Session 3 – Aug 4 – 2:15pm – 3:45pm
“THE BUSINESS OF TV WRITING – MAKING OF THE WRITER”
Farhan Salahruddin & Raghuveer Shekhawat
Do the writers see themselves as businessmen? Are they prepared enough to sell their stories commercially?
Do the writers understand their target audience?
What do producers expect from writers?
Do they have original content to sell or will they go on developing the ideas given by producers or the channel?
Do the producers get complete writers or they train them? Where and how can new writers learn the television medium?
Are the writers real runners of the show?
This session will focus on writing as a potential business, commercial value of stories. Original content development, training the writer, inspiration and innovation in writing. Understanding requirement of the medium and most importantly pitching the story.
Have the daily soaps become money making machine or is there anything we writers can contribute?
Why do Broadcasters encourage TV writers to become producers? what is their benefit? Most writers don’t have competencies to become producers and yet channels not only encourage them but even go out of their way to help them set up a production house. why is this trend being followed? won;t a writer loose his core competency of being a writer by becoming a producer?’
In the past, in shows based on literature and other original content the writing was never tampered with – Malgudi Days, Nukkad, Yeh Jo hai Zindagi, Tamas, Buniyaad…… list is endless. In the future do we see scope for a writer to have creative control of original content he/she has created… with no bastardisation? Can a writer becoming the show runner achieve this?