Dick Wolf Quotes

As soon as you become complacent your show gets canceled... view

By: Dick Wolf

Advertising is the art of the tiny. You have to tell a complete a story and deliver a complete message in a very encapsulated form. It disciplines you to cut away extraneous information... view

By: Dick Wolf

Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way for advertisers to reach a mass audience. Once that changes, all bets are off... view

By: Dick Wolf

I would say that if you really wished to be a working member of the community, don't go out on strike because then there's no work and no potential of work... view

By: Dick Wolf

People recognize certain things, like 'D' means 'this dialogue stinks.' We're dealing with shows that are written here, shot in New York and posted back here. Accurate communication is a necessity... view

By: Dick Wolf

The ad revenues still go up because nothing dependably delivers the eyeballs that successful series do... view

By: Dick Wolf

The agendas on the management side of the table now are not in sync like they used to be because you have vastly different entities supplying programming to networks... view

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The environment doesn't change that radically. You are still going to go home at night and NBC is going to be there, ABC and CBS will still be there... view

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The heart and soul of network programming is series programming, the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house... view

By: Dick Wolf

It's show business. No show, no business... view

By: Dick Wolf

It was like in Samoa when they'd put up a movie screen on the beach and show movies and the locals would run behind the sheet to see where the people went. It was pretty grim... view

By: Dick Wolf

And the consumer doesn't care. They don't watch networks, they watch TV shows... view

By: Dick Wolf

If the scripts are not good, I'll tell somebody, 'This isn't good.'.. view

By: Dick Wolf

People do have viewing patterns, and you disrupt those at your own peril. That's something that everybody learned after 1988. The numbers have gone down every year since that strike. Big time... view

By: Dick Wolf

I was raised not to be rude, but I also try to get the best work out of people... view

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I try to just communicate what I want done as clearly and simply as possible... view

By: Dick Wolf

I think most people don't react well to being screamed at. It's counterproductive... view

By: Dick Wolf

I hardly see myself as a futurist... view

By: Dick Wolf

I get bored with establishing shots of people getting out of cars and walking into buildings, getting into elevators and then 45 seconds later they have a line... view

By: Dick Wolf

I don't think you can really make television based on what you think audiences want. You can only make stories that you like, because you have to watch it so many times... view

By: Dick Wolf

I do love television. But the business is accelerating and people are not getting the chance to fail... view

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Everybody knows things are not the same. The people running the TV end of a major vertically integrated company know how much money a successful show can make... view

By: Dick Wolf

If you're going to vote on a television contract, there is a certain rationality to saying that the same structures that are applied to Health Plan participation should be placed on the right to vote on a strike... view

By: Dick Wolf

When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, 'Who are these people? Why should we watch them?.. view

By: Dick Wolf

There are other options out there, after all, like read a book, go on the Internet, rent a movie... view

By: Dick Wolf

You have this disturbing reality that there are a lot of people who would rather say, 'I'm on strike' than 'I'm unemployed.' And those are the people who vote for strikes... view

By: Dick Wolf

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors, but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen. That's why you get rhetoric... view

By: Dick Wolf

There was an interesting article in Los Angeles Magazine about women directors. A woman director makes one bad independent film and her career is over. Guys tend to get an opportunity to learn from their mistakes... view

By: Dick Wolf

TIVO executives stand up and say, 'Well, we're not getting rid of commercials, but we are letting them fast forward, because people like commercials, and if they see one that they like they stop and watch it.' I mean, please... view

By: Dick Wolf

The story drove the book. That had a very seminal effect on the way I saw writing and storytelling. If you can set a character in a story that is compelling and has a backbone, you draw people in... view

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The threat to free television. The reason television is free is because it is a life support system for commercials. That fundamental aspect is about to change... view

By: Dick Wolf

Their argument is that most shows are losers, which is true, but it's also disingenuous to say, 'We are not going to take the risk unless it is totally covered by the few successful shows that are out there.'.. view

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The most positive step is to try to expand the employment base by making it, if not economically friendly, at least not economically disastrous, for studios to take on deficits... view

By: Dick Wolf