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Nancy Nigrosh

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    Memo to Women Screenwriters: Man Up!

    Is the shrinking percentage of women screenwriters now seen as just business as usual, a reflection of our societal malaise? Or are women screenwriters actually doing something to fuel the inequity?

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    On Landing My First Job in the Business on Martin Scorsese's 'Mean Streets'

    Ex-literary agent and writing consultant Nancy Nigrosh looks back at landing her first job in the film business, on Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."

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    Memo to Screenwriters #3: Being Solely Identified by Your Scripts Leads to Permanent Identity Crisis

    Like so many others, Elmore Leonard, god bless him, praised writers for their “perseverance to just sit there alone and grind it out.” Of course writers might think he was only referring to writing, especially when coupled with his memetic 10th rule: “if it looks like writing, re-write it.” Taking ...

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    Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

    In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magical...

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    Memo to Screenwriters: Stop Acting Like It's 1999 -- DIY and Click 'Follow'

    William Goldman got it wrong. The screenwriter’s gospel according to Goldman, “nobody knows anything,” may have been true once upon a time in an analog age, but in an era when screens are pages and stories are being delivered at an accelerated pace, entertainment is instant and constant. If anything...

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    Screenwriting in Hollywood: A Modest Proposal

    Call Nancy Nigrosh a recovering agent. After 25 years as a talent agent repping writers and directors for film and television, she left her last gig at Innovative Artists. Freed from the shackles of agenting, she wrote what she calls her Parting Shot#1. If she's right, Hollywood's days of la...

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