Nerdist Writers Panel

Co-creator/showrunner Bob Fisher (Traffic Light) and actor Kevin Bigley of the USA half-hour program Sirens chat about how the show is made, shooting in Chicago, comedy they love, and lots more. Season 2 of Sirens premieres tonight on USA!

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Nell Scovell, creator of the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch series, has been in the business for thirty years and has worked with such luminaries as David Letterman, the Smothers Brothers, and more. She's been on the staff of such shows as Newhart, Coach, Murphy Brown, Charmed, NCIS, and Warehouse 13, and she co-wrote the seminal women-at-work book Lean In with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Nell talks about ALL of this, as well as gives great advice to writers starting out.

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Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt's new book, Silver Screen Fiend, is out now. In this chat with author, humorist, and actor John Hodgman, Patton talks about how the book came to be, his love of movies, comedy, and lots more. 

Recorded at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, NY, on January 6, 2014. Enormous special thanks to Rachael Berkey for her assistance in recording.

 

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The creator of Hart of Dixie, which begins its fourth season this Friday (January 9), talks about creating the show, being a first-time showrunner, working with the CW, creating the show as a response to her time on Gossip Girl, as well as how she broke in, her early jobs on The OC and Life As We Know It, and lots more.

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Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more beloved characters), Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), and Adam Beechen (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) convene to discuss the year in comics and comics-related media. They talk about the “building year” that was 2014, what translations of comics worked on the big and small screen, where comics storytelling might be going, and books, writers, and artists they couldn't get enough of this year.

Also: Blacker talks about changes to the podcast!

 

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Our old pals Josh Friedman (showrunner, The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Avatar sequel), Aaron Ginsburg (The 100; Intelligence; The Good Guys), and Emily Halpern (co-creator, Trophy Wife) discuss the difficulty in getting things made in 2014, the buying trend of established brands, comedies that work, Serial, the Dorothy Problem, the Doughnut Hole Problem, and lots more in this year-end wrap up. Also: Ben Blacker talks about changes to the podcast!

 

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Our own original Fantastic Four: Ben Blacker (Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and Beyond Belief ), Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), comic legend Len Wein (Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Stegron) and Adam Beechen (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) join together in this action-packed episode to discuss product placement in comic books, the influx of comic movies, the necessity of cons to today’s comic writer, attendee’s questions AND Len gets lunch delivered!  It’s a can’t miss, people!

 

This podcast was recorded live on Nov 1st at Comikaze in Los Angeles.  

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Since starting out as an assistant on Freaks and Geeks and her first staff writer job on Undeclared, Jenni Konner has gone on to write and produce shows for network television and cable. She's now the co-showrunner of HBO's Girls with show creator Lena Dunham. Jenni talks about how the Girls room works, what she's learned from Judd Apatow, the fun of punch-up sessions, and lots more.

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Artist/Creator/Director Rob Prior (Heavy Metal; Spawn the Impaler; Terminator 2: Nuclear Twilight) joins Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) and Adam Beechen (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) to chat about his first gigs as an underage poseur painting monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, painting on stage with Tek9 and how he taught himself to paint simultaneously with two hands.  Oh, and by the way, Rob’s painting the entire time that we’re talking to him. 

This podcast was recorded live on Nov 1st at Comikaze in Los Angeles. 

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Ben Queen (creator, A to Z), Kim Shumway (The 100; Dallas), Deirdre Mangan (I, Zombie). Getting back to our “panel” roots by throwing together three writers from different backgrounds and experiences to talk about the business and process of writing for TV!

 

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