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Session #165 – Interview with the creators of the comedy streaming show “The Game”

We talk with the creators of the new comedy streaming series “The Game.” Writers/producers/actors Matt Curtain and Lauren Henning, and producer/director Amanda Sonnenschein talk about the genesis of the show and its unique tone and humor. From the show: The Game is an ensemble adventure-fantasy comedy series that follows a group of TTRPG players both IRL and as their fantasy counterparts in the supernatural realm as they embark on a daring and heartfelt journey towards understanding and acceptance of one another and, most importantly, of themselves. The show premieres Saturday, January 28, 2023 on YouTube. SHOW NOTES: 

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Franchise Fatigue Fatigue

Session #163 – Franchise Fatigue Fatigue

We’re tired of being tired of Franchise Fatigue, but it’s a serious issue. There is a steep downward curve in payback on subsequent entries and spin-offs/prequels etc., which is fueling a feedback circle of layoffs and cancellations in Hollywood. Why is this happening and what does it mean for writers? Listen as we try to find the answers. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

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"Addicted In Film" with Ted Perkins

Session #160 – “Addicted In Film” with Ted Perkins former studio exec, producer and screenwriter

For some us, our biggest addictions are caffeine and endlessly scrolling TikTok videos, so, how do we write characters with more serious addictions? We talk to Ted Perkins, a former Warner Brothers and Universal studio executive, producer, screenwriter and now author who tackles the topic in his new book Addicted In Film, for which Ted watched 100 movies in 100 days about addiction. SHOW NOTES: About the Book: www.addictedinfilm.com Buy Addicted In Film on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/addictedinfilm Ted Perkin’s Bio Ted Perkins is a former film executive at Warner Bros., and his most recent post as Head of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures where he pioneered co-production between U.S. Major studios, Spain, Latin America, China and India. He turned to screenwriting and has sold over a dozen scripts to various companies including Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate. He recently sold a TV series spec for low six figures, and has another one in development with a large production conglomerate in Europe.

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Session #159 - Matthew Gentile - writer/director of “American Murderer”

Session #159 – Matthew Gentile, writer/director of “American Murderer”

This session, we talk with writer/director Matthew Gentile about American Murderer, his new true crime thriller about FBI fugitive Jason Derek Brown. American Murderer is based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown – a charismatic con man turned party king who bankrolls his luxurious lifestyle through a series of scams. When his funds run low and his past catches up with him, he plots his most elaborate scheme yet and, in the process, becomes the FBI’s most unlikely – and elusive – top ten fugitive. UPDATE: Now available on digital and streaming at iTunes and Amazon as well as Vudu, Playstation and Roku. SHOW NOTES: Trailer: https://youtu.be/rX3logJovfQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MatthewLGentile Website: https://www.matthewgentiledirector.com IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4244841/ American Murderer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13603778

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Get It Made X Co-Founder Interview

Session #158 – Get It Made X with Co-founders Matt Boda and Sylvie Dang Boda

We get the scoop on Get It Made X, a script-to-screen program for writers to not only improve their writing, but also learn about marketing and production through group activities, meetings with industry professionals, and peer review opportunities. Co-founders Matt Boda and Sylvie Dang Boda talk about why they created the program and how it helps writers get their work made. SPECIAL PROMO CODE for Writers Group Therapy podcast listeners! Use the Code: WGT50 To get the Get It Made 30-day Trial for 50% off Regular Trial Sign up/enrollment fee: $59.99 WGT Discount: 50% off, $29.99 SHOW NOTES: GetItMade.La: https://www.getitmade.la On Twitter: https://twitter.com/GetItMade_LA On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getitmade.la/ Absurd Hero Productions: https://www.absurdheroproductions.com

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Interview with Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman

Session #157 – Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman

Nicholas Bruckman has produced and directed award-winning features, commercials and web-content for groups such as Greenpeace, Black Lives Matter and TED. His films have screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW where it won the Audience Award. His latest film “Not Going Quietly” is now streaming on Hulu. We talk storytelling in documentary formats, journalistic objectivity and more. SHOW NOTES: Nicholas’ site: https://nickny.com PeoplesTV site: https://peoples.tv Documentary website: https://www.notgoingquietlyfilm.com

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You're Dead Now What - Estate Planning for Writers

Session #156 – “Estate Planning for Writers” with author Matt Buchman

As writers, we struggle to get our work written, sold, and produced our whole careers. What we don’t hardly ever think about is, what happens after we’re gone? Our writing doesn’t stop being valuable, but who is going to take over managing it and, hopefully, continue to reap the benefits of our creativity for the length of our copyright? We discuss this with best-selling novelists Matt Buchman, writer of “Estate Planning for Writers” based on his own experiences. SHOW NOTES:Matt Buchman’s Website: http://www.mlbuchman.com

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