50 episodes

TV Writers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn invite aspiring screenwriters into their writers’ room and give them writing tips to develop their screenplays and TV pilots. Discussions include script notes, screenwriting tools, Hollywood career advice, and tips on navigating the entertainment industry. Sam and Jim’s credits include HAVEN on SYFY, Marvel’s DAREDEVIL, and CARNIVAL ROW on Amazon Prime. Producer J.R. Zamora-Thal and Co-Producer Meagan Daine also talk about their experiences on TV writing staffs and add commentary on today’s issues facing Hollywood, including women and Latinos in entertainment.

The Writers Room with Sam and Jim Sam Ernst, Jim Dunn, JR Zamora-Thal

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

TV Writers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn invite aspiring screenwriters into their writers’ room and give them writing tips to develop their screenplays and TV pilots. Discussions include script notes, screenwriting tools, Hollywood career advice, and tips on navigating the entertainment industry. Sam and Jim’s credits include HAVEN on SYFY, Marvel’s DAREDEVIL, and CARNIVAL ROW on Amazon Prime. Producer J.R. Zamora-Thal and Co-Producer Meagan Daine also talk about their experiences on TV writing staffs and add commentary on today’s issues facing Hollywood, including women and Latinos in entertainment.

    Hollywood Confessional: The Porn Car

    Hollywood Confessional: The Porn Car

    This is our last episode of Hollywood Confessional that will be coming to you from the Writers Room with Sam and Jim feed. If you like the show, subscribe on your favorite podcast app! 

    Hollywood Confessional on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hollywood-confessional/id1628848064

    This week we have just one confession, but it's a wild one! It comes to us from someone who has been around the block and has had time to process everything they've been through. Littered throughout this hilarious story are red flags all of us have seen and blown right past in the name of working in this industry. 

    Our shoutout comes to us from Amy Baklini, who gives a shout out to indie film producer Matt Miller.

    This episode is brought to you by THE RESTORER, a supernatural YA podcast in the Ninth Way Media family, available anywhere you get your podcasts!

    The Restorer on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-restorer/id1621618762

    Hollywood Confessional is a Ninth Way Media production, produced by Meagan Daine and J.R. Zamora-Thal. 

    IG/Twitter: @fessuphollywood

    Sound Effects and Music provided by Zapsplat and Pixabay.

    Keywords: Hollywood, Writing, Acting, Directing, Narrative, Interview, Screenwriting, Writer Life

    • 22 min
    Hollywood Confessional: Find Me B***h & The Bleep Bleep Story

    Hollywood Confessional: Find Me B***h & The Bleep Bleep Story

    Hello Writers Room fans! We have another episode of a new show we think you'll like. 

    From the producers of the Writers Room comes Hollywood Confessional, a show where industry professionals confess their deepest, darkest, weirdest, most insane stories that they can't tell anywhere else. The confessors and their stories are 100% anonymous, but if you've been around the block, you might recognize a story or two. 

    If you like what you hear, subscribe on the podcast app you're currently listening to by searching "Hollywood Confessional". Below are links for Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hollywood-confessional/id1628848064

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2YXC8jMrcHKgzHsCcwtIVD?si=bbafd4ddc6aa465f

    Hollywood Confessional is a Ninth Way Media production, produced by Meagan Daine and J.R. Zamora-Thal. 

    IG/Twitter: @fessuphollywood

    Sound Effects and Music provided by Zapsplat and Pixabay.

    • 29 min
    Hollywood Confessional: Episode 1 - The Can Lady & This is a Man's World

    Hollywood Confessional: Episode 1 - The Can Lady & This is a Man's World

    Hello Writers Room fans! We have a new show we think you'll like. 

    From the producers of the Writers Room comes Hollywood Confessional, a show where industry professionals confess their deepest, darkest, weirdest, most insane stories that they can't tell anywhere else. The confessors and their stories are 100% anonymous, but if you've been around the block, you might recognize a story or two. 

    If you like what you hear, subscribe on the podcast app you're currently listening to by searching "Hollywood Confessional". Below are links for Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hollywood-confessional/id1628848064

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2YXC8jMrcHKgzHsCcwtIVD?si=bbafd4ddc6aa465f

    • 31 min
    Pitching Plot Proves Painful, but Emotion Elicits Excitement with Mark LePatner

    Pitching Plot Proves Painful, but Emotion Elicits Excitement with Mark LePatner

    Sam and Jim invite Mark into the room and together they work on his indie-feature, tentatively titled "1001". 

    Join us in the room for a discussion on using emotion to drive your pitch, choosing which facets of your story to shine a light on, and staying on theme while breaking story.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 44 min
    Generational Conflict is a Chronic Condition with Tim Wardell

    Generational Conflict is a Chronic Condition with Tim Wardell

    Sam and Jim invite Tim into the writers room, and together they work on his father, son, and granddaughter love story, tentatively titled "Gaddy".

    Join us for a discussion on utilizing a chronic problem to drive story, ending your pilot on a question for maximum punch, and the great writing that comes out of the difficulties of raising children.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 43 min
    One Season Down, Highlights to Show with J.R. and Meagan

    One Season Down, Highlights to Show with J.R. and Meagan

    J.R. and Meagan take over the room in this very special season ending episode of The Writers Room with Sam and Jim.

    Join us in the room for all the best tips, tools, and advice that Sam and Jim have given over the first year of The Writers Room. 

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim

    Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal
    Logo Design: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange
    Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Matt the writer ,

A companion to the writing process

I found especially helpful the advice of "cheap deep" and giving complex ideas a face. The podcast is thoughtful in how the episode topics are titled specifically enough so that if you're working on a particular kind of project you can go right to that episode for some guidance and inspiration.

Luscious Wit ,

God Bless Sam

Practical. Fun. Each episode’s a free masterclass in rewriting..

Writerasst99 ,

Great minds don’t have to think alike

Sam and Jim’s podcast is fantastic. Their experience has equipped them not just with powerful insights into the writing process, but also with the soft skills to allow burgeoning writers to hear and feel heard.

It’s an incredible lesson into the process, technique, and challenges of getting something written.

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