Episodes

Take 35 - Showrunner and Doctor Neal Baer, ER, Designated Survivor

July 29, 2021

We talk to doctor-turned-writer and showrunner Neal Baer. He talks us though his journey on ER, the public service he performs and the lives he has saved through television. We cover the anti-science movement, the joy of working with execs who give you freedom to be creative and the challenge of t…

Take 34 - Special Episode - Screenwriter Noah Evslin - with guest co-host Paul Bae

July 22, 2021

On a special episode, we push Noah Evslin into the guest hot seat and the creator of the world's most successful scripted podcast Paul Bae joins as co-host. Noah talks about his experience of rejection, failure and adversity. He talks about the risks of leaving the relatively safe world of producin…

Take 33 - Actor, writer, showrunner Jonathan Lloyd Walker, Van Helsing, Snowpiercer

July 15, 2021

We talk to Canadian-British actor and producer Jonathan Lloyd Walker. He talks about his career, moving between disciplines and the different types of rejection he has met in each one. He explains how he had a fast start in writing, thinking it was easy and then quickly finding out it wasn’t. Jona…

Take 32 - Writer Thunder Levin, Sharknado

July 8, 2021

It is a cultural phenomenon that beautifully treads the line between disaster film and farce. We talk to the writer of the first four Sharknado movies Thunder Levin. He talks about the success of the franchise, his 'rock star' moment on the stage at Comic Con and his attempts to be a 'serious scien…

Take 31 - Writer and showrunner David Steinberg, Slackers, American Pie 2, No Good Nick

July 1, 2021

Fired, banned from set, thrown off projects, fired again, briefly blackballed. An extraordinary interview with writer and show creator David Steinberg about his journey from an arrogant youngster, to rebuilding his career and achieving success - with a few more firings and one more set ban along th…

Take 30 - Screenwriter and Producer Steven DeKnight, Buffy, Smallville, Spartacus, Daredevil

June 24, 2021

We talk to producer and screenwriter Steven S. DeKnight. He talks about his career highlight working on Spartacus, the opportunities he missed that led to him taking that meeting and the challenges (and excitement) working on Marvel's Daredevil. He talks honestly about when to push back on execs, h…

Take 29 - Actor and director Keegan Connor Tracy - Battlestar Galactica, The Magicians

June 17, 2021

We talk to actor-turned-director Keegan Connor Tracy, She tells us why she chose to try her hand at directing, the struggles of starting from the bottom again but why now is the right time for her. She talks about the lack of role models behind the camera when she was acting, how she wants to chang…

Take 28 - Writer and showrunner Michael Fuller, Quarry, The Mosquito Coast

June 10, 2021

We talk to Michael Fuller who talks us through the pain and heartbreak of his show Quarry being cut, how he used cigarettes and bourbon to get through it and the balance between being a showrunner and being part of other people's shows. He talks about the dilemma of writing your soul and writing to…

Take 27 - Show creator Melissa London Hilfers, Monarch

June 3, 2021

We talk to lawyer-turned-writer Melissa London Hilfers. She talks about her transition from attorney to entertainment, what her old colleagues think of her new role (and how they are easily impressed by celebrity namedropping) and the sense of achievement she gets from her creative work. In painful…

Take 26 - Show creator, writer and Emmy winner Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Lost, Dark Crystal

May 27, 2021

This week's guest is the extraordinary writer, creator and double Emmy winner Javier Grillo-Marxuach. He works out how many of his 23 shows have been cancelled (a few), how many he has quit (some) and which were the ones he cared most about and were most proud of (The Middleman). We talk about how …

Take 25 - Writer Akela Cooper, Luke Cage, The 100

May 20, 2021

We talk to the extraordinary writer and producer Akela Cooper. She talks about combatting the loneliness of writing, particularly during a pandemic, the sage advice of her mother and the discipline of constantly working on her own projects even when in a room. Akela talks honestly and openly about …

Take 24 - Showrunner and writer Glen Mazzara, Walking Dead, The Shield

May 13, 2021

We talk to legendary writer, show creator and exec producer Glen Mazzara. He talks about crisis training in the entertainment industry, how he still suffers from imposter syndrome and the time a knife fight broke out on the Shield when prostitutes mixed with actresses playing prostitutes. Glen told…

Take 23 - Blind Writer Ryan Knighton, Cockeyed, In the Dark

May 6, 2021

We talk to the extraordinary Ryan Knighton, a blind writer of books and TV. He explains how blindness helps him with the art of describing scenes, using the time he doesn't spend on driving and video games to perfect his craft and the risks of being typecast and only being asked to work on visual i…

Take 22 - Writer and Showrunner Kira Snyder - Handmaid's Tale, The 100

April 29, 2021

We talk to Kira Snyder, computer game designer-turned-writer and now showrunner. She talks about the 'new' Hollywood and its concern for mental health and wellbeing, how working in corporate America has helped her prepare to be a showrunner and why working on Eureka was so fulfilling. Kira talks ab…

Take 21 - Graphic Novelist and screenwriter Bryan Hill, Titans and Batman and the Outsiders

April 22, 2021

We talk to writer and graphic novelist Bryan Hill. He tells us about an extraordinarily cruel early rejection, how he channeled that, and other setbacks, into success and why he feels without failure he wouldn’t have done what he’s done. Bryan talks passionately about dealing with setbacks, staying…

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Take 20 - Showrunner Joe Henderson, White Collar, Lucifer

April 15, 2021

We talk to showrunner Joe Henderson about his Hollywood journey. He talks about his formative years as an assistant and how he is grateful for the extended period he spent at this position - but then also about his triple promotion. Joe talks about the complications of Lucifer: the odd premise, the…

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Take 19 - Writer Jeffrey Lieber, Lost, Charmed

April 8, 2021

We hear the fascinating take of Jeffrey Lieber, the creator of the first version of the Lost pilot. We talk about how he dealt with his relationship with the show as it went in a different direction, the years it took him to process it and his views on the show and how the ending was received. He t…

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Take 18 - Writer Jose Molina, Law and Order SVU, Without a Trace, Agent Carter

April 1, 2021

We talk to veteran writer Jose Molina. He talks through the balance between finding a long-running show, finding a show you like and making bold and reckless decision early in your career. He explains why young writers should actually take advice from their mentors, even if they think none of the r…