Book Chapter

So Much Drama, So Little Time: Writers’ Rooms in Australian Television Drama Production

Noel Maloney, Philippa Burne

Script Development Critical Approaches, Creative Practices, International Perspectives | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2021


A key location for the development of scripted content in television drama is the writers room, a place where story developers, script editors, script writers and script producers gather to create stories, devise character arcs and plot episodes. This chapter is concerned with writers rooms in contemporary Australian television drama. It presents research based on interviews with twenty-two professional screenwriters who have worked within the last ten years in Australian scripted television production. It focuses on their experiences in these pre-production environments, in particular the type of work they do, how they value it, and how the current changes occurring in television drama pro..

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