The TV Notes Process: The Writer vs. The Executive

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    The TV Notes Process: The Writer vs. The Executive

    After spending most of my professional life in the television business, I am routinely shocked by how little some new hires at studios, networks and production companies know about the process of making the stuff.

    This is often reflected in the non-specific notes that newly-minted professionals pass along, like “This needs to be a hit, you guys” and “Second act should be better,” neither one of which implies a solution or details what they’d like to see done.

    On the other side of that fence, many of my creative friends bristle at virtually every note they’re given, creating an adversarial relationship with the execs at the networks and studios that doesn’t have to be there.

    THE TV NOTES PROCESS, at its core, isn’t an attack on the process or its people.  It’s about trying to help pros new to the industry understand both the needs of those who give notes and those who receive them.