Writing Holiday Movies For TV

This free webinar is for writers at all levels who want to learn how to write and sell holiday-themed movies to Hallmark, Lifetime, Netflix and other networks and streamers.

An A-list panel of writers will help you:

  • Get an overview of the TV movie landscape during the Covid-19 lockdown

  • Learn how to cater your scripts to the specific needs of individual networks

  • Hear how to become a produced writer by getting your scripts to the right producers

Why Attend?

Trying to break in as a screenwriter can be a frustrating experience. For writers who don't have agents or managers, selling that first script can seem like an impossible challenge.

Still, every year there are numerous TV movie scripts sold to networks and producers by writers who don't have representation. And even as the number of theatrical films produced by major studios continues to shrink, the demand for original TV movie scripts has never been greater.

This free webinar teaches you the do's & don'ts for writing TV movies to help jumpstart your career.

You'll Learn

  • How to build your script around the female lead, often the point of entry for holiday films

  • How to focus your story on the lead romantic relationship

  • How to consider act breaks (or not) when writing your TV movie

  • How to add twists, turns and reveals, particularly before act breaks

  • How to write memorable meet-cutes

  • How to add essential ingredients for Christmas and holiday scripts (hint: think snow)

  • How to sell your scripts without an agent or manager

Meet the Panel

  • Gary Goldstein (moderator) is a writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written 15 produced telefilms including "The Wish List," "This Magic Moment" and "My Boyfriends’ Dogs." For Christmas, he wrote the Hallmark movies "Angel of Christmas" and "Hitched for the Holidays," the streaming feature (for PassionFlix) "Mr. 365," and was a writer on ABC Family's "Hannah Clause" and Lifetime's "Rediscovering Christmas."

  • Rickie Castaneda is a film and TV writer who has written Hallmark Christmas movies for the last 10 years. She has over 15 movies produced for Hallmark, Lifetime, and UP networks. Her recent hits include “The Mistletoe Secret,” “Christmas Stars,” “The Magical Christmas Shoes,” and “The Christmas Chalet.” She and writing partner, Megan Hocking, are currently working on movies slated for Christmas 2020.

  • Zac Hug is a former digital executive turned writer for television. Credits include “Drop Dead Diva” and “Shadowhunters,” as well as several Hallmark TV movies including “Road to Christmas” and the “Christmas in Evergreen” series. Zac teaches television writing at UCLA Extension, DePaul University and University of British Columbia.

  • Rhonda F. Baraka is an NAACP-nominated writer/director. Last year she directed Lifetime’s "Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta," an all-black, updated version of the classic novel. She has written 22 produced TV movies and written and/or directed 10 Christmas movies for UP, TV One and Lifetime. She created and wrote UP's "Chandler Family Christmas" franchise and directed Lifetime’s “You Light Up My Christmas.”

  • Nina Weinman has written for many TV networks including ABC Family and UPTV. Most notably, she has 23 TV movies on air for Hallmark, including the 2019 holiday films "Christmas at Dollywood" starring Danica McKellar and Dolly Parton, and the Christmas/Hanukkah hybrid "Double Holiday." She also has 8 movies in development scheduled to air on Hallmark in 2020 and 2021.

  • Topher Payne is a playwright and screenwriter based in Atlanta. He has written five films for The Hallmark Channel- “Broadcasting Christmas,” “Rome in Love,” “My Summer Prince,” “A Gift to Remember,” and its sequel, “Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2.”

NOTE: You'll receive instructions on how to join the Zoom Webinar after registering by clicking "Register" at the top of this page.


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May 28, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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