Spotnitz joined the show as a writer in its second season and worked as a writer/producer until the Fox drama ended its nine-season run. He rose to the level of executive producer, directed episodes of the show and worked on the "X-Files" movies that were released during and after the show's run.
None of it was easy.
Part of the reason an obscure show that aired on Friday nights rose to such heights of popularity and influence was because Chris Carter, the show's creator and executive producer, was a demanding boss.
"He was really uncompromising," Spotnitz said in an interview about his time on "The X-Files." "He didn’t care if you didn't like him because he was being so difficult, but he just insisted that you do your best."
In my experience,
Vince Gilligan, the creator of "Breaking Bad," got his start in television by writing for "The X-Files." He was toiling away as a film writer and living in Virginia when a meeting with "X-Files" creator Chris Carter changed his life.
"I learned everything I pretty much know about TV from 'The X-Files' and from working for Chris, and from working with ['X-Files writer/producers] Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban," Gilligan said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. "It was a great learning experience, and one that I always liken to film school, except it was a film school that paid me to attend."
As part of our commemoration of the 20th anniversary of "The X-Files,
In her latest web series, actress and web entrepreneur Felicia Day swaps being a video game player for being an actual video game character.
Day is the star and writer of “Dragon Age: Redemption,” a new six-part web series whose first episode debuts today on video game network Machinima. The series is an extension of Electronic Arts’ video game series of the same name, and is designed to engage consumers about the franchise.
"Dragon Age: Redemption," a six-part web promotion for developer BioWare's fantasy-rpg "Dragon Age 2," will be written and produced by Day, who will also star as an elven assassin named Tallis.
"Tallis is headstrong, she fights dirty, and she has a really sarcastic sense of humor," Day told USA Today.
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