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July 15, 2010 by | Kudos!

Less than two months after graduating, Chapman TV and Screenwriting student Clay Keller has won the $10,000 David & Lynn Angell Comedy Writing Fellowship for his original pilot script "Dinner Theater."  The script was written by Clay for his FTV 328 Seminar in Television Writing course.  The fellowship, part of the prestigious Humanitas Awards for excellence

Can Creativity be Taught?

July 7, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

As someone who teaches TV writing and producing at one of the world’s premier film schools I get asked certain questions all the time: How do you get an agent? (subject for another blog post) How do you break into TV? (see blog of 6/9/2010) Can creativity be taught? The answer to this last question

Alumni Interview: Molly Wilson

June 23, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

ALUMNI INTERVIEW: MOLLY WILSON   What was your major and when did you graduate? TV Production/Broadcast Journalism – 2007   Where do you work now? I work at Warner Bros. Television in Current Programming   What do you like most about your job? I love the fast pace the world of TV offers.  The problems

What’s a Showrunner? (Part 2)

June 17, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

Here's a link to a great round table discussion where some of today's top TV writer/producers reveal how they do it on a daily basis. Roundtable: Seth MacFarlane, Ryan Murphy, Chuck Lorre, Doug Ellin, Steve Levitan, Linda Wallem — Th livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com By Matthew Belloni "This place looks like Johnny Sack's office," Seth MacFarlane noted at

Chapman Ad Club takes 1st place at Nationals

June 11, 2010 by | Kudos!

Chapman University’s Ad Club just won the entire NSAC competition, placing first at the National level!  Congratulations to the entire team, faculty advisor Cory O’Connor, and the dedicated Chapman fans throughout the campus: you’ve all worked so hard – you deserve it! What is the NSAC?  It’s the National Student Advertising Competition, a national program

A TV Series based on a Tweet? On CBS!?

June 10, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

A TV SERIES BASED ON TWITTER POSTINGS?  AT CBS???      Yep – that’s exactly what this fall will bring.  CBS has ordered a half-hour comedy for fall based on the popular series of Twitter postings &*$! My Dad Says.      At first blush, this seems crazy – using something as slight as Twitter postings to

Cross Cultural Film-Making

June 9, 2010 by | Beyond Dodge

TV Students Robert Amidon and Ashley Young are off to Korea with Prof. James Gardner as part of a Korean exchange program where Chapman students make a short film with Korean students from Seoul Institute of the Arts, then the Korean students come to Orange and make a film with the Chapman Students! Television students

Creating Your Own TV Series

June 3, 2010 by | TV Writing / Production

CREATING YOUR OWN TV SERIES For professional TV writers the Holy Grail is creating your own series – coming up with the concept and characters, pitching and selling it to a network, writing and producing the pilot, then making it to the fall schedule – and hopefully 10 years on the air. Here at Chapman,

Chapman Alum Realizing His Field of Dreams

June 3, 2010 by | Kudos!

Jeff Levering (TBJ, 2005) is one of alums working in sports. Jeff chose the hyper-competitive field of play-by-play, passing on easier paths with Fox Sports and the NFL Network. And in a few short years Jeff has made it to second base, landing the play-by-play gig with the Springfield Cardinals, the AA-affil of the St