Getting My Drama On

If you follow this blog, you know how much I love telling stories.

To date, I’ve been fortunate and privileged to tell stories to younger audiences and mostly in the medium of books. But lately, since putting together and creating new TV shows, I’ve started moving more in the world of television.

It’s an exciting place to be.

To quote Kary Antholis, who heads up mini-series for premium cablecaster HBO, “television is going to places that film doesn’t go anymore.”

I personally mourn the demise of smart movies coming out of Hollywood (though some get through…I’m looking forward to seeing Bridge of Spies next week, and the indie sector is still telling smart stories for grown ups), but television has filled the gap. The combination of great writing, amazing actors, large screens, and NO babysitting costs make TV drama hard to beat these days.

I’d also argue that TV is setting the cultural agenda more than books. At parties, even the most literary folks I know talk about what shows they’re binge viewing, not what books they’re reading.

So this week I was lucky enough to be asked to moderate at the C21 Content London summit, which was a bit of a debutante ball for me to start the process of introducing drama producers and broadcasters to the….wait for it…awesome drama shows we’re cooking up.

I’ll still keep dreaming up for kids/family, and I’ll never stop writing books, but I’m excited to round out my creative output for the most exciting game in town….TV.

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2 Responses to Getting My Drama On

  1. jayne smith May 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi I am snot sure if you can help me, I have written what is quite possibly the best drama that could hit the small screens since serious like Cold Feet and Scott and Bailey. I am trying to find out how I pitch this to production companies.

    • Jeff Norton June 2, 2016 at 7:51 am #

      Hi there – First of all, congrats! It’s a big accomplishment to get it down on the page. Now comes for phase 2. Hayley McKenzie is a script consultant who helps writers get ready for submission, and she’s got a very helpful list of companies that will look at unsolicited material, here: https://scriptangel.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/production-companies-uk-accepting-unsolicited-scripts/ I’d pursue that in the first instance, in parallel with submitting to a few top prizes as well (that attracts the attention of managers/agents). Good luck and I look forward to seeing your show on TV!

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