3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast - 2021
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, David Sheftell, Monique Sorgen, Steve Trautmann, Moon Zappa
WGA 101 – David Seidler
Royal drama The King’s Speech has been named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far) – author/screenwriter Ken Pisani speaks with the film’s screenwriter David Seidler about how his personal experience shaped his historical script.
WGA 101 – Jordan Peele
Get Out has been named #1 on WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far) list—host Hilliard Guess discusses with screenwriter-director Jordan Peele how he created his culture-defining horror thriller on this special bonus episode.
Ep. 275 – Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Host Josephine Green Zhang interviews Last Night in Soho screenwriter-director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) & co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) about how they stepped back in time to revisit ’60s London in their recent horror thriller.
Ep. 272 – Zahir McGhee
Don’t Call it a Comeback: Host Hilliard Guess speaks to Queens creator-showrunner Zahir McGhee (Scandal, Private Practice) about his new ABC drama series that chronicles the reunion of a '90s female hip-hop group—and why age ain’t nothing but a number.
Ep. 269 – Abe Sylvia
Host Moon Zappa talks to writer Abe Sylvia (Dead to Me, The Affair, Nurse Jackie) about making the transition from the small to big screen and transforming a 2000 documentary into the 2021 feature film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, an empathetic exploration of the rise and fall of televangelists Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker.
Ep. 266 – Eliza Clark
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Y: The Last Man developer-showrunner-writer Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom, The Killing) about the new FX on Hulu series where a post-apocalyptic society is run by women after the obliteration of all cisgender males on Earth…except one.
Ep. 261 – Dave Callaham
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings co-screenwriter Dave Callaham (Mortal Kombat, Wonder Woman 1984) about making history with Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie and inclusive storytelling to the MCU..
Ep. 260 – Sublime Primetime 2021 Drama Panel
Before you watch the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, listen to our recent Sublime Primetime 2021 virtual panel featuring Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy-nominated writers, presented by Writers Guild Foundation and Writers Guild of America West in partnership with Variety and Final Draft.
Ep. 259 – Sublime Primetime 2021 Comedy Panel
In advance of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, listen to our recent Sublime Primetime 2021 virtual panel featuring Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy-nominated writers, presented by Writers Guild Foundation and Writers Guild of America West in partnership with Variety and Final Draft.
Ep. 249 – Katori Hall
The Pole Truth: Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with P-Valley creator-showrunner and 2021 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall (The Hot Wing King) on her Starz series which explores sexuality, gender, and race, destigmatizing stripping and combating stereotypes in the process.
Ep. 248 – Ethan Hawke
Host Christopher Kubasik talks with The Good Bird Lord co-creator and 2021 Writers Guild Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, The Hottest State) about co-writing and starring as abolitionist John Brown in Showtime’s acclaimed limited series set in Antebellum-era America.
Ep. 244 – Sierra Teller Ornelas & Jana Schmieding
Rutherford Falls co-creator/showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas and co-star/writer Jana Schmieding speak with writer Tazbah Chavez about the groundbreaking Peacock comedy series that explores Native identity and history with indigenous representation in front of the camera and in the writers’ room.
Ep. 243 – Tracey Wigfield
Host Monique Sorgen talks with Saved by the Bell developer-showrunner and Emmy/Writers Guild Award-winning writer Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, The Mindy Project) about bringing Bayside High up to date for the teen comedy series’ Peacock reboot.
Ep. 240 – Eric Heisserer
Host Christopher Kubasik talks with screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) about the new fantasy-adventure Netflix series, Shadow and Bone (based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo), that he serves as developer, showrunner, writer, and executive producer.
Ep. 239 – Ben Falcone
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with screenwriter-director Ben Falcone (Life of the Party, The Boss, Tammy) about his latest film, the superhero comedy Thunder Force, his creative collaboration with his wife/co-star Melissa McCarthy, and more.
Ep. 235 – Todd Robinson
Host Luciano Saber talks with screenwriter-director Todd Robinson (Phantom, Lonely Hearts) about making his film The Last Full Measure, a military drama chronicling U.S. Air Force Pararescueman William H, Pitsenbarger, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on the battlefield.
Ep. 234 – Will Berson & Shaka King
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with Judas and the Black Messiah screenwriters, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominees, and Paul Selvin Award honorees Will Berson & Shaka King (director) about bringing the life and legacy of slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton to the screen.
Ep. 231 – Moisés Zamora
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with Selena: The Series creator/co-showrunner Moisés Zamora (American Crime, Star) about honoring the life and legacy of the late pop icon on Netflix’s hit show, the importance of an inclusive writers’ room with Latinx and LGBTQ+ voices, and more.
Ep. 230 – Sofia Coppola
Host Moon Zappa speaks with Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Beguiled, Marie-Antoinette) about her latest film, On the Rocks, reteaming with co-star Bill Murray, her filmmaking process, and more.
Ep. 228 – Tara Miele
Host Moon Zappa talks with screenwriter-director Tara Miele (The Nomads, Starving in Suburbia), about how real-life experience inspired her latest film, Wander Darkly, about parents forced to deal with trauma amidst their troubled relationship.
Ep. 226 – Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines
Host Steve Trautmann talks with Borat Subsequent Moviefilm screenwriters Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines (Who is America?, Ali G. Rezurection) about devising their stealth satire that skewers sacred cows and made headlines of its own.
Ep. 225 – Kemp Powers
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with screenwriter-playwright Kemp Powers on adapting his play for the new Amazon film One Night in Miami, when four legends—Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke—came together for one legendary night.
Ep. 222 – Lang Fisher
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Never Have I Ever co-creator/showrunner Lang Fisher (The Mindy Project, 30 Rock) about the hit Netflix series chronicling an American-Indian teenage girl’s coming-of-age, inspired by co-creator Mindy Kaling’s own childhood.
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.