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The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

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The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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674 Ratings
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Great Podcast

By bufflord - Oct 05 2018
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Really enjoyed this podcast.

Peak behind the curtain...

By Rmontanti - Aug 06 2018
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As an aspiring TV writer, there's no greater podcast you can listen to. Really. Keep'em coming!

iTunes Ratings

674 Ratings
Average Ratings
559
59
26
11
19

Great Podcast

By bufflord - Oct 05 2018
Read more
Really enjoyed this podcast.

Peak behind the curtain...

By Rmontanti - Aug 06 2018
Read more
As an aspiring TV writer, there's no greater podcast you can listen to. Really. Keep'em coming!

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The Writers Panel with Ben Blacker

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The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

Rank #1: Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton

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The It's Always Sunny in Philadephia writers and co-stars discuss their now-airing 12th season, changing the face of TV comedy, how their show is written, and more. Co-hosted by Sunny super-fan Jenny Klein (Supernatural; Jessica Jones).

Jan 10 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #2: RICK AND MORTY

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Creators/executive producers Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland, and writer/producer Ryan Ridley. Moderated by Variety executive editor Debra Birnbaum.Recorded at ATX Television Fest in June 2015.

Feb 06 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #3: Bojack Horseman

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Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and designer Lisa Hanawalt discuss the conception of the animated comedy, Raphael's inspiration from Lisa's middle-school drawings, the freedom of working with Netflix, going dark and serialized, and lots more.Get the new digital-only comics from Ben Acker & Ben Blacker at http://thrillingadventurehour.com/wordpress/comic-books/. Origin issues of The Thrilling Adventure Hour's Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and Beyond Belief!

Nov 18 2014

1hr 19mins

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Rank #4: New writers!

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Judalina Neira (who went from the NBC writers program to being writers' assistant on Do No Harm) and Heidi Cole McAdams (who moved from development to writing for ABC's Intelligence), so-called “baby writers,” staff writers who recently have been given their first break, sit down with Ben Blacker and Wade McIntyre (Intelligence) to talk about breaking in, agents, and everything new TV writers should know.

Apr 29 2014

1hr 34mins

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Rank #5: Legend of Korra/Avatar: the Last Airbender

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Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino talk about bringing their adventure/action/comedy/coming-of-age animated series to the screen, finding a new process for producing animated television, their non-cancelation, the big screen adaptation, and lots more. The “Book 3” finale is available this Friday at http://www.nick.com/legend-of-korra/videos/ and on many other platforms!

Aug 19 2014

1hr 34mins

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Rank #6: Shane Black

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The writer-director-Christmas enthusiast, whose new film The Nice Guys opens May 20, discusses his interests and process, being called a hack, success and failure, and all of his films, including Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man Three, and more. Recorded May 1, 2016 at the Nerdist Theater at Meltdown Comics.

May 17 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #7: Bryan Fuller

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The creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me discusses his work habits, putting a philosophy in every scene, death, collaboration, Star Trek, and lots more.Recorded January 19, 2014.

Feb 25 2014

1hr 44mins

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Rank #8: 400th Episode! Live at Dynasty Typewriter

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Ben records the 400th episode of The Writers Panel Live at Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles featuring an incredible panel of writers and showrunners, including:

Caroline Dries (NBC's upcoming Witchblade; DC Universe's upcoming Batwoman; Vampire Diaries)

LaToya Morgan (creator of AMC's upcoming adaptation of Hugh Howey's Wool; Into the Badlands)

Alexandra Cunningham (showrunner, Bravo's upcoming Dirty John series; creator of Chance and Prime Suspect)

Monica Owuso-Breen (upcoming: Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot; creator, Midnight, Texas; Lost; Alias)

Christine Boylan (upcoming Painkiller Jane movie; The Punisher; Cloak & Dagger)

Shernold Edwards (upcoming, CBS's Red Line; Anne with an E)

Angela Kang (showrunner, The Walking Dead)

Gennifer Hutchison (upcoming Welcome to Night Vale series; Better Call Saul; Breaking Bad)

Recorded Live at the Dynasty Typewriter Theater on August 26, 2018.

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 CO-PRODUCTION OF THE FOREVER DOG PODCAST NETWORK AND THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL.

http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panel

http://atxfestival.com

Sep 04 2018

1hr 53mins

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Rank #9: Better Call Saul season 3 in review

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Co-creator/showrunner Peter Gould and writers Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Gordon Smith, Ann Cherkis, and Heather Marion discuss the third season of the AMC series, bringing back (introducing?) Gus Fring, their process and the show's depictions of process, turning Jimmy into Saul, and what comes next.

Jan 16 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #10: “Bottle Episodes” (ATX TV Festival 2018) + Bonus Interview w/ Maggie Friedman

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"Bottle Episodes" from the ATX Television Festival 2018. Panelists: Michael Jacobs (Boy Meets World); Anthony Hemingway (Underground); John Wirth (Hell On Wheels); and Kevin Falls (The West Wing). Moderated by Ben Blacker. Recorded June 9, 2018 at the ATX Television Festival, Austin TX.

Plus a bonus interview with Maggie Friedman (Eastwick, Witches of East End) about the open ended mythology of witchcraft and the art of creating compelling, credible TV witches.

The 400th Episode of The Writers Panel is recording live at the Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles on Sun 8/26!

Buy Tickets Here: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/calendar/2018/8/26writerspanel/iwasheretoo

Ben's new Vertigo book HEX WIVES is coming out 10/31! Please pre-order by calling your local comic book store. If enough of you do this, we’ll get to make more of this thing we like making. Yeah!!! Find your local comic book store here: https://comicshoplocator.com/Home/1/1/57/575

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 CO-PRODUCTION OF THE FOREVER DOG PODCAST NETWORK AND THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL.

http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panel

http://atxfestival.com

Aug 21 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: The Leftovers

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Writer/creator Damon Lindelof, director/executive producer Mimi Leder, and co-stars Ann Dowd, Chris Eccleston, Carrie Coon discuss the first season of the HBO series and what's coming next. Recorded June 7, 2015 at ATX

Sep 08 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #12: John Green

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The author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and more discusses discovering young adult fiction, the invention of characters, how his stories take shape, his earnest love of The Babysitters Club books, and more; he even drops some hints about his next novel! Recorded at NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis, MN on October 14, 2016.

Nov 01 2016

1hr 43mins

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Rank #13: Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Joe Henderson

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Dan Harmon (creator, Community); Chris McKenna (Community); Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (creators, Surviving Jack and $#*! My Dad Says); and Joe Henderson (Graceland; White Collar).Recorded January 12, 2014.

Jan 28 2014

1hr 49mins

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Rank #14: “Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed” from Wondercon

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Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) hosts Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead; creator, Damien), Richard Hatem (Dead of Summer; Damien; Witches of East End), Meredith Averill (Jane the Virgin; creator, Star-Crossed), Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys; Hunters; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Recorded at WonderCon in Los Angeles on March 26, 2016.

May 07 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Patton Oswalt and John Hodgman

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Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt's new book, Silver Screen Fiend, is out now. In this chat with author, humorist, and actor John Hodgman, Patton talks about how the book came to be, his love of movies, comedy, and lots more. Recorded at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, NY, on January 6, 2014. Enormous special thanks to Rachael Berkey for her assistance in recording.

Jan 13 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: "The Spy Who Dumped Me" Creators + Bonus Interview w/ Amber Benson

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The creators of the brand new action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, Susanna Fogel (writer/director) and David Iserson (writer), join Ben to talk about the making of the film and why it often takes 10 years to become an overnight success in Hollywood.

Plus a bonus interview with actress/writer Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Witches of Echo Park) about the art of witchcraft, playing witches, and more.

Ben's new Vertigo book HEX WIVES is coming out 10/31! Please pre-order by calling your local comic book store. If enough of you do this, we’ll get to make more of this thing we like making. Yeah!!! Find your local comic book store here: https://comicshoplocator.com/Home/1/1/57/575

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 CO-PRODUCTION OF THE FOREVER DOG PODCAST NETWORK AND THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL.

http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panel

http://atxfestival.com

Jul 31 2018

1hr 37mins

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Rank #17: Noah Hawley and Fargo

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Noah Hawley (creator of My Generation and The Unusuals) talks about adapting the Coen Brothers' movie for the ten-episode FX series, the atypical writing and production process for the show, and what may come next. PLUS: Hawley, producer Warren Littlefield, and Fargo stars Allison Tolman and Keith Carradine in a panel moderated by Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall following a screening of episode 9 at ATX Television Festival in Austin on June 7, 2014.

Jun 17 2014

1hr 24mins

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Rank #18: TV Executives

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CBS's Bryan Seabury, Sony's Chris Parnell, and Caitlin Foito of ABC Studios take you inside the TV pitching and selling process from another perspective. Their candid conversation covers how decisions are made, what works in pitching and selling, the shifting marketplace, and how the best advice is to make the TV you want to see.

Feb 03 2015

1hr 49mins

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Rank #19: Terence Winter

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The creator of Boardwalk Empire and Oscar nominee for his adaptation of the Wolf of Wall Street talks about his start in sit-coms, short-lived, and syndicated shows, lessons from great rooms (including The Sopranos), his interests in crime and cons (and some that he's pulled), and wrapping up his Empire.

Jul 22 2014

1hr 24mins

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Rank #20: Future Man

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Creators Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir (Sausage Party) and showrunner Ben Karlin (Modern Family; The Daily Show) discuss their new Hulu series, a sci-fi comedy.

Nov 14 2017

43mins

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