Alex Harvey-Gurr

Writing Consultant

United States

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Motorola Droid X2 - Verizon Wireless (Review) | Skatter

Launching a year after its popular predecessor the Droid X, the Motorola Droid X2 is back for another round this summer. There are many aspects about this smart phone that are...

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E3 2011: EA Press Conference Recap | Skatter

EA's press conference at this year's E3 was one of the smaller of the five press conferences going on all day June 6 th and the morning of June 7 th. While it may have been...

Fightingbroke

What You Need to Know About Pilot Season - Fighting Broke

Pilot season is the busiest season in the television industry, something which the general public doesn't gets to see. This outlines a timeline that breaks down everything that...

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E3 2011: Ubisoft Press Conference Recap | Skatter

Ubisoft is celebrating 25 years and at this year's E3 they showed consumers exactly why they have such a long-standing legacy in the video game industry. Cycling back and forth...

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E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Recap | Skatter

Nintendo's press conference was by far the most anticipated conference of this year's E3 because of Project Café. We on the Skatter Tech team were the third, fourth, and fifth...

Fightingbroke

How Television Pilots Are Made - Fighting Broke

Pilots are the tip of the spear in the television industry. The first episode of most television series, whether it's a half-hour comedy like BIG BANG THEORY, an hour-long drama...

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How Many TV Pilots Get Ordered Each Season - Fighting Broke

Millions are spent on a single pilot, but how many come to fruition and make it on air? Breaking down the numbers reveals very few get ordered to series in May, but the numbers...

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An Industry of Failure: How Your TV Show Can Fail (and Why You Shouldn't Be Worried) - Fighting...

Failure is the norm in the television industry, with over 90% of all shows failing. This outlines the three main ways that series fail before making it on air: 1. The pitch is...

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Straight-to-Series: The Pilot-Free Way of Making Television - Fighting Broke

Straight-to-series orders are becoming more prevalent in wake of the success of shows like Netflix's HOUSE OF CARDS, with the Big Four committing to 15 of these projects between...

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The Kings of Television: Creatives and How They're Packaged - Fighting Broke

Creatives, i.e. writers, actors, directors, and producers, are the primary driving force behind the television industry, both in terms of content creation and getting series...

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How Do You Write for TV? - Fighting Broke

"How did this show get on the air?" I asked my roommate while watching CSI. "I can call every 'twist' they've written." "Why don't you go write for them and see if you can do...

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Staffed TV Writers: How They Get Hired, What Their Work Looks Like, and Why They're Always...

It might be hard to believe, but there are actually writers who've beaten the odds and managed to land gigs where they get paid to write for television! But how did they get...

Fightingbroke

Inside the Writers' Room - Fighting Broke

The writers' room is, as Zack Stentz, writer-producer of FRINGE and TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, puts it, "the collective brain of a TV show." It's where the...

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Showrunners: The CEOs of Television - Fighting Broke

For some TV writers, being a staff writer or even a mid-level writer-producer isn't enough. They don't want to just write the story; they also want to pick the cast, the...

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Why Actors Are Switching from Film to TV - Fighting Broke

Talent (actors and actresses) are an integral part of the television business: they're the faces of the show! It used to be that talent would transition to film after making a...

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Why Movie Directors Are Starting to Direct Television - Fighting Broke

Separate but not equal. Such has been the case for television and film in Hollywood, with film typically seen as "superior." Like the cootie-ridden child on the playground,...

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Nineteen Metal Memories

Nineteen. I see the stares. Not as many as I would have guessed after all my mother's yelling. Times have changed since she was young and purportedly rebellious. Each one counts...

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Lithium

Alex Harvey-Gurr Day 1: I've never done anything like this before, but my shrink told me it might help with things. I'm losing myself to my mind. Neurotransmitter imbalances and...

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Zuruck Bleiben Bitte

Alex Harvey-Gurr It will start in Berlin. You will set your bag down on the stoop after stepping out of the cab where you will have just spent the last thirty minutes driving...