3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast - 2020
3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, features information and updates about the Guild and interviews with top writers.
Executive Producers: Brian Gary and Steve Trautmann
Hosts: Aaron Fullerton, Brian Gary, Josephine Green Zhang, Hilliard Guess, Jon Gutierrez, Christopher Kubasik, Luciano Saber, Monique Sorgen, Steve Trautmann, Moon Zappa
Ep. 220 – David E. Talbert
In the spirit of the season, host Gary Goldstein speaks with screenwriter-director David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas, Baggage Claim, First Sunday) about creating his Netflix holiday film, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and the power of inclusion and representation.
Ep. 217 – Scott Frank
Host Luciano Saber talks with The Queen’s Gambit co-creator-showrunner-writer-director Scott Frank (Godless, Logan) about adapting Walter Tevis’ novel. The Queen's Gambit is Netflix’s most-watched scripted limited series to date and explores the true cost of genius via a young chess prodigy's coming-of-age story.
Ep. 211 – Billy Ray
Just in time for the 2020 election: Host Luciano Saber speaks with screenwriter-director Billy Ray (Richard Jewell, Captain Phillips) about his Showtime political drama miniseries, The Comey Rule, detailing the relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump, and why he’s drawn to real-life stories, where truth is more compelling than fiction.
Ep. 210 – Scott Gimple & Matthew Negrete
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with Scott Gimple (The Walking Dead, Flash Forward) & Matthew Negrete (The Walking Dead, White Collar), developers/showrunners of AMC’s series The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the latest spin-off of TV’s hit zombie franchise, about exploring a new narrative that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world.
Ep. 209 – Andrew Hinderaker
Host Moon Zappa speaks with Away creator-writer Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful, Pure Genius, The Path) about Netflix’s new series that chronicles an international space crew as they embark on a mission to Mars, and how people from different cultures can come together and make sacrifices to achieve the extraordinary.
Ep. 204 – Stefani Robinson
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Emmy-nominated and Writers Guild Award-winning writer Stefani Robinson (What We Do in the Shadows, Atlanta) about her journey from agency assistant to writers’ room, creating roles you want to see onscreen, and why “the writer has all the power.”
Ep. 203 – David Wiener
Host Brian Gary speaks with Brave New World developer-showrunner David Wiener (Homecoming, Fear the Walking Dead) about adapting Aldous Huxley’s classic sci-fi novel for brave new streaming platform Peacock and why the new series’ themes are more relevant than ever.
Ep. 201 – Ramy Youssef
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated Ramy co-creator-star-writer Ramy Youssef about his journey from stand-up to streamer, as the second season of his Hulu series shifts from an aspirational to transformational focus.
Ep. 197 – Robin Thede
Host Hilliard Guess talks with A Black Lady Sketch Show creator-showrunner Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) about her ground-breaking HBO comedy series and the importance of valuing diverse voices.
Ep. 195 – Lauren Iungerich & Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with On My Block creators Lauren Iungerich & Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft about their hit Netflix series depicting a diverse group of young teens in L.A. and the value and impact of portraying the lives of those who’ve been marginalized and underrepresented on screen.
Ep. 190 – Hank Steinberg
Host Christopher Kubasik speaks with creator-showrunner-executive producer Hank Steinberg (The Last Ship, Without a Trace) about his latest series, ABC’s legal drama For Life, inspired by Isaac Wright, Jr., who was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
Ep. 187 – The Actors Fund
Past WGAW President and The Actors Fund Board member Chris Keyser (Party of Five, The Society) speaks with The Actors Fund’s Western Region Director Keith McNutt to offer useful information and vital resources to aid and support creative professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ep. 186 – Dana Fox
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Home Before Dark co-creator/co-showrunner Dana Fox (Ben & Kate, Isn’t It Romantic?, How to Be Single) about the new AppleTV+ family-friendly mystery-thriller inspired by real-life young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak.
Ep. 185 – Employment Attorney Jennifer Kramer
Brian speaks with employment attorney Jennifer Kramer to answer questions about unemployment benefits and resources for writers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Bet Tzedek
- California Employment Development Department
- California Employment Lawyers Association
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency:
- Legal Aid at Work
- National Employment Law Project
- National Employment Lawyers Association
Ep. 184 – Janine Sherman Barrois, Nicole Jefferson Asher, and Elle Johnson
Hosts Hilliard Guess and Christopher Derrick interview Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker writers Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, Criminal Minds, ER), Nicole Jefferson Asher (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, Love Beats Rhymes), and Elle Johnson (Bosch, The Glades, The Fosters) to discover how they brought this empowering true tale to life as a Netflix limited series.
Ep. 182 – Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless
Host Christopher Kubasik speaks with Lost in Space developers/EPs-screenwriters Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt, The Last Witch Hunter) about Netflix’s family sci-fi adventure series that was recently renewed for a third and final season set to premiere in 2021.
Ep. 179 – Beyond Words 2020
Missed WGAW & WGF’s recent Beyond Words 2020 special event? Hear Writers Guild Awards-nominated screenwriters share how they wrote their acclaimed films, featuring Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Steven Zaillian, Rian Johnson, Lauren Greenfield, Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, Scott Silver, and Mark Jonathan Harris.
Ep. 176 – Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Moon Zappa talks with the co-writer of 1917, Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful), about her career, the awards-nominated film she co-wrote with director Sam Mendes, and her affinity for World War I.
About 30 minutes in there are spoilers, and Krysty does give a warning just before the reveal.