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August 9, 2019
David Skelly (The Muppets, Splash and Bubbles, Word Party) and Jennifer Skelly (My Little Pony, The Lion Guards, Motown Magic) return to the podcast to talk about writing and creating TV for pre-school and elementary age audiences.
August 2, 2019
Maura Chanz, Michelle Flowers and Clarissa Kern have turned their jobs assisting show-runners and producers into major stepping stones to a writing and producing career.
July 26, 2019
Writer Rachel Kaplan talks about what she’s learned in the writer’s room of the popular, animated comedy BoJack Horseman.
July 19, 2019
Writer and editor Ayser Salman returns to talk about how she turned real life experiences into a comic memoir and pitch for a tv series.
July 12, 2019
Filmmakers Sterling Macer Jr, Chris Molinaro and Jeremy Walton share their “dos” and “don'ts” about making movies cheaply, independently and with integrity.
July 5, 2019
Years of creating high quality content is paying off for writer Jude Roth. Hear what she’s learned from taking meetings and obtaining high quality representation.
June 28, 2019
Filmmaker Alex Ferrari talks about the “hustle” of independent filmmaking and the personal experiences that led him to write his new book, Shooting for the Mob.
June 21, 2019
Shaun Cassidy (New Amsterdam, Emerald City, American Gothic) went from pop star to rockstar writer. Here he digs into the process of the writers’ room and reveals his personal inspiration for finding story. A must-listen.
June 14, 2019
TV executive Rev. Karen Frost talks about her path in Hollywood and her current role as creative executive at Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions.
June 7, 2019
Carnegie Mellon graduates Tommar Wilson and Beth Crosby reunited in an On the Page screenwriting class. Although Tommar performs on Broadway and Beth performs sketch and improv, they also united in their observations about writing and acting.
May 31, 2019
The Sixth Sense, Election, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia … Tonight we’re gonna write like it’s1999! Special assistance from Pat Francis and Azul Nino (also produced in 1999).
May 24, 2019
Writers Jason Director and Ayla Harrison are happily married and constantly moving forward in their writing career. They’ve also developed a list for finalists and fellows to help them make contacts and get work .
May 17, 2019
Pilar is joined by writer Melissa Cassera to discuss ways to create and show the emotional progression of on-screen characters.
May 10, 2019
Canadian writers Michelle Muldoon and Geordie Sabbagh talk about the daring steps they’ve taken to seek out contacts and make their own movies.
May 3, 2019
Ashleigh Powell (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch) talks about her love of writing, genre, and world building.
April 26, 2019
David Matillo wrote seven unproduced scripts before his feature spec “Bare Knuckle” made the 2015 Blacklist. He discusses the projects he’s written since then and what he’s learned along the way.
April 19, 2019
Manager/Producer Marcus Goerg (Heroes and Villains Entertainment) describes a writer’s career as, “never boring, never easy and never a straight line."
April 12, 2019
Playwright / screenwriter Christy Hall (I Am Not OK With This on Netflix), discusses her approach to writing for the stage and screen.
April 5, 2019
Organizer Tracy McCubbin, author of Making Space, Clutter Free, discusses ways to declutter your writing space and organize your writing time.
March 29, 2019
Author/ USC Professor Pamela Douglas discusses the changes to genre, structure and the international market addressed in the fourth edition of her classic book Writing the TV Drama Series.
March 22, 2019
Hilliard Guess, writer on Deadly Class, talks about asking for what you want, changing perception and his personal steps toward becoming the next J.J. Abrams.
March 15, 2019
Ryan O’ Connell talks about writing on Will and Grace and Awkward and discusses his upcoming Netflix series Special, inspired by his experiences as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy.
March 8, 2019
Eight days. Thirteen states. Thirty drivers. Pilar’s husband Pat Francis talks about his new documentary in which he traveled across country using only the ride-share service Lyft.
March 1, 2019
Kendra Jordan and Racquel Baker discuss the new B.E.T. show Boomerang and the way they find episodes and break story in the writers’ room.
February 22, 2019
Psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth and general practitioner Justin Young are also writers who crave a more realistic depiction of the medical profession on screen. Listen to their advice about myth vs. truth in the medical world.
February 15, 2019
Pilar and her friends Brian Pope, Mike Musa and Nancy Noever get together for their annual discussion/argument about the best screenplay and best adapted screenplay Oscar nominees.
February 8, 2019
Story analysts Mark Chandley (HBO), Holly Sklar (Warner Bros.) and Daniel Livnat (UTA) discuss their approach to reading and covering scripts and books for production companies, studios and agencies.
February 1, 2019
Writer / director Meredith Danluck discusses the thought and effort that went into her independent thriller State Like Sleep and her four-screen narrative film North of South, West of East.
January 25, 2019
Stop working so hard! In a quick tutorial, Pilar guides you through some lazy ways to brainstorm, outline and write your screenplay.
January 19, 2019
Jade Branion and Darren O’Hare made some fascinating life choices that influenced and energized their writing.
January 11, 2019
Kristin Overn, Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, talks about the world of writing competitions and provides insight into the ways judges read and evaluate scripts.
January 4, 2019
David Rabinowitz’s first feature-length script got the attention of Jordan Peele and was directed by Spike Lee. He discusses the writing and pitching process and what he’s learned along the way.
December 28, 2018
Pilar and Aadip evaluate log lines sent in by listeners. Who will win ... and who will end up on the “But List?”
December 21, 2018
One sold a movie. One was nominated for a Webby. And one decided to just focus on being happy. Denise Cruz-Castino, Aydrea Walden and Mike Martin update.
December 14, 2018
The creative team at the video game company BioWare shares their insight into writing characters, story lines and action moments.
December 7, 2018
Career coach Lee Jessup returns to discuss the writing trends popular in 2018 and shares what’s ahead for the new year.
November 30, 2018
Writer/editor Kyle Dodson discusses what he’s learned from being in the world of short-form content at the digital production company AOK. He also shares tips for new creatives moving to Los Angeles.
November 23, 2018
Writer/Actor Taryn O’Neill discusses the ways that stories about science can entertain and change the world.
November 16, 2018
With the help of writer Elena Zaretsky, Pilar explains the meaning of the mysterious red pen marks she makes on her students' scripts.
November 9, 2018
Writers Carlton Allen and Michael Monteiro Wise love the Harry Potter movies. Here they explain why the book-to-screen adaptations work so well and why Harry Potter fans may end up saving the world.
November 2, 2018
Suzanne Keilly has had such a successful two years writing on Dallas and Robo, creating two horror movies for SyFy and being staffed on the upcoming Netflix show Warrior Nun, that we made her return to the show to tell us about it!
October 26, 2018
Literary manager Jeff Portnoy talks about his role giving notes to writers, setting them up with agents, getting them ready for staffing and even producing movies.
October 19, 2018
Film ratings consultant Barry Freeman discusses rating elements such as sex, violence and language on screen and explains why this knowledge is important for screenwriters.
October 12, 2018
John Stimpson has happily made a living and achieved success writing, producing and directing movies without moving to Los Angeles!
October 5, 2018
Writers Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent thought like producers when writing their horror movie “Alive.” Now it’s screening at Austin.
September 28, 2018
In anticipation of his new book, writer Erik Bork discusses the seven elements of a viable story for screen, stage or fiction.
September 21, 2018
Will Plyler, owner of Done Deal Pro, shares his thoughts about the thousands of film and TV deals made in Hollywood and archived daily on his website.
September 14, 2018
Greta Heinemann raised herself at an early age, learned English by watching Baywatch, came to the United States determined to be a writer and is now a producer on NCIS New Orleans!
September 7, 2018
Kerry Carroll discusses the ways that market research is used to test scripts, films and TV shows.
August 31, 2018
Producer Kelli Joan Bennett and writer Monica Zepeda talk about how they turned a simple idea and one location into “Collusions,” a festival-winning movie starring Tom Everett Scott.
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