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  • 'Hello', Lied the Agent: And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ian Gurvitz
    • Narrated By Ian Gurvitz
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    Most of us have no concept of what goes into creating a show, getting it on the air, and keeping it on. Perhaps we assume that the people in charge simply decide what amuses them at the moment, make those shows, stick them on, and wait to see if the public responds. Or maybe they just throw darts at a board? The truth, as with most things, is more complicated. In 'Hello', Lied the Agent, Ian Gurvitz has produced a corrosively funny insider's look at what being a television writer is really all about.

    Debbie Richards says: "Interesting"
    "Funny and very informative"
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    I bought the Kindle version of this book some time back and was really disappointed that the formatting was screwed which made it pretty much unreadable but from the bits I was able to read I was hooked. Ian Gurvitz takes you through the daily grind of writing for television where the expectation is pretty much 80% rejection. When an outline or proposal is greenlighted for development, Ian shows how over the course of its development, studio pressures result in a final product being very different from what was greenlighted. You can feel Ian's frustration as he has to accept, often nonsensical, changes if the project is not to be cancelled. I am delighted that this book is available on Audible because Ian is a pretty funny guy (and a very nice guy too - he added some helpful and apologetic comments on Amazon as a result of the review of the Kindle version). This book is fascinating, frustrating (if you can empathize with the author) and a delight. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behind the scenes daily grind of television from a writer's perspective.

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