Students Pitch at MipTV

This year was the inaugural ‘Student Pitch Challenge’ at MIPTV.  For those who don’t know it, MIPTV and MIPCOM are the two biggest trade conferences in the television industry. It’s where networks come to debut their new shows. It’s where television distributors come to expand their territories. And – increasingly – it’s where creators come to pitch and sell early-stage […]

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New Television Development Workshop

In September 2019, my signature workshop returns for 10 weeks at UCLA Extension: Television Series Development Workshop (FILM TV X-423). What’s my logline for this class? This is an advanced, in depth workshop that lays out all of the major components for a successful television series and how to achieve them. Scripted series only.  Here’s a quick look at the […]

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Zoe 2018

Zoe 2018 – Sci-Fi / Drama / Love Story / A.I.  screenplay: Rich Greenberg, Director: Drake Doremus, Producers: Ridley Scott, Lawrence Bender While reviews for Zoe 2018 are mixed (some are even poor!) I believe this is a film that has been sadly underestimated. Its ratings have been skewed by a small number of cranks on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ who must […]

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Why I wrote ‘Quick, Where’s My Cape?’

QUICK, WHERE’S MY CAPE? by Ric Gibbs, Mythmaker Films & Media, Los Angeles California, 2017. SELF-HELP/Personal Growth Some time ago I began casting about for a book idea big enough to encompass the many lessons of in my twenty-five years of travel, human observation, and professional storytelling. At the same time, I was nagged by a strange and growing recognition […]

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Why Character is Everything in Screenwriting

Next month (April and again in June) I am teaching a class in Story Analysis at UCLA Extension. Teaching has given me a chance to revisit some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in 20+ years of screenwriting, and foremost on that list are the principles of CHARACTER. “A story starts with a character” – Frank Daniel Although screenwriters […]

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MARS (TV Series) Opens Another World

The wave of remarkable new television continues – unexpectedly – with Nat Geo’s 6 part miniseries “Mars.” The series, which also runs on FX, tells the story of our first manned mission to Mars in 2033. The fact that the series sidesteps the usual hokeyness of the future sci-fi genre is already impressive, but what really breaks new ground is […]

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Fairytales, Real Life, and Baseball

For the past several months, I’ve been writing a book about how certain myths recur again and again in the lives of men. And how each of us are unconsciously recreating these stories, through the characters and content of our seemingly ordinary lives. Most times, this underlying architecture is pretty hard to see. But occasionally, it makes itself obvious. As […]

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