Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World

Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World

by Pamela Douglas


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The book’s journey into the future of television begins with “You Are Here,” delving into “The Great Convergence” of television and Internet and the vortex of change we all inhabit now. Then, glancing back, we explore “The Old World” of broadcast television to understand how we got to this moment of transition. Next, traveling “Between Worlds,” we visit cable television and see how the boundaries between network, cable, and Internet are mutating. After that, we enter “The New World” that ranges from empires like Netflix and Amazon down to Kickstarter-funded web series, and all the creative expressions that abound. Finally, we look ahead to the “Far Frontier” of interactivity and transmedia and a distant, fantastic future. All these experiences are focused on how a writer, producer, director, or entrepreneur can use the emerging possibilities to create original television now and in the coming decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615932146
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

PAMELA DOUGLAS is the author of Writing the TV Drama Series, now in its third edition. The acclaimed book has been translated into several languages, and adopted by network mentoring programs.
An award-winning screenwriter, she was honored with the Humanitas Prize. Multiple Emmy nominations and awards from the Writers Guild of America and American Women in Radio and Television went to shows she has written, and her credits include developing the series Ghostwriter, and writing for Star Trek: The Next Generation, among many other shows.
At the University of Southern California, she is a tenured professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches writing for television. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West. She consults internationally to professional TV writers and producers, and has lectured in Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States.

Table of Contents

Preface: Imagining the Future
Introduction: What Is Television?

Chapter One: You Are Here
How We Got Here
Today’s Indie TV/Charles Slocum
Conclusion — We Are Here

Chapter Two: The Old World
How Network Shows Work
Producer Trey Callaway
Front Doors to the Networks
Carole Kirschner
Jennifer Grisanti
Running Your Own Show
Back Doors to the Networks
What Can the Networks Do?

Chapter Three: Between Worlds — Cable TV
Basic Cable Channels
AMC/Charles Collier
IFC/Dan Pasternack
Niche Cable
Premium Cable
Starz, Showtime
HBO/Michael Lombardo
The Pivot

Chapter Four: The Travelers
The New World

Chapter Five: Empires of the New World
Netflix/Ted Sarandos
Hulu/Andy Forsell
DIRECTV/Chris Long
Under Construction

Chapter Six: Big Brand Skyscrapers
Machinima/Aaron DeBevoise
AwesomenessTV/Brian Robbins

Chapter Seven: The Boardwalk — Web Series
Web Fest/Michael Ajakwe
Kickstarter/Matt King
Enter the Executive Producers
Producer Amy Berg
Jane Espenson & Bradley C. Bell
The Top Tier

Chapter Eight: The Far Frontier
Story Worlding/Brian Seth Hurst
T Bone’s Response
Transmedia/Jay Bushman
Interactive TV Alliance/Allison Dollar
Mickey Mouse

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