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Unscripted 8.12.20: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more. Watch now! 

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The Fast Five: Anti-Trust is the Industry’s Latest Buzz Word and Ben Affleck Makes Movie Headlines Again

The name of the game this week is “anti-trust.” With the abolition of old laws and media consolidation leading to accusations of unfair business practices, anti-trust violations have never been trendier. Ben Affleck is also somewhat trending again ov...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The Emmy Awards Nomination Announcements Signal Hope For Our Narrative Future

When it comes to collectively celebrating the power of mass narrative, the Oscars® and the Emmy® Awards are arguably the two highest-profile events of the year. While the 2020 Oscars managed to come and go a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit...

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The Fast Five: Netflix Ups Its Emmy®’s Game, While Issa Rae and Jordan Peele Help One Writer Break Out

A writer in Spokane sold her short-story for seven figures, professional writers share their expertise via Comic-Con@Home, and Netflix shatters the record for most Emmy nominations in a single year. There’s a lot of lessons that aspiring writers can ...

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Unscripted 7.30.20: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Tenet’ Gets Re-Schedule Indefinitely While ‘Bill & Ted’ Go Straight To Streaming

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen one of America's favorite national pastimes—going to the movies—upended to an extent not seen since World War II.

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Fast Five: IP Is Still The Buzzword, ‘Tenet’ Is Off the Roster, and Netflix Pulls a Turkish Production

What makes a story valuable? For American studios, the answer lies in intellectual property. They need something they can point to and say, “it’s based on that.” For overseas networks, the answer is same-same but different. They want something they c...

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Screenwriting and General Meetings: The ONE Thing You Need To Do!

Congratulations! You’ve scored a general meeting. This usually means someone has read your script and liked it enough to want to meet with you. That’s great! Taking general meetings is a large component of being a screenwriter. It’s not unusual to ta...

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Fast Five: Writers Prove Pandemic-Proof In the WGA-UTA Deal While Netflix Doubles Down on Canadians and Big-Budget Tentpoles

Attention all Canadians: Netflix just announced a scheme to get its hands on projects from both established and up-and-coming Canadian writers. It was also a good week for American writers, as the WGA and the ATA took one step closer to resolving the...

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