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TV Drama Certificate Program Los Angeles TV Certificate Program

11/02/201812:00am - 12:00am$2001 Spot Left

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Showrunners Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Insatiable's Lauren Gussis and Blackish's Jonathan Groff Showrunner PanelIn the past year, 13 students have been staffed onto shows such as ABC’s American Crime, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Youtube RED’s Single By 30, Netflix’s Club de Quervo, NBC’s This is us, OWN’s Queen Sugar, Audience’s Hit the Road, Freeform’s Grownish, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Seeso’s Take My Wife, TBS’ People Of Earth. In the same time, 5 students WON ABC, FOX, & NBC Fellowships. The reason is simple: unlike any other TV Writing Program, all our classes are taught by award-winning, working TV Writers on today’s top shows. Recent teachers include: David Babcock (Goliath), Pat Charles (Co-EP, Black Lightning, Sons of Anarchy), Ayanna Floyd Davis (Co-EP, Empire), Rob Fresco (Co-EP Ray Donovan, How To Get Away With Murder, Heroes), Isaac Aptaker (Showrunner, This Is Us), David Iserson (Mr. Robot, New Girl, Mad Men), Devanshi Patel (Black-ish), Sam Ernst (Daredevil), Dailyn Rodriguez (Queen of the South), Emmylou Diaz (Jane The Virgin), Phil Stark (South Park), Eric Ziobrowski (Fresh Off The Boat), Jack Moore (Dear White People, Difficult People), Michael Cinquemani (Jane The Virgin, Revenge) and Mike Ellis (Netflix’s Insatiable). (Full list of recent teachers here).

The TV Drama Certificate Program comes in two tracks, designed to meet your specific goals: Fellowship and Staffing.

Curriculum Summary

Each curriculum includes two full rounds of pilot classes, or one full round of pilot classes and one full round of spec classes, plus a 2 or 3 week pitching class (a total of 32-33 weeks of class). In addition, certificate program participants will receive four private script feedback sessions and exclusive access to 3-4 TV networking events and panels.

Past speakers include: Issa Rae (Creator and Star, HBO’s Insecure), Jessica Goldberg (Showrunner, Hulu’s The Path), Lauren Gussis (Creator and Showrunner, Netflix’s Insatiable), Jonathan Groff (Showrunner, ABC’s Blackish), Tim Minear (EP American Horror Story), Stephen Falk (Showrunner You’re the Worst), Sivert Glarum (Showrunner, Maron), Moira Walley-Beckett (Creator and Showrunner Flesh & Bone, Breaking Bad), Rachel Bloom (Creator and Star, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Evan Lewis (Literary Manager, Stagecoach Entertainment), Grant Kessman (Agent, CAA) and Kyle Loftus (Agent, APA).

Fellowship Drama Track:

  • TV 1 or TV Drama 1– pilot idea to beat sheet (5 weeks)
  • TV 2 or TV Drama 2– pilot beat sheet to draft (10 weeks)
  • TV Spec 1 – existing show episode idea to beat sheet (5 weeks)
  • TV Spec 2 – existing show episode beat sheet to draft (10 weeks)
  • 1 pitching class with a creative exec (2 weeks)
  • 4 private script feedback sessions (2 per script worked on in above classes)

Staffing Drama Track:

  • TV 1 or TV Drama 1– first pilot idea to beat sheet (5 weeks)
  • TV 2 or TV Drama 2– first pilot beat sheet to draft (10 weeks)
  • TV 1 or TV Drama 1– second pilot idea to beat sheet (5 weeks)
  • TV 2 or TV Drama 2– second pilot beat sheet to draft (10 weeks)
  • 1 pitching class with a creative exec (2 weeks)
  • 4 private script feedback sessions (2 per script worked on in above classes)

All students will leave with 2 completed scripts, vital industry connections, and the essential skills to pitch themselves and their projects at a professional level.

Program Cost/How It Works

To join the certificate program:

  1. 1. Pay for the initial nonrefundable program fee of $200 either all at once or through payment plan ($50 every 2 weeks).
  2. 2. You will receive coupon codes for your classes via email.
  3. 3. Sign up for your first class (TV 1, TV Comedy 1, TV Drama 1, TV Spec 1). We also recommend you start with TV 101 and TV Structure even though these are not required classes. You will receive an email recommending your first class if you have already taken TV 1.
  4. 4. You will have 1 year from when you sign up to complete your required classes and your 4 script consults. If you need more than one year, you pay $50 to extend.

Program includes:

  1. Exclusive access to script feedback session with top TV writers (purchased separately, only for students who have workshoped the same script through TV 1 and TV 2)
  2. 3-4 networking events with showrunners, agents, managers, and fellowship directors
  3. The deepest discounts on classes and group events

If you are inactive in the program for over 9 weeks (not currently enrolled in a class or having recently completed a consult), you will need to re-register for $200. To attend networking events, you have to be an active student (currently enrolled in a class or recently completed a consult).

Candidates do not need to pay for all classes or tuition upon enrollment into the program. After the initial $200 program fee, courses are purchased on a per-class basis. Payment plans are available for those who wish to pay incrementally.

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