The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is looking for the next great and hilarious story featuring the modern family and it could be written by you! Your original half hour script could land you $5,000 plus PLUS creative guidance and direct input from John Wells.
Starting October 5th, 2011, send in your take on what makes the modern American family unique and most of all, funny.
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The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment, a group of some of the country’s largest national advertisers helped bring Gilmore Girls, Everybody Hates Chris, Friday Night Lights and 20 other shows you love to TV. They’ve also awarded more than 50 scholarships to young screenwriters at leading universities across the country.
John Wells is best known for his role as executive producer of the television series ER, Third Watch, The West Wing, Shameless and Southland.
We all love escaping into world’s like Pandora, Middle Earth and Tatooine. Likewise, there’s nothing like a well developed alternate reality like the one featured on Fringe or Back to the Future for that matter. It’s what makes film and television so much fun to discover.
Let’s start with Fringe. I honestly can’t believe it took me three seasons before I finally gave the show a shot. It’s not like I avoided it. I simply never had (or took) the opportunity to sit through an episode. The tales alternate dimensions and freaky science evaded me regardless of J.J Abrams’ involvement and the shows mystery driven story arc. Much like Lost, one of my favorite shows of all time, each episode contained an incredible story while continually developing a larger mythology.
Fringe should have taken a hold of me the second the pilot premiered years ago. Except it didn’t and quite frankly neither did Lost. I didn’t discover Lost until the end of the fourth season! Some might argue that catching up on a television show is a great way to avoid cliffhangers for long periods of time. Especially between seasons. This is true to a certain extent as pushing play on the next episode is better than waiting for an entire week but did I miss out on the “Lost” experience?
The answer is yes and became apparent to me when I arrived at work the day after a mind-blowing episode in season 5. People were talking about it and I knew what they were talking about. I experienced those last two seasons with the rest of the world. While it sucks to have to wait a week for a new episode, the whole point is to experience the anticipation and wonder.
The same can be said about Game of Thrones. I didn’t start watching until the first season was over. I caught up On Demand. If I didn’t listen to the advice of some co-workers, I would have never discovered the show.
Finding television shows that capture your imagination like that can be difficult. You never know which shows will take hold. I know I didn’t think Fringe would.
YOUR SHOWS. YOUR TEAM
Each day another show takes the field and you hope it delivers. My team lost a couple great players over the last few years. Some shows, like Lost, retired but others got demoted like the increasingly disappointing True Blood.
This Fall, I’m ready to sign some new shows and add them to my team which features heavy hitters like Dexter, Fringe and The Walking Dead. There are a lot of spots open but many will not make the cut.
I’m excited to discover new shows from the beginning this year. My PVR is in for a work out as I add new dramas to my lineup.
With another year of amazing television upon us, here are my top 3 prospects looking to make the big leagues this season:
Apple’s new Final Cut Pro release has been met with a lot of negative reviews. Final Cut Pro X is a completely rebuilt and redesigned version of the software at a much cheaper price. It sounded exciting at the time. I haven’t had a chance to work with the new software yet but I’m thinking I may just hold onto my existing version for now. I’m sure future versions will remedy some of the issues at hand. A change this drastic was bound to anger some but I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be met with this type of reaction.
THE ATHLETIC NERD CELEBRATES THE RETURN OF BASEBALL
There’s nothing like Spring especially if you’re a life long baseball fan. I’m a die hard Blue Jays fan so you can imagine my excitement working for a network that will broadcast, for the first time, all 162 Jays games this season. (Not to mention more than 500 total MLB games.)
For the last few weeks, producers have been preparing for the upcoming season creating promos, previews and features and I’ve had the opportunity to edit a few of those pieces. I love my job.
With the regular season around the corner, I’ve decided to compile some of my baseball related posts for baseball AND movie fans out there.
All Time Best: Baseball Movie Moment My personal favorite from an impressive list of incredible movies. Click here to read.
Short Screenplays & Minor League Baseball A look at the short screenplays you never thought could inspire you all over again. Click here to read.
10 Flicks: Movies With Championship Games Top 10 sports movies where it all comes down to one memorable game. Click here to read.
A Perfect Place To Write Screenplays How a nearby park is the perfect setting to develop a new story. Click here to read.
Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If They Made A Base Wars Movie? A classic Nintendo game featuring robot players waging war on the field isn’t that far fetched is it? Click here to read.
Angels In The Outfield In Real Life A look at a recent hockey save and how it relates to a Baseball team that receives a little ‘help’. Click here to read.