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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Pilot Season 2022

Session #152 – WGT’s Annual Pilot Season Analysis – It’s a Wild, Wild Pilot Season

Are the broadcast networks just going through the motions this pilot season? With each having its own streamer, are we seeing the last days of the traditional pilot season? What does this mean for writers? And Tom remembers the days of Saturday morning cartoon pilot season. SHOW NOTES: Tom was wrong, “The X-Files” was not a mid-season replacement show. The first season was a full 24 episodes running from September 1993-May 1994. It was a Friday night show, which were shows that weren’t expected to do that well, hence the slot was often called the “Friday night death slot.” Deadline Pilot Panic Disney Trims $1B in content spending Pilot Season Hits New Low as Broadcast Shifts Towards Streaming Model Broadcast TV Scorecard 2022

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Is filler episode dead?

Session #142 – Quantity vs quality. Is filler episode dead?

With shorter and shorter seasons, accelerated by streamers with big budget, high-quality event shows, has the era of 24 episode season containing the inevitable filler episode come to an end? And how would this change impact writers? SHOW NOTES:  NY Times: Streaming TV’s Boom Is a Mixed Blessing for Some Hollywood Writers Vulture.com: The Business of Too Much TV 9 Best Clip Show Episodes On TV, Ranked According To IMDb Wikipedia: The Clip Show

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Horror Writer Jason Goldberg

Session #132 – Jason Goldberg – Rising Star Horror Writer and Producer

Rising star writer/producer Jason Goldberg discusses his career development and writing process. His new film “Stay Out of the F***ing Attic” is streaming on Shudder and his name is on The Launch Pad Young & Hungry List and ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List. SHOW NOTES: Find Jason online onFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottgoldberg83IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2661125Shudder: https://www.shudder.com About Jason: Jason Goldberg is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. Horror is his genre of choice and has 15 completed feature screenplays and 3 television series that have placed in top writing competitions, including Nicholl, Final Draft’s Big Break and Screencraft Horror. Jason landed on The Launch Pad’s Young & Hungry List (2018), The Launch Pad’s Hit List (2018), and ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List in 2019. He sold “Stay Out of the F*cking Attic” to Top Dead Center Films, which will be hitting Shudder in Q1 2021 and his Hit List script, “Flatwoods” will be going into production summer 2021, with Andy Palmer attached to direct. He’s currently producing a cosmic horror film with a-list talent attached, while pushing his own material. 

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Interview with Jeff Deverett

Session #129 – Writing movies for the streaming market with writer/producer/director Jeff Deverett.

We speak with writer, producer and director Jeff Deverett about writing movies for the growing streaming market and how his experience, as a lawyer and distributor helped in producing seven movies and distributing three of them on Netflix. Jeff Deverett is a producer, director, writer, and actor known for Full Out 2: You Got This! (2020), ism (2019), The Samuel Project (2018), Kiss & Cry (2017), Full Out (2015), King of the Camp (2008) and My Brother’s Keeper (2004). Jeff’s successful film and TV career began with distribution with New World Entertainment, Astral Communications, Anchor Bay Entertainment and his own company, Deverett Media Group. SHOW NOTES:Deverettmedia.com: https://www.deverettmedia.comHow To Get A Movie On Netflix – Jeff Deverett

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