MASTERCLASS: Scripting the Unscripted - Writing for Game, Talk, Competition and Variety Shows



Singapore Idol. The Tonight Show. Jeopardy. Asia’s Got Talent.

From talk and variety shows to competition and game shows, unscripted or semi-scripted programmes dominate the small screen. These shows do not use traditional scripts but they have been meticulously crafted to tell rich, engaging human stories.

Whether they feature celebrity interviews, in-studio bits and games, or large-scale challenges, they are designed to do one thing: take viewers on a rich and engaging emotional journey.

In this 3-day masterclass, we explore different creative techniques and processes used to bring these stories to life and make game, talk, competition, or variety show as gripping and engrossing as possible. We will focus on four areas:

  • Creating relatable show concepts
  • Writing powerful host copy
  • Producing strong guests, contestants, and other “characters”
  • Developing engaging games, challenges, and bits

In each topic, participants learn creative writing or producing techniques and participate in exercises designed to hone their own skills.

At the end of this Masterclass, participants leave not just with a new understanding of how talk, game, variety, and competition shows work… but with skills necessary to produce them.


Learning Outcomes

  • Creating show concepts that stand apart from the crowd
  • Designing original games or challenges that amplify the themes of the show
  • Infusing host copy with an original tone, voice, and sense of humor
  • Transforming guests from regular joes to larger-than-life characters
  • Scripting engaging intros and monologues that set the stage for the show
  • Producing contestant packages that bring audiences to their feet
  • Developing relationships and rivalries between guests or contestants
  • “Laying pipe,” or crafting games’ rules and explanations quickly and pithily


Who Should Attend

Producers, Writers, Production Managers


(Duration) Date

(3 Days) -

Registration Closing Date: -



9:30am to 5:30pm


Fees (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Application Fee: S$53.50 -Waived-

Full Course Fee*: S$3,424.00

*This course is supported for up to 90% subsidy under the IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant (T-Assist). Terms and conditions apply. For more information, click here


Trainer Profile

Chad Gervich is a television producer, bestselling author, and award-winning playwright. He has written, produced and developed series, pilots and projects for nearly every network and studio in Hollywood, including E!’s After Lately, starring Chelsea Handler, Disney’s hit sitcom Dog With a Blog, Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and ABC’s Wipeout. He also spent 5 years as a development executive with The Littlefield Company at NBC and Paramount Studios, and has taught and worked with TV producers around the globe.

Chad consulted on two Singaporean TV shows: Mediacorp/Channel 5’s reality-competition show The 5 Search, and the hit comedy Spouse For House, which has won three Asian Television Awards: Best Comedy, Best Comedy Screenplay and Best Performance in a Comedy.

Chad is also the author of bestselling books Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business, Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified, and How To Manage Your Agent: A Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Representation.



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