Show Creators


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Darren Star on the difference between being a screenwriter and being the creator/writer of a television show
Michael Moye on creating and casting Married...With Children
Richard and Esther Shapiro on their pitching style
Alan Ball on his role as showrunner on True Blood
Phil Rosenthal on the network having doubts about him as a first time show-runner for Everybody Loves Raymond
Tom Fontana on constructing the stories for Homicide: Life on the Street
Who talked about this profession

Alan Ball

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Alan Ball on his role as showrunner on True Blood
Alan Ball on the writing process on True Blood

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Belisario on writing Quantum Leap

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on his pitch to NBC for L.A. Law

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on his producing style for America's Funniest Home Videos
Vin Di Bona on advice to aspiring producers and show creators

Joshua Brand

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Joshua Brand on writing the pilot for Northern Exposure, and on his writing process with writing partner John Falsey
Joshua Brand on his writing process
Joshua Brand on dealing with writers block and on the general process of writing
Joshua Brand on what he loves about writing
Joshua Brand on advice to an aspiring television writer, and on dealing with studio politics
Joshua Brand on dealing with writers block and on the general process of writing

Alton Brown

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Alton Brown on believing cooking shows in the late '80s were dull, and getting the idea that would become Good Eats

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on co-creating My Mother The Car

Chris Carter

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Chris Carter on the character's motivation in the first season of X-Files; the romance, themes, and goals; the romance, the themes and goals
Chris Carter on keeping track of the story arc on X-Files

Les Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on being their own bosses on Cheers and their initial plan for the series

Glen Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on being their own bosses on Cheers and their initial plan for the series

David Crane

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David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how they worked with the actors on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on what they looked for when hiring writers on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how they worked with the actors on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on what they looked for when hiring writers on Friends

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes on the structure of Downton Abbey
Julian Fellowes on plotting out Downton Abbey  and his writing process
Julian Fellowes on advice to those starting out in the television business 

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on doing extensive research in prisons for Oz
Tom Fontana on advice to aspiring television writers and producers

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on putting an acutal epsiode of M*A*S*H together; the process, technical considerations; the writers, directors and crew 

Vince Gilligan

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Vince Gilligan on how his unfamiliarity with meth helped him write "Walter White's" character on Breaking Bad

Gary David Goldberg

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Gary David Goldberg on the atmosphere of the writers' room on Family Ties
Gary David Goldberg on assigning writing credits on Family Ties
Gary David Goldberg on hiring inexperienced writers on Spin City

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on the writing process for The Beverly Hillbillies

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on being showrunner on Ugly Betty
Silvio Horta on the process of writing for Ugly Betty

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on coming up with stories and producing for television 

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on assembling writers' rooms for Almost Perfect and Mary

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on creating Picket Fences
David E. Kelley on creating and exiting Chicago Hope
David E. Kelley on the idea behind creating Ally McBeal

Barry Kemp

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Barry Kemp on the writing process on Coach and the comedy of the show

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on the premise of Flamingo Road, and on her duties as showrunner

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on the writing process for Battlestar Galactica

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on the rigorous schedule writers had in the Golden Age of Television and on his personal life at the time
Norman Lear on starting a production company with Bud Yorkin
Norman Lear on casting being critical to a show's success, and on the "magical" casting of Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers on All in the Family
Norman Lear on the business aspects of All in the Family and Tandem Productions
Norman Lear on juggling so many successful shows in the '70s
Norman Lear on making his audience laugh
Norman Lear on starting TAT Productions

David Lee

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David Lee on developing ideas for Frasier
David Lee on writing the first episode of Frasier

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on assembling writers' rooms for Almost Perfect  and Mary

Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd on coming up with story ideas for Modern Family; borrowing "real life" stories from the cast and writers

Chuck Lorre

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Chuck Lorre on balancing producing/creating three shows at once

David Milch

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David Milch on his writing process
David Milch on the key to creating a series
David Milch on advice to aspiring television writers

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on the writing staff of Married...With Children
Michael Moye on creating and casting Married...With Children

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on the network having doubts about him as a first time show-runner for Everybody Loves Raymond

Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on their pitching style

David Shore

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David Shore on creating the series House
David Shore on the advice he would give to young writers
David Shore on the key to creating a successful series

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon on his advice to aspiring writers

Darren Star

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Darren Star on the difference between being a screenwriter and being the creator/writer of a television show
Darren Star on adapting books for television

Leonard Stern

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Leonard Stern on how a pitch meeting went in the 1960s; how he sold a show

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on the process of writing Babylon 5 episodes 
J. Michael Straczynski on dealing with the network while producing Babylon 5

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on his ability to remember dialogue and moments vividly, which he later used in writing for television shows like Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on how he had difficulty differentiating between fantasy and reality with his childhood exposure to TV and film; on how that translates to his writing being "dreamlike"
Matthew Weiner on why it's easier to hustle your work than actually write and finish a product
Matthew Weiner on his first job punching up scripts for TV shows
Matthew Weiner on how invaluable it is to be funny as a writer
Matthew Weiner on his design choices for Mad Men; on the attention to detail for the period
Matthew Weiner on the emotional toll of writing
Matthew Weiner on his writing process and how much he reveals to others
Matthew Weiner on using The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the Mad Men  episode "Lady Lazarus"
Matthew Weiner on plotting out stories and themes for Mad Men,  the suicide of "Lane Pryce" (Jared Harris), and other elements of season five 
Matthew Weiner on making viewers cry at Mad Men  and confounding viewers' expectations 
Matthew Weiner on the time lapse between seasons 7a and 7b on Mad Men  and updating the styles and fashions
Matthew Weiner on dealing with writing and directing the final scenes of Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on Mark Moses as "Herman 'Duck' Phillips" on Mad Men  and stories they never got around to doing

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on what he enjoys about writing and producing

Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson on the atmosphere in the writers' room on WKRP in Cincinnati  and what he looked for in a writer
Hugh Wilson on his writing process and the then-current state of writing for features and for television
Hugh Wilson on the cancellation of Frank's Place  and the difference between writing for television and writing for film
Hugh Wilson on advice to an aspiring writer and an aspiring director

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on his development deal with HBO that led to the creation of Boardwalk Empire

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on creating a show
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