Here you can find all the latest information about screenwriting classes worldwide.

Writing the New Dark TV Hero

Online 10% off - No Minimum - Use Code: ISA10WS
Registration ended: 01/09/2015
Class Begins: 01/15/2015   Ends: 01/15/2015
Class Time: 1:00 pm - (PST)
FEE: $70 Registration Expired
At a Glance
  • Break into the blazing hot television market as a writer, director, or producer? This webinar is for you.
  • Learn a set of creative tools to create the new complexity and ambiguity in character and storyline that today's TV audience seeks out.
  • Create the daring, original, boundary-bending stories sought out by our expanding, no holds-barred Wild West of TV production, with its rapidly expanding new platforms and studios


The fashion in TV heroes now is dark and complicated. And that's fantastic for creators! Sometimes, the lead character is actually an anti-hero! And TV story is getting bigger - just more story for an ever hungrier audience. This webinar's speaker (Peter Russell) recently did a consult where the producer gave the writer a shocking note on his pilot: 'can you make it longer?' Believe me, that's never been a note Peter has gotten before in television. And it's fantastic news for story creators. This medium is thriving. And freer than ever before. Now, TV's always been a closed off, hard to enter system. It still is, of course, but it's as open right now as it's ever been, because there are so many new venues for TV stories, and the way an audience watches has changed, too!


So - how do you write a great pilot in this market where cats don't get saved, the hero is ambiguous, and the humor is black? Peter Russell (UCLA's Teacher of the Year, & Pepperdine University's Seaver School's TV Pilot Professor) shows you how and works to quickly shape YOUR pilot characters and ideas in this webinar. And he brings his legendary inspiring and insightful teaching spirit here that will leave you energize and super-excited to tackled your project. Bring your pilot idea and Peter will help you improve it during the webinar. You'll learn how to create the 'permanent dilemma' at the heart of all great TV story, and how the kind of 'dilemma' that TV audiences love to watch has changed in the last five years. Peter and his partner have 'story-doctored' in Hollywood for the last 15 years (their latest project is for Brian Grazer's PELE, slated for release in spring of 2015.)


Using inspiring scenes from TRUE DETECTIVE, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and the ever-darkening storyline of THE GOOD WIFE, Peter shows you how the greatest story creators exploit this new freedom -- even on network TV (which by the way, still pays way better than cable.) Peter also charts one of the biggest changes in TV -- the rise of the anti-hero, in stories like the brilliant BREAKING BAD. Peter shows you the suspense devices that Vince Gilligan employs to keep the BREAKING BAD audience on the edge of their seats.


  • How to create the single most important part of your show: fabulous, original characters
  • Why your pilot needs an 'permanent dilemma' at its very center.
  • What your show's 'hook' must be (it's different from five years ago)
  • How the main storylines in a pilot never vary in their construction, regardless of how 'hip' the show
  • What those storylines are and how to 'weave them' together
  • How to use the deep secret of 'original theme' the same way Gilligan, Chase, Fellowes, Pizzolatto, Weiner, and Sorkin do to drive your pilot AND every episode
  • Re-energizing yourself when you lose inspiration. (TV story requires a different energy - learn how to channel it)
  • Using the hidden patterns of your TV genre to leapfrog ahead (there are 13 different TV genres)
  • 'Do I create a pilot or write a spec of an existing show? The benefits of both.
  • Finding a great story from what's happening right now in the world.
  • How to find a writing partner
  • Writers who want to break into the biggest and fastest growing medium in entertainment today: TV
  • Producers who want to understand how to shape and create sellable stories.
  • Directors, editors, and actors who want to know the hidden secrets of the script they've been hired to do.
  • Writers who want to learn the fundamental forms of ALL three major TV story platforms - network, cable, and internet
  • Story creators who want to learn how and why stories sell in today's market (it's very different than five years ago.)
  • Participate Live or Watch Later

This webinar includes both access to the live webinar where you may interact with the presenter and the recorded, on-demand edition for your video library.  Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.
BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!

Product Details

Date available: 11/26/2014

Publication date: 11/26/2014

Return policy: This item is not eligible for return. 


Meet the Author: Peter Russell

For 15 years Peter Russell has been a story doctor in Hollywood, working with on projects like The Da Vinci Code (SONY), working for companies like IMAGINE (Einstein), for PARTICIPANT (Food, Inc.), for WALDEN FILMS (Chronicles of Narnia), for CBS Television's Movies of the Week, for HBO, VIACOM, and scores more. Peter recently helped shape Brian Gazer's PELE, (coming out in the spring of 2015). Peter also works with the most talented writers and producers in the business. His knowledge of story comes out of the years spent reading over 7,000 scripts for the studios. As Peter discerned the patterns of great story, he began to share them, and that began...  

Tags: TV Pilot, Action, Crime, Mystery/Suspense, Thriller, Western