More Film Writers Switching to Television

Sep 26, 2013  •  Post A Comment

While television was once looked down upon by screenwriters, that’s changing, with feature film writers increasingly looking for work in the TV industry, reports the Los Angeles Times, citing a survey from the Writers Guild of America, East.

About 90% of respondents to the survey of film, TV and new media writers said they plan to look for guild-covered work in the TV industry next year. More than half said they wrote for movies in the past five years.

"In other words, screenwriters plan to explore opportunities in TV,” the guild said in a statement. "Members view television as a more writer-driven medium than feature film, and a growing slate of compelling, creatively satisfying shows is being produced for the small screen."

The survey comes amid the critical and popular success of TV series such as AMC’s "Breaking Bad" and Netflix’s original programming, including "Orange Is the New Black."

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