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Steven Smith is back for another interview!

Session #109 – Living and Working in Hollywood in Covid 19 times with Steven Smith

In this session, one of our favorite guests is back, screenwriter, producer, documentarian and author Steven Smith, to discuss working in Hollywood in Covid 19 lockdown times. Steven is a 4-Time Emmy nominee; producer and writer of over 200 documentaries for television, home video and other media. He has authored two books, his newest coming out in May, is the biography “Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer.” Writers Group Therapy – Session 109 – WGT Live – Author/Documentarian/Producer Steven Smith – Living and Working in Hollywood in Covid-19 times SHOW NOTES: This was recorded live via Zoom meeting and streamed on our Facebook page so the audio may be inconsistent. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we edited as best we could for your listening pleasure.

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Writers Group Therapy Live - Tuesday on Facebook at 4pm PST

Session 108 – WGT Live – Hollywood working virtually – Covid 19 vs Hollywood – WGA says no strike in May – Paradigm signs WGA agreement

In this session, we discuss writing about a crisis IN the middle of the crisis, increased copyright fees, Hollywood working virtually, WGA news, and more. Writers Group Therapy – Session 108 – WGT Live – Hollywood working virtually – Covid 19 vs Hollywood – WGA says no strike in May – Paradigm signs WGA agreement This special session was recorded live to Facebook. Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/1576537085753881/videos/653104418858442 Show Notes:Writers Group Therapy on Podchaser.com: https://www.podchaser.com/WGTherapyCopyright Fee Schedule: https://www.copyright.gov/about/2020-fees.pdfScreencraft Virtual Screenwriting Summit: https://screencraft.org/virtualsummit/WGA May Work Under Expired Contract: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-may-work-under-expired-contract-won-t-seek-strike-vote-prior-expiration-1286326Paradigm Signs WGA Agreement: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paradigm-signs-agreement-writers-guild-1286032Expat The Show: https://www.expattheshow.com/

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Expat - A comedy Podcast by Rachanee Lumayno

Session 107 – “Ex Pat” Comedy Podcast, WGA, Covid-19 vs Hollywood, Pilot Season & More

On this session, Tom interviews Rachanee about her new comedy podcast “Ex Pat.” Also, we discuss how Covid-19 is impacting Hollywood and how you can prepare for it, WGA and NBCUniversal, more Pilot Season news, Streamers and Basic Cable channel alliances. Writers Group Therapy – Session 107 – Expat Comedy Podcast – WGA – Covid 19 vs Hollywood – More Pilot Season SHOW NOTES: Covid 19: In the week between recording this episode and publishing it, massive changes swept Hollywood as concerns about the Covid 19 virus have spread. The number of cancellations expanded exponentially since then. So to simplify these notes, this link provides Indiewire’s comprehensive list of cancellations in Hollywood and entertainment.Ex Pat Podcast (with links to the podcast on all platforms, or search for “Ex Pat The Show”): https://www.expattheshow.comBasic Cable buying more reality shows, less scripted, as scripted goes to streamersPeacock Inks Massive Licensing Deal With A+E NetworksWGA East Files Labor Complaint Against NBC Over Shuttered Nonfiction Unit

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Sam Gash, host of the “Ideal Remake” podcast

Session #106 – Sam Gasch from the Ideal Remake podcast, Mini-Slug lines and lots of news

In this mega-session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview Sam Gash, host of the “Ideal Remake” podcast, as well as discuss the Oscars, the Mini-Slug line, WGA’s upcoming contract negotiations and studios stockpiling scripts, Mulan, Representation, NBC’s Peacock streamer and more!  Writers Group Therapy – Session 106 – Sam Gasch from _Ideal Remake_ podcast – Oscars – Mini-Slug line – WGA and Studios and more SHOW NOTES: Sam Gasch on TwitterIdeal Remake Podcast Ideal Remake on Instagram Writing Tip: Mini-SlugsWGA Priorities Mulan CriticismStar Wars/LGBTQ Representation Studios Stockpiling for Potential Writers Strike NBC Peacock Streamer

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Session #105 - Awards Season, Disney+, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Session #105 – Awards Season – Pilot Season – What’s next for Disney+ & Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we discuss Awards Season including the Oscar and WGA Awards nominations, Pilot Season, Disney+ post Mandalorian, and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Writers Group Therapy – Session 105 – Awards Season – Oscar and WGA Nominees – Pilot Season – Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker SHOW NOTES:WGA Awards NominationsDeadline.com’s Primetime Pilot Panic sectionDisney+ Subscribers Cancelling After Finale of MandalorianTom on Twitch

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Santa is freaking out over the new FTC COPPA rules for YouTubers

Session #104 – COPPA is coming to town! – Narrative Podcasts – Holiday Networking & More!

Writers Group Therapy – Session 104 – COPPA – Should you make a Narrative Podcast – PayUpHollywood – Holiday Networking Happy Holidays! In this session, we talk about our awesome listeners on Spotify, networking through the holidays, a #PayUpHollywood update. YouTubers preparing for #COPPA enforcement, and the growth of narrative podcasts and how/why/should you make one.  SHOW NOTES:Verve Raises Assistant Pay (THR.com)#PayUpHollywood Town Hall Reveals Assistants Receive Financial Aid from Parents (THR.com)COPPA: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (FTC Site News)Podcast Listener Growth Stats (Podcasthost.com) Rachanee’s Stove Mishap

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Session 103 - Interview with Aron Eli Coleite

Session #103 – Interview with Daybreak Writer/Executive Producer Aron Eli Coleite – More Streamers – Festival Fiascos – WGA vs Studios – Fellowship Deadlines – Masterclass Update

In this session, we interview Aron Coleite, the Executive Producer and writer of Netflix’s new apocalyptic show “Daybreak.” We also discuss how streamers are taking films from theaters and how that impacts writers, Tom’s latest Masterclass update, film festival fiascos and how to avoid them, and fellowship deadline changes of which you should be aware. Writers Group Therapy – Session 103 – Daybreak Writer EP Aron Eli Coleite – More Streamers – Festival Fiascos – WGA vs Studios – Fellowship Deadlines – Masterclass Show Notes: Aron Eli Coleite:https://twitter.com/AronColeitehttps://www.instagram.com/aronelicoleiteDaybreak streams on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80197462 Daybreak Social: https://twitter.com/daybreak https://www.instagram.com/daybreakhttps://www.facebook.com/DaybreakNetflixSeriesDaybreak Writers: https://twitter.com/daybreakwr The Only Podcast Left – On Spotify (You can also listen to Writers Group Therapy on Spotify BTW! https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZHn83CLXcDJ7ubQgKKRPZ?si=gXfZALkrQ6SeotUdsBvTNA) CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in EntertainmentFilm Festival Strategies – Session #56Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com

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Session 102 - Are streamers killing the original pilot. MoviePass is dead, maybe. Oscar Contenders. TikTok and Hollywood

Session #102 – RIP Original Specs – MoviePass Dead? – Early Oscar Contenders – TikTok, Hollywood and Will Smith

With HBO Max (Warner Bros.) and Disney+ pulling their branded films and shows behind their walled-off kingdoms, will networks, and theaters, see more original spec scripts filling their screens? Also, MoviePass is dead, finally…or not? Early Oscar contenders. TikTok as a new place to source talent…and Will Smith.  Writers Group Therapy – Session 102 – RIP Original Specs – MoviePass Dead? – Early Oscar Contenders – TikTok and Will Smith SHOW NOTES:MoviePass to Shut DownMoviePass Gets Takeover Offer from Former CEOTikTok Stars Spark Interest in Hollywood

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