3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast

3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, features information and updates about the Guild and interviews with top writers.

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3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast is hosted and executive produced by Steve Trautmann,
Aaron Fullerton, and Brian Gary.

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OCTOBER 3, 2019

Episode 160 – Riley Stearns
Moon Unit Zappa interviews screenwriter-director Riley Stearns (Faults, Tower Prep) about his movie The Art Of Self-Defense.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Episode 159 – The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Brian interviews Jeffery Addiss & Will Matthews, the co-developers of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, along with their co-showrunner for the Netflix series, Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The Middleman).

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Episode 158 – Marc Guggenheim
Luciano Saber talks with writer Marc Guggenheim (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow) about his career and the new Amazon series Carnival Row.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Episode 157 – Alexander Woo
Brian interviews Alexander Woo (True Blood, Manhattan) about co-creating and showrunning season two of AMC's The Terror: Infamy.

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

Episode 156 – Sublime Primetime 2019
WGAW & WGF's Sublime Primetime 2019 event spotlighting this year’s Emmy-nominated comedy, drama, and limited series writers, recorded at the Writers Guild Theater on August 21.

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AUGUST 15, 2019

Episode 155 – Steven Levenson & Joel Fields
Moon Zappa interviews Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex) & Joel Fields (The Americans) about their Emmy nominated FX series Fosse/Verdon.

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AUGUST 7, 2019

Episode 154 – Brett Johnson & Michael Tolkin
Moon Unit Zappa interviews Emmy-nominated writers/creators Brett Johnson (Ray Donovan) & Michael Tolkin (The Player) about their limited Showtime series Escape at Dannemora.

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JULY 25, 2019

Episode 153 – Ryan O'Connell, David Radcliff, and Katherine Beattie
A round-table with writers Ryan O'Connell (creator, showrunner, and star of 2019 Emmy-nominated Netflix series of Special), David Radcliff (The Rookie), and Katherine Beattie (NCIS: New Orleans) members of WGAW's Writers with Disabilities Committee who discuss working and living with cerebral palsy.

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JULY 11, 2019

Episode 152 – David Shore and Allen Rucker
Moon Zappa hosts a conversation with creator/developer/showrunner David Shore (House, The Good Doctor) and Allen Rucker (Fast Times, American Experience), chair of the WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee.

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JUNE 27, 2019

Episode 151 – David Mandel
Brian interviews TV writer David Mandel (SNL, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) about his career and showrunning the recent seasons of HBO's comedy series, Veep.

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JUNE 20, 2019

Episode 150 – Alexandra Cunningham
Josephine interviews Alexandra Cunningham (Chance, Desperate Housewives) the creator-showrunner of Bravo's true-crime limited series, Dirty John.

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JUNE 13, 2019

Episode 149 – Chris Kelly & Sarah Schneider
Josephine interviews the co-creators of the Comedy Central series, The Other Two, Chris Kelly (SNL, Other People) & Sarah Schneider (SNL).

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MAY 30, 2019

Episode 148 – Ben Edlund
Moon Zappa interviews screenwriter Ben Edlund (Gotham, Angel, Supernatural) the creator of the satirical comic character, The Tick along with all the TV adaptations 1996, 2001, and most recently streaming on Amazon.

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MAY 16, 2019

Episode 147 – Liz Feldman
Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Dead to Me creator Liz Feldman (The Great Indoors, 2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy) about her new Netflix series and blurring the lines between comedy & drama.

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MAY 2, 2019

Episode 146 – Creators of PEN15
Josephine Green Zhang talks with Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle & Sam Zvibleman the creators or PEN15 on HULU about their journey from sketch to sitcom.

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APRIL 18, 2019

Episode 145 – David Hemingson
Aaron interviews David Hemingson (The Catch) about the new series he created for ABC, Whiskey Cavalier.

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APRIL 3, 2019

Episode 144 – Nick Antosca
Brian interviews writer-showrunner Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) about his career and new anthology series on Hulu, The Act.

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MARCH 21, 2019

Episode 143 – Ayanna Floyd Davis
Hilliard & Chris speak with writer and producer Ayanna Floyd Davis (Empire, Falling Skies) the showrunner of The Chi on Showtime.

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MARCH 7, 2019

Episode 142 – Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason
Brian interviews 2019 Writers Guild Award winners Sam Shaw (Manhattan) & Dustin Thomason (Lie to Me) the co-creators and showrunners of Castle Rock, the series on Hulu based on the Stephen King universe.

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FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Episode 141 – Krista Vernoff
Host Luciano Saber speaks with Krista Vernoff (Shameless, Private Practice, Charmed) about her career, creative process, and journey to become showrunner/EP of ABC’s long-running hit drama series Grey’s Anatomy.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Episode 140 – Beyond Words 2019
A post-awards season Bonus Episode... A recording of WGAW’s Beyond Words 2019 panel event feat. Writers Guild Award-nominated (& winning) screenwriters: Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade); Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther); Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly (Green Book); Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth); Nicole Holofcener (Can You Ever Forgive Me?); Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant (Bathtubs Over Broadway); Gabe Polsky (In Search of Greatness); Eric Roth (A Star is Born); Kevin Willmott (Blackkklansman); and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck (A Quiet Place). Enjoy!

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FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Episode 139 – Katie O’Brien & Kathryn Renee Thomas
Katie O’Brien & Kathryn Renee Thomas, two of the creators/writers of Teachers, talk about creating an innovative sitcom with Monique Sorgen.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Episode 138 – Tim Doyle
Tim Doyle (Last Man Standing, Speechless) discusses his TV series, The Kids Are Alright and his career with Monique Sorgen.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Episode 137 – Kristin Hahn
Josephine Green Zhang interviews writer and producer Kristin Hahn (Cake) about her feature film, Dumplin' on Netflix.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Episode 136 – Steve McQueen
Hilliard & Chris speak with Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger) about his current film, Widows.

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JANUARY 31, 2019

Episode 135 – Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Moon Zappa discusses Destroyer with screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Ride Along, The Invitation)

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JANUARY 28, 2019

Episode 134 – David Magee
Monique interviews Mary Poppins Returns screenwriter and multiple Oscar & WGA nominee, David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland).

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JANUARY 25, 2019

Episode 133 – Steven Conrad
Moon Zappa speaks with Patriot creator-writer-director Steven Conrad about his career, Prime Video series, and upcoming Epix show Our Lady Ltd.

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JANUARY 17, 2019

Episode 132 – Barry Jenkins + Adam McKay
A double bonus episode with screenwriter-directors Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Adam McKay (Vice), who discuss their most recent films.

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JANUARY 10, 2019

Episode 131 – Luke Del Tredici
Veteran writer-producer Luke Del Tredici (Arizona, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) talks about his career in television and writing an indie feature.

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JANUARY 7, 2019

Episode 130 – Daniel Stiepleman
Moon Zappa interviews screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman about his feature film, On the Basis of Sex, which chronicles the early career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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JANUARY 3, 2019

Episode 129 – Beau Willimon
Brian interviews writer, showrunner, and WGAE President Beau Willimon (House of Cards) about his current feature film, Mary Queen of Scots, and dramatic series on Hulu, The First.

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DECEMBER 27, 2018

Episode 128 – David Schulner
David Schulner discusses his career and new series, New Amsterdam with Luciano Saber.

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DECEMBER 20, 2018

Episode 127 – Joe Robert Cole
Hilliard Guess talks with Joe Robert Cole about his career and recent film, Black Panther.

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DECEMBER 13, 2018

Episode 126 – Sacha Gervasi
Moon Zappa interviews Sacha Gervasi about his new HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, and his career in features.

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DECEMBER 6, 2018

Episode 125 – Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman
Brian talks with The Front Runner screenwriters Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman (director), the team behind the Gary Hart political drama.

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DECEMBER 3, 2018

Episode 124 – Micah Bloomberg & Eli Horowitz
Moon Zappa interviews Micah Bloomberg & Eli Horowitz, the co-creators and writers of Amazon's dramatic series, Homecoming.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Episode 123 – Arash Amel
Brian interviews Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) about his career and new feature film, A Private War.

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NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Episode 122 – Chuck Lorre
Steve Trautmann sits down with sitcom creator and showrunner Chuck Lorre (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) to discuss half-hour comedies and his new Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Episode 121 – Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan
Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan discuss their careers and new movie Wildlife, which they co-wrote and Dano directed.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Episode 120 – David Lowery
Screenwriter David Lowery discusses his career and writing and directing his new movie, The Old Man & the Gun.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Episode 119 – Tamara Jenkins
Monique Sorgen talks with writer-director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills, The Savages) about her new Netflix film, Private Life.

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OCTOBER 25, 2018

Episode 118 – Julie Plec
Steve talks with writer-director-showrunner Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) about her new genre series on the CW, Legacies.

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OCTOBER 18, 2018

Episode 117 – Wash Westmoreland
Moon Zappa interviews screenwriter/director Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood) about his new film, Colette.

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OCTOBER 11, 2018

Episode 116 – Drew Goddard
Moon Zappa interviews writer-director Drew Goddard (The Martian, World War Z, The Cabin in the Woods) about his new feature film, Bad Times at the El Royale.

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OCTOBER 4, 2018

Episode 115 – Night School screenwriters Harry Ratchford & Joey Wells & Matthew Kellard
Monique Sorgen talks with Night School screenwriters Harry Ratchford & Joey Wells & Matthew Kellard about their careers and the hit Kevin Hart film.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Episode 114 – Erica Messer
Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer discusses her career and climb up the TV writing ladder to executive producer with Luciano Saber.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Episode 113 – Lauren Miller Rogen
Lauren Miller Rogen talks with Monique Sorgen about writing and directing her first feature Like Father.

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

Episode 112 – Lauren LeFranc
Luciano Saber talks with showrunner-writer Lauren LeFranc (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chuck) about her career and her new YouTube show Impulse.

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AUGUST 30, 2018

Episode 111 – Ken Biller
Brian interviews writer, director, and showrunner Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Perception) about his anthology series, Genius.

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AUGUST 23, 2018

Episode 110 – Halpern & Schumacker Shoot a Pilot
This episode features the final two interviews in our pilot process series with Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker ($hit My Dad Says, iZombie).

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AUGUST 16, 2018

Episode 109 – Rawson Marshall Thurber
Monique interviews Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We're the Millers) writer-director of Skyscraper about his move from comedy to high-budget action movies.

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AUGUST 9, 2018

Episode 108 – Dan Futterman
Steve Trautmann talks to writer, showrunner, and actor Dan Futterman (Capote, Foxcatcher) about making the transition from actor to writer and his new Hulu series, The Looming Tower.

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AUGUST 2, 2018

Episode 107 – Justin Simien
Texas native and creator of Dear White People, Justin Simien, talks with Hilliard Guess about his journey to showrunner.

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JULY 26, 2018

Episode 106 – Christopher Lloyd
Steve talks with writer and showrunner Christopher Lloyd (Modern Family, Frasier, Golden Girls) about his career in television comedy.

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JULY 19, 2018

Episode 105 – Seth Meyers
Monique Sorgen interviews writer and host of Late Night with Seth Meyers...Seth Meyers (SNL, The Awesomes, Documentary Now!).

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JULY 12, 2018

Episode 104 – Shana Feste
Brian interviews writer-director Shana Feste (Country Strong, The Greatest) about her career and recent film Boundaries.

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JULY 5, 2018

Episode 103 – Halperin & Schumacker Turn In Scripts
Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker are back for the third part of the Pilot Process series. This time they discuss turning in their scripts.

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JUNE 28, 2018

Episode 102 – Alec Berg & Bill Hader
Alec Berg & Bill Hader, the co-creators and showrunners of the HBO series Barry, discuss the first season and their careers.

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JUNE 21, 2018

Episode 101 – Elizabeth Berger & Issac Aptaker
Showrunners Elizabeth Berger & Issac Aptaker (This Is Us, Love, Simon) talk with Hilliard Guess about moving to Los Angeles, their careers, and screenwriting.

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JUNE 14, 2018

Episode 100 – A Retrospective
The podcast team shares clips from their favorite episodes.

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JUNE 7, 2018

Episode 99 – Aline Brosh McKenna
Monique Sorgen interviews Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 27 Dresses, We Bought a Zoo) about her career in film and television.

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MAY 24, 2018

Episode 98 – Tanya Saracho
Tanya Saracho, creator of the new Starz series Vida, talks with Hilliard Guess about her journey from Chicago playwright to TV showrunner.

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MAY 10, 2018

Episode 97 – Tom Rob Smith
Hilliard Guess interviews Tom Rob Smith about his FX limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

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APRIL 26, 2018

Episode 96 – Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg
Josh Heald & Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg discuss their new YouTube Red series, Cobra Kai.

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APRIL 12, 2018

Episode 95 – David Kajganich and Soo Hugh
Brian Gary talks with David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, showrunners of AMC’s new limited series, The Terror.

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MARCH 29, 2018

Episode 94 – Michael Colton & John Aboud
Longtime writing partners and comedy writers Michael Colton & John Aboud discuss their careers and the new Netflix movie, A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

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MARCH 15, 2018

Episode 93 – Jason Katims
Writer and showrunner Jason Katims (Roswell, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) sits down with Steve Trautmann and discusses his career and new show, Rise.

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FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Episode 92 – Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
The Post screenwriters and 2018 Paul Selvin Award honorees Liz Hannah and Josh Singer discuss the scripts origin, their successful collaboration, and working with Steven Spielberg.

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FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Episode 91 – Steven Rogers
Steve Trautmann interviews Steven Rogers (Love the Coopers, Hope Floats) about his career and the development of his latest feature film, I, Tonya.

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JANUARY 25, 2018

Episode 90 – Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor discuss their writing career, collaboration, and their process and latest film, Downsizing.

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JANUARY 18, 2018

Episode 89 – Virgil Williams & Dee Rees
Brian Gary interviews writer Virgil Williams (Criminal Minds, 24) and writer-director Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah) about their independent film collaboration, Mudbound, currently streaming on Netflix.

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JANUARY 11, 2018

Episode 88 – Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani discuss their careers, relationship, and movie, The Big Sick.

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JANUARY 4, 2018

Episode 87 – Jason Hall
Brian Gary talks with Jason Hall (American Sniper) about his screenwriting evolution that adds writer-director with his latest feature film, Thank You for Your Service.

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