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From sell-out panels to one-on-one interviews, the Writers Guild Foundation follows every major writer and trend in film and TV. Check out our collection of over 80 not-to-be-missed titles.

Writing For Television: What You Need to Know (four-disc set)

Writing For Television: What You Need to Know (four-disc set)

$49.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 26, 2010

The Writers Guild Foundation presents an all-day series of panel discussions with prominent screenwriters about the art and craft of television writing.

SESSION 1
How will television and the mission of writers change in the new economy? How does the television writer thrive against the challenges of online competition, DVR, cable, and satellite? What are the implications of year round programming? How are smart writers adjusting to the evolution of programming seasons? What will cutting costs mean for writers?

SESSION 2
How do you create a show from the ground up? What are the elements you need to consider? How do you evaluate an idea in terms of what will and won’t work? What do you need to think about in terms of the audience and demographics? How do you find the right network and how do you tailor your concept for a specific network? How do you pitch it and to whom? What happens when you sell your pitch?

SESSION 3
Join a group of writers, most of them new and young, as they share their experiences of breaking into the television business. How did they break in? What did they do? How long did it take? What is their advice to other up and coming writers who’ve yet to be staffed?

SESSION 4
What are the dynamics of a writers’ room? How does a writers’ room work best? As a staffed writer what are you expected to bring to the room every day? What does a showrunner expect from his/her staff? What should a staff expect from its showrunner? The writing staff from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation hosts a panel to answer these questions.

The New Family Comedies

The New Family Comedies

$24.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 26, 2010

TV Critic Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles times moderates a panel discussion with the creators of some of today’s hottest TV comedies, including Kevin Biegel (COUGARTOWN), Eileen Heisler and Deanne Heline (THE MIDDLE), Brad Falchuk (GLEE), and Steven Levitan (MODERN FAMILY).

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick - Anatomy of a Script 4

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick - Anatomy of a Script 4

$39.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 17, 2010

Rhett Reese, writer and producer, and Paul Wernick, Emmy Award winning producer and writer, wrote and executive-produced the major motion picture Zombieland for Columbia Pictures.
Reese and Wernick first collaborated by creating, writing, and executive-producing The Joe Schmo Show for Spike TV. The series drew Spike’s highest ratings in history. Joe Schmo was named to numerous Best Of lists, including TIME Magazine’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2003 and Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best TV Shows Ever on DVD. Reese and Wernick followed up with Joe Schmo 2 and Invasion Iowa, a high-concept comedy hybrid starring William Shatner.
Reese has written screenplays for Pixar Animation Studios (Monsters, Inc.), Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Feature Animation (Dinosaur), Nickelodeon, and Warner Brothers (Clifford’s Really Big Movie), among others. Wernick has produced several network reality shows. He has won three Emmy Awards for his work in news.

Laeta Kalogridis - Anatomy of a Script 4

Laeta Kalogridis - Anatomy of a Script 4

$39.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 17, 2010

Laeta Kalogridis was born in Florida, and attended Davidson College, University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. She has worked with Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Simon West, Timur Bekmembatov, Marcus Nispel, James Mangold, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron. Her credits include Alexander, Nightwatch and Shutter Island. She has also made ill-fated forays into television (Birds of Prey, Bionic Woman).
In this ANATOMY OF A SCRIPT title, she talks with moderator Robin Schiff about the development and production of her script for the film Shutter Island.

Writing in a Time of War

Writing in a Time of War

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: May 1, 2010

Humanitas and the Writers Guild Foundation present an in-depth panel discussion about writing screenplays of combat stories. Panelists are Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), Alessandro Camon (The Messenger), Kimberly Peirce (Stop-Loss) and Evan Wright (Generation Kill). Moderated by John Horn of the Los Angeles Times.

Callie Khouri - Anatomy of a Script 4

Callie Khouri - Anatomy of a Script 4

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 20, 2010

Callie Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie Thelma & Louise, her screenwriting debut, for which she won an Academy Award. She was also honored by the WGA for Best Original Screenplay, and won a Golden Globe Award and a PEN Award.
Her second picture, released in August 1995, was Something to Talk About, starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Gena Rowlands, Robert Duvall, and Kyra Sedgwick. She made her directorial debut in June 2002 with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2008 she directed Mad Money, which starred Diane Keaton, Queen Latifa, Katie Holmes and Ted Danson. In 2006, Ms. Khouri teamed with television producer Steven Bochco to create an original TV series for ABC/Touchstone titled Hollis & Rae, for which she wrote and directed the pilot.
Born in Texas and raised in Kentucky, Callie Khouri attended Purdue University, where she majored in drama. She pursued additional training at the Lee Strasberg Institute in LA and later with Peggy Fuery. In 1985, she began working in film production, producing commercials and music videos.
In this disc, Khouri discusses the development and production of her script for the film Thelma & Louise with writer/producers Winnie Holzman and Robin Schiff.

Notes on Craft: Rewriting and Polishing

Notes on Craft: Rewriting and Polishing

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 16, 2010

This is one of a series of six seminars presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Each is focused on a particular aspect of screenwriting, in this case REWRITING AND POLISHING. Screenwriter panelists in this title are John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie’s Angels), Jack Epps, Jr. (Top Gun, The Secret of My Success) and Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Marley & Me). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

Notes on Craft: Structure

Notes on Craft: Structure

$19.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 8, 2010

This is one of a series of six seminars presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Each is focused on a particular aspect of screenwriting, in this case STRUCTURE. Screenwriter panelists in this title are Robert Eisele (The Great Debaters, Hurricane Season), Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) and Robin Swicord (Little Women, The Jane Austen Book Club). Moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Easy).

Vince Gilligan - Anatomy of a Script 4

Vince Gilligan - Anatomy of a Script 4

$39.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 7, 2010

VINCE GILLIGAN, series creator and executive producer of Breaking Bad, was born in Richmond, Virginia. He received the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Award in 1989 for his screenplay Home Fries, which was later turned into a film starring Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson.
As a writer and executive producer on The X-Files, Gilligan shared Golden Globe Awards in 1996 and 1997 for Best Dramatic Series. His other credits include the Fox Television series The Lone Gunmen, which he co-created, and the features Hancock, starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, and Wilder Napalm, starring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid.
After writing and directing the Breaking Bad pilot, Gilligan received the 2008 Writers Guild Award for Episodic Drama, accepted a Peabody Award honoring the show’s first season, and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Breaking Bad was named one of the best shows of 2008 by the American Film Institute, and in 2009 was hailed as “the best of the 21st century” by Stephen King. The series’ second season garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.
In this disc, Gilligan discusses Breaking Bad with screenwriter Robin Schiff.

Matthew Weiner - Anatomy of a Script 4

Matthew Weiner - Anatomy of a Script 4

$39.95 Format: DVD    Date: Apr 7, 2010

Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer for the AMC drama Mad Men. Since its debut, the series has garnered two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series; three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Drama; a Peabody Award; two Producers Guild Awards; three Writers Guild Awards; AFI Awards for one of the Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs of 2007, 2008 and 2009; both the 2008 BAFTA Award and Royal Television Society Award for International Program; and four Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year. Weiner won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the pilot “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and the season two finale “Meditations in an Emergency.” He has also earned many other Emmy and WGA nominations for the series.
Prior to Mad Men, Weiner was an executive producer and writer on The Sopranos on HBO. Along with the other producers, the show won the Emmy in 2004 and 2006 for Outstanding Drama Series and garnered Weiner an Emmy nomination with co-writer Terence Winter for Outstanding Writing in the 2004 episode “Unidentified Black Males.” Weiner earned another Emmy nomination in 2007 for writing the episode “Kennedy and Heidi” with David Chase. He also won a 2007 Writers Guild Award for the series and three PGA Golden Laurel Awards for Television Producer of the Year in Episodic.
Before working on The Sopranos, Weiner wrote for various television series, including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. He also wrote and directed the independent feature, What Do You Do All Day?
Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied Philosophy, Literature and History at Wesleyan University. He also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television.

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