Allie Hagan is the creator and co-executive producer of Notorious, airing tonight on ABC right after Grey’s Anatomy.
In today’s episode, I pick Allie’s brain about Notorious and how the show goes through different steps from an idea, to an outline, to a pitch, and finally, to a pilot. She walks us through how each episode is set up in the writers’ room. We also dive into how Allie landed her book deal for Suri’s Burn Book, the brainchild inspired by her massively popular Tumblr account which Time Magazine named as one of the ‘Best Bloggers’, and advice on how to earn side income to keep you afloat while you work on your writing.
Get ready for an episode that will rock your socks.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- The process of creating ABC’s Notorious from idea, to outlining, to writing the script
- Pitching a TV show to networks like ABC
- Unpacking what it means to “break an episode” in the Writers’ Room
- How Allie’s viral Tumblr account led to a book deal that birthed Suri’s Burn Book
- How Allie met her writing manager via social media
- Creating opportunities for yourself by maintaining professional relationships
- Thoroughly researching your characters to fully flesh out their world
- Earning side income from platforms like Upwork while working on your creative career
- How Allie monetized her tremendously popular blog
Learn More About Allie Hagan
Allie Hagan is the creator and co-executive producer of Notorious, airing Thursdays this fall on ABC. She is also the creator of Suri’s Burn Book, the viral Tumblr account, and the author of its 2012 companion book, Suri’s Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary from Hollywood’s Little Sweetheart. Allie was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Bloggers of 2013. Before beginning her career as a television writer, she worked for a lobbying firm in Washington, DC. She holds both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from George Washington University.
Allie’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Yes Please by Amy Poehler