Two Days in TV LAND: Writing & Pitching Series Television

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Two Days in TV LAND: Writing & Pitching Series Television

Date: (awaiting dates)
Duration: 2 days
Times: 10am-4pm
Capacity: Max.12 participants
Fee: £200  10% Early Bird discount available for a limited period.
Netflix. Amazon Prime. SKY. BBC. C4. HBO MAX. Apple TV+. Disney+. The past decade has witnessed an extraordinary upsurge in quality television, playing on all manner of screens. And everyone, it seems, is tuning in. The Renaissance (and the Revolution) is being televised. We’re hooked on narrative, serialised programmes. And we can’t get enough.

This weekend course explores the writing and development of series television, from an American and International perspective. Where do ideas come from? What are the components of a great series? What is a television pilot? Why are they so challenging to write? Why are characters critical to successful series? How is series television pitched and sold? How have Netflix and streamers changed the landscape of TV? Participants will also have the chance to present their own ideas for series in a practical pitch session!  

  • TV LAND: A look at the current landscape of TV and Streaming
  • TV vs. Film Storytelling
  • Why is narrative television so compelling?
  • TV Formats / Types
  • What's happening in comedy?
  • Pitching Television: A Deep Dive
  • What are the key elements to a successful pitch?
  • Pitch Tips and Tricks 
  • Character. Character. Character. The three most important words in television.
  • What exactly is a TV pilot? What must a pilot accomplish?
  • What is the world of the pilot and why is it so important?
  • What are the types of pilot storytelling?
  • Breaking down Breaking Bad: A critical discussion
  • The Inside Story: Participants act as studio heads as Hal pitches a project. 
  • Participant pitches (with feedback!)
  • The American process of selling a TV series
  • Q&A: The Business. 

So if you’re curious about the brave new world of television, and have an idea that you'd like to pitch and develop, why not take a break from Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and Sky and come join the conversation!


Tutor profile: Hal Cantor, Screenwriter

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Hal Cantor writes television, film, and theatre. SONY PICTURES TELEVISION optioned his personal comedy, TO HAL & BACK. He wrote on FUSION channel's acclaimed special, THE NAKED TRUTH: DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, which broke The Panama Papers story. Prior to that, his drama pilot MOUTHPIECE was bought by FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS. He wrote THE LAKE EFFECT, a one-hour drama pilot for SHOWTIME, developed with Emmy-winning director Scott Winant. Hal also sold the drama pilot TWILIGHT to SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. In features, he developed a comedy with John Davis Productions, based at TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. 

Hal has had multiple plays produced. CUBICLES, which he directed, was presented by ALLIANCE REPERTORY THEATER in Los Angeles, where it garnered seven Valley Theater League nominations including Best Play, Best Writing and Best Director. He's currently adapting his play, THE BONUS ROUND, into a musical with a UK composer.
On the teaching front, Hal has developed and presented courses at New York Film Academy, London Film School, Met Film School: Berlin & London, Raindance: Berlin, aFilm International in Barcelona, and the Northwest Film Center in Portland.  He also represented Met Film School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with PINEWOOD STUDIOS.