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Book Title: Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing|
The author of the book: Jeffrey Stepakoff
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.49 MB
Date of issue: May 10th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781592402953
Read full description of the books Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing:When Jeffrey Stepakoff was graduating with an MFA in playwriting, he imagined a life in the New York theater, wearing a beret and smoking clove cigarettes. Writing for the boob tube didnt even cross his mind. But he ended up in L.A. in the late 80s, when television writers were experiencing their equivalent of a gold rush. After the billion- dollar syndication of Seinfeld, when studios were paying astronomical amounts of money to writers to create the next Friends or ER, the sudden mania for scripted entertainment made the TV writer a hot commodity. He found himself meeting with big agents, inside primetime story rooms, pitch meetings, and on the set of some of TVs most popular shows, and making more money than he'd ever thought possible.
Weaving his personal story with televisions, Stepakoff takes us behind the scenes to show what its like to have a story idea one week and see it come to life and be seen by millions of people just a week later. Stepakoff also takes us inside the industry to explain what were watching and why by exploring the growing problems of media consolidation, the effects of interference from executives, the lack of diversity, and what reality television is doing to quality scripted television.
When the market crashed and the dust settled, TV executives and the media conglomerates they worked for were sitting on a broken business model. Slowly, a new programming idea began to take holdwhat if the writer and their salaries were removed from the equation? Reality TV was born and the TV writer suddenly became obsolete at least temporarily.
Read information about the authorJeffrey Stepakoff was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a BA in Journalism. In 1988, the day after getting his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon, he drove to Hollywood where he began writing for film and television.
Jeffrey has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes, has written for fourteen different series and has worked on seven primetime staffs, producing hundreds of hours of internationally-recognized television, including the Emmy-winning THE WONDER YEARS, SISTERS, and DAWSON’S CREEK where he was Co-Executive Producer.
Stepakoff has also created and developed pilots for many of the major studios and networks, including 20th Century, Paramount, MTM, Fox and ABC. And he has developed and written major motion pictures, including Disney’s TARZAN and BROTHER BEAR, and EM Entertainment’s LAPITCH, THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER, Croatia’s selection for the 1998 Academy Awards.
A few years ago, Stepakoff returned to Atlanta, where he lives with his wife and three young children, and began pursuing his long-held dream of writing fiction. FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA, published by St. Martin’s Press is his first novel. A SIBA Okra Pick and an Indie Next List Notable, FIREWORKS is available in hardback, paperback, large print, audio and digital forms. Stepakoff’s second novel, THE ORCHARD, comes out in July 2011. His fiction is available now in six languages.
Presently, Stepakoff speaks around the country, teaches dramatic writing at Kennesaw State University, and is hard at work on his third novel for St. Martin’s Press. In his spare time, he builds forts in living room with sofa cushions.
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