Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WB Writer's Workshop tips

An email from the WB Writer's Workshop has been going around Hollywood with the following tips:

Things to remember as you go and recruit:
1. There is NO golden ticket into the program- referrals should not call, send emails, or love grams- they will not help.
2. This is not a minority program- we welcome everyone from all backgrounds to apply.
3. Resumes are required to submit but they are divorced from their scripts during the first round of qualifications- you get into this program based on your writing skills.
4. They are welcome to submit as many specs as they are willing to pay for.


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14 comments:

Jason A said...

On the site, it says that they're looking for someone to staff on their shows. Looking at their lineup, it looks like all hour longs.

Which means you wouldn't submit a 30 Rock, Entourage, or half hour comedy.

What do you think?

Amanda said...

TWO AND A HALF MEN and BIG BANG THEORY are both Warner Brothers shows. I believe WB did accept more drama than comedy writers last year, but they always accept some comedy writers.

Jason A said...

Ah, okay. I get confused with the networks. The list I was looking at had those shows under CBS, and not the WB.

Amanda said...

Warner Brothers is not a network - it's a studio. Every show has both a studio AND a network. TWO AND A HALF MEN and BIG BANG THEORY are both Warner Brothers shows that air on CBS. While the networks all have their studio counterparts (ABC and ABC studios, CBS and CBS TV Studios, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television, NBC and Universal Media Studios, CW and CBS TV Studios), Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures TV both operate as independent studios that develop material without a "home" network in mind.

Other examples:
GOSSIP GIRL is a WB show that airs on the CW
GREY'S ANATOMY is an ABC Studios show that airs on ABC
24 is a 20th Century Fox TV show that airs on Fox
TIL DEATH is a Sony Pictures TV show that airs on Fox
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is a 20th Century Fox TV show that airs on CBS

odocoileus said...

http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/alumni_2009.php#david_booth

What Spec did you write to get into the workshop?
The Office
What Spec did you write while you were in the workshop?
The Big Bang Theory


http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/alumni_2009.php#kara_lee_burk

What Spec did you write to get into the workshop?
The Sarah Silverman Program
What Spec did you write while you were in the workshop?
The New Adventures of Old Christine


http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/alumni_2008.php#heather_mitchell

What Spec did you write to get into the workshop?
Entourage
What Spec did you write while you were in the workshop?
Weeds

Jason A said...

Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

Ryan said...
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Ryan said...

Do you think it would matter if the show you are looking to spec may be entering its final season? For example, Supernatural, a WB show on The CW, was picked up for one more season, but the contracts for the two stars will end in 2011 (i.e., the time at which I would submit my spec).

Amanda said...

@Ryan - I don't think it matters, as long as you don't think people are too sick of reading it. You might not be able to use a spec for an ending show for other things too far down the line - but specs are fairly useless anyway since everyone wants to read pilots.
I don't think SUPERNATURAL is the best choice though...VAMPIRE DIARIES might be better if you like stuff like that.

Ryan said...

Many Thanks!

CK said...

Hey I heard somewhere that the CBS writers program got only 250 application. Do you know how many warners bros. got this year?

Amanda said...

@CK - it doesn't say in the WB FAQ:

http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/faq.php

but I would imagine they get a lot. WB is known for its strong track record in staffing its graduates.

Ishita said...

I understand this is an old thread, but couldn't find one which was for the 2013 workshop. I was hoping someone could guide me through this, since I'm an international applicant, and considering the fee, have only one shot at this.
I'm nervous that there has never been a successful applicant with an International background. should I be? how should I overcome it? How best should I play the international card?

Amanda said...

Hey Ishita - I'm afraid I don't know any more than you do. Read through all of the requirements carefully, and if there's some kind of essay or statement you have to write, you can talk about what your unique background would bring to the program.