VEEP Script Coordinator Breaks Down Expectations of a Comedy Writers' Room

Hosted by Jon Stahl

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Jon Stahl

Webinar hosted by: Jon Stahl

Script Coordinator at Veep (HBO)

Jon Stahl is the Script Coordinator at HBO assigned to the DGA, SAG, WGA and Emmy Award-winning comedy series "VEEP", starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky, and created by Armando Iannucci (THE DEATH OF STALIN, "The Thick of It"). Jon began his career in production, working on projects like YOUNG ADULT, "The Big C", and "Maron". In 2013, he produced Season 1 of the Emmy-nominated series "Eastsiders", before getting his first high-profile writers’ room position on the NBC network sitcom Mr. Robinson with Universal Television. Jon went on to work in the writers' room at Nickelodeon on "Game Shakers" before his current role at HBO, where he works alongside some of the best writers in television comedy. Jon grew up with a deep sense of admiration for well-written television. Shows like "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons" painted his perception of what a great comedy could be, and impressed on him an irreverent, madcap style that shines through in his own work.     Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

It’s no secret that many creatives are looking to take the necessary steps to work on a TV show or break into a writers' room. Stage 32 and Jon Stahl, HBO’s Emmy-Award Winning Veep script coordinator, have the answers to help you find your way.

We're taking you inside the room of one of the top comedy shows on television today (Veep) to learn what it's like to break in and expectations once you get there.  Your host Jon Stahl spent the last decade working in television, with the last third of it in comedy. Working alongside the writers of television’s best comedy, Jon not only knows what it takes to write great comedy, but also what is needed to take a seat at the table with the rest of them.

 

What You'll Learn

  • General info on a Writers’ room. Briefly:
    • What a Writers’ office is (and what it isn’t).
    • The key players.
    • How it operates day to day.
    • Hours / Pay
  • Getting a job in a Writers’ Office
    • How to make new connections
    • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • How to use existing connections
    • Moving from production to Writers’ Room
    • How to format your resumé
  • Room Culture
    • How to navigate
    • Handling sensitive information
    • What makes a writers’ room different from every other job you’ve worked in
    • Food and why it's very important
    • Office hierarchy
    • Writers’ Office Politics
    • Language
  • Duties of the Job
    • Notes
      • Notes etiquette
      • Software platform
    • Scriptwriting
    • Distribution
    • Clearances / WGA Paperwork
    • Assisting on Set
    • Brief Outline / Story Breakdown
    • White Board
    • Administrative 
    • Technical - This gets its own section later
    • Custodial 
    • Creative - This gets its own section later
  • Technical Stuff
    • Speed
    • Typing etiquette
    • Final Draft / Others
      • General info / Tips & Tricks
    • Microsoft Word
      • General info / Tips & Tricks
    • Scenechronize
      • General info / Tips & Tricks
    • Other useful software / Platforms
  • Internet Searches
    • Useful searches
    • Fun searches
    • How to read the room
  • Pitching
    • Etiquette
    • How to pitch
    • Examples of good and bad pitches
    • Responding to other writers’ pitches
    • Room bits
  • “Big Personalities” = Code for “Assholes”
    • How to deal with stressful people/situations
    • Sometimes your job is just to get shit on and pretend you love it. Brings us to our next topic:
  • How To Get Shit On And Pretend You Love It
    • Relax, it’s only TV
    • There are awesome parts of the job
  • Next steps
    • Writing samples
    • Advice on how to keep moving up
    • Why you should be good at your job (but not too good)
  • Q&A with Jon!

 

About Your Instructor

Jon Stahl is the Script Coordinator at HBO assigned to the DGA, SAG, WGA and Emmy Award-winning comedy series "VEEP", starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky, and created by Armando Iannucci (THE DEATH OF STALIN, "The Thick of It").

Jon began his career in production, working on projects like YOUNG ADULT, "The Big C", and "Maron". In 2013, he produced Season 1 of the Emmy-nominated series "Eastsiders", before getting his first high-profile writers’ room position on the NBC network sitcom Mr. Robinson with Universal Television. Jon went on to work in the writers' room at Nickelodeon on "Game Shakers" before his current role at HBO, where he works alongside some of the best writers in television comedy.

Jon grew up with a deep sense of admiration for well-written television. Shows like "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons" painted his perception of what a great comedy could be, and impressed on him an irreverent, madcap style that shines through in his own work.

 

 

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