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Episodic television series hire a group of writers who work together to develop the character and story arcs, create the story lines, and write the scripts for every episode. Lead by the showrunner, the writers come together in what Hollywood calls "the writers' room." This collaborative workspace can be as politically-charged as it is creative and knowing how to work in the writers' room can be the difference between a lucrative career and sitting on your couch.  In this engaging FilmTalk, Emmy-winning writer Steve Skrovan takes us into one of the most creative rooms in the industry and shows you how to succeed in it.



  • 24:40 video that features the FilmTalk presentation and follow-up Q&A with host Jason Tomaric
  • Companion guide



  • How to break into the writers room
  • When to get an agent
  • The politics of the writers' room
  • How to manage the personalities of the show runners
  • How to work with the other writers in the room
  • How episodic credit is awarded
  • How to take risks and deal with failure
The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES