The Nerdist Industries space at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles is going to be the site for a series of panels that anyone interested in television writing, or television, period, will want to attend. Really, for those into what goes into the creation and writing of what you see on TV, this is — and here, I have to borrow a trademark from Chris — awesome.
It’s called “TV Writing! A Four Part Series,” it will feature writers, producers, and creators from some of the shows you love the most, and it’s being presented by the non-profit 826LA, more about which later.
But first, the panels: Some of the most accomplished people in the field of writing for TV will be on panels talking about the business, the craft, solo vs. staff writing, new media, and much more, plus tips and answers to your questions.
Who’s coming? Here are the panels, as presently scheduled:
March 6th: Allan Loeb, screenwriter (The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma, and Just Go With It), and creator of the TV series New Amsterdam. Phoef Sutton, writer and Executive Producer of Cheers, writer and consultant on a million shows, from NewsRadio and Boston Legal to Terriers. Rob Roy Thomas, whose Significant Others on Bravo was a pioneer of unscripted sitcoms.
March 13th: Emily Cutler, prolific TV writer (Community, Carpoolers, Love, Inc., Entourage). David Fury, writer/director with credits like 24, Lost, Buffy, Angel, Dream On, and Pinky and the Brain. Jeff Greenstein, writer/producer of shows like Dream On, Friends, Will & Grace, and Desperate Housewives.
March 20th: Dan Harmon– Community! Steven Levitan– Modern Family John Enbom– Party Down!
March 27th: Oh, you Nerdists will love this trio: Jane Espenson (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Game of Thrones, Warehouse 13, and Torchwood: Miracle Day), Drew Z. Greenberg (Buffy, Firefly, Smallville, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dexter, and Warehouse 13), and Damon Lindelof (Nash Bridges. Oh, right, Lost, too)
And for those of you who know the podcast and stage production The Thrilling Adventure Hour (mentioned frequently on ye olde Nerdist Podcast), the co-creator of that particular deal, Ben Blacker, will be the moderator.
If you’re at all interested in the craft of writing for TV, or just want to hear from some of the more successful and interesting practitioners of the art about what it’s like to work on and/or create some of your most beloved television shows, You have to go to this.
And you can. Tickets are $12 for each week (plus $1.23 fee per ticket), $36 for the full series (plus $1.71 fee per ticket), and all proceeds go to 826LA, which offers creative and expository writing tutoring and workshops for kids ages 6 to 18. And here’s the standard disclaimer: Panels and panelists are subject to change, ’cause things happen. And it’s a production of 826LA as part of its Writing Series for Adults; it’s not a Nerdist production, although we think it’s worth checking out and it’ll be in our soon-to-be new home.
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