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Are We Living in a Golden Age of Television Writing?

A team of journalists talked about the Emmy Awards on our video edition of the Morning Media Menu, exploring the unexpected winners, upsets and the “bold new era in television” that is bringing great storytelling to TV.

Press play above to listen. Our guests were TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin and Dear Television writer Phillip Maciak. KCRW’s The Business reporter Darby Maloney joined us afterward with this commentary:

I’d argue that Breaking Bad‘s big win for Outstanding Drama Series– a win that some say is well overdue– is also a win for Netflix. It proved that Netflix isn’t just a competitor to traditional TV– it is a collaborator or adjunct to the medium. When part 2 of Breaking Bad’s Season 5 premiered on AMC last month it hit a ratings high of nearly 6 million viewers. Writing in Variety, Andrew Wallenstein said “with five seasons under its belt [Breaking Bad] made the kind of ratings quantum leap you just don’t see.”  So how did all these people find — and catch up with this highly serialized show? In a word, Netflix.

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Quentin Tarantino: ‘This Will Be the Writers’ Year’

“This will be the writers’ year, man,” Quentin Tarantino cheered as he accepted the best original screenplay prize at the Academy Awards.  Screenwriter Chris Terrio won the best adapted screenplay Academy Award for his Argo script.

Earlier today, KCRW’s ‘The Business‘ producer Darby Maloney, TVNewser’s Alex Weprin, FishbowlLA’s Richard Horgan and GoldDerby editor Tom O’Neil joined us for a post-Oscars Google+ hangout about the awards (video embedded above).

We’ve linked to all the nominees in the screenwriting categories below…

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235,000+ Self-Published Titles Released Annually

A new report from Bowker counts more than 235,000 print and digital self-published titles being released annually in the United States.

You can keep track of this marketplace every week through our Self-Published Bestsellers List. Compared to 2006 figures, this year marked a 287 percent increase for the booming section of the publishing industry. At the same time, the marketplace is dominated by four companies: CreateSpace, Smashwords, Author Solutions and Lulu.

Here’s more from the report: “In 2011, CreateSpace dominated the print segment, supporting the creation of 58,412 titles (39 percent of self-published print books). Smashwords topped the e-book producers with 40,608 titles (nearly 47 percent of total self-published e-books). The combined divisions of Author Solutions (part of Penguin Group) produced a total of 47,094 titles and Lulu Enterprises checks in with 38,005 titles. The Bowker analysis shows that beyond these four players, no company has more than 10 percent of market share.”

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James Ellroy to Star in Investigation Discovery TV Series

Today novelist James Ellroy stopped by our offices for a Media Beat interview with TVNewser co-editor Alex Weprin. Both are pictured in the photo embedded above.

Ellroy discussed his memoir, The Hillicker Curse, and outlined his upcoming television series. James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons premieres on Wednesday,  January 19th at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery, so you’ll have to wait until next month to watch the interview.

Here’s more about the show: “This new six-part series shamelessly showcases Ellroy’s larger-than-life personality and his vivid verbal style as he exhumes, explores and exposes the delicious dirt that cascades behind the silver screen.  Ellroy has insidiously instigated himself with law enforcement sources – and he steroid-stamps these stories as only he can.  You’ll get in-depth interviews with witless witnesses, preening prosecutors, insipid investigators and jaded jurors.  Each episode guides viewers through the crevices of crime that demonically define the City of Angels.  Fiercely forcing his way into every episode is the animated, proudly profane bull terrier, Barko.  This gruff K-9 cop corrupts the corruption-prone Ellroy and gives the audience a putrid peek into his own lurid life, dealing dope and peddling payoffs.”