By Alex Freedman & Nick Watson
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Paper Team is a weekly podcast about television writing, becoming a TV writer, and everything in between. Hosted by Alex Freedman (@TVCalling) and Nick Watson (@_njwatson), every episode alternates between topics on the screenwriting craft (pilots, specs, story, character, etc.), and discussions about the TV business itself (breaking in, representation, networking, staffing, etc.). This is a podcast for anyone working their way into the entertainment industry, and everyone passionate about television.
||CleanWriting Themes and Values in TV (PT36) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the importance of themes and values in television writing, and how you can use them to your advantage in your own TV scripts. Why are they important? How do you work them in? How do you avoid preachiness in the writing?||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental Income for Writers (PT35) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss how to make supplemental income and getting side-jobs while working in TV or breaking in. How do you stay financially secure in the TV industry? How should you balance work and writing? What are some jobs worth pursuing as a writer?||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Spec Script 101 (PT34) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the ins-and-outs of writing a TV spec script of an existing show. How do you pick the show? Why is researching the series beforehand important? How do you brainstorm ideas for specs? What are some dos and don'ts to break out?||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Writing Competitions (PT33) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss their experiences with television writing competitions and whether or not they're worth participating in. Which TV writing competitions are out there? What should you consider before entering? What do you actually get out of them?||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIndependent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) (PT32) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick welcome Jimmy Nguyen, executive producer of the documentary Showrunners, to discuss independent producing, collaborating with other creatives, and the lessons and tips he's learned over his years working in Los Angeles.||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Writer Representation 101 (PT31) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the basics of getting an agent or manager representation as a television writer. What are the main differences between them? When are you ready to be represented? Should you get an agent or manager first?||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Pilot 101 (PT30) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick go over everything you need to know to get started on writing your new pilot script, as well as some dos and don'ts for each step. How do you juggle writing a compelling hour of TV versus writing the first hour of a television show?||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting Your TV Script Read (PT29) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss strategies on getting your shiny new TV script read around town, and what to actually expect from your efforts. Who should you want to read you? How do you know when you're ready to be read? What should you send over?||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Outline to (First) Draft (PT28) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script into a fully-fledged draft. Where should you begin? What if you're stuck or don't know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft?||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeb Series and TV Writing ft. Sam Miller (Single by 30/Mom) (PT27) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick welcome Sam Miller, writer on YouTube's Single by 30 and CBS' Mom, to discuss his own process for creating a web series, the state of the format, his TV writing work, and being involved in JHRTS and the WGA.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoal-Setting as a TV Writer: Planning Your Year Ahead (PT26) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick ring in the new year by discussing how they manage their TV writing goals and resolutions. How can you prepare for a year in the TV industry? What tools can you use to track and manage your goals? What does Paper Team have in store for 2017?||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 2016 Paper Team Holiday Special (PT25) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2016 by taking a look at their favorite TV holiday episodes, the best media of the past year, and some stats about the first six months of Paper Team.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExposition in TV Writing (PT24) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick take a look at exposition in television writing, from dialogue to prose and meta information. What should be revealed to the audience? How can you give exposition in an organic and entertaining way? What makes good or bad exposition?||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProtecting and Over-Protecting Your TV Script: Copyright, Ownership and Idea Theft (PT23) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the contentious subject of copyrighting and idea theft in television. From the WGA to the Copyright Office, we take a look at the basics of protecting your work. What does a copyright do? Should you register your TV script or pilot?||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoke-Writing, Stand-Up and Late-Night TV ft. Simon Taylor (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) (PT22) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick welcome Simon Taylor to hear his experience being a comedian, writing jokes for late-night television, and the hard work it takes to be consistently funny. How does the stand-up circuit work? What was it like writing for the Tonight Show?||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a TV Script Coordinator ft. Franklin jin Rho (The Exorcist) (PT21) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick welcome Franklin jin Rho (FOX's The Exorcist) to discuss the ins and outs of being a TV script coordinator. He offers his advice on understanding and getting into this vital TV position, halfway between the writers' room and production.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of the TV Episode (PT20) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick explore the differences in what an episode looks like between episodic or procedural TV and serialized shows. How has the TV episode evolved over the years? What does an episode mean in the age of binge-watching?||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould You Pay for TV Writing Education? (PT19) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the value of paying for screenwriting education. From graduate school to extension classes and books, we take a look at whether or not they're worth your time or money to learn about TV writing.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAustralian TV ft. Chris Corbett (PT18) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick invite Chris Corbett (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries) to discuss the current state of Australian TV and the differences in their writers room. How can writers break into the Australian industry? How does this experience translate to America?||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick tackle how to get into a TV writing mindset and actually finish that script. We talk about the psychological side of writing and practical ways of dealing with procrastination, deadlines, and the muse.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManaging Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick invite Kiyong Kim to talk about everyone's favorite subject: money. We discuss all the basics about how to start a budget, investing, and managing your income when you're working in the entertainment industry as an assistant or TV writer.||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAct Breaks (PT15) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the goal and narrative impact of act breaks, also known as the structural core of every TV episode ever. Why do shows have act breaks? What are the differences in comedy and drama? What impact has the inflation of breaks had on TV?||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiversity in TV and the Writers’ Room ft. Francesca Butler & Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT14) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick welcome Francesca Butler and Kelly Lynne D'Angelo to discuss diversity in television, both on screen and in the writers' room. What has been their experience in TV? What are they thoughts on diversity staffing and writing programs?||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Pitching 101: Who, What, and Why (PT13) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the basics of television pitching. From cold pitch to general meetings and official "sales pitch", we go over the three major contexts. What is the goal of TV pitching? What needs to be included? Is paying for it worth it?||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing in a Writing Team ft. Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (PT12) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick are joined by comedy writer Kelly Lynne D'Angelo to discuss being in a TV writing team (with Nick). What are the benefits or drawbacks of one? What is their creative process? Plus, we finally explain what a paper team is!||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Influence of TV: Scratching the Surface (PT11) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick go off the beaten path to discuss the influence of the television medium on both cultures and people. We take a look at a few interesting case studies that have affected us personally, and the world we live in.||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV Budgeting and Line Producing ft. Maggie Herman (Bosch) – On the Road at SDCC 2016 (PT10) - Paper Team||Alex goes on the road at SDCC 2016 with Maggie Herman, assistant to the EP/Line Producer on Amazon's BOSCH, to discuss every writer's favorite topic: budgeting. How much does an hour of television cost? And how do scripts get broken down into money?||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be a Great Production Assistant (PT09) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick talk about the different kinds of television production assistants (on-set PAs, office PAs, post PAs and writers' PAs), what each job entails, how to get them, what you can do to be an awesome PA and make the best of that opportunity.||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss how you can build a reading onion to get constant feedback over the course of your TV writing, and how to deal with the notes you'll be getting.||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Follow Up (Without Seeming Desperate) (PT07) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick discuss the reasons why you would want to follow up with someone, how long you should wait before you do, and what you should be saying in that follow-up message.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing the TV Writers’ Room Process Home (PT06) - Paper Team||Alex and Nick dig into why it's important to maintain a consistent TV writing routine, and how you can mimic the same process from TV writers' rooms into your home, by breaking each step: inception, pitching, outlining, drafting and rewriting.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetworking 101: How to Talk With People in Hollywood (PT05) - Paper Team||Alex & Nick discuss the differences between writing a TV spec episode and a spec pilot. Which one should you pick as your next script? Whether it's your first teleplay or you're trying to build a portfolio, the Paper Team has got you covered.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpec v. Pilot: What You Should Be Writing Next (PT04) - Paper Team||Alex & Nick discuss the differences between writing a TV spec episode and a spec pilot. Which one should you pick as your next script? Whether it's your first teleplay or you're trying to build a portfolio, the Paper Team has got you covered.||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Meet People in LA (When You Don’t Know Anyone) (PT03) - Paper Team||Alex & Nick discuss tips on making contacts in LA. How do you create connections before arriving in Hollywood? And where to start when you don't know anyone?||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02) - Paper Team||On today's episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss one of the most important decisions before you can become a fully-fledged TV writer: choosing whether to write for comedy (half-hour) or drama (one-hour).||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoving to Los Angeles (and Things We Wish We Knew) (PT01) - Paper Team||In the inaugural episode of Paper Team, Alex and Nick discuss the first step to becoming a TV writer: moving to Los Angeles. Why did we both cross oceans to live there? What can you do to prepare your writing career before you step on a plane?||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A Must Listen to Podcast
Paper team is a phenomenal podcast, especially for writers just getting into the industry!
Great hosts and very informative
This podcast is pretty solid! Audio quality is crisp and clear. Alex and Nick offer valuable advice for anyone interested in writing and or just interested in the entertainment industry!
1st epp was solid.
Good show for aspiring TV writers. Thanks for putting it up!