Writers Group Therapy is a podcast by writers for writers. We cover timeless topics for writers on the craft, important issues related to the business of writing, and interviews with up-and-coming and established writers, agents, and other people who will appear in a writer's life at some point in their journey.
Session #155 - What Hollywood Did On Our Summer Vacation
The doctors (not real doctors) are in, again. We’re back from our Summer break and kicking off our 6th year with a look at all the recent stories in the news that impact Hollywood and writers including Roe v. Wade, inflation and supply chain woes, YouTube TV, CA Tax incentives, and more.
THR: One Big Reason Hollywood Hasn’t Begun Boycotting States Over Abortion Access
THR: California Readies $1.65B Film/TV Tax Credit to Draw Productions From Anti-Abortion States
THR: Digital Creators Rethink Hollywood As Some Push to Work On Their Own Terms
THR: Hollywood Aims to Trim Production Costs Amid Inflation Surge, Supply Chain Pain
THR: YouTube Takes Live TV Market Share as Streaming War Escalates
Gamespot: Video Game Spending is down 13% year of year a drop of $1.71 billion
Session #154 - Dennis Lehane - “Black Bird” Writer and Showrunner
In this session, we talk with novelist and screenwriter/showrunner Dennis Lehane. His award-winning novels and the film adaptations spawned major feature films such as “Shutter Island,” “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” The show’s he’s written for, “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” are always at the top of everyone’s “best written show” lists. We discuss his journey and his latest project, the true crime limited series on AppleTV+ “Black Bird” starring Taron Egerton.
Black Bird on IMDB
Session #153 - Interview with Maggie Cohn Showrunner of HBOMax’s “The Staircase”
Maggie Cohn, one of the show runners and writers of The Staircase, the new HBOMax true crime series is our guest for this session. Maggie won a Golden Globe for writing and producing American Crime Story: Versace and previously co-executive produced Narcos.
"The Staircase" on HBOMax
"The Staircase" on IMDB
Session #152 - WGT’s Annual Pilot Season Analysis - It’s a Wild, Wild Pilot Season
Are the broadcast networks just going through the motions this pilot season? With each having its own streamer, are we seeing the last days of the traditional pilot season? What does this mean for writers? And Tom remembers the day so of Saturday morning cartoon pilot season.
Tom was wrong, “The X-Files” was not a mid-season replacement show. The first season was a full 24 episodes running from September 1993-May 1994. It was a Friday night show, which were shows that weren’t expected to do that well, hence the slot was often called the “Friday night death slot.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_night_death_slot)
Deadline Pilot Panic: https://deadline.com/category/primetime-pilot-panic/
Disney Trims $1B in content spending: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/disney-content-spend-profit-streaming-1235145367
Pilot Season Hits New Low as Broadcast Shifts Towards Streaming Model: https://thestreamable.com/news/total-volume-of-pilots-hits-a-new-low-this-broadcast-season-as-cable-industry-shifts-to-streaming
Broadcast TV Scorecard 2022: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/broadcast-tv-2022-new-renewed-canceled-1235104494
Session #151 - The Economics of Entertainment
Getting in, staying in and consuming entertainment all take a certain amount of resources. We discuss how to prioritize where you put your time, money and heart into the entertainment industry, both as an artist and as a consumer.
SHOW NOTES: None this episode
Session #150 - Rachanee Lumayno talks about “Heir of Memory & Shadow” – Kingdom Legacy Series Book #2
Our own Rachanee Lumayno takes the hot seat to discuss the release of “Heir of Memory & Shadow” Book #2 of the Kingdom Legacy YA Fantasy series. We discuss was it like writing a second book in a series, self-publishing and marketing the books and what’s next in the Kingdom.
Heir of Memory and Shadow (Book #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736181130
Heir of Amber and Fire (Book #1): https://www.amazon.com/Heir-Amber-Fire-Kingdom-Legacy-ebook/dp/B08YR3JZY5
I Love this show but I have to quickly fast forward to avoid the worst podcast intro ever!
A fun show with knowledgeable hosts!
As an aspiring writer I love listening to more established writers who know what they’re talking about! Thanks Tom and Rachanee!