188 episodes

Paper Team is a weekly podcast about television writing, becoming a TV writer, and everything in between. Hosted by Alex Freedman (@TVCalling) and Nick Watson (@_njwatson), every episode alternates between topics on the screenwriting craft (pilots, specs, story, character, etc.), and discussions about the TV business itself (breaking in, representation, networking, staffing, etc.). This is a podcast for anyone working their way into the entertainment industry, and everyone passionate about television.

Paper Team Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 97 Ratings

Paper Team is a weekly podcast about television writing, becoming a TV writer, and everything in between. Hosted by Alex Freedman (@TVCalling) and Nick Watson (@_njwatson), every episode alternates between topics on the screenwriting craft (pilots, specs, story, character, etc.), and discussions about the TV business itself (breaking in, representation, networking, staffing, etc.). This is a podcast for anyone working their way into the entertainment industry, and everyone passionate about television.

    Paper Tease: Context For Your Text – September Session (PT189)

    Paper Tease: Context For Your Text – September Session (PT189)

    Alex and Nick give feedback on five of your teasers on this year's final Paper Tease session.



    Plus, we reveal the winner of our new 2020 Paper Team Mentorship!



    Paper Tease Entries

    "There Goes the Neighbourhood" by Tobias Tobbell

    "Hench" by Kwame Lewis

    "Rift Jumpers" by José David Ernand

    "The Lot" by Travis Brashears

    "America’s Strangest Syndromes" by Annaliese Eisenstadt



    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 40 min
    Character Arcs, Writer Mutiny, and Gamemaster – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT188)

    Character Arcs, Writer Mutiny, and Gamemaster – Paper Scraps Monthly (PT188)

    Alex and Nick answer your TV writing questions about character arcs and animated script length, and discuss the latest TV writing news involving the All-Rise writers' room mutiny and the WarnerMedia restructure.



    Plus, we talk with director Charles Mruz about his new board-game documentary Gamemaster, and tease an upcoming Paper Team mixer.



    Content

    Mixer Tease and Shout-Outs (00:35)

    TV Writing Questions: Character arcs and animated script length (05:31)

    Gamemaster documentary with director Charles Mruz (14:45)

    TV Writing News: All-Rise mutiny and WarnerMedia restructure (25:16)



    Links

    Gamemaster Documentary on Linktree

    Independent Producing ft. Jimmy Nguyen (Showrunners) (PT32)

    "Writers Mutiny at ‘All Rise,’ the Rare CBS Show With a Black Female Lead" - New York Times

    "Bob Greenblatt, Kevin Reilly Out at WarnerMedia in Management Shakeup" - Variety



    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 37 min
    Paper Team Mentorship V – A Year Later With Paul Chang (PT187)

    Paper Team Mentorship V – A Year Later With Paul Chang (PT187)

    Alex and Nick catch up with their 2019 Paper Team Mentee Paul Chang, staff writer on the upcoming animated Disney TV comedy The Curse of Molly McGee.



    We discuss what he's been up to over the past year, including how his first full season in a writers' room went, the importance of building relationships, how COVID has had an impact for him professionally, lessons learned from the mentorship, and much more.



    Plus, we reveal an update about our 2020 Paper Team Mentorship.



    Links

    Paul Chang on Twitter

    "The Curse of Molly McGee"

    Paper Team Mentorship IV – Staffing Update With Paul (PT147)





    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 31 min
    Less TV, Less Opportunity (PT186)

    Less TV, Less Opportunity (PT186)

    Alex and Nick discuss the current trend of diminishing episode orders and shorter seasons, and how that affects the size of writers' rooms, opportunities for emerging writers, and other worrying consequences for television writing.



    Why are TV season orders shrinking from twenty-two episodes down to as few as three? How does this affect professional opportunities for writers, both emerging and established? What does it mean for the TV business and distribution models? What are some of the long-term consequences for access and diversity in television? What are proactive ways of combating and solving these issues?



    Content

    1 - Shorter seasons and diminishing episode orders (00:34)

    2 - How that affects writers and opportunities (10:17)

    3 - How that affects business and creativity (29:34)



    Links

    "Michael Schur on What We Lose When TV Gets Shorter" - Vanity Fair

    TV Writing Incubators and the Evolution of Access (PT125)

    The Art of the TV Episode (PT20)





    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 48 min
    Paper Tease: Microcosms – August Session (PT185)

    Paper Tease: Microcosms – August Session (PT185)

    Alex and Nick feature their next Paper Tease session by giving feedback on four more of your original TV pilot teasers.



    Paper Tease Entries

    "Dad’s the Word" by Peter C. Hayward

    "Earthrise, Earthset" by Zac Kostyrka

    "Cuba Libre" by Stephen Nolly

    "Out for Blood" by Jack Fuhrmann



    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Want to get feedback on the teaser of your TV pilot in an upcoming Paper Tease session? Find all the information you need at http://paperteam.co/teaser



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 41 min
    TV Pilot 301: Scope, Beginnings, and Ends (PT184)

    TV Pilot 301: Scope, Beginnings, and Ends (PT184)

    Alex and Nick talk about the big picture of your TV pilot script and its scope, from what the first episode should capture, to what it can leave out.



    What defines the scope of your TV pilot? What are ways of deciding when the pilot should start and when it should end? How do you tell a satisfying episodic story while also setting up a longer-tail series? What are common mistakes people make when deciding on the scope of their pilot story? Why shouldn't you "save it for later"?



    The Paper Team hones in...



    Content

    1 - TV pilot scope and common mistakes (00:29)

    2 - TV pilot beginnings and ends (28:58)



    Links

    TV Pilot 101 (PT30)

    TV Pilot 201: Keeping the Reader Interested (PT84)

    TV Formula 101: Building an Engine For Your Show (PT117)

    Act Breaks (PT15)

    Weaving Storylines: A/B/C Stories (PT53)

    Teasers & Cold Opens (PT61)

    Analyzing Great TV Pilots: Case Studies of Alias, Community, Homicide, The O.C., Scrubs and 3rd Rock from the Sun (PT54)





    If you enjoy Paper Team, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)



    Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.



    You can find Paper Team on Twitter:

    Alex - @TVCalling

    Nick - @_njwatson

    For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: ask@paperteam.co

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Capricorn4456 ,

A MUST listen for new writers!

I feel like I owe Nick and Alex my first born as repayment for all the incredible advice they’ve dispensed. They are terrific at demystifying this business. “Breaking in” can happen any number of ways, but Paper Team provides soooo many helpful tips for once you’re actually HERE. The 101 series was especially helpful! All of their interviews are also funny and informative, and not just jaded types bemoaning things. I’m just wrapping up my very first room as a Staff Writer, and I owe a big THANK YOU to this pod for being such a tremendous resource to getting me to this point!

Wassupsupsup ,

Paper Team is Awesome!!!

After graduating from film school, I had been trying to find a resource that is television oriented and has a balance of both the creative and the business side of the entertainment industry and Paper Team is it! Their personality shines through each episode and elevated the incredibly helpful information! Keep up the great work!

Keila H ,

Very helpful

I have been studying tv writing and I use the Paper Team podcast for help! It’s been very helpful and I’m so glad they’re keeping it up! Blessings!

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