Sep 25, 2018
John and Craig welcome Franklin Leonard to weigh in on the current definition of “movie.” In the age of streaming, this distinction is not only important for audiences and awards, but has a meaningful effect on how writers are paid.
We also take umbrage with Awards Season as a Hollywood fixture, and follow up on a...
Sep 18, 2018
John welcomes Alison McDonald (American Dad!, Nurse Jackie, the remake of Roots) and Ryan Knighton (In the Dark) to talk through the basics of the TV writers room, covering how they got in, how much to talk, how to make a living, what to wear and what’s for lunch.
In follow up, we look at disappearing digital...
Sep 11, 2018
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss the progress made in the year following the Weinstein revelations. Have the systems for reporting and preventing sexual harassment improved, or are we still just dealing with hurricanes?
We also follow up on The Academy’s decision to nix the Popular Film category,...
Sep 6, 2018
John and Craig discuss their choices for WGA Board Elections and misinformation about proposed revisions to the Screen Credits Manual.
Sep 4, 2018
John and Craig cover endings, both for craft and for business. First they articulate the importance of the denouement and the social contract it fulfills with the audience. Then they discuss what happens to a writer’s work after their death.
We also follow up on pitching, and introduce a new segment: Change Craig’s...