As entertaining as it is enlightening, Created By… presents a stellar cast of 21 show creators who candidly talk about writing and selling hit television series. The book starts off with a foreword by TV legend Ted Danson.
The show creators included are:
*J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost)
*Alan Ball (Six Feet Under)
*Mark Brazill (That ’70s Show)
*Ilene Chaiken (The L Word)
*Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
*Tom Fontana (Oz)
*Dave Hackel (Becker)
*Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia)
*Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven, Fat Actress)
*Bill Lawrence (Scrubs)
*Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (Will & Grace)
*Josh Schwartz (The O.C.)
*Shawn Ryan (The Shield)
*Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls)
*Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
They discuss influences • writing spec scripts • first jobs in TV • getting an agent • mentors • being staffed as a writer • the pitch • writing a pilot • putting yourself in the characters you create • rewriting • producing a pilot • marketing • hiring a writing staff • making a show last • TV writing vs. film writing • drama vs. sitcom • cable vs. network TV • what show creators look for in a writer • writers block • luck … and much more.
Created By… is a lively, well-written must-have book for all screenwriters and television writers—wannabes, novices, and pros—as well as all avid TV fans.