Archive for October, 2011

Sell Your Script TeleSummit

Saturday, October 29th, 2011


Tough negotiations with VP at MGM

After slogging this blog for a couple of years, I’m entitled to one incidence of shameless commerce. We’re offering a TeleSummit on how to Sell Your Script on December 14. Early registrants before November 10 get $20 off. It’ll be a good, informative event. Workbook included. Bonus TeleSummit download on how to protect your script. Questions will be accepted during webinar.

WGA screenwriter, A. Wayne Carter shares his insider secrets on how to Sell Your Script

Everyone’s got a script … either on paper or in their head. Maybe you finished yours, maybe you didn’t. Maybe it’s a spec script for a TV series running now, or a pilot for one you hope to sell. Maybe it’s a feature script or idea you’ve been kicking around and wondered just what it takes to see it go further.

What good is your script doing still in your head? Or sitting on a shelf?

Find out how to SELL YOUR SCRIPT at our exclusive TeleSummit (webinar) this December with WGA A-list scriptwriter Wayne Carter and Mark Simon

We’ll cover how to protect it, how to promote it, and how best to PROFIT from it.

These are key Hollywood insider tips from a longtime industry veteran and A-list Writer’s Guild writer who worked at the top levels of the industry selling scripts to Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Fox Television, National Lampoon, HBO, CBS, and many more.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Time: 9:30pm EST/ 6:30pm PST

Length: 2-3 hours

Cost: $79

Early Bird Registration Rate: Only $59 until Nov. 10th

Where: Web slide show with audio. Join this script-selling dynamo from the comfort of your own living room.

How: Dial in, log in or Skype in

** No travel required **

How much would you pay for a weekend seminar or a full semester college course? And you get all the vital info you need in this convenient three-hour session.

Bonuses: Once you register, download the webinar workbook which is jam-packed with seminar highlights, exclusive content and templates. PLUS - get an additional TeleSummit on “The Truth About Protecting Your Show,” a $49 value, absolutely FREE. So you get two TeleSummits for the price of ONE.

Few people in the industry have had Wayne’s success in selling scripts.

  • 10+ feature screenplays sold to major studios (Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers, National Lampoon, ABC Circle Films, etc.)
  • Worked with directors James Cameron, Richard Donner, Tony Richardson (Best Director Oscar)
  • 4 TV MOWs sold to Fox, CBS/Motown
  • TV scripts sold to CBS, HBO

In This TeleSummit, Wayne Will Reveal:

  • 7 quickest ways to have your script instantly rejected
  • Key tips to find industry readers for your script
  • 13 biggest mistakes when completing a first draft script
  • Pitch meeting Dos and Don’ts
  • The first thing you need to do when you get a bite
  • How to negotiate a better deal
  • Why your script is your most important calling card

You’ll Also Discover:

  • The big mistake that can doom your pitch meeting
  • How to get a major star attached to your script
  • How to write better dialogue for more memorable characters
  • 6 secrets of a script deal
  • How script coverage can save you permanent career damage
  • What you need in the perfect query letter or email
  • How to protect your script
  • What agents or managers can do or not do for your script
  • How not to go insane waiting for the phone to ring

This Hit Maker TeleSummit Is for You if You:

  • Have finished a TV or feature script or are writing one
  • Want to understand how to create better story and characters
  • Are not sure what your next step is or who to contact
  • Want to improve your script so that it’s rejection-proof
  • Want to know the best way to promote or pitch your script
  • Seriously want to sell your script to Hollywood or elsewhere

BONUSES: Including a copy of our most popular TeleSummit absolutely FREE

  • Workbook
    • A downloadable Sell Your Script Workbook to use during and after the webinar
    • Literary agency Guidelines for their staff when agents pitch and sell a client’s script
    • Sample template for a query letter or email to a producer or executive
    • Industry resources and links for targeting potential market producers or production companies
    • Handy reminder of key points from the TeleSummit
  • “The Truth About Protecting Your Show” TeleSummit
    • A complete and separate pre-recorded TeleSummit  on the realities of protecting your script or concept
    • All the information you need to keep from ever worrying again.
    • Online streaming, or MP3.
    • Available anytime after you register!
    • $49 value. Free with this seminar.

Wayne will take you step-by-step through every phase of creating a great script, discovering the best market for it, and delivering the best pitch or email to get it read and to get it sold.

Together with your host, Mark Simon, we’ll uncover everything standing in your way from getting your script the serious attention and consideration possible from industry production companies, networks, studios and insiders. to ensure its success for you as a writer or show creator.

Discover more as TeleSummit participants ask Wayne or Mark answer LIVE questions to further make your dream of a script sale closer to reality and to ensure its success for you as a screenwriter or show creator.

How This TeleSummit Works:

  • Click on the REGISTER NOW button.
  • Pay for the event on our secure server.
  • You will receive the Hit Maker TeleSummit participant information.
  • Use your computer at work or at home.
  • Listen to replays as often as you like

Get inspired, get psyched, get answers from Wayne or Mark and our live slideshow!

Who is A. Wayne Carter?

  • 10+ feature screenplays sold to major studios (Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers, National Lampoon, ABC Circle Films, etc.)
  • Worked with directors James Cameron, Richard Donner, Tony Richardson (Best Director Oscar)
  • 4 TV MOWs sold to Fox, CBS/Motown
  • Featured writer, HBO series, The Investigators (Barry Levinson, producer)
  • Scripted National Lampoon pilot for CBS
  • Scripted pilot for Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star (ran two seasons syndicated)
  • 6+ independent feature screenplay deals, including remake of Kickboxer for Kings Road Entertainment
  • Sunset Fire TV pilot script winner at 13 film festivals, including first place at Las Vegas Film Festival 2011
  • More than 70 corporate industrial films scripted and produced
  • Taught college scriptwriting classes
  • Featured speaker at writers’ conferences and seminars
  • WGA member since 1980
  • 16 years in the Hollywood trenches
  • 6 different agents, 2 managers, attorneys, etc.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ section. Click HERE.


 Hosted by Mark Simon, co-founder of

Mark Simon is 25-year in the entertainment industry as a producer and director for live action and animation, writing and lecturing, and amassing nearly 3,000 production credits. He’s pitched and sold more than 25 production and distribution deals for his original concepts, and worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, The Golf Channel, HSN and other networks pitching in-house productions. His storyboard and animation companies have included clients such as Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, FOX, Steven Spielberg, USA Networks, ABC Television and many others. He is also the author of ten popular industry texts, and lectures around the world at major conferences, entertainment trade schools and universities.

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Do I have to travel for these seminars?

No. You may attend from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a phone and an internet connection.

What if live overseas or outside of the U.S.?

This is what is so great about our web-based teleseminar technology. You can listen to our web-streamed audio/ slideshow without incurring any overseas or out of country phone charges.

What about long distance charges?

When listening by phone, you will be responsible for any applicable long-distance charges. However, we also offer the ability to listen to the audio via the web to help you avoid long-distance charges.

Our service also has a list of U.S. nationwide local numbers. You may find these at

Skype may also be used to join our webinars. Dial in using the Skype address ‘joinconference’ and open the dial pad to enter the conference ID.

Using Skype to join our seminars with no long distance charges.

Add ‘joinconference’ as a contact.

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Select ‘joinconference’ and click on the Call button.

Skype 2

Once the connection is started, click the inverted triangle button to display the options pop-up menu.

Skype 3

Click the “Display Dial Pad” choice to bring up the dial pad.

Skype 4

Enter the conference ID pin code, then click the pound sign to join the conference.

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Will I be able to listen and watch the slide shows with my iPhone or iPad?

No. Our web streaming audio and slide show are Flash-based. Apple does not support flash on either the iPhone or the iPad yet. You will be able to access the event phone numbers and conference codes on the iPhone and iPad, but you will not be able to access the actual audio or slides shows on the devices.

What if I can’t make the seminar after I pay for it?

Don’t worry. We record every event. A recording of the audio and any applicable slide show will be available for replay immediately after the event ends.

How can I see any slide shows in your events? Do I need any special software?

No special software is needed other than the typical Flash players. However, we do not recommend signing in through, as there are known compatibility issues.

We also recommend you use a recent version of Explorer, Firefox or Chrome web browsers.

You can download the free Flash player plugin online at

Can I ask a question before the seminar starts, in case I can’t make the live call?

Yes. You will have access to the event page weeks before the event begins. We have a Submit Questions box on the page which you may use at any time before or during the event.

If I am listening to the seminar online, how will I be able to ask questions?

You may use our Submit Questions box before and during the seminar.

How long do your teleseminars last?

The actual length varies depending on the questions we get. We like to answer as many as we can. Generally our events are at least 2 hours.

What if I don’t like your event?

We hope you will get more out of our events than you expect. However, if there is a problem or if you happen not to get everything you expected, you may ask for a refund within 2 weeks of the program (or 2 weeks of purchasing a replay).

Is there someone I can call if I have a question about one of your events?

Absolutely. You may call our offices at 407-351-0893 from 9-5 EST, Monday - Friday.

What’s on the DVR - Fall 2011 edition

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


We’re more than four episodes into the fourth season and Peter has only appeared as reflections in shiny objects or as a disembodied voice. Okay, what the hell did actor Joshua Jackson do to be exiled from being the co-star to missing in action? Did he ask for too much money? Did he show up late due to a feature film schedule? Did he throw a hissy fit when he realized he was being upstaged by John Noble as his father, Walter? Was he jealous Anna Torv got to play Olivia and her red-wigged evil twin counterpoint? These are the amber-encrusted questions only an alternate universe fringe division can investigate and answer.


After the season premiere, do we call this Dumbing Dexter Down? Our somber, brooding, Dexter with a dark passenger (and a darker secret) can be found … goofily electro shocking two paramedics to death with their defibrillators; making faces while doing a ridiculous version of MC Hammer’s ‘hammer’ dance at his 20-year high school reunion; and shamelessly mugging while bent over backwards in a science room lab table getting a bj from a former high school hottie who now finds him intriguing. Did I tune in the wrong show? Is this Fringe again and I’m watching an alternate universe Dexter? Is this a Judd Apatow directed Seth Rogan picture on pay-per-view? Okay, Michael C. Hall looked like he was having fun. And anyone should be allowed to lighten up after surviving cancer. But where was the dark Dexter that only got better in seasons 1-3? By episode two things have calmed down, but is this the season where Dexter stabs the shark?

Boardwalk Empire

I still haven’t figured out what this show is about. If The Sopranos was a mob-filtered look at the nuclear family, what is this? A mob-filtered version of a mob-developed resort city? Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson is walking the thin line between decent caretaker patron to an Irish immigrant woman and her brood, and ruthless patrician of Atlantic City’s coming of age. Then there’s the weird religious fanatic federal agent keeping the prostitute bearing his child in captivity while he tries to bust bootleggers. He’s so tortured by his own demons and secret hypocritical behavior, he’ll later run as a family values Republican candidate for Congress. But I still don’t know what this show is about. Yet I keep coming back, so I guess it’s doing something right. And the production design is incredible. I don’t know if I’d ever pay to see it again on blu-ray, but I might spring for the bootleg. Did anyone get that?


This one’s on my wife’s DVR list, and not wanting to completely alienate her with all the HBO or Showtime sex-and-violence shows I seem to gravitate to, I started watching this as my ‘family time’ penance. The show airs at 10 p.m. but doesn’t find much edge there when it comes to contrived family conflicts. And they’re usually resolved by the end of one, two or three episodes at most. But with actors like Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, and Bonnie Bedelia (remember her?) aboard, you’re bound to see something fresh in the performances (but don’t get me started on everyone using the Robert Altman-patented ‘everyone talking on top of each other’ technique). There are moments here you can start to identify with, but everyone is so achingly polite to one another, I just have to check the channel and time to make sure I’m not watching that Fringe alternate universe again. Still, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little warm and fuzzy in this universe.

Real Time with Bill Maher

Sure, he’s a smarmy wise-ass, but at least he’s OUR smarmy wise ass. And he casts the show with enough offbeat public figures every week to either nod or scratch your head to. This show could be easily have sider appeal if his attitude didn’t play so smugly superior. And if you read my earlier blog on his religious rants, you know I think he has some issues beyond his own version of intolerance there. But where else are you going to see your congressman use the f-word? I have a sneaking suspicion that Maher loosens everyone up before the show in the Green room with some Afghan Red.

Breaking Bad

Has there ever been a more OMG finale than the season four ender? What more can anyone blog or post about the best drama on television this summer bleeding into Fall? This show featured better suspense sequences than most feature film thrillers, and certainly ones more ingeniously devised. The show should come with a defibrillator. Sometimes tight budgets begat out-of-the-box creativity. Only this show could turn an innocent hotel clerk bell into the best suspense sequence in season two and glorious pay-off for season four. And here’s a show on a pace that never stalled, and by episode nine was already in finale roller coaster descent mode. It just NEVER LET UP through four more episodes into the nail-gnawing finale. Pardon me while I take a moment to straighten my clip-on tie. The acting was breaking badass.  Bryan Cranston took home three Emmys in a row don’t forget, and the only reason he didn’t win this past September was timing – he wasn’t eligible due to timing of the past season’s schedule. Aaron Paul’s already nailed a supporting actor Emmy. He’ll collect one again for this season with some tour de force moments of intensity that will have you reaching for a meth pipe just to calm down. Get on board with the blu-ray if you haven’t broken some Bad, yet. Tell them Heisenberg sent you.

— A. Wayne Carter

Mrs. Hollywoodaholic with Jesse- er … Aaron Paul at the Las Vegas Film Festival 2011

You’ve come a long way, baby

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

And, gee, I guess so has America.