CMG Client Policy

All CMG professional writers, regardless of experience or work environment, produce excellent work in a professional manner.

CMG's screenwriters and authors write for film, television, literary, and graphic novel/comic industries.  Through individual and monthly group meetings the CMG screenwriters all know each other and have created a working team environment. 

 

WORK PLACE ETHICS

 

Writers critique each other and give notes on every script.  CMG and all its clients are working members of various local screenwriting groups.  CMG writers firmly believe that every writer can and will grow through interactions with writers of various ethnics, races, sexual orientations, religions, experiences, backgrounds, educations, and points of view.  Further, working as a team allows each writer to feel at place in a team environment, mirroring a TV writers room.  CMG encourages writers to:

 

  • follow a strict writing routine daily

  • utilize and comply with recognized industry standards

  • seek criticism from professional writers, TV executives, coaches, and fellow CMG writers

  • accept NOTES with grace and appreciation

  • work in a team environment

 

WRITING EXCELLENCE

 

CMG encourages client writers to listen to professional podcasts on writing:

 

  • ScriptNotes with John August and Craig Mazin

  • BAFTA Guru

  • The Children of Tendu with Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina

  • On The Page with Pilar Alessandra

  • Nerdist Writer’s Panel

  • In The Can with Ygal and Tom

  • The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith

  • Writing Excuses is a fiction writing podcast run by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, The Wheel of Time, and The Stormlight Archive), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), and Howard Tayler

  • Script Magazine podcasts

  • Storywise with Jen Grisanti.  No longer broadcasting but past episodes are available.

  • The Writing Show hosted by Paula Berinstein, this podcast is chock-full of information and inspiration for all kinds of writers – novelists, contract writers, copywriters, screenwriters, technical writers, and more!

  • The Dead Robots’ Society is a podcast/community that was started by Justin Macumber. The aim of the show is to offer advice and support for aspiring writers.

  • I Should Be Writing is an award-winning podcast about writing, hosted by the charming Mur Lafferty. The show’s central aim is to help and encourage aspiring writers to become better, even professional.

  • The Secrets with Michael A. Stackpole, the New York Times bestselling author. What kind of secrets does he talk about? It seems he gives you the nitty gritty details – the secrets – on how to succeed as a fiction writer.  No longer broadcasting but past episodes are available.

 

CMG encourages client writers to attend conferences on screenwriting:

 

  • Austin Film Festival and Conference - October 29 - November 5, 2015, Austin, TX, USA

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair - April 8 - 11, 2015, Minneapolis, MN

  • Story Expo - September 11-13, 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Screenwriters World Conference - Dates Not Announced, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Taos Summer Writers' Conference - July 12 - 19, 2015, Albuquerque, NM, USA

  • Screenwriting Research Network International Conference - September 10 -12, 2015, London, England, UK

  • Toronto Screenwriting Conference - April 11 & 12, 2015 , Toronto, CAN

  • 2015 Writers' Conference, July 31 - August 2, 2015, New York City, NY, USA

 

CMG encourages client writers to attend WGA events:

 

 

CMG encourages client writers to fully participate in screenwriting meetup groups:

 

  • Pasadena Area Screenwriting Group - Pasadena, CA, USA

  • Beyond Baroque Screenwriting Workshop - Venice, CA, USA

  • The Orange County Screenwriters Workshop - Huntington Beach, CA, USA

  • Ink Tank Screenwriters Meetup Group - Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Screenwriters Hangout - Santa Monica, CA, USA

  • Sunday Night Screenwriter's Group - Culver City, CA, USA

  • North Redondo Beach Would Be Screenwriters - Redondo Beach, CA, USA

  • The Scriptwriters Network - Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Write Club - Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

BRANDING

 

CMG encourages, works personally with each CMG writer, and provides assistance to create a branding plan.  In today's marketplace every writer needs to participate and foster their own careers.  The days of the "agent or manager" finding all the work for a writer is now in the past.

 

MARKETING

 

CMG forms a team with its writers to create a marketing plan.  Implementation of the writer's personal marketing plan is controlled by the writer; however, CMG will provide any assistance possible.

 

NETWORKING

 

CMG encourages its writers to network in Hollywood and other writing communities. The specific networking needs of every writer is unique, so CMG helps its writers with information and advice.