Writers Group Therapy
By Rachanee Lumayno and Tom Loveman
Writers Group TherapySep 19, 2023
Session #176 - Interview with Dusk Wave Arts CEO Paul Graham
Dusk Wave Arts CEO, Vision Holder and Lead Writer Paul Graham brings attention to neurodiverse issues through digital audio comics and games. We discuss the development of his company and his stories.
Dusk Wave Arts Website: https://duskwavearts.com
"The Glove": https://theglove.comicswithaudio.com
"Criminal King": https://criminalking.comicswithaudio.com
Session #175 - We’re Back but Hollywood is still on Strike - Year 7 Premiere
We’re back from our Summer break, starting off our 7th year of Writers Group Therapy, but the WGA, and now SAG-AFTRA, are still on strike. We catch up on all the latest and look towards a fall with no premieres.
- Talks Between Writers, Studios at a Standstill After Week of Trading Barbs
- AMPTP Hires New Crisis PR Firm as Strikes Go On
- Linear TV Falls Below 50 Percent of Viewing for First Time
Session #174 - Interview with Abbott Elementary & Harley Quinn Showrunners Schumacker and Halpern
NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the WGA going on strike.
From their unusual start from a Twitter feed that became “S**t my dad says,” show runners Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern are celebrating the success of their shows “Abbott Elementary” and “Harley Quinn.” We discuss their unique start, juggling show running duties on two shows and what the future holds.
Justin Halpern on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3824767
Patrick Schumacker on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3824575
Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justin_halpern
Abbott Elementary: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14218830
Harley Quinn: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7658402
Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker are Emmy-nominated creators, showrunners and executive producers through their company Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions whose overall deal is at Warner Bros. Television. Series include HBO Max’s animated hit HARLEY QUINN for WBTV and DC Entertainment which is now in its 4th season and its spin-off NOONAN'S which was recently ordered to series for HBO MAX. Justin and Patrick’s newest series, ABBOTT ELEMENTARY with Quinta Brunson, is a hit series that garnered multiple Emmy wins and nominations including a nomination for best comedy series where they serve as executive producers and showrunners.
Previously, Halpern and Schumacker were the showrunners and Executive Producers of NBC’s POWERLESS for WBTV and DC Entertainment. Prior to that, Halpern and Schumacker co-created Fox’s SURVIVING JACK as well as CBS’s S#*! MY DAD SAYS. S#*! MY DAD SAYS was adapted for television based on Halpern’s New York Times bestselling book, Shit My Dad Says. Justin and Patrick have also been involved with such popular series as iZOMBIE, COUGAR TOWN, and HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN.
Justin & Patrick recently finished writing the feature BIRTHRIGHT based on the graphic novel by Joshua Williamson for Universal Pictures with Ruben Fleischer and Skybound producing.
Session #173 - Kingdom Legacy Book #3, Writers Strike & Year 6 Wrap Up
We wrap up the 6th year of Writers Group Therapy (Can you believe it's been 6 YEARS!) with a discussion of Rachanee’s recently published third novel in the Kingdom Legacy Series: “Heir of Memory & Shadow,” a look at the first week of the writers strike, and our summer plans.
- Rachanee’s Website: https://www.rachanee.net
- (Buy digital copies directly from Rachanee’s site)
- On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Magic-Mischance-Kingdom-Legacy-ebook/dp/B0C3GW3K25
- Schoolyard Studios: https://schoolyardstudio.net
Session #172 - Script Doctoring with Shannon Massey Smith
Session #171 - "Blindspotting" Showrunner Rafael Casal
“Blindspotting” creator/writer/producer/director/actor Rafael Casal (Miles) talks about how touring with his music and poetry transformed into telling stories about his community in Oakland, CA in the award-winning Starz series.
Rafael Casal on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2592137/
Season 2 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWaD6jLE04
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Session #170 - Tidbits from Stephen King’s “On Writing”
This session, we discuss what Tom learned about Stephen King and writing from his book “On Writing” including the tools and techniques King uses and recommends as well as revealing details about his journey to becoming a published author.
Book Description from Amazon.com: Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.
Tom’s Note: Special thanks to writer/actor/producer Gary Kohn (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0463376) for recommending this book to me during a script breakdown he did with me. You can watch that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE3Y7kmPzG0&t=983s
Session #169 - Screenwriting with Tyler Mowery from Top Development
Our guest this session is screenwriter, YouTuber, and podcaster Tyler Mowery who recently rebranded his YouTube Channel with 266,000 subscribers as “Top Development.” We talk about Tyler’s journey, process and script consultant services.
Session #168 - WGA Priorities
Writers Group Therapy Session #166 - CreAItors
Writers Guild Highlights Compensation, Mini-Rooms in 2023 Negotiations Pattern of Demands
Writers Guild Highlights Compensation, Mini-Rooms in 2023 Negotiations Pattern of Demands
Session 167 - Promoting Your Writing
In this session, we discuss promoting your written works and compare promoting books, scripts, shorts and web series.
Session #166 - CreAItors
Our future AI overlords have made significant progress since our last episode about AI (Session #134 – Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2021/05/session-134-ai/). We talk Buzzfeed replacing writers with chatbots, DnD OGL and AI dungeon masters, ChatGPT and its screenwriting skills and more.
- THR: Attack of the Chatbots: Screenwriters’ Friend or Foe?
- Comicsands.com: BuzzFeed's Stock Soars After They Announce They'll Use A.I. Instead Of Writers To Create Content
- NPR: 'Monkey Selfie' Lawsuit Ends With Settlement Between PETA, Photographer
Session #165 - Interview with the creators of the comedy streaming show “The Game”
We talk with the creators of the new comedy streaming series “The Game.” Writers/creators Matt Curtain and Lauren Henning, and director Amanda Sonnenschein talk about the genesis of the show and its unique tone and humor.
From the show: The Game is an ensemble adventure-fantasy comedy series that follows a group of TTRPG players both IRL and as their fantasy counterparts in the supernatural realm as they embark on a daring and heartfelt journey towards understanding and acceptance of one another and, most importantly, of themselves.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6LoLgxY2i8
- “The Game” on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21152570
- TitTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thegame_series
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegame_series/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@thegameseries
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegame_series
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegamethese...
- ProductionHub interview with Amanda Sonnenschein: https://www.productionhub.com/blog/post/anatomy-of-a-scene-amanda-sonnenschein-on-the-game
Session #164 - Hello, 2023!
In this session, we talk our writing goals for 2023, the latest news including the WGA prepping for contract negotiations, Twitch payout cuts, COVID in Hollywood, Moviepass’ resurrection, and more.
Session #163 - Franchise Fatigue Fatigue
We’re tired of being tired of Franchise Fatigue, but it’s a serious issue. There is a steep downward curve in payback on subsequent entries and spin-offs/prequels etc., which is fueling a feedback circle of layoffs and cancellations in Hollywood. Why is this happening and what does it mean for writers? Listen as we try to find the answers.
Session #162 - Who Dunt Dunt DUNNit? with Thomas Tulak and Adam Pineless
Writer/Director Thomas Tulak, and Assistant Director/Composer Adam Pineless talk about “Who Dunt Dunt DUNNit?” their a hyper-meta, award-winning comedy film. It’s a hilarious murder mystery, wrapped in a murder mystery wrapped in a movie production about a murder mystery.
- Trailer for "Who Dunt Dunt DUNNit?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Gk2sOXnuQ
- Film IG: https://www.instagram.com/whoduntduntdunnit/
- Easily Amused Group Productions: https://www.easilyamusedgroup.com
- Thomas Tulsa’s website: https://www.thomastulak.com
- Thomas IG: https://www.instagram.com/tntulak/
- Adam Pineless Website: http://www.adampineless.com
- Adam Pineless IG: http://www.instagram.com/adampineless
Session #161 - Is Hollywood Imploding?
It’s been a rough few weeks across Hollywood at studios such as Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, G4 and others. From layoffs to total shutdowns, we take a look at recent turmoil and how it might affect writers.
- Thanks to ClownfishTV https://twitter.com/ClownfishTVcom for their great analysis.
- G4 Shut Down Less than a Year After Re-launching
- Warner Bros. BLOODBATH! WB TV Lays Off 26% of Staff! by Clownfish TV
- Disney Plus and Netflix FORCED to Be Honest About Their Numbers! by Clownfish TV
- Amazon Settles With Writers Guild For $4M-Plus Over Unpaid Residuals
- Writers Guild Arbitration With Netflix Yields $42M in New Residuals for Members
- Warner Bros. TV Group Shutters Short-Form Shingle Stage 13, Ends Its TV Workshop Programs in Cost-Cutting Move
- Warner Bros Discovery Makes U-Turn On Closure Of Writers & Directors Workshops, Moves Initiatives To Diversity Unit
Session #160 - "Addicted In Film" with Ted Perkins former studio exec, producer and screenwriter
For some us, our biggest addictions are caffeine and endlessly scrolling TikTok videos, so, how do we write characters with more serious addictions? We talk to Ted Perkins, a former Warner Brothers and Universal studio executive, producer, screenwriter and now author who tackles the topic in his new book Addicted In Film, for which Ted watched 100 movies in 100 days about addiction.
- About the Book: www.addictedinfilm.com
- Buy Addicted In Film on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/addictedinfilm
Ted Perkin’s Bio
Ted Perkins is a former film executive at Warner Bros., and his most recent post as Head of International Co-Productions and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures where he pioneered co-production between U.S. Major studios, Spain, Latin America, China and India. He turned to screenwriting and has sold over a dozen scripts to various companies including Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate. He recently sold a TV series spec for low six figures, and has another one in development with a large production conglomerate in Europe.
Session #159 - Matthew Gentile - writer/director of “American Murderer”
This session, we talk with writer/director Matthew Gentile about “American Murderer,” his new true crime thriller about FBI fugitive Jason Derek Brown.
"American Murderer" is based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown - a charismatic con man turned party king who bankrolls his luxurious lifestyle through a series of scams. When his funds run low and his past catches up with him, he plots his most elaborate scheme yet and, in the process, becomes the FBI's most unlikely - and elusive - top ten fugitive.
American Murderer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13603778
Session #158 - Get It Made X with Co-founders Matt Boda and Sylvie Dang Boda
We get the scoop on Get It Made X, a script-to-screen program for writers to not only improve their writing, but also learn about marketing and production through group activities, meetings with industry professionals, and peer review opportunities. Co-founders Matt Boda and Sylvie Dang Boda talk about why they created the program and how it helps writers get their work made.
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Session #157 - Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman
Nicholas Bruckman has produced and directed award-winning features, commercials and web-content for groups such as Greenpeace, Black Lives Matter and TED. His films have screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW where it won the Audience Award. His latest film “Not Going Quietly” is now streaming on Hulu. We talk storytelling in documentary formats, journalistic objectivity and more.
Session #156 - “Estate Planning for Writers” with author Matt Buchman
As writers, we struggle to get our work written, sold, and produced our whole careers. What we don’t hardly ever think about is, what happens after we’re gone? Our writing doesn’t stop being valuable, but who is going to take over managing it and, hopefully, continue to reap the benefits of our creativity for the length of our copyright? We discuss this with Best-selling novelists Matt Buchman, writer of “Estate Planning for Writers” based on his own experiences.
Matt's Website: http://www.mlbuchman.com
Session #155 - What Hollywood Did On Our Summer Vacation
The doctors (not real doctors) are in, again. We’re back from our Summer break and kicking off our 6th year with a look at all the recent stories in the news that impact Hollywood and writers including Roe v. Wade, inflation and supply chain woes, YouTube TV, CA Tax incentives, and more.
- THR: One Big Reason Hollywood Hasn’t Begun Boycotting States Over Abortion Access
- THR: California Readies $1.65B Film/TV Tax Credit to Draw Productions From Anti-Abortion States
- THR: Digital Creators Rethink Hollywood As Some Push to Work On Their Own Terms
- THR: Hollywood Aims to Trim Production Costs Amid Inflation Surge, Supply Chain Pain
- THR: YouTube Takes Live TV Market Share as Streaming War Escalates
- Gamespot: Video Game Spending is down 13% year of year a drop of $1.71 billion
Session #154 - Dennis Lehane - “Black Bird” Writer and Showrunner
In this session, we talk with novelist and screenwriter/showrunner Dennis Lehane. His award-winning novels and the film adaptations spawned major feature films such as “Shutter Island,” “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” The show’s he’s written for, “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” are always at the top of everyone’s “best written show” lists. We discuss his journey and his latest project, the true crime limited series on AppleTV+ “Black Bird” starring Taron Egerton.
Session #153 - Interview with Maggie Cohn Showrunner of HBOMax’s “The Staircase”
Maggie Cohn, one of the show runners and writers of The Staircase, the new HBOMax true crime series is our guest for this session. Maggie won a Golden Globe for writing and producing American Crime Story: Versace and previously co-executive produced Narcos.
Session #152 - WGT’s Annual Pilot Season Analysis - It’s a Wild, Wild Pilot Season
Are the broadcast networks just going through the motions this pilot season? With each having its own streamer, are we seeing the last days of the traditional pilot season? What does this mean for writers? And Tom remembers the day so of Saturday morning cartoon pilot season.
Tom was wrong, “The X-Files” was not a mid-season replacement show. The first season was a full 24 episodes running from September 1993-May 1994. It was a Friday night show, which were shows that weren’t expected to do that well, hence the slot was often called the “Friday night death slot.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_night_death_slot)
- Deadline Pilot Panic: https://deadline.com/category/primetime-pilot-panic/
- Disney Trims $1B in content spending: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/disney-content-spend-profit-streaming-1235145367
- Pilot Season Hits New Low as Broadcast Shifts Towards Streaming Model: https://thestreamable.com/news/total-volume-of-pilots-hits-a-new-low-this-broadcast-season-as-cable-industry-shifts-to-streaming
- Broadcast TV Scorecard 2022: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/broadcast-tv-2022-new-renewed-canceled-1235104494
Session #151 - The Economics of Entertainment
Getting in, staying in and consuming entertainment all take a certain amount of resources. We discuss how to prioritize where you put your time, money and heart into the entertainment industry, both as an artist and as a consumer.
SHOW NOTES: None this episode
Session #150 - Rachanee Lumayno talks about “Heir of Memory & Shadow” – Kingdom Legacy Series Book #2
Our own Rachanee Lumayno takes the hot seat to discuss the release of “Heir of Memory & Shadow” Book #2 of the Kingdom Legacy YA Fantasy series. We discuss was it like writing a second book in a series, self-publishing and marketing the books and what’s next in the Kingdom.
- Heir of Memory and Shadow (Book #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736181130
- Heir of Amber and Fire (Book #1): https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Amber-Fire-Kingdom-Legacy-ebook/dp/B08YR3JZY5
- Website: https://www.rachanee.net
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachaneelumayno
- TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rachaneelumayno
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachaneelumayno/
Session #149 - Writing for Games with David Bergantino
Dying Light 2: dl2.dyinglightgame.com
Cold Room Entertainment: coldroomentertainment.com
FB author’s page: www.facebook.com/DavidBergantino
Session #148 - Amazon closes MGM deal. What it means for screenwriters
Amazon has closed its deal to by MGM that it announced in May 2021. How will the purchase of the 98 year old studio impact Amazon Prime, Hollywood, consumers and, of course, writers.
Session #147 - Interview with Lauryn Kahn - “Fresh” Screenwriter
In this session, Tom talks with Lauryn Kahn, the screenwriter of “Fresh,” the new indie thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that took Sundance by storm. The film, produced by Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”) and Searchlight Pictures, was acquired by Hulu.
SHOW NOTES: "Fresh" is available to stream on Hulu
Lauryn on IG: https://www.instagram.com/laurynkahn/
Lauryn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/youdonknowme
Session #146 - Interview with Paul Kalburgi - Writer and host of The Writer’s Toolkit book and podcast
Paul Kalburgi is a British screenwriter, playwright and TV producer, as well as author and podcast host of the book and podcast “The Writer’s Toolkit.” He discusses his journey as a writer, his process and the tools he uses in his craft. Guest host Sam Gasch.
Paul’s website and “The Writers Toolkit”: https://www.paulkalburgi.com/thewriterstoolkitbook TW: https://twitter.com/PaulKalburgi IG: https://www.instagram.com/paulkalburgi/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJxb9iS3qEkbTmFe4vKn0Qg
Guest host Sam Gasch’s Ideal Remake podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ideal-remake/id1298864585
Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamGasch
Session #145 - Interview with The Story Merchant Ken Atchity
This session, we have the multitalented Ken Atchity, a best-selling author, producer, literary manger, professor and editor who aptly goes by the moniker The Story Merchant. He got his B.A. at Georgetown, his Ph.D. at Yale. He was a tenured professor of comparative literature at Occidental College and a distinguished instructor at UCLA Writers program. He’s worked in publishing and filmmaking and is a member of the TV Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Producer’s Guild.
"Writing Treatments that Sell": https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Treatments-That-Sell-Industry/dp/0805072780
Session #144 - Interview with “Scream” screenwriter James Vanderbilt
This session, we’re excited to have with us James Vanderbilt, a screenwriter and producer with over 20 years of major feature film experience including blockbusters such as White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and, one of Tom’s favorites, The Rundown. He is also the Chief Content Officer of Project X Entertainment.
James on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jamesthevan
Project X Entertainment: https://www.projectxentertainment.com
Scream movie website: https://www.screammovie.com
Session #143 - Does Script Length Matter?
Streaming services have broken the mold on episode length. In this session, we discuss how they’ve changed the measuring stick on script length and where, when and if it still matters.
SHOW NOTES: None this show
Session #142 - Quantity vs quality. Is the filler episode dead?
With shorter and shorter seasons, accelerated by streamers with big budget, high-quality event shows, has the era of 24 episode season containing the inevitable filler episode come to an end? And how would this change impact writers?
Session #141 - Old Year/New Year - End of Year Wrap Up
In this session, we look back at the year behind us and at the year ahead and talk about how the industry has changed and where it’s going, our past goals, accomplishments, and future plans.
Session #140 -Gifts for the Writer in Your Life
Seasons Greetings! We hope all your holidays are happy and healthy. In this session, we chat about the holidays and what we, as writers, think would make great gifts for the writer in your life.
Session #139 - Interview with “Eternals” Screenwriting Team Kaz & Ryan Firpo
This session, we chat with cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo who teamed up as screenwriters and filmmakers and discuss their separate journeys and writing Marvel’s “Eternals” and their other upcoming projects.
Session #138 - A Moving Interview with Tom
The end of an era. Tom is leaving Los Angeles and heading back to Cleveland, Ohio. We discuss his nine years in Hollywood, what he accomplished, learned, and what he’s taking with him to continue screenwriting outside of Tinsel Town.
Session #137 - Interview with Zimran Jacob, Screenwriter & Showrunner‘s Assistant
In this session, we talk with Zimran Jacob, writer and showrunner’s assistant on shows including “Narcos,” “The Punisher,” and “Hannibal.” He delves into his path to becoming a writer and what it takes to be an effective showrunner’s assistant.
SHOW NOTES: Roadmap Writers: https://www.roadmapwriters.com
WAN Writers Workshop: https://writersassistants.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/zimranjacob
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zimmydreamsofmovies
- IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5900463/
UCLA Extension Writing Program: https://writers.uclaextension.edu
Script Anatomy: https://scriptanatomy.com
Session #136: We’re back! Or “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Rachanee and Tom are back from their pandemic Summer breaks with updates on what they and the industry have been up to and what’s coming next.
Listen to Tom talk James Cameron’s “The Abyss” with Sam Gasch on the Ideal Remake podcast
“Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in Rachanee’s Kingdom Legacy series. Available online at these e-bookstores: https://books2read.com/rachanee On Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736181114
Tom's word game for Android and iOS - Wordcursion: http://www.wordcursion.com
Play games with Tom on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zumonchurocka CandyHidra PNGTuber Artist: https://www.fiverr.com/candyhidra
Session #135 - Year 4 Wrap Up! Wordcursion and Heir of Amber and Fire
Looking for some Summer reading or a new game to while away the hours? This session, we discuss our recent projects; Rachanee’s new YA fantasy novel “Heir of Amber and Fire” and Tom’s just launched head-to-head mobile word find game “Wordcursion.” Both are available at links below in the show notes. This session marks the end of our 4th year! We’ll be on Summer break for a the next couple months. Look for new sessions in August. Thanks for listening!
About “Heir of Amber and Fire”
Jennica is a princess on the run. On the run from an arranged marriage. On the run from a king whose mysterious plans could completely destroy her beloved home, the magical kingdom of Calia. And, she hopes, she's running toward the truth of her heritage. To uncover the mysteries of her past, Princess Jennica will have to rely on a dragon seeker and his team to lead her to the creature who once kidnapped her mother. But how can she fully trust her allies, when she knows she must betray them?
“Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in the Kingdom Legacy series.
Session #134 - Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood
Artificial Intelligence already suggests what movies and shows to watch on Netflix, what products to buy on Amazon, and writes stories about sports scores, weather reports and stock prices that you hear on the radio and TV. With technology already able to create real actors in movies, and soon their voices, what’s next for A.I. in Hollywood? Experiments in A.I. screenwriting are ongoing. Should you worry?
Session #133 - Interview with Tim Gabrielle, Horror Author and Screenwriter
We talk with horror author and screenwriter Tim Gabrielle. He has two novels, "This Land of Monsters" and "The Eighteenth," the latter he has adapted for screen which has placed in four screenwriting competitions. Tim discusses his creative process and screenwriting from his home in Ontario, Canada. He also is in the process of starting a podcast titled "Histories & Mysteries" that features mysteries and strange stories from across North America.
Session #132 - Interview with Rising Star Writer/Producer Jason Goldberg
Rising star writer/producer Jason Goldberg discusses his career development and writing process. His new film "Stay Out of the F***ing Attic" is streaming on Shudder and his name is on The Launch Pad Young & Hungry List and ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List.
About Jason: Jason Goldberg is a member of the Producer's Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. Horror is his genre of choice and has 15 completed feature screenplays and 3 television series that have placed in top writing competitions, including Nicholl, Final Draft's Big Break and Screencraft Horror. Jason landed on The Launch Pad's Young & Hungry List (2018), The Launch Pad's Hit List (2018), and ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List in 2019. He sold "Stay Out of the F*cking Attic" to Top Dead Center Films, which will be hitting Shudder in Q1 2021 and his Hit List script, "Flatwoods" will be going into production summer 2021, with Andy Palmer attached to direct. He's currently producing a cosmic horror film with a-list talent attached, while pushing his own material.
Session #131 - COVID-19 vs. Hollywood 1-Year Anniversary
Like the pandemic that won’t go away, here is our COVID-19 One Year Later in Hollywood episode. What’s changed? What hasn’t? Where do we go from here?
Session #130 - Is Hollywood Dead?
It’s hard to open YouTube without seeing a video on the “Exodus” from Los Angeles and the death of Hollywood. In this session, we debate the health status of Hollywood from the writers’ room to the movie theaters and everything in-between.
Session #129 - Writing movies for the streaming market with writer/producer/director Jeff Deverett.
We speak with producer, director and writer Jeff Deverett about writing movies for the growing streaming market and how his experience, as a lawyer and distributor helped in producing seven movies and distributing three of them on Netflix.
How To Get A Movie On Netflix - Jeff Deverett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXGhUcJArw
Session #128 - Interview with "Antebellum" writers/directors Bush and Rentz
The writing/directing team of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz discuss the genesis of their collaboration and creative journey to “Antebellum” and their upcoming movie and TV projects.
Antebellum Website (Lionsgate): https://www.lionsgate.com/movies/antebellum From Social Action Campaigns to 'Antebellum': Meet Hollywood's Power Directing Duo: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/from-social-action-campaigns-to-antebellum-meet-hollywoods-power-directing-duo
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BushRenz
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bushrenz