“Blindspotting” creator/writer/producer/director/actor Rafael Casal (Miles) talks about how touring with his music and poetry transformed into telling stories about his community in Oakland, CA in the award-winning Starz series.Listen Now
Session #161 – Is Hollywood Imploding?
It’s been a rough few weeks across Hollywood at studios such as Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, G4 and others. From layoffs to total shutdowns, we take a look at recent turmoil and how it might affect writers. SHOW NOTES:Listen Now
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 ShowListen Now
Session #124 – Interview with Kelley Carter – Entertainment Journalist and Executive Producer
We interview Kelley Carter, the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” about her career, starting from her days at Michigan State University, to the Detroit Free Press and USA Today and now creating a scripted drama for Showtime.Listen Now
Session #121 – Weird American Film & TV Tropes
American movies and TV shows are watched around the world, but to others, we do some weird stuff. For this lighter session, we analyze the depiction of Americans in entertainment based on the Buzzfeed list “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American.”Listen Now
Session #103 – Interview with Daybreak Writer/Executive Producer Aron Eli Coleite & More
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.Listen Now
Session #96 – 2019 Pilot Season Analysis
Tom and Rachanee take a writer’s high-level look at the 2019 pilot season to see how diversity is doing, what’s trending, what’s not, and what’s new again.Listen Now
Session #93 – Should you write a reboot?
With studios more risk adverse to original ideas and seemingly rebooting anything under the sun, should you write a reboot?Listen Now
Session #87 – Jump the Shark
It’s not everyday that a TV show makes it to four seasons, let alone seven, or 10, or even, as record holder The Simpsons currently stands, 30. In this session, we discuss what makes a show go the distance. Why doesn’t it “jump the shark”?Listen Now
Session #72 – Interview with Writer/Producer Steve Spalding
We welcome Steve Spalding to our group session this week. Steve is a writer and producer from Florida whose TV pilot, “The Many Lives of Ann Winters,” was one of five winning pilots in the Playstation Emerging Filmmaker ProgramListen Now