Thursday, September 14, 2006

Yippie-kay-yay, my MoFo's....


So finally some good news, for me at least. Just was hired to join the writing staff of a existing teen drama tv series which should take me until almost Xmas.

Believe me, I am thrilled and grateful.

Thrilled because as much fun it is to develop projects or direct now and then, nothing beats being in the trenches breaking and writing stories, troubleshooting production problems, interacting with crew and cast and network execs, trying to help keep the speeding train that is series television on the tracks...really, nothing beats it.

Grateful because when life intervenes and personal shit forces you to essentially withdraw your name from the freelance work table for an extended period of time - it doesn't take long, especially in the fast-moving 'chew em up and spit em out' television/entertainment business, for you to land on the 'where are they now?' pile. Pleased to have an answer to that question.

Ironically, this didn't come about as a direct result of the Banff TV Fest - the most promising deal from there still sits in limbo - though I'm sure just showing up at Banff and presenting yourself as alive and still playing the game never hurts.

Am sitting down with the show producers later this week and will broach the blog with them. Hopefully they won't mind me 'anecdotally observing and informing' - my intent wouldn't be to just dish dirt...

So I'll either be posting less because I'm busy and there's a gag order...or posting as much as I can manage about the behind the scenes of a tv series in production...

Either way, it's still good...all good.




SONG & ARTIST? - "I've listened to preachers
I've listened to fools
I've watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you have the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I'm going off the rails on a..."

24 comments:

Jutratest said...

Ahhh.. Now that is cool news.

My bet is you will be visiting.. a certain beach named after predatory bird?

Systemaddict said...

Good stuff man- go kick em in the nuts...in a good way...with words and such.

Riddley Walker said...

Fantastic news! Hopefully you'll be able to give us all some reports from the trenches, but we'll forgive if you have to keep schtum.

The Ozzmeister - Crazy Train, BTW. Listening to it now... ;-)

wcdixon said...

"greatful"...lol Please excuse the edit.

And kudos to riddley for bang on song/artist answer...

Kelly J. Compeau said...

Awesome, dude! I'm thrilled to hear the good news.

It's Whistler, isn't it? C'mon, you can tell me.

KJC

Optimistic_Reader said...

Great news! Looking forward to updates.

DMc said...

Mazel Tov, Will. that's grand news.

Good Dog said...

Will,

Ah, that's fantastic news, fella. I hope it goes really well.

If you can post reports on UIJ, we'll ship some pigeons your way.

English Dave said...

Don't broach the subject of blogging. Not for a second. In all seriousness.

Unknown Screenwriter said...

Congrats!

Unk

Good Dog said...

Or even if you can't post reports...

Have a hell of a good time!

Diane Kristine said...

Congratulations! That's great news.

Callaghan said...

Will, that's great news! Congratulations. Hopefully it won't mean an end to this blog that has become a daily visit for a lot of us. But if it does, then it's a price worth paying for a new gig.

Knock 'em dead!

By the way, I'm interested to hear if they are located in your neck of the woods, or if you'll have to relocate? Reason I ask is, as a new kid at this party (the party being Canadian dramatic tv), I always just assume that it's Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or bust. How wrong am I?

Chopped Nuts said...

Oho, congrats!

Now if you can just hook up the thirty or so of us who are chomping at the bit... :)

wcdixon said...

Feelin' the love...definitely feelin' the love.

Cheers all...

Lee said...

Congratulations, Will. I'm with ED about the blog - don't mention it, don't abandon it, but stay circumspect when it comes to blogging about work.

Fall Guy said...

Way to go! I expect to read stories of 50-year old producers telling you how to write for teens.

wcdixon said...

watch it FallGuy...as the years tick past, I'm quickly heading toward being one of 'those' producers myself...lol

Callaghan said...

Very cool that you don't have to relocate. Interesting how there are some dramatic series outside of the big three cities. Worked out perfectly for you.

And don't apologize for the secrecy....a paycheque is way more important than a blog!

Mystery Man said...

I'll be looking for lots of subtext on this show.

Hehehe...

-MM

Kelly J. Compeau said...

It's Whistler! Tell me it's Whistler. You're killin' me here, dude.

Bill Cunningham said...

Very cool.

Spill the beans, but not all over the floor okay?

Chloe said...

congratulations! tell us which one it is so we can watch

Chloe said...

i meant, tell us in private! we don't want you to get dooced.