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The Series of Tubes: Serial Storytelling in an Expanding World

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In the old days, we called TV “the boob tube” – you’d plop down in front of it and watch whatever happened to be on. This, presumably, made you something of a boob.

Today (with all respect and apologies to the late Senator Ted Stevens) it’s more like a series of tubes: What used to be a handful of channels and a shared American experience has grown and splintered and segmented into a forest of niches. Cable. Netflix. Hulu. The internet. The landscape ain’t what it used to be.

But throughout it all, the need for good storytelling hasn’t changed. Whether it’s a network stalwart, a cable sleeper hit or an indie webseries with a thousand true fans, you still need the essentials: Great characters. Smart drama. Hearty laughs. Gripping suspense. A winning concept.

On July 12, we’ll gather for our summer Television Craft Symposium at the Writers Guild Theater with a collection of time-tested dramatists, gut-busting comics, innovative creators and insightful executives. We’ll talk about crafting stories worth telling, pilots worth selling and specs that, um, are compelling. As in, a compelling read for the showrunner who’s staffing the room. That kind of compelling. OK, fine, so we’re not the Rhymers Guild Foundation.

Below is a list of scheduled guests. And check out the day’s schedule here.

  • Brad Bell (HUSBANDS)

  • Brannon Braga (SALEM, 24, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION)

  • Jane Espenson (HUSBANDS, ONCE UPON A TIME, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)

  • Jeffrey Glaser (Executive Vice President of Current Programming at 20th Century Fox Television)

  • Oliver Goldstick (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, RAVENSWOOD, UGLY BETTY)

  • Jennifer Gwartz (Chief Operating Officer Lin Pictures, Executive Producer VERONICA MARS, Co-Executive Producer PARTY DOWN)

  • Dan Harmon (COMMUNITY, RICK AND MORTY, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM)

  • Steven Hein (VP PRODUCTION FOX DIGITAL STUDIOS)

  • Cody Heller (DEADBEAT, WILFRED)

  • David Javerbaum (THE MAYA RUDOLPH SHOW, BROWSERS, THE DAILY SHOW)

  • Jay Kogen (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS)

  • Brett Konner (DEADBEAT, WILFRED)

  • Franklin Leonard (Founder of The Black List)

  • Terri Edda Miller (CASTLE)

  • Lanny Noveck (Television Literary Agent ICM)

  • Dan O’Shannon (MODERN FAMILY, JERICHO, FRASIER)

  • Jan Oxenberg (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, PARENTHOOD, COLD CASE)

  • Erica Oyama (BURNING LOVE, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, NTSF:SD:SUV)

  • Dawn Prestwich (THE KILLING, FLASH FORWARD, CARNIVALE)

  • David Shore (BATTLE CREEK, HOUSE, LAW & ORDER)

  • Veena Sud (THE KILLING, COLD CASE)

  • Nicole Yorkin (THE KILLING, FLASH FORWARD, CARNIVALE)

This event is sponsored in part by our good pals at Final Draft and The Naked Grape. Thanks, guys!