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Blogs K.I.S.S. Bad Stories Goodbye

One of the most useful maxims in life is known by the acronym K.I.S.S. I'm sure you've heard of it. It stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid”. But simplicity is not just the key to a happy life; it's also the key to great storytelling—which only makes sense because stories are about life. Well-written animated features, no matter how complex they may seem upon first viewing, have basic character and plot elements that are very simple. To create a simple, well-constructed story you need only answer the following questions...

Headline News Hasbro Studios Splits Creative Units

Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), has split its boys/action and girls/preschool creative teams into separate series development and current programming groups to meet increased production output.

Headline News Phineas And Ferb Season 3 Premieres Friday, March 4

The smart, sophisticated and good-natured comedy of Disney's "Phineas and Ferb" continues to attract famous fans who've recorded guest roles for the Emmy-winning animated series' third season premiering FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Blogs Learn the Three R’s to Become a Better Screenwriter

There are only two things you need to do to become a better writer: study and write.  The question is: are you studying and writing optimally?  I wrote screenplays for Columbia and Paramount on instinct, and wrote hundreds of animation scripts the same way.  But I’d never really “learned” how to write. I finally decided to get serious about my craft and read all the best-selling screenwriting books.  I learned quite a bit.  But one of the most important things I learned was that WHAT you read is only half of the journey.  HOW to read is the other.  Learn the three R's and become a better screenwriter...

Headline News American Dad Renewed For Seventh Term

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:29am

Emmy-nominated Animation Domination staple AMERICAN DAD has been renewed for a seventh season, bringing the series through the 2012-2013 season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

Headline News Disney Junior Delivers Best Preschooler Ratings Ever for Disney Channel

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:19am

In its premiere week, Disney Junior delivered Disney Channel’s best ratings ever in the daypart among Kids 2-5 (474,000/2.8 rating) and Boys 2-5 (262,000/3.0 rating), and posted the second-best weekly ratings ever among Girls 2-5 (212,000/2.6 rating).

Blogs How to Get a “God’s-Eye View” of Your Story in Microsoft Excel

The reason I use Excel to develop story structure is based on a writing principle I discovered years ago.  I call it getting a God’s-Eye View of the story.  I realized that by writing my outline beats in a normal word processing program it took screen after screen to go through my scenes.  So while I was looking at one portion of my story, the rest of the story was out of sight.  And as they say, “Out of sight, out of mind”.  But when I write I want all of my story in mind.  And here’s how I do it...

Headline News Nick's Kids' Choice Awards Nods Announced

Always unpredictable and full of surprises, actor/comedian Jack Black will take viewers on a wild ride as he returns to host Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards, premiering live on Saturday, April 2, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/Tape delayed for West Coast).

Blogs How to Turn Microsoft Word into a Terrific Screenwriting Program

Several of you have asked me for instructions on how to set up Microsoft Word “styles” for script writing.  A style is simply a saved bundle of formatting instructions.  If you are familiar with screenwriting software such as Final Draft or Screenwriter, you know that what they basically do is make it easier to write scripts by automatically formatting script elements, fonts, paragraphs, etc.  If you follow the instructions below you will turn Microsoft Word into a simple but effective screenwriting program.  

Headline News Tom And Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Now Available

Everyone’s favorite animated cat and mouse are back in Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures, a new DVD collection from Warner Home Video (WHV) that features 14 rip-roaring cartoon shorts that will entertain both kids and adults.

Headline News Celebrate Siblings With Dora, Diego, Kai-Lan on DVD

Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Sisters and brothers can sometimes bring conflict, but it’s the resolution and positive relationships that make them the best friends in the world. This February, see how your Nickelodeon favorites deal with their siblings with Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue’s Clues, Wonder Pets!, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan – all together on one DVD.

Headline News Absolute Helps Motorola XOOM Kick off for Super Bowl XLV

It's become apparent that a certain electronics manufacturer once revered for its open and independent approach to technology has become the bland establishment it once rallied against. Motorola is making an effort to add some color to this white-washed world with the debut of their new XOOM tablet, a powerful little machine that is cleverly introduced via Smuggler Director Randy Krallman and Anomaly in a :60 which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl XLV.

Headline News Moonscoop’s Chloe’s Closet Opens New Doors With El Ocho In Spain

Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has signed El Ocho as Spanish licensing agent for Chloe’s Closet to help extend the presence of its magical preschool property in Spain.

Blogs You May Have Written More Than You Know!

Here's a tip for professional television and film writers.  If you haven't thought of this one yet it will save you time by eliminating the need to write some things twice.  But best of all, in just a couple of minutes it will let you see that you've probably already drafted over half of your script.  And that will make most any writer feel GREAT! What I do is this: After I've written an outline, and am ready to start the script, I cut and paste the outline directly into my script document.  But then I take it one important step further...

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