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Directing and Producing for Television, 5th Edition by Ivan Cury

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chapter fourPanel Programs

Many people start their television directing careers by directing panel programs. These are the kinds of programs that are sometimes referred to as “talking heads.” They make up most of the work seen on Sunday mornings at the networks and on popular programs featuring hosts such as Ellen de Generes, Dr. Phil, Charlie Rose, and the host of daytime programs in which a celebrity/star (or stars) chat with a guest (or guests). They’re probably the most popular and certainly the cheapest kind of programming to produce. Knowing how to shoot them well makes working in other formats easier because, although the preparation for other formats is different, the conventions governing panel programs are the same as those for shooting ...

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