Archive for May 25th, 2007

Pitch Yourself on YouTube

25th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

It’s a tough job pitching for work as a television screenwriter in L.A., and last week writer David McMillan decided to try a new approach. According to the L.A. Times McMillan created a video pitch and placed it on YouTube. He sent the link to 100 industry contacts he’d amassed during his career in L.A., and although he hasn’t landed a job yet, he’s garnered positive feedback and an article about his ploy in the newspaper.

“I love the bold move,” said Carol Barbee, executive producer of “Jericho” and the former show runner of “Judging Amy” who assigned McMillan his first script. “I think any way you can get people’s attention — as long as you come off as competent and professional — can’t hurt.”

“When assembling a TV staff, you’re also assembling a group of personalities to share a writers room,” David Rambo, a writer-producer for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” said via e-mail. “The video conveys a personality, and that may help David in his job search.”

Landing a job isn’t easy. This year alone, said Glenn Geller, senior vice president of current programming at CBS Paramount, his studio expects to hire a mere seven writers out of the hundreds who apply for its 21 shows.

New Theatre Biography Prize

25th May 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Stage notes that at a London gala in memory of the late Sheridan Morley–actor, author and critic–the inauguration of the Sheridan Morley Prize for the Best Theatre Biography was announced.

During his long career, Morley wrote more than 30 books, including major biographies of Noel Coward, John Gielgud, his father Robert Morley, and his grandmother Gladys Cooper. To celebrate the art of theatrical biography and to continue his legacy in the forefront of this field of literary endeavour, The Sheridan Morley Prize will be awarded annually for the best biography of a theatrical subject written in English, during the previous year. The prize will be administered by Morley’s publisher, Oberon Books.