beyond one episode.

That's where a pitch document (AKA bible, AKA treatment) comes in. Whether you are selling your show verbally, sending the pitch to a potential producer, or applying for a fellowship, this document carries the weight of your imagined world with all its inhabitants and stories. That's a tall order! So where do you begin? How do you organize your ideas? What should be in a pitch? How detailed should you get? Should you start with a summary of the pilot? Should you have ideas for future episodes? What should you say about your characters? In this lab we will delve deep into writing an effective pitch for your scripted television idea - one that will clearly communicate your intentions, excite the reader, and convey your voice and your passion.

Anna Henry is a producer and development executive who has worked at CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, and multiple production companies, as well as a manager at Andrea Simon Entertainment. Her clients have worked on shows such as THE DEUCE, POWER, IN CONTEMPT, TOMMY, VIDA, SEVEN SECONDS, HUNG, CHICAGO FIRE, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, THIS IS US, and THE FLASH, and have set up projects at AMC, Amazon, Starz, HBO, Sony, Fox, EOne, ITV America, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and others. Anna has projects currently in development around the world and is incredibly familiar with what makes a TV show sell.

In this lab, you will be working directly with Anna in a virtual class setting and also during one-on-one online sessions to put together a great TV pitch document to help you communicate your show and get execs and buyers interested. Whether you have a comedy or drama series, 30 minute or 60 minute, animated or live action, Anna is here to help. Anna will walk you through communicating your show's world, creating your characters, and how best to convey your story within the bounds of a TV pitch document. She'll also help you put together your show's logline, comps, leave-behinds, and other tools to help you nail your pitch.

 

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Anna as a mentor by email and via video conferencing as you develop your pitch document.

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 6-week lab, you will have a polished pilot pitch document for your television project
  • This lab is designed for writers and producers of all levels interested in turning their television series idea into a polished pitch document
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***Only 15 Spots Available- 4 Spots Left!*** 
  • Sessions will vary between 2-hour group settings and personal one-on-one Zoom meetings with Anna. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process.
  • To see the full TV lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 15 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with a TV executive 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 Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information

 


Praise for Anna's Previous Stage 32 Labs

 

"I thought it was a great course and really helped me understand the format. Anna is knowledgeable and quickly cuts through to what can help your story better. Her notes on my script were insightful and really demonstrated her thorough experience."

-Lee L.

 

"Anna’s class was by far the most thorough, well put together, and organized screenwriting class I’ve ever taken. I have an MFA in filmmaking and, after graduating, I still felt as if I didn’t fully understand the structure of pilot writing. Anna’s class laid it out step by step and she went through every piece in detail. She was also extremely available to her students. During our one-on-one sessions, I expected to have a quick 15 minute call with her but she ended up speaking extensively with me about my story from outline through script stages. She really, truly cares for her students and is there to answer any questions, which, given her abundant experience in the industry, is a priceless piece of her labs. Thank you, Anna!"

-Jacqueline D.

 

"Anna was concise, and detailed. I've been working on log-lines/treatments/synopsis for 2 years for my scripts and never had it nailed like Anna was able to do. She rocks!"

-Cheryl Lynn S.

What You'll Learn

PRE-CLASS PREP – Read your syllabus and identify the scripted television idea you will write about. Re-read your spec for that project and any other materials you’ve written. Be prepared to articulate your personal connection to the material and what makes you want to write about the world.

SESSION 1 – Template, Why You / Why Now, Themes, Show Description, World, Tone

This week we will cover the syllabus, your instructor’s background and experience, your goals for this lab and launch into a discussion about pitching your television ideas.

We will discuss types of pitch documents, the purpose of writing a pitch bible/treatment and why having a spec is not enough. We will talk about how to identify your genre and where your show might sell. We will lay out the sections of the pitch bible and its basic format and style.

We will go over some of the most important elements of a pitch bible:

  • Your connection to the material – why you are the right person to write this, any source material
  • Summarizing what your show is about – structure, story engine, themes
  • Why this show is relevant today – who is the audience
  • The world of your show – time period, location, milieu, real or historical events, fantasy elements
  • Tone of your show – visual style, humor
  • Specific characteristics of certain types of shows – narrators, framing devices, musicals, mixed media

You will have a writing assignment this week.

 

SESSION 2 – Creating Characters

We will discuss creating strong characters for your show and how to describe personality, flaws, goals and conflicts. What makes a character compelling, the difference between likeable vs. relatable characters, and effective antagonists. We will talk about giving backstory as well as communicating your character’s unique point of view or voice. We will also talk about the importance of describing relationships and character arcs.

You will have a writing assignment this week.

 

SESSION 3 – One-on-One Consultations: Pitch Bible (No Online Class)

This week will consist of one-on-one consultations regarding the completed elements of your pitch bible. Each writer will send in their document in advance and will have a call to discuss what works and what doesn’t. The assignment for the week is to address any notes given before proceeding with next week’s class.

 

SESSION 4 – Conveying Story: Teaser, Pilot, Series

This week we will discuss how to write a teaser and use it effectively in your pitch bible. We will break down pilot structure and work on summarizing the pilot. We will discuss how to convey the longevity of your series using season arcs and sample episodes, and how to adjust this section for episodic vs. serialized projects and limited series. We will talk about story engine, stakes, A and B stories, what to reveal and what to leave out, and how much detail is needed. We will go over how to craft episode loglines.

You will have a writing assignment this week.

 

SESSION 5 – Logline, Title, Comps, Leave-behinds, The 2-page Pitch, and Tips for Verbal Pitches

We will go over the purpose of a logline and how to craft an effective logline. We will talk about coming up with a title for your show (and optionally a tagline). We will discuss the pros and cons of comps. We will also talk about leave-behinds such as lookbooks. We will go over how to edit your pitch bible down to a 2-page pitch/treatment for Stage 32 and fellowships/contests. Finally, will talk about tips for verbal pitches. Also bring all your questions from the lab!

You will have a writing assignment this week.

 

SESSION 6 – One-on-One Consultations: Pitch Practice & Pitch Bible Notes (No Online Class)

This week will consist of one-on-one consultations regarding your finished pitch bible and your verbal pitch practice. Each writer will send in their completed document in advance and will have a call to discuss further notes and next steps.

 

About Your Instructor

Anna began her 20-year career as a development executive at Nickelodeon, working on the development and production of animated television series, pilots and features, including the cult hit “Invader Zim.” She crossed overto prime-time television working at CBS and ABC in drama development and programming, and freelanced as a creative consultant for a number of production companies.

She was most recently Director of Development at Andrea Simon Entertainment, a boutique literary management and production company representing writers and directors. Her clients have worked on shows at virtually every broadcast and major cable television network, and have set up projects at ITV America, Sony, 20th Television, EOne, Starz, Amazon, OddLot Entertainment, Corus, and others. As a script consultant, she enjoys having a close collaboration with writers in refining scripts, expanding their range of material, and finding the best home for each project. Anna is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Schedule

Session 1 - Saturday 6/12/21 - Template, Why You / Why Now, Themes, Show Description, World, Tone 11am-1pm PT

Session 2 -Saturday 6/19/21 - Creating Characters - 11am-1pm PT

Session 3 - Starting 6/26/21 - One-on-One Consultations (No Online Class)

Session 4 - Saturday 7/10/21 Conveying Story: Teaser, Pilot, Series - 11am-1pm PT

Session 5 - Saturday 7/17/21 - Logline, Title, Comps, Leave-behinds, The 2-page Pitch, and Tips for Verbal Pitches - 11am-1pm PT

Session 6 - Starting 7/24/21 One-on-One Consultations (No Online Class)

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I 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 webinar, 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 webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer

Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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