Show Creators


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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This category consists of writers and producers who have created television shows.

Highlights
Darren Star on the difference between being a screenwriter and being the creator/writer of a television show
06:08
Michael Moye on creating and casting Married...With Children
07:51
Richard and Esther Shapiro on their pitching style
01:06
Alan Ball on his role as showrunner on True Blood
00:22
Phil Rosenthal on the network having doubts about him as a first time show-runner for Everybody Loves Raymond
05:32
Tom Fontana on constructing the stories for Homicide: Life on the Street
05:40
Who talked about this profession

Alan Ball

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Alan Ball on his role as showrunner on True Blood
00:22
Alan Ball on the writing process on True Blood
01:03

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Belisario on writing Quantum Leap
01:44

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on his pitch to NBC for L.A. Law
03:24

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on his producing style for America's Funniest Home Videos
01:44
Vin Di Bona on advice to aspiring producers and show creators
03:20

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
04:10
Joshua Brand on his writing process
09:31
Joshua Brand on dealing with writers block and on the general process of writing
04:16
Joshua Brand on what he loves about writing
03:05
Joshua Brand on advice to an aspiring television writer, and on dealing with studio politics
03:19

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
01:23

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on co-creating My Mother The Car
03:03

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

Glen Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on being their own bosses on Cheers and their initial plan for the series
01:51

Les Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on being their own bosses on Cheers and their initial plan for the series
01:51

David Crane

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David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how they (as writers on Friends) dealt with actors
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how they hired writers for Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the success of Friends over 10 years

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes on the structure of Downton Abbey
03:59
Julian Fellowes on plotting out Downton Abbey  and his writing process
04:20
Julian Fellowes on advice to those starting out in the television business 
02:57

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on doing extensive research in prisons for Oz
04:41
Tom Fontana on advice to aspiring television writers and producers
01:37

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 
03:45

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
01:59
Gary David Goldberg on assigning writing credits on Family Ties
01:58
Gary David Goldberg on hiring inexperienced writers on Spin City
04:25

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on the writing process for The Beverly Hillbillies
03:12

Silvio Horta

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Silvio Horta on being showrunner on Ugly Betty
03:05
Silvio Horta on the process of writing for Ugly Betty
02:58

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on coming up with stories and producing for television 
01:03

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on assembling writers' rooms for Almost Perfect and Mary
05:09

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on creating Picket Fences
02:55
David E. Kelley on creating and exiting Chicago Hope
03:38
David E. Kelley on the idea behind creating Ally McBeal
03:52

Barry Kemp

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Barry Kemp on the writing process on Coach and the comedy of the show
03:47

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on the premise of Flamingo Road, and on her duties as showrunner
02:49

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on the writing process for Battlestar Galactica
02:15

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
05:30
Norman Lear on starting a production company with Bud Yorkin
04:55
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
02:17
Norman Lear on the business aspects of All in the Family and Tandem Productions
01:44
Norman Lear on juggling so many successful shows in the '70s
03:12
Norman Lear on making his audience laugh
02:58
Norman Lear on starting TAT Productions
01:27

David Lee

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David Lee on developing ideas for Frasier
04:30
David Lee on writing the first episode of Frasier
03:38

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on assembling writers' rooms for Almost Perfect  and Mary
05:09

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
01:53

David Milch

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David Milch on his writing process
05:31
David Milch on the key to creating a series
01:48
David Milch on advice to aspiring television writers
00:38

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on the writing staff of Married...With Children
00:50
Michael Moye on creating and casting Married...With Children
07:51

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
05:32

Esther Shapiro

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Richard and Esther Shapiro on their pitching style
01:06

David Shore

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David Shore on creating the series House
16:38
David Shore on the advice he would give to young writers
00:58
David Shore on the key to creating a successful series
02:35

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon on his advice to aspiring writers
00:30

Darren Star

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Darren Star on the difference between being a screenwriter and being the creator/writer of a television show
06:08
Darren Star on adapting books for television
01:56

Leonard Stern

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Leonard Stern on how a pitch meeting went in the 1960s; how he sold a show
04:46

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on the process of writing Babylon 5 episodes 
03:40
J. Michael Straczynski on dealing with the network while producing Babylon 5
02:31

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
01:22
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"
01:48
Matthew Weiner on why it's easier to hustle your work than actually write and finish a product
02:06
Matthew Weiner on his first job punching up scripts for TV shows
05:23
Matthew Weiner on how invaluable it is to be funny as a writer
00:39
Matthew Weiner on his design choices for Mad Men; on the attention to detail for the period
03:20
Matthew Weiner on the emotional toll of writing
06:58
Matthew Weiner on his writing process and how much he reveals to others
06:33
Matthew Weiner on using The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the Mad Men  episode "Lady Lazarus"
02:25
Matthew Weiner on plotting out stories and themes for Mad Men,  the suicide of "Lane Pryce" (Jared Harris), and other elements of season five 
10:51
Matthew Weiner on making viewers cry at Mad Men  and confounding viewers' expectations 
04:04
Matthew Weiner on the time lapse between seasons 7a and 7b on Mad Men  and updating the styles and fashions
02:48
Matthew Weiner on dealing with writing and directing the final scenes of Mad Men
01:52
Matthew Weiner on Mark Moses as "Herman 'Duck' Phillips" on Mad Men  and stories they never got around to doing
05:03

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on what he enjoys about writing and producing
01:59

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
04:43
Hugh Wilson on his writing process and the then-current state of writing for features and for television
06:33
Hugh Wilson on the cancellation of Frank's Place  and the difference between writing for television and writing for film
02:09
Hugh Wilson on advice to an aspiring writer and an aspiring director
01:21

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on his development deal with HBO that led to the creation of Boardwalk Empire
05:30

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on creating a show
03:08