Maggie Cohn Showrunner of HBOMax’s “The Staircase”

Session #153 – Interview with Maggie Cohn Showrunner of HBOMax’s “The Staircase”

This session, we have with us Maggie Cohn, one of the show runners and writers of The Staircase, the new HBOMax true crime series. Maggie won a Golden Globe for writing and producing American Crime Story: Versace and previously co-executive produced Narcos. SHOW NOTES:Official Trailer“The Staircase” on HBOMax“The Staircase” on IMDB

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Heir of Memory & Shadow

Session #150 – “Heir of Memory & Shadow” – Kingdom Legacy Series Book #2

Our own Rachanee Lumayno takes the hot seat to discuss the release of “Heir of Memory & Shadow” Book #2 of the Kingdom Legacy YA Fantasy series. We discuss was it like writing a second book in a series, self-publishing and marketing the books and what’s next in the Kingdom. SHOW NOTES: Heir of Memory and Shadow (Book #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736181130 Heir of Amber and Fire (Book #1): https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Amber-Fire-Kingdom-Legacy-ebook/dp/B08YR3JZY5 Website: https://www.rachanee.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachaneelumayno TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rachaneelumayno Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachaneelumayno/

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Writing for Games with David Bergantino

Session #149 – Writing for Games with David Bergantino

David Bergantino shares his 30 years of interactive storytelling with companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. David’s company, Cold Room Entertainment, recently released “Dying Light 2.” David is also a novelist with 11 novels, including the novelization of Wes Craven’s “New Nightmare.” SHOW NOTESDying Light 2: https://dl2.dyinglightgame.comCold Room Entertainment: coldroomentertainment.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-bergantino-98110686/FaceBook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/DavidBergantino

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Interview with Lauryn Kahn - “Fresh” Screenwriter

Session #147 – Interview with Lauryn Kahn – “Fresh” Screenwriter

In this session, we talk with Lauryn Kahn, the screenwriter of “Fresh,” the new indie thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that took Sundance by storm. The film, produced by Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”) and Searchlight Pictures, was acquired by Hulu. SPOILER ALERT! This interview contains pretty much all the big spoilers. So go watch the movie first on Hulu. SHOW NOTES:“Fresh” is available to stream on HuluLauryn on IG: https://www.instagram.com/laurynkahn/Lauryn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/youdonknowme Fresh premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2022, and is scheduled to be released on March 4, 2022, on Hulu by Searchlight Pictures. Indiewire

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Paul Kalburgi - The Writer’s Toolkit

Session #146 – Interview with Paul Kalburgi – Writer and host of The Writer’s Toolkit book and podcast

Paul Kalburgi is a British screenwriter, playwright and TV producer, as well as author and podcast host of the book and podcast The Writer’s Toolkit. He discusses his journey as a writer, his process and the tools he uses in his craft. SHOW NOTES:Paul online:Website & The Writers Toolkit: https://www.paulkalburgi.com/thewriterstoolkitbookTW: https://twitter.com/PaulKalburgiIG: https://www.instagram.com/paulkalburgi/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJxb9iS3qEkbTmFe4vKn0Qg Guest host Sam Gasch’s Ideal Remake podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideal-remake/id1298864585Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamGasch

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Ken Atchity - The Story Merchant

Session #145 – Interview with The Story Merchant Ken Atchity

This session, we have the multitalented Ken Atchity, a best-selling author, producer, literary manger, professor and editor who aptly goes by the moniker The Story Merchant. He got his B.A. at Georgetown, his Ph.D. at Yale. He was a tenured professor of comparative literature at Occidental College and a distinguished instructor at UCLA Writers program. He’s worked in publishing and filmmaking and is a member of the TV Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Producer’s Guild. SHOW NOTES: Ken’s Blog: www.kenatchityblog.com “Writing Treatments that Sell”: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Treatments-That-Sell-Industry/dp/0805072780 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryMerchant/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storymerchanthttps://www.instagram.com/atchityproductionshttps://www.instagram.com/ken_atchity Twitter: https://twitter.com/storymerchanthttps://twitter.com/kennja

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Screenwriter James Vanderbilt

Session #144 – Interview with “Scream” screenwriter James Vanderbilt

This session, we’re excited to have with us James Vanderbilt, a screenwriter and producer with over 20 years of major feature film experience including blockbusters such as White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and, one of Tom’s favorites, The Rundown. He is also the Chief Content Officer of Project X Entertainment. SHOW NOTES:James on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jamesthevanProject X Entertainment: https://www.projectxentertainment.comScream movie website: https://www.screammovie.com

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Interview with “Eternals” Screenwriting Team Kaz & Ryan Firpo

Session #139 – Interview with “Eternals” Screenwriting Team Kaz & Ryan Firpo

This session, we chat with cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo who teamed up as screenwriters and filmmakers and discuss their separate journeys, writing Marvel’s “Eternals” and their other upcoming projects. Show Notes: Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.firpo/ Kaz on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazfirpo/ Eternals: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9032400

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Session 138 - A Moving Interview with Tom

Session #138 – A Moving Interview with Tom

The end of an era. Tom is leaving Los Angeles and heading back to Cleveland, Ohio. We discuss his nine years in Hollywood, what he accomplished, learned, and what he’s taking with him to continue screenwriting outside of Tinsel Town. SHOW NOTES:Literary Cleveland: https://www.litcleveland.orgCleveland Film Commission: https://www.clevelandfilm.comCleveland Indie Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clevelandindieclub

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Interview with Zimran Jacob

Session #137 – Zimran Jacob, Screenwriter & “Punisher” Showrunner’s Assistant

In this session, we talk with Zimran Jacob, writer and showrunner’s assistant on shows including “Narcos,” “The Punisher,” and “Hannibal.” He delves into his path to becoming a writer and what it takes to be an effective showrunner’s assistant. SHOW NOTES:Zimran on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/zimranjacobInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/zimmydreamsofmoviesIMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5900463/ UCLA Extension Writing ProgramScript AnatomyRoadmap WritersWAN Writers Workshop

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