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Emmy nominees talk of writing

19 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What exactly does it take to get a break as a television writer in Hollywood, much less an Emmy nomination? Well, according to eight Emmy-nominated writers, it can take anything from years on New York's stand-up comedy circuit to having to create a fictitious talent agency just to catch your first break. On Wednesday night, several hundred people who packed into the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills were treated to a raucous, irreverent and expletive-ridden journey into the lives of eight of this year's Emmy-nominated writers. "When I started writing, I always considered plot to be an intrusion; what I like doing is writing the dialogue," said Aaron Sorkin, who admitted to writing the original play for his breakout hit A Few Good Men on cocktail napkins while working as a bartender at a Broadway theater. Sorkin received his 10th nomination for The West Wing this year. Fraternal writing team Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen (Lucky) said they scored their first network meetings by posing over the phone as the Coen brothers; Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) started out as warm-up act on The Maury Povich Show. "My man's got such a career now," panel moderator Dennis Miller said of Royce, "but he was once a fluffer for Povich." Other participants included Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Matt Warburton (The Simpsons), Jane Anderson (Normal) and Hugh Whitemore (My House in Umbria). The panel was sponsored by the WGA. »

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