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OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East

Writers Guild of America, East

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OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East

OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East

Writers Guild of America, East

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OnWriting is a screenwriting podcast brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, East. It's a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Each week, writers from the film, television, news and digital media industries talk to us about their work - from pitching to production, from process to favorite lines, and everything in between. Season 1 is hosted by Jordan Carlos. Seasons 2 & 3 are hosted by Caroline Waxler. Season 4 is hosted by Kaitlin Fontana.

Latest Episodes

Taika Waititi, "Jojo Rabbit"

Kaitlin is joined via phone by Taika Waititi to talk about writing a Nazi satire, using fear as a creative motivator, writing comedy when you aren't attracted to comedy writing, how he engages with the Indigenous filmmaking community worldwide, and more.

28 MINJAN 24
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Taika Waititi, "Jojo Rabbit"

Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”

Kaitlin sits down with writer, director, and actor Greta Gerwig – the writer and director of the 2019 film LITTLE WOMEN – to talk about why the world needs a new version of the classic story; how Greta cuts down her 400-page first drafts; the intersection between women, money, and writing; and much more.

33 MIN2019 DEC 24
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Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”

Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Kaitlin is joined by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, co-writers of A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, to talk about the eternal battle between cynicism and kindness, the gravitational pull of Tom Hanks, and how keeping bankers' hours keeps them sane.

36 MIN2019 DEC 21
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Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Noah Baumbach, "Marriage Story"

Writer and director Noah Baumbach talks about his latest project, how a film about divorce is really a film about love, what New York and LA mean on screen, when you know you're ready to open that final draft file and really write, and much more.

27 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Noah Baumbach, "Marriage Story"

The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part One

Fictional - or "scripted" - podcasts represent a small but steadily growing subset of the booming podcast industry... and there are a lot of questions we have yet to answer. In Part One of this two-part special project from OnWriting, we speak to LIMETOWN's Zack Akers, HOMECOMING's Alicia Van Couvering, and the WGA East's Lowell Peterson about the business side of crafting scripted podcasts - from pitching to budgets to protections and beyond.

37 MIN2019 DEC 3
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The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part One

The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part Two

Fictional - or "scripted" - podcasts represent a small but steadily growing subset of the booming podcast industry... and there are a lot of questions we have yet to answer. In Part Two of this two-part special series from OnWriting, we speak to LIMETOWN's Zack Akers, HOMECOMING's Alicia Van Couvering, CRYPTO-Z's Danielle Trussoni, and AMERICAN AFTERLIFE's River Donaghey about the creative side of the industry – from recruiting talent, to necessary skillsets, to creative satisfactions and beyond.

31 MIN2019 DEC 3
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The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part Two

Edward Norton, "Motherless Brooklyn"

Kaitlin chats with writer, director, producer, and actor Edward Norton about his many screenwriting jobs, how he gets past writer's block, his 20-year journey taking his latest film - MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN - to the big screen. and much more.

53 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Edward Norton, "Motherless Brooklyn"

Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, "Patriot Act"

Kaitlin is joined by Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, co-creators of the Netflix series Patriot Act, to talk about how they joined forces to create their headline-making series, the importance of a unique take on the news, and why you can never have enough late night shows. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Before starting his time as host of PATRIOT ACT WITH HASAN MINHAJ, you may have recognized him from - among other things - his four-year stint as a correspondent on THE DAILY SHOW, or as the host of the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Since the premiere of PATRIOT ACT, Hasan has won a Peabody Award and two Webby Awards, and was listed of one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Prashanth Venkataramanujam is a writer, actor, comedian, and producer who is currently the head writer and executive producer for PATRIOT ACT. In 2016, Prashanth wrote Minhaj's host speech for the Radio and Televi...

48 MIN2019 OCT 25
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Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, "Patriot Act"

Tom Perrotta, "Mrs. Fletcher"

Kaitlin sits down with novelist, screenwriter, and showrunner Tom Perrotta to discuss his creative process, writing about sexual awakening, porn, adapting his latest novel into his latest TV show, and much more.

41 MIN2019 OCT 18
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Tom Perrotta, "Mrs. Fletcher"

Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers"

Kaitlin sits down with Lorene Scafaria to discuss her latest film, HUSTLERS, as well as her writing processes for both adapted and original projects, the importance of portraying women and their relationships in a dynamic way, the work in sex work, and much more.

48 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers"

Latest Episodes

Taika Waititi, "Jojo Rabbit"

Kaitlin is joined via phone by Taika Waititi to talk about writing a Nazi satire, using fear as a creative motivator, writing comedy when you aren't attracted to comedy writing, how he engages with the Indigenous filmmaking community worldwide, and more.

28 MINJAN 24
Comments
Taika Waititi, "Jojo Rabbit"

Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”

Kaitlin sits down with writer, director, and actor Greta Gerwig – the writer and director of the 2019 film LITTLE WOMEN – to talk about why the world needs a new version of the classic story; how Greta cuts down her 400-page first drafts; the intersection between women, money, and writing; and much more.

33 MIN2019 DEC 24
Comments
Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”

Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Kaitlin is joined by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, co-writers of A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, to talk about the eternal battle between cynicism and kindness, the gravitational pull of Tom Hanks, and how keeping bankers' hours keeps them sane.

36 MIN2019 DEC 21
Comments
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Noah Baumbach, "Marriage Story"

Writer and director Noah Baumbach talks about his latest project, how a film about divorce is really a film about love, what New York and LA mean on screen, when you know you're ready to open that final draft file and really write, and much more.

27 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Noah Baumbach, "Marriage Story"

The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part One

Fictional - or "scripted" - podcasts represent a small but steadily growing subset of the booming podcast industry... and there are a lot of questions we have yet to answer. In Part One of this two-part special project from OnWriting, we speak to LIMETOWN's Zack Akers, HOMECOMING's Alicia Van Couvering, and the WGA East's Lowell Peterson about the business side of crafting scripted podcasts - from pitching to budgets to protections and beyond.

37 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part One

The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part Two

Fictional - or "scripted" - podcasts represent a small but steadily growing subset of the booming podcast industry... and there are a lot of questions we have yet to answer. In Part Two of this two-part special series from OnWriting, we speak to LIMETOWN's Zack Akers, HOMECOMING's Alicia Van Couvering, CRYPTO-Z's Danielle Trussoni, and AMERICAN AFTERLIFE's River Donaghey about the creative side of the industry – from recruiting talent, to necessary skillsets, to creative satisfactions and beyond.

31 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
The OnWriting Guide to Crafting Scripted Podcasts: Part Two

Edward Norton, "Motherless Brooklyn"

Kaitlin chats with writer, director, producer, and actor Edward Norton about his many screenwriting jobs, how he gets past writer's block, his 20-year journey taking his latest film - MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN - to the big screen. and much more.

53 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Edward Norton, "Motherless Brooklyn"

Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, "Patriot Act"

Kaitlin is joined by Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, co-creators of the Netflix series Patriot Act, to talk about how they joined forces to create their headline-making series, the importance of a unique take on the news, and why you can never have enough late night shows. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Before starting his time as host of PATRIOT ACT WITH HASAN MINHAJ, you may have recognized him from - among other things - his four-year stint as a correspondent on THE DAILY SHOW, or as the host of the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Since the premiere of PATRIOT ACT, Hasan has won a Peabody Award and two Webby Awards, and was listed of one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Prashanth Venkataramanujam is a writer, actor, comedian, and producer who is currently the head writer and executive producer for PATRIOT ACT. In 2016, Prashanth wrote Minhaj's host speech for the Radio and Televi...

48 MIN2019 OCT 25
Comments
Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, "Patriot Act"

Tom Perrotta, "Mrs. Fletcher"

Kaitlin sits down with novelist, screenwriter, and showrunner Tom Perrotta to discuss his creative process, writing about sexual awakening, porn, adapting his latest novel into his latest TV show, and much more.

41 MIN2019 OCT 18
Comments
Tom Perrotta, "Mrs. Fletcher"

Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers"

Kaitlin sits down with Lorene Scafaria to discuss her latest film, HUSTLERS, as well as her writing processes for both adapted and original projects, the importance of portraying women and their relationships in a dynamic way, the work in sex work, and much more.

48 MIN2019 OCT 4
Comments
Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers"
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