The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), and Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) to talk about the art and business of creating great television. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.
Ed Solomon (No Sudden Move, Bill and Ted) + Bonus Interview with Craig Moss
Ed Solomon talks about his new collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, No Sudden Moves (out now on HBO Max), how the creation of Bill & Ted came from a place of freedom, breaking in too early, writing for It's Garry Shandling's Show, interest vs passion, writing for yourself, and lots more. Plus, a bonus interview with Craig Moss (writer/diretor, Let Us In; Bad Ass)
Iliza Shlesinger, Josh Ruben, Mishna Wolff, and Alice Wu
A panel interview with Iliza Shlesinger (Good On Paper); Josh Ruben and Mishna Wolff (Werewolves Within); and Alice Wu (The Half of It). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Annie Weisman, Valerie Armstrong, and Lauren Oliver
A panel interview with Annie Weisman (creator, Physical); Valerie Armstrong (creator, Kevin Can F**K Himself); and Lauren Oliver (creator, Panic). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Shauna Mcgarry, Paul Bae, and Talicia Raggs + Bonus Interview with Shannon Kenny Carbonell
Shauna Mcgarry (Katy Keene; Bojack Horseman), Paul Bae (creator, The Black Tapes podcast), and Talicia Raggs (NCIS: New Orleans; The Originals) go deep on breaking story, the nuts and bolts of pitching, and finding your place in a writers' room. Plus a bonus interview with Shannon Kenny Carbonell, whose memoir All Is Not Lost is available now.
Ali Rushfield, Ryan O'Connell, and Gladys Rodriguez + Bonus Interview with Adam Rodgers
Panel interview with Ali Rushfield (creator, Shrill); Ryan O'Connell (creator, Special); and Gladys Rodriguez (Vida; Sons of Anarchy). Plus a bonus interview with Adam Rodgers. Hosted by Ben Blacker.
Best Pick Crossover Episode!
A chat with the wonderful hosts of Best Pick, a podcast in which film buffs Tom Salinsky, John Dorney, and Jessica Regan watch every Oscar nominated film in no particular order. It's a delightful show that you should absolutely check out.
Great for process nerds
Best writing podcast, hands down. I’ve been working in entertainment for several years, in a “non-friendly” department for writers. My goal has always been to write and this podcast has taught me so much about the business and process of writing, the questions I should be asking, and ways I can start making things work for me while working in a different department.
The Best Screenwriting Podcast (no exaggeration)
This is the best screenwriting podcast hands down. I’m a senior in college, and I want to be a comedy writer. Right now, I’m working on building up a portfolio of features and pilots to send out for work. I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts for guidance, and this one is definitely my favorite (another good one is the WGA Podcast)! Most podcasts talking to writers don’t seem to be very useful because they are filled with empty conversation. However, the conversations and panels on this podcast are very well constructed to provide helpful advice for any aspiring writer. Many thanks, Ben Blacker!
Great even for non-writers / TV fans
I’m not even a writer by trade but love this show. It’s so interesting to hear about the process and the shows and the BTS stories.