Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches is a no-nonsense, boots-on-the-ground exploration of how writers REALLY go from emerging to professional in today’s highly saturated and competitive screenwriting space. With a focus on writers who have gotten representation and broken into the TV or feature film space after the critical 2008 WGA strike and financial market collapse, the reader will learn from tangible examples of how success was achieved via hard work and specific methodology.
This book includes interviews from writers who wrote major studio releases, staffed on television shows, sold specs and television shows, placed in competitions, and were accepted to prestigious network and studio writing programs. The writers interviewed include (to name a few…):
- Barbara Curry, screenwriter, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, REVERSIBLE ERROR (Universal television, in development)
- Melissa London Hilfers, screenwriter, UNFIT, UNDONE
- Erin Cardillo, television writer, SIGNIFICANT MOTHER, FULLER HOUSE
- Moises Zamora, television writer, AMERICAN CRIME
- Greta Heinemann, television writer, NCIS NEW ORLEANS
- Joe Webb, television writer, SLEEPY HOLLOW
- Marissa Jo Cerar, television writer, THE FOSTERS, SHOTS FIRED
These interviews are presented as Screenwriter Spotlights throughout the book and are supported by insight from top agents, managers and industry executives, including:
- David Boxerbaum, agent, Paradigm
- Evan Corday, manager, The Cartel
- Jewerl Ross, manager, Silent R Lit
- Chris Coggins, VP Development, EuropaCorp.
- Sean Barclay, agent, Gersh
- Lee Stobby, manager, Stobby Lit
- Josh Adler, manager, Circle of Confusion
- Ryan Saul, agent, APA
- Jason Scoggins, GM, Slated
- Janine Jones Clark, former head of Disney/ABC Inclusion department
- Jennifer Titus, executive, CW Seed
Together, these anecdotes, learnings and perceptions are tied in with Lee’s extensive experience in and knowledge of the industry in order to inform the reader about how the industry REALLY works, what it expects from both working and emerging writers, as well as what next steps the writer should engage in, in order to move their screenwriting career forward.