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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Session #155 - What Hollywood Did On Our Summer Vacation

Session #155 – What Hollywood Did On Our Summer Vacation

The doctors (not real doctors) are in, again. We’re back from our Summer break and kicking off our 6th year with a look at all the recent stories in the news that impact Hollywood and writers including Roe v. Wade, inflation and supply chain woes, YouTube TV, CA Tax incentives, and more. SHOW NOTES: THR: One Big Reason Hollywood Hasn’t Begun Boycotting States Over Abortion Access THR: California Readies $1.65B Film/TV Tax Credit to Draw Productions From Anti-Abortion States THR: Digital Creators Rethink Hollywood As Some Push to Work On Their Own Terms THR: Hollywood Aims to Trim Production Costs Amid Inflation Surge, Supply Chain Pain THR: YouTube Takes Live TV Market Share as Streaming War Escalates Gamespot: Video Game Spending is down 13% year of year a drop of $1.71 billion

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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.

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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.

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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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