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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557835012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557835017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, on websites such as TechTV, and of course in TV Guide.

A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late '60s, Brody has produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. He has created, produced, or written for The Huntress, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Voyager, Walker Texas Ranger, Heaven Help Us, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Baretta, The Fall Guy, Automan, Partners In Crime, Mike Hammer, The New Rin Tin Tin, Police Story, The Bold Ones, Hawaii Five-0, Here Come The Brides, Partners In Crime, The Rookies, The Interns, The Streets Of San Francisco, Cannon, Ironside, Medical Story, Medical Center, The Six Million Dollar Man, Barnaby Jones and Super Force, among others.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bookloversfriend on November 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
The brief armchair advice on writing in this book is too vague and general to be of use.

But the account of how a network television organization works is useful if you plan to try to market your material to such organizations.

The book is also useful for laying out the three stages that an idea must go through to end up on TV. These he calls "the logline", the "outline" and the teleplay. His examples of each of these (for sitcoms, series and TV movies) are also useful.

The book also (unintentionally) helps you to understand why television shows and network-produced TV movies are so bad.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
TV writer-producer Larry Brody uses Television Writing From The Inside Out : Your Channel To Success to explore a medium he helped shape, discussing writing jobs available in TV work, considering teleplay development and writing for different genres, and including sample teleplays by Brody and others complete with analysis. This "nuts and bolts" reference is a recommended pick because it's packed from cover to cover with Brody's insider experience and knowledge of how the industry works.
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If you ever have a desire to write for television, this is the first book that you should pick up. Not only does Larry Brody draw from his many years of experience as a showrunner, writer or producer of such shows as Police Story, The Fall Guy and Mike Hammer, but he also uses analogies from other's experiences on what to-do and what not to-do in writing for the television industry.

However, this book is so much more than a script manual. Yes, there is the technical stuff like writing for spec, first assignments, outlines, teleplays and how to write them. But Brody also covers things like where to live, how to get connected in the business in order to get to a pitch meeting, the numerous types of meetings, realistic timeframes that set things occur and how people respond by what they say and what they really mean. He really makes the business of television writing real.

After reading Brody's book, if you ever had illusions about how easy writing for television could be (ideally), they will be completely dispelled. When you are finished, sit back and ask yourself if it is what you REALLY want to do. If the answer is yes, he gives you a great outline. If the answer is no, now is the time to stop and find another worthy pursuit. Brody comes across as honest with how demanding the business-side of television writing is, and it is not always about the writing. This is one of the best books I have ever read on this subject.
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I bought this book to better understand how the writing world worked. I have since had the opportunity of working directly with a working showrunner who has worked on shows like Wilfred, King of the Hill, Just Shoot me, etc. One of the quickest ways this book helped me was by insisting I pick a genre and sticking with it. Are you a dramatic writer or a comedy writer? When asked by my new acquaintance what I wrote, I gave him the write answer: one or the other. He then proceeded to tell me how you can quickly tell how ready a writer is just by that one question. He explained that you get pigeonhold, but that is how you get work. This is just one way this book has already helped me be better prepared for a future in writing, and anyone interested in a better career should buy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James on July 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Larry Brody has an amazing breadth of knowledge about what makes the Television industry work. This book is a fantastic look into the workings of the industry. He is cleary an authority on the subject, having penned over 500 hours of television.

My only reservation in recommending this book to everyone is that it's been a long time since Larry stood outside the industry looking in. The landscape has changed and Larry is already a barnacle on the television whale, far out to sea. For those stuck on the rocky shore, this book might be more useful if you already have screen credits and want to leverage your position with knowledge about how the industry works.
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