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Old 03-27-2006, 04:40 PM   #1
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I'm meeting with some executive at a network in regards to getting staffed. Can somebody tell me what I'm looking at here? I'm not sure how this works -- I thought showrunners hired their writers. Does this exec notify showrunners of who they like for a show?

Anything would help. Thanks!

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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Bump for desperation.

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Old 03-28-2006, 08:57 AM   #3
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You are probably meeting with a manager of current programming or perhaps the next person up the food chain, who would be a director of current programming. These network executives cover shows their bosses (the VP's) assign them to and work with showrunners on issues from staffing to story and all points in between. If this person likes you he/she will likely forward your material to a showrunner on a particular show on which they think you might be a good fit.
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:36 AM   #4
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"Network" has to sign off on EVERYTHING. I'm not going to say that it's a whole lot of people creating work just to justify their jobs, but...





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You are probably meeting with a manager of current programming or perhaps the next person up the food chain, who would be a director of current programming. These network executives cover shows their bosses (the VP's) assign them to and work with showrunners on issues from staffing to story and all points in between. If this person likes you he/she will likely forward your material to a showrunner on a particular show on which they think you might be a good fit.
Yes, that's exactly what it seems to be. So any tips? Should I show any interest in a particular show or let her decide what she thinks is best? How should I act here -- I know if I was meeting with the showrunner you need to let them know you're not only a sharp writer but somebody they'd want to work with on a day to day basis, but this chick is a suit. Is it any different?

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Old 03-28-2006, 07:11 PM   #6
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I would brush up on all the shows they have on the air and more importantly, carefully read any pilots they are currently shooting. If they have a new show on the air that is doing well, be sure to compliment them on its success. I'd stay away from "I love that show, I'd be perfect for it!" and try to be a bit more subtle. Walk into the room informed about what she is working on and be prepared to talk about it.
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