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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Writing the Hollywood Blockbuster

14 December 2011
Four of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters discuss the craft of writing, filmmaking and navigating show business. With a combined four billion dollars of domestic box office hits to their names--including some of the decades biggest film franchises--the guest panel represents an impressive list of writing credits. The speakers share their expertise, along with stories of their journey from unknown writers to creating blockbuster hits.

Shane Black ... Himself

Mark Fergus ... Himself

David Hayter ... Himself
Terry Rossio ... Himself

Bill Lundy ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 2: Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

14 December 2011
Science-fiction screenwriters discuss writing for film and television, creating original stories (and where they got their ideas) as well as the challenges of adapting popular Sci-Fi classics, comic books and graphic novels. The lively panel discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Jimmy Diggs ... Himself

Mark Fergus ... Himself
Dante Harper ... Himself

George Clayton Johnson ... Himself

Charley Parlapanides ... Himself
Vlas Parlapanides ... Himself
Michael Engel ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 3: Screenwriting for Animation

18 December 2011
Five screenwriters discuss the unique challenges of writing for animated films and television series. Filmed in front of a live audience, the speakers share behind-the-scenes stories and inside tips on breaking into animation. The lively discussion is followed by a Q & A.
Charles Horn ... Himself
Craig Miller ... Himself
Jim Peronto ... Himself
Joelle Sellner ... Herself

Dan Wicksman ... Himself
Michael Engel ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 4: Writing for Reality Television

26 December 2011
Guest panelists discuss working behind-the-scenes in reality television and how popular shows are produced. Speakers share insights into the process of Reality TV story development, plotting, casting, filming and editing (including the difference in Standards & Practices for shows with cash prizes and how this impacts story content), along with entertaining anecdotes and insider tips on breaking into the genre.
Eric Gardner ... Himself
Eric G. Johnson ... Himself
Tarvenia Jones ... Herself
Aaron Murphy ... Himself
Oliver Oertel ... Himself
Jim Sarantinos ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 5: Writing for Scripted Television

2 January 2012
Screenwriters discuss the craft of writing for scripted television with behind-the-scenes stories of working on popular hits: Desperate Housewives, Friends, Family Guy, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. The speakers also discuss the emerging field of web series and new media, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Jane Espenson ... Herself
Jeff Greenstein ... Himself
Cherry Chevapravatdumrong ... Herself
David Alex Kurtz ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 6: Creating a Television Series: Writer-Showrunners Panel

8 January 2012
Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, the writing/producing team behind the hit show Smallville, talk about the challenges of working as writer/showrunners for 10 seasons while simultaneously writing screenplays for feature films. They also share behind-the-scenes stories about their recent TV series remake of Charlie's Angels along with how they managed to acquire such a diverse list of credits in feature films, which include: Spider-Man 2, I am Number Four, Shanghai Knights, Lethal Weapon 4, Hannah Montana: The Movie and more. The panel discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Alfred Gough ... Himself
Miles Millar ... Himself
David Alex Kurtz ... Himself - Host

Season 1, Episode 7: "Breaking In" the Writers Panel

18 January 2012
Award winning screenwriter Gregory Poirer (Rosewood) and writing partners Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Drones) discuss the craft of screenwriting and working behind-the-scenes in film and television, along with stories of their career path and tips for breaking into Hollywood.
Ben Acker ... Himself
Ben Blacker ... Himself
David Mulligan ... Himself - Host

Gregory Poirier ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 8: "Beat the Reader" Story Analysts Panel

10 February 2012
With more than 50,000 new screenplays written every year, the first step to getting a screenplay sold and made is getting it past the professional script reader. The guest panel of professional Story Analysts have read thousands of scripts and discuss insights into what dooms most stories to the "Pass" pile and share tips on how to achieve "Recommend" status.
Garrett Frawley ... Himself
Michael Reisman ... Himself
Ben Vanaman ... Himself
David Alex Kurtz ... Himself - Host

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Writing Action Movies

25 July 2012
Screenwriters ZAK PENN (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk) and WILLIAM C. MARTELL (Black Thunder, Night Hunter) discuss the craft of writing action films and share insider tips as well as stories of how they broke into show business. The discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience.
William C. Martell ... Himself

Zak Penn ... Himself

Bill Lundy ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 2: Writing the Romantic Comedy

1 July 2012
Screenwriters and filmmakers discuss the craft of writing and producing romantic comedies. The guest panel also shares insider tips on navigating Hollywood and stories of how they broke into show business. The panel discussion is followed by a Q&A. GUEST PANEL: SIMON KINBERG (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), HARRY ELFONT (Leap Year, Made of Honor, Josie & The Pussycats), DIANE DRAKE (What Women Want, Only You) and KAYLA ALPERT (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Ally McBeal). Host:
Kayla Alpert ... Herself

Diane Drake ... Herself
Harry Elfont ... Himself

Simon Kinberg ... Himself

Bill Lundy ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 3: Writing Horror Films

8 July 2012


William Dear ... Himself

Anthony C. Ferrante ... Himself

Rolfe Kanefsky ... Himself
Kevin Tenney ... Himself
Richard L. Wilson ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 4: Writing and Producing New Media

15 July 2012
Screenwriters and producers discuss the unique challenges of writing and producing new media, apps, mobile and web series, as well as opportunities for creating content in the new digital frontier.
Doug Allen ... Himself

Diahnna Nicole Baxter ... Herself

Frank Chindamo ... Himself

Damian Pelliccione ... Himself
Michael Engel ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 5: Writing for Family Entertainment for Film & Television

22 July 2012
Screenwriters discuss the craft of writing family entertainment for film and television and the unique challenges of creating stories and characters that entertain both adults and children. They also discuss the requirements of complying with the ratings association rulebook--along with what can and cannot be portrayed in family entertainment, which sometimes results in rather humorous script notes. The panel is followed by a Q&A with the audience. Guest Panel: ANNIE DE YOUNG (16 Wishes, Princess Protection Program, The Ron Clark Story, Winner: Writers Guild Award & Humanitas Prize), HEATHER HUTT (Creative Executive: Gunn Productions, Disney), MATT LEIBERMAN (Disney Staff Writer) and JAYSON ROTHWELL (Second in Command, Blessed).

Annie DeYoung ... Herself
Heather Hutt ... Herself
Matt Leiberman ... Himself
Jayson Rothwell ... Himself
Dan Margules ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 6: Developing and Producing Feature Films

29 July 2012
Hollywood producers discuss the challenges of developing and producing feature films. The guests also share behind-the-scenes stories from their careers and tips for breaking into the entertainment industry. Guest Panel: PETER MACGREGOR SCOTT (Revenge of the Nerds, The Fugitive, A Perfect Murder, Batman Forever) and DEVORAH CUTLER RUBENSTEIN (Nobel House Entertainment) with host Jenifer Yeurokis.

Devorah Cutler ... Herself
Peter Macgregor-Scott ... Himself

Jenifer Yeuroukis ... Herself

Season 2, Episode 7: Entertainment Law

5 August 2012
Entertainment attorneys discuss the legal aspects of developing and producing intellectual properties, along with information and tips for screenwriters working in film and television, followed by a Q&A from the audience. Guest Panel: DAVID BRANEMAN (Intellectual Property Attorney, Brofman Law Group), JEREMY WILLIAMS (Senior V.P. & Deputy General Counsel, Warner Bros.), KYM WULFF BISHOP (Entertainment Law Attorney, Holmes Weinberg, P.C.).
David Braneman ... Himself
Jeremy Williams ... Himself
Kym Wulfe ... Herself (as Kym Wulfe Bishop)
Jim Sarantinos ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 8: Writing Sci-Fi & Fantasy for Film, Televsion and New Media

12 August 2012
Screenwriters ERIC FORSBERG, BILL MARILII, JOHN PENNEY, ELAINE and MARC ZICREE discuss writing and producing science-fiction & fantasy for film, television and digital media. They also share insider tips and stories of how they broke into show business.

Eric Forsberg ... Himself

Bill Marsilii ... Himself

John Penney ... Himself
Elaine Zicree ... Herself

Marc Scott Zicree ... Himself

Bill Lundy ... Himself - Host

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Writing for Top TV Shows

18 December 2013
Top writer-producers and showrunners discuss the craft of writing for scripted television. The guest panel also share behind-the-scenes tips for working in television, along with stories of how they broke into the business. Guests: Alexander Cary, Glen Mazzara, Matt Nix, Dan O'Shannon, Janet Tamaro and Vanessa Taylor.
Alexander Cary ... Himself

Glen Mazzara ... Himself
Dan O'Shannon ... Himself

Janet Tamaro ... Herself

Vanessa Taylor ... Herself
Matt Nix ... Himself
Jen Grisanti ... Herself - Host

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