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This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer and currently the Director of Development at Ben Watkins' Blue Monday Prods. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry bombs in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-host - director/writer/cinephile - Christopher B. Derrick (Star Trek: Picard, The Equalizer) . Our motto: “Keep it real and we keep it opinionated!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

Screenwriter's Rant Room Hilliard Guess

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 129 Ratings

This is the Official Page for "Hilliard Guess' SCREENWRITER'S RANT ROOM!" Our host is Hilliard Guess, a WGAw writer, director and in demand TV/Film producer and currently the Director of Development at Ben Watkins' Blue Monday Prods. Hilliard and his amazing team drop industry bombs in this unfiltered, hilarious podcast series that delivers nuthin’ but REAL TALK… from real working writers… while at the same time… puttin’ you on game! With co-host - director/writer/cinephile - Christopher B. Derrick (Star Trek: Picard, The Equalizer) . Our motto: “Keep it real and we keep it opinionated!" Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/screenwriters-rant-room/support

    438 - RON McCANTS

    438 - RON McCANTS

    Hilliard & Chris sit down with writer/producer Ron McCants, who writes dramas that explore the human experience. His stories are often fueled by dark secrets and deep shames at the intersection of crime and family because his family’s full of addicts, pimps, prostitutes, murderers, CIA operatives, business owners, professional athletes, detectives and educators straight out of a Flannery O’Connor novel. He’s passionate about writing historical dramas that incorporate extensive research to tell emotional truths of characters and time periods he loves. Ron’s from a small town in Missouri where its chief exports are cotton and violence. He has 9 siblings and lucked out when Dartmouth College sent him a free application, and he began his odyssey. When you have 9 siblings and are from the corner of Nowhere and Nothing, your only goal when you leave home is to survive. That goal made Ron adventurous, unafraid and a well-rounded multitasker. While Ron received a B.A. in Engineering from Dartmouth College, the college unexpectedly taught him how to dream. He moved to California for an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UC, San Diego. He became an award-winning playwright, got married, had two girls and broke free from the talons of poverty. In 2016, he was selected as a Disney ABC Program Writer and staffed on Speechless. He’s written a music video for Nas, worked on Marvel’s Falcon and The Winter Soldier, staffed on Chicago Fire, and most recently was an executive story editor for Amazon’s new show, Cross created by his mentor Ben Watkins. Ron also competes as a classic physique bodybuilder, too.



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    • 1 hr 48 min
    437 - Pitching PART 2!

    437 - Pitching PART 2!

    In this episode, writer/producers Hilliard, Chris, Saeed Crumpler and Rah Johnson pick up where they left off in last weeks teaser episode, continuing their conversation on "Elements of Pitching", performance/voice, creative ways to get the biggest bang and hopefully - a sale, and so much more!

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    • 2 hr 24 min
    436 - SO YOU WANNA PITCH?

    436 - SO YOU WANNA PITCH?

    In this ep Hilliard, Chris and writers Saeed Crumpler and Rah Johnson talk about what it's like out there in the current climate to pitch tv and film, pitch decks, elements of a pitch that pop and lots of great gems dropped in this one y'all. You don't want to miss this one.



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    • 24 min
    435 - PRODUCING ON THE SET

    435 - PRODUCING ON THE SET

    In this episode, Hilliard, Chris and Tracy Grant - Exec Producer of LACE on AllBlk - talk about producing network TV, keeping it on a budget, having an amazing team around you, production good and bad, a PA with the right attitude and so much more. We also talk about Will Smith's new film Emancipation and how (his Oscar mistake) will affect his award season on a film he probably deserves - at least a nomination... Then we go off on a rant on Social Media and Click Bait and some of the crazy stuff going on on those outlets from fans and sometimes, plain old haters.



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    • 1 hr 32 min
    434 - END OF THE YEAR RANT

    434 - END OF THE YEAR RANT

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you Rant Room Heads across the globe...

    In this episode, Hilliard, Chris, Lynelle and Juan Pablo Arias Munoz (Breakthrough Artist at BMP) talk about our favorite end of the year films and TV shows, directing shorts and episodic TV and some of our plans and goals for 2023!



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    • 2 hr 5 min
    433 - FOX WRITERS INCUBATOR INITIATIVE - ALUMNI

    433 - FOX WRITERS INCUBATOR INITIATIVE - ALUMNI

    In this episode, Hilliard sat down with alumni - women from the 2023 Fox Writers Incubator Initiative Program: Drama writers Michelle Lesley Johnson, Nicole Jones-Dion and comedy writers Allison Jackson (shout out to HaJ who wasn't able to make it)...

    We talk about the groups different journeys to the program, how the initiative works: the submissions, the personal letter, staffing on shows, script coordinators duties and its importance of growth to becoming a future showrunner and so much more!



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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

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Mondays are for the Rant Room

I’ve been a long time listener to the podcast and it’s become a weekly ritual to tune in on Mondays. Hilliard does a great job curating conversations that cut through the fluff and get to the real.

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From fan to guest

I have been listening to Hilliard and company’s podcast for a while, was lucky to be asked to be a guest recently. I love the free flowing, open, honest nature of the discussions. After eight years officially in the business I’m still learning all the time and this is a great resource.

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One of my faves!

My go-to pod for screenwriting words of wisdom

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