TV Writing Staffing and Development Calendar – 2011

Feb. – May: Executives read scripts and take “staffing meetings” with agents and managers for network shows.

Late May: Upfronts (when networks show off their new shows to entice advertisers to commit to buy commercial airtime “up front”, months before the shows’ premieres), pilots are picked up to series, staff is put in place.

June: Most writer rooms begin.

July: Shows start shooting.


June – Oct: Networks hear pitches (Cable hears pitches year around)

Aug. – Sept: Scripts are ordered

Nov: Outlines are delivered

Dec: Scripts are delivered

Jan – Feb: Pilots are ordered

Feb – March: Pilots are shot

May: Pilots picked up to series

The cable TV world follows its own rules. Development and production occurs throughout the year since many series don’t follow the standard 26 episode series.

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