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Above the line: A production term referring to those who influence the creative direction of a TV series (i.e., writers ...

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Back-door pilot: An episode of an existing show that introduces new characters for the express purpose of launching a ...

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Callback: After a successful audition, an actor will usually receive a callback, in which he or she will be asked to ...

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Dailies: The raw, unedited footage that has been shot during a day of production, also sometimes referred to as ...

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E.P.: Executive producer, essentially the people who are in charge of the TV series. An E.P.’s actual duties can vary ...

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Going to Pages: Writer-ish lingo for the act of writing the script. Go out on: Essentially, this means “how to end a ...

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IATSE: The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; basically, the union you need to belong to in order to ...

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Laugh Track: Anyone who’s ever watched a TV sitcom is familiar with the laugh track, which is prerecorded audience ...

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M&E: An acronym for “music and effects,” an audio track featuring music, background noise and other ...

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Narrative: A screenwriting structure in which a story is told logically and progressively through an episode, or even ...

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