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Emmy-Nominated TV Writer David Mandel Goes Wide On “VEEP”

Emmy-Nominated TV Writer David Mandel Goes Wide On “VEEP”

David Mandel wrote the final episode of the highly-acclaimed TV series VEEP. He is a storied screenwriter who boasts writing credits on popular TV comedy shows including Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. VEEP is a political satire that cuts close to the bone. It’s a fine line between comedy and reality. But VEEP […]

 Jeff York

It’s a New Era Of Anything Goes For Scripted Television

It’s a New Era Of Anything Goes For Scripted Television

For anyone interested in writing for television, or for any viewer wanting something different from the standard TV fare, 2019 represents a new era of “anything goes.” If rules are meant to be broken, scripted series television has embraced that philosophy with a vengeance. It’s a revolutionary time for the industry as the norms of […]

 Jeff York

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

When the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2019 Oscars is so chock full of worthy competitors that the heralded likes of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Three Identical Strangers, Dark Money, and The Shirkers weren’t even nominated, you know documentaries have reached a golden age. Just look at the weekly releases on Netflix, HBO, […]

 Jim

Deborah Oppenheimer & Mark Jonathan Harris Explore Trauma & Resilience of Foster Children in Their Documentary Film “Foster”

Deborah Oppenheimer & Mark Jonathan Harris Explore Trauma & Resilience of Foster Children in Their Documentary Film “Foster”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ― Nelson Mandela The Los Angeles County Department Of Children & Family Services manages the largest foster care system in the country. The sheer numbers of children in the foster care system combined with the audience’s […]

 Jim

“Writing Is In The Rewrite” Says HBO Story Analyst Mark Chandley

“Writing Is In The Rewrite” Says HBO Story Analyst Mark Chandley

Mark Chandley reads a lot of scripts – good ones – bad ones – and everything in between. As a story analyst for HBO and other organizations, as well as a writer’s assistant for A-list film and TV writer Roger Wolfson, Mark spoke with Creative Screenwriting Magazine about what makes a good script analyst. What’s […]