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Sarah Heyward: Inside the 'Girls' Writers' Room

Years spent mastering the art of character and story pacing combined with an almost freakishly lucky break is how Sarah Heyward landed one of the most coveted writing jobs in Los Angeles. The youngest writer on HBO’s Girls besides show creator Lena Dunham, 29-year-old Heyward graduated from Harvard in 2006 then spent a year in New York as a nanny and interning at The Paris Review lit

Dina Hillier: Developing Network Comedies

Dina Hillier’s career started where her internship with Sony Pictures Television ended … or rather, didn’t end. After interning in the current programming department during her last semester in college, Hillier knew she wanted a job with Sony, so she refused to leave.

When my semester was over, I just kept showing up,” Hillier says. “I just kept coming in and just waited until something opened.”

Ben Blacker: Pitching a Television Series

Regardless of how innovative your concept or brilliant your script, you’ve got to convince a television network that your project is worth pursuing to see it on air.

Richard Hatem: Producing 'Grimm' and 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

If your spec script isn’t getting the attention it deserves, take heart. Richard Hatem spent a decade writing 25 film scripts and television episodes before selling anything.

Last Laugh: Dave Finkel

Photo credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXPhoto credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOXComedy is all fun and games until your contract calls for 25 episodes per season. For Dave Finkel, current New Girl executive producer, it can be sleepless, frustrating work.

Full Steam Ahead: John Wirth

In the aftermath of the Civil War, one former Confederate soldier seeks to avenge his wife and son’s deaths amidst the chaos of the construction of the transcontinental railroad. That’s the world that fans of the AMC series Hell on Wheels plunge into every week. It’s also the environment that John Wirth is learning to navigate.

New Frontiers: The Making of 'Defiance'

Photo by: Joe Pugliese/SyfyPhoto by: Joe Pugliese/SyfyAs television networks struggle to keep their audiences engaged, the Syfy channel has a solution—get viewers to play along. On April 15, Syfy will premier Defiance, a TV series about life on a futuristic, alien-inhabited Earth.

Alloy Media + Marketing

Alloy Media + Marketing is an entertainment and media company that combines original content creation, feature production, and distribution to market media to the millennial generation.

Executive Producer (TV)

In many ways, television production departs greatly from the formula for filmmaking, as do the job functions associated with certain titles. On a television series, the executive producer may be creator and chief writer of the product. This person is the ultimate creative force and business authority behind the property, rather than just the chief financial backer or the studio’s enforcer on a film set.