Television Development: From Idea to Small Screen

FILM TV X 479.482
Delve into the world of television development and learn how to successfully grow your idea into a full-formed pitch that is ready to sell. This class will focus on assessing the TV marketplace and crafting your pitch.
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Classroom
Starting at $699.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0 Credits

What you will learn.

  • Find out exactly what sells and how it gets on the air in the current TV landscape
  • Learn about the development process for series, miniseries, and TV movies
  • Discover how to give notes, create writers lists, and assess attachments
  • Understand what to put in your show's sizzle reel, and how to pitch it
  • Pitch your show to industry guests during the last class

About this course:

In today's ever-evolving TV business and market, figuring out how and where to sell your "product" can be confusing. Once you've settled on an idea, then what are the next steps? How do TV shows get "on the air?" Producers, development executives, directors, and writers will benefit from learning all about the development process for TV series, limited series, and movies-of-the-week. Course topics include how to give notes; how to create writer lists; how attachments such as showrunners, producers, talent, and directors affect your project; how to assess the TV marketplace by determining which networks/outlets are right for which projects; what you should include in your sizzle reel; and finally how to effectively pitch your idea. The course goal is to equip you with the knowledge necessary to successfully go from an idea for a TV series to getting it sold. At the end of the course you have the opportunity to pitch your shows to industry guests.

Summer 2019 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Future Offering (Opens 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 AM)
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Thursday, Saturday
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Stephanie Varella
368283
Fee:
$699.00
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Notes

Internet access required. Materials required. 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 10, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Thu Jun 27, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Jul 4, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Jul 11, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Jul 18, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Jul 25, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Aug 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Aug 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Aug 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Discussion
Sat Aug 17, 2019
2:00PM - 5:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 2270
Lecture
Thu Aug 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Aug 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337
Lecture
Thu Sep 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1337

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