What Are TV Executives Looking For


In the days of broadcast only TV networks, there were 5 key players in the marketplace. Collectively, the produced around 60-80 original scripted TV shows. Today, with the proliferation of cable and online networks, prepare for a selection of around 300-400 TV shows. Broadcast TV was traditional, safe and reassuring of mainstream values. Cable TV is…

How Online TV Has Changed Storytelling


The way we view TV has changed. As viewers, we’ve evolved from watching a weekly TV at a set time, to watching programs on demand. Apart from when we watch our favorite shows, we are now faced with the choice of whether we have access to one or a few episodes at a time, or whether…

Breaking Into The Film Industry With Niche Screenwriting


We’re all aware that the screenwriting world is still tight. Nothing new here. However, there are still opportunities out there for novice and seasoned screenwriters alike. The spec script market is tepidly creaking back to life. People are still watching movies. However, film studio fare is still dominated by a number of key factors: It…

Post Oscars 2010 Film World


What a year! A far cry from last year’s “Slumdog Millionaire” (albeit well-deserved) award blitzkrieg and more glitz than than desert of 2008 after reeling form the Great Writers’ Strike. Oscar provides a vehicle to maximize exposure to the “indie” films that would otherwise hover in a theatre for weeks before gaining traction via word…

State of The Indie Film World


I’ve previously discussed the current dire state of studio-based cinema, but have neglected to discuss the state of independent cinema. For much of 2009, it was widely considered that indie cinema was laid to rest, with many studio-based or affiliated distributors such as Warner Independent, Fox Atomic and Miramax either shutting their doors or being…

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


While other industries have been struggling to survive over the past year, film exhibition has enjoyed a paradoxical boom. Around summer time, box office was around 15% higher than the same time last year. Box Office is up around 9% this year compared to last year. That’s good, right? Yeah. We’re slowly emerging from the…