WGFESTIVAL 2017: Panelist Lineup

  • Behold some of the writers, producers and executives joining us for WGFestival 2017.

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SATURDAY’S HEADLINING PANELS (LINWOOD PASS, PICKFORD PASS, ALL ACCESS PASS)

10am – 11:30am In conversation with screenwriter, executive producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin (MOLLY’S GAME, THE NEWSROOM, THE WEST WING). Moderated by Elvis Mitchell, host of KCRW’s The Treatment.


Noon – 2pm SHOTS FIRED premiere episode screening followed by a panel and Q&A with co-creators Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (NOTORIOUS) and the writers room. Moderated by writer, director and producer Ali Leroi (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS).



4pm – 5:30pm – In conversation with screenwriter and director James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2). Moderated by Elvis Mitchell, host of KCRW’s The Treatment.

 

 

5:30pm – 7pm – Networking Mixer co-hosted by STARZ and the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs.

7pm – 9pm – AMERICAN GODS advanced screening followed by a panel and Q&A with showrunners Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL, HEROES, PUSHING DAISIES) and Michael Green (LOGAN, ALIEN: COVENANT, HEROES), and actor Ian McShane (RAY DONOVAN, JOHN WICK, DEADWOOD). Moderated by actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown

SUNDAY’S HEADLINING PANELS (LINWOOD PASS, PICKFORD PASS, ALL ACCESS PASS)

9:45am – 11:30am – PRIZES AND DETAILS ANNOUNCED! The WGFestival 2017 Pitch Competition, where 10 emerging writers from the audience pitch their story ideas in front of a live audience and our panel of judges, including WME Story Editor Christopher Lockhart, writer Edward Ricourt (MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES, NOW YOU SEE ME), and Matt Dy, Austin Film Festival’s Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director. The competition is open to Linwood Pass, Pickford Pass, Sunday Only Headliners Pass and All Access Pass holders.

Noon – 1:30pm – The Balancing Act: Writing for Passion and Money, a panel of screenwriters, including Mark Boal (ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE HURT LOCKER), Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) and Tyger Williams (THE PERFECT GUY, MENACE II SOCIETY) share how they balance creative freedom with business interests for their projects. 

4pm – 5:30pm – Writing Wrongs: How To Be You, No Matter What with writer/director Kevin Smith (CLERKS, MALLRATS, COMIC BOOK MEN)

 

 

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS (PICKFORD PASS, ALL ACCESS PASS)

SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

11:45am – 1:15pm: Perfect your pitch with seasoned showrunner Pam Veasey (CSI: CYBER)

11:45am – 1:15pm: Breaking Through the Wall: From Spec Script to Your First Option. Writer Dwain Worrell discusses his first option and all the scripts that he had to write to get there. He sold his spec script THE WALL to Amazon Studios – the studios very first spec deal.

11:45am – 1:15pm: Screenwriter and producer Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP) goes over the creative side of producing, from development to overcoming logistical challenges of early career feature films. 

11:45am – 1:15pm: Learn quick techniques for establishing and developing characters in this interactive workshop with TV writer Marlana Hope (THE KICKS, ARMY WIVES).

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Sharpen your action and suspense writing with screenwriter Ben Ripley (SOURCE CODE).

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

1:45pm – 3:30pm: Play the part of a staff writer in an intimate, hands-on workshop led by Executive Producer Laurence Andries (BEING MARY JANE, SIX FEET UNDER) on how to create an episode of a television show.

1:45pm – 3:30pm: Using Improvisational Writing Games to Tap Into Your Creativity with Robin Schiff (ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA?, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (TV series)).

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Learn the process behind adapting and laying out a story based on underlying material with Robin Swicord (THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA). It will cover basic structure, elements of drama, and where the screenwriter needs to “adapt” the story to make it a dramatic narrative. 

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Go into the process of world building in film and TV with writer and producer Kira Snyder (THE HANDMAID’S TALE, THE 100). 

2:00pm – 3:45pm: Watch how a room works in a Mock Hour-long Drama Writers Room with showrunner Adele Lim (LETHAL WEAPON, STAR-CROSSED, REIGN).

 

SUNDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

11:45am – 1:15pm: Get advice on building a well-rounded writing career from Derek Haas (CHICAGO FIRE) and Craig Mazin (IDENTITY THIEF). 

11:45am – 1:15pm: Strengthen your rewrites with the guidance of Ken LaZebnik (TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL).

11:45am – 1:15pm: How to Express Characters Through Dialogue: Examining Great Screenwriters and Your Own Dialogue with writer and producer Barbara Nance (THE CLIENT LIST, HOUSE OF LIES).

11:45am – 1:15pm: Get a glimpse inside the world and process behind studio assignments with writer Neil Widener (VERONA, THE BATTLE OF ALCATRAZ – scripts on The Blacklist)

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Get tips on how to work with a writing partner from screenwriting partners Destin Daniel Cretton (THE GLASS CASTLE, SHORT TERM 12) and Andrew Lanham (THE GLASS CASTLE).

SUNDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

1:45pm – 3:15pm: Get the scoop on how producers find and develop writers from Genre Films president Aditya Sood, who’s produced DEADPOOL, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, THE MARTIAN.

1:45pm – 3:15pm: Learn how to craft complex characters from screenwriter Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT). 

1:45pm – 3:30pm: Play the part of a staff writer in an intimate, hands-on workshop led by Executive Producer Laurence Andries (BEING MARY JANE, SIX FEET UNDER) on how to create an episode of a television show.

1:45pm – 3:15pm: Strengthen your rewrites with the guidance of Ken LaZebnik (TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL).

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Learn how to write to catch the attention of actors, producers, and Executives with Sam Sarkar (Executive Vice President of Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil).

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