Mar 22 • 11M

What Happens in Episode Two?

Rob Long on how to answer TV execs' predictable questions in a pitch

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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the first assistant director will call out, “This is the Martini Shot!” I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. - Rob Long
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What do networks and streamers have in common with fast-food restaurants? Every question in the modern pitch meeting is a version of “do you want fries with that?” — memorized, predictable queries that producers and writers scramble to answer. And sometimes, as Rob surveys the current era's business model, he finds it's okay to steal from the old The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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