Created By…

Inside the Minds of TV's Top Show Creators


$14.95

  • 214 Pages
  • 6x9 Paper
  • Silman-James Press
  • 9781879505827
  • 1-879505-82-7

As entertaining as it is enlightening, Created by… presents a stellar cast of 21 show creators who candidly talk about writing and selling hit television series.

J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost)
Alan Ball (Six Feet Under)
Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single, Half & Half)
Mark Brazill (That ’70s Show)
Ilene Chaiken (The L Word)
Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Tom Fontana (Oz)
Tracy Gamble (8 Simple Rules)
Dave Hackel (Becker)
Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia)
Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven, Fat Actress)
Bill Lawrence (Scrubs)
Dennis Leoni (Resurrection Blvd.)
Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (Will & Grace)
Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim)
Josh Schwartz (The O.C.)
Shawn Ryan (The Shield)
Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls)
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)

They discuss influences • writing spec scripts  • first jobs in TV • getting an agent • mentors • being staffed as a writer • the pitch • writing a pilot • putting yourself in the characters you create • rewriting • producing a pilot • marketing • hiring a writing staff • making a show last • TV writing vs. film writing • drama vs. sitcom • cable vs. network TV • what show creators look for in a writer • writers block • luck  … and much more.

Created by… is a lively, well-written must-have book for all screenwriters and television writers—wannabes, novices, and pros—as well as all avid TV fans.

“If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite television show was created, wonder no more! This book, a collection of interviews with today’s best TV show creators, takes you behind the scenes and into their creative minds.”
—James Burrows

“Steven Priggé has given us a great look at today’s television creators. These men and women shape American culture with their works. It is wonderful to hear what influenced them, how they broke into the business, and what it takes to create and sell television in the vertically integrated network marketplace of today.”
—Stephen J. Cannell

Steven Priggé

Steven Priggé was initially introduced to series television when he worked as an assistant on the hit ABC-TV sitcom Spin City, starring Michael J. Fox. Priggé is the author of the book Movie Moguls Speak, a collection of interviews with some of the most influential movie producers of our time. He also writes freelance articles for such popular magazines as MovieMaker and Written By (the official magazine of the Writer’s Guild of America, West).