Nerdist Writers Panel

Nerdist Writers Panel

Episodes

  • Ratings, Recaps, Reviews panel from ATX

    Aug 26, 2014 | 91 min
    Kyle Killen (Awake; Lone Star) knows more about ratings than he cares to, and he's going to break it down for you starting with who, what, when, where, or IF watching matters. Dissecting Neilsen, DVRs, live viewing, social media, and streaming, he’ll answer questions like: What's a share? How everyone you know can be talking, tweeting and watching a show, but it still gets canceled? And why do ratings equal cancellation on one network but a hit on another? Following his 15 minute presentation, Killen sits down with top critics Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix), Matthew Zoller Seitz (Vulture), Todd Vanderwerff (A.V. Club), and Tara Ariano (Previously.tv) to discuss TV's growth in the past decade, where...
  • Comics Edition #54: New Writer Spotlight: Jason Gonzales aka “Gonzo”

    Aug 23, 2014 | 55 min
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  • Legend of Korra/Avatar: the Last Airbender

    Aug 19, 2014 | 89 min
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  • Comics Edition #53: Batman: Assault on Arkham

    Aug 16, 2014 | 62 min
    The DC Direct movie written by our own Heath Corson (Justice League: War) hits stands this week and it is really good (ask anyone who saw it at SDCC this year). Heath, Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond), and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) discuss how the project came together, sneaking a Suicide Squad story into the DC Direct U, juggling all of those characters, and more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:wi...
  • Maureen Johnson

    Aug 12, 2014 | 58 min
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  • Comics Edition #52: SDCC with Charles Soule, Jill Thompson, Ben Edlund, and Chris Roberson

    Aug 9, 2014 | 60 min
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  • Reboot, Re-imagine, Remake panel from ATX Television Festival

    Aug 5, 2014 | 22 min
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  • Comics Edition #51: Marc Bernardin

    Aug 2, 2014 | 39 min
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  • Thomas Lennon & Neal Baer Live at San Diego ComicCon!

    Jul 29, 2014 | 42 min
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  • Comics Edition #50: Milestones

    Jul 26, 2014 | 49 min
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  • Terence Winter

    Jul 22, 2014 | 78 min
    The creator of Boardwalk Empire and Oscar nominee for his adaptation of the Wolf of Wall Street talks about his start in sit-coms, short-lived, and syndicated shows, lessons from great rooms (including The Sopranos), his interests in crime and cons (and some that he's pulled), and wrapping up his Empire. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-...
  • Comics Edition #49: Wolverine: The Most Dangerous Mutant panel with Chris Claremont and Len Wein

    Jul 19, 2014 | 64 min
    Chris Claremont! Len Wein! They're two of the best there is at what they do... and what they do makes for a great Wolverine podcast from the 2014 Phoenix Comicon! They join Marc  Bernardin (The Authority), Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham), and Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond) to discuss the character's origins, how Wolverine squeezed Colossus out of the spotlight, and how he took over the comics world. Don't miss it, bub! Recorded at the Phoenix ComicCon on June 7, 2014.
  • Pairing Off: A Look at Co-Creating and Writing from ATX Television Festival

    Jul 15, 2014 | 68 min
    Mike Royce and Ray Romano (creators, Men of a Certain Age); Emily Halpern (co-creator, Trophy Wife), Andy Daly (co-creator, Review), and Kerry Ehrin (co-creator, Bates Motel) discuss working with another creative person, how pilots are created together, how the room works, and more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; m...
  • Comics Edition #48: Bryan Lee O'Malley

    Jul 12, 2014 | 66 min
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  • Carlton Cuse

    Jul 8, 2014 | 59 min
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  • Adam Rogers Returns!

    Jul 1, 2014 | 68 min
    We last spoke with Wired editor Adam Rogers way back in episode 24 and discussed the book he had just begun. Now that book is here! Proof: The Science of Booze is a fascinating and immensely enjoyable survey of how your favorite spirit gets into your glass and what happens once you drink it. Rogers talks about the challenges and joys of writing the book. Get it now on Amazon. 
  • Comics Edition #47: Listener Questions Answered

    Jun 28, 2014 | 58 min
    Adam Beechen (Hench), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Heath Corson (Justice League: War),  and Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more) answer your questions about comic script formatting, pacing, breaking in, Len's Man Thing, and more.
  • Orphan Black

    Jun 24, 2014 | 82 min
    Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, creators of Orphan Black, talk about the long gestation period of their clone saga, how the show works, what each of them brings to the project, what happens in the room, and lots more. PLUS: a not-so-great recording (sorry!) of the Q&A that followed the screening of season 2's eighth episode, “Variable and Full of Perturbation.” Moderated by Variety's Laura Prudom at ATX Television Festival in Austin on June 7, 2014. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in ...
  • Comics Edition #46: Her Universe

    Jun 21, 2014 | 72 min
    Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) and Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond) chat with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein and Professional dweeb/licensing manager Mac Beauvais about licensing, barriers to fandom, strong female characters, and New Kids on the Block to celebrate their roll out of their new marvel line.
  • Noah Hawley and Fargo

    Jun 17, 2014 | 78 min
    Noah Hawley (creator of My Generation and The Unusuals) talks about adapting the Coen Brothers' movie for the ten-episode FX series, the atypical writing and production process for the show, and what may come next. PLUS: Hawley, producer Warren Littlefield, and Fargo stars Allison Tolman and Keith Carradine in a panel moderated by Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall following a screening of episode 9 at ATX Television Festival in Austin on June 7, 2014. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; m...
  • The Signal

    Jun 10, 2014 | 63 min
    Will Eubank has worked as a cinematographer for years in the film industry, and now his second feature as writer/director, The Signal, is being released by Focus Features. Will talks about how he got where he is, bringing visual style to scripts, and more. The Signal is in select theaters on June 13th. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-fo...
  • Comics Edition #45: Marvel Editors Roundtable

    Jun 7, 2014 | 80 min
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  • Writers and The Law

    Jun 3, 2014 | 72 min
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  • Comics Edition #44: Fred Van Lente

    May 31, 2014 | 44 min
    The prolific writer of Action Philosophers, Cowboys and Aliens, Incredible Hercules, Scorpion, and lots more shares stories of his long break-in period, writing for himself and various companies, and lots more.  
  • Improvisation in TV and Film panel from C2E2

    May 27, 2014 | 65 min
    Second City luminary Craig Cackowski (Community; Veep), and Second City alumni Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin (Thrilling Adventure Hour) discuss improvisation techniques and uses for aspiring actors at a panel at Chicago's C2E2. So much of this applies to writing as well—after all, what is improv but creating worlds, situations, and characters in the moment—that it seems well worth sharing. Recorded April 27, 2014
  • Comics Edition #43: Rants! Edition

    May 24, 2014 | 51 min
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  • Enlisted

    May 20, 2014 | 72 min
    Creator/co-showrunner Kevin Biegel (co-creator, Cougar Town) and co-showrunner Mike Royce (co-creator, Men of a Certain Age) discuss the critically beloved Fox comedy, why it's personal for them both, breaking stories, and more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-famil...
  • Comics Edition #42: Listener Questions Answered

    May 17, 2014 | 55 min
    Adam Beechen (Hench), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Heath Corson (Justice League: War),  and Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more) answer your questions about Stegron, capturing voices, and lots more.  
  • Person of Interest

    May 13, 2014 | 71 min
    Creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight; Interstellar) and executive producer Greg Plageman (NYPD Blue; Cold Case) sit down to talk about the hit CBS show, balancing procedural, sci-fi, and personal stories, working in the room, and more.
  • Comics Edition #41: Dean Trippe

    May 10, 2014 | 55 min
    The “Project Rooftop” co-creator and the writer/artist of breakout independent graphic novel Something Terrible talks about comics as a means of autobiography, personal catharsis, and messaging, his experiences with Marvel and DC, why superheroes matter, Batman, and lots more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-asc...
  • The Children of Tendu/Nerdist Writers Panel crossover part 2!

    May 6, 2014 | 56 min
    Ben Blacker sits down with Children of Tendu hosts Javier Grillo-Marxuatch (Helix; creator, The Middleman) and Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow; Terra Nova) and their mentors Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: TNG/DS9; Dark Angel; Medium; Terra Nova) and Naren Shankar (Star Trek: TNG/DS9; CSI; Almost Human) to talk about room behavior, good bosses and great bosses, first scripts, and lots more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagin...
  • Comics Edition #40: Listener Questions Answered

    May 3, 2014 | 73 min
    Marc Bernardin (The Hollywood Reporter), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) are joined by guest Marc Andreyko (Batwoman; the Illegitimates) to answer your questions about breaking into comics, why there are no new marquee heroes, and lots more.
  • New writers!

    Apr 29, 2014 | 89 min
    Judalina Neira (who went from the NBC writers program to being writers' assistant on Do No Harm) and Heidi Cole McAdams (who moved from development to writing for ABC's Intelligence), so-called “baby writers,” staff writers who recently have been given their first break, sit down with Ben Blacker and Wade McIntyre (Intelligence) to talk about breaking in, agents, and everything new TV writers should know.
  • Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

    Apr 22, 2014 | 81 min
    Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, The Chronicles of Narnia, and more, chat about their process, being architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being pleasant to work with, and more.
  • Comics Edition #39: Marc Andreyko

    Apr 19, 2014 | 60 min
    The prolific writer of DC's Batwoman and Manhunter, co-writer of such books as The Illegitimates,Torso, and The Lost sits down with Marc Bernardin (The Hollywood Reporter), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) to talk about breaking into comics, his process, creating new characters, gay characters, and lots more.  
  • The Scriptnotes/Nerdist Writers Panel Crossover part 2!

    Apr 15, 2014 | 72 min
    Scriptnotes hosts John August (Big Fish; Frankenweenie; Go) and Craig Mazin (The Hangover 2; Identity Thief) join NWP's Ben Blacker to talk about what Craig and John are working on, their writing habits, take questions from the audience, and more. For part one of the podcast, go to Scriptnotes: http://johnaugust.com/podcast.
  • Comics Edition #38: Emerald City Comic Con

    Apr 12, 2014 | 57 min
    Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals; Hawkeye); Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel; Pretty Deadly); Greg Rucka (Lazarus; Queen and Country; Gotham Central); and Cullen Bunn (Magneto; 6th Gun) join Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) at Seattle's Emerald City Comic con to talk craft, superheroes, and what's wrong with America. Recorded March 28, 2014
  • Jonathan Groff, Rob Doherty, & Steven Maeda

    Apr 8, 2014 | 81 min
    Jonathan Groff (creator, Andy Barker PI; Happy Endings; Scrubs); Rob Doherty (creator, Elementary); Steven Maeda (Helix; Pan Am; Lost; X-Files). 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cam...
  • Comics Edition #37: Mike Costa & Ashley Miller part 2

    Apr 5, 2014 | 47 min
    Writer Mike Costa (GI Joe; Transformers; Blackhawks) and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class; Terminator reboot) sit down with Marc Bernardin (The Hollywood Reporter) and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) for a chat about writing branded characters and lots more.
  • Matt Walsh

    Apr 1, 2014 | 59 min
    UCB co-founder Matt Walsh (actor, Veep, Dog Bites Man) talks about his present project as writer/director, A Better You, which is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to pay for post-production. Matt chats about scripting an improvised film, writing sketches, the early days of Comedy Central, and his influences.
  • Comics Edition #36: Mike Costa & Ashley Miller Part 1

    Mar 29, 2014 | 48 min
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  • Review

    Mar 25, 2014 | 78 min
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  • Comics Edition #35: Listener Questions Answered!

    Mar 22, 2014 | 40 min
    Adam Beechen (Hench), Marc Bernardin (Hollywood Reporter; Monster Attack Network), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) answer YOUR questions! Have questions you want answered on the podcast? Leave them on the Nerdist Writers Panel Facebook page: Facebook.com/NerdistWritersPanel
  • Writers/Actors

    Mar 18, 2014 | 83 min
    Clark Gregg (writer/director: Choke; Trust Me; actor: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD); Dan Bucatinsky (writer: Web Therapy; Grey's Anatomy; actor: Scandal); Liz Vassey (writer: NBC bowling pilot; actor: CSI; The Tick) Recorded March 9, 2014  
  • Comics Edition #34: Justice League: War!

    Mar 15, 2014 | 40 min
    Justice League: War! Heath Corson's DC Direct film has finally been released! And it's really good! Adam Beechen (Hench), Marc Bernardin (Hollywood Reporter; Monster Attack Network) and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour)talk about how the film came together and then discuss the problems and fun of writing super-teams in general. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:...
  • Moira Kirland, Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett, and Douglas Petrie

    Mar 11, 2014 | 82 min
    Moira Kirland (Arrow; Castle); Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (SyFy's upcoming 12 Monkeys; Nikita; Terra Nova); and returning guest Douglas Petrie (Buffy; American Horror Story: Coven). Recorded February 16, 2014.
  • Comics Edition #33: Advice to The New Writer

    Mar 8, 2014 | 54 min
    Ben Blacker and his writing partner Ben Acker are near to taking over writing duties on Marvel's Thunderbolts. Len Wein, Adam Beechen, and Heath Corson give their advice based upon their experiences in taking over books from existing writers and as readers invested in a book that was taken over by a new creative team.
  • Phillip Iscove, Dawn Prestwich, Nicole Yorkin, and Cole Haddon

    Mar 4, 2014 | 89 min
    Phillip Iscove (co-creator, Sleepy Hollow); Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing; Carnivale); Cole Haddon (creator, NBC's Dracula). Recorded February 9, 2014.
  • Bryan Fuller

    Feb 25, 2014 | 99 min
    The creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me discusses his work habits, putting a philosophy in every scene, death, collaboration, Star Trek, and lots more. Recorded January 19, 2014.
  • Comics Edition #35: Sam Humphries

    Feb 22, 2014 | 47 min
    Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) sit down with writer Sam Humphries (Avengers: AI; Ultimates; Uncanny X-Force) to talk about getting started for a major company like Marvel, putting together a team book, writing to theme, and more.
  • Michelle Ashford, John Hamburg, and Carlos Coto

    Feb 18, 2014 | 82 min
    Michelle Ashford (creator, Masters of Sex); John Hamburg (Meet the Parents; Zoolander; creator, Welcome to the Captain), Carlos Coto (showrunner, From Dusk Till Dawn).
  • Comics Edition #31: Tony Isabella

    Feb 15, 2014 | 65 min
    Who co-created Black Lightning, the Champions, and Tigra in the 1970s, and wrote the indispensable book, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read? Len Wein's old pal, writer Tony Isabella, who joins Len and Adam Beechen to talk comics then and now.  
  • John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

    Feb 10, 2014 | 62 min
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  • Comics Edition #30: Listeners Questions Answered

    Feb 8, 2014 | 47 min
    Len Wein, Heath Corson, and Ben Blacker answer questions submitted by listeners, including comic works that are the apex of the medium's storytelling, debates about creator credit, and work habits. Have questions you want answered on the podcast? Leave them on the Nerdist Writers Panel Facebook page: Facebook.com/NerdistWritersPanel
  • Emmy Grinwis, Deric Hughes, and Benjamin Raab

    Feb 4, 2014 | 90 min
    Emmy Grinwis (MTV's upcoming Eye Candy); Deric Hughes and Benjamin Raab (Warehouse 13). A chat with up-and-coming writers about being up-and-coming writers, how they got noticed, writing and selling, and more.
  • Comics Edition #29: Sean Howe

    Feb 1, 2014 | 58 min
    Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Adam Beechen (Hench), and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) sit down with journalist Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story) to discuss how the book came together, who participated and who didn't, and Howe's evolving relationship to comic books.
  • Dan Harmon, Joe McKenna, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Joe Henderson

    Jan 28, 2014 | 104 min
    Dan Harmon (creator, Community); Chris McKenna (Community); Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (creators, Surviving Jack and $#*! My Dad Says); and Joe Henderson (Graceland; White Collar). Recorded January 12, 2014.
  • Comics Edition #28: Definitives Part 2

    Jan 25, 2014 | 72 min
    Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing and more), Adam Beechen (Hench), and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) discuss more definitives—stories, writers, and artists—including Swamp Thing, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, Wonder Woman, and lots more.
  • Karina Longworth

    Jan 21, 2014 | 54 min
    Former LA Weekly and Village Voice film critic Karina Longworth (Masters of Cinema: George Lucas) discusses her new book, Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor, authorial voice in criticism, and what makes movies good.
  • Comics Edition #27: Comics in other media, 2013

    Jan 18, 2014 | 61 min
    Marc Bernardin (Hollywood Reporter) joins Adam Beechen (Hench) and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) to talk about comic characters in other media and how they fared in 2013, including discussions of Man of Steel, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Thor 2, and more.
  • Kurt Sutter

    Jan 14, 2014 | 95 min
    The Sons of Anarchy creator is joined by SoA superfans Jessica Goldstein (Cougar Town) and Paul Grellong (Revolution) to discuss how the show is put together, his work on The Shield, and more. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-the...
  • Comics Edition #26:2013 in Review

    Jan 11, 2014 | 49 min
    Len Wein (creator of Wolverine and lots more), Adam Beechen (Hench), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) discuss the year in comics—the big stories, their favorite books and writers.
  • Non-episode Episode!

    Dec 24, 2013 | 8 min
  • #121: TV Year in Review part 2

    Dec 17, 2013 | 112 min
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  • TV Year in Review part 1

    Dec 10, 2013 | 75 min
    With Hart Hanson (creator, Bones), Andrew Miller (creator, Secret Circle), and Aaron Ginsburg (Finder; Intelligence).
  • Comics Edition #25: Definitives

    Dec 7, 2013 | 53 min
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  • Directors panel from ATX, an Austin TV Festival

    Dec 3, 2013 | 61 min
    Featuring Tom Verica (Scandal), Dave Semel (American Horror Story), and Rob Schrab (Childrens Hospital). A look at directors of episodic television. They say that TV is a writer’s medium…as opposed to film that is a director’s medium. If that’s true, then what does that mean for the director of a TV series? Hear from veteran and new directors of episodic television on how they manage, what they see their role as, the rewards, and the struggles of directing television. Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson. Recorded at ATX 2013. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; ...
  • Austin Film Festival

    Nov 26, 2013 | 71 min
    Ashley Miller (Thor; X-Men: First Class), Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks; 50 Shades of Gray); and Kell Cahoon (Psych; Just Shoot Me; NewsRadio). Recorded live at the Austin Film Festival on October 24, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #24: Mike Carlin

    Nov 23, 2013 | 73 min
    Adam Beechen (Hench) and Heath Corson (Justice League: War) sit down with DC's Mike Carlin to discuss his work on their animated projects, his long career as an editor, his work as a writer and an artist, that time when Superman died and it was a big deal, and why time travel stories inevitably suck.
  • Mark Protosevich

    Nov 19, 2013 | 57 min
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  • Comics Edition #23: Adam Glass

    Nov 16, 2013 | 46 min
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  • Welcome to Night Vale

    Nov 12, 2013 | 73 min
    Recorded at NY Comic Con, it's a look behind the curtain of the mega-popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale with creator Joseph Fink, co-writer Jeffrey Cranor, voice of Night Vale radio Cecil Baldwin, and guest star Mara Wilson. Plus: Correspondent Liz Hara interviews master puppet builder Rollie Krewson at the Sesame Street workshop. And, a HostGator ad!
  • Comics Edition #22: Comic Book Heroes

    Nov 9, 2013 | 45 min
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  • The Colbert Report

    Nov 5, 2013 | 64 min
    Head-writer Opus Moreschi (Craig Kilborn; Li'l Bush) and writers Eric Drysdale (The Daily Show), Nate Charny, Michael Brumm, Meredith Scardino, and Aaron Cohen discuss how the show is put together, writing jokes, and just how good Stephen Colbert really is. Sitting in on the discussion is NBC Sports field producer Lena Moss.
  • Comics Edition #21: Greg Rucka

    Nov 2, 2013 | 78 min
    Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) sits down in New York traffic with superstar writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout; Gotham Central; Lazarus) to talk about his interest in crime fiction, the myth of the unflawed hero, learning as you go, and lots more.
  • Sesame Street

    Oct 29, 2013 | 109 min
    Head-writer/puppeteer Joey Mazzarino and writers John Weidman, Christine Ferraro, Belinda Ward, and Molly Boylan tell Ben how to get, how to get to Sesame Street in this bonus-sized episode which also includes a visit to the Muppet Workshop and brief interviews with puppet wrangler Lara McLean, costumer Connie Peterson, and puppet designer Rollie Krewson.
  • Comics Edition #20: Kelly Sue DeConnick

    Oct 26, 2013 | 81 min
    Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) chats with writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel; Avengers Assemble; Pretty Deadly) about where are the female comics writers are, working with artists, picking and choosing genre tropes, and lots more.
  • Actors Roundtable

    Oct 22, 2013 | 69 min
    “Actors Roundtable” from ATX Television Festival: Some of today’s leading episodic actors talk about the ups and downs of their TV careers. With Joshua Malina (Scandal), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), Devon Gummersall (My So-Called Life), Nick Wechsler (Revenge, Roswell), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie). Moderated by Evan Miller. Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 9, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #19: Marc Bernardin

    Oct 19, 2013 | 57 min
    Heath Corson (Justice League: War) chats with TV/comics writer and journalist Marc Bernardin (Alphas; Static Shock; The Hollywood Reporter) about the ups and downs of writing for comics, tv and magazines as well as Jim Lee vs. the power of tenacity. 
  • Showrunners & Creators

    Oct 15, 2013 | 60 min
    Showrunners and Creators panel from ATX Television Festival. Michael Rauch, Andrew Lenchewski, Dmitry Lipkin, Tim Doyle, Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce, Dan Bucatinsky. Moderated by Andrew Miller.
  • Comics Edition #18: Kyle Higgins

    Oct 12, 2013 | 69 min
    Adam Beechen chats with writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing; Batman Beyond) about working for DC, how Kyle got started, and writing for the Bat-universe.
  • Michael Jacobs

    Oct 8, 2013 | 40 min
    Michael Jacobs' first foray into TV was a home run with creation of the iconic '80s series Charles in Charge, and he didn't stop there, as he went on to create some of the most recognizable series in the 1980s and 1990s: My Two Dads, The Torkelsons, Dinosaurs, and Boy Meets World. He also produced the four-time Oscar nominated feature film Quiz Show (about the 1950s TV quiz show scandal). Now Michael is back with the highly anticipated series Girl Meets World, which will reunite Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World and take a look on how their daughter handles adolescence. In conversation with Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com), Michael relives his journey in television, from creating and writing to ...
  • Comics Edition #17: Ashley Miller Part 2

    Oct 5, 2013 | 46 min
    Adam Beechen continues the conversation with screenwriter Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class; upcoming: Fantastic Four) about adapting comics for the screen.
  • Mythology

    Oct 1, 2013 | 56 min
    Mythology panel from ATX Television Festival. Remi Aubuchon (creator, Caprica), Richard Hatem (Grimm; The Gates), Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time), Dmitry Lipkin (creator, The Riches and Hung), and Winnie Holzman (creator, My So-Called Life) discuss creating the world and rules of a show. Moderated by Todd VanDerWerff (AV Club). Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin, TX, on June 7, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #16: Ashley Miller Part 1

    Sep 28, 2013 | 38 min
    Comics Edition #16: Ashley Miller part 1: Thor! Ben Blacker has a lot of questions about Miller's adaptation of Thor (2009), Marvel's resident god. Adam Beechen does his best to reign everyone in. Like Odin would do.
  • Enlisted

    Sep 24, 2013 | 38 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Enlisted panel from ATX Television Festival. All about the new Fox army sibling comedy, with its creator Kevin Biegel (co-creator, Cougar Town), executive producer Mike Royce (Men of  a Certain Age), and stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young, and Angelina Cabral.
  • Once Upon A Time

    Sep 23, 2013 | 41 min
    Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, recorded at ATX Television Festival. Recorded at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, on June 8, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #15: Non-Comics Readers

    Sep 21, 2013 | 81 min
    Comics Edition #16: Non-comics readers. Ben Blacker and Heath Corson sit down with Blacker's wife, Julie Lacouture, and actress Jenny Wade (Reaper) to discuss comics from a non-comics-reader's perspective, barriers to entry, and fandom in general.
  • Structure of a Sitcom

    Sep 17, 2013 | 64 min
    “Structure of a Sitcom and Rise of the Anti-Sitcom” panel from ATX Television Festival: Dan Harmon (creator, Community), Paul Scheer (creator, NTSF:SD:SUV), Dave Finkel (New Girl; 30 Rock), Tim Doyle (Last Man Standing), and Rob Schrab (director, Mindy Project, Childrens Hospital) discuss the rise of new-comedy formats and the changing rules of writing comedy. Moderated by Emily Moss Wilson. 
  • Comics Edition #14: Clone

    Sep 14, 2013 | 45 min
    Comics Edition #15: Clone. Ben Blacker chats with creator David Schulner (Do No Harm) and writers Aaron Ginsburg & Wade McIntyre (Intelligence) about the Skybound series, making the leap from TV to comics, and more.
  • Ghost Girls

    Sep 9, 2013 | 53 min
    A chat with the writers/creators of the awesome and hilarious new Yahoo series, Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Jeremy Konner (Drunk History). The 12-episode paranormal procedural was directed by Konner and co-produced by Jack Black's Electric Dynamite and Shine America. It debuted yesterday. It is seriously great.
  • Comics Edition #13: Christos Gage

    Sep 6, 2013 | 53 min
    Comics Edition #13: Christos Gage! Adam Beechen (Hench) and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) sit down with writer Christos Gage to talk about working for Marvel and smaller publishers, Avengers Academy, company crossovers, developing characters, and lots more!
  • ATX Television Festival

    Sep 3, 2013 | 56 min
    Pitch-Pilot-Pick Up panel from ATX Television Festival: Julie Plec (showrunner, Vampire Diaries; co-creator/showrunner, The Originals), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killen (creator, Mind Games, Awake, and Lone Star), Chris Keyser (creator, Party of Five), Bryan Seabury (VP Drama Development at CBS), Corey Marsh (Manager of Current Programming at Disney Channel), and Charlie Ebersol (producer, the Hochberg Ebersol Co.) discuss the beginning stages of a TV series from the pitch, to filming the pilot, to finally waiting on pins and needles to hear if a pilot was given a shot to make it into your living rooms. Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin, TX, on June 8, 201...
  • Comics Edition #12: Alan Burnett

    Aug 31, 2013 | 57 min
    Comics edition #12: Alan Burnett (Batman: TAS; Mask of the Phantasm; Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Heath Corson (Justice League: War) and Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) sit down with WB producer/writer Alan Burnett, who has had a hand in virtually every DC animated project since Super Friends.
  • Veronica Mars

    Aug 27, 2013 | 66 min
    Veronica Mars's Rob Thomas and Chris Lowell, live from ATX Television Festival. Recorded at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel ballroom in Austin, TX, on June 9, 2013.
  • Davey Holmes

    Aug 24, 2013 | 38 min
    BONUS EPISODE: An in-depth chat with Davey Holmes (Awake; Shameless; Law & Order; Pushing Daisies) about his 2013 pilot Boomerang, pitching, finding your voice, and more. (Note: this interview was recorded before the network upfronts, so Boomerang's fate was still undecided. Ultimately Fox didn't pick up the show to series).
  • Jaws

    Aug 20, 2013 | 108 min
    The Jaws Summer Special! End your summer talking Jaws, comedy, and more with Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (The Smothers Brothers; The Jerk) and Jaws enthusiast Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang). Recorded live at Nerdmelt on August 4, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #11: Dan Slott

    Aug 17, 2013 | 81 min
    Comics edition #11: Dan Slott. An in-depth chat with the writer who replaced Spider-Man's brain with Doc Ock's! We talk about Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Avengers: Initiative, She-Hulk, and lots more. Recorded in a cafe in New York, NY in May 2013. There's quite a bit of background noise here, but Dan is so interesting, that we had to release it!
  • Comedy Bang Bang!

    Aug 13, 2013 | 33 min
    Comedy Bang Bang! From ATX Television Festival, a chat with CBB creator and Earwolf network co-founder Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns) and CBB's head writer Neil Campbell. Recorded at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, on June 8, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #10: Watchmen

    Aug 10, 2013 | 37 min
    Comics edition #10: All about Watchmen with Len Wein, who edited Alan Moore's original series, and co-hosts Adam Beechen (Hench) and Heath Corson (Justice League DC Direct movie).
  • Vince Gilligan, Greg Daniels, Carlton Cuse, and Liz Meriweather

    Aug 5, 2013 | 34 min
    100th episode spectacular! Live from Largo at the Coronet, in conjunction with Fast Company magazine, an all-star line-up with Vince Gilligan (creator, Breaking Bad), Greg Daniels (creator, King of the Hill; developer, the Office; co-creator, Parks and Recreation); Carlton Cuse (Lost; Bates Motel; The Strain; creator, Nash Bridges); Liz Meriweather (creator, the New Girl); with TV-inspired songs by Sara Watkins! Recorded at Largo at the Coronet on June 4, 2013 as an event sponsored by Fast Company magazine to benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program. Pick up Sara Watkins' newest album, Sun Midnight Sun, on iTunes or at SaraWatkins.com. It's really good.
  • Comics Edition #9: Fanship and Creators' Responsibility

    Aug 3, 2013 | 43 min
    Comics edition #9: Hosts Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Hench, Batman Beyond), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (Aim High; Scary Godmother) discuss fanship and creators' responsibility to fans, including the Veronica Mars movie, the (first) death of Robin, killing characters, and more.
  • Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme

    Jul 30, 2013 | 75 min
    A fun chat with writers/comics/actors/producers Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme of comedy brand Broken Lizard (Supertroopers; Beer Fest). Check out Kevin and Steve's new webseries at http://www.brokenlizard.com/
  • Comics Edition #8: SDCC 2013 Wrap Up

    Jul 27, 2013 | 64 min
    Comics edition #8: SDCC 2013 wrap up with Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (upcoming: Justice League: War; Aim High).
  • Arthur Phillips

    Jul 23, 2013 | 65 min
    #98 An in-depth chat with author Arthur Phillips (The Tragedy of Arthur; The Egyptologist; Prague) about Shakespeare, making work of writing, unreliable narrators, and more. Recorded at a cafe in Brooklyn on May 11, 2013. There is a lot of background noise in this interview! You are warned! It gets a bit better halfway through, but Arthur had such great things to say, that we wanted to make sure this got to you, dear listener.
  • Comics Edition #7: Joshua Fialkov

    Jul 20, 2013 | 49 min
    Comics edition #7: An in depth conversation with Joshua Fialkov (I, Vampire; Tumor; Echos; Elk's Run).
  • Nerdist Writers Panel #97: JG Quintel and Alex Hirsch

    Jul 16, 2013 | 67 min
    JG Quintel (creator, The Regular Show); Alex Hirsch (creator, Gravity Falls). Recorded May 19, 2013. As of today The Regular Show seasons 1 and 2 are available on DVD and Blu ray!
  • Comics Edition #6: San Diego Comic Con

    Jul 12, 2013 | 43 min
    Comics edition #6: Get ready for San Diego Comic Con as Heath gives us the lowdown on 2012's MorrisonCon, and we talk about convention experiences as fans and guests.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

    Jul 9, 2013 | 66 min
    The team behind the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, including co-creator Bernie Su, writers Margaret Dunlap, Rachel Kiley, and Kate Rorick, and writer/transmedia mastermind Jay Bushman.
  • Comics edition #5: Celebrate Independence Day

    Jul 6, 2013 | 45 min
    Comics edition #5: Celebrate Independence Day with hosts Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Hench, Batman Beyond), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (Aim High; Scary Godmother) as they talk all about Captain America. And Bucky too!
  • Rebecca Sinclair, Greg Malins and Mark O’Keefe

    Jul 2, 2013 | 93 min
    Rebecca Sinclair (90210; Gilmore Girls; Buffy), Greg Malins (Friends; How I Met Your Mother; 2 Broke Girls), and Mark O’Keefe (The Weird Al Show; News Radio; Bruce Almighty). Recorded March 24, 2013.
  • Comics Edition #4: Wolverine Season One

    Jun 29, 2013 | 35 min
    Comics Edition #4: Celebrating the release of Wolverine: Season One, written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. Adam Beechen hosts, Wolverine creator Len Wein weighs in, and NWP Comics Edition co-host Heath Corson wears a tuxedo. Recorded live at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood on June 6, 2013.
  • Greg Daniels, Jessica Goldstein, and Chrissy Pietrosh

    Jun 25, 2013 | 87 min
    Greg Daniels (developer, The Office; co-creator, Parks and Recreation; creator, King of the Hill); Jessica Goldstein and Chrissy Pietrosh (Cougar Town; My Name Is Earl). Recorded April 28, 2013.
  • Comics edition #3: Glen Weldon

    Jun 22, 2013 | 72 min
    Comics edition #3: An in-depth conversation with comics journalist Glen Weldon (Superman: The Unauthorized Biography). With hosts Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Hench, Batman Beyond), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (Aim High; Scary Godmother).
  • Carlton Cuse, Michael Schur, and JJ Philbin

    Jun 18, 2013 | 101 min
    Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel; Lost; The Strain); Michael Schur (co-creator, Parks and Recreation); JJ Philbin (New Girl; The OC; Gilmore Girls). Recorded April 21, 2013
  • Comics Edition #2: Delving deep into comics characters' psychology

    Jun 15, 2013 | 47 min
    Comics edition #2: Delving deep into comics characters' psychology, featuring Batman (of course), the Hulk and...Richie Rich? Plus. Sean Howe's Marvel Comics: the Untold Story, and other stuff we're reading right now. With hosts Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Hench, Batman Beyond), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (Aim High; Scary Godmother).
  • Graham Yost, creator and showrunner of Justified

    Jun 11, 2013 | 36 min
    Graham Yost, creator and showrunner of Justified. As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/ and on newsstands now.
  • Comics Edition #1

    Jun 8, 2013 | 47 min
    Comics Edition #1: Hosts Len Wein (creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and hundreds more), Adam Beechen (Hench, Batman Beyond), Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Wolverine: Season One), and Heath Corson (Aim High; Scary Godmother) are off to the races talking about the specific language of comic book scriptwriting, the role of the editor, collaborating with artists, and more.
  • Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland

    Jun 4, 2013 | 31 min
    Howard Gordon, co-creator of Homeland, executive producer of three 2013 pilots. As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people// and on newsstands now.
  • Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, showrunners of Key & Peele

    Jun 1, 2013 | 57 min
    BONUS EPISODE with Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, showrunners of Key & Peele. As part of Fast Company magazine's “Most Creative People” issue, Ben Blacker interviewed the showrunners and creators of some of television's most interesting and groundbreaking shows about how they're carving out new territory in the business and creative worlds, and how these creatives are driving the zeitgeist. The issue is online now at http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/  and is available on newsstands next week.

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