Writing the TV Pilot

Develop and pitch a tv series that will wow producers

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  • Discussions Tuesdays 9-10pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

Networks are always looking for the next great show. And with so many cable networks actively seeking original programming, the time has never been better to develop and pitch your own series idea.

In this intensive course, you'll learn how to develop your own television pilot idea, express it as a logline, structure the pilot, write a professional outline, and pitch the pilot idea.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Write a logline that will capture a producer's attention
  • Create compelling characters
  • Apply the rules of TV structure (A story/B story/C story, episodic versus serial programming) to your writing
  • How to make your idea sustainable and saleable
  • What to include in your pitch -- and what to leave out

By the end of class, you will have:

A logline, a pitch, and a detailed outline of your project.

Suzanne Myers is a television, film and fiction writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her feature film Alchemy -- praised by Time Out London as “a distinguished and original indie debut”-- won the SXSW Film Festival.  She has created and developed television series for ABC/ABC Studios, Buena Vista Productions, New Line Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Sarabande Productions and Moxie Pictures. 
Suzanne has consulted on television and film development for Condé Nast Publications, where she developed The September Issue, among other projects, and has worked as creative consultant on broadband video for Condé Nast Digital. She was selected as one of Variety’s “50 To Watch,” is a past Rockefeller grant nominee and a Nicholls Screenwriting Award semi-finalist She also founded and ran the New York Women’s Film Festival and the Fuel Film Tour. 
Suzanne is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MFA from USC Film School. She has taught screenwriting at NYU Film School. Her first novel, Stone Cove Island (Soho Teen), will be published in November, 2014.