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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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 714 Ratings

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.

    Jami O'Brien and Cindy Fang

    Jami O'Brien and Cindy Fang

    A panel interview with Jami O'Brien (NOS4A2, Hell on Wheels) and Cindy Fang (Fresh Off the Boat, Girl Meets World). Hosted by Ben Blacker.

    • 40 min
    Simon Allen (The Watch)

    Simon Allen (The Watch)

    A chat with Simon Allen, creator of BBC America's The Watch, based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. An engrossing conversation about telling personal stories, expanding the language of TV, and more.

    • 48 min
    2020 Year in Review

    2020 Year in Review

    Say goodbye to 2020 with a visit from some of this year's favorite guests talking about Zoom rooms, pitching remotely, and the ways in which this awful year will impact the future of the industry. With Ilana Peña (creator, Diary of a Future President), Andrew Miller (creator, Secret Circle), J. Holtham (Supergirl), Tamara Brecher (Doom Patrol), Nicole Levy (SWAT), and Carlos Foglia (Lore).

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Moises Zamora, Amit Cohen, and Ron Leshem

    Moises Zamora, Amit Cohen, and Ron Leshem

    A panel interview with the creator and co-showrunner of Selena, MOISES ZAMORA, and the co-creators of No Man's Land and Valley of Tears, AMIT COHEN and RON LESHEM. Hosted by Ben Blacker.

    • 54 min
    Writers Panel Throwback: Conan Writers (2016)

    Writers Panel Throwback: Conan Writers (2016)

    Conan premiered on TBS ten years ago this month. With Conan O'Brien's announcement that the series would end next year, what better time to revisit this conversation with the Conan writing staff from 2016?

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Writers Panel Throwback: Vince Gilligan (2012)

    Writers Panel Throwback: Vince Gilligan (2012)

    An in-depth chat with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Vince is candid and thoughtful about his past experiences (including seven years on the X-Files), the process of creating complex characters, and the importance of collaboration. Originally aired 3/5/2012

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
714 Ratings

714 Ratings

l.philli ,

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.

Dan8439 ,

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!

InTheGoodHood ,

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.

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