TV Interviews

screenwriting for TV and streaming series

 Brock Swinson

“Improving Bulletproof Drafts” Mark Bomback on ‘Defending Jacob,’ ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain,’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequels 

“Improving Bulletproof Drafts” Mark Bomback on ‘Defending Jacob,’ ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain,’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequels 

Mark Bomback’s screenwriting education came from reading hundreds of screenplays. While working in an agency mailroom, he volunteered to read and provide coverage on submitted scripts, which taught him how to write, but also how not to write. “I would read whatever scripts were submitted for possible purchase and give my recommendations as to what […]

 Brock Swinson

“It’s Not Magic, It’s Logic” Say Josh Pate & Shannon Burke, Creators Of ‘Outer Banks’

“It’s Not Magic, It’s Logic” Say Josh Pate & Shannon Burke, Creators Of ‘Outer Banks’

Shannon Burke is the author several novels including Safelight, Black Flies, and Into the Savage Country. Recently, he decided to partner with his screenwriting friends, brothers Jonas and Josh Pate to work on a coming-of-age, action-adventure story for Netflix. “I kept writing my novels, but simultaneously, I would work on this parallel screenwriting career,” said Burke. […]

 Jim

“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

“Emotional Procedural” How Showrunner Austin Winsberg Classifies ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

Musical comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been a welcome hit for NBC with its whimsical depiction of Zoey Clarke’s (Jane Levy) power of hearing and interpreting the innermost thoughts of characters as they expressed themselves through song. Showrunner, Austin Winsberg (9JKL, Gossip Girl) spoke Creative Screenwriting Magazine about adapting his story of losing his father […]

 Jim

“A Tug Of War Between Story & Jokes” John Harvatine IV & Tom Root Discuss Their Animated Comedy ‘Crossing Swords’

“A Tug Of War Between Story & Jokes” John Harvatine IV & Tom Root Discuss Their Animated Comedy ‘Crossing Swords’

The world of adult animation has forged a reputation on our television screens. Animated TV shows like Robot Chicken, Archer, and South Park have entertained adult, and not so adult, audiences for decades and show no signs of slowing down. Robot Chicken alumni John Harvatine IV and Tom Root spoke with Creative Screenwriting Magazine about their […]

 Brock Swinson

“Creative Freedom Through Structure” Anna Winger on Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’

“Creative Freedom Through Structure” Anna Winger on Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’

Anna Winger has done a little bit of everything. She got her start in photography, where she did some commercial work and some documentary work, but across the board, if you have to summarize her career, she’s a storyteller at heart. “It happened by chance that I became a screenwriter,” she confessed. Previously, she traveled […]