The Writer Speaks: Oral Histories of Film and Television Writers

Between 1995 and 2013, the Writers Guild Foundation recorded interviews with prominent writers about their careers and about their working lives and practices. In all, 63 interviews were completed and these are all freely available for viewing in our library and on our YouTube channel. These interviews are fascinating and inspirational glimpses into the minds of some of Hollywood’s most accomplished writers.

Interviews available:

Edward Anhalt, Walter BernsteinCharles Bennett, Robert Benton, Robert Blees, Irving Brecher, Marshall Brickman, James L. BrooksAllan BurnsJean Rouverol Butler, Lionel Chetwynd, Bob Carroll & Madelyn Pugh DavisBarbara Corday, David Dortort, Julius J. EpsteinDC FontanaDevery Freeman, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel, John Gay, Mel Goldberg, Bo GoldmanWilliam Goldman, Everett Greenbaum, Buck Henry, Austin & Irma Kalish, Fay Kanin, Millard Kaufman, Hal Kanter, Christopher KnopfNorman Lear, Ernest Lehman, William Link, David Lloyd, William Ludwig, Loring MandelAllan Manings, John Mantley, Ann MarcusGarry Marshall, Arthur Marx, Richard MathesonPaul Mazursky, John McGreevey, Frank PiersonAbe PolonskyCarl Reiner, Del Reisman, Bill RichmondLorenzo Semple Jr.Alvin Sargent, Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf, Arnold Schulman, Sherwood SchwartzMel ShavelsonSidney SheldonTreva Silverman, Leonard Stern, Stewart SternDavid Swift, Dan Taradash, Robert TowneSaul Turteltaub, and Billy Wilder.

Beginning in 2013, the WGF began co-producing oral history interviews with our friends at the Television Academy Foundation as part of their program, The Interviews. We share research and the content from the interviews, which can be viewed in their entirety here. Interviewees completed so far are: Sam Bobrick, Joshua Brand, Ron Clark, Elias Davis, Harlan Ellison, Ron Friedman, Carol Gottlieb, Walon Green, David Isaacs, Arnie Kogen, Rita Lakin, Ken Levine, Thad Mumford, Bernie Orenstein, David Pollock, John Wells, Dan Wilcox, Larry Wilmore, Hugh Wilson, Alan Zweibel.