Inside The Writers' Room: Conversations with American TV Writers

Inside The Writers' Room: Conversations with American TV Writers

By: Christina Kallas (author)Paperback

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Television drama has come to rival cinema in its sophisticated narrative form and high production values. At the heart of this success is the television writer, and TV has become the home of some of the most exciting and high quality writing. In a series of original interviews, showrunners and writers from some of the biggest American TV dramas of recent years share their experiences and practices of the 'writers' room', on shows such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Game of Thrones. Christina Kallas frames these insider insights with an astute overview of the writer's instrumental role in the rise of sophisticated TV narrative, and concluding reflections which will be invaluable to writers, critics and fans alike.

About Author

Christina Kallas is Adjunct Professor in the School of the Arts Film Division at Columbia University, USA, and also teaches at the New School in New York. A producer and writer, she has been the President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe since 2006, and is the founder of the Writers Improv Studio in New York.


Introduction: (R)evolution of a Medium.- CONVERSATIONS WITH CREATIVE TV WRITERS.- 1. Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos).- 2. Warren Leight (In Treatment, Lights Out).- 3. Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide, Borgia).- 4. Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, Men in Trees, The Big C).- 5. Robert Carlock (Friends, SNL, 30 Rock).- 6. Janet Leahy (Cheers, The Cosby Show, Gilmore Girls, Boston Legal, Mad Men).- 7. Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme).- 8. Diana Son (Law and Order, Blue Bloods, Southland).- 9. Charlie Rubin (Seinfeld, Law and Order).- 10. Tim van Patten (The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire).- Epilogue.- Bibliography.

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  • ISBN13: 9781137338105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781137338105
  • weight: 259
  • ISBN10: 1137338105

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