TV Script Coordinator / Writers' Assistant -- Getting & Keeping the Job
Working as a TV writer/producer in the entertainment industry is hard; finding the job that helps you build the right skills and career connections is harder.
My experience working on numerous TV series has provided a sought-after skill -- TV Script Coordinating. And don't let the title fool you -- I run the Script Department. From creating to formatting scripts, research, to giving notes/feedback on drafts, to script continuity BEFORE production begins, to liaisoning with Department Heads, Business Affairs and the WGA, it's all in the details. Literally.
The Script Coordinator is responsible for creating, tracking and maintaining a multimillion dollar process.
Writers' Assistants work with the writers, either taking notes in the Writers' Room for the entire staff and/or assisting the individual writer with her workload. Assistants are asked to do a number of things -- professional and personal.
Learn when and how to look for work, making connections and succeeding long after a TV show has been cancelled.