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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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Unscripted 7.16.2020: 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 Fast Five: Comic-Con Opens its Panels to Film Buffs Everywhere While Streaming Services Bank on Movie Tentpoles to Generate Must-See TV

What did you do with your quarantine time? Did you finally finish that project you were working on? Did you get a burst of inspiration that led to writing a hot new spec script? If your answer is, “None of the above,” then you should probably skip th...

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Stars Come Together For The ‘Saturday Night Seder’ In Benefit of The Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

Even by COVID-19 quarantine standards, Saturday Night Seder was a unique first. Independently produced as a streaming Passover Seder, the musical brought together a wide array of talent such as Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Whoopi Goldberg, and Dan Levy (...

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Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Avatar 2’, ‘The Batman’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’ Set To Resume Production in Lands Far, Far Away

It's almost impossible to know just how deep into the COVID-19 crisis we are, with certain parts of the country beginning to re-open amidst skyrocketing numbers, and other parts walking back plans for societal re-engagement after re-opening led to sp...

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