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.
Akela Cooper, James DeMonaco, Sujata Day, and Vince Marcello
Akela Cooper (Malignant); James DeMonaco (The Purge), Sujata Day (Definition Please), and Vince Marcello (The Kissing Booth) chat about unlikely wins, surprising rejections, and juggling multiple projects.
Ali Schouten, Alissa Nutting, and Lucas Brown Eyes
Ali Schouten (show-runner, iCarly), Alissa Nutting (creator, Made for Love), and Lucas Brown Eyes (Young and Hungry; Alexa and Katie) discuss hiring, schedule management, and the importance of doing your writing homework.
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs
Hacks creators Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs go in depth on the pitch for the show, writing strong characters, what they get out of a writers' room, and lots more. The first season of Hacks is available on HBO Max and we don't even know why you haven't watched it yet.
Household Faces with John Ross Bowie
Ben talks to character actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) about his new Forever Dog podcast HOUSEHOLD FACES where he interviews other character actors about their most iconic roles, the ones that got away, and the secrets of show business longevity. AND THEN enjoy John's complete interview with the great Martha Plimpton (The Goonies, Parenthood, Raising Hope)
Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Michael Fuller, and Jamie Rosengard + Bonus Interview with Kevin Rice and Ferdinando Filomarino (Beckett)
Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal (creators of Blindspotting), Michael Fuller (creator, Quarry; The Mosquito Coast) and Jamie Rosengard (The Last Thing He Told Me; Truth Be Told; Empire) discuss Zoom rooms, improvising on set, and the "sofas to die on." Plus: a bonus interview with the writer and director of the new Netflix thriller Beckett, Kevin Rice and Ferdinando Filomarino.
Shawn Simmons, Bianca Sams, and Gabriel Garza
A panel interview with Shawn Simmons (creator, Wayne); Bianca Sams (Charmed; The Originals); and Gabriel Garza (The Flash; co-creator, Bella and the Bulldogs). Hosted by Ben Blacker.
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.