Category: Teaching

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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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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