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32 minutes | 10 days ago
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? SHOW NOTES: Therefore Films: “Sunspring” AI Multiple: Top 17 AI Trends / Applications in Media& Entertainment  These Lyrics Do Not Exist EMERJ: AI in Movies, Entertainment, and Visual Media – 5 Current Use-Cases Plot Generator (script generator)
19 minutes | 24 days ago
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. SHOW NOTES: Website: authortimgabrielle.com Facebook:Facebook.com/authortimgabrielle Twitter: @timgabrielle Tim's books on Amazon
29 minutes | a month ago
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. Find Jason online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottgoldberg83 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2661125 Shudder: https://www.shudder.com 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.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
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? SHOW NOTES: Session #108 - Our first episode in lockdown
33 minutes | 2 months ago
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. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood’s Obitutary, the Sequel. Now Streaming - The New York Times Movies aren’t dead but Hollywood is struggling Is ‘Everyone’ Leaving Los Angeles in a ‘Mass Exodus’?
34 minutes | 3 months ago
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. SHOW NOTES: Deverettmedia.com: https://www.deverettmedia.com How To Get A Movie On Netflix - Jeff Deverett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXGhUcJArw
34 minutes | 3 months ago
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. SHOW NOTES: 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 Website: http://www.bushrenz.com
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Session #127 - Interview with Heather-Fitzgerald - YA Fantasy Author
Heather Fitzgerald is the author of the young-adult fantasy series The Tethered World. Heather discusses her path to becoming an author, the influences that inspired her and launching a franchise in the Christian book market. SHOW NOTES: Website: http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherLLFitz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherllfitzgerald/ Audio Book Giveaway! First ten (10) to email Heather via her website get a code for a free audio version of one of her books! Make sure to mention you heard her interview on WGTherapy! http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com/contact/
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Session #126 - Taxes for Creatives with Mike Miller, CPA
Our guest is Mike Miller, CPA from Cleveland, Ohio, (disclaimer: Mike is Tom's accountant) to discuss what creatives should consider when preparing their tax returns. Including: What qualifies as a creative performer? Do you need an LLC? What's deductible and what's not? What about stimulus checks and more! SHOW NOTES: Contact Mike Miller at (440) 461-4066 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tom and Rachanee are NOT certified public accounts and this interview is provided for general informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your own tax professional or irs.gov and your state/local tax offices for specific questions regarding your taxes.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Session #125 - Year End Wrap Up with Special Guest Steven Smith
Join us for a not-so-nostalgic look back at this year, a look forward at what's coming, and our special guest Stephen Smith and the Story Behind "A Christmas Carol" webinar. SHOW NOTES: Steven Smith: www.mediasteven.com 'A Christmas Carol: The Surprising Story behind Dickens’ Classic' Webinar (12/23/2020) by the New York Adventure Club
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Session #124 - Interview with Kelley Carter - Entertainment Journalist and Executive Producer
We interview Kelley Carter, the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's "The Undefeated," about her career, starting from her days at Michigan State University, to the Detroit Free Press and USA Today and now creating a scripted drama for Showtime.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
Session #123 - Interview with Miralee Ferrell - Publisher and Award-Winning Novelist
We interview award-winning author and publisher Miralee Ferrell this week. She has published 26 books three of which have been produce by the Hallmark Channel as movies. Her publishing company, Mountain Brook Ink, opened in 2014, is "a publisher of high-quality inspirational fiction,” whose tag line is “fiction you can believe in.” They work with new and established authors, including children’s authors. We discuss her journey as a writer and publisher and her advice for writers trying to get started. SHOW NOTES: Author Website: www.miraleeferrell.com Publishing Website: www.mountainbrookink.com
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Session 122 - Interview with Wendy Wilkins - Award-winning screenwriter and Comedian
We welcome screenwriter/comedian Wendy Wilkins to the podcast this week. Wendy has been a Warner Brothers Writers' Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft's Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalist and a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder along with 50 other competition placements and awards. We discuss her experience in the fellowships and contests, about her path as a writer and her prolific work in stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and around the country.Show NotesWendy on IG: https://www.instagram.com/wendyjean/Wendy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyloveschewyWendy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendyjeanwilkinsWendy on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0929324
47 minutes | 6 months ago
Session 121 - Weird American Film & TV Tropes
American movies and TV shows are watched around the world, but to others, we do some weird stuff. For this lighter session, we analyze the depiction of Americans in entertainment based on the Buzzfeed list “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American.”Show Notes:Buzzfeed article “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American”: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/questions-about-americans-in-movies
26 minutes | 7 months ago
Session 120 - Interview with Libby Ward - Award-Winning Comedy Writer & Author of “Luchadoremice"
In today's session, we interview Libby Ward, the author of the bilingual children's book "Luchadoremice," which she also illustrated, and discuss her work writing for TV ("Be Cool, Scooby Doo!", "Sex Sent Me to the ER," and "Q Wunder"), and her other many talents!SHOW NOTES:Sneaky Varmint (Libby's Website): http://www.sneakyvarmint.com"Luchadoremice": http://www.luchadormice.comLibby on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sneakyvarmintLibby on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sneakyvarmint
29 minutes | 7 months ago
Session 119 - Interview with Julia Irzyk, Head Agent & Owner - The Library Agency
The Library Agency Owner & Head Agent Julia Irzyk is our guest in today’s session. Julia talks about how the landscape is changing for her business and clients with Covid, the WGA/agency battle, and too many zoom meetings, and how to survive it all. Show Notes: The Library Agency: https://www.thelibraryagency.com
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Session 118 - Interview with Robin Who of the Frantastic Stories podcast - Practical podcasting advice
We go meta in this session why you might, or might not, want to start one and giving you some practical how-to advice on producing your podcast. In the interview, we welcome Robin Who, writer and host of the Frantastic Stories podcast with “stories of every shade of life.”Show Notes:Where to find Robin Who online:Website is http://www.frantasticstories.com/Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Pf2KTx2Y1gUaBjG1nLBTD?si=JchZvRZUQ_Cd9om8A1S7mgApple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/frantastic-stories/id1516492380Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frantastic_stories/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrantasticWho
21 minutes | 8 months ago
Session 117 - Interview with Actor/Writer/Producer Susan Gallagher
Susan Gallagher is an actor/writer/producer who can be seen on the former YouTube, now Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” as Homeless Lynn, as well as the upcoming Sam Medina film “22 - The Unforgotten Soldier.” We discuss building your own career and how she’s doing it outside of Hollywood.Show Notes:Cobra Kai on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81002370A Portrait of a Woman at Dawn: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B087J9882TSusan Gallagher online:IMDb: https://www.IMDb.me/SusanGallagherWebsite: http://www.SusanGallagher.comFacebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanGallagherOfficial/Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iamSusanGallagher/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanlGallagherYouTube https://tinyurl.com/Actress-SusanGallagher-YouTube
41 minutes | 9 months ago
Session 116 - Interview with "Power Project" screenwriter Mattson Tomlin - 2020 WGA MBA - Mulin on Disney+ - Back on Set with Covid
In this session, we talk with Mattson Tomlin, the screenwriter of the action/sci-fi Netflix film "Power Project." (23:15) Mattson also scripted and produced the upcoming film "Little Fish" starring Olivia Cooke and has gained attention for being brought onboard to co-write "The Batman" with Matt Reeves. We also discuss the new WGA MBA contract, Mulan and other big budget films on the small screen, and back on set in Covd.SHOW NOTES: "Power Project" on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/watch/802044652020 WGA Theatrical & TV Minimum Basic Agreement: https://www.wga.org/contracts/contracts/mba"Mulan" on Disney+: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mulan-30-disney-makes-big-premium-demand-bet-1306919
27 minutes | 10 months ago
Session 115 - Contained Scripts
Contained scripts are in high demand and it's not just because Covid-19 has made big film productions extremely more complicated and costly. Indie filmmakers have a real opportunity with their smaller productions to find distribution and an audience. Those filmmakers need scripts. We discuss writing a contained script and why you might want to. SHOW NOTES:Inktip: https://www.inktip.comScreenwriter Staffing: https://www.screenwritingstaffing.com/Network ISA Writing Gigs: https://www.networkisa.org/writinggigs
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