Film Courage: Is it possible for writers starting out today to have the same type of TV writing career that you had?
Marc Scott Zicree, Screenwriter/Author: I am here to provide a service and if I can open a door for someone where they understand that it’s not as hard as people make it sound, you know that’s the trick of it…
In terms of writers nowadays having the same kind of career I had? No, they can’t really because television has changed so much. When I started out I started writing in the late 70’s and still going strong today, I’ve been very lucky. Back then most shows had freelance slots so in other words for instance when I was a producer on Sliders we had a 22-episode order for that season and 11 of those would be freelance slots. So every day we were taking pitches from writers and we knew we’d have to buy 11 scripts. Now we might rewrite those extensively because we knew the show day in and day out in a way that the freelancers wouldn’t necessarily but that might be that first that person’s first sale. It might get them into the industry. It gave so many people chances to get their foot in the door…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Marc Scott Zicree is the author of THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION and has written for shows such as STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION, SLIDERS, DEEP SPACE NINE, BABYLON 5, SMURFS, HE-MAN, REAL GHOSTBUSTERS and many more. Marc and his wife Elaine Zicree have worked for virtually all the major studios and networks. In addition to writing, directing and producing great projects for film, TV and books (including the forthcoming GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES), Marc and Elaine mentor thousands of others toward successful careers in the Industry via The Table industry roundtable meetings.
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