HOW TO BECOME A HOLLYWOOD SCRIPTREADER, Even If You Don’t Live In LA- And Break Into The Business


Hollywood production is down with Covid, but development is still booming – companies are using this time to hone and improve their scripts – but how do you break in?

It’s tough — but one of the best ‘back doors’ into the industry is starting as a scriptreader.

Learn from Peter Russell, one of Hollywood’s top scriptreaders, successful screenwriter (2 tv pilots sold in 2018-19) and teacher of Peter’s legendary  ‘Becoming A Scriptreader’ Class at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious film and television universities.

Peter Russell’s class has guided many writers, producers and directors into their first ‘break’ in Hollywood (see latest 2019 testimonials below.)

In this class you’ll learn how Peter used his script reading career to break into Hollywood.

If you’ve tried to sell your work in Hollywood, you know how tough it is to break into this small, cliquish place.

The truth is, you need an angle to get into this incredibly difficult field. If you’re wanting to break into Hollywood as a writer, producer, one of the very best ways to get that first job in this incredibly competitive field is as a scriptreader.

Learn how in this eleven week class. Even better? Learning how to assess a script makes you a FAR better screenwriter. So this class is a fantastic primer in how to create great Hollywood story, and furnishes you a ‘calling card’ of three script reports that can help you audition for your first job as a scriptreader.

Being a script reader is a great (albeit hard to get) job — you can even do it in your pajamas. And now with the internet, it’s possible to work for a production company even if you don’t live in Los Angeles. It’s a perfect way to start your career. But of course, it isn’t easy.

Peter credits his years of experience as a script reader for getting him his first jobs as a consultant, story doctor, ghost writer and now successful screenwriter. And Peter’s legendary class on how to become a scriptreader continues to be a jampacked class at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious univerities (where Peter was Teacher of the Year).

This is a version of a legendary eleven week class that has propelled people into careers – a class that Peter has taught it at a legendary entertainment division of a top LA university since 2003.

THIS CLASS CONCENTRATES ON TV STORY AND SCRIPT READING, ALONG WITH MOVIES – since television is booming! Reading TV scripts is a job that didn’t even exist when Peter started teaching this class. But you’ll learn all about how to analyze (and therefore write) great TV story in this up-to-the-minute industry insider class.

Peter’s created a full version of his script reader class for you right here. In this online version, you’ll get all his lectures, along with his handpicked scripts for you to read and analyze, as well as a full ‘audition’ package of script reports you can use when you apply for a job as a Hollywood script reader. Best of all, how to learn how to discern what a great cinematic story is — the fundamental talent you’ll need to break into Hollywood whether as a screenwriter, producer, director, manager or agent.

In this eleven-week course,  you learn how to write ‘coverage’ – a report on scripts that every production company uses to determine whether or not to buy a project. As a script reader, you are the gatekeeper – and it’s often the first job a new hire at a company does. This is the ‘secret’ way in for folks who lack professional or family connections into this very difficult to enter business.

You’ll leave class with an ‘audition set’ of three ‘coverages’ — three samples of your work (and from brilliant Hollywood stories) that you will use to audition to get a job for a Hollywood production company – or to get into a cinematic arts summer program at a prestigious film school (see testimonials below.) Or to become a script reader at one of the burgeoning ‘rating script’ services like Black List.

This eleven week course shows you how to write great coverage by using current examples of fantastic TV and film scripts, breaking them down and writing the reports. By the end of this eleven week, guided course,  you’ll have a critical edge over folks who ‘fake it till they make it’ when it comes to knowledge of cinematic story, and who won’t have the chops to impress a prospective boss.

This course has also been used by folks already in the business to impress their producer bosses – and gain them an edge that leads to fast promotion inside the production company — and gets them off the front desk and into an associate producer position.

And this eleven week course does more. It also gives you the tools to WRITE a great script – tools that Peter developed over his years as a script reader — tools that Peter used to sell two scripts in 2019.

Even better, this class is half the price that you’d pay to take Peter’s university classes.

Simply start the course and work according to YOUR schedule.  This class comes to YOU. This is a Self-learning exercise process so there is no need to turn in assignments each week, but simply self-regulate and answer the questions which will teach you to become accustomed to the critical reader analysis process.

WEEK ONE –  How Cinematic Story Works – And How To Write Script ‘Coverage’ – Using Real Studio Examples


WEEK TWO – Finding The Fundamental Hidden Form of Cinematic Story – And Turning It Into A Coverage Synopsis

Watch SHAME, read three excellent Hollywood script coverages from Peter’s private stash

Week Two Assignment: Turn in your first coverage synopsis (To yourself!) Remember: This is a Self-learning exercise process so there is no need to turn in assignments each week, but simply self-regulate and answer the questions which will teach you to become accustomed to the critical reader analysis process.

WEEK THREE – Learning How To Write Great Comments

WEEK FOUR — Welcome to TV story! How to write the coverage that shows you understand the secret forms of TV story.

END RESULT: Three audition piece coverages that give you an impressive ‘package’ to seek work. Insiders know that one of the best ways to garner a production company job is to show you know great film and TV story, and can write the ‘coverage’ that forms the backbone of a company’s production.

And you also leap ahead as a scriptwriter.

Here’s what Peter’s students say:

MAY 20th 2019 –

“Good afternoon, Peter!  I want to let you know I got into USC’s Cinematic Arts Summer Progam (have you heard of it?) and used the Shame coverage on the application.

Right now, I’m debating on taking “The Writers Room: What it’s like to write for Sitcom Comedy Television” OR “Outsiders: Independent Feature Filmmaking & Distribution.” I’m leaning towards “Writers Room,” since it’s more focused on writing, and will help create writing samples for USC for when I apply.

I’ll let you know which one I choose!

Again, thank you for teaching me coverage skills, which they found impressive.


May 20th, 2019

This course consists of

  • video lectures
  • PDF downloads
  • weekly assignments (with feedback)

Course Material Availability: 12 months access from your date of purchase.


Course Curriculum

Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK ONE 03:00:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK TWO 01:04:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK THREE 01:28:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK FOUR 01:15:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK FIVE 01:05:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK SIX 01:00:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK SEVEN 00:00:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK EIGHT 02:00:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK NINE 00:42:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK TEN 00:55:00
Hollywood Scriptreader – WEEK ELEVEN 01:28:00
  • $395.00
  • 12 months