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WRITING FOR SPORTS MEDIA
Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 Writing for Sports Media workshop. (Summer quarter spots are no longer available.)
Taught by Emmy award-winner Phil Guidry this 5-week course is an intimate workshop limited to 20 students.
A combination of filmmaking, screenwriting, and journalism, this workshop covers the techniques and industry practices related to creating content for sports media (television, film, digital platforms). Over the course of five meetings, students will acquire the basic skills and background needed to write and produce content for sports media in a variety of formats.
By the end of the course, students will have created a full-length treatment for a sports documentary project.
Apply by: October 5, 2018
Class Size: 20 students (maximum)
Course Start Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Course End Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Workshop Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
At a time when the entertainment industry is undergoing major changes, and the advertising-driven television model is threatened by time-shifting technology, there is one media arena that continues to maintain steady growth: sports.
Football games and the Olympics routinely dominate the list of highest-rated and most-streamed content offerings. New sports networks, including NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, and CBS Sports Network, have arrived on the scene in recent years. Regional networks abound, each with their own content needs. Netflix and Amazon have ramped up their own prodigious output of sports productions.
But it’s not simply a ratings-driven bonanza for live events. Sports programming itself is in the middle of a golden age. Gone are the days of simple highlights, recaps, and talk. Today viewers expect, and receive, mature and dynamic storytelling that goes hand-in-hand with the events. From cinematic shows like HBO’s 24/7 to diverse documentary series like ESPN’s 30 for 30, sports content is where some of the industry’s most talented filmmakers are finding a platform for their voices. Among those who have made sports-related programming in recent years are Spike Lee, Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, Barbara Kopple, Steve James, Ice Cube, Ron Shelton, John Singleton, Morgan Spurlock, and Frank Marshall. Even Sam Peckinpah is said to have taken the slow-motion shootout in The Wild Bunch from an NFL Films documentary. And over the past 20 years, four films with strong sports themes or subject matter – When We Were Kings, One Day in September, Undefeated, and OJ: Made in America - have won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
This boom in sports programming represents a grand opportunity for writers and content creators.
Phil Guidry has won four Emmy awards and earned fourteen Emmy nominations for his work as a writer and producer of sports content. He has written and produced projects for a number of sports outlets including ESPN, NFL Network, Fox Sports, NBC, ABC, Time Warner, and Sports Illustrated. Among the projects he has written and developed are The Timeline: America’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis (co-produced with George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures), A Football Life (produced by NFL Original Content), and Undrafted (produced by Mandalay Entertainment). He has also worked on a wide range of live sports television including NBC’s prime time coverage of the Olympic Games in Vancouver, London, Sochi, Rio de Janeiro, and Pyeongchang. He has previously taught screenwriting at UCLA and UC Irvine, and screenwriting and documentary storytelling at Northwestern University.
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Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 Writing for Sports Media workshop.