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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Remote Instruction
Starting at $699.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0

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.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Available
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Thursday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Stephanie Varella
377802
Fee:
$699.00
34 days left. Enroll by Jan 7, 2021
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Notes

Internet access required. Materials required. 

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 20, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
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Thu Jan 7, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jan 14, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jan 21, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jan 28, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Feb 4, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Feb 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Feb 18, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Feb 25, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Mar 4, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Mar 11, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Mar 18, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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