Interterm 2018
FTV 329/529-11 Scripted TV From IP

Instructor Pat Quinn
M/W/F 12-3:50 p.m.
DMAC Directing Stage, room 124

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and 13 Reasons Why are just a few successful series that began as books.  The Office and Homeland were based on series from the U.K. and Israel.  ABC is developing Charles Dickens 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, as a drama series.

An ability to identify and secure Intellectual Property (IP) is a key asset for any young producer.  This course serves students who want to produce and develop small screen series based on literary properties or international formats.

Studio and broadcast executives have demonstrated a preference for IP based development.  This material provides characters, plot and story and may bring a large fan base and name recognition.

In this class we will screen the original material which inspired the show.  We will compare it with the new show. Which changes were made to make it popular with a U.S. audience?  Students will research movies, books, international TV shows and find ones that inspire them.

Topics to be covered include:  adaptation issues, cultural differences, copyright, option agreements, creative team building, production requirements, attaching A level talent, the sales process and sizzle reels.  At the end of the class, students will have several projects to pitch to development executives.