Brock Swinson

“Stories that Remain in You” Gideon Raff on ‘Homeland’, ‘The Spy’, & ‘Prisoners of War’

“Stories that Remain in You” Gideon Raff on ‘Homeland’, ‘The Spy’, & ‘Prisoners of War’

“Like many screenwriters, I have thousands of notebooks. Some of them I don’t even look back to, but they feed future ideas and themes you’re dealing with,” said screenwriter/director Gideon Raff. “When I start a project, I have a world of ideas that won’t fit into a two-hour or a four-hour story, but they’re intruding […]

 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 […]

 Brock Swinson

“Roger Was Fox and Fox Was Roger” Alex Metcalf On Roger Ailes In ‘The Loudest Voice’

“Roger Was Fox and Fox Was Roger” Alex Metcalf On Roger Ailes In ‘The Loudest Voice’

Fox news changed the face of news on our TV screens forever. The term “opinion” news blurred the lines between fact and fantasy. Originally devised as a “fair and balanced” antidote to the left-leaning media, Fox News became a polarizing phenomenon. The Loudest Voice explores the origins of its founder Roger Ailes and his prickly […]

 Brock Swinson

Brett Johnson And Michael Tolkin Talk “Escape At Dannemora”

Brett Johnson And Michael Tolkin Talk “Escape At Dannemora”

Escape At Dannemora could have been a typical docu-drama prison escape mini-series based on a true story. Screenwriters Brett Johnson, who boasts writing credits on Mad Men and Castle, and Michael Tolkin who wrote Deep Impact and The Player, took great care to craft a considered, prestige drama about deeply flawed characters searching for happiness. The […]

 Brock Swinson

“Writing Brick-by-Brick.” Showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis Talks Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

“Writing Brick-by-Brick.” Showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis Talks Showtime’s ‘The Chi’

Chicago South Side drama The Chi is back for a second season. Showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis sat down with Creative Screenwriting Magazine to discuss her screenwriting career and what goes into running the show. Ayanna Floyd Davis is originally from Ohio, but she went to Grad School in Chicago. “I thought I wanted to be […]