Episodes

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 namedroppin…

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 …

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 h…

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 …

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 cra…

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…

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 wh…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

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 pr…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

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…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

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 shoul…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 17 - Journalist, podcaster and writer Marc Bernardin, Castle Rock, Treadstone

March 25, 2021

We talk to Marc Bernardin about his different careers and the different types of failure he suffered. He talks about journalism, being fired while on vacation and knowing when to break the rules and reach out to interview su…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 16 - Writer and WGA West President David Goodman, Family Guy, The Orville

March 18, 2021

We talk to David Goodman, veteran writer and WGA West President. He talks about the pain of a comedy writer pitching jokes that don’t land, the thin line to tread between comedy and causing offense and knowing you’ll get fir…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 15 - Show creator Mickey Fisher, Extant, Reverie

March 11, 2021

We talk to show creator Mickey Fisher. He tells us about how his 'overnight success' wasn't actually overnight, being fired in hotel rooms and having his gate pass for the studio revoked as the first sign his show was gettin…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 14 - Showrunner John Rogers, Catwoman, Leverage, Transformers

March 4, 2021

We talk to the amazing John Rogers. The veteran writer and showrunner gives his views from 30 years in the industry. He tells the amazing story of the awful Catwoman, how he owned his role in the movie, what went wrong and b…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film

Take 13 - Writer Shawn Simmons, Wayne

Feb. 25, 2021

We talk to the extraordinary Shawn Simmons about his cult hit Wayne. He tells us about the rare occurrence of having his network cancelled under his show, the joy of a show being reborn on Amazon and the 'heat' of having a h…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 12 - Writer Jeff Howard, Haunting of Hill House, Oculus, I Know What You did Last Summer

Feb. 18, 2021

We talk to horror writer Jeff Howard. He tells us about being rejected - with various levels of misfortune - by Nicolas Cage, John Stamos and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He talks about the kiss of death 'well told', the desir…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 11 - Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Star Trek, Alphas, Elementary

Feb. 11, 2021

Prodigious writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe joins the podcast. He talks honestly about missing out on his dream Lord of the Rings project, the amount of time spent continuously looking for his next role and his ratio of 8 failures…

Hollywood Writer Actor Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 10 - Actor and writer Geoffrey Thorne, In the Heat of the Night, Magnum PI

Feb. 1, 2021

We talk to actor and writer Geoffrey Thorne. The actor turned writer tells his extraordinary story of riches to rags and back to riches again. He talks about why he walked away from a successful acting career in In the Heat …

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 9 - John Zaozirny, President of Bellevue Productions

Jan. 28, 2021

We talk to writer-turned-manager John Zaozirny, President of Bellevue Productions. He talks about his move from writing to management, stories of firing and being fired and why he loves the industry. John talks about being f…

Hollywood Actor Rejection Tv & Film Arts

Take 8 - Actress Ann Cusack, The Boys, Sully, A League of Their Own

Jan. 21, 2021

We talk to the amazing Ann Cusack. She speaks honestly about the process of dealing with rejection, what she learned from the roles she didn’t get and the obsession with social media and the illusion of success. She talks ab…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 7 - Writer and showrunner Matthew Federman, Jericho, Blood and Treasure

Jan. 14, 2021

We talk to writer and showrunner Matthew Federman. He talks about how he runs a writing room and pro-actively solves problems, the mistakes he made pitching and what he's learned from brilliant bosses. He explains the slight…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Tv & Film Arts

Take 6 - Screenwriter Grant Pierce Myers, The Maze Runner

Jan. 7, 2021

We talk to Maze Runner writer Grant Pierce Myers. He tells us about getting a movie green lit and being fired in a single phone call, the challenge of backing up a hit with a second success and the importance of courtesy amo…

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 5 - Writer and showrunner Sheryl J.Anderson, Sweet Magnolias, Charmed.

Dec. 28, 2020

We talk to the extraordinary Sheryl J. Anderson, veteran writer and showrunner. She tells us how 'famous, toxic' writers' rooms taught her how to lead her own show the right way, her regrets about not speaking up to protect …

Hollywood Writer Rejection Failure Tv & Film Arts

Take 4 - Screenwriter Dan Hernandez, Detective Pikachu, the Tick and 1600 Penn.

Dec. 22, 2020

We talk to screenwriter Dan Hernandez. He tells us about how he handled the pressure of writing fan favorite Detective Pikachu, the big opportunities that got away in his career and going to high school with Josh Gad. He exp…