How To Approach the Development of Your TV Pilot

Max Timm
Director of Education & Outreach
International Screenwriters' Association (ISA)

So, you’ve got a great idea for a TV show. Maybe it’s like 30 ROCK and makes everyone laugh. Maybe it’s like BREAKING BAD and captivates everyone as the hero falls to the dark side. Or maybe it’s like NCIS, and you envision it running for 14 plus years. Whatever it is, you know your idea is gold and you’re ready to put ink on the page and bring this idea to life.

There’s just one problem: you haven’t really thought about breaking down the different storylines and how to weave them through a pilot’s structure. You know there’s A, B, and C storylines, but then there’s pilot storylines, season storylines, and series storylines, and now you have a headache and wish you never considered writing a TV show.

If any of this sounds familiar, then you need to listen to Max Trimm break it all down!

This 90 Minute Webinar Will Cover:

  • Breaking down storylines 
  • Why storylines work 
  • Why storylines fail 
  • What you need to consider for an hour-long 
  • What you need to consider for a half-hour
    About Your Host

    Max Timm is the Director of Education & Outreach with the International Screenwriters’ Association, with over a decade of experience in developing written material and writers’ careers. His focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to managers, agents, and producers. He helped build the ISA Development Program, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – ten writers have received options and representation since 2015 because of Max’s assistance and support. His personal coaching, consulting, and development service, The Story Farm, develops writers and their material much like a studio executive or literary manager would, walking a writer through the rewrite process one draft at a time on a weekly basis. Max has also created multiple live and online classes, as well as a regular podcast to assist writers in their creative and business development. A screenwriter and author himself, Max’s debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016. He is currently writing the sequel, and most recently released his debut novel on screenwriting titled, (Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting, which is currently available on Amazon.

    What To Expect

    Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


    If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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