If you’re a writer you are familiar with the word. You just wrote an Academy Award-quality screenplay or an Emmy-quality series development, put together a solid pitch, gave it to the producer or exec with passion, and he or she responded with the most painful one-word epithet in the English language—Pass.
The Writers Guild of America announces its nominees for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards in the TV, new media, news and radio categories, with Futurama and The Simpsons sweeping the animation category.
Veteran television writer-producer Sam Simon to receive the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ (AWC) 16th Annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing.
FOX gives a 13-episode series order for high-concept epic series featuring ancient Egypt as backdrop for palace intrigue, quests for power and the world of magic, gods and goddesses.
Based on the children’s novel by Adam Gidwitz, the live-action film to be directed by Henry Selick, A Tale Dark & Grimm, follows two children who escape their own dark story only to stumble into eight other twisted tales.
Disney XD adds another animated series to its slate, Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, from Jared Bush and Sam Levine.
Women In Animation hosts “Women Write Royal,’ a panel with all four woman writers on the Disney Junior series, Sofia the First, on Thursday, October 24, at the Animation Guild in Burbank.
Animation Magazine announces more 2013 award recipients, including voice-acting legend June Foray, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement-Hall of Fame Award; DreamWorks Animation’s Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, who will receive this year’s Original Vision Award; and DQ Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tapaas Chakravarti, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement-Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to the growth of the animation industry in India.
I’m asked questions all the time about pitching animated TV series. Do I need a bible? — Do I need a pilot script? — Do I need artwork? —Do I need a few minutes of animation? Rather than tell you what I think you need, let me illustrate the reality of pitching with two personal anecdotes...
Warner Bros. Entertainment announces an “expanded creative partnership” with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, with a new film series inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Warner Bros. is developing an animated Scooby-Doo feature film, returning to the franchise that produced a pair of live-action/animated hybrid films a decade ago.
James Cameron taps noted science fiction author Steven Charles Gould to write four novels based upon Avatar and its three sequels.
Have you ever been writing and felt like your story is crap? If you haven’t you must not be an experienced writer. If you have, don’t worry, crap has some useful nutrients in it. Let me explain...
Bron Animation begins production this fall on the full-length CG animated feature film, Henchmen, based on an original script by Jay D. Waxman directed by Adam Wood.
The first-time director discusses the dynamics, pressure and satisfaction of helming Pixar’s first prequel.
NBC greenlights the animated holiday musical special How Murray Saved Christmas, from Simpsons’ writer and executive producer Mike Reiss.
Michael Green, who also worked on The Flash and Fantastic Four, is in negotiations for the sci-fi sequel.
BRB announces the writing team for Filly Funtasia, a new animated show based on Dracco’s Filly brand.
Rovio announces veteran comedy writer, John Vitti is set to write the “Angry Birds” screenplay, which is slated for a July 2016 release.
You don’t need to go to film school and pay thousands of dollars for screenwriting classes. All you need to do is some reading. Let me tell you which books I found to be the most helpful...
Me Books and Show Me the Animation partner to launch a children’s book contest to unearth one of the UK’s best budding author/illustrators.
If you are an aspiring screenwriter I have some suggestions that may help you break into the business...
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is now accepting entries.