Episodes
A panel interview with Mary Laws (creator, Monsterland); Brannon Braga (director/co-writer, Books of Blood); and Matt Morgan (producer, Helstrom). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 10/06/20
A panel interview with Neasa Hardiman (writer/director, Sea Fever); Matt Negrete (co-creator, The Walking Dead: World Beyond); and Aaron B. Koontz (director/co-writer, The Pale Door). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 09/29/20
Lost premiered 16 years ago today. Co-creator Damon Lindelof has been a frequent and welcome guest on the podcast. To celebrate Lost-iversary, revisit this conversation from 2012 when Damon was transitioning from massive TV success to movies like the Aliens tie-in Prometheus and JJ Abrams' Star Trek films. A triumphant return to showrunning, with The Leftovers in 2014 and Watchmen in 2019, were still years away. A fascinating period for a remarkable writer.
Published 09/23/20
Justin Simien is the mind behind the terrific movie and TV show Dear White People as well as the new horror-comedy Bad Hair (premiering on Hulu 10/23). Justin has thoughtful, smart, funny things to say both in his movies and this podcast! Some great concepts about writing stories to believe in, art and commerce, process, humor, and SHADE. Don't miss this one.
Published 09/22/20
TV and feature writer and director Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; The Devil Wears Prada) answers questions from DePaul University's Showrunners class about drama and comedy, movies and TV, finding your voice, and more.
Published 09/10/20
Panel interview with Denitria Harris-Lawrence (David Makes Man; Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.); Rachel Shukert (creator, The Baby-Sitters Club; GLOW); and Kathleen Jordan (creator, Teenage Bounty Hunters; American Princess).
Published 09/01/20
Infinity Train is a lovely, emotional, weird show that your whole family can enjoy. In today's episode the team behind the show including Creator Owen Dennis, Supervising Director Madeline Queripel, and writers Alex Horab, Justin Michael, and Lindsay Katai discuss the creation and process of Infinity Train.
Published 08/27/20
Panel interview with Ashley Nicole Black (A Black Lady Sketch Show; Ted Lasso); Kirk Moore (13 Reasons Why; American Crime); and Yassir Lester (Black Monday; Girls). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Published 08/25/20
Enlisted and Cougar Town creator Kevin Biegel answers questions from the DePaul University Showrunners class and is, as always, helpful, positive, and funny.
Published 08/04/20
Steven Canals (Pose) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV showrunners.
Published 07/07/20
Throwback to an ATX Television Festival panel on writing TV in the wake of the 2016 Election. Recorded June 9, 2017. With Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Michael Rauch, Julie Plec, Beau Willimon, Liz Tigelaar, and Paul Garnes.
Published 06/23/20
“Hollywood, The Sequel” is a new podcast from LAist Studios hosted by journalist John Horn.
Published 06/23/20
Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time) answers questions from DePaul University writing students as part of a class on TV showrunners.
Published 06/16/20
Blow the Man Down writer/directors Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy.
Published 06/03/20
Ben Blacker and special co-host J. Holtham (Jessica Jones, Supergirl, Cloak & Dagger) talk to the creator of Tales from the Loop, Nathaniel Halpern.
Published 05/26/20
Join host Michael Ian Black as he teams up with a Cold War scholar to explore the truth about Operation Paperclip.
Published 05/26/20
For the past year, Justin Long has gotten a peek inside the minds of actors, musicians and deep thinkers from all over. What makes them tick and how they find meaning in life? As Justin celebrates a full year of his podcast "Life is Short," he’s joined by a very special guest: his friend Dax Shepard. Justin and Dax chat about life and all its complexities, from managing relationships during quarantine to some of Dax’s biggest roles, to the legacy he hopes he doesn’t leave for his kids. Listen...
Published 05/14/20
Ben talks to Alena Smith (Dickinson) and Tony McNamara (The Great) about revolutionizing the TV period drama.
Published 05/12/20
Survivor premiered 20 years ago this week and has been a ratings juggernaut and CBS stalwart since, heading into its season 40 finale this month. Host Ben Blacker is a big fan of the series and, specifically, of host and showrunner Jeff Probst and his intuitive, empathetic, and conversational interview style. In 2016, Blacker got the opportunity to sit down with Probst to talk about showrunning, storytelling in the non-scripted medium, Probst's YA book "Stranded," and lots more. Originally...
Published 05/05/20
Being a boss, quarantine hacks and exciting new technology with Dana Fox (co-creator, Home Before Dark); Jeffrey Howard (The Haunting of Hill House; Midnight Mass); Jessica Amento (upcoming: creator, Obsessed). FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER: Dana Fox: http://twitter.com/inthehenhouse Jeffrey Howard: http://twitter.com/jeffreyhoward33 Jessica Amento: https://twitter.com/JessicaAmento CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 04/28/20
Published 04/28/20
Being a boss, quarantine hacks and exciting new technology with Dana Fox (co-creator, Home Before Dark); Jeffrey Howard (The Haunting of Hill House; Midnight Mass); Jessica Amento (upcoming: creator, Obsessed). FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER: Dana Fox: http://twitter.com/inthehenhouse Jeffrey Howard: http://twitter.com/jeffreyhoward33 Jessica Amento: https://twitter.com/JessicaAmento CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL...
Published 04/28/20
Old sample scripts with Liz Benjamin (What/If; Man in the High Castle; 13 Reasons Why); Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty; upcoming: She Hulk); Micah Schraft (Mrs. America; Jane the Virgin; Jessica Jones) FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lizbenjamin https://twitter.com/ChairmanGao CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 04/21/20
Old sample scripts with Liz Benjamin (What/If; Man in the High Castle; 13 Reasons Why); Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty; upcoming: She Hulk); Micah Schraft (Mrs. America; Jane the Virgin; Jessica Jones) FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lizbenjamin https://twitter.com/ChairmanGao CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A FOREVER DOG...
Published 04/21/20
Lunch PTSD with Dahvi Waller (creator, Mrs. America) and Julia Yorks (Puss in Boots; Skylander Academy) THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BLUECHEW! Visit BlueChew.com and get your first shipment FREE when use our special promo code PANEL -- Just pay $5 shipping. FOLLOW THE GUESTS ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DahviWaller https://twitter.com/juliayorks CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA  https://twitter.com/BENBLACKER https://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanel THE...
Published 04/07/20