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OnWriting is a screenwriting podcast brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, East. It's a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Each week, writers from the film, television, news and digital media industries talk to us about their work - from pitching to production, from process to favorite lines, and everything in between. Season 1 is hosted by Jordan Carlos. Seasons 2 & 3 are hosted by Caroline Waxler. Seasons 4-6 are hosted by Kaitlin Fontana. Seasons 7 - 10 are hosted by Geri Cole.

OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East Writers Guild of America, East

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 54 Ratings

OnWriting is a screenwriting podcast brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, East. It's a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Each week, writers from the film, television, news and digital media industries talk to us about their work - from pitching to production, from process to favorite lines, and everything in between. Season 1 is hosted by Jordan Carlos. Seasons 2 & 3 are hosted by Caroline Waxler. Seasons 4-6 are hosted by Kaitlin Fontana. Seasons 7 - 10 are hosted by Geri Cole.

    Tony Gilroy, "Andor"

    Tony Gilroy, "Andor"

    Host Greg Iwinski talks to Tony Gilroy about ANDOR, how his music career influenced his work as a screenwriter, why empathy is the key to imagination, the similarities between being a showrunner and a dairy farmer, and more.
    Tony Gilroy is a writer, director, and showrunner known for his numerous screenplays, including THE CUTTING EDGE, the JASON BOURNE franchise, and his 2007 acclaimed directorial debut MICHAEL CLAYTON, for which earned received Oscar, BAFTA, and Writers Guild Award nominations for Original Screenplay.
    Currently, Tony is the showrunner and executive producer of the Star Wars series ANDOR. The show, which he also created, serves as a prequel to both the 2016 spin-off ROGUE ONE as well as the original 1977 STAR WARS film. The Writers Guild Award-nominated series follows Cassian Andor, a Rebel spy during the formative years of the Rebellion, and chronicles his difficult missions for the cause.
    ANDOR premiered in September 2022 and is in production for its second season. Season one is currently available to stream on Disney+.
    Greg Iwinski is an Emmy-winning comedy writer and no-award-winning performer whose writing includes LAST WEEK TONIGHT and THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. He recently finished writing the first season of GAME THEORY WITH BOMANI JONES on HBO, and can be found on Twitter @garyjackson (external - opens in a new window)
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 50 min
    David Magee, "A Man Called Otto," "Lady Chatterley's Lover," "The School for Good and Evil"

    David Magee, "A Man Called Otto," "Lady Chatterley's Lover," "The School for Good and Evil"

    Host Alison Herman talks to David Magee about writing three films that were released in the same year, adaptation as a form of translation, exploring the deeper cause of pain and bitterness in both Chatterley and Otto, and much more.
    David Magee is the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of FINDING NEVERLAND, THE LIFE OF PI, MARY POPPINS RETURNS and many more.
    His credits in 2022 include an impressive three feature films: THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, now streaming on Netflix; an adaptation of D. H. Lawrence's LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, also streaming on Netflix. And finally, A MAN CALLED OTTO, and an adaptation of the Swedish novel and film, A Man called Ove, which is now streaming in theaters.
    Alison Herman is a staff writer for The Ringer, where she writes about culture in general and television in specific. When not fighting a losing battle against Peak TV, she tweets at @aherman2006.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 42 min
    Sharon Horgan, "Bad Sisters"

    Sharon Horgan, "Bad Sisters"

    Host Alison Herman talks to Sharon Horgan about how she kept her stories straight when writing across two timelines, her tips for pitching a project, the universal ideas at the heart of a story about four sisters failing spectacularly at attempting murder, and more.
    Sharon Horgan is an acclaimed writer, actress, producer, and director, best known for her multiple award-winning sitcom CATASTROPHE, which she co-wrote and starred in with Rob Delaney.
    Her other writing credits include the BBC comedy series PULLING, the comedy series SHINING VALE, and the BBC sitcom MOTHERLAND. As an actress, Sharon is known for her roles in feature films like GAME NIGHT, DATING AMBER, THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT, among others. 
    Her latest project is BAD SISTERS, which she co-created, wrote, and stars in. The ten-part comedy thriller follows a group of five sisters (the Garveys) and the promise they make to always protect each other after their parents’ premature death.
    The Writers Guild Award-nominated series premiered in the US in August 2022 and is available to stream on Apple TV+
    Alison Herman is a staff writer for The Ringer, where she writes about culture in general and television in specific. When not fighting a losing battle against Peak TV, she tweets at @aherman2006.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 38 min
    Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"

    Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"

    Host Greg Iwinski talks to Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole about their collaboration process for BLACK PANTHER and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, rewriting a screenplay while – and as part of – grieving, space-saving ways to write a half-dozen languages into your script, and more.
    Ryan Coogler is a writer-director whose credits include the 2013 biopic FRUITVALE STATION and the CREED franchise.
    Joe Robert Cole is a writer-director who has written for the series THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, and wrote and directed the feature film ALL DAY AND A NIGHT.
    Ryan and Joe cowrote the screenplay for BLACK PANTHER as part of Phase Three of the MCU. The film was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Adapted Screenplay and became the first superhero film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
    BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER – their latest project together and the sequel to the 2018 film – follows Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje during their fight to protect Wakanda from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.
    The film was released in November 2022. It’s currently playing in theaters and will be available to stream on Disney+ starting February 1, 2023.
    Greg Iwinski is an Emmy-winning comedy writer and no-award-winning performer whose writing includes LAST WEEK TONIGHT and THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. He recently finished writing the first season of GAME THEORY WITH BOMANI JONES on HBO, and can be found on Twitter @garyjackson.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 47 min
    Rian Johnson, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"

    Rian Johnson, "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery"

    Host Greg Iwinski talks to Rian Johnson about his latest project, the rich tradition of destination vacation murder mysteries, the joys of the theatrical experience, and the value of a good notebook.
    Rian Johnson is a writer and director who made his feature film debut with the 2005 neo-noir mystery BRICK. He went on to write and direct several critically acclaimed films, including the caper dramedy THE BROTHERS BLOOM in 2008, the sci-fi thriller LOOPER in 2012, and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI in 2017. In 2019 he returned to the mystery genre with KNIVES OUT (2019), which earned him Academy and Writers Guild Award nominations for Original Screenplay.
    His latest writing-directing credit is GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT STORY. In this sequel to the 2019 film, famed detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery surrounding a tech billionaire and his eclectic crew of friends.
    GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT STORY was released in theaters in November 2022 and on Netflix in December 2022, and is currently available to stream on Netflix.
    Greg Iwinski is an Emmy-winning comedy writer and no-award-winning performer whose writing includes LAST WEEK TONIGHT and THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. He recently finished writing the first season of GAME THEORY WITH BOMANI JONES on HBO, and can be found on Twitter @garyjackson.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 42 min
    Noah Baumbach, "White Noise"

    Noah Baumbach, "White Noise"

    Host Alison Herman talks to writer and director Noah Baumbach about the adaptation process, how his frequent collaborators influence and inform his work, and much more.
    Noah Baumbach is the writer/co-writer and director of more than a dozen feature films, starting with KICKING AND SCREAMING in 1995. His 2005 film THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and his 2020 film MARRIAGE STORY were both nominated for the Academy and Writers Guild awards for Original Screenplay.
    Most recently, he wrote and directed the absurdist dramedy WHITE NOISE. An adaptation of the 1985 Don DeLillo novel of the same name, the film follows college professor Jack Gladney, whose comfortable suburban life is upended when a nearby chemical leak causes "The Airborne Toxic Event," releasing a noxious black cloud over the region that forces the Gladney family to evacuate.
    WHITE NOISE was released in November 2022 and is available to stream on Netflix.
    Alison Herman is a staff writer for The Ringer, where she writes about culture in general and television in specific. When not fighting a losing battle against Peak TV, she tweets at @aherman2006.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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54 Ratings

54 Ratings

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Wonderful interviews! All the right questions are asked for an insightful, fascinating final podcast. Keep them coming!

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Worst interviewer ever!

I just listened to the David Simon interview with host Geri and i have never heard a more poorly done interview. It’s not a conversation. It’s ask a question and sit back while saying hmm & wow every 30 seconds, then ask next question. Clearly not her medium. Cringe.

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Love these podcast as a new writer I get the insight to push and move forward with my projects

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