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The book’s journey into the future of television begins with “You Are Here,” delving into “The Great Convergence” of television and Internet and the vortex of change we all inhabit now. Then, glancing back, we explore “The Old World” of broadcast television to understand how we got to this moment of transition. Next, traveling “Between Worlds,” we visit cable television and see how the boundaries between network, cable, and Internet are mutating. After that, we enter “The New World” that ranges from empires like Netflix and Amazon down to Kickstarter-funded web series, and all the creative expressions that abound. Finally, we look ahead to the “Far Frontier” of interactivity and transmedia and a distant, fantastic future. All these experiences are focused on how a writer, producer, director, or entrepreneur can use the emerging possibilities to create original television now and in the coming decade.
About the Author
PAMELA DOUGLAS is the author of Writing the TV Drama Series, now in its third edition. The acclaimed book has been translated into several languages, and adopted by network mentoring programs. An award-winning screenwriter, she was honored with the Humanitas Prize. Multiple Emmy nominations and awards from the Writers Guild of America and American Women in Radio and Television went to shows she has written, and her credits include developing the series Ghostwriter, and writing for Star Trek: The Next Generation, among many other shows. At the University of Southern California, she is a tenured professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches writing for television. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West. She consults internationally to professional TV writers and producers, and has lectured in Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States.
In an engagaing FilmTalk on youtube link below, Emmy-nominated writer Pamela Douglas reveals incredible techniques for adapting your writing style for the new age of television.