So that we may continue supporting artists through our content, Sundance Collab Master Classes cost $27. Both registration for the live event and post-event recording access are included in this fee. All Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Upgrade today for the full library!

Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

Do you have a vision for your dream television show? Are you a writer who wants to know what goes into running the room? In our live and interactive three-hour Master Class, you will learn about the entire process - from developing and pitching a concept through putting together a Writers’ Room to casting, production, post-production and promoting your show. Using examples from shows like Justified, Boomtown, Sneaky Pete and the new Apple series, Silo, Graham Yost will demystify the showrunner’s role and explain what goes into making a compelling series that will resonate with viewers for years to come.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the nuances of working in different formats and countries. Whether you’re an established writer/producer or new to the television medium, you will walk away with a greater understanding of this all-important job.

Topics covered include:

  • From idea to completed script
  • Pitching and selling your pilot
  • The evolution of the format
  • Hiring a collaborative writing staff
  • Running the room
  • Casting your show
  • Creating the world, tone and visual style
  • Producing on set
  • Showrunning in post-production
  • Promoting your show
  • Season two and beyond

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The recording will be posted within 24 hours after the event. If you purchased this Master Class, you will find your recording in your “Purchases” section of your account. If this was included as part of your Collaborator or All Access membership, you can access it in our video library. All Master Classes are included in Collaborator and All Access memberships. Sign up today for membership and get a 14-day free trial.

Graham Yost began writing for television in 1989 on the Nickelodeon series HEY DUDE. After a brief stint on FULL HOUSE his script for SPEED was picked up by Paramount (it was later produced by 20th Century Fox). His other feature film credits include BROKEN ARROW, HARD RAIN, MISSION TO MARS, and THE LAST CASTLE. more...

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