Kay Cannon at GENRE SMASH!

Even though we hear nothing but great things from our podcast listeners, it’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to post one. But fear not! Here’s a new one! and it’s amazing!

And for those of you who haven’t read the title of this post, and are therefore wondering what’s amazing about it: It’s a recording of a GENRE SMASH earlier this year featuring Kay Cannon, the writer of PITCH PERFECT and PITCH PERFECT 2! Kay has also written for great shows like 30 ROCK and NEW GIRL, and has some great projects in development.

This was a wonderful interview – Kay is as hilarious as she is insightful. Listen for some truly great moments:

  • The basis of the burrito-throwing scene in the first PITCH PERFECT
  • The strange year she had writing PITCH PERFECT 2
  • How she got her first writing gig on 30 ROCK

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David Fury at GENRE SMASH!

Just before we all left for the holidays, David Fury joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom for GENRE SMASH!, where he chatted with us about his early days writing for cartoons like PINKY AND THE BRAIN; getting on board the Joss Whedon Express early; writing some of the most memorable shows on television; and what The Hatch on LOST could have led to, had things gone in a different direction.

Actually, stay for that last part. It’s near the end, and you’ll want to hear it.

But wait, there’s more: David gifted our archive with some truly fascinating materials, including early drafts and notes from many of his scripts. Click here to take a look.

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FRASIER NIGHT!

GUYS. REAL QUICK. Last month we hosted FRASIER co-creator Peter Casey and writer David Isaacs at GENRE SMASH!.

It was a great night, and let me tell you that we got some really excellent audience questions. Maybe it was the intimate atmosphere. Maybe it was the smallish crowd. Maybe it was the fact that we had a really truly dedicated group of working and aspiring TV writers in the room with us. But those audience questions were even better than usual. Not a single “Can I give you my screenplay?” or “What advice would you have…?” in the bunch.

Plus, Peter Casey is brilliant and David Isaacs is hilarious. Plus, we talk about the perils of working with Jack Russell terriers.

Listen. You’ll feel like you’re right there with us.

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J. Michael Straczynski at GENRE SMASH!

Here’s a quick project: Look up J. Michael Straczynski on Wikipedia. I won’t link to it; I’ll just hang out here while you go check out his page.

(twenty-seven minute pause)

So yeah. You probably noticed that not only is Straczynski – known as “JMS” or simply “Joe” – has a pretty huge body of work dating back to the 1980s. And you probably also noticed that it spans media; he’s done features, television, comic books, and more. And you probably also noticed that while he focuses largely on genre fiction like SF and superheroes, he also does straight drama, like 2008’s CHANGELING.

The guy is a machine. He created BABYLON 5 and is working on a new TV project with the Wachowskis. He wrote THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN from 2001-2007. He started his own comics imprint. He wrote a guide to screenwriting.

He does a lot of stuff.

Here’s our conversation with him from about a year ago, in which he talks about how he manages to be so prolific. Here’s a hint: It has to do with getting up, writing, and then writing some more.

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X-FILES Creator CHRIS CARTER at GENRE SMASH!

By this point we’ve made so many “The Truth Is Out There” jokes that we’re pretty sure we’ve run the well dry, so I’ll just get to the point and say: We interviewed Chris Carter and it was glorious.

THE FACTS ARE THESE:
1. He hangs out with David Duchovny and sometimes they go to the movies.
2. Apparently everyone in the world knows that his production company, Ten Thirteen, is a reference to his birthday.
3. His memory of the show is probably better than the most dedicated fan out there.
4. That part of “The Post-Modern Prometheus” where Mulder and Scully slow dance was improvised by Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
5. He’s a super sweet guy who is very patient with interviewers who interrupt his stories about David Duchovny to say how cool it is that he hangs out with David Duchovny.

Also, we had a few questions during the Q&A segment that were on the… eccentric side. You know, it happens.

The event was recorded October 21, 2014.

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Amy Berg at GENRE SMASH!

A few weeks ago, TV writer extraordinaire Amy Berg joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom, where we talked about breaking into the industry by writing comic books, what it’s like to shoot a pilot that doesn’t get picked up, how to create your own web series from the ground up, and what the deal was in high school with her friend Jessica.

Check out her series Caper, and follow her on Twitter at @bergopolis.

The event was recorded September 16, 2014.

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ASH MILLER and ZACK STENTZ at GENRE SMASH!

The year was 2013. It was the year Florida senator Marco Rubio showed us all the importance of hydration. The year Alec Baldwin made us all feel sort of sorry for paparazzi. And the year the musical world was demanding to know what kind of sound a fox makes.

It was also the debut of our two new series, SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN and GENRE SMASH! At the Austin Film Fest in October, we debuted SCRIBBLE, then came home to start GENRE SMASH! at the NerdMelt Showroom in November.

We didn’t start our podcasts until months later – so this recording kind of wound up sitting in the hopper for a while, despite the fact that both Ash and Zack are great friends of the Foundation and support just about everything we do. So here they are, in all their glory, discussing their extensive body of work at the NerdMelt Showroom.

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Eric Kripke at GENRE SMASH!

Recently SUPERNATURAL and REVOLUTION creator Eric Kripke joined us at the NerdMelt Showroom to chat about creating both shows, leaving SUPERNATURAL after six seasons, and what it is about road-trip America that inspires him so much.

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BOB’S BURGERS writers Lizzie & Wendy Molyneux at GENRE SMASH!

Earlier this year, the amazing sister/sister duo of Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux joined us for GENRE SMASH! in the NerdMelt Showroom. As it turned out, their parents joined us as well, which is precisely as adorable as it sounds. They were right in the front row, and now we wish all our guests would bring their parents with them.

Here’s the recording of the event in its entirety.

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The song in this week’s podcast is “Marbles” by Russ Chambliss and can be found here.