Podcast: Breaking In At Any Age

On June 26, we teamed up with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs to host a panel about breaking into the industry as a screenwriter at any age. We welcomed a stellar lineup, including Ronald Bass (RAIN MAN, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING), Douglas Jung (STAR TREK BEYOND), Peter Landesman (CONCUSSION), Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT), and Linda Woolverton (ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, MALEFICENT). Moderated by WGF President Larry Andries, the group shared their individual journeys to screenwriting from different careers and gave sage advice to all aspiring writers about how they can use those previous work experiences to inform their approach to a career in the film and TV industries.

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Music on this podcast is Showtime by kywild.

Podcast: Writers on Writing with Marvel’s Jessica Jones

On June 21, we once again teamed up with our pals from NYU Tisch to welcome three writers/producers (and NYU Tisch alumni) from MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES: Hilly Hicks, Jamie King and Edward Ricourt. The trio shared their various paths to the writers room, their process for delving into Jessica’s world, and how showrunner Melissa Rosenberg’s approach to addressing particularly controversial story lines informed the room’s choices.

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Music on this podcast is Eclipse by DJSkeptical.

Podcast: Master Class with Mike O’Malley

On June 14, we welcomed writer and actor extraordinaire Mike O’Malley for a Master Class. The creator and showrunner of the Starz Original Series SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, which premieres its third season on July 24, spoke with moderator and LA Times TV Editor Sarah Rodman about juggling his roles as a writer/producer and as an actor known for his memorable turns in shows such as GLEE and YES, DEAR.

O’Malley doles out tons of advice to both writers and actors who want to do both as well as gives insight into developing the hit Starz show. Enjoy the discussion!

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Music on this podcast is Dimensions by 1AOGJ.

Podcast: Inside the Writers Room with Outlander

On June 7, we had the pleasure of welcoming the fantastic writers from the hit Starz show OUTLANDER, including show developer and showrunner Ronald D. Moore and executive producers/writers Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, and Matthew B. Roberts. Moderated by TV Guide’s Kate Hahn, the lively conversation covered the challenges of adapting Diana Gabaldon‘s enormously popular novels into TV, the scenes the writers fought for, and exactly how they craft the show’s steamy sex scenes.

We’ve got to say, OUTLANDER fans are some of the most passionate out there, and it only added to the energy of this night. Enjoy this spirited conversation!

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Music on this podcast is Celtic Fever by Mattashi.

Podcast: Inside the Writers Room with Better Call Saul

On May 26, we welcomed the talented writers room of BETTER CALL SAUL, including co-creator and showrunner Peter Gould, executive producer Thomas Schnauz, co-EP Gennifer Hutchison, story editor Gordon Smith, co-producer Jonathan Glatzer, executive story editor Ann Cherkis and staff writer Heather Marion.

Moderated by the fabulous Stacey Wilson Hunt of Vulture, the conversation took a closer look at the choices made in episodes written by each writer (we showed video clips which we had to edit out, but Stacey does mention the specific episode numbers if you want to look them up for context). We learned how Kim became an accidental feminist, why the writers wanted to put Jimmy in a scene wearing his underwear, and exactly how they came up with the term ‘Squat Cobbler.’ Enjoy the podcast!

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Music on this podcast is Conversation by Loathar.

Podcast: Writing and Acting with Jane the Virgin

On May 25, we had the pleasure of welcoming JANE THE VIRGIN’s writers and cast, including showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, co-executive producers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, staff writer Carolina Rivera, cast members Justin Baldoni, Ivonne Coll, Yael Grobglas, and Andrea Navedo.

The group talks to Buzzfeed’s Jarrett Wieselman about the show’s very female-centric writers room, how choices are made when addressing certain issues such as immigration, and the actors share their approach to their characters. If you’re as big of a fan of The CW comedy as we are, you’ll get a kick out of this fun conversation. NOTE: We had a bit of technical difficulties in the beginning so the recording starts after the event intros–don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything crucial!

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Music on this podcast is Day Dreamin’ by stackz989.

Podcast: Master Class with Courtney A. Kemp

On May 17, we welcomed Courtney A. Kemp, the fabulous creator and showrunner of the hit Starz series POWER, which premieres its third season on July 17.

In this entertaining and insightful conversation with Deadline Hollywood’s Dominic Patten, Courtney expands on how she broke in, how she transitioned from writing on a half-hour comedy to hourlong legal dramas, and eventually her process for creating and running her own show. We also hear fun stories about working with POWER star and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as well as Courtney’s emphatic advice for anyone trying to build a career writing for television.

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Music on this podcast is Nostalgia in the Air by Zooloo75.

Podcast: The World Builder with Frank Spotnitz

On March 24, we had the pleasure of welcoming Frank Spotnitz, the show developer and executive producer of Amazon’s THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, for a talk with moderator Neil Landau about building worlds.

Frank not only spoke about the complexities of adapting Phillip K. Dick’s novel about a world in which the Axis Powers had won World War II, but also his world-building experience as a longtime writer on X-FILES. Now living in Europe, he also dished advice on how to navigate a career writing for overseas productions.

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Music on this podcast is Smooth Guitar by cyclops845.

Podcast: Master Class with Evan Daugherty

On February 23, we had the pleasure of having screenwriter Evan Daugherty join us for a Master Class, which was moderated by fellow writer and NYU alum Elliott DiGuiseppi. Evan, who shot to fame for writing the blockbuster SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and has since penned screenplays for big box office draws such as DIVERGENT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and the upcoming TOMB RAIDER reboot, detailed his journey from broke aspiring screenwriter to selling his reimagining of a fairy tale and working on famous franchises.

For the many students in the audience, Evan also offered some good do’s and don’ts of pitching (Do keep to the strong central through-line of the protagonist’s journey; Don’t memorize your pitch) as well as more practical advice for writers. Enjoy the podcast!

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Music on this podcast is Mahogany by Drew6464.

Podcast: Writers on Writing with Meg LeFauve

We had the joy of welcoming recent Academy Award nominee Meg LeFauve for a Writers on Writing event on February 18. With the help of moderator Dana Stevens, the writer of Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR and the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL went into the complex process of building the world behind INSIDE OUT. As warm and animated as the characters she has helped create, Meg is a fantastic, thoughtful storyteller with some great advice for all writers. Enjoy the podcast!

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Music on this podcast is Bossa Nova Baby by David Grossman Music