33 episodes

49 degrees north writers podcast is an informal chat with Canadian writers about writing and working in the Canadian film & TV industry.

49 Degrees North Writers Podcast John Ward

    • TV & Film

49 degrees north writers podcast is an informal chat with Canadian writers about writing and working in the Canadian film & TV industry.

    49 degrees north #33 - David Moses

    49 degrees north #33 - David Moses

    Writer-producer David Moses (Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH) discusses his new documentary series Paramedics: Life on the Line, and the storytelling challenges in unscripted television.

    • 58 min
    49 degrees north #32 - Roslyn Muir

    49 degrees north #32 - Roslyn Muir

    Writer Roslyn Muir (The Birdwatcher, Washed Away) discusses her journey from intern to story-editor on Ransom, and how writing Movies of the Week can be a great way to break into the industry.

    • 47 min
    49 degrees north #31 - Sam Wiebe

    49 degrees north #31 - Sam Wiebe

    Crime-novelist Sam Wiebe talks about his latest book “Cut you down.” We also discuss the Vancouver crime-fiction scene, the challenges/benefits of writing by hand, and how he came to edit Vancouver Noir. For more information about Sam and his work, visits his website and buy his books at your local book store!

    • 38 min
    49 degrees north #30 - Robert C. Cooper

    49 degrees north #30 - Robert C. Cooper

    Showrunner Robert C. Cooper (Stargate, Dirk Gently) discusses his powerful new drama Unspeakable, and its incredible journey from pitch to screen. We discuss the process of creating a story spanning decades, and challenges arising from the real-life scandal the show is based upon. You can find the show in Canada through the CBC, and it will also be on Sundance TV.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    49 degrees north #29 - Katherine Collins

    49 degrees north #29 - Katherine Collins

    Writer-producer Katherine Collins (Blindspot, Lost in Space) talks about her upcoming feature film Riot Girls and the importance of knowing your story. Along the way we discuss story-breaking, writing by hand, and legendary riot grrrl band Bikini Kill.

    • 38 min
    49 degrees north #28 - Thomas Pound

    49 degrees north #28 - Thomas Pound

    Writer-producer Thomas Pound (Motive) talks story-breaking on The Flash, writing episodes as a team, and how Memento led him to a writing career.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

litany of thieves ,

Must-Listen for Aspiring Canadian Screenwriters

This show & John have really helped me figure out how to get beyond just writing spec scripts in my spare time & hoping someone reads them!

Lots of different voices & opinions, all of which really helped me develop as a writer & also figure out the next step in getting a career screenwriting here in Vancouver!

No Pants Island ,

A MUST for TV Writers in Canada, and abroad!

John’s curated an incredible selection of interviews with highly talented Canadian creatives, giving us an inside look at the inner workings of the Canadian writers’ room and beyond. Writers everywhere should take full advantage of these insightful and often witty interviews. 5 ⭐️

RyanUUSmitty ,

Thank you, John Ward!

I love this show! John is doing incredible work in creating and producing this podcast. We thank him for helping to connect the Canadian film and television community, and for providing listeners insight into the creative process of many. This podcast is very welcome addition to my regular rotation! I can't wait to hear more!

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