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History of TV: 'Sister, Sister' Examines The Concept of Family on TGIF

Sister, Sister made it seem like suddenly discovering you have a twin sister is both the most wonderful thing in the world on one hand, and quite grateful you’re an only child, on the other. The ‘90s sitcom starred real-life twins Tamera Mowry-Housle...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: '2067'

When the year 2067 rolls around, the Earth’s population is all but gone. As plants died world-wide, oxygen levels plummeted, leading to suffocation and death for most of the planet’s inhabitants. One small holdout metropolis survives in Australia, li...

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The Necessity of Diversity Editors in Hollywood

For decades, BIPOC have fought tirelessly to be heard, acknowledged and supported within the entertainment industry, but Hollywood has long been controlled by white people who hire white people who write from a white perspective (and therefor their a...

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Character Study Part III: How to Handle Ensemble Casts and Character Arcs

In the final installment of our character study series, we’ll dive into how to handle ensemble casts. But isn’t every cast an ensemble, in a way? In this case, it’s one defined as having multiple protagonists that contribute equally to the narrative ...

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Write On with Manager-Producer Peter Katz

Literary Manager and producer Peter Katz discusses his company Story Driven, Being a Judge in Final Draft's Big Break Contest, what writers can do to stay focused in 2021, and more. 

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘The Flight Attendant’ Soars As Latest Sexy Mystery

The Flight Attendant is an homage to throw-back filmmaking while also being a creation uniquely its own. Fans of Hitchcock, Mad Men, and any female protagonist with sitcom comedy chops (after all, star Kaley Cuoco did earn her stripes on Big Bang The...

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Afro Horror: The Black Female Villain

This week I finally joined the quietly popular social app, Clubhouse. What is that, you ask? Clubhouse is an iPhone only app currently in beta testing that allows users all over the world to come together in what they call “rooms” and discuss a topic...

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Write On with 'One Night in Miami' Screenwriter Kemp Powers

One Night in Miami screenwriter Kemp Powers discusses adapting his own play into a film, how his previous work as a journalist informs his screenwriting, the real history behind the film's events, and more.  Inspired by real events, the movie is a fi...

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History of TV: ‘Once Upon a Time’ Reinterprets Fairytales for the Modern Audience

2020 deserves a happy ending, and Once Upon a Time was that kind of persistently positive show that believed happily ever afters were possible — even in the most horrible place imaginable: The Land Without Magic. Aka: real life.

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