Writers Group Therapy

Rachanee Lumayno and Tom Loveman

Writers Group Therapy is a podcast by writers for writers. We cover timeless topics for writers on the craft, important issues related to the business of writing, and interviews with up-and-coming and established writers, agents, and other people who will appear in a writer's life at some point in their journey.

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Seasons Greetings! We hope all your holidays are happy and healthy. In this session, we chat about the holidays and what we, as writers, think would make great gifts for the writer in your life.   SHOW NOTES: Purple Seat Cushion/Lumbar Support: https://share.purple.com/by/WGTherapy Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com Inktip: https://www.inktip.com ISAConnect: https://www.networkisa.org Filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com

Dec 7

25 min 40 sec

This session, we chat with cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo who teamed up as screenwriters and filmmakers and discuss their separate journeys and writing Marvel’s “Eternals” and their other upcoming projects. Show Notes: Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.firpo/ Kaz on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazfirpo/ Eternals: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9032400

Nov 23

38 min 49 sec

The end of an era. Tom is leaving Los Angeles and heading back to Cleveland, Ohio. We discuss his nine years in Hollywood, what he accomplished, learned, and what he’s taking with him to continue screenwriting outside of Tinsel Town. SHOW NOTES: Literary Cleveland: https://www.litcleveland.org Cleveland Film Commission: https://www.clevelandfilm.com Cleveland Indie Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clevelandindieclub

Nov 2

22 min 59 sec

In this session, we talk with Zimran Jacob, writer and showrunner’s assistant on shows including “Narcos,” “The Punisher,” and “Hannibal.” He delves into his path to becoming a writer and what it takes to be an effective showrunner’s assistant.   SHOW NOTES: Roadmap Writers: https://www.roadmapwriters.com WAN Writers Workshop: https://writersassistants.com Zimran on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/zimranjacob Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zimmydreamsofmovies IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5900463/ UCLA Extension Writing Program: https://writers.uclaextension.edu Script Anatomy: https://scriptanatomy.com

Oct 19

29 min 43 sec

Rachanee and Tom are back from their pandemic Summer breaks with updates on what they and the industry have been up to and what’s coming next. SHOW NOTES: Listen to Rachanee on “Two Book Bitches” Listen to Tom talk James Cameron’s “The Abyss” with Sam Gasch on the Ideal Remake podcast “Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in Rachanee’s Kingdom Legacy series. Available online at these e-bookstores: https://books2read.com/rachanee On Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736181114 Tom's word game for Android and iOS - Wordcursion: http://www.wordcursion.com Play games with Tom on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zumonchurocka CandyHidra PNGTuber Artist: https://www.fiverr.com/candyhidra

Oct 5

32 min 18 sec

Looking for some Summer reading or a new game to while away the hours? This session, we discuss our recent projects; Rachanee’s new YA fantasy novel “Heir of Amber and Fire” and Tom’s just launched head-to-head mobile word find game “Wordcursion.” Both are available at links below in the show notes. This session marks the end of our 4th year! We’ll be on Summer break for a the next couple months. Look for new sessions in August. Thanks for listening!   SHOW NOTES: Wordcursion on Google Play Wordcursion Website Follow @Wordcursion on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for iOS launch news and updates   About “Heir of Amber and Fire” Jennica is a princess on the run. On the run from an arranged marriage. On the run from a king whose mysterious plans could completely destroy her beloved home, the magical kingdom of Calia. And, she hopes, she's running toward the truth of her heritage. To uncover the mysteries of her past, Princess Jennica will have to rely on a dragon seeker and his team to lead her to the creature who once kidnapped her mother. But how can she fully trust her allies, when she knows she must betray them? “Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in the Kingdom Legacy series. Available online at these e-bookstores On Amazon Visit Rachanee's website (rachanee.net) and follow her on Twitter and Instagram for book updates

May 18

26 min 33 sec

Artificial Intelligence already suggests what movies and shows to watch on Netflix, what products to buy on Amazon, and writes stories about sports scores, weather reports and stock prices that you hear on the radio and TV. With technology already able to create real actors in movies, and soon their voices, what’s next for A.I. in Hollywood? Experiments in A.I. screenwriting are ongoing. Should you worry? SHOW NOTES: Therefore Films: “Sunspring” AI Multiple: Top 17 AI Trends / Applications in Media& Entertainment [2021] These Lyrics Do Not Exist EMERJ: AI in Movies, Entertainment, and Visual Media – 5 Current Use-Cases Plot Generator (script generator)

May 4

32 min 5 sec

We talk with horror author and screenwriter Tim Gabrielle. He has two novels, "This Land of Monsters" and "The Eighteenth," the latter he has adapted for screen which has placed in four screenwriting competitions. Tim discusses his creative process and screenwriting from his home in Ontario, Canada. He also is in the process of starting a podcast titled "Histories & Mysteries" that features mysteries and strange stories from across North America.  SHOW NOTES: Website: authortimgabrielle.com Facebook:Facebook.com/authortimgabrielle Twitter: @timgabrielle Tim's books on Amazon

Apr 20

18 min 52 sec

Rising star writer/producer Jason Goldberg discusses his career development and writing process. His new film "Stay Out of the F***ing Attic" is streaming on Shudder and his name is on The Launch Pad Young & Hungry List and ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List. Find Jason online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottgoldberg83 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2661125 Shudder: https://www.shudder.com About Jason: Jason Goldberg is a member of the Producer's Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. Horror is his genre of choice and has 15 completed feature screenplays and 3 television series that have placed in top writing competitions, including Nicholl, Final Draft's Big Break and Screencraft Horror. Jason landed on The Launch Pad's Young & Hungry List (2018), The Launch Pad's Hit List (2018), and ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List in 2019. He sold "Stay Out of the F*cking Attic" to Top Dead Center Films, which will be hitting Shudder in Q1 2021 and his Hit List script, "Flatwoods" will be going into production summer 2021, with Andy Palmer attached to direct. He's currently producing a cosmic horror film with a-list talent attached, while pushing his own material. 

Apr 6

28 min 29 sec

Like the pandemic that won’t go away, here is our COVID-19 One Year Later in Hollywood episode. What’s changed? What hasn’t? Where do we go from here? SHOW NOTES:  Session #108 - Our first episode in lockdown

Mar 16

37 min 1 sec

It’s hard to open YouTube without seeing a video on the “Exodus” from Los Angeles and the death of Hollywood. In this session, we debate the health status of Hollywood from the writers’ room to the movie theaters and everything in-between. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood’s Obitutary, the Sequel. Now Streaming - The New York Times Movies aren’t dead but Hollywood is struggling Is ‘Everyone’ Leaving Los Angeles in a ‘Mass Exodus’?

Mar 2

32 min 58 sec

We speak with producer, director and writer Jeff Deverett about writing movies for the growing streaming market and how his experience, as a lawyer and distributor helped in producing seven movies and distributing three of them on Netflix. SHOW NOTES: Deverettmedia.com: https://www.deverettmedia.com How To Get A Movie On Netflix - Jeff Deverett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXGhUcJArw

Feb 16

34 min 3 sec

The writing/directing team of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz discuss the genesis of their collaboration and creative journey to “Antebellum” and their upcoming movie and TV projects.   SHOW NOTES: Antebellum Website (Lionsgate): https://www.lionsgate.com/movies/antebellum From Social Action Campaigns to 'Antebellum': Meet Hollywood's Power Directing Duo: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/from-social-action-campaigns-to-antebellum-meet-hollywoods-power-directing-duo On Twitter: https://twitter.com/BushRenz On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bushrenz Website: http://www.bushrenz.com

Feb 2

34 min 3 sec

Heather Fitzgerald is the author of the young-adult fantasy series The Tethered World. Heather discusses her path to becoming an author, the influences that inspired her and launching a franchise in the Christian book market.    SHOW NOTES: Website: http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherLLFitz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherllfitzgerald/   Audio Book Giveaway! First ten (10) to email Heather via her website get a code for a free audio version of one of her books! Make sure to mention you heard her interview on WGTherapy! http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com/contact/

Jan 19

28 min 29 sec

Our guest is Mike Miller, CPA from Cleveland, Ohio, (disclaimer: Mike is Tom's accountant) to discuss what creatives should consider when preparing their tax returns. Including: What qualifies as a creative performer? Do you need an LLC? What's deductible and what's not? What about stimulus checks and more!   SHOW NOTES: Contact Mike Miller at ‭(440) 461-4066‬ or mikeamcpa@aol.com Tom and Rachanee are NOT certified public accounts and this interview is provided for general informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your own tax professional or irs.gov and your state/local tax offices for specific questions regarding your taxes.

Jan 5

18 min 44 sec

Join us for a not-so-nostalgic look back at this year, a look forward at what's coming, and our special guest Stephen Smith and the Story Behind "A Christmas Carol" webinar.   SHOW NOTES: Steven Smith: www.mediasteven.com 'A Christmas Carol: The Surprising Story behind Dickens’ Classic' Webinar (12/23/2020) by the New York Adventure Club  

Dec 2020

35 min 46 sec

We interview Kelley Carter, the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's "The Undefeated," about her career, starting from her days at Michigan State University, to the Detroit Free Press and USA Today and now creating a scripted drama for Showtime.

Dec 2020

40 min 30 sec

We interview award-winning author and publisher Miralee Ferrell this week. She has published 26 books three of which have been produce by the Hallmark Channel as movies. Her publishing company, Mountain Brook Ink, opened in 2014, is "a publisher of high-quality inspirational fiction,” whose tag line is “fiction you can believe in.” They work with new and established authors, including children’s authors. We discuss her journey as a writer and publisher and her advice for writers trying to get started.    SHOW NOTES: Author Website: www.miraleeferrell.com Publishing Website: www.mountainbrookink.com

Dec 2020

33 min 22 sec

We welcome screenwriter/comedian Wendy Wilkins to the podcast this week. Wendy has been a Warner Brothers Writers' Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft's Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalist and a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder along with 50 other competition placements and awards. We discuss her experience in the fellowships and contests, about her path as a writer and her prolific work in stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and around the country. Show Notes Wendy on IG: https://www.instagram.com/wendyjean/ Wendy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendyloveschewy Wendy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wendyjeanwilkins Wendy on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0929324

Nov 2020

37 min 26 sec

American movies and TV shows are watched around the world, but to others, we do some weird stuff. For this lighter session, we analyze the depiction of Americans in entertainment based on the Buzzfeed list “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American.” Show Notes: Buzzfeed article “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American”: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/questions-about-americans-in-movies

Nov 2020

47 min 12 sec

  In today's session, we interview Libby Ward, the author of the bilingual children's book "Luchadoremice," which she also illustrated, and discuss her work writing for TV ("Be Cool, Scooby Doo!", "Sex Sent Me to the ER," and "Q Wunder"), and her other many talents! SHOW NOTES: Sneaky Varmint (Libby's Website): http://www.sneakyvarmint.com "Luchadoremice": http://www.luchadormice.com Libby on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sneakyvarmint Libby on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sneakyvarmint

Oct 2020

25 min 36 sec

The Library Agency Owner & Head Agent Julia Irzyk is our guest in today’s session. Julia talks about how the landscape is changing for her business and clients with Covid, the WGA/agency battle, and too many zoom meetings, and how to survive it all.  Show Notes:  The Library Agency: https://www.thelibraryagency.com

Oct 2020

29 min 17 sec

We go meta in this session why you might, or might not, want to start one and giving you some practical how-to advice on producing your podcast. In the interview, we welcome Robin Who, writer and host of the Frantastic Stories podcast with “stories of every shade of life.” Show Notes: Where to find Robin Who online: Website is http://www.frantasticstories.com/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Pf2KTx2Y1gUaBjG1nLBTD?si=JchZvRZUQ_Cd9om8A1S7mg Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/frantastic-stories/id1516492380 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frantastic_stories/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrantasticWho

Sep 2020

35 min 53 sec

Susan Gallagher is an actor/writer/producer who can be seen on the former YouTube, now Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” as Homeless Lynn, as well as the upcoming Sam Medina film “22 - The Unforgotten Soldier.” We discuss building your own career and how she’s doing it outside of Hollywood. Show Notes: Cobra Kai on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81002370 A Portrait of a Woman at Dawn: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B087J9882T Susan Gallagher online: IMDb: https://www.IMDb.me/SusanGallagher Website: http://www.SusanGallagher.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanGallagherOfficial/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iamSusanGallagher/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanlGallagher YouTube https://tinyurl.com/Actress-SusanGallagher-YouTube 

Sep 2020

21 min 22 sec

In this session, we talk with Mattson Tomlin, the screenwriter of the action/sci-fi Netflix film "Power Project." (23:15) Mattson also scripted and produced the upcoming film "Little Fish" starring Olivia Cooke and has gained attention for being brought onboard to co-write "The Batman" with Matt Reeves. We also discuss the new WGA MBA contract, Mulan and other big budget films on the small screen, and back on set in Covd. SHOW NOTES:  "Power Project" on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/watch/80204465 2020 WGA Theatrical & TV Minimum Basic Agreement: https://www.wga.org/contracts/contracts/mba "Mulan" on Disney+: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mulan-30-disney-makes-big-premium-demand-bet-1306919

Aug 2020

41 min 21 sec

Contained scripts are in high demand and it's not just because Covid-19 has made big film productions extremely more complicated and costly. Indie filmmakers have a real opportunity with their smaller productions to find distribution and an audience. Those filmmakers need scripts. We discuss writing a contained script and why you might want to.  SHOW NOTES: Inktip: https://www.inktip.com Screenwriter Staffing: https://www.screenwritingstaffing.com/ Network ISA Writing Gigs: https://www.networkisa.org/writinggigs

Jul 2020

26 min 56 sec

We round up most of the finalists of the 2017 Playstation Emerging Filmmaker Program, of which Tom was one, to see how their various experiences since the contest unfolded. How did winning/or not winning, affect their screenwriting career? Panelists (See http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com for full show notes): Shira Rosenweig Vanessa King Max Cannon Tyler Terribile Daniel Omrani Rob Sorensen Kevin Qian Bryce Irvin

Jun 2020

41 min 22 sec

In this session, we discuss the creative and business behind the endless franchises and how writers are affected by them.  SHOW NOTES: None this episode

May 2020

18 min 40 sec

In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview interview John Scalzi, the Hugo-Award Winning, NY Times & Amazon Best Selling science fiction author. Also WGA has claims dismissed - Steven Soderberg and DGA Covid 19 Planning - Unions ask for deductions back - NBCU vs AMC - and more! SHOW NOTES: John Scalzi's website: https://whatever.scalzi.com/ Follow John Scalzi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scalzi Unions Ask Congress to Restore Business Expense Deductions for Hollywood Workers https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/unions-ask-congress-restore-expense-deductions-entertainment-workers-1292141 Steven Soderberg to Lead DGA Covid-19 Production Committee https://variety.com/2020/film/news/contagion-steven-soderbergh-directors-guild-production-resumption-1234582940/ Writers Guild Suffers Big Loss as Court Dismisses Almost All Its Claims Against Agencies https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-suffers-big-loss-as-court-dismisses-almost-all-claims-agencies-1292152 Disney Isn’t Trying to Steal your Star Wars Tweet https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/28/21238909/disney-star-wars-maythe4th-hashtag-copyright-contract-twitter AMC vs Universal https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/amc-says-won-t-play-233044349.html

May 2020

41 min 22 sec

In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview screenwriter and blogger Jaime Jessup. Also: WGA News, Virtual SXSW, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Writers Room, HITRECORD.org and more. SHOW NOTES: Jaime Jessup's Blogs: http://calamityjay.blogspot.com/ https://medium.com/@calamityjay   SXSW-Amazon Virtual Fest Sets Lineup for April 27 Launch https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sxsw-amazon-virtual-fest-sets-slim-lineup-april-27-launch-1291101 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Mulling How to Incorporate COVID-19 Into Season 8 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/brooklyn-nine-nine-mulling-how-incorporate-covid-19-season-8-1291440 SAG-AFTRA, Studios in Talks on How Long Actors Can Be Held Under Contract https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-aftra-studios-talks-how-long-actors-can-be-held-under-contract-1291653 Writers Guild Exec Says No Deal on Studio Talks, Calls Alliance "Despicable" https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-exec-says-no-deal-studio-talks-calls-alliance-despicable-1291545 WGA Inflames Tensions By Telling Out-Of-Work Live-Action Writers To Switch To Animationhttps://www.cartoonbrew.com/artist-rights/wga-inflames-tensions-by-telling-out-of-work-live-action-writers-to-switch-to-animation-189575.html HITRECORD.org- https://hitrecord.org/

Apr 2020

43 min 56 sec

In this session, we talk with manager-turned-agent Joseph Fronk about working through the Covid 19 crisis and what writers should be doing now to prep for after. Also a Quibi review, Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin and how Hollywood can restart production safely. SHOW NOTES: Quibi: https://quibi.com Artistry: https://www.artistry.net Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com

Apr 2020

42 min 18 sec

In this session, one of our favorite guests is back, screenwriter, producer, documentarian and author Steven Smith, to discuss working in Hollywood in Covid 19 lockdown times. Steven is a 4-Time Emmy nominee; producer and writer of over 200 documentaries for television, home video and other media. He has authored two books, his newest coming out in May, is the biography “Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer." SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Apr 2020

36 min 12 sec

This special session was recorded live on Facebook. Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/1576537085753881/videos/653104418858442 In this session, we discuss writing about a crisis IN the middle of the crisis, increased copyright fees, Hollywood working virtually, WGA news, and more. Show Notes: Writers Group Therapy on Podchaser.com: https://www.podchaser.com/WGTherapy Copyright Fee Schedule: https://www.copyright.gov/about/2020-fees.pdf Screencraft Virtual Screenwriting Summit: https://screencraft.org/virtualsummit/ WGA May Work Under Expired Contract: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-may-work-under-expired-contract-won-t-seek-strike-vote-prior-expiration-1286326 Paradigm Signs WGA Agreement: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paradigm-signs-agreement-writers-guild-1286032 Expat The Show: https://www.expattheshow.com/

Mar 2020

26 min 24 sec

On this session, Tom interviews Rachanee about her new comedy podcast "Ex Pat." Also, we discuss how Covid 19 is impacting Hollywood and how you can prepare for it, WGA and NBCUniversal, more Pilot Season news, Streamers and Basic Cable channel alliances.   SHOW NOTES:  Covid 19: In the week between recording this episode and publishing it, massive changes swept Hollywood as concerns about the Covid 19 virus have spread. The number of cancellations expanded exponentially since then. So to simplify these notes, this link provides Indiewire’s comprehensive list of cancellations in Hollywood and Entertainment: https://www.indiewire.com/2020/03/coronavirus-cancellations-hollywood-entertainment-covid19-1202215596/ Ex Pat Podcast (with links to the podcast on all platforms, or search for "Ex Pat The Show"): https://www.expattheshow.com/ Basic Cable buying more reality shows, less scripted, as scripted goes to streamers https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-scripted-tv-shows-are-becoming-scarce-basic-cable-1281036 Peacock Inks Massive Licensing Deal With A+E Networks https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/peacock-inks-massive-licensing-deal-a-e-networks-1281242 WGA East Files Labor Complaint Against NBC Over Shuttered Nonfiction Unit https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wga-east-files-labor-complaint-nbc-shuttered-nonfiction-unit-1281339

Mar 2020

29 min 55 sec

In this mega-session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview Sam Gasch, host of the “Ideal Remake” podcast, as well as discuss the Oscars, the Mini-Slug line, WGA’s upcoming contract negotiations and studios stockpiling scripts, Mulan, Representation, NBC's Peacock streamer and more!   SHOW NOTES: Sam Gasch: https://twitter.com/samgasch Ideal Remake Podcast: https://linktr.ee/idealremake Ideal Remake on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/idealremake/ Writing Tip: Mini-Slugs: https://thescriptlab.com/features/screenwriting-101/13407-how-to-format-mini-slugs/ WGA Priorities: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-members-endorse-priorities-list-studio-talks-1277393 Mulan Criticism: https://movieweb.com/mulan-2020-no-songs-mushu-disney/ Star Wars/LGBTQ Representation: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/why-star-wars-kiss-is-a-step-back-lgbtq-representation-rise-skywalker-1264180 Studios Stockpiling for potential Writers Strike: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/studios-begin-stockpiling-a-writers-strike-we-learned-hard-way-last-time-1276130 NBC Peacock Streamer: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peacock-signals-new-gold-rush-ad-supported-streaming-1269631

Feb 2020

40 min 43 sec

In this session of Writers Group Therapy we discuss Awards Season including the Oscar and WGA Awards nominations, Pilot Season, What's next for Disney+, and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. SHOW NOTES: WGA Awards Nominations: https://awards.wga.org/awards/nominees-winners Deadline.com's Primetime Pilot Panic section: https://deadline.com/category/primetime-pilot-panic/ Disney+ Subscribers Cancelling After Finale of Mandalorian: https://screenrant.com/mandalorian-subscribers-canceling-disney-plus/ Tom on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/tomloveman

Jan 2020

33 min 30 sec

Happy Holidays! In this session, we talk about our awesome listeners on Spotify, networking through the holidays, a #PayUpHollywood update, YouTubers preparing for COPPA enforcement, and the growth of narrative podcasts and how/why/should you make one.  SHOW NOTES: Pay Up Hollywood: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/verve-raise-assistant-pay-response-payuphollywood-1261093 https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/assistants-receive-financial-aid-parents-payuphollywood-town-hall-reveals-1257612 COPPA: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2019/11/youtube-channel-owners-your-content-directed-children Narrative Podcast growth: https://www.thepodcasthost.com/listening/podcast-industry-stats/

Dec 2019

32 min 24 sec

In this session, we interview Aron Eli Coleite, the Executive Producer and writer of Netflix’s new apocalyptic show “Daybreak." We also discuss how streamers are taking films from theaters and how that impacts writers, Tom's latest Masterclass update, film festival fiascos and how to avoid them, and fellowship deadline changes of which you should be aware. Show Notes: Aron Coleite: https://twitter.com/AronColeite \ https://www.instagram.com/aronelicoleite/ Daybreak streams on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80197462 Daybreak Social: https://twitter.com/daybreak https://www.instagram.com/daybreak/ https://www.facebook.com/DaybreakNetflixSeries Daybreak Writers: https://twitter.com/daybreakwr The Only Podcast Left: https://open.spotify.com/show/5vxUIhF9RMMDMMJqXM9R1E?si=9L6sg2DOSPOhf7rpy7sW4Q CAPE - Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment - https://www.capeusa.org/donate Film Festival Strategies - Session #56: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/10/session-56-festivals/ Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com/ 

Nov 2019

45 min 37 sec

With HBO Max (Warner Bros.) and Disney+ pulling their branded films and shows behind their walled-off kingdoms, will networks, and theaters, see more original spec scripts filling their screens? Also, MoviePass is dead, finally...or not? Early Oscar contenders. TikTok as a new place to source talent...and Will Smith. 

Oct 2019

34 min 4 sec

In this week's session, we interview animation writer Grant Moran about his work as well as his unique non-profit KEPYR (Kids Entertainment Professionals for Young Refugees) that rallies the global children’s entertainment community in support of UNICEF’s vital and heroic work addressing the worldwide child refugee crisis. We also discuss: the latest WGA/ATA news; how to ask for what you want; the Creators Society a networking group for creatives in the animation business; Linda Halder from development at the Disney Channel who recently spoke to our writers group, and more. SHOW NOTES: Kepyr.org - https://www.kepyr.org/ The Creators Society - https://thecreatorssociety.org/ WGA News: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/writers-guild-moves-agency-lawsuit-federal-court-adds-racketeering-antitrust-claims-1233123  

Sep 2019

36 min 52 sec

This is our 100th session of Writers Group Therapy! Thank you to all our listeners for joining us in our common goal to grow as writers. In this week's session, we look back at the past two years at how far we've come, as well as looking forward to a new year and a new Writers Group Therapy. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Aug 2019

11 min 53 sec

Executive Producer, Director and Writer Bill Watson speaks with us in this week's session about Plan P Live! - his series of live b-movie screenings with puppets of characters from the movie, made by Bill, singing, joking and riffing on their movies.  SHOW NOTES: Plan P Live - www.planplive.com @planplive on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/planplive Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/planplive/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlanPLive Pembrook Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkaCehszjpY  

Aug 2019

10 min 48 sec

Everyone has something going on in Hollywood and they all want your help, or money, with it. Especially when it's a cool project or a friend, it's hard to say no. In today's session, we discuss when to say no, and how to do it as well. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Aug 2019

11 min 21 sec

Being the best screenwriter you can be takes work, practice and sometimes, help. How much help? Should you hire a writing coach to help you with your latest script? Or maybe a career coach to guide you on your journey? We discuss in today's session. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Jul 2019

13 min 12 sec

In this week's session, Tom and Rachanee take a writer's high-level look at the 2019 pilot season to see how diversity is doing, what's trending, what's not, and what's new again. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood Reporter: TV Pilots 2019: The Complete Guide https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-pilots-2019-complete-guide-1172633

Jul 2019

12 min 38 sec

Carolyn Martin is a screenwriter and retired licensed counselor, marriage and family therapist who reached out to us after listening to Session #89 - Writing Hard Scenes. Her experience with victims and patients who have experienced various physical and mental trauma intrigued us. This session is our interview with her where we discuss how her work as a therapist helps inform her writing, and how we shoudl approach writing these sorts of scenes. SHOW NOTES: Mariposa Psycho Therapy: http://mariposapsychotherapy.com For a list of Carolyn's questions and resources for writers, see show notes on www.writersgrouptherapy.com

Jul 2019

14 min 1 sec

Do you ever feel like it’s never going to happen? Is this business just not for you? In today’s session, we discuss when is it time to throw in the towel and try something else.  SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Jul 2019

13 min

With studios more risk adverse to original ideas and seemingly rebooting anything under the sun, should you write a reboot? In today's session, we discuss how writing reboots works for or against you in contest and pitches. SHOW NOTES:  Session #27 - Contest, Fellowships & Festivals: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/03/session-27-contests/ Session #79 - Is it a Sequel, a Remake, or a Rehash?: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2019/03/session-79-sequel-remake-rehash/

Jul 2019

12 min 50 sec

In today's session, we interview Mike Blum, Chief Creative Officer at Pipsqueak Animation. Mike is a writer, director and producer who started making animated films while at Disney Feature Animation. SHOW NOTES: Pipsqueak Animation: http://www.pipsqueakfilms.com

Jun 2019

18 min 42 sec

What are you writing plans for the Summer? In this session, we talk about strategy and options for making the most of your time as a writer over the Summer. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Jun 2019

11 min 1 sec