Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 284th installment of Saturday Hot Links, your week's essential reading about movies, TV, streaming, Hollywood, and other things of writerly interest.

CinemaCon 2017: From Jack Sparrow to VOD Debates, Here Are the Winners and Losers From This Year's Gathering.

Golden Age of TV is not so golden for writers: Why the Writers Guild of America is moving closer to a strike.

WGA Releases Trove of Data To Support Its Bargaining Position.

WGA: Don't Blame The Last Strike For Screenwriters' Declining Fortunes.

WGA Contract Talks Complicated By Dramatic Changes in Television Landscape.

Writers Guild Promises Strike on May 2 If No Deal Is Reached.

Writers Guild of America steps up pressure on studios by reaching out to advertisers.

Could Canada Be the Beneficiary of a Writers Guild Strike?

Fifty-One: Thoughts on Writers, Power, and What's at Stake.

Where Everyone in Hollywood Stands on Offering Faster VOD Movie Rentals.

Was Christopher Nolan Right About the VOD-in-30-Days Revolution?

Bill Mechanic On Movie Biz: Big Problems & A Few Suggestions On How To Fix Them.

Marvel VP Said Sales Slumped Because "People Didn't Want Any More Diversity".

Imagine Entertainment & 'Lego Movie's Animal Logic Form Family Film Joint Venture.

GLAAD Media Awards: Winners List.

A list of WGA Signatory Agencies.

What are the dirty little secrets of Hollywood?

The myth of screenwriting credits.

Joss Whedon's 'Batgirl' And The Lie Of The One-Size-Fits-All Cinematic Universe Model.

The Enduring Magic of 'Lethal Weapon' and Why We're Never Too Old for This Shit.

Ridley Scott reveals his cruel original ending to 'Alien'.

'The Shining' producer explains ending changes.

'Seven': The Brilliance of David Fincher's Chase Scene.

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Replica: Journey Inside Kubrick's Ethereal Bedroom in New Art Installation.

In Between Blockbusters, Big Directors Are Making the Same Small Movie.

IndieWire's WonderCon 2017 Panel: Top Showrunners Give Their Take on a Writers Strike and the Influence of Trump on TV.

How John Ridley Juggles Three Prestigious Shows — Without Sacrificing Quality.

Harry Shearer: Why My 'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Affects All Creators.

Amazon Nabs Streaming Rights to NFL's 'Thursday Night Football' Games.

Hulu Lands Expansive Output Deal With Annapurna Pictures.

Netflix Officially Kills Star Ratings, Replacing Them With Thumbs Up and Down.

YouTube TV Launches in Five Markets.

How S-Town is upending the art of podcasting.

The Beatles to release massive 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Read: Bob Saenz — Thoughts on a WGA Strike.

Listen: Scriptnotes — Episode 294.

Watch: Is Tarantino a Feminist?

Watch: Japan's earliest animated films have been released online.

Watch: 'The Blair Witch Project' Almost Had a More Gruesome Ending.

Watch: Women Who Wrote the Way.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week

Back in July 2016 when I announced I had been hired as an assistant professor of screenwriting at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts, I talked about how that would translate into some changes in my teaching schedule at Screenwriting Master Class. Specifically I would only teach screenwriting workshops during the summer months.

Well, it's April, summer is on the horizon, and I'm announcing my summer SMC schedule:

Prep: From Concept to Outline (June 5, 2017)

Pages I: Writing the First Draft (June 19, 2017)

Prep: From Concept to Outline (July 17, 2017)

This will be the only time I will be offering these online workshops in 2017 and there are a limited number of spots available on the roster of each class.

I created both workshops in 2010 and have worked with hundreds of writers in multiple sessions over the years, and I'm proud to say that 80% of the people who enroll finish their outline (Prep) or script (Pages I) within the scheduled time frame, and another 10% reach their goal soon thereafter.

Here are some testimonials about Prep: From Concept to Outline:

"You gave us just the right amount of ideas, encouragement, and support to discover, develop, and design a real workable blueprint to take into the page writing."
 — David Broyles

"The Prep class has given me a set of practical tools to use to take the bare glimmer of a concept to outline in six weeks."
 — James Tichenor

I honestly can't wait to get started on this script now, and to use what I've learned in Prep to go back and rewrite other scripts."
 — Paul Labich

Here are some testimonials about Page I: Writing the First Draft:

"Pages I: Writing the First Draft is the best screenwriting workshop I've ever taken, hands down. Not only is the approach informative and comprehensive, it breaks down the writing process into manageable chunks from Fade In to Fade Out."
— Valli Leigh

"Over the years I've bought and read many books on screenwriting. None of them got me as far in my goals and understanding as the Pages I: Writing the First Draft course."
— Dawn LeFever

"Until I took Pages I: The First Draft, I often wondered if I would ever finish a screenplay. Pages I not only gave me the tools and knowledge to craft a screenplay and finish it, it changed the way I think about writing."
— Katie Cobb

Check out the links above to learn more and consider taking this opportunity to work with me as your mentor in these productive, effective, and kick-ass workshops.


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