The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

Phillip Iscove (co-creator, Sleepy Hollow), Gloria Calderon Kellett (co-creator, the new One Day at a Time), and Dierdre Mangan (iZombie) look back on 2016 and try to find hope in the trends, movements, and good TV from this annus horribilis.

Direct download: nwp305_year.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The screenwriter of A Monster Calls, and the author of the novel on which it's based, talks about how anyone with a story can be a writer, adapting his novel, his process, his other books including the Chaos Walking series and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Doctor Who spin-off Class he created for BBC, and more.

A Monster Calls is in theaters December 23rd and throughout January.

Direct download: nwp304_ness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The actor (Silicon Valley; Big Love) and writer/director of Captain Fantastic, one of the best movies of the year, chats about stepping behind the camera, writing for actors, the biographical aspects of Captain Fantastic, and more. Seriously, stop messing around and see Captain Fantastic.

 

Direct download: nwp303_matt_ross.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The screenwriter of Arrival talks about the decade-long process of bringing that story to the screen, “hard hat jobs” he's worked on including the remake/prequel of The Thing, his directorial debut, Hours, and more.

Direct download: nwp302_heisserer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Megan Metzger (When Calls the Heart), Dave Metzger (The Blacklist), Joelle Cornett (Pure Genius), Charlotte Lewis (Faking It), and Jake Thomas (Notorious) discuss what the job entails, how they got their jobs, the best rooms, and the odd place a writers' assistant holds in a writers' room. Recorded on September 11, 2016 at Nerdmelt Theater

Direct download: nwp301_assistants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Michael Schur (creator of The Good Place; co-creator of Parks & Recreation), Damon Lindelof (co-creator, Lost, The Leftovers), Carlton Cuse (co-creator of Jack Ryan, Colony, and Bates Motel; co-showrunner, Lost), Marti Noxon (co-creator of Unreal and Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce), Douglas Petrie (co-showrunner of Daredevil and The Defenders), David Fury (Buffy; 24), Jane Espenson (Buffy; Once Upon a Time), Charles Murray (Luke Cage; Sons of Anarchy), Andrew Miller (co-creator, Secret Circle; creator of the upcoming Tremors), Andrew Reich (Friends; co-producer Dead Pilots Society), Ben Acker (co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour; Supernatural), and Heath Corson (co-host, Nerdist Comics Panel; Scream) join Ben Blacker and Writers Panel darlings Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Avatar 3) and Jeff Greenstein (Friends; co-showrunner, Will & Grace; director, Mom) to celebrate this milestone episode of the podcast!

Recorded at Largo at the Coronet on November 6, 2016.

Direct download: nwp300_300.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Blindspot creator Martin Gero chats about putting together the team, breaking story, how he uses the writers' room, his unusual hiring process, his late, beloved series LA Complex, procedurals, those tattoos, and more. Recorded at EW Popfest in Los Angeles, CA on October 29, 2016.

Direct download: nwp299_gero.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am PST

The author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and more discusses discovering young adult fiction, the invention of characters, how his stories take shape, his earnest love of The Babysitters Club books, and more; he even drops some hints about his next novel! Recorded at NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis, MN on October 14, 2016.

Direct download: nwp298_john_green.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Barbara Hall (creator of Madame Secretary, Judging Amy, and Joan of Arcadia); Joan Rater (co-creator of Doubt); Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Jenny Snyder Urman (creator of Jane the Virgin); Corinne Brinkerhoff (creator of No Tomorrow). Recorded at CBS Studios on October 5, 2016.

Direct download: nwp297_cbs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The creators of the new MTV show Mary + Jane discuss writing what they care about, their partnership and process, their breakthrough feature that led to Can't Hardly Wait, what happened after Josie & the Pussycats, and lots more.

Ben Blacker and The Writers Panel have lots of upcoming live shows and appearances, including the 300th Episode Celebration on 11/6 in LA with Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Marta Kauffman, Mike Schur, and lots more!

Direct download: nwp296_kaplan_elfont.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am PST

Writer/creators/stars Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy discuss their TruTV comedy about teachers who are less mature than their students, getting their break in TV after the success of their Denver-based sketch group The Grawlix, the remarkable Maria Thayer, and more. Season 2 of Those Who Can't is on TruTV now.

Ben Blacker and The Writers Panel have lots of upcoming live shows and appearances, including the 300th Episode Celebration on 11/6 in LA with Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Marta Kauffman, Mike Schur, and lots more!

Direct download: nwp295_those_who_cant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am PST

A double-header recorded at ATX, a Television Festival earlier this year. First, “Keeping the Romance Alive” with Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), Liz Tigelaar (showrunner, Casual; creator, Life Unexpected), Carter Covington (creator, Faking It), and Jennie Snyder Urman (creator, Jane the Virgin). How do writers keep a show going that's centered around a romance? What pitfalls can that bring, how do they keep an audience caring through the third, fourth, and fifth break ups…or even more, after the central couple commits for the long haul, or worse decides to leave the show? Moderated by Jarret Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

Then, Jarret is joined by Carina MacKenzie (The Originals) to talk about “Young Adult TV” with Tigelaar, Covington, Anna Fricke (developer, Being Human), and Rebecca Serle (Famous in Love). The creators of these “teen centered” TV shows discuss what they believe classifies a show as YA, what storylines they will and will not broach when it comes to this age range, and how they have mastered writing from the teenage perspective while garnering audiences of all ages. Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10-11, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp294_romance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Steven Moffat (Doctor Who; Sherlock), Bryan Fuller (American Gods; Star Trek; Hannibal), and Michael Green (American Gods) join Alicia Lutes (co-host/creator, Fangirling) at the “Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers” panel. Recorded at San Diego Comic Con on July 21, 2016

Direct download: nwp293_nerdist_tv.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm PST

Westworld creators Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy, Graham Yost (creator, Justified), Jonathan Tucker (actor, Justified), John Wirth (showrunner, Hell on Wheels), and Anson Mount (actor, Hell on Wheels) discuss the rich tradition of westerns on TV from iconic characters, to revenge, duels, outlaws, lawmen, and the communities they protect.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp292_western.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

A double-header recorded at ATX, a Television Festival this year. First, Ryan Condal (co-creator, Colony), Zander Lehmann (creator, Casual), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (co-creator, unREAL), and Joe Pokaski (co-creator, Underground) discuss the process of creating and/or running their own show for the first time, and learning to juggle all that having a new series entails, from pitching, to writing and producing a pilot, having their series picked up, organizing a writers room, and being paired with seasoned showrunners (or learning to become one themselves). Moderated by Tim Goodman (The Hollywood Reporter).

Then, Debra Birnbaum (Variety) talks with Hart Hanson (creator, Backstrom), Ted Griffin (creator, Terriers), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), and Kevin Falls (creator, Journeyman) about the lessons they have learned from their one-season wonders, the constantly-changing definitions of success, not compromising creative vision, and how these short-lived series have shaped their ongoing careers. Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2016.

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp291_first.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the creators, writers, and directors of web-series High Maintenance discuss their emotional writing process, keeping their trusted collaborators, the stories that interest them, and more. High Maintenance makes its premiere on HBO on September 16. All past episodes will then be available on HBOGo.

Direct download: nwp290_high_maintenance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Anna Fricke (developer, Being Human), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected), Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), John Wirth (Hell on Wheels), and Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield) discuss the process of planning and plotting a season. Moderated by Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly). Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2016.

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp289_breaking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The creator of Mr. Robot talks about how he is and isn't like his creation, writing and directing, working with his writing staff, and more.

Direct download: nwp288_esmail.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32am PST

Joanna Klein (The CW), Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Grant Gish (Fox Animation), Bryan Seabury (CBS), and Brendan Countee (Hulu) discuss their role in getting an episode from pilot script to production to ready for air. Hear their POV and goals, the factors viewers might never have considered, as they give us an inside look at creating shows from the “business” side of “show business.”

Moderated by Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter).

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp287_execs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48am PST

The writer/director of Joshy and Life After Beth talks about his new movie, his process, his script for I Heart Huckabees, and more.

Direct download: nwp286_baena.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The screenwriter of Nerve, Speak, and other features, as well as American Horror Story writer and producer, discusses writing and directing, presenting psychological states in scripts, her process, her beginnings, and more. 

Direct download: nwp285_sharzer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (creator, The Middleman), Brian Michael Bendis (creator of Jessica Jones and Powers), and Rosemary Rodriguez (director, Jessica Jones) discuss how a storyteller infuses his or her own voice into an often stylized and specific world while still satisfying a pre-existing (and passionate) fan base, adapting one highly visual format to another, and what makes TV such an appealing medium for exploring these fantastical series.

Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2016. Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp284_pulp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46am PST

After more than a decade of reporting crime from the streets of Baltimore, how did a career journalist like David Simon learn to navigate a TV writers’ room? The outcome was in no small part due to the indispensable guidance of veteran TV producer Tom Fontana. Together, they brought Simon’s realistic characterization to Homicide: Life on the Street. Separately, the two would go on to create series that defined HBO and stand out as part of the TV revolution: Oz and The Wire. Join Simon and Fontana as they reflect on their earlier and vastly different experiences in the realm of 90s broadcast TV.

Moderated by Beau Willimon (creator, House of Cards) Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 11, 2016.

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp283_simon_fontana.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood discusses the creation of his seminal HBO series, exploring death, working with actors, swinging 180 degrees for his vampire soap opera, writing American Beauty in reaction to his experiences on sit-coms like Grace Under Fire, and more.

Direct download: nwp282_alan_ball.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am PST

Norman Lear (creator of All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, One Day at a Time, and more) is interviewed by Katey Sagal (actor, Married with Children, Sons of Anarchy) following a screening of the new documentary about Lear, Just Another Version of You. Then, Lear is joined by Nahnatchka Khan (creator, Fresh Off the Boat), David Windsor (executive producer, The Real O’Neals), Phil Rosenthal (creator, Everybody Loves Raymond), and Hollis Rich (co-creator, State of Grace) for a conversation about “The New American Family” and its portrayal in TV comedies. Moderated by Variety's Debra Birnbaum. Recorded at ATX Television Festival on June 10, 2016. Plus: amazing cover of the All in the Family theme by Jean Grae and Ted Leo!

Get your badge now for ATX's sixth season, June 8-11 2017, at http://atxfestival.com/

Direct download: nwp281_lear.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38am PST

The best-selling authors of House of Secrets discuss what each of them brings to their co-writing, learning from each other, comic books, and more.

Direct download: nwp280_meltzer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34am PST

WGA vice-president David Goodman (Family Guy) and David Slack (Person of Interest; Teen Titans Go!) take a good look at the Writers Guild and discuss why writers need a union, what the union does, what was gained by the 2008 writers' strike, and how the union might improve.

Direct download: nwp279_goodman_slack.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am PST

The showrunner of Veep discusses taking over those duties in the just-aired season 5, early writing opportunities with Al Franken, his three years on Saturday Night Live, his time on Seinfeld, scripting Curb Your Enthusiasm, and lots more.

Direct download: nwp278_mandel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am PST

Head writer Matt O'Brien, Mike Sweeney, Todd Levin, Dan Cronin, Jessie Gaskill, Jose Arroyo, Leah Krinsky, Levi MacDougall, and Andres Dubouchet.

Recorded April 14, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

Direct download: nwp276_conan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Joe Pokaski (creator, Underground), Mike O'Malley (Shameless; creator, Survivor's Remorse), Stephnie Weir (MadTV; The Millers), and Hugh Sterbakov (Robot Chicken). Recorded April 24, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

Direct download: nwp275_poaski_omalley_weir_sterbakov.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The showrunner of Cinemax's Outcast (based on the Robert Kirkman comics) talks about his start in syndicated shows like Weird Science, Cleopatra 2525, and Xena, his work on Star Trek: Enterprise, moving out of genre with Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty, rooms he learned in, pitching, and more. If you're in LA, join Chris, Robert Kirkman, and cast members to watch the first two episodes of Outcast at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 1st! Outcast premieres on Cinemax on June 3rd.

Direct download: nwp274_chris_black.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am PST

The creator of Rude Awakening, Accidentally on Purpose, and How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) discusses starting out as a teen actor on Knots Landing, transitioning to stand-up comedy and then writing, heartbreaks and joys of the shows she's worked on, and lots more. Plus: hear Claudia cry when she recounts the plot of Star Trek 2.

Direct download: nwp273_lonow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The writer-director-Christmas enthusiast, whose new film The Nice Guys opens May 20, discusses his interests and process, being called a hack, success and failure, and all of his films, including Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man Three, and more.

Recorded May 1, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

Direct download: nwp272_shane_black.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Allison Baker (IDW Comics) hosts Emily Andras (creator, Wynonna Earp; Lost Girls), Amber Benson (actor, Buffy The Vampire Slayer; author, The Last Dreamkeeper), Deirdre Mangan (writer, iZombie), and Carolyn Omine (writer, The Simpsons; Full House) Recorded at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 27, 2016.

Direct download: nwp271_wondercon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The director/co-writer of Neighbors 2, director and/or co-writer of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement, Get Him to the Greek, and The Muppets, among others, discusses his start in TV, collaboration, emotional comedy, co-creating The Carmichael Show, and more. Neighbors 2 opens this Friday!

Direct download: nwp270_nick_stoller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) hosts Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead; creator, Damien), Richard Hatem (Dead of Summer; Damien; Witches of East End), Meredith Averill (Jane the Virgin; creator, Star-Crossed), Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys; Hunters; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Recorded at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 26, 2016.

Direct download: nwp269_wondercon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Filthy Preppy Teen$ co-creator Paul Scheer and writersTim Neenan (Newsreaders) and Nicole Shabtai (KirbyBuckets) discuss the new series now available on FullScreen,working on a small budget, parody, and more. 

Direct download: nwp268_filthy_preppy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Mark Altman (creator, Femme Fatales) hosts Jose Molina (Agent Carter; Firefly), Steven Melching (Star Wars: Rebels), Sarah Watson (Parenthood), Ashley Miller (Thor; X-Men: First Class), Amy Berg (Counterpart; Eureka), and Gabrielle Stanton (Haven; The Flash).

Recorded at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 26, 2016.

Direct download: nwp267_inside.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am PST

The author of the new novel The Fireman, as well as Horns, NOS4A2, and Heart-Shaped Box, the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts, and the comic book series Locke & Key talks candidly about his process, his influences, horror and genre, his famous writer parents Stephen King and Tabitha King, failure, and more.

Recorded at Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts on November 14, 2015.

Direct download: nwp266_joe_hill.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The creator of Dice and the writer of Old School, School for Scoundrels, Semi-Pro, The Hangover II, and more, discusses working with Andrew “Dice” Clay on the new Showtime series, his “cutting away” process, gathering ideas and when it's time to write, and more.

Direct download: nwp265_armstrong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Daniel Levy, the co-creator of Schitt's Creek with his father Eugene Levy (Waiting for Guffman; SCTV), discusses being a first-time showrunner, creating a happy work environment, learning from his father, and more. Schitt's Creek is now in its second season.

Direct download: nwp264_levy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Creator Chad Hodge, executive producer Donald De Line and cast members Carla Gugino and Reed Diamond discuss the first season of the hit summer series. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp263_wayward_pines.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The former Daily Show showrunner and Colbert Report co-creator discusses the daily grind of late night, his new pilots and the shows that got away, writing features, books, and TV, The Onion, Modern Family, and lots more.

Direct download: nwp262_ben_karlin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World creator Michael Jacobs is joined by cast members Ben Savage, Rowan Blanchard, and Sabrina Carpenter for a look at tween series from 1990s and the 2010’s. Moderated by TV Guide's Robyn Ross.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp261_girl_meets_world.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The creator of Life in Pieces talks about the short story structure of his sit-com, how far to push in comedy, early experiences on The Larry Sanders Show and Less Than Perfect, collaborating with his writers and cast, and lots more.

The first season finale of Life in Pieces airs on 3/31 on CBS.

Direct download: nwp260_justin_adler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Writer/executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong (Recount; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1&2) and co-executive producer/writer Wendy Calhoun (Justified; Revenge; Nashville) discuss the first season of the blockbuster series. Moderated by Buzzfeed's Jarett Wieselman.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp259_empire.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am PST

The co-creator/showrunner of Supergirl dicusses the three-shows-in-one being produced every week, balancing the “super” and the “girl,” being drawn to multi-generic television, her first job on Beverly Hills 90210, early work in comedy rooms such as It's Like, You Know and Family Guy, collaborating with Ryan Murphy on Glee and The New Normal, and with Greg Berlanti on No Ordinary Family and Supergirl, and lots more.

Direct download: nwp258_ali_adler1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Kyle Killen (creator of Awake, Lone Star, and Mind Games) returns for another look at a specific track of television production with a presentation on the testing process. Following his breakdown of the unique stage of production, Kyle is joined by Julie Plec (co-creator, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), Ben Wexler (co-creator, The Comedians), Chad Hodge (creator, Wayward Pines), and Dina Hillier (VP of Comedy Development, Paramount Television) to discuss their own experiences with focus groups and testing and how that changed his or her show.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp257_testing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Doug Petrie & Marco Ramirez (showrunners, Marvel's Daredevil); Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight movies; creator, Marvel's Jessica Jones); Jason Katims (creator, Parenthood; creator, About a Boy; Friday Night Lights); Jessica Goldberg (creator, The Path). Recorded February 21, 2016 at the 826LA space in Los Angeles.

Direct download: nwp256_dd_jj_path.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Marta Kauffman (co-creator, Friends), Ron Cowen & Dan Lipman (developers, Queer as Folk [US]), and Graham Yost (creator, Justified) discuss the pressure, the satisfaction, the luxury, and pain of wrapping up their stories, the weight that comes with deciding the final shot, satisfying a viewer while doing the characters justice, and more. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Editor in Chief Henry Goldblatt.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp255_final_finale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The writers of The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, as well as Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flint, and more discuss how the ten-episode OJ story is different to writing a feature, its Dickensian appeal, writing real people, rebranding after their first feature, Problem Child, formatting, and lots more.

Direct download: nwp254_people_oj.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Kevin Williamson (creator, Dawson's Creek, The Following; Scream; co-creator, The Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, more) and Julie Plec (co-creator The Vampire Diaries, The Originals; creator, Containment) look back over their working relationship, where it started and what they’ve learned from each other when it comes to navigating their way through Hollywood, co-creating a hit TV show, and running multiple shows at once. Moderated by Carina MacKenzie (writer, The Originals).

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp253_williamson_plec.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am PST

Creator/star Will Forte (Saturday Night Live; MacGruber), showrunner Andy Bobrow (Community) and writers Tim McAuliffe, Erica Rivinoja, Erik Durbin, Matt Marshall, Kira Kalush, Dave Noel, and John Solomon. The Last Man On Earth returns on March 6th on Fox!

Direct download: nwp252_last_man.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Ever wonder how your favorite series was pitched in the room? Hear directly from showrunners/creators how they pitched their original series ideas, plus executives that have heard some of the most iconic pitches. They discuss the factors that affected the original pitch, the pilot, and the ultimate series, and why certain changes may have been made to get their story onto your TV. With Dan Harmon (creator, Community), Michael Jacobs (creator, Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World), producer Mark Johnson (Rectify; Breaking Bad), and HBO Director of Programming Kathleen McCaffrey.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp251_pitch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Kenya Barris (creator, Black-ish); Jonathan Groff (co-showrunner, Black-ish; creator, Andy Barker PI); Mike Scully (The Simpsons; Parks & Recreation; Everybody Loves Raymond); Lilla Zuckerman & Nora Zuckerman (Suits; Haven; Fringe).

Recorded at 826LA on January 24, 2016.

Direct download: nwp250_barriss_groff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Traditional seasons are a thing of the past. With new content available to viewers at all times, and the distance between seasons being anywhere from 6 weeks to 22 months, there is a new reality that TV is a year-round industry. It's discussed by Noah Hawley (creator, Fargo), Beau Willimon (creator, House of Cards), Mickey Fisher (creator, Extant), and Graeme Manson (co-creator, Orphan Black).

Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman. Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp249_unseasonable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The Survivor host and showrunner, screenwriter, director, producer, and author discusses storytelling in all of its forms, learning by doing, finding big drama in small, personal moments, collaborating, honesty, and lots more.

The new season of Survivor begins February 17 on CBS!

Direct download: nwp248_probst.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The new showrunner of The Muppets discusses taking the reigns on that show, working with felt, jokes and heart, starting out as writers' assistant and her first job on That 70's Show, and her work on The Neighbors, Galavant, and more.

Direct download: nwp247_newman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PST

Creator Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights; Red Road) discusses the new Hulu series based upon the Stephen King novel. She talks about her enthusiasm for the project, working with King, JJ Abrams, and James Franco, drawing out the themes that interested her, honesty in the writers' room, and lots more. 11/22/63 premieres on Hulu on Presidents Day, February 15th.

Live Writers Panels coming up in LA!

-2/21 at 826LA in Echo Park: Daredevil showrunners Douglas Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Marco Ramirez (Fear the Walking Dead); Melissa Rosenberg (creator/showrunner, Jessica Jones; writer, Twilight films); Jason Katims (creator, Parenthood and About a Boy; showrunner, Friday Night Lights; EP, The Path); Jessica Goldberg (creator, The Path). 

-2/23 at Meltdown in Hollywood: Last Man on Earth with creator/star Will Forte, showrunner Andy Bobrow, and more! Sneak preview of a new episode! 

 

Direct download: nwp246_11_22_63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Creators/executive producers Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland, and writer/producer Ryan Ridley. Moderated by Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum.

Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp245_rick_morty.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am PST

Charles Randolph, co-writer of The Big Short, discusses grappling with difficult or multiple concepts, zeroing in on characters, his background as a philosophy professor, The Life of David Gale, and more.

Direct download: nwp244_big_short.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46am PST

Dawson's Creek writers room reunion with creator Kevin Williamson (Scream; The Following), Jenny Bicks (The Big C; creator, Men In Trees), Paul Stupin (Switched at Birth), Rob Thomas (creator, Veronica Mars; co-creator, iZombie), Gina Fattore (Californication; Gilmore Girls), and Anna Fricke (creator, Being Human [US]). Moderated by Julie Plec (co-creator, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Contagion). Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Direct download: nwp243_dawsons_creek.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Outsiders creator Peter Mattei discusses his new WGN America series, the ups-and-downs of writing for TV, his background as a playwright and visual artist, writing without a map, and more. Outsiders premieres on WGN America on January 26th.

Direct download: nwp242_mattei.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine (Jericho; Human Target) and executive producer Dan Shotz discuss the creation and execution of the Starz pirate action-drama, finding the show's tone, their insane production schedule, their collaborators, and more.

The third season of Black Sails premieres on Starz on January 23rd.

Direct download: nwp241_black_sails.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

From the JHRTS (Junior Hollywood Radio & TV Society) event August 2015, Sony EVPs of drama development Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter talk about rising through the studio ranks, speaking the language of writers, developing material they believe in, allowing for creative vision, and lots more.

Direct download: nwp240_jhrts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Co-creators Carlton Cuse (Lost; co-creator of The Strain, Bates Motel) and Ryan Condal (Hercules film) and star Josh Holloway (Lost; Intelligence) discuss the new USA series including the importance of family, the show's creation, colonization, and more.

Recorded at NY Comic Con on October 9, 2015.

Colony premieres on USA on January 14th.

Direct download: nwp239_colony.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

The co-writer of Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Blade, and more; creator of TV's Da Vinci's Demons, Constantine, and Flashforward; and producer of the upcoming The Forest (among others) discusses the role of a film producer, his process, getting into the heads of iconic characters, the weird road to Blade, and lots more.

The Forest is in theaters January 8th.

Direct download: nwp238_david_goyer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

1