Focal Press Book: The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series (Paperback)

Focal Press Book: The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series (Paperback)

Focal Press Book: The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series (Paperback)

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  • Author: Neil Landau
  • Paperback, 320 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780415831673
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  • 1Description

The TV Showrunner's Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series is a softcover book published by Focal Press Taylor & Francis Group and written by Neil Landau. It provides you with tools for creating, writing, and managing your own hit show. Combining his 20+ years as a working screenwriter and UCLA professor, Neil Landau guides you through 21 essential insights to the creation of a successful show, and takes you behind the scenes with exclusive and enlightening interviews with showrunners from some of the most lauded TV series, including: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Scandal, Modern Family, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Lost, House, M.D., Friday Night Lights, and The Good Wife.

From conception to final rewrite, The TV Showrunner's Roadmap is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to create a series that won't run out of steam after the first few episodes.

About the Author
Neil Landau is a screenwriter, producer, author, and professor in the MFA in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Film, Television & Digital Media. His movie credits include the teen comedy Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. His TV credits include Doogie Howser, M.D., Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime and MTV's Undressed; with pilot deals at CBS, Disney, Freemantle, Lifetime, Spelling, and Warner Bros. Television. He served as executive script consultant for Sony Pictures Television International for many years, is a faculty member in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and won a Spanish Academy ("Goya") Award for best screenplay adaptation for the animated movie Tad the Lost Explorer, 2012. He co-scripted the animated movie: Capture the Flag.

Chapter 1: Prepare the Perfect Pitch
Interview: Ian Sander and Kim Moses - Ghost Whisperer
Chapter 2: Explore a New Arena
Interview: Steven S. DeKnight - Spartacus
Chapter 3: Service Your Franchise
Interview: Michael Rauch - Royal Pains
Chapter 4: Deliver the Verdict
Interview: Michelle and Robert King - The Good Wife
Chapter 5: Make Us Care
Interview: Vince Gilligan - Breaking Bad
Chapter 6: Value Family Dynamics
Interview: Shonda Rhimes - Scandal
Chapter 7: Fuel Your Story Engine
Interview: Pam Veasey - CSI: New York
Chapter 8: Identify Characters' Weaknesses
Interview: David Shore - House, M.D.
Chapter 9: Determine the POV
Interview: Alex Gansa - Homeland
Chapter 10: Get to the Heart of Your Story
Interview: Jason Katims - Parenthood
Chapter 11: Know Who and What They're Up Against
Interview: Tim Kring - Touch
Chapter 12: Mine the Mystery
Interview: Damon Lindelof - Lost
Chapter 13: Blueprint Your Structure
Interview: Glen Mazzara - Walking Dead
Chapter 14: Unify Storylines (via Theme)
Interview: Chip Johannessen - Dexter
Chapter 15: Pique Our Interest with a Potent Teaser
Interview: Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin - The Riches
Chapter 16: Hit the Sweet Spot
Interview: Hart Hanson - Bones
Chapter 17: Pay Off the Setups
Interview: Veena Sud - The Killing
Chapter 18: Establish the Mythology
Interview: Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis - Once Upon a Time
Chapter 19: Push Them Off a Cliff
Interview: Michael Kelley - Revenge
Chapter 20: Designate an Expertise
Interview: Janet Tamaro - Rizzoli & Isles
Chapter 21: Make Us Laugh
Interview: Christopher Lloyd - Modern Family
Interview: Craig Thomas & Carter Bays - How I Met Your Mother
Interview: Don Roos and Dan Bucatinsky - Web Therapy
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Focal Press 9780415831673 specs

Subject Tips for screenwriters to create and sustain a hit TV series
Author Neil Landau
Format Paperback
Pages 320
Illustrations No
ISBN Number 9780415831673
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published December 2013

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