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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/7/2001 9:53:00 PM  

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>A thought crossed my
>mind: would you or have you ever considered submitting story ideas to
>the Trek people?

1) I don't write freelance.

2) I can't write with mittens on.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/7/2001 9:53:00 PM  

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>A thought crossed my
>mind: would you or have you ever considered submitting story ideas to
>the Trek people?

1) I don't write freelance.

2) I can't write with mittens on.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/9/2001 5:52:00 PM  

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>In fact, Hollywood wouldn't let him run any show afterwards (at least
>for a while), since they take it as a sign he was either retiring as
>showrunner or committing a breach of accepted Hollywood protocol.

Actually, 1) there is no such collective entity as Hollywood, just producers
and networks and studios who work independently of each other, and 2) there
were several offers to run shows after Crusade, they just weren't for shows I
wanted to do. I don't do stuff I don't think would be fun.

I'm weird that way.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/9/2001 5:52:00 PM  

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>In fact, Hollywood wouldn't let him run any show afterwards (at least
>for a while), since they take it as a sign he was either retiring as
>showrunner or committing a breach of accepted Hollywood protocol.

Actually, 1) there is no such collective entity as Hollywood, just producers
and networks and studios who work independently of each other, and 2) there
were several offers to run shows after Crusade, they just weren't for shows I
wanted to do. I don't do stuff I don't think would be fun.

I'm weird that way.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/13/2001 5:11:00 PM  

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>> 1) I don't write freelance.
>
>Me, I figured it was because freelancers get their stories butchered and
>don't
>have the kind of control you've come to enjoy.
>
>If you have time, I'm sure people here who'd love to hear the correct reason
>you don't write freelance.

Certainly that is a factor, but a much larger factor is that it takes a very
long time to make it to being an Executive Producer...it's a steep climb up on
a slippery slope. The moment you take something below that, people in Da Biz
start to think of you in a different way, as something other than a show
runner. Since 90% of Da Biz is perception,.you can see why that would be a bad
thing.

And as an aside, it generally takes any EP or show runner about 1-2 years after
one show goes down to get on another one, since there are a lot of us and not
many new shows. A lot of the time it involves waiting until somebody else
falls off the merry-go-round....

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Silly Enterprise question
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/13/2001 5:11:00 PM  

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>> 1) I don't write freelance.
>
>Me, I figured it was because freelancers get their stories butchered and
>don't
>have the kind of control you've come to enjoy.
>
>If you have time, I'm sure people here who'd love to hear the correct reason
>you don't write freelance.

Certainly that is a factor, but a much larger factor is that it takes a very
long time to make it to being an Executive Producer...it's a steep climb up on
a slippery slope. The moment you take something below that, people in Da Biz
start to think of you in a different way, as something other than a show
runner. Since 90% of Da Biz is perception,.you can see why that would be a bad
thing.

And as an aside, it generally takes any EP or show runner about 1-2 years after
one show goes down to get on another one, since there are a lot of us and not
many new shows. A lot of the time it involves waiting until somebody else
falls off the merry-go-round....

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
(all message content (c) 2001 by synthetic worlds, ltd.,
permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine
and don't send me story ideas)

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