The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker
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TV Year in Review part 2 with Josh Friedman (Avatar sequel; creator, Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jeff Greenstein (director, Mom; Will & Grace), and Cathryn Humphris (Elementary).

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With Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), Andrew Miller (creator, Secret Circle), and Aaron Ginsburg (Finder; Intelligence).

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Featuring Tom Verica (Scandal), Dave Semel (American Horror Story), and Rob Schrab (Childrens Hospital). A look at directors of episodic television. They say that TV is a writer’s medium…as opposed to film that is a director’s medium. If that’s true, then what does that mean for the director of a TV series? Hear from veteran and new directors of episodic television on how they manage, what they see their role as, the rewards, and the struggles of directing television. Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson.

Recorded at ATX 2013.

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Ashley Miller (Thor; X-Men: First Class), Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks; 50 Shades of Gray); and Kell Cahoon (Psych; Just Shoot Me; NewsRadio). Recorded live at the Austin Film Festival on October 24, 2013.

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Mark Protosevich (The Cell; I Am Legend) talks about adapting Oldboy—directed by Spike Lee, in theaters this week—from the Korean original, feature adaptations, and lots more.

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Recorded at NY Comic Con, it's a look behind the curtain of the mega-popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale with creator Joseph Fink, co-writer Jeffrey Cranor, voice of Night Vale radio Cecil Baldwin, and guest star Mara Wilson.

Plus: Correspondent Liz Hara interviews master puppet builder Rollie Krewson at the Sesame Street workshop. And, a HostGator ad!

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Head-writer Opus Moreschi (Craig Kilborn; Li'l Bush) and writers Eric Drysdale (The Daily Show), Nate Charny, Michael Brumm, Meredith Scardino, and Aaron Cohen discuss how the show is put together, writing jokes, and just how good Stephen Colbert really is. Sitting in on the discussion is NBC Sports field producer Lena Moss.

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Head-writer/puppeteer Joey Mazzarino and writers John Weidman, Christine Ferraro, Belinda Ward, and Molly Boylan tell Ben how to get, how to get to Sesame Street in this bonus-sized episode which also includes a visit to the Muppet Workshop and brief interviews with puppet wrangler Lara McLean, costumer Connie Peterson, and puppet designer Rollie Krewson.

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“Actors Roundtable” from ATX Television Festival: Some of today’s leading episodic actors talk about the ups and downs of their TV careers. With Joshua Malina (Scandal), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), Devon Gummersall (My So-Called Life), Nick Wechsler (Revenge, Roswell), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie). Moderated by Evan Miller. Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 9, 2013.

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Showrunners and Creators panel from ATX Television Festival. Michael Rauch, Andrew Lenchewski, Dmitry Lipkin, Tim Doyle, Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce, Dan Bucatinsky. Moderated by Andrew Miller.

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Michael Jacobs' first foray into TV was a home run with creation of the iconic '80s series Charles in Charge, and he didn't stop there, as he went on to create some of the most recognizable series in the 1980s and 1990s: My Two Dads, The Torkelsons, Dinosaurs, and Boy Meets World. He also produced the four-time Oscar nominated feature film Quiz Show (about the 1950s TV quiz show scandal). Now Michael is back with the highly anticipated series Girl Meets World, which will reunite Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World and take a look on how their daughter handles adolescence. In conversation with Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com), Michael relives his journey in television, from creating and writing to his wealth of stories of the industry, talent, and TVs history.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival in the Stephen F. Austin ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 6, 2013.

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Mythology panel from ATX Television Festival. Remi Aubuchon (creator, Caprica), Richard Hatem (Grimm; The Gates), Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time), Dmitry Lipkin (creator, The Riches and Hung), and Winnie Holzman (creator, My So-Called Life) discuss creating the world and rules of a show.

Moderated by Todd VanDerWerff (AV Club).

Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin, TX, on June 7, 2013.

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BONUS EPISODE: Enlisted panel from ATX Television Festival. All about the new Fox army sibling comedy, with its creator Kevin Biegel (co-creator, Cougar Town), executive producer Mike Royce (Men of  a Certain Age), and stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young, and Angelina Cabral.

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Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, recorded at ATX Television Festival.

Recorded at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, on June 8, 2013.

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“Structure of a Sitcom and Rise of the Anti-Sitcom” panel from ATX Television Festival: Dan Harmon (creator, Community), Paul Scheer (creator, NTSF:SD:SUV), Dave Finkel (New Girl; 30 Rock), Tim Doyle (Last Man Standing), and Rob Schrab (director, Mindy Project, Childrens Hospital) discuss the rise of new-comedy formats and the changing rules of writing comedy.

Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson. 

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A chat with the writers/creators of the awesome and hilarious new Yahoo series, Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Jeremy Konner (Drunk History). The 12-episode paranormal procedural was directed by Konner and co-produced by Jack Black's Electric Dynamite and Shine America. It debuted yesterday. It is seriously great.

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Pitch-Pilot-Pick Up panel from ATX Television Festival: Julie Plec (showrunner, Vampire Diaries; co-creator/showrunner, The Originals), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killen (creator, Mind Games, Awake, and Lone Star), Chris Keyser (creator, Party of Five), Bryan Seabury (VP Drama Development at CBS), Corey Marsh (Manager of Current Programming at Disney Channel), and Charlie Ebersol (producer, the Hochberg Ebersol Co.) discuss the beginning stages of a TV series from the pitch, to filming the pilot, to finally waiting on pins and needles to hear if a pilot was given a shot to make it into your living rooms.

Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin, TX, on June 8, 2013.

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Veronica Mars's Rob Thomas and Chris Lowell, live from ATX Television Festival.

Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 9, 2013.

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BONUS EPISODE: An in-depth chat with Davey Holmes (Awake; Shameless; Law & Order; Pushing Daisies) about his 2013 pilot Boomerang, pitching, finding your voice, and more. (Note: this interview was recorded before the network upfronts, so Boomerang's fate was still undecided. Ultimately Fox didn't pick up the show to series).

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The Jaws Summer Special! End your summer talking Jaws, comedy, and more with Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (The Smothers Brothers; The Jerk) and Jaws enthusiast Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang).

Recorded live at Nerdmelt on August 4, 2013.

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Comedy Bang Bang! From ATX Television Festival, a chat with CBB creator and Earwolf network co-founder Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns) and CBB's head writer Neil Campbell.

Recorded at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, on June 8, 2013.

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100th episode spectacular! Live from Largo at the Coronet, in conjunction with Fast Company magazine, an all-star line-up with Vince Gilligan (creator, Breaking Bad), Greg Daniels (creator, King of the Hill; developer, the Office; co-creator, Parks and Recreation); Carlton Cuse (Lost; Bates Motel; The Strain; creator, Nash Bridges); Liz Meriweather (creator, the New Girl); with TV-inspired songs by Sara Watkins!

Recorded at Largo at the Coronet on June 4, 2013 as an event sponsored by Fast Company magazine to benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program. Pick up Sara Watkins' newest album, Sun Midnight Sun, on iTunes or at SaraWatkins.com. It's really good.

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A fun chat with writers/comics/actors/producers Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme of comedy brand Broken Lizard (Supertroopers; Beer Fest). Check out Kevin and Steve's new webseries at http://www.brokenlizard.com/

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#98 An in-depth chat with author Arthur Phillips (The Tragedy of Arthur; The Egyptologist; Prague) about Shakespeare, making work of writing, unreliable narrators, and more. Recorded at a cafe in Brooklyn on May 11, 2013. There is a lot of background noise in this interview! You are warned! It gets a bit better halfway through, but Arthur had such great things to say, that we wanted to make sure this got to you, dear listener.

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JG Quintel (creator, The Regular Show); Alex Hirsch (creator, Gravity Falls).

Recorded May 19, 2013. As of today The Regular Show seasons 1 and 2 are available on DVD and Blu ray!

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The team behind the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, including co-creator Bernie Su, writers Margaret Dunlap, Rachel Kiley, and Kate Rorick, and writer/transmedia mastermind Jay Bushman.

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Rebecca Sinclair (90210; Gilmore Girls; Buffy), Greg Malins (Friends; How I Met Your Mother; 2 Broke Girls), and Mark O’Keefe (The Weird Al Show; News Radio; Bruce Almighty). Recorded March 24, 2013.

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Greg Daniels (developer, The Office; co-creator, Parks and Recreation; creator, King of the Hill); Jessica Goldstein and Chrissy Pietrosh (Cougar Town; My Name Is Earl).

Recorded April 28, 2013.

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Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel; Lost; The Strain); Michael Schur (co-creator, Parks and Recreation); JJ Philbin (New Girl; The OC; Gilmore Girls).

Recorded April 21, 2013

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Graham Yost, creator and showrunner of Justified.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/ and on newsstands now.

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Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland, executive producer of three 2013 pilots.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people// and on newsstands now.

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BONUS EPISODE with Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, showrunners of Key & Peele.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online now at http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/  and is available on newsstands next week.

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Vince Gilligan, creator and showrunner of Breaking Bad.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/ and on newsstands now.

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BONUS EPISODE with Callie Khouri, creator of Nashville.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/ and on newsstands now.

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An in-depth chat with Jason Fuchs about the work he did on the ABC/Disney pilot Big Thunder, the animated feature Ice Age: Continental Drift, being a child actor, and lots more. (Note: this interview was recorded before the network upfronts, so Big Thunder's fate was still undecided. Ultimately ABC didn't pick up the show to series).

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Liz Meriweather, Brett Baer and Dave Finkel, creator and showrunners of the New Girl.

As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/ and on newsstands now.

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An in-depth chat with Adam F. Goldberg about his varied writing career on such projects as indie feature Fanboys, childrens' entertainments The Muppets Wizard of Oz and WordGirl, network comedies Breaking In, Community, and others, and his new pilot, The Goldbergs.

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An in-depth chat with Ryan Condal who is currently adapting the comic series The 6th Gun for NBC and Hercules: The Thracian Wars for Paramount, MGM, and director Brett Ratner.

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Nicholas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton (creators, Numb3ers), Taylor Elmore (Justified), and Michael Gilvary (Chicago Fire; Breakout Kings). Recorded March 17, 2013.

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The creators of Husbands, the series, Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time; Buffy; Caprica) and Brad Bell (“Cheeks”), have written a wonderful series for Dark Horse Comics, and it is finally released in collected, hardcover form! Join Jane, Brad, and Husbands co-star Sean Hemeon as they discuss bringing their web-series creation to comics, the next season of Husbands, stage a reading from the comic, and more!

Recorded April 14, 2013.

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An in depth chat with the writers/directors/creators of Comedy Central's Kroll Show, Nick Kroll, Jonathan Krisel, and John Levenstein, about bringing characters to TV, building worlds, what's funny, and lots more. Recorded March 10, 2013.

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Andy Bobrow (Community; Malcolm in the Middle); Emily Halpern (The Unit; Private Practice); Gideon Yago (The Newsroom); Max Winkler (writer/director, Ceremony; director, New Girl, New Normal). Recorded February 17, 2013.

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A chat with author Bob Harris (Prisoner of Trebekistan) about his new book on micro-loans The International Bank of Bob. We talk about doing good to feel good, emotional writing, the business of books, advice from Joss Whedon, and lots more. Check out Bob's book at http://bank-of-bob.com/

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An in-depth interview with Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (Dilbert; Son of the Beach; Just Shoot Me) about their new, autobiographical pilot Joe and Joe and Jane, their writing partnership, what's funny, and lots more.

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Bill Prady (co-creator, The Big Bang Theory); Donick Cary (New Girl; Bored to Death; former head-writer, Late Show with David Letterman); Stephen Scaia (Human Target; Jericho; adapting Y: The Last Man for feature film). Recorded February 10, 2013.

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Live from the Jonathan Coulton Cruise! Bill Corbett (Rifftrax; Mystery Science Theater 3000) hosts author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War), singer/songwriter John Roderick (The Long Winters), Josh Cagan (Geek and Sundry's Learning Town), web-comic wrier/artist Randall Munroe (XKCD), writer/comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Comedy of Doom), singer/songwriter Molly Lewis, and guitarist/songwriter Adam Bernstein. Recorded aboard the “Freedom of the Seas” Royal Caribbean ship for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 on February 15, 2013.

Bill would like to thank Sara Scrimshaw who volunteered to record this panel, and I (Ben) would like to thank Bill for offering it for podcast!

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An in-depth chat with writer/director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) about movies, plays, working on FX's Terriers, David Mamet, and her new pilot, Assistance.

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Live from San Francisco! Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay; Telegraph Avenue); Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil; Sunnyside); Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon; co-founder of Image Comics); Joshua Davis (The Underdog).

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Nerdist Comics Panel backdoor pilot. The spin-off podcast is coming soon. For now, enjoy this chat with its hosts Ben Blacker, Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds of other favorite characters), Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond, Hench; animation including Teen Titans, Voltron Force, and lots more), and Heath Corson (web-series Aim High; upcoming, top-secret WB animated films).

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An in-depth chat with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (Invincible; Super Dinosaur; Thief of Thieves) about the formation of his Skybound imprint at Image Comics, his process for breaking story, choices he's made for his characters, zombies vs. walkers, and lots more.

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American Horror Story: Asylum in review! Executive producer Tim Minear and co-exec producers Jennifer Salt, and Jessica Sharzer on the incredible second season of the FX horror-drama-comedy-musical (“The Name Game?”), what went right and wrong, a look inside the writers' room, and what's next.

Recorded January 24, 2013.

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Marlon Wayans. Recorded January 16th, 2013

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BJ Novak (The Office); Elaine Ko (Modern Family; Family Guy); and Kevin Shinick (developer, MAD; Robot Chicken). Recorded November 11, 2012.

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2012 in review, part 2! Join some MORE of our favorite panelists—Join some MORE of our favorite panelists—Aaron Ginsburg (Do No Harm; Finder) and John Ross Bowie (from Big Bang Theory, who sold two pilots this year)—as they talk about what they learned this year, what a strange year it was, and what they're looking forward to in 2013. Recorded December 5, 2012.

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